STUCK

November 26, 2019

When I was first saved, it was easy to worship God and bask in His forgiveness.  My life was such a contrast before and after being born again.  A transformation took place and I was very aware of my sins.  Then began the difficult but rewarding journey of sanctification as I began to resist and get rid of my sinful and worldly habits.  

I remember so distinctly the first time I “messed up”.  I had laid down smoking pot and alcohol, but when I traveled to my hometown and went to see my old friends – straight up – I fell.  I blew my witness and I was so angry at myself.  I knew Satan was laughing and mocking God as well.  

I drove to the parking lot of a church and sat there crying.  Beating myself up.  Others lives were at stake too.  My witness was important to God and the kingdom because many were watching me to see if this was real.  Nevertheless – I blew it.  I knew it.  I could not forgive myself.

It was raining and night time as I sat in the car.  Then I felt like the Lord was upset with me.  I had’t felt it before.  He was actually more upset that I was “flogging” myself than He was of the sin I had committed.  As I looked up through teary eyes – I saw what looked like three crosses.  I don’t know if it was a vision or glare from my tears – but then I heard the voice of the Lord inside my heart (John 10:27) – stern and a bit agitated at me.  He said, as I looked at the crosses, “I did this, so you don’t have to do that.”

I wanted to “beat” myself up for being so stupid and blowing my witness, but God only wanted me to repent, forgive myself and move forward.  I was only damaging myself with my “self hate”.   And He did not want that for me.

I have struggled with that during my life.  I hate to miss the mark or sin against God in disobedience and I KNOW how much I deserve punishment.  I hate the flippant way people just trample on God’s grace and I don’t want to be that kind of a person.  Neither does God want us to be.  But sometimes we just can’t fix things and that is how it is.  I could not go and undo my actions.  All I could do was keep walking with God and pray that my old friends would still see that Jesus was in my life and that He would be glorified.  

It is important that we feel remorse.  If we don’t feel remorse for sin there is something wrong with our relationship with God.  He feels our sin.  It hurts and grieves Him, which is why we need to deal with it.  It is not good to let anything come between you and another person or the relationship can be lost.  Same with God – we can slowly become lukewarm when we blow off feeling bad for sins and repenting.

The easiest way to do so is to remember that God doesn’t want us to be stuck in the “feeling bad” place, though it’s important to make sure we still “feel”!  He wants us to give it to Him, ask Him to help us not do it again, and keep walking with Him.  Sometimes we have to have faith that God will fix what we did too.  I have often missed opportunities to witness to someone and had to ask God to bring another person across their path to take care of what I missed.  

May God help us to stay “sensitized” to His Holy Spirit.  Awake to a vibrant and good relationship with Him.  Knowing that He is “for us and not against us”  (Rom. 8:31)

Our life with God is meant to be rich and fruitful, full of adventure.  I pray we are not robbed of that by getting stuck in one place or another!   God bless you abundantly and have a great day.  

Seen and unseen – Poetry

February 17, 2017

It’s what I see I can’t believe
My senses they do lie
For tricks and treasons can occur
If I believe my eyes

I must be grounded on the Word
So I won’t blow around
Tossed and tussled by the wind
Of every doctrines sound

Help me anchor Lord, my soul
Be strong and settled in
The words you’ve said, your will revealed
So I can be fruitful again

Hell fights hard to knock us down
But in your realm I dwell
When I chose, my heart to believe
In your promises all will be well

It is a battle, that’s for sure
And many times we fall
Into the doubt brought all around
Until Your name we call

Like Peter on the water walked
Until he looked around
And saw the waves blow hard and tough
That he lost his faith, almost drowned

Yet Jesus being who He is
Love in the form of flesh
Reached down and rescued Peter there
And continued faith to teach

He doesn’t give up hope on us
But get up now we must
When we fall into doubts deep trap
Our Jesus will lift us up

copyright 2017  Jean Chamblee

 

2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

It is always difficult to keep our eyes on what God has said and not by what we see, hear, and feel. And yet….that is what we are called to do. May God help us this day to anchor ourselves on His promises, on His truth, and not be ruled by our emotions, but grounded on His will. Amen.

