The Best Children’s Bibles!

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So let me just start off by saying (just in case someone doesn’t know) that I am a Mama bear♥ Yes, I have FIVE kids and if the Lord is willing I would love to have many more. I know that true motherhood isn’t really valued in these last and evil days, but it is truly an honor and a blessing to be called to raise up babies in the fear and admonition of the Lord. But anyways (because that’s another post for another day), I just wanted to share what bibles I use to teach my children in addition to teaching them by being, of course.

So we use the New Living Translation (NLT) whenever we do group bible studies. And we use these New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) Adventure Bibles that I just bought for everyday reading. Now we have to be VERY careful with some translations (or paraphrases!) of the bible because many are watered down in order to be palatable for the world. But I have been reading this version lately in my own quiet time and I’m telling you that it’s legit. Its even helped inspire a few of my latest posts!

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Here’s a look inside!

Also, if you have babies and/or toddlers don’t worry, I do too. I found a “Beginner’s bible” that sticks to the scriptures. And this is something that the kids can read to each other (or you can do like I do and just read it to them in place of silly bedtime stories!).

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So I hope that you check these versions out. Let me know if you are curious about what versions I like to read and study with myself.

Much love,

Brandi Collins

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P.s I purchased these bibles from Hobby Lobby (and from Amazon) for around $10 each!

Throwing Your Pearls to Swine

So yesterday, I talked about the danger in judging others, and (briefly!) I just want to mention one more thing! As I was rereading the opening scriptures, I realized that Jesus wrapped all of that up with something very, very important. He told us to help each other as we overcome BUT DON’T cast our pearls before swine.

“Do not judge and criticize and condemn [others unfairly with an attitude of self-righteous superiority as though assuming the office of a judge], so that you will not be judged [unfairly]. For just as you[hypocritically] judge others [when you are sinful and unrepentant], so will you be judged; and in accordance with your standard of measure[used to pass out judgment], judgment will be measured to you. Why do you look at the [insignificant] speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice and acknowledge the [egregious] log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me get the speck out of your eye,’ when there is a log in your own eye? You hypocrite (play-actor, pretender), first get the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Do not give that which is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, for they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” (Matthew 7:1-6, AMP, Yesterday’s opening scriptures)

You see it’s one thing to humbly rebuke a brother or sister in the Lord (Or even to share the good news with those who may have never heard). But it’s a whole ‘nother thing to waste our time (and to exhaust ourselves!) trying to convince those who are under a strong delusion. So I’m just going to assume that you all know what I’m saying. And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, I encourage you to go back and read yesterday’s post  🙂

With nothing but love,

Brandi

♥♥ And as always, here’s a couple scriptures to consider:

(Proverbs 9:6-8, NLT) Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live; learn to use good judgment. Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return. Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt. So don’t bother correcting mockersthey will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you.”

(Revelation 22:10-15) And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at handHe that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

 

The Danger in Judging others

 “Do not judge and criticize and condemn [others unfairly with an attitude of self-righteous superiority as though assuming the office of a judge], so that you will not be judged [unfairly]. For just as you[hypocritically] judge others [when you are sinful and unrepentant], so will you be judged; and in accordance with your standard of measure[used to pass out judgment], judgment will be measured to you. Why do you look at the [insignificant] speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice and acknowledge the [egregious] log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me get the speck out of your eye,’ when there is a log in your own eye? You hypocrite (play-actor, pretender), first get the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Do not give that which is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, for they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” (Matthew 7:1-6, AMP)

Now let me just start off by saying that there is a difference between judging and discerning. Judging is forming an unjust opinion, or verdict concerning someone and their business (life). Judging is NOT identifying (or recognizing) who or what someone truly is or isn’t. That is discernment. And according to the bible, we have to “judge” (in that sense) people by their fruit lest we be deceived too. There are MANY false prophets and teachers and converts and Jesus’.. So we better start measuring people (including ourselves!) up to the scriptures. And if you are genuinely doing this, then you know that it’s not fun coming to a sober conclusion that someone you love (or admire) is not of God. It’s heartbreaking. Especially when they are offended by your concerns and/or reject your rebuke.

We are living in those (end!) times when people are no longer able to endure sound doctrine. These people, who don’t want to be “judged” are obviously living (and loving!) lies.

Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.” (2 Timothy 4:2-4, NLT)

So don’t apologize for standing on the Word of God. Judging just has such a bad wrap because most people (and I’m guilty of this myself!) are going around slandering and condemning folks for sins that they themselves are still committing. And this is SO dangerous because God is no respecter of persons. Just as disgusted (or as irritated) as you are about someone else’s sin (that you’re also dealing with), God is the One who is truly offended (by BOTH of you who haven’t come to repentance!). And we who are judging hypocritically, are even worst without excuse because our attitudes toward the person (and their sin) testifies against us. It not only proves that we know what we’re both doing wrong, but it proves that we are in an even worst state than they are. Because if we actually believe that we are better off than them to condemn, then we are self righteous and blinded by our own sin. And this is exactly what Jesus was talking about in Matthew chapter 7. It’s not that we can’t acknowledge or rebuke other people’s sin (because we’re encouraged too). It’s just that we have to make sure that we’re spiritually mature and are walking upright ourselves. The whole point is to help each other out before we get judged FOR REAL by God. So, I hope that this clarifies some things. Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

Much love,

Brandi Collins

♥♥ Here’s some more scriptures to consider:

(Romans 2:1-21, NLT) You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things. Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things? Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. He will judge everyone according to what they have done. He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers. But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness. There will be trouble and calamity for everyone who keeps on doing what is evil—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. But there will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism. When the Gentiles sin, they will be destroyed, even though they never had God’s written law. And the Jews, who do have God’s law, will be judged by that law when they fail to obey it. For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight. Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life. You who call yourselves Jews are relying on God’s law, and you boast about your special relationship with him. You know what he wants; you know what is right because you have been taught his law. You are convinced that you are a guide for the blind and a light for people who are lost in darkness. You think you can instruct the ignorant and teach children the ways of God. For you are certain that God’s law gives you complete knowledge and truth. Well then, if you teach others, why don’t you teach yourself? You tell others not to steal, but do you steal? You say it is wrong to commit adultery, but do you commit adultery? You condemn idolatry, but do you use items stolen from pagan temples? You are so proud of knowing the law, but you dishonor God by breaking it. No wonder the Scriptures say, ‘The Gentiles blaspheme the name of God because of you.’ “

(Galatians 6:1, NLT) “Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.”

