Love God

December 18, 2018
by Brandy Webb

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My last blog looked at seeking God’s Kingdom first, and one of my main ideas that I hope I got across is to make sure God the Father and Christ our Messiah are priority number one in our lives. My blog before dealt with God working all things out for good to those who love Him (Romans 8:28). Well, my mom brought up how the two blogs actually go together. Trusting God that all things will work for good requires us to put God first in our lives, which also requires us to love Him totally. She then asked, “So how does one show love to God?” Continue reading

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Seek Ye First

December 11, 2018

by Brandy Webb

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Often, when I start to worry, the statement, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God,” pops into my head. I read a lot of different versions of the Bible, but when it comes to Christ’s words in Matthew 6:33, it is always the King James Version that comes to mind. However, it doesn’t matter what version that we remember, what matters is if we are doing what Christ told us to do. Continue reading

From Pain to Praise

November 30, 2018
by Brandy Webb

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The other day, I was reading a thankfulness journal that I have. I am actually supposed to do it daily, but I forget sometimes. However, the other day, I remembered, and it asked, “When have you seen God use suffering for good?” It was in reference to Romans 8:28: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (NAS). Continue reading

A Legacy

November 15, 2018
by Brandy Webb

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When I think of leaving a legacy, I think of famous historical figures that made a splash on the world like a stone hitting the water leaving ripples that still affect societies long past their deaths. These people are the ones that we learn about in school. We read their histories, maybe even books written by them, and we think how awesome it would be to go back in time to meet them. In addition, some of us wish we could be like them, be it to imitate their bravery, intelligence, wit, or any other character trait that enthralls us. However, can we leave a “legacy” also? Maybe not one that is written in the secular books of the future, but one that still leaves ripples that last so long that generations after us do not even realize were made by our lives. Continue reading

Fret Not

November 2, 2018
by Brandy Webb

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It is that time of year that I honestly can’t wait until it is over, election time. I am not going to go political here at all, but I do want to point out some things that happen every time it is an election year. On all sides, there is a lot of anger, name calling, lying, extreme negativity, chaos, etc. The main thing that occurs is fear. Everyone is afraid that the person they think should win may not. It is the one common denominator for people no matter what party they belong to. Fear of who is going to win the election. What is sad is I see this fear even amongst Christians.

Yet, I have to remind myself, why do we Christians become afraid during the elections? Don’t we know that God is in control? Or does our faith falter when it is election time? You may not agree with me, but in my opinion the Bible makes it clear that God is the one who allows whomever to be in power (Psalms 75:6-7 and Romans 13:1-2). All authorities that get in power are put in place because of His plan. Therefore, when we get fearful we are actually saying to God, “I’m not sure I agree with who you chose to put in power.”

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am just as guilty of being fearful. We were born with a survival instinct. We do not like to suffer. Our souls yearn for God’s Kingdom to come and peace and righteousness to reign, but we know that it is going to have to get a bit scary before the Kingdom comes. That is the part that sometimes scares us. No one likes bad things to happen. I believe that even Christ was a bit afraid of what He was about to have to endure. I am sure that the apostles had to fight back against fear also. Yet something made them all courageous. Something beat down their fears and helped them to press on, and to not worry about what human was in power.

I believe it was the Holy Spirit inside them. They had its “armor” to protect them (Ephesians 6:10-18). They had its wisdom that “told” them to remember the Messiah’s words, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow…” (Matthew 6:33-34). Plus, because of the Holy Spirit they had the best gift and fruit known to man, love, and “perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18a).

How does love drive out fear? Loving God makes us trust Him. Loving God makes us not worry what the world can do to us in this life (Psalms 56:3-4). Loving God makes us strong and courageous because we know and believe that “He will never leave [us] nor forsake [us]” (Deuteronomy 31:6). Loving God makes us realize we are His children, and He loves us and will take care of us (Romans 8:15). Loving God reminds us that this life is just temporary. The rulers of this world are temporary. Loving God reminds us that, even though life can be hard; the world can be a scary place; people can be cruel; hatred can seem to conquer the righteous; bad things happen to good people; He, the Creator of all things and everyone, is still in control. And one day, every tear, heartache, pain, sin, and death will be destroyed (Revelation 21:4). So, hold fast to your faith and your love of God, and hold onto what David stated in Psalms 37. I am including verses 1-7, but please read the whole thing.

1Do not fret because of evildoers,
Be not envious toward wrongdoers.
2 For they will wither quickly like the grass
And fade like the green herb.
3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday.
7 Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.

What is Sin?

October 23, 2018
by Brandy Webb

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What is sin to you? Is it possible to figure out this question without looking at God’s Word? Is it possible to fully understand sin without God’s law? The Bible states that sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4). Transgression means to break or violate a law. So, if sin is the transgression of the law, yet supposedly the law of God was nailed to the cross, then how are Christians supposed to behave? Continue reading

Be Your Best

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October 3, 2018
by Brandy Webb

When I was a child I believed that I would live a long life. I believed that death happened mainly to old people, even though I knew that sometimes children died. My brother lost two great friends when he was a kid, but I thought that the death of children was few and rare. I would look at my parents, who at the time I thought were so old, which is very ironic because I am older than they were at that time, and I would say, surely I will live to be their age. I would also look at my grandparents and my great-grandparents and think; well, I definitely should live to their ages. Given I was very young and, yes, very naïve. I grew up, and I have been to more funerals than I ever thought possible. Some were for friends, some for family members, young and old. Death knows no bias. It can strike the old, young, rich, or poor. It is non-discriminatory, and I don’t believe that we are ever really prepared for it when it occurs, even when it is someone with a terminal illness.

Be Your Best
However, I do not want to write a downer-type blog. Life is short no matter how long you live. We all know that. We also know that we all have an appointed time to die (Hebrews 9:27). Therefore, we need to make sure we are our best every moment, every minute, every second of our lives while we still have the breath of life within us.

I know that there are songs like “Live like you are dying.” Plus, there are multiple statements about not taking life for granted. Yet, how well are we doing that? Are we striving to be the best person that we can be every day of our lives? Are we striving to put aside bitterness, discontent, fears, worries, and any other negative characteristics, and instead, embracing love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control, and full contentment with who God has made us to be?

Ron Dart made a great point in one of his many sermons that I’m going to paraphrase. He stated that God’s will for our lives is for us to do His will on earth while we are here. God wants us to be His lights. He wants us to bear good fruit. He wants us to “[m]ake every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy” (Hebrews 12:14), to love our neighbor as ourselves (one reference, Leviticus 19:18), to “love your enemies, do good to them” (Luke 6:35), to keep His commandments (John 14:15), to love Him (John 14:15), to be set apart from the world (John 15:19), etc. We are to be our best that we can be in every moment of our lives because this brings glory to His name. It will also make life more enjoyable and more peaceful. Therefore, “[d]o your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (Colossians 3:23-24). Also, enjoy life, rejoice daily, and thank God for every moment He grants you.

Work of Art

August 8, 2018
by Brandy Webb

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Here lately, I have been learning a lot of new skills. I am realizing that the only one who limits me is myself, and I have found that I am more capable of learning things than I ever imagined. It seems that the more I step out of my comfort zone, the more God helps me to accomplish. I imagine we all are more capable of more than we think because we serve a God that can give us the grace we need to succeed. He can do all things, even impossible things. We can’t do all things, but with Him we can. I think He enjoys stretching us, so that we realize what all He can do through us if we let Him. Continue reading