Trust & Submission

I want to start off this devotion by asking a question. How much do we trust God in our  lives? And with that question, this is the following one. Do we trust God enough to submit to Him in all of our ways? And when I say all of our ways, I mean all the way from home and what we do at home all the way to school and work, all the way to our social lives.

I’ve really been rereading the book of Proverbs again and finding nothing but jewels and pearls in this book. Today the passage that stuck out to me once again more than any was Proverbs 3:5-6 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
 
This passage is so beautiful and honest and really applicable to each and everyone of us each new day. When we go about our days, when we go about choosing the songs we listen to, the songs we sing, the books we read, the websites we visit, the people we talk to and in which ways we associate with them, the relationships we have or try to make with the “one” we want to be with for the rest of our lives. Can we say that in all of these things, we trust in God and believe He’ll lead us and provide our paths?
 
I want us to really examine ourselves and I myself and examining myself strictly as we speak. I am trying my best everyday to look up to Jesus and forget the things I want and acknowledge only the things that will only better me with Him. I want us all to really see in which ways we put God first and if all of our ways isn’t the answer, then we REALLY got some priority reevaluating to do.
 
Thank you for reading todays post. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just need someone to talk to, I am willing to listen. Email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com or call me or text me at 847 322 0518. Again, thanks and God bless!

Real Time

Hey guys. First off I want to start by being open. For me it doesn’t matter if 1 person views this or 1,000 people view this. My point is, I really want to be genuine with you all. These past couple months I have really been struggling to find peace in my heart and trying to get to a state of peace that I just couldn’t find. Well with this searching, I kept trying to do things my way in certain aspects of life and constantly kept failing. I got over certain things that kept me in bondage for a long time, only to find myself doing other things that I thought I had left behind a long time ago. I don’t know why I didn’t look of for help as I always try to encourage others to do, but I didn’t. I was stubborn for not trying to listen to God’s voice, selfish for only trying to please myself, and with all this also trying to hear God’s voice, while covering His up with mine. I cannot go into detail on here publicly for the sake of judgement, but I can say that I AM getting better. My eyes are opened to more around me. There are people holding me accountable and that are watching my every move. I want to be the leader and man God wants me to be. If that means sacrificing the girl I want most, that addiction I really enjoy, that thing, this things, and anything in between, then I am now ready!

Thanks for reading guys! God bless. Great things are here and still to come!

An Interesting Thought

Today I don’t really have a typical “devotional”, rather a thought I’d like to share. I really enjoy reading the books written by Paul, especially 1 & 2 Timothy because You begin to see something really beautiful through his words. As you read along in the books written by apostle Paul, you will begin to see that he really demonstrates and compares our Cristian lives to a fight, a battle, a hard and difficult journey.

With this in mind, just think and examine your own life as I am mine right now. If our life is supposed to resemble a fight, a battle, a war, than how honestly can we say that the life we live is really the one Paul describes? Do we live everyday trying to put to death our flesh and old self? Do we try to serve Him in all and please Him, our commanding officer? How much would a person that knows us from the inside out be able to say that they can see that soldiers life in ours? Do we give in more to temptation and live by the flesh, or do we put that aside and struggle to overcome and with the Spirit actually do overcome? How much to we try to please Him? How much effort do we put in all we do for Him and the Kingdom? How well do we reflect Christ’s life in our everyday matters and affairs? How much love can we say we have for our creator and one who first loved us?

Again, with this post, I am only trying to get us to examine ourselves and really ask God to fix us where we can clearly see our insufficiency and lack of Him. Please do your best and be honest with yourself when examining yourself because either way He knows where you stand!

Thank you for reading todays post. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just need someone to talk to, I am willing to listen. Email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com or call me or text me at 847 322 0518. Again, thanks and God bless!

The Fight

Today I want to encourage you all with a message that I want you to encourage other believers with as well. In 1 Timothy 6:11-12 it says:

“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love,endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

With this passage in mind, I want you all to remember that each day is a fight. Each new day we are picking up the cross and choosing to follow Jesus Christ. Each day we are choosing to put aside the flesh’s desire to do certain things that are unacceptable for us as Christians and evan as human beings.

Remember to look at the eternal life that we are promised and remember to ask God to strengthen you in all of the traits and characteristics that He wishes upon your life. We want to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness daily. We want to become BETTER humans for this earth and better warriors for the kingdom of Heaven!

Thank you for reading todays post. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just need someone to talk to, I am willing to listen. Email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com or call me or text me at 847 322 0518. Again, thanks and God bless!

Waiting On God

Psalm 130:5-6 says:

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,

and in his I word I hope;

My soul waits for the Lord

more than those who watch for the

morning.”

Many times we as humans want God to work in our lives. We want God to intervene and work in OUR way and give us what WE want, when WE want it. Unfortunately thats the wrong mentality and mindset. We as His creations, need to be more willing to accept His timing and allow Him to work in the ways in which HE thinks is best. Don’t lose faith and don’t lose heart. Wait and hope in His word and I know He will work.

Thank you for reading todays post. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just need someone to talk to, I am willing to listen. Email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com or call me or text me at 847 322 0518. Again, thanks and God bless!