How to have peace of mind

Fortunately, this post isn’t going to be that long because (contrary to what you may have been experiencing) having peace of mind is actually quite simple. Now I just have to clarify some things, this post isn’t for those of you who are being convicted of sin or are double minded. You do not want a seared conscience (or a reprobate mind), so repent of your sins and abstain from old fleshly lusts that wage war against your souls (as told in 1 Peter, Chapter 2, verse 11). Because the flesh is the problem.  When we (who are in Christ because there is no peace outside of Jesus Christ) don’t have peace of mind, it’s because we are being carnal. The thoughts of a mind influenced by sin (because that’s what the carnal mind is—hostile and disobedient to God.) brings nothing but death. It’s the mind mastered by the Spirit that yields life AND PEACE.

Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peaceFor the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.” (Romans 8:5-8, NLT)

So let us abide in the Spirit. And let us continue to wash our filthy (and faithless!) minds with the scriptures. We can not please (or serve) God being anxious, fearful and/or doubtful (Hebrews 11:6). All of these spirits are demonic and carnal. Remember that unclean spirits dwell or “make their homes” in our flesh.

So, I hope that this post encourages you to renew your mind. I love you and I am praying for you all!

Your sister, Brandi Collins

_Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace (1)

My Coming to Jesus Testimony

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I have a confession, I have never shared my testimony before. I know, and to be honest, it’s because I was ashamed of it. Compared to other testimonies I’ve heard, my life just seems so insignificant and boring. I was never addicted to drugs or lived a lavish lifestyle so I had convinced myself that my testimony wasn’t powerful because it wasn’t dramatic enough! But the devil truly is a liar. My changed life (and my changed mind!) is a witness to the power of God. So I want to share my story with you all. And I hope that it helps you get to know me a little better in order to receive the things I mention on the blog.

So I’ll just start by quickly running through my childhood. Now I wasn’t raised in church or anything like that. I would just visit churches whenever I would spend the weekend with my grandparents. Both sides of my family were (and are) professing Christians but their lives, and their hearts were (are still are) so far from God. So I had never heard the gospel, was taught the bible or was even encouraged to pray. My Mom’s side of the family was (and many still are) apart of the Eastern Orthodox church. So anything I might have learned was false doctrine anyway. My dad wasn’t apart of my life. I didn’t (and still don’t) have a relationship with him. And my mother’s grandmother helped her raise me and my younger brothers because she would work all day then  kick it in the streets all night. So I had a love hate relationship with my mother when I was younger.

IMG_20150128_203255077As a teenager, I was very promiscuous. And even though I was molested at twelve years old by my cousin’s father I don’t contribute that to that. If anything, being molested made me timid and insecure. But I had a spirit of lust since I was about 6 or 7 years old. I used to watch porn that came on tv. I didn’t really know what I was watching, I just knew that it made me want to masturbate. And that’s exactly what I would do. But like I said, I never connected being molested to my sexuality because masturbating was pleasurable and being molested wasn’t. I’m sure I got some demons from that perversion too but lust was already there laying dormant. But anyway, I lost my virginity when I was 15 to an older guy who was in his mid 20’s. From then on, I began to sleep around. In my life I’ve slept with about 20 men. I’ve had a few sexually transmitted diseases and eventually ended up in a very scary physically abusive relationship.

I was expelled from high school in the beginning of my sophomore year for beating up a girl (over a boy!) with a keychain full of pad locks. So I never even finished highschool (I got my GED later on in life when I was in my early 20’s). I spent all that extra time out of school smoking weed, drinking alcohol, sleeping around, stealing cars and partying with fake IDs.

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An old picture of me and one of my younger brothers.

I got pregnant for the first time when I was 19, and I didn’t even know who the father of my kids was (I had twins!). I had to get DNA tests done. And ended up in a toxic relationship with the father of my children. We went back and forth doing the babymama drama thing for YEARS until I began (what I thought was!) seeking the Lord. So i’ll just fast forward to that.

In 2011, after I had my daughter. me and my children’s father decided to move to Texas as if that would solve all of our problems. We thought that we just needed to uproot our little family from our hometown (I’m from the suburbs of Chicago) and move the suburbs of Houston, Texas. (Sighs) Let’s just say it didn’t work out. He had dreams of being a rapper and for the first time I was being exposed to southern religion.

 

I remember being invited to a bible study on Tuesday night and the pastor gave me a bible and that began to change my life. I started reading the old testament where I learned about God’s character and  His standards. I was so excited to learn more so eventually I joined the church. But it wasn’t long before my zeal was quenched out. The particular church that I was attending was not preaching holiness or repentance. And when I would address what I was learning from reading the bible concerning sin (or things like how the praise team was taking up the whole service when we should be listening to the message or praying!) I was shut down and considered a novice (or a baby christian). When in reality, I wasn’t even a Christian at all. I never repented of my sins or believed the gospel. The gospel wasn’t even being preached at this church. This place was full of selfish ambition and the pride of life. And that’s what I became all about. I had deceived myself into thinking that I was a born again believer when I was no different then I had always been. Now I was just going to church. I had no works to follow my faith other than lip service. My faith was DEAD. I honestly believe that God allowed me to be apart of that church just so that I could experience the current state of the “church”. Because as I kept praying and reading my bible at home. I had no peace in the relationship with my children’s father or that church. So I cut them both off. And that allowed me to begin to wholeheartedly seek the truth.

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One of our first dates!

Over the next year, I was still a wreck and of the world but I abstained from sexual relations while I was a single woman. Also, I spent all my time working (to provide for me and my children) and fasting (the best to my knowledge!). I would literally BEG God with all my heart to know Him (and for a husband!). Looking back, He responded quickly but in my despair it felt like I was waiting FOREVER!

In April of 2015 I started dating my now husband. He proposed in November of that year, and we got married the following January (2016). My husband was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He grew up in the church and was “preaching” at the church he attended. And I’m using air quotations because at that time, neither of us knew Jesus!