 

 

“How Do I Overcome?”

January 19, 2017

Thought some of you would be interested in my youtube teaching channel…..called Jean Chamblee – Passing the Torch.  I do lots of subjects from dreams and visions to practical daily life….like overcoming temptation and sin.  Always honest, Bible teaching,  personal stories from my heart and life…..enjoy

A CLEAN SLATE (jcpoem)

August 31, 2016

Painful past
Mistakes made
Can’t change
The path was laid

Ironclad grip
Pulling down
Crying out
In tears drowned

Spinning round
A sinking ship
Life’s a mess
Can’t get a grip

What if there
Was really a way
A gift for you
A completely clean slate

If you can get past
Prejudices made
Open your mind
The price was paid

Forget religion
Not what it’s about
Embrace the Truth
That will let you cry out

Forget the steeple
The Easter parade
Jesus is deep
It’s no charade

The blood He shed
Is no laughing matter
Such a shame He’s been treated
With a light hearted manner

Love so deep
Heart so good
He gave it for you
He shed His own blood

So you could have
Another chance
Get free from your past
Set free to dance

Dance a new life
Leave the old behind
Take hold of His hand
He will take off the blinds

That’s right it’s a kick
Jesus is the Way
You’ve heard it all along
Thought it was a cliche’

Don’t need to be religious
To talk to the One
That loves you so much
Had me write this sweet poem

So guess what precious one?
He’s waiting on you
To give a clean slate
Start your life brand new

copyright Jean Chamblee 2010

Doesn’t the title just give you a good feeling?!! A wishing inside that we could all at some point in our lives start over? A new beginning? A better than great “do-over”?

Of course. We’ve all screwed up royally at some point. God knew that. Before He made us He knew all that we could and would do. He has foreknowledge. He knows the beginning from the end.

Isaiah 46:9-11

“Remember the former things of old,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like Me,

Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things that are not yet done,
Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
And I will do all My pleasure,’”

So if God already knew what we would do before we ever did it…..then why does He still love us? Because His love is far greater than you and I can understand. His desire for a family (us) was far deeper in Him than our mistakes could ever take us. That is why Jesus came and paid the price for our sins. He made a way for us to get a blank slate. For real!!! Isn’t that good news? I think the “good news of the gospel” has gotten buried somewhere under a lot of religion.

Now this doesn’t mean that we are free to be lawless, but it is not a permanent condemnation if we come to Christ and “get honest with Him” about what ever it is we have done to royally screw up. We’ve hurt people….we’ve hurt ourselves. God wants to forgive all that and cleanse us from all of it’s effects. He will get all that junk out of us and lead us down a path that won’t hurt us. He is wise and He understands how things work in this kingdom He created.

Can we trust Him? Trust is hard for many because we have seen so many messed up churches and christians, but we can’t let that deter us from meeting the real Jesus. And THAT Jesus proved His great passion and love by laying down His life and suffering a horrible death to show us how serious He was about wanting us and getting us back from the bondage that sin brought upon us.

Romans 3:23 “… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

Like it or not we are all in the same boat…..we all need a chance at a “clean, blank, slate” in our lives many times over and He has provided a way for us to have that. He never intended us to be captured by our sins, the flesh or the devil. He is about our freedom.

1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Now let me make that “confess our sins” a little less religious and a little more understandable. He just wants us to be honest about whatever it is that we did to violate our consciences (that inner knowing of right and wrong) It can eat at us and we don’t even know exactly what it came from. Hey…..God is all about communication ….you have no idea how much He wants to communicate with you. YOU. Let that sink in. There is only one you ever created. Only you can give to God what He created you for. It’s kind of like a treasure hunt. You have to seek out your purpose and seek out your purpose Giver!! Only God knows why you were created. Why look anywhere else???

