Be Spiritual not Religious

ūüéÄI am a sunshine girl, that is building her relationship with God from scratch, i share faith related topics and other random stuffs because i want the youth to make less mistakes and live a life that is intentional and pleasing to God, and themselves. Everything written here is based of my experience and/ or opinion, so don’t get it twisted.

I viewed Christianity as a complex relationship of laws and expectations instead of a mutual and sweet relationship with God, so i ended up not being myself. Not knowing i was deceiving myself, God, my soul and spirit, which is just not right. It took me some time to realize that my life in the open should not be any different from my life in private, because God sees, hears and feels everything before we even do them.

My point is God did not say Christians can not have fun or entertain themselves. What he did say is that we should flee and cut out worldly things from our life. My understanding of that is, if a song causes you to lust, indulge in an unhealthy and sinful behavior (stealing, smoking, pornography, etc) or makes you praise mankind and the things of the world more than you do, to and for your Heavenly Father, then you are lost in the world, and you need HIM in your life. We make Christianity hard for ourselves, by taking the Word literally instead of Understanding His Word, with the help of the Holy Spirit.

God uses the Holy Spirit to explain his teachings to us, to help us discern between what is good and right; and in other areas of our life we need to¬† make use¬† of our common sense. For instance, you know lusting after someone is a sin and bad, so you need to make the effort to occupy your mind with things that are just and acceptable to God e.g. Join a group, occupy your leisure time with fruitful activities such as dancing, painting, drawing, going to the gym, or hanging out with the right people, etc, all these activities can be enjoyed to glory of God; because the Holy Spirit is not going to come down and rescue you. He is already¬† inside those who seek him intentionally and on a daily basis. He helps us toughen our spirit to resist temptation, but the rest is up to you to bring your body under subjection to your spirit, that is why we the youth especially need to abstain from unnecessary relationships and other immoral acts because it draws you further away from God’s presence and causes you to sin prematurely.

God wants us to have fun, God wants us to be happy, but he wants us to use our common sense and wisdom from the Word to do what is right for our body, mind, soul and spirit, and most importantly pleasing to Him. So if you are doing something that is causing you to sin, no matter how big or small the sin is, it is still a SIN, and you need to work on it.

Ask God for help and direction, don’t sin with your eyes and don’t think you are too tough or stable not to fall into temptation, because the devil works in many subtle ways and will deceive you into thinking that what you are doing is normal or part of a growing process in biology (like hormonal changes).**sigh**

All in all, what i want you to pick from this message is that Understand the Word of God, don’t just read and memorize scriptures, let them make sense to you, even if that means reading it several times. And what you can not do in public, do not do in private. God sees you!, so make sure you are clean. You do not need to be perfect but you need to be spiritually tough and fit to be able to flee when it is time to flee. Let your Yes be your Yes and your No be your No.

HOPE THIS MAKES SENSE TO SOMEONE, I WILL HAVE ANOTHER POST ON WHETHER CHRISTIANS CAN OR SHOULD LISTEN TO SECULAR MUSIC, SO SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG SO AS TO NOT MISS IT.

As always, please do comment so i can also learn from you, because that is the one of the purpose of Forever, Blossom & Shine. 

 

Peace,

Sika Sunshine ūüėČ

 

 

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GRATEFUL LIVING (Gratitude through it all)

During difficult times, you hear the phrase “Everything happens for a reason. Be Strong. Do not give in” or “God has a reason for everything my dear, be grateful in all things” ¬†And do not get me wrong, these are all true and meaningful words of encouragement people need to give one another in times of frustration, depression and what not. And for some people, it is very hard to let the words sink in because when you are in pain or in a destructive condition, those words turn into a language you can not understand. It is very tough to be grateful and positive when¬†you¬†are the one in the situation. You would want to, but your mind wont let you until you understand what it means to be ¬†grateful and how it can change your life and way of thinking.

