Verse of the Day — Philippians 1:20

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Hey guys!

Today’s verse reads, “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,whether by life or by death.”

In this chapter, Paul begins by telling the church at Phillipi how much he loves and thanks God for them. He then lets them know that his being chained has brought more glory to Christ because it gave other Christians courage and more people began preaching the Gospel. Paul lets them know of the dilemma he has of whether to die and be with Christ or to stay on earth. But he assures them that he will stay to continue to help them. Paul ends by instructing them to continue conducting themselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel.

This verse, along with the next verse are two of my favorite verses in the entire Bible. This is because it shows how God can change someone so completely. Paul’s story is truly a blessing to read. I pray that God can change me in such a way that I will be that on fire for Him like that.

But, on to the verse! The first thing I want to point out is that Paul has expectations for himself. He first expects and then hopes that he will not be ashamed. This is the order that we must use in our daily lives. We have to put expectations on ourselves in God and we must be eager to put those expectations on ourselves. God wants us to be on fire for Him. He wants us to be eager to become more like Him.

The second thing I want to point out is how Paul says “in no way”. He wants to make sure he covers all the bases. It is easy to see that he is serious about the hope that he has. Paul is not in denial either. He recognizes that in the world that we live in, it is easy to get ashamed of being a Christian. The way we are prosecuted could make anyone want to go into their shell. So, this we must do too. Recognize and be realistic about the dangers and hard spots of being a Christian. This way, we can be prepared for anything Satan tries to throw our way. Once we become aware and stop being in denial, those weak spots become spots that we can turn around to the glory of God.

In the last part of this verse, we can see that Paul is unafraid, but only because God has provided him “sufficient courage”. When Paul says “now as always”, he is recognizing that the Christian journey only gets harder as we go along. This is because the more Christ-like we get, the more Satan wants to tear us down. But we must be unafraid as Paul was and be forever ready to exalt Christ in everything we do. “Whether by life or by death” shows that Paul knows that either way, he can be used to lift God up and glorify God. By life he could be used by helping people get closer to God and preaching the Gospel. By death, he could be used as a martyr. Again, we must be as unafraid as Paul.

~Xena Callaham

Do better. Think better. Be better.

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Verse of the Day — 1 John 1:9

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Hey guys! I’m so sorry that I haven’t been posting daily. However, I will be making up each of the posts I missed, so happy reading!

Today’s verse reads, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John actually happens to be my favorite book of the Bible! In this chapter, John first talks how how Jesus came. He doesn’t say it explicitly in those terms, but we can infer that this is what he was talking about with such words as, “the life…has appeared to us”. In the next part of the chapter, John talks about light and darkness. He says that God is the light and if you walk in darkness, you  don’t have fellowship with Him. John then says that if we walk in the light, that Jesus will cleanse us from all our sins. He ends the chapter by proclaiming that if we say that we don’t have sin, then we are liars and also make God a liar.

Can I just start out by saying that I am SO excited about this post. Talking about the forgiveness of Christ is one of my very favorite subjects! So, let’s get right into it! The first part of this verse states very clearly “IF” we “CONFESS” our sins. That’s a big “if”. A lot of Christians today are in denial about their sin. Even people that are not Christians are in denial about their sin. I can be in denial about my sin sometimes! This is something important to keep in mind then. There is a condition to God’s forgiveness just like there are conditions to anything else you buy. Except we’re not using money to buy forgiveness, we’re using our faithfulness.

The next part is God’s promise to us. If we do our part and confess our sins, God promises to be faithful and just to forgive them. Now, let’s take a look at those words to be sure that we know what we are getting from God. In this verse, faithful is taken to mean “to be trusted”* or “reliable”*. This means that we can take God at His word. The word just “designates the perfect agreement between His nature and His actions”*. We know what God’s nature is, right? He is a perfect God. So, to have agreement between His nature and His actions, His actions must also be perfect, right? This means that His words, his actions, everything that comes from God must be perfect. Therefore, we have nothing to worry about when it comes to His forgiveness IF we confess our sins.

“To cleanse us from all unrighteousness”…what does that mean? Sin makes us dirty. God is clean. God can’t deal with us while we are dirty. So, in order to have God deal with us, we must go through Jesus and get cleansed. Unrighteousness is seen as “a moral evil.”* Until we are cleansed, we are essentially morally evil.

So, let’s talk about God’s forgiveness in general for a moment. When God forgives us, He doesn’t forgive like we as humans do. God takes our sin and throws it into a sea of forgetfulness. God doesn’t remember our sin and just say “it’s okay now”. He literally makes it as though we never sinned at all. He makes us completely clean. And that is the greatest blessing of all.

Something else: When we continue to ask God for forgiveness for the same old thing or continue to worry about it ourselves, we are calling God a liar and saying that we do not believe His promises. This is something to keep in mind as we go about our daily lives.

~Xena Callaham

Do better. Think better. Be better.

Verse of the Day — James 2:26

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Hey guys!

Today’s verse reads, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”

The book of James is kind of like the Proverbs of the New Testament. It supplies rules for living to its audience. In this chapter, James starts off by telling the Jewish Christians to whom his letter is directed that favoritism is wrong..He gives the example of choosing a rich man over a poor man to get the best seat at the table and reminds the Jewish Christians that they are supposed to love their neighbors as themselves. He also lets them know that committing even one sin makes a person a sinner or lawbreaker. In the next part of the chapter, James talks about how faith without works is dead. He gives examples such as Abraham sacrificing Isaac and Rahab lodging the spies to supplicate his assertion.

So, what exactly does this verse mean? Well, what happens when a person is not saved? They die a physical death as well as a spiritual death because they do not have the Holy Spirit within themselves. The Holy Spirit is the evidence that the person is saved. We know that a person is saved because they possess the “fruits of the Spirit”. So, just like that, deeds are evidence that a person has faith.