So anyway, after a couple months of searching for a place to worship together, we ended up just reading the bible and praying at home together. As a couple, we were wholeheartedly seeking the Lord together. As time went on, the Lord began to reveal himself (or I should say His ways) to us. We began to learn and to love (aka TO OBEY) His commandments. This is when the sanctification process began. We found ourselves coming to repentance and out from among our old friends and ungodly family members. I even left my job (right after a big promotion!) to stay home full time to care for my husband and children. Life was painfully changing drastically as we were dying to ourselves in order to be born again of the spirit. And since we still hadn’t found a place to fellowship, my husband just baptized me in the pool of our apartment complex.

Shortly after my water baptism, I began to experience a lot of demonic activity. I began having frequent dreams and visions. And I started involuntarily astral projecting. It got to the point where demons would literally manifest themselves to me in broad daylight. This hindered my walk for about a year because I was TERRIFIED. I slept (if I even slept at all) with the lights on EVERY single night. It was tormenting. I was oppressed by fear, depression and anxiety. My faith was completely shaken. I found myself questioning the bible (well the “trinity” and the once saved always saved doctrines— which AREN’T even in the bible!) as I  began to fear these beings more than I feared God. At that time I also became mesmerized by the occult as I educated myself on satanism and witchcraft.  At first I was feeling all enlightened and superior then the demonic attacks got even worst.

Thank God for my husband because I was on the verge of insanity. And all along, deep down inside I just truly wanted to know and to worship God. That was the darkest point of my life. I remember calling (well yelling) out to God in desperation asking Him to just tell me the truth and who He was. I told Him that if He didn’t manifest himself to me than I was going to give up on this whole Christian thing..  And I’ll never forget. Jesus himself responded to me. He said (very calmly, which was embarrassing in the midst of my disrespectful and dramatic outburst.), “All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.” (Matthew 11:27)

Jesus told me that he was the way to the Father. Which was so profound because all this time I had thought that he was God! Jesus is the son of God just like he, the bible and God Himself says is. Finally, the truth began to set me free. I realized that mainstream Christianity was full of false doctrines and that the bible didn’t contradict itself! Instantly I was delivered from some (not all but some) demons that were hindering me. I couldn’t believe (well obviously I did believe!) that I had just had an encounter with (and revelation of) the living Christ! And from that moment on I began to have a REAL relationship with him.

About a year later, I was sitting in my car with the windows down reading Hebrews and praying to the Father when suddenly something like the breeze (and maybe it was the breeze) compelled me to start praying in what sounded like Spanish. So I jumped out of the car (praising God in another language) and ran into the house because I didn’t know what was going to happen. Now I know that I was being filled with the holy ghost. I was instantly delivered that day from more demons and received power to overcome sin and worldliness. Today, I am still working out my salvation with fear and trembling, and I am compelled to preach the true gospel of Jesus Christ (which is to repent of your sins because the kingdom of God is at hand!). God is so faithful to save, and to reveal himself to those who seek Him with all their heart. And Jesus is everything♥ He loves us SO much. He is truly all that he says he is. With my life, I can testify. So if you have any questions or need prayer please let me know because time is running out. The end of time is here! If you’ve read any of my blogs, I understand that you may have taken my tough love (and hard truths!) to be self righteous or arrogance. But I created this blog out of love for women who are also truly seeking the Lord. You just read my story. I am nothing but a witness to the truth and to the power of God. So please, consider the things you read here on this blog. And more importantly, read your bible and follow the commandments of Jesus Christ. God bless you for your time.

Your sister, Brandi Collins

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“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Revelation 12:11)

 

♥♥ By the way, I’m 30 years old if anyone is wondering 🙂 Also, please feel free to share your own testimony with us in the comments!

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Feeling defeated by your sin?

_Listen! The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore._

Happy Sabbath everyone! So this morning, as usual, I was thinking about how amazing God is. Then it dawned on me how we really don’t have any excuse to be overcome by sin. Some of us are really struggling but the truth is, there is nothing in our little lives that God can not vanquish.

If we are truly in Christ and ABIDING in His spirit, then it is His will and His power working within us.

 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)

So why are we being defeated? And what kind of testimony does our lives witness to unbelievers when we are still bound by sin and can’t overcome this world? Who would believe in a god (or in the message of his son!) whose people aren’t experiencing (or benefiting from) their so called sovereignty?  You see, this is why the bible says God is mocked and blasphemed among the gentiles.

“You who call yourselves Jews are relying on God’s law, and you boast about your special relationship with him. You know what he wants; you know what is right because you have been taught his law. You are convinced that you are a guide for the blind and a light for people who are lost in darkness. You think you can instruct the ignorant and teach children the ways of God. For you are certain that God’s law gives you complete knowledge and truth.Well then, if you teach others, why don’t you teach yourself? You tell others not to steal, but do you steal? You say it is wrong to commit adultery, but do you commit adultery? You condemn idolatry, but do you use items stolen from pagan temples? You are so proud of knowing the law, but you dishonor God by breaking it. No wonder the Scriptures say, ‘The Gentiles blaspheme the name of God because of you.’

(Romans 2:17-24, NLT)

And even though Paul was addressing Jews concerning the law, it’s the same as all of us professing Christ with our mouths when our hearts and lives are JACKED UP! And I’m not saying that we should be perfect overnight but we shouldn’t have certain issues if we have God’s power in us. There’s no excuses! We’re either lacking the faith to truly function or we have sin in our lives that we don’t want to repent of. Both are unacceptable. You can not please God (or inherit the kingdom!) without faith and sin (and worldliness!) is why Jesus came! He defeats the devil, and he overcame the world so through him we have victory. We are more than conquerors!

So the next time you find yourself thinking that your issues are too much for God, just remember who HE is and that His grace is sufficient. Also, we would do good to humble ourselves. It’s okay (and necessary!) to go back to the basics. At some point we have to examine ourselves to see if we’re truly in the faith. It’s a matter of life or death so let’s just do that today. Repent and believe the gospel.

With nothing but love,

Brandi

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Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against GodFor if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. Remember what it says: ‘Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled.’ ” (Hebrews 3:12-15, NLT)

30 Prayer prompts for wives

When we were just newly weds! We had NO IDEA that life as we knew it would change BE OVER! It hasn’t been easy but I thank God for quickening us. Now we BOTH love God and His ways and are born again believers.

