Leave your husband a special love note somewhere!

Hey guys! So I really didn’t get a chance to post at all last week. My husband took a few days off and ya’ll know what that means 🙂 I really enjoyed his company but I also realized how exhausted he is. So I just want to take a few minutes to inspire all of you wives to take some time and let your husbands know how appreciated they are.

Now you can do this in many ways (preferably his favorites!) but I’m just going to share one that has been effective in my marriage. And that’s leaving random love notes. I’ve been doing this since we first got married, and I leave them everywhere from the microwave to the shower (which by the way is a great way to initiate some good GOOD lovin’!).

 

 

Now keep in mind that I’m a writer (meaning that I express my thoughts and feelings better on paper), and one of my husband’s strengths is that he is a GREAT communicator. So while my husband really gets a kick out of these notes, yours may only appreciate them in the moment. And that’s okay, you just have to make it worth his while.

For instance, the other night, I snuck outside and left a note in my husband’s car (while he was in the shower), telling him that I appreciate all of the hard work and sacrifices he makes for our family. My husband wakes up every morning at 4 o’clock, and heads out to work while the rest of us are still all warm and snuggly in the bed. Now even though I usually see him off (and talk to him the whole way there!) I thought that the note would motivate him because he’s tired and it did! It even opened up a conversation about his mornings that we may have never had. So I encourage you to start leaving your husband some special handwritten notes. And place them in places that you know he’ll stumble upon (wallets and lunch kits are a great place to start!).

Much love!

Brandi Collins

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In what other ways are you guys showing your husbands that you appreciate them?

Who This Blog is For

In one of my most recent post, I talked a little bit about casting your pearls before swine. And with much thought and consideration I thought that it would be appropriate to specify who I am blogging to (or for). Now obviously this site isn’t private so (in that sense) it’s “inviting” to the general public. But make no mistake about it, this blog is specifically for the saints!

I remember when I first started blogging. I was so discouraged because it seemed (and still seems!) like no one was reading my posts.  So naturally, I began to pray for fellowship. And I began to ask God how to get some interaction. But that was a while ago. The Lord has dealt with me, and he has given me direction for this site.

I am here to encourage my sisters (and brothers) in the Lord. I am not here to convince devils or self righteous (having their own standards of what’s right or good enough!) church people about what the bible truly teaches. Besides, there’s no use. We are living in the last (of the last!) days. There’s no getting through to those who are under a strong delusion. And I know that may sound harsh but it’s reality. Ya’ll know that there is nothing comfortable (or appealing!) about the truth to those who love lies and take pleasure in unrighteousness.

“Now, dear brothers and sisters, let us clarify some things about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we will be gathered to meet him. Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us. Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed—the one who brings destruction. He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship. He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God. Don’t you remember that I told you about all this when I was with you? And you know what is holding him back, for he can be revealed only when his time comes. For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way. Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by the splendor of his coming. This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them. So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, NLT)

You see, this blog is not for those type of people—people who are so caught up in this world that they can’t even fathom coming to repentance. I write for those of you who are truly seeking the Lord. For those of you who are proving your faith to be real by your WORKS (because faith without works is dead!).

Now I understand that the Lord is still drawing people to Himself so if you aren’t a born again believer yet that’s okay. The point is, if you have an ear to hear, then you are also welcome here.

But anyway, now that you all know who I’m talking to.. I hope that you are all standing strong in the Lord and on His word.

Much love,

Brandi Collins

A13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth_ (2)

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.

 

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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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’, 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, 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 journals or something. That’s what I did.

 

Here’s a picture of 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!

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

With love,

Brandi Collins

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Me and Papa 🙂 If you’re interested, we also shared some things that make our marriage work!

