Real Talk…

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As you prepare to go into a new year of your life, decide that 2015 is going to be bigger and better as a young woman in the Lord. Make wiser choices, set more boundaries, and experience God in a fresh new way! It’s time.

Jesus is coming back soon! Do you know that? Better yet, do you want to go with Him when He comes? If anything, that should be your motivation and driving force to go deeper in the Lord, while making the necessary changes that need to take place in your life now.

First Thessalonians 4:16-18 says, “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the call of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, all the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain in him forever. So comfort and encourage each other with these words.” (NLT)

That's what I'm doing now. I am comforting and encouraging you with these words today.

Listen. There are so many people who either don’t like to talk about this, or who think that they still have so much more time here before this major event happens. But I want to tell you, “Don’t be fooled.” For this day will come quickly and unexpected. It’s popularly known as “The Rapture of the Church.” And it’s coming soon. Jesus tells us that we can tell by the signs when His return draws near. And there are many signs. That’s why you have to be ready in every way.

Matthew 24:40-42 says, “Two men will be working together in the field: one will be taken, the other left. Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left. So be prepared, because you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.” And Matthew 24:44 says, “You also must be ready all the time. For the Son of Man will come when least expected.”

I know the club life may be calling, sex luring, and the world tempting, but you have to get focused. Reader pay attention. YOU have to get focused. God is calling you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Therefore, if you are a professing Christian, it’s time to LIVE like it.

The Bible warns us to “come out from among them.” Second Corinthians 6:14-15 & 17 says, “Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can goodness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the Devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever?...Therefore, come out from them and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord.” (NLT)

*This is God speaking.

So if you’re hanging out with worldly friends, out drinking, clubbing, fornicating (meaning having sex while you’re not married), then take heed to this warning from God. You cannot profess Christianity and still live in habitual sin. You have to change. You have to repent. And you can do it today. Right now, actually if you are guilty of any of these things.

It’s so unfortunate to see young women who claim to be followers of Jesus, yet still live like the enemy. Satan is not our friend. He is actually our enemy and an enemy of God. He is of this world, not of the Kingdom. So to be his friend is to show that you are an enemy of God. James 4:4 says, “You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with this world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again, that if you aim to enjoy this world, you can’t be a friend of God.”

Do you see that? So if you’re partaking in the worldly stuff like listening to secular (worldly) music, clubbing, having premarital sex, okay with abortion, committing adultery, cursing, practicing homosexuality, and such sins, you are showing clear signs that you are living as an adulterer to God…this is hypocritical and it can really kill your witness as a professing Christian and depending on the sin, shipwreck your faith (Read Galatians 5:19-21). You don’t want to do that, right?

If you know anything about the Bible, Jesus hated hypocrisy. And in James 4:7-10, it says, “…humble yourselves before God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, you hypocrites. Let there be tears for the wrong things you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness, instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor.”

God loves you enough to tell you this. Again, if you are in any type of sin right now, whether outward or inward (meaning unforgiveness, hatred, bitterness, backbiting, impure or evil thoughts, etc.), humble yourself before God and repent. You can do it right now. Repentance means to “turn away” from any sin that can cause you to shipwreck your faith or kill your effectiveness for the Kingdom. The Bible tells us in 1 John 1:8-9, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

So no matter who you are, or where you are in your walk with the Lord, examine yourself today and if necessary, repent. Repent of anything that's not like the Lord. When you pray and confess, you will be forgiven. But again, the next step is to stop doing it or turn away from it. This can be a new day for you, sis! It’s not worth losing it all. Remember, Jesus is coming back soon, and you have to be ready from the inside out. This is Real Talk!

Watch this quick video that will help complete this message to you…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIj47X960pw

~Courtnaye

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If you have any questions, comments, or need advice on something, please feel free to write me at insideoutwithcourtnaye@gmail.com.