My husband has always said that I make him feel 7ft tall 🙂 I believe that’s because in addition to building him up physically and emotionally (through healthy meals, good lovin’, general honor and encouragement etc.), I also lift him up spiritually. Listen, prayer is tried and true! I’ve learned that at the end of the day, God is the only one with all the wisdom, truth and power to actually change your situations for the better.

A few years ago (when I was a newly wed), I stumbled across this 30 Day Prayer Challenge for wives and I want to share it with you in case any of you could use some prayer prompts. Now I’m not endorsing the website I got it from (ibelieve.com). I’m just sharing this specific post with you guys. As a matter a fact, I encourage you to just go through the prompts and create your own little prayer journal or something. That way you can really make the prayers not only focused but personal..

So here’s the link to the challenge. I pray that it blesses you and your marriages♥

With love,

Brandi Collins

(My Marriage Prayer Journal♥ I bought a blue one (that sparkles of course!) because blue is my husband’s favorite color. Trust me, It’s the little things in life!)

Forsaking worldly entertainment

 

Now I’m sure that the average professing Christian would think that I’m a bit extreme because I don’t have a TV in my house or listen to the radio.  Also, my husband and I just got through reiterating to our children (as we showed them pictures of basketball players wearing nail polish and purses!) why we don’t even follow professional sports anymore.

You see, the celebrities of this world are being used by satan to manipulate the masses into being (or accepting) everything that God hates. And this isn’t some illuminati conspiracy theory. It’ the truth. Even unbelievers know that the entertainment industry is Antichrist. Yet and still, we have professing Christians out here claiming to be so deep but they’re just as obsessed with Beyonce’ (and Obama!) as everyone else.

I would like to believe that true believers (especially in these end times) would have nothing to do with idol worship but the fact of the matter is that most of us are lukewarm. We love this world! We love it’s movies, and it’s music, and it’s fashion etc. But I’m here to WARN you that if you don’t forsake this world, you will be in danger of HELL FIRE. This world (and everything it values!), is not only Antichrist (in opposition to Jesus Christ) but it is going to burn in the fire of The Most High God’s WRATH.  So it’s time to come separate. We have to make a decision— Are we going to love (obey!) the Lord and His ways or are we going to deny Christ? Which in reality is what we’re already doing with our lives when we emulate these ungodly celebrities and pursue the pride of life. Don’t you know that your covetousness (which is idolatry) and your  guilty SINFUL pleasures are making you an enemy of God!?

“You adulteresses [disloyal sinners—flirting with the world and breaking your vow to God]! Do you not know that being the world’s friend [that is, loving the things of the world] is being God’s enemy? So whoever chooses to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” (James 4:4, AMP)

Here’s another one:

“Do not love the world [of sin that opposes God and His precepts], nor the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust and sensual craving of the flesh and the lust and longing of the eyes and the boastful pride of life [pretentious confidence in one’s resources or in the stability of earthly things]—these do not come from the Father, but are from the world. The world is passing away, and with it its lusts [the shameful pursuits and ungodly longings]; but the one who does the will of God and carries out His purposes lives forever. (1 John 2:15-17, AMP)

We really need to start reading our bibles (and actually start applying it to our lives) because we are living in the Great Deception/the end of time. Everyone, including these celebrities are claiming to be of God but you can tell by their fruit that they are NOT. These people (and their followers) love money, they hate God.

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.” (Matthew 6:24, NLT)

So I just wanted to remind you of these things. I could go on and on forever but the point is to guard your heart. Stand strong in the Lord, and on what the bible teaches.

With nothing but love,

Brandi

_Add For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world_ and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith._ (1 John 5_4)

Encouragement for those struggling with Unforgiveness

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Now I’ve shared a few things I’ve learned about forgiving others in the past but I just want to talk a little bit about it again. As we are preparing for the return of our Lord, I want us to make sure that we don’t have any unforgiveness hiding out in our hearts. We can repent of every other sin but if we are harboring a hard, unforgiving heart we will NOT make it in to heaven. And I know that people have done some TERRIBLE things to us (and to those we love!) but if we won’t forgive them, then God will not forgive us.

“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14-15, NLT)

Trust me, I know that it is truly difficult to forgive. And I know what it’s like to be willing but when looking back at the situation (or incident) it just reignites flames. This is why we have to FORGET the offense (and not just depending on what it is!) No matter what someone has done, we have to let it go. We don’t have to be naive and fellowship with them but we have to LOVE, and Love keeps no records of wrong.

“Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].” (Corinthians 13:4-8, AMPC)

So with the power of the holy ghost, let’s let these offenses be small things to giants. Especially when our offenders are people of the world, remembering that our enemies aren’t necessarily them (flesh and blood) but what’s at work in them (spiritual wickedness). The majority of this world has been deceived by satan (and are in bondage to sin!). So knowing this, we should have all the more mercy and compassion. And not that it excuses their sin but we don’t need to worry about that because it they don’t repent, God will avenge.

So.. this is just something to think about. I pray we’re all working our salvation out.

Much love,

Brandi

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By the way, here’s what Jesus had to say about dealing with those who offend us…

 “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do to others as you would like them to do to you.If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them!And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return. Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate. (Luke 6:27-36, NLT)

Remember that Complaining is a Sin

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A couple weeks ago (or maybe it was last week, I can’t remember!) I shared with you all my struggles with food. And after fasting (and praying with a couple sisters) I have been strengthened AND DELIVERED. Yes! It’s true, we have victory over sin and death through Christ Jesus. So I just wanted to update you all on all of that, and also share another sin that I am working toward repentance. And that sin is Complaining. Yes, complaining.

Complaining is a very dangerous sin (in my opinion) because it is often excused and overlooked by man. But we KNOW (according to the old testament), that grumbling (expressing our discontentment in a soft but sullen manner) and complaining (boldly expressing our dissatisfaction or annoyances) kindles the anger of God. It annoys Him.

The Lord can not stand doubt, or ungratefulness. And He’s shown me that all discontentment stems from pride and worldliness (and how doubt insults Him). So, I’m diligently working on this. I’ve even created a complaining journal—where I record every time I complain and what I am complaining about. Ironically, I haven’t complained yet (I started my journal earlier this week). And it may seem silly but making it through 1 day (let alone a few!) without complaining is literally a work of God for me. So I give Him ALL the glory.  I think the idea of the whole complaining journal just made me aware of the fact that I do complain and it held me accountable. I planned on reviewing what I recorded throughout the day, each night because I wanted to acknowledge (and be ashamed of!) how petty and foolish my complaints were.

