So many gods to choose from…

The question I get asked the most by friends of mine who are unbelievers is, “Out of all the religions in the world, how do you know yours is the right one?” This used to be a question that scared me. I just didn’t know how to respond . And I feel that most Christians are the same way. So now that I’m a bit older/wiser… Let me share with you my opinion.

First, all the claims in the Bible are based on public events that can actually be historically verified. Any other religion, out the hundreds we see today, can’t be historically tested. You have to just have blind faith alone to believe it!

Think about it like this, someone of the Islamic faith has to trust fully in an encounter that Muhammad had. And there is no way at all to verify that this encounter ever happened! Buddhism and Hinduism aren’t historic faiths, and they have no claims of events that can actually be investigated by their believers. You can either adopt their philosophy or not. You can apply this logic to ANY religion other that Christianity and you will see, There are no historic events that lay a foundation of faith, and, none give historic details to important events.

Christianity was started after a PUBLIC ministry by Jesus Christ. Then He was crucified PUBLICLY. He then rose from a PUBLIC tomb and then PUBLICLY showed himself to a group of PUBLIC people! Then these people went out and told everyone they could! This was all verified by many witnesses and documented.

Every single other religion besides Christianity was started by, a PRIVATE dream about god, a PRIVATE idea about god, or a PRIVATE angelic encounter with god. Then that ONE person would go and tell people what they themselves saw.

The amazing thing about Christianity is there is so much historical data that can be tested! It’s absolutely amazing, and we are the only religion that can provide that!

Another point I like to make when questioned about this is, If Christianity isn’t real, If Jesus was just a man, and if the Bible is just a “book”, then why is the world so afraid of it? Why do other religions want to behead us? Why do they want to burn our book? Why do they want to take our ten commandments down from the front of our capitol building? Why can’t we talk about it or teach it in schools? Why are Christian’s being targeted and shot here in the US? The reason is, Satan is real, he roams our Earth and he hates us! People who don’t have Christ in their life have a sin nature and they hate the TRUTH. No other religion is targeted like us because they don’t have what we have!

If you go deer hunting in the woods and you see a dead deer on the ground, that’s not the one you shoot. You’re looking for the one that’s alive and moving. These other religions are left alone because they are dead. But Christianity, the Bible, and Jesus are so full of LIFE that we will constantly be attacked by those who don’t believe because Satan has blinded them and trained them to reject the truth!

And my final thought is this. I have a relationship with Jesus. He talks to me. I hear him. He loves me. I feel him. I had a physical disease on my face and he healed me the day I was supposed to go in for laser surgery. We canceled the appointment. This is just me. I have heard thousands upon thousands of other stories greater than mine of how Jesus healed them, delivered them, spoke to them, changed them, made their lives better! But I haven’t heard ONE story like that from a Muslim, Buddhist, or a Mormon.

I have no doubt my God is real, alive and with me everyday. If you cant say that about your god…. You may want to rethink what you’ve got yourself into. #justsayin

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Remember your past? Jesus Doesnt.

I’ve met so many Christians that actually think that being born again just means to change your ways. To act better. To straighten up. And yet over time I see them go right back to their old ways. To the person they used to be.

The reason is, they haven’t grasped the concept of 2 Cor. 5:17 that says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, He is a NEW Creation! The old has passed away; behold the NEW has come!” What this means is that once you receive Jesus Christ as the lord of your life, there is no more BEFORE! You have to truly see this as being born again! When a baby is born, he has no past. Nothing to compare to. Everything he does and learns is brand new! All a baby knows is the love of his parents! That is what the Bible is trying to show us. When we accept Christ, we no longer have a past. All we have is His love and a bright future!

It makes me sad to see people try to earn what has already been given to them. God is not about behavior modification. He is all about soul transformation! When I see people try and earn Gods love and salvation it reminds of an adult at Christmas. We try to think who will be buying us gifts. How much will they spend? Then we go out and try to buy those same people gifts for as close to the dollar amount as we think they will be spending on us. We are not giving or receiving out of love, but rather obligation. When truthfully, what God wants is for us to be like a child on Christmas morning! Tearing through gifts so fast with such great joy and extremely thankful that all this is for him! He never stops to think if he needed to get anything in return. Or maybe now he needs to do some extra work around the house to make up for all the money that was spent on these gifts. No, he receives freely with no condemnation or guilt whatsoever! WE need to be like that.