“The Bible Doesn’t Say It’s A Sin”

First off I want to apologize for not posting for a while. I don’t have an excuse, but I just wasn’t too time efficient and wasn’t doing too well with making time for posting up. Anyways, today I want to post about something that many of you may or may NOT agree with, and with that said I just want to say that I value and respect your opinion and maybe I am not 100% right, but this is what I believe that God has shown me and I just want to share it. This topic I have been struggling with and something that I know many of you and many others struggle with as well. Many times we are found in situations where we are doing certain things whether it be with a girl, smoking or drinking, working out, and many other endless possibilities, pushing the limits to what is considered “okay” and “a sin”. We find ourselves fighting the reality about alcohol and drinking. We fight the truth and reality about smoking, whether it may be marijuana, cigarettes, or cigars. We as humans love to have “a little fun” here and there in life, and I know that people only do certain things to feel good, to have that slight satisfaction feeling. You kiss a girl because your flesh wants her. You drink a beer or a shot or smoke something because your flesh wants to relax a little, because you want a little drink/break. And I know this first hand because I personally have been dealing with the issue of alcohol and smoking cigarettes myself. I was fighting it even up to a few weeks ago. I really didn’t want to let go of cigarettes and drinking here and there. I thought that controlled portions and rarely doing it was okay. Its not and it won’t be. The truth is, we as humans, as Christians, are supposed to glorify God in all we do. The point of our lives here on earth is to bring the Father praise and spread the gospel.

It’s very hard for me to post this because I am in a way exposing the person that I have been, but although that is true, I know my God has forgiven me and shown me the truth which is what matters to me. I am glad in a great way that I’ve had these struggles, because now I can help others more, I can be of greater assistance to my fellow brothers and sisters in a way. And with this said, lets examine the word.

In 1 Corinthians 6:12 Paul says

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord,and the Lord for the body.”

With this, Paul is saying that although I may be able to to all things or certain things, is it really beneficial? Is this thing that I’m so caught up in doing THAT important that I need to worry myself, that I need to consume my thoughts, my emotions, my overall human self just to be okay with doing something that I want to do to satisfy my flesh? Either way, Paul says, that God will destroy both it and them, so whats it matter?

Later on, Paul goes on and says

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

And with this passage He is saying that our body doesn’t actually belong to us. You may not like or agree with that statement, but think about it like this: If you were to create a mini civilization and make little creatures and people with life, they would be your creatures and people right? You created them, therefore, they are not their own. Well, same thing with us, we are God’s creations and we belong to Him with all of our person. We belong to Him in mind, body, and spirit. So with this said, we need to realize that every decision we make, is a decision made with God’s body. We need to be conscious of EVERYTHING we do. I know its hard and takes a lot, but this life is a daily fight and struggle to get to where Christ wants us to be. Don’t you think if Christianity and following the Truth was easy, more people would do it. But it’s not easy and requires practice and effort. 

In conclusion. I am not saying that it is a DEFINITE NO to many undefined things like smoking, drinking, and many other things, but I am saying that you and I as followers need to be a blameless and pure as possible. We need to be able to evangelize with a clear conscience and without being a stumbling block for someone else. Believe me, it is more efficient to serve the Lord and bring people to Him by being an example and showing the world that you don’t need to smoke, drink, and always fight in the gray areas of life. Serve Him with all you have and in each aspect of your life, because you aren’t losing anything, in fact you are becoming stronger and becoming a better warrior for Christ. Sounds cheesy, but just think what would Jesus do?

Thank you for reading todays post. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just need someone to talk to, I am willing to listen. Email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com or call me or text me at 847 322 0518. Again, thanks and God bless!

Purity Before The Lord: Food For Thought – Daily Devotional Day 9

This week the Lord has really inspired me on the topic of purity and I want to thank a close friend of mine by the name Emanuel for sharing with me a set of sermons from Elevation Church called “Bringing Sexy Back”. The link for that is at the bottom of this page and once you click on it you have to scroll to the last set of sermons on the website. I REALLY REALLY REALLY encourage you all to listen to them!! They are truly mind blowing and life changing!

   Moving on, I, as well as many other teens my age, strive for a relationship with a girl who is a woman of God. The problem with this is that many of us DO NOT have pure intentions for a relationship and only want some temporary satisfaction! We really need to focus on what the Lord wants for our lives and with this said, in the first part Ephesians 5:3 tells us that there shouldn’t be not even A HINT of sexual impurity! We are all in it for the short run, dating, kissing, this and that, but we need a girlfriend or boyfriend that is in it for the long run, and eventually marriage!!! We should all think about relationships long and hard before we try to pursue them! Let’s get ourselves in check first, and become the men and women God calls us to be (2 Timothy 2:1-7),  and respond to his calling for our lives (2 Peter 1: 3-10). Don’t Worry the Lord will provide us each with a spouse but we must first be found married to Him and obeying His every command! Again I strongly recommend these sermons! Check them out! One sermon a day – we all have 45 minutes a day to spare!

God Bless YOU ALL!

http://www.elevationchurch.org/archive/detail/104 – scroll to the bottom set of sermons called “Bringing Sexy Back”