So I encourage you to also give the complaining journal a try (if this is something you also struggle with) because You WILL overcome (this sin and any other sin) if you repent and if you abide in the holy Spirit.

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” (Philippians 2:13, NLT)

Amen? Amen.  So let us glorify the Lord, even with our attitudes. Because who would want to serve a God whose people are always seeming full of lack and downcast?

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A few scriptures to consider:

(1 Thessalonians 5: 14-18) “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

(Philippians 2:12-16, NLT) “Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Do everything without complaining and arguing,so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” 

*For those of you who love and enjoy the bible like I do, here’s the story about when the children of Israel’s complaining made God (and Moses!) so mad that He burned up their camp and plagued them with quail. This account is found in Numbers, chapter 11.

We are NOT sinners! Stop saying that.

 

 

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So there’s this common phrase (or should I say misquoted scripture) that we are all “sinners saved by grace”. Now I understand the concept but the problem I have with this is, that the bible says that those who are born again do NOT sin.

“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure. Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God. And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he isDear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.” (1 John 3:1-10, NLT)

 

So, speak for yourselves. But don’t put me (or my brothers and sisters in Christ) in that “Sinner” category. And as a matter of fact, you are a sinner. And a child of the devil if you won’t come to repentance. The old you has to pass away, so how are you a new creation in Christ with the same ol’ mind and lifestyle?

The Lord showed it to me this way: if a person who doesn’t smoke (or drink), smokes a cigarette (or drinks a beer) because they were tempted by stupid commercials or peer pressure, that doesn’t make that person a smoker (or a drinker). That just means that this person sinned by smoking a cigarette (or drinking  a beer). Most likely, this person will never smoke (or drink) again because it’s not them. And it’s not in their interest. But if this person just smokes (or drinks) in general, then this person is a smoker (or a drinker).  In the same way, there’s a difference between someone who is tempted to sin and someone who just sins because it’s the norm or a way of life to them. True born again believers do not live in sin. They can’t (not comfortably or happily) because God’s HOLY spirit is in them.

It’s amazing how MANY claim to be filled with the Spirit but have no power to overcome sin, and they mock righteousness. These are the people the bible speaks of in the end times having a form of godliness but deny the power thereof (2 Timothy 3:1-5). And if we truly are in Christ with this mindset, then we are being deceived. Jesus died to set us free from the bondage of sin and death. That’s the power of the resurrection!  So stop living in an unlocked prison cell. Grace is to grow in the process, not to wallow in our sin with excuses. So, I just wanted to share this with you guys and leave you with some scriptures to keep in mind. Stop calling yourself a sinner (and if you are, repent of your sinful lifestyle!).

With nothing but love,

Brandi

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(Romans Chapter 6, NLT, Sins’ power is broken! ) “Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living. Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Purifying ourselves

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True religion, accepted by God, according to the bible, is keeping ourselves from being stained (or corrupted) by this world (James 1:27) . But there is a great deception (and a falling away from sound doctrine) that causes people to believe that everything isn’t necessarily a “Salvation issue”. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. God is concerned about EVERYTHING we say and do.

There are so many of us fighting for the things of this world (like makeup, “Fashion”, Beyonce’ etc.) when we should be fighting for eternal life. And you may think that the things you love are innocent but that’s the thing, you LOVE the things of the world! Period. And by the way, nothing of this world is innocent. If it isn’t specifically addressed in the bible, that’s because it falls under the categories of unclean or profane. And just in case your pastor never told you, no unclean thing (including a covetous idolater) will enter into the kingdom.

But nothing that defiles or profanes or is unwashed shall ever enter it, nor anyone who commits abominations (unclean, detestable, morally repugnant things) or practices falsehood, but only those whose names are recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life.” (Revelation 21:27, AMPC)

So we’ve got to purify ourselves. Being holy isn’t optional (it’s a command!). I know people like to scoff at righteousness but all it means is living right, according to God’s standards. So let’s not be self righteous (having our own standards of what’s right or good enough) but obedient AND FAITHFUL in ALL things.

With nothing but love,

Brandi

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A few scriptures to consider:

(1 John 3:1-10, NLT ) “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure. Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God. And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is.  Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.

(James 4:4-8, AMP)  “You adulteresses [disloyal sinners—flirting with the world and breaking your vow to God]! Do you not know that being the world’s friend [that is, loving the things of the world] is being God’s enemy? So whoever chooses to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says to no purpose that the [human] spirit which He has made to dwell in us lusts with envy? But He gives us more and more grace [through the power of the Holy Spirit to defy sin and live an obedient life that reflects both our faith and our gratitude for our salvation]. Therefore, it says, “God is opposed to the proud and haughty, but [continually] gives [the gift of] grace to the humble [who turn away from self-righteousness].” So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you. Come close to God [with a contrite heart] and He will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; and purify your [unfaithful] hearts, you double-minded [people].

(2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1, NLT) “Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness 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? And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LordDon’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.

Live like you SAY you believe!

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I’m sorry but I just can’t stress the fear of the Lord enough. Because without it, we will do whatever we want. Just look at America! Claiming to be of God but here ANYTHING goes. This nation is Antichrist. There is tolerance for all manner of perversion and foolishness but there is no tolerance, not even in the church for truth and righteousness. And I know that’s because the majority of those professing Christ don’t even know, let alone fear God. When you’ve truly met Him, you’ll fear Him (concerning sin). Just like the children of Israel did. Remember when they begged Moses not to let God speak directly to them? 

When the people heard the thunder and the loud blast of the ram’s horn, and when they saw the flashes of lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, they stood at a distance, trembling with fear. And they said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!” “Don’t be afraid,” Moses answered them, “for God has come in this way to test you, and so that your fear of him will keep you from sinning!” (Exodus 20:18-20, NLT, You can read more about this in Exodus 19- 20)

But now we have such proud (and self raised!) pastors and false prophets (and self indulgent Christians!) talking about how you don’t really have to fear God. But what God are these people talking about? Because the God of the bible wiped out the entire earth with a flood and killed many people in other instances (including women AND CHILDREN). And I know that we don’t like to talk about all of that. But the TRUTH is what sets people free, not trying the make God or the gospel palatable for sinners. God is not playing around with us and our sins (or our ignorance!). If the prophets were literally afraid of the angels (bowing down and trembling in their presence), how is it that we can be so casual with GOD? It’s because we don’t know Him. We have made God out to be who we want Him to be in our emotions and with our minds (which are CARNAL and hostile toward the true and living God! Romans 8:7). Plus, Hollywood has depicted Jesus to be soft and feminine which we know [that the effeminate] are among those who will not inherit the kingdom according to the bible (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).  