We need to realize that no matter what our past looked like… Its all gone now! Jesus knows your entire past and your entire future and he will NEVER hold either of them against you! One of the greatest scriptures in the bible has to be Romans 8:1. There is therefore NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. How powerful is that?! That scripture is so freeing! Why should you sit around and feel horrible about all the things you USED to do when Jesus isn’t even thinking, or worrying about that!

So now, once you realize that you are truly brand new, you have to walk it out! You need to live your life daily with a spirit of excellence. Because thats what God has given you!

Something I have really grasped recently is that you do not have to beg God for what he has already given you! This is a part of being a new creation that I am just fully recognizing. When I learned this a few months ago it was a mighty revelation to me! It has completely changed the way I pray. I am now thanking God daily for what His word says I have! This first day I started doing this I woke up speaking how blessed I was, and how His favor was on my life. I said that allowed and to myself all day. That evening I had a complete stranger tell me he felt like God wanted Him to bless me with $100! I was completely blown away! I couldn’t believe God was so quick to honor His word!

Now, I know it wont always happen like this. However, I felt in this instance God was just saying, Yes! This is confirmation that you get it! You’re doing it right! This is what I want for you! Every day since, I start my days by thanking God for what He has already set aside for me. I let Him know I choose to walk in His blessing and favor!

But there is a flip side, because I understand that every time you are given a revelation, you will be met with a challenge in that area. So while thanking God for being blessed and receiving his favor, He gave me a new job. I had been looking for 4 months and He brought me a job with the exact amount of money I need and the hours I need. However…. I do not like the work. I don’t like the location, the drive, the uniform, etc. So the first few days I started to complain, and let everyone know how much I hated it. I told God this is not what I was looking for!!! Then he showed me that this was a gift. This was where he needed me right now. And my attitude changed. Now I look forward to every opportunity while I’m there to talk about Him! To make this job a true blessing! Amen!!

So, all I’m really trying to say is, being a “New Creation” to me means, I have brand new start with Christ in my life! My past failures and mistakes don’t matter anymore! With Christ I can now chart my course with victory and success! I am not condemned and He who has begun a good work in me, WILL see it through until the day of completion!

Be blessed!! I AM!

Kelly K

 

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How to get “LUCKY”

I would be willing to bet,  at some point today, you heard someone say one of these phrases…

He’s lucky! It’s my lucky day!  I wish I was lucky!  That was all lucky!  Lucky you!  Good luck! 

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I’ve noticed people put a lot of value in luck. Everyone wants it,  and lots of people are jealous of those who seem to have it! 

Well,  it’s YOUR lucky day today friends! I’m going to show you how to get lucky….  Or, if you’re familiar with my writings, you may already know what I’m REALLY going to do is try and show you another perspective of what luck really is…..

Sometimes we see people who one day had nothing, was a nobody, nothing going on,  and then it seems in an instant they’re famous!!  Such as,  maybe there is band you had never heard of before and now everytime you turn on the radio that’s all you hear!!  And people always say, man that band was an overnight success!!  Or an actor who you had never seen is in everything now!  Wow!  An instant celebrity! Or let’s even take it to our level…  A guy at work gets a huge promotion over you…  He was so lucky!  Or the girl at school who made the team and you didn’t,  she must have just been lucky… These things happen all the time and I’m constantly reading on Facebook and Twitter about how jealous people are of other people’s “luck”. 

But God has been teaching me something…  And it’s so basic that we should all recognize this,  but we miss it so often in our everyday lives… When we see someone become a success, to us, it happened in that instant. But to them,  they may have worked for years for that moment to finally happen!  What you and I just called luck,  they may call perseverance. Or persistence.

Let me show you an awesome example of what I’m talking about… Last year in the NFL, Odell Beckham Jr caught an amazing, one handed catch against the Dallas Cowboys and he scored a touchdown. This catch looked nearly impossible!  It was an unbelievable catch! 