Everybody goes through challenging and distressing situations¬†everyday¬†of their lives. And if you look on the bright side, it is no death sentence at all because it is not the reduction in problems or challenges that will make you happy. For instance, you may have everything that you could possibly dream of… but it does not end there, because you would want more of it or something else and that makes you discontented, therefore not grateful and unhappy. However, there are others who face misfortunes that we would not wish ¬†for ourselves yet they are grateful, therefore happy. Isn’t that beautiful?

In other words, you become truly happy when you are grateful for every moment in your life; be it good or bad. So it is not the happy people that are grateful but rather the reverse.

I believe that being grateful is about being overly thankful for everything freely given to you by God and how you have manged to make something out of the free thing. It does not matter how big  or small you have achieved but the fact that you are not slacking or being static. For example, we do not earn or trade something to be to be alive. It is free. Life is a valuable gift given to us from above, in it comes lots of moments, opportunities and second chances. And we should be grateful for, and in, every moment, and everyday of our lives because we have second chances and opportunities in life to do something worthwhile. Everything that comes with life and living is a gift in a gift. We can choose how we want our story to end with the opportunities given to us by God.

“When times are stable and the sea is calm and secure, no one is really tested. Similarly, God puts us to a test not to destroy us but to strengthen our faith in him and make our lives meaningful. Many Christians ¬†do not read the Word so they are misinformed, God never said that we will not face temptations, hardship, suffering and the likes. Of course we will, but his ¬†promise to us is that He will be with us through it all. Those who yearn for him really find him.

When you are grateful, you live with a sense of satisfaction and joy not discontentment and fear. Do not be grateful once in a while. Live gratefully everyday!

With love,

Sika Sunshine

 

MOTIVATION WITH A PURPOSE

 

Motivation without purpose is not enough.

Motivation is great but will not get you where you want to be, it will only cause you to day dream about the things you hope for. Once you have a solid purpose to back up the things you hope for, your motivation becomes meaningful and the actions you take towards achieving your dream(s) begin to pay off for your good.

Have reasons to be motivated. Ask yourself, “what is the reason i must be/do…?” not “I must be/do… because of…,”¬†while the first sentence in bold¬†is deeply immersed with motivation and purpose, the second sentence sounds hypocritical. The first sentence affirms¬† that there is an important reason as to why something is being done and therefore the¬†reason¬†will serve as an energy or boost to act¬†and¬†do). On the contrary, the second statement is not energy driven because it focuses on pleasing¬†“external forces”- and that is motivation without a solid purpose; not the best way to accomplish a dream.

The reason why we have the “I can achieve and do anything energy/spirit” after watching a motivational video or listening to a motivational message, but in an hour or week later completely forget about our goal driven energy is that, we focus on how to get motivated (we seek encouragement,validation,¬†solutions and answers) from these videos and messages whilst forgetting the most important thing; which is how we can change ourselves for the better by actually taking action and making tremendous use of the motivational speeches, videos, etc.

Motivational videos, quotes, songs and messages are not just there to motivate you. They serve as a call to action, to improve and change you. Do not be a victim of a temporary boost!. The next time you are watching a motivational video, pause and replay it repeatedly till the message sinks into your mind and soul, and if need be, jot down a few points that relate to your current situation and what you have learnt that can make you an effective and successful being and then start to act and move relentlessly.

Aspire to make a difference, not a living.

Before you get motivated:

  1. Have a plan, reason or purpose
  2. Incorporate discipline into achieving your plan,reason or purpose and take massive action towards them (Life goals, dreams and future)
  3. Attach deadlines to each and every goal until you check them off. (It can be weekly, monthly, yearly or even future goals)
  4. Condition your mind to be the best everyday and do not settle for less. You deserve great things.

Now bear in mind, it is normal for those deadlines to change/shift depending on situations/circumstances or what “life throws at us.” So you need to ¬†constantly make changes or adjust the deadlines where necessary and let your goals motivate you. With direction from God and this positive way of exercising¬†the brain, mind and soul, the sky will not be your limit because there are no limits for YOU. There are only plateaus which you must go beyond and overcome.

Motivation is like food for the brain, you can not get enough at a sitting. You need continual and regular refills of purpose mixed in motivation. Motivation with purpose will lighten up anyone’s life.

 

Peace and Light,

Sika Sunshine