I’m telling ya’ll, we are truly living in the last days. And I know that some of you are open to this idea but by the way you are living your lives I can tell that you aren’t totally convinced yet. It’s like the end of time is something vague. It’s somewhere down the line. You’re aware but not concerned as if the time isn’t NOW. And even if the Lord doesn’t  return in your days, it’s because you’ll die first! So either way you should be alert. We need to get our houses in order. God is HOLY so we have to walk upright before Him. A lot of us are walking around in our own self righteousness (our own standards of what is right or good enough!) believing that we don’t have to do anything because “It’s already done”. But we have to work out own salvation with fear and trembling. Yes, we come to God as we are but we won’t remain the same or be accepted in to heaven as we are. Do not be deceived. We are not saved by our own efforts of righteousness but we do have to prove our faith.

For just as the [human] body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works [of obedience] is also dead.” (James 2:26, AMP)

You SAY you love God, you sing you’ll surrender all but you don’t obey His commands. And you aren’t willing to give up or to deny yourself the things of this world. So this is a wake up call to repentance. It’s time to start living like you say you believe. If your thoughts and your actions are lining up with the world’s philosophies instead of the bible, repent. Because the judgment of God is at hand. And if you are entertaining yourself with anything (music, movies, certain people and/or their personalities etc.) that glorifies sin or promotes anything that God doesn’t like, TURN IT OFF. It’s conditioning you to accept all that goes against Him. It’s the end of time! The Antichrist is rising!!!

So I hope that you are seeking the Lord while He still can be found because it’ll be too late when we see him coming in the clouds.

With nothing but love,

Brandi Collins

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God does NOT like makeup

Now I’ve shared why I no longer wear makeup and fake hair but I want to revisit wearing makeup because this is something that a lot of women just don’t want to accept. God is not pleased with you painting your face in an attempt to enhance (or pervert, if you’re a man!) what He has created. If you would just allow yourself to honestly think of all the reasons makeup is worn, I can assure you that you will not find one righteous one. It’s demonic. It’s used to deceive, to seduce, to pervert, to manipulate, to pretend (costumes), to puff up (self esteem, which is pride!) and for pagan idol worship (ancient Egyptians, indigenous tribes, the occult, clowns and mimes etc.).  And for those of you who are trying to cover up acne, blemishes and scars, that right there proves that you are insecure and/or vain. Acne and other kinds of breakouts are indications that our bodies need to be properly cleansed or detoxed. And putting poison into your body (whether it’s cosmetic or food products) is not going to help. Not in REALITY. And scars show that we have been healed.  So if you’ve been burned or born with unique features (or you have just aged!) don’t be ashamed of your story. Makeup is ungodly. Let’s just be real, ya’ll know that we’ve picked this stuff up from the world. And it’s sad that we’re claiming to be so in love with God (or mighty in the Lord!) but when our appearance is threatened we will unleash hell.

And please hear my heart on this because I was there. I was the main one talking about, “This is my “Natural” everyday look.”

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2014, Me looking CRAZY with a lacefront wig! Taking pictures for my “Ministry” flyers.

Also, keep in mind that I am only addressing those who are professing Christ and godliness. We are supposed to be HOLY (set apart) and different but we’re being influenced by the world’s trends and emulating their celebrities.  Do not be deceived by those who say “Man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart.” We need to not only read scriptures in context but we need to take the full counsel of God. The scriptures also say that the heart is deceitful above all things AND WICKED (Jeremiah 17:9), and that we are to abstain from the appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22) and that includes worldliness. Yes, there are a lot of self righteous, head covering, white washed tombs out here probably judging you. But I don’t have anything to do with that. I’m just simply telling you the truth. God is not fond of your IDOLS—makeup, hair weaves, high heels and jewelry etc. It’s all vanity!

“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30)

And I’m not saying that holiness equates to homelyness and that we can’t (or shouldn’t) embrace [godly] femininity. We are BEAUTIFUL creatures and we enjoy beautiful things. And there is nothing wrong with that. God created us like that! That’s why satan is trying to kill, steal and destroy our roles and our identity as women. Don’t be ignorant of his devices. And start denying yourself the things your flesh desires! Trust me, your spirit has no need or desire for makeup, it’s all carnal.

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” (Galatians 5:16-17)

It’s a shame that us younger women don’t really have wise and pure older women to model after because most of our mothers and grandmothers are immature, busy bodies trying to keep up with the Joneses Kardashians. But nevertheless, it’s all laid out for us in the bible. May we open it and read it. And may we BELIEVE it.

With nothing but love,

Brandi

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Last call to get our houses in order!

 

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Not sure if you’ve had a chance to check out my last post  where I shared a little bit about my struggle with gluttony. But since then, I’ve been spending a lot more time reading the bible and seeking the face of the Father. God is so faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness. We just have to REPENT and to abide in His spirit.

But anyway, I mentioned all of that because as I have been spending a lot of my time in prayer, God has been speaking to me about the things that HE is concerned with. It’s like here I am having this silly AND SELFISH food addiction, when there is a whole world of perishing people out here that God is trying to get through to. You guys, we are living in a very dangerous (but significant!) time. The Lord’s return is imminent. We don’t have time to be playing around! So going forward, I am going to be using this site to encourage the saints, to preach the unadulterated word of God, and to rebuke casual Christians that are blaspheming the word of God by living ungodly lifestyles.

Many have fallen subject to the satanic systems (including religion) of this world. We have been conditioned through entertainment and many are READY to accept the beast (the Antichrist) and his mark. But God is calling us out from among the crowd. We will not endure (in Christ) all that is coming upon the earth if we continue to love the things of this world (or to goof around at these sensual events called “church”).