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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

Delusion, the part of God’s judgment we overlook

 Even him (* The Antichrist), whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:” ( 2 Thessalonians 2:9-13, *my own interjection) 

So I just got through reading an article on Lauren Daigle. And I don’t know why i’m saying that like I didn’t literally just learn about her 5 minutes ago! So if you don’t know who that is, it doesn’t even matter. Just know that she is a sell out. And that’s what all of these so called Christians are in the entertainment industry. They claim to be of God but either compromise or cower out and deny our Lord when they’re confronted on sound doctrine. But anyway, what inspired this post was the fact that she (like many others!) don’t want to offend or call sin what it is. But we can not side step sin. People  have to know the truth in order to be saved. And for those who know (or have been exposed to) the truth but still choose to reject it (because they love sin and the world too much), God will (if He hasn’t already) turn them over to themselves. And this is something we rarely ever think about. We always talk about hell and the lake of fire but we forget that the wrath of God already abides on the unbelievers.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36)

So, I just wanted to share my thoughts with you. May the Lord be with us in these “unbelievable” times.

Your sister, Brandi

(Romans 1:16-32) “For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles. So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved. Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.”

Knowing God is knowing His ways

“With all my heart I have sought You, [inquiring of You and longing for You];
Do not let me wander from Your commandments [neither through ignorance nor by willful disobedience].” (Psalm 119:10, AMP)

If you’re anything like me, you have this desperate desire to know God  more intimately. And if He’s drawing you to Himself then you MOST DEFINITELY have this same longing for Jesus too.

A few months ago, I decided to get serious about seeking the Lord.  So I  google every scripture I could find on seeking God and printed them out. As I began to read through the packets I created, I began to realize (or rather it was revealed to me ) that seeking God meant learning and walking in His ways.

When we learn right from wrong (in His eyes) and what is true and what is not, we are walking with Him if we allow those laws and truth to govern our lives. But if we believe that we know God and are still walking in darkness, then we have deceived ourselves. We aren’t in fellowship with Him or His Son. We don’t even know them!

Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.” ( 1 John 3:6)

Or “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” ( 1 John 1:5-7)

So, if you are seriously seeking the Lord, I encourage you to read all of Psalm 119 because here we find David (a man after God’s own heart) loving God through learning and obeying His law.

With love, Brandi

♥♥Side note: I created an additional page to the blog where I will be simply reading through the New Testament. If you’re interested, be sure to check that out. I would LOVE for you to join me!

Preparing ourselves for Tribulation and Judgement

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” (1 Peter 4:12-19)

As we’re approaching the end of time, I am beyond obliged to share the gospel. It’s like the majority of Christians are fooling around waiting on some rapture but by the grace of God I am here to remind you of what the Bible actually teaches.

We WILL go through the tribulation, and I’ll talk more about that in the next post because that is what the (which I believe is this) last generation of believers have to endure in order to be saved.

“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (Matthew 24:9-13)

But like I said, we’ll talk about that in another post. Today, I just want to warn you that JUDGEMENT IS COMING. Are you ready? Are you prepared to stand before the Son of Man? And I’m talking about blamelessly. Not with all those excuses you’ve been telling yourself.

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The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” (Jeremiah 17:9-10)

Personally, I’ve been working on getting my own self together. So I want to share 3 areas with you that I am targeting.

1. Repentance and holiness (being set apart)

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.” (1 John 3:7-10)

The deception is REAL. We have professing Christians out here living sinful lifestyles and scoffing at holiness. It is time to lay aside every weight and sin that weighs us down. And if there are any idols in our hearts we need to surrender them NOW. It is also time to forgive. Seriously, this is the last call to come separate and purify ourselves.

So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy.  For the Scriptures say, ‘You must be holy because I am holy.’ And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time here as “temporary residents.”” (1 Peter 1:14-17, NLT)

2. Prayer (and taming the tongue)

Praying consistently (and fervently) is also something that I am working very hard on. It takes discipline AND DESIRE to spend most of your time talking (and trying to listen) to an invisible God. But prayer builds faith. Which is vital now and will be when you’re drinking your cup of suffering.

Also, I want to address talking too much. Some of us (especially me) are displeasing God by being mouth almighty. A word to the wise is—Silence. Because we will give an account for all these malicious, idle and careless words we’re speaking. So, we would do good to SHUT UP. And remember that ALL liars will have their part in the lake of fire (Revelation 21:7-8).

