Handling Bad News like a Superstar

Wake Up Sleepy Head

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Have we become too familiar to the things God hates? When our world changes and morals drop, we become too used to the changes and we slowly move away from hating the root of the decline: sin. It’s a shame that today not many preachers even use the word “sin” in their sermons. Oftentimes, people don’t even realize what it means and how much damage it causes in people’s lives. Sin separates us from The love of God. It tears us apart not just spiritually, but also emotionally.

And for us believers, we have to be careful that we don’t get into a slump just going through the motions of everyday life. We work in the ministry, go to regular Sunday services and mid-week bible studies and before we know it, we’ve lost our first love. We’ve lost the fire and desire that we once felt when we first gave our life to Jesus. I have gone through some times in my life where I had to fall in love all over again with the gospel. In our world today, I find I have so many more distractions than ever before. My days are busier and busier. All of a sudden, I realize that I haven’t ready my Bible but twice that week. Not good. The Word is the spiritual food I need to get through the day.

Oh and I pray every day, but am I spending that time really seeking the face of God? I don’t want living for God to become a daily ritual of tasks that I perform every day like brushing my teeth. I don’t want to take for granted all Jesus has done for me. I don’t want His death, burial, and resurrection to lose its awesome spark in my heart. I know if it had not been for Jesus, my life wouldn’t be worth living.

Each day I face challenges like anyone else and each day I face opportunities too. God puts us here for a purpose to fulfill a calling. I have family members that I’m concerned about their salvation. I pray for them all the time. I read bad news and hear about deaths, senseless crimes, hate and racism is still running rampant, and there’s a lot of unhappy people in the world, I’m not immune to this and I don’t want to be. I don’t want to take the attitude, “Oh well, that’s the world we live in.” Jesus said we are not to be of this world. We’re not to take a nonchalant position when we hear about all the evil around us. We should pray and use any opportunity He gives us to share the good news that Jesus still saves. He is able to turn our walk around and give us a hope no one can take away.

I realize that I can’t be asleep or half awake. I can’t ignore sin, I can’t stay quiet. Not anymore! Time us for sleepy heads to wake up and flick that light switch on, because one day we will stand before our Holy God to give an account of how we lived on earth. No one will be standing with us, we will stand alone. I want a good report. I don’t want my Savior to tell me He’s disappointed by all the opportunities I missed to stand up for truth and help save someone lost. May He find me busy living what I say I believe. We can’t stand on the sidelines and hope that it’ll all somehow work itself out. Our world grows darker every day. You and I will have to make a choice. No more hoping things will change for the better. We Christians need to be prepared and live a life that depicts Jesus’ love for mankind. And at the same time, stand up for righteousness.

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Whether we realize it or not, God is looking at us all the time. He knows our hearts and motives. When we really come to the realization that it is only Him that we should ever be pleasing and not man, we will really be awake and alive. No one on earth can take us to Heaven nor send us to Hell. Jesus said He has the keys of life and death. And it won’t be Him condemning us either. He left us choice. We will choose where we go after this life is over. We must choose wisely too. I was blessed, because I was saved in 1987 but backslid after Shron, my first husband, died and for 10 years I was outside the safety of the gospel. Yet, Jesus called me back and I was blessed to hear Him and re-dedicate my life back to Him. Not every backslider makes it back. It’s not the same for everyone and so I want so much to make something good come out of my life, because He didn’t leave me to myself.

Let’s wake up out there, don’t sit on the fence anymore. Don’t be half in and half out the church. Don’t give in to the propaganda and news you hear today, make your voice known that right is right and wrong is wrong. If you have to cut off ties with people and things in your life that you know aren’t good, do it. If your so-called friends ask you why, you tell them that it’s against God and The Bible and you’re not going to keep sinning against Him and open doors for guilt, condemnation, and separation from God. If they don’t like it, so be it.

I had to cut ties with people before, because they didn’t want to live for God, they wanted the world’s standards and I knew I didn’t. Some people that were in my life were literally sucking the life out of me. If you’re not around people lifting you up and helping you remain accountable, ask yourself what kind of friends are they anyways? At the end of the day, I want to know that God my Father is proud of me.

Stand up today and be awake and alive, let your light shine that you won’t compromise no matter what. Times are hard yes, but God didn’t leave us unprepared and wandering. We have His Holy Spirit to guide us and give us the power to stand against the enemy and what we can’t do, God will do. Bottom line is we’re headed to the end my brothers and sisters in Christ, don’t play church anymore. Repent and fall in love with Jesus again. He’s done too much for us that we should never want to let Him down.

Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.