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For weeks and weeks people talked about that catch. ESPN talked about it constantly! Everyone was saying what a lucky catch that was, and they can’t believe he got so lucky!!!

But what a lot of people didn’t see, was before the game,  they were also filming Odell Beckham practice. Take a look at this video HERE.

This was nothing new to Odell!!!  This is how he practiced!  This was something he had worked and worked and worked to be able to do!!! 

But we don’t see what goes on day in and day out. We don’t see that band that’s on the radio play in crapy bars for 5 years working and writing songs until someone finally notices them. We don’t see that girl who made the cheer team practice back flips and cartwheels all day every day in her back yard. We don’t see the guy who got the promotion coming in to work early and staying late. All we see is the moment of glory when they finally get the reward they have been working so hard for,  and then we call it luck!!

So I want to tell some of you who have been consistent, who have been faithfully serving God, you may be looking and waiting for that moment for God to bless you or show up in your life and make something happen. And I want to encourage you,  don’t stop what your doing!  Your time is coming!  What feels like hard work and a struggle today is going to turn in to an amazing moment for you,  and people are going to say, you’re so lucky!!  I wish I was lucky like that! And you can tell them,  it’s not luck! It’s God!! It was dedication, hard work and perseverance!!

God wants to give you everything! He wants to bless you beyond your imagination, but you have to be prepared and ready to handle it. He is the gardener, and to get you ready for the calling and blessing he has for your life He has to do some pruning first. It may not feel good at the time,  it might sting sometimes, but the fruit you will bare because of it,  will make people want to ask,  how did you get so lucky? Then you will have an amazing story to share about how awesome your God is.

I have dreams and I know I’m called to preach some day. I plan to preach to arenas and millions of people.  But this year the largest crowd I’m preached to was maybe 25. I preached a sermon to 14 kids not long ago. I read my Bible for hours and write blogs and lessons that God teaches me that maybe 50 people will read or maybe no one will read. Some days I cry to God and I tell him,  this is not what I had had in mind when I accepted what you’ve called me to do. When I told you I would serve you. 

But then I remember…  I have to go through the pruning, the learning,  the practice,  the struggles so that when the day comes,  that God puts me in the place he’s called me to be,  when he delivers on the promise he made  I’ll be ready for it!  And I hope someone says, he’s an overnight success!

It makes all the since in the world to me now when I read what James said,

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

So to those of you are are with me where I’m at in my life right now,  I say,  don’t give up!  Let’s stay dedicated to the cause!  Our “LUCKY” day is coming!  And the best part is,  when your luck is actually Gods blessing and favor,  it will actually last, be permanent, and sustain you!! 

YOUR SUCCESS IS ONLY AS SUSTAINABLE AS YOUR SOURCE!! 

If your source is Jesus, you just found a way to make your entire life lucky, from now until eternity.

God is good.

“WHOSOEVER” – Dylann Roof included?

You know what I think is awesome?  Of course you don’t know,  so I’ll tell you!

Everyone knows John 3:16. If you’re confused, that’s the verse that comes pre written on football gloves and baseball mits…  Ha.  However as well as we all know that verse I think there is one word in there we all skim over without giving it the proper credit…

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

We all understand the importance and the main point of the this message,  that if we accept Jesus we will have external life.  But what I think is so awesome is the “whosoever”  part.

Do you realize how amazing that is?  That means ANYONE who wants to be saved can be.

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That means gay, straight, black white,  murderer, thief, good person,  bad person,  liars, rich,  poor,  Bruce or Caitlyn Jenner,  or even Dylann Roof….

Oh…  That kind of stings a little…  Cause he just shot and killed people in a church… Would God really forgive HIM!? 

Well,  he actually already did. Even Dylann Roof is included in that “whosoever”.  Now, I’m not saying God is pleased with what happened,  and I hope I dont get more comments about why do bad things happen…  Cause I don’t know why. But I know John 16:33 says,  “You will have suffering in this world.” He didn’t say you might – he said it is going to happen.