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” (Matthew 12:34-37)

3. Productivity

I remember when God first starting dealing with me concerning the end times. I became so fearful like the servant who hid his talent in the ground. But God let me know that He still expects us to live good (as in peaceful) and productive lives. So we have to make it our business to carry out the commands as well as any individual tasks we’ve been assigned. For me, that’s edifying others through the blog and being a good steward of the gifts and people He’s entrusted to my care.

So, I hope that you consider these things. May the Lord finish the good work he started in us all!

With love, Brandi

♥♥Side note: I created an additional page to the blog where I will be simply reading through the New Testament. If you’re interested, be sure to check that out. I would LOVE for you to join me!

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)

Being judgmental

With my most recent post being about things like who’s a Christian and who is not,  I am well aware that many will assume (probably in general) that I am being self righteous. I mean, my own mother has called me overzealous and judgmental! But here’s the thing, we HAVE to judge people by their fruit lest we become deceived by our own feelings or their speech.

The deception is real! This how people end up BEING and following false teachers. Many claim to be children of God but they aren’t walking (or living) those statements out.

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Jesus said that FEW will be on the right path so we’re already deceived if we’re considering those few to be the majority of our own families. Out of the whole entire world, you mean to tell me that everyone in your house, or on your job or at your church or even in your country is in Christ!? I think not. And we have to be honest with ourselves. We have to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. So when I notice a fraud, it isn’t to condemn them to hell as if I were God. It’s to keep my own self from falling or from being drawn away from the true gospel. Bad company corrupts good character and despising the truth gets you put under a strong delusion (2 Thessalonians chapter 2).

So, I thought that I would just clarify some things and encourage those of you who are truly seeking the Lord not to be ashamed of calling it like you see it. We ARE to judge righteously. What we are not to do is judge before the time or hypocritically.

With nothing but love, Brandi

Before you go, here’s a few scriptures to consider!

(1 John 1:6) “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:” 

(James 1:22-25) “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

(Titus 1 :15-16, NLT, For those who scoff at holiness) “Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.”

(Matthew 7:16-23) “Beware of false prophets (*and a prophet is just anyone who claims to know and communicate with and/or for God), which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”  *My own interjection

(1 John 4:1,NLT) “Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God…”

A very important message from me to all of you! (Please watch)

The message (or gospel!) of Jesus Christ was never meant to be complicated. In destroying the works of the devil and overcoming the world, Jesus died so that in him we would have the power (and the privilege!) to repent and overcome as he did. The kingdom, or judgement and reign of the one, true and living God and His Son Jesus Christ is coming! So if we love them and want to be apart of the kingdom (of righteousness, peace and joy) we have to live right— according to THEIR standards. So, I hope that you choose life. God bless you and feel free to contact me through the blog or via email:coachbrandibond@gmail.com

When desires become idols

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For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
(Matthew 6:21)

Writing this is bittersweet because I feel like I’m constantly dethroning idols that have infiltrated my heart. And publicly sharing my understanding of this will not only hold me accountable but leave me with no more  excuses.

See we can not seek (or love) God with all of our hearts, when part of it is seeking other things (including someone else). We have to beware of what we set our hearts on because even good and godly desires can become idols.

An idol is anything more important to us than delighting in or serving God (alone). They are our deepest longings. Whatever we are lusting after. Some common idols that I have personally worshiped were things like Control and perfectionism, Prestige (recognition and validation from this world), Beauty, Natural health and wellness, organic food etc. Beautiful homes, My children, My husband (and marriage in general), Entrepreneurship, Ministry, Happiness.. Just to name a few.  And what I’ve learned is that through convictions and restlessness, God frustrates my ideas making it nearly impossible for me to pursue my idols. This is how we know that (or when) a desire has become an idol.

If you (or I!) want something (or some things!) so bad that we begin to sin when we don’t get it (or to attain it), then we have a MAJOR problem and it’s called an idol.  Even if what you want is good! Because I’ve learned that in reality, what I personally desire is only as good as my patience and trust in God for it. If I can’t continue to love and to EXALT God in the meantime, and I become discontent and miserable then I  am not committed to (or delighting in) the Lord. In fact,  I am sinning because my affections, and appetite or cravings shouldn’t be on anything but Him, His Son and their coming kingdom.

