Sunday, August 19, 2012

Be Careful Little Eyes

First I would like to post the lyrics to this song by Casting Crowns.
Be careful little eyes what you see
It's the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it's the little feet behind you that are sure to follow
It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It's a slow fade, it's a slow fade
Be careful little ears what you hear
When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray
The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you're thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking
Oh be careful little eyes what see
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
You see friends, it’s so easy to be caught up in temptation. It’s an issue that even the strongest Christians struggle with. I struggle with lust and compromise…and that is me being 100% real…But enough about me…Anyone can get caught up, it only takes a look, or a thought for things to escalate to “I didn’t mean to do that” or “One thing led to another.”
We as Christians need to always be on guard for our hearts and minds. One bad TV show that mentions drinking or sex, a certain risqué song, a conversation with someone can even trigger thoughts in the back of our mind that could lead to compromise and eventually might lead us into sin. We need to really question what we allow ourselves to hear, see, and say…God wants us to have pure minds and pure hearts and we should try to respect His divine wishes. It is hard, yes, but surround yourselves with fellow believers and try to keep each other accountable and try to get back on track if the conversation goes too astray from God. 
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. \
Matthew 6:13 Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
 SN: Sorry for not posting in a while. Tragedy struck my life on July 20 and I haven’t felt completely up to posting so I am glad L.J. Christian has been able to hold up the fort while I was away. Hope to get more posts out to y’all! Please pray for me and the entire city of Aurora, CO and I love you all as brothers and sisters!
Harmony K.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Are Me Muscle Enough

I don't know about you guys, but I work really hard to build up my own strength.  I work out constantly; running to build up leg muscle. I spend a lot of time working on manual labor projects to build up arm muscle.  I don't think I am a wimp. I can take care of myself pretty well. But once I look at an Olympic athlete, or even hang out with a soldier buddy of mine for training, I feel the need to push myself even hard.  I no longer feel strong enough or able enough to conquer what ever I think needs to be conquered.

I watched a little of the Olympics and noticed man being glorified for their own strength. I know these people train their entire lives to become the best in their countries, and then hopefully become the best in the world.  Of course you see the weight lifting competitions.  As an individual who finds joy in picking up a 40 pound box of laundry soap from Costco, watching some girl pick up 400 pounds is pretty incredible.  But as I read through Psalms 33, Exd 13:3, Exd 15:2, Num 24:8, and Luke 1:51, I have discovered that even with the strength of an Olympian we are still not strong enough.  We still need the strength of One. We, as Christians as humans, can never be strong enough. My strength, my abilities alone, have no power to save anyone. Only through Christ can anyone be saved.

Psalms 33:16-17 states, "The best-equipped army cannot save a king-for great strength is not enough to save anyone.  A war horse is a poor risk for winning victories- it is strong but it cannot save."Living Bible

I am not encouraging you to stop your work outs.  Our bodies are temples of the Lord and we need to take care of them.  What I am saying is to focus on Him and have Him strengthen you, body and soul.  Read the Word daily, meditate upon it.   The Word of God needs to be your weights. The stronger you become in the Word, the stronger you become in Christ. 

Real strength is stepping back, and having faith that the Lord will take care of every situation, ever problem, and every praise.  The Lord doesn't care how much you can lift.  Without Him, you are nothing because you are still just human. With Him, there is power!

"But the eyes of the Lord are watching over those who fear him, who rely upon his steady love.  He will keep them from death even in times of famine. We depend upon the Lord alone to save us. Only he can help us; he protects us like a shield.  No wonder we are happy in the Lord! For we are trusting him.  We trust his holy name. Yes, Lord, let your constant love surround us, for our hopes are in you alone."
Psalms 33: 18-22 Living Bible

Trust in Him,
L. J. Christian