So, If you’ve been following the blog thus far, God bless you. I am compelled and living to proclaim the truth. No hard feelings if you choose to unfollow now, I’ll still be praying for you♥

With nothing but love,

Brandi

Being a Glutton

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So now that I’ve proclaimed the simplicity of the gospel, I think it’s important that I also start sharing some of my own personal struggles. And although It’s embarrassing and shameful, I know that there is encouragement and power in our testimonies.

See I want ya’ll to know that I’m not just running my mouth on the internet. I am also working out my own salvation with fear and trembling. And so with all that being said, I’m going to start by confessing that I am a glutton.

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16)

A glutton is someone who eats excessively and voraciously (in an insatiable manner). To me, being gluttonous depends on what we eat, when we eat, how much we eat, why we eat and how we see food. So even though I am a vegetarian, my restrictions from eating meat (personal conviction) and dairy products (due to breastfeeding) has caused me to want to gormandize. I mean, I think about food ALL of the time. Whether I’m thinking about eating it, cooking it or buying it (I love grocery shopping!). And I have become extremely health conscious over the years which in addition to food has become a form of idol worship. 

Now, all of this has just been revealed to me. I never knew I had a problem until I couldn’t control myself (or change my eating habits) as I began to see and feel my health deteriorating. And you may be thinking, “How can a vegetarian be unhealthy?” but a vegetarian is just someone who doesn’t eat meat. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t scarfing down Doritos and Little Debbie cupcakes! But anyway, God, in His love and kindness has given me the grace, wisdom and strength to overcome this if I will swiftly repent. So even though I am just beginning my process, I want to share what has been helping me in case any of you are also struggling.

1. I began to acknowledge gluttony as the SIN that it is

Overeating is just as bad as smoking and drinking (and fornicating!). It’s a lust of the flesh which always leads to death and destruction. It’s idolatry. And it is an addiction. And it will ruin your health just like the other things I just mentioned.

2. I’m praying and fasting

We need to petition God for help because we can’t do what’s good or right in our own strength. Self control is a fruit of the Spirit. And remember, our weapons of warfare are not carnal.

3. I’m slowly eliminating unhealthy foods from my diet

I’ve started by first eliminating unnecessary foods from my menu. The way to do this is to decide what you actually like to eat (that is real and nutritious!) and eat those same things everyday. For instance, I really like lemons, pears, avocados, romaine hearts, tomatoes and red onions so I just eat that. And whenever I start craving other things I just remind myself that I have sin to deal with therefore I ain’t got time to be picky or fancy! And I know that eating the same (or simple things) seems boring in this day and age but quite frankly, as Christians, we shouldn’t be caught up in the hype of food blogs and eating extravagant meals all day, everyday anyway (and especially not if we’re having problems!).

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:31-33, NLT)

4. And in relation to the previous passage,  I take it one day at a time.

(continuing with Matthew Chapter 6, verse 34, NLT) “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

Another thing I struggle with is perfectionism. It all starts with being unrealistic or a little bit too ambitious. So focusing on one day (or even one meal!) at a time has really helped me not to get discouraged or overwhelmed.

So I hope that this post has been helpful. If anything, I hope that it reminds you to pray for me. God has blessed us with so much beautiful, textured, aromatic, delicious and nutritious real food. And there’s no doubt in my mind that He intended for it to be pleasurable. But the problem is, we’ve gone to far! We’re either eating any and everything or we’ve made real food and good health idols. So let’s repent and get it together.

With love, Brandi

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Since I’m still nursing my daughter, I usually just fast until dinner. But juicing is another great way to bring your flesh into subjection.

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Kale, Spinach, Celery, Cucumbers, Apples and Lemons

 

 

 

God is not “Dope”

 

So last week I talked a little bit about fearing God, and in addition to that post I just want to comment on some foolish quotes I’ve been seeing. Now we all know that God is good  (which is the adjective definition of “Dope”) but we need to be careful whenever we find ourselves in agreement with this world. This world is wicked and deceived so you can be sure that God isn’t flattered, let alone pleased.

When we allow ourselves to become enticed by the world’s cool version of God (and their false gospel!), we are on our way to being drawn back into darkness. God is not our homeboy! He is not what’s trending or or in style. God is HOLY, and He doesn’t change with (and isn’t represented by!) the culture. This mindset is disrespectful and carnal (obviously because the carnal mind is enmity against God! Romans 8:7).

So we really have to start fearing the Lord because our deceitful hearts and this world wants to make God and His son Jesus Christ out to be something that they are not. No matter how much the times have changed or what society “evolves” into, God is the same as He has always been and He will never change.

“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?(Numbers 23:19, NLT)

(a couple more scriptures)

  • “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8, NLT)
  • A voice said, “Shout!” I asked, “What should I shout?” “Shout that people are like the grass. Their beauty fades as quickly as the flowers in a field. The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the Lord. And so it is with people. The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:6-8, NLT)

God is who HE says He is, And He likes (and He hates!) what He always said He did! We can not change Him. And the world can not change Him (or His standards!) in order to accommodate their sin and worldliness.  So instead of coming in agreement with trying to alter God and His Word, we need to start fighting through the sanctification process of being transformed by the renewing of our minds. We can not properly serve the Lord still thinking, doing or being like we were when we were in the world.

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. “(Romans 12:1-2, NLT)

Jesus Christ and his true followers (or children of God) do not fit into this world so don’t fall into that “coexist” or tolerance trap. Don’t be ashamed of holiness either and be prepared for the rejection that comes along with being fully surrendered. Seriously, pray and stand your ground, or be washed away in this great flood of deception. We’re in the end times!

With nothing but love, Brandi

♥♥ Sometimes we entertain the world’s foolishness because we are covetous. Meaning we still desire notoriety and to live a certain (worldly) lifestyle. But that is idolatry and it’s offensive to God. We have to be content with the truth (which is Jesus Christ) alone. 

Read this: (Malachi 3:13-18, NLT) “You have said terrible things about me,” says the Lord. “But you say, ‘What do you mean? What have we said against you?’ “You have said, ‘What’s the use of serving God? What have we gained by obeying his commands or by trying to show the Lord of Heaven’s Armies that we are sorry for our sins? From now on we will call the arrogant blessed. For those who do evil get rich, and those who dare God to punish them suffer no harm.’” Then those who feared the Lord spoke with each other, and the Lord listened to what they said. In his presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared him and always thought about the honor of his name. “They will be my people,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “On the day when I act in judgment, they will be my own special treasure. I will spare them as a father spares an obedient child. Then you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.”