Everything (and everybody!) will always be competing for our affections. Especially in this era of technology and consumerism. Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with genuinely wanting a house or a child. It’s not the end of the world, but will it be to you if you never get them? Becoming angry (especially toward the things of God ), frustrated, manipulative, covetous or full of self pity are all results of idolizing our desires. So is rebellion. I was notorious for seeking temporary comfort and relief from God’s chastising. In my pride I would turn to things like food, sleep, shopping, TV,  Social media etc. And I don’t know if it’s just me but it’s like I can not worship anything other than God. Of course it’s sin but it’s also tormenting spending all of my time, energy and money daydreaming about, planning for and longing after idols. And the worst part is that they don’t even truly satisfy! Once conquered, we’re always wanting MORE—Bigger or better!

Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied. (Proverbs  27:20)

So, I just wanted to share my thoughts with you . May we all just delight solely in the Lord in obedience and in hopes that He’ll find our hearts “empty” enough to start storing up His own perfect desires♥♥

Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:4-5)

Your sister,
Brandi

30 things I’ve learned before turning 30

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So I had a birthday earlier this month and I wanted to share 30 things that I have learned by the age of  30. Now of course I’ve learned a lot more but here are the things I’ve chosen to share (they’re in no particular order).

1. Beware of self love/self care

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves (2 Timothy 3:1)

This world is influencing us to be selfish and self centered, when following Jesus requires us to deny ourselves and to love others. Even though taking care of ourselves is necessary, making that our number 1 priority or obsession isn’t.

2. You can overcome evil by doing good. The fight is and has always been spiritual. We aren’t truly having issues with other people.

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:11-12)

3. Ultimately, ALL sin is committed against God. So be mindful of how you act AND REACT towards others.

4.Cast down vain imaginations, immediately.

5. Popularity is not an indication of quality.

6. The wisdom of this world is foolishness.

7. Less is more.

8. Knowledge is not understanding.

9. Don’t live above your means.

10. I do not have to sin (or be a sinner). Jesus died so that I can live and be free to do and think the right things. See Roman’s chapter 6

11. Grace does not excuse sin. It assists in sanctification. Don’t let anyone deceive you. If you (or I!) die in willful sin, we will NOT inherit the kingdom of God.

12.Take it one day at a time. Say it with me, “Daily bread”.

13. Do not fear man.

14. I have issues.

15. A spouse (or a child) can’t fix internal issues.

When I was single I had an idolatrous desire to be married. I though that that would make me whole and happy.  That didn’t happen. I learned very quickly that only Jesus can satisfy me .

16. Traditional holidays do not truly commemorate God. Research the origins.

17. Do not follow trends. Many are on the broad path that leads to destruction.  Plus, emulations is a work of the flesh.

18. Be quiet. Fools vent too much

19. PUT SOME CLOTHES ON!

Wearing revealing clothing not only shows that I don’t respect myself, it also shows my lack of respect for others. Especially for families (marriages and children).

20. Don’t let your feelings govern you. I can do what is right whether I feel like it or not.

21. Men need respect. Quite frankly, they’re entitled to it.

and while we’re at it..

22. Feminism is ungodly. It’s perversion at it’s finest.

23. Sometimes you just have to cut people off— Starting with your own family members!

24. Read ingredient labels

25. Keep cursed objects out of your home.

26. Love the truth.

27. Jesus is the promised Messiah AND the Son of God. He is not The Most High God. Not according to him, the bible or to God Himself.

When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 6:13-17)

28. My identity is hidden in Christ

I used to wonder who I was (or “Who Am I?”)  because I didn’t know.  But I knew that I wasn’t just comprised of a list of roles. Then I had a revelation.. I AM NOBODY because I have died to myself. My true identity will be found in Christ as I conform to him.

 As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. (Galatians 6:14, NLT)

29. Dysfunctional relationships are not true love. They are ungodly soul ties. Sever them!

30. It’s the simple things in life— like wild flowers, rain and children playing♥

So, what are some things you’ve learned this year or wish you would’ve known earlier?

-Brandi