Anyway,  God doesn’t condone our sin, but because of Jesus dying on the cross,  all our sins are paid for,  so we can all be a part of that whosoever.

Now I don’t know if Dylann Roof will take advantage of this amazing gift,  but I do know he has the option. And if he calls on the name of the Lord,  and asks for forgiveness, weather anyone on this earth wants him to have it or not,  God will give it to him. Because Jesus paid for it for him so long ago.

I only my write all this because of this quote I read in this article HERE.

“I will never be able to hold her again, but I forgive you,” a daughter of Ethel Lance said. “And have mercy on your soul. You hurt me. You hurt a lot of people but God forgives you, and I forgive you.”

As I read that, I tried to put myself the best I could in that situation…  Would I be able to forgive him if he had shot my wife?  My son?  My mom?  As I sit here now and type this and think about it,  it brings tears to my eyes. The thought of someone so selfishly taking away someone I love for such selfish reasons… Could I forgive them?

I’ve been  thinking about this for over an hour as I work my booth at the trade show today and the  all of a sudden I looked up and saw this sign 2 booths down…

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There’s another whosoever… So I as I ponder could I forgive him?  God straight-up told me,  “why not?  My son died for that already….  The same mercy and grace I’ve been extended in your life can belong to Dylann Roof just as easily.”

So as takes over the country,  and we all post horrible things on social media,  I want to challenge you to spend the time you were going to use posting that status to say a prayer instead. Pray for Dylann. Or pray for another “whosoever”  that you know that may need Jesus and his love and grace. 

I don’t want to downplay the horrible tragedy that took place. It was horrible. Absolutely. I just want to show you another perspective on how to react to it…

God has enough love and mercy and grace to cover us all. And weather we except it or not,  all our sins have already been paid for. You are the whosoever that John 3:16 is talking about.

Remember that,  John 3:16 was written about YOU.

Here’s a shovel full of GRACE for you bro…

Ok,  so first off,  if any of you reading this know me personally then you probably know my rage and anger against other drivers. Mainly because in my mind, most people drive like complete idiots. Except for me…  (maybe I need to change my perspective..)  (that’s another blog I’m working on)

That being said I’m TRYING  to be much better and not yell, scream, swear, and tell people to pull over so much anymore.

So last Sunday at church there was an illustration where the speaker had a shovel in his hands and was showing us how when God gives us,  and shows us grace, that’s how he does it. He shovels it all over us all the time!  Then he took a spoon and said,  but this is how we distribute grace to others. God gives us so much,  but in return we don’t give to others anywhere near the same as it is given to us.

This was huge to me!! I’ve literally thought about this daily since I heard it. Then this week,  someone in my life showed me a HUGE amount of grace. They blessed me in such a huge way that I didn’t even deserve. And it was amazing.

Then today, as I’m working I needed to come out to my truck to move it to another side of the building. And this is what I saw.

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I was instantly filled with a rage and anger that I can’t even express into words!!  Furious is a walk in the park compared to what I was feeling! I couldn’t decide if I was going to shatter this guys window, or key his entire car. (both, regrettably, I have done in the past.) I finally settled on keying his car. I got a key ready that I wasn’t to worried about destroying, and I walked to the side of his car.

Then God said,  “man,  you’re not even going to use a spoon?”

And I just froze. In my mind I thought, BUT GOD!!!  PLEASE!?!  LOOK WHAT THIS JERK DID!?!  and He said, “but look what I did…”

So….  I fought for a few more seconds in my mind, then I walked to the passenger side of my car. I was about to climb over the seat to get in my side and I said to God, I can’t let him off without AT LEAST knowing about this… So I found some paper and I wrote this note to leave on his windshield.

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Now, I’m not saying leaving the note was right. Maybe it wasn’t. But I didn’t damage his car. I took the time to listen to God and reflect on what he taught me.

It felt good.

So as I still struggle to show grace and love to people on a daily basis, who I may feel don’t deserve it… I’m still trying. I’m making the effort to use the shovel instead of the spoon.

I want to encourage you all to do the same. Everyday you’re going to have an opportunity to show someone grace…

Will you use a shovel,  or a spoon?

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