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Fearing God

Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.” (Proverbs 3:7)

So there’s this common idea, or misconception (which is a view or an opinion that is incorrect because it is based on faulty thinking or understanding) that suggests that we don’t have to be afraid of God. We’re being told (by people who obviously don’t fear God!) that fearing the Lord means just believing in Him or just “respecting” His position as God. But God is not the president or some big boss of your company. He is our heavenly Father. And what child (with any sense!) isn’t afraid of their parent’s wrath!?

See we’ve gotten this thing all backwards. We ARE to be afraid of God. What we aren’t to do is fear man. Man is who we should be merely “respecting”.

Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” (1 Peter 2:17)

See pastors who tell you not to be afraid of God are most likely the same pastors who don’t preach repentance or holiness. That’s the problem with these churches now. But how many of you know that truly fearing God is the only way that we will depart from evil and become acceptable to Him. Yes, we are drawn by His love and kindness but it is the FEAR of the Lord that keeps up abiding.

By mercy and lovingkindness and truth [not superficial ritual] wickedness is cleansed from the heart, And by the fear of the Lord one avoids evil. (Proverbs 16:6, AMP) 

If we want our relationship with the Lord to be more than shallow and sensual (or emotional)  then we better get serious about HIS terms and HIS standards. Being afraid of God will not hinder your relationship with Him. As a matter of fact, it will make it better than ever! Because this is when you will begin to experience true love for and intimacy with the Father.

 The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning.” (Psalm 25:14, AMPC)

So I just wanted to briefly address this mindset, and more importantly, leave you with a few scriptures to get acquainted with. Let’s stop playing with God.

With nothing but love, Brandi

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Psalm 34:11-16, NET Come children! Listen to me! I will teach you what it means to fear  the LordDo you want to really live? Would you love to live a long, happy life? Then make sure you don’t speak evil words or use deceptive speech! Turn away from evil and do what is right! Strive for peace and promote it! The Lord pays attention to the godly
and hears their cry for help. But the Lord opposes evildoers
and wipes out all memory of them from the earth.”

Job 28:28  And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.”

Matthew 10:28 “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Philippians 2:12-13 “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”  

Psalm 147:10-11 He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man. The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy.”

*Please note that we obey God because we love Him (and are in agreement with His perfect ways!). Enslaving, tormenting and condemning fear is not of the Father. Remember, we had a choice to either accept or reject the gospel!

John 14:21-24, NET The person who has my commandments and obeys them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will reveal myself to him.” “Lord,” Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “what has happened that you are going to reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and take up residence with him. The person who does not love me does not obey my words. And the word you hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent me.” 

1 John 4:14-18, NLT And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us.  Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.  All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.”

The Mission of Motherhood Book review

As a mother, reading edifying books on motherhood is one of the ways that I refresh myself. So when Sally Clarkson (the author of this book) began to wrap up her message by explaining how a mother whose well is dry can not continue to give to others (well not without cratering!), I was beyond convinced that this book was (and is!) a treasure.

See Mrs. Clarkson has been more than a mentor to me.  She has served as THE mother of mothers in The Mission of Motherhood although she would probably disagree.

“I am not the perfect mother but my vision and understanding of God’s design and intentions gives me a standard of maturing to grow toward.” -Sally Clarkson, The Mission of Motherhood

I have never read a book on motherhood that was so blunt and unapologetic when addressing the Mother’s role in the home.  This book is filled with so much perspective and TRUTH, which is so supportive and encouraging to those of us trying to be godly mothers in this satanic world. The book is also filled with her (and her children’s) very own personal stories and testimonies. But not in a braggadocios way because I can not stand that! So trust me, their’s were fitting. The personal stories and analogies were very thought provoking and brought much clarity.

But anyway, as I was getting my thoughts together to share my review with you, I realized that I just could not say enough about this book! Seriously, it’s just that good! So if you’re longing for your home to be peaceful and life giving but you’re struggling with finding balance between building good relationships with you children and the day to day chores of homemaking, or if you’re just in need of some creative ideas and motivation to prepare your children’s hearts for the Lord, then this book is for you. In a world that perverts (and belittles!) the mother’s role (and responsibilities!) Sally gives much needed encouragement, assurance and VISION to us who are truly seeking the Lord in all things.

I remember she talked about motherhood being a partnership with God. Which is true. Not only have we been blessed to assist God in bringing human life into this world but we’ve been given the HONORABLE task of nurturing their little precious souls unto the Lord. NOTHING in the workplace can compete with that—truly impacting generations for the better and ushering people into the kingdom. So again, if you’re interested in being a good (godly) mom, please check out this book because this review doesn’t do it any justice!

Group hugs,
Brandi

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And I am not going to blame my messy hair on being a Mom! ( well at least not this time lol)

♥♥Ps. When looking through books that I might buy (or check out!), I always skim through the Table of Contents. This gives me a brief overview about what will actually be talked about. In case any of you are like me, I’ve taken the time to list the sections and chapter titles. I hope this further encourages you to check out the book out. Seriously, it will bless your life that much 🙂

The Mission of Motherhood (Touching your child’s heart for eternity)

Part 1: A Mother’s calling

  • 1. A Journey like no other (Discovering the mission of motherhood)
  • 2. Beautiful by design (Exploring the meaning of biblical motherhood)
  •  3. The Undivided heart (Committing our lives to God’s design)

Part 2: A Mother’s heart for her God

  • 4. The servant mother (Mothering with the heart of Jesus)
  • 5. The discipling mother (Reaching children’s heart for Christ)
  • 6. The teaching mother (Training children’s minds to think biblically)

Part 3: A Mother’s heart for her children

  • 7. Strong friend (Building loving relationships with our children)
  • 8. Gardener of souls (Cultivating and enriching our children’s lives)

Part 4: A Mother’s heart for her home

  • 9. Keeper of the domain (Embracing God’s call to homemaking)
  • 10. The creative mother (Opening windows to God’s artistry and greatness)
  • 11. The ministering mother (Bringing God’s purposes into our homes… and beyond)

Part 5: A mother’s heart for eternity

  • 12. The faithful mother (Finishing the journey with endurance and grace)

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