Romans 10:10-13 “ For it is by believing in his heart that a man becomes right with God; and with his mouth he tells others of his faith, confirming his salvation.
For the Scriptures tell us that no one who believes in Christ will ever be disappointed. Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect: they all have the same Lord who generously gives his riches to all those who ask him for them. Anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord (Jesus Christ) will be saved. (Living Bible)

So how to get a blank slate? Believe in Jesus Christ that He is who He said He is, paid our price for a blank slate, and just simply requires our honesty with Him when we blow it. He will then help us walk away from whatever sin has caused us or others harm. (I highly recommend you seek out the Baptism in the Holy Spirit too …..He will freely give you extra power to walk in this life with lots of help …Luke 11:9-13) ( also explanation found on Youtube…. “How do I receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit’….Jean Chamblee….Passing the Torch #14)

Anyway……I pray you seek Him out and get that clean, blank, slate and watch your past no longer control your future. That’s true freedom and only Jesus Christ can give it to you and the awesome thing…..HE WANTS TO!!!! This isn’t religion…..it’s relationship with the one that made you. Go for it. Seek and you shall find!!!

God bless and grace and peace to you!! Have a great day!!!

OUR NEED FOR A SAVIOR

June 5, 2014

You have not found your way here by accident.  God has a special plan for your life and we have simply been brought across your path to help you on your journey to know Him. What an awesome thing to come into a relationship with your Creator.  This could be your day!  Below is a simple explanation from the scriptures on why we all need a Savior and how we are actually put on this earth and “created” with a hunger in our hearts to know the One that made us.

Let’s start with what the Bible says about our need for a Savior… Romans 3:23 says for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

That is all of us. None of us is without sin. We have all done things that our consciences have told us not to do, right? We have all violated that inner voice that tells us right from wrong. In a way that is good news! Because salvation is not something we can earn or attain to. Not a position we can ascend to. It is a FREE gift. Purchased by Jesus Christ when he shed his blood on the cross.

He alone as the Son of God lived a perfect life and could be the perfect sacrifice for our sins. And what love He had for us that He was willing to do that on our behalf. A crime (sin) was committed and a holy God must satisfy justice. The beauty of it all is that He knew we could not do that ourselves and He chose to send His own Son as a sacrifice to pay the price for us.

John 3:16 says… For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. WHOEVER believes. God does not discriminate. His gift is for us all. It is up to us to choose. You don’t have to “get cleaned up” before you come to Christ. Only He has the power to make you a new creation. It’s not something you can do on your own.

Romans 10: 9, 10… If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

That is just the beginning. A real relationship with Him is possible. An intimate place with Him for those who seek Him with all their hearts.    Jeremiah 29:13 says…”
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Think of it…you can know your Creator. He made you because He wants you. God created us because He wanted a family. Amazing! Are you ready to get started?

Prayer is simply talking to God. Nothing fancy.

Here is an example of a salvation prayer:    “God I believe you are real, I see your creation and something inside me tells me there is a reason you made me. I ask you to come into my heart, come into my life, and show me who You are. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Forgive me for the many sins I have committed and help me to walk and live in a new way. I want to know you. I invite you to be my Lord and Savior. Help me to grow into a loving relationship with You. Help me to know Your ways. Open my eyes so that I can know You.” Amen.

He is Lord and He cares about all of your life, your joys, and your pains. He created you to be with Him; a part of Him. There is a rich relationship with God in front of you as you continue to seek to know Him more.  You are greatly loved!    Hebrews 13:5  “For Jesus has said,  “I will never leave you nor forsake you”.   You need never feel alone again!  Welcome to the Family!

Safe In The Harbor

September 20, 2013

Today I woke up drowning

Could hardly catch my breath

Some days it is astounding

Life comes at you like death

 

I reached out and I grabbed You

To the heaven’s lifted a cry

You heard my desperate sorrows

My heart did catch Your eye

 

I cried out with a knowing

That You are always there

That You, oh One will hear me

And You will always care

 

As I settled into thoughts of You

My heart did calm a bit

And fear turned into faith

My candle became lit

 

Oh how faithful are You God

You’re always there to hear

You’re drowning little daughter

Needed rescued from her fear

 

Now my heart is close to Yours

Safe in the harbor now

And if I slip and fall back in

I know You’ll help me out

 

copyright  2009  Jean Chamblee