Let’s talk about evidence for a second. There are two types of evidence. Circumstantial and direct evidence. Circumstantial evidence is, “evidence that relies on an inference to connect it to a conclusion of fact.” Therefore, circumstantial evidence is not conclusive by any means. So, if you do not perform any deeds, then people saying that you believe is just circumstantial. They are making an inference which has nothing to support it. The second kind of evidence is direct evidence. Direct evidence “supports the truth of an assertion”. So, direct evidence, like having the fruits of the Spirit, is conclusive and proves the stated claim, such as that you are saved.

This is a subject that confuses a lot of people because the Bible also says that good works will not get you into heaven (Galatians 2:16). So, is this not contradictory? No, it is not. Why? Faith is the only thing that can get you into heaven, however, as I mentioned before, everything has evidence. Works are only the evidence of faith. We follow God’s commandments because we have faith. Jesus says, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.” (John 14:23). To put it into perspective, let me give you an example. If you have a boyfriend or a girlfriend and you love them, you’re not going to do things to purposely hurt them are you? No! You’re going to do things as much as you can to please them and make them happy. This is the same with God. If we say we love God, then we’re not going to disobey him, and if we do, we’re going to repent and try our very best not to do it again. Because our sin hurts God.

What can we take away from this verse. How about, “Make sure that your actions are always backing up your words.” In other words, if you’re going to talk the talk, walk the walk! However, don’t get discouraged if you mess up. We’re all going to mess up at some time or another. Maybe even more than once. Just make sure that you continue to strive towards God always!

~Xena Callaham

Do better. Think better. Be better.

Verse of the Day — John 16:33

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Hey guys!

Today’s verse reads: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

In this chapter, Jesus is telling his disciples of all the problems the world will present them with. He is telling them of the things that will happen when he is gone. He lets them know that he has to go away for a while and they will be sorrowful while the world rejoices, but he will come once again and then no one will be able to take their joy away.

So, in the last verse of this chapter, verse 33, Jesus uses the word “things”. He did not just tell them one thing, he told them multiple things. This shows his level of care. He wanted to make sure that he prepared them well for when he was gone. He told them so that they would remember when these things came to pass. This brings me to my next point. Preparation brings peace.

Jesus told them these things so that they would be prepared and so that they would have peace. Have you ever taken a test that you did not study for? I bet you were worried before, during, and after the test. But when you take a test that you did study for, there is no stress and you can take it easy because you know that you are prepared for it. The Bible is our study guide for life. God has already done all the work for us, we just have to read the study guide and remember it when the time comes. With the preparation that Jesus gives, we can have peace. But notice that Jesus says “in me you may have peace.” Perfect peace only comes through God. Isaiah 26 verse 3 says,”Thou wilt keep him in Perfect Peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee”. This lets us know that God controls perfect peace and it can only come through Him.

The next part of this verse guarantees that we will have tribulation in this world. Being a Christian does not mean that we will get to surpass suffering. In fact, it guarantees that we will experience it. But we have a hope named Jesus. He says that he has overcome the world. Overcome is past tense. We have nothing to worry about because Jesus has already won! Overcome also has the connotation of no going back. The world cannot take over again. Jesus’ victory is absolute.

So, what can we take away from this verse to help us in our daily lives? Well it’s simple. Read the Bible to learn. Remember what you have learned. Use the study guide that God gives us for free! Once you prepare in that way, you will gain God’s perfect peace that only He can give. Keep in mind that every Christian will have to go through tribulations. But keep the faith, because Jesus has already won.

~Xena Callaham

Do better. Think better.. Be better.

 

Be Strong and Take Heart

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Great verse and insight

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I can’t thank everyone enough for the outpouring of support I received after my Waiting For Baby post. It is incredibly scary to post something that personal and the response was so sweet and humbling so thank you, thank you. I feel so loved knowing that we have so many friends praying for us and supporting us in the wait.

“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:13-14)

The truth is that most of us are in the midst of waiting for something in life. Whether it’s a baby, a husband, a change, a good day, a better job, we’re all waiting and hoping for something to change. I love this verse because the first part contains a promise: I will see…

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Verse of the Day — Galatians 1:10

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This is my very first “verse of the day” post. I will be posting these to give my peers and anyone else who reads my blog the chance to get a young woman of God’s perspective on the word of God. I will share a verse (the Bible version may vary), then I will give a little bit of textual background into the verse, and finally, I will give any insight I may have into that particular verse.

Galatians 1:10 – “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” NIV

So, what does this verse mean? Well, let’s get a little bit of background first. In this chapter, Paul is speaking to the Galatians. He is appalled that they have let other people come in with a different Gospel than the one that he taught them. He lets them know that he received his Gospel directly from God and did not ask for any human’s input. Paul also speaks of his previous life. He tells the Galatians of how he used to persecute Christians but when God changed his life, Paul did not consult anyone on Earth, instead he went straight into doing God’s work.

Now, let’s take a look at this verse in particular. In this verse, Paul gives us a very strict dichotomy. He lets us know that we can either try to please people, or we can be a servant of God. We can’t do both. What happens when we try to please people? We forget all about God! We get so caught up in wondering what the world thinks that we forget to care about what God thinks. The Bible tells us that our focus should be on things above and not on worldy things(Colossians 3:2). This means we should be looking for God’s approval, not the approval of our peers.

But believe me, I know this is a lot easier said than done. I find myself falling into this trap as well. It’s so much easier to only think about the things and people that we can see. It’s like when we forget to call our relatives every so often. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Wrong. The Bible tells us that only the things we can’t see will last (2 Corinthians 4:18). So, what’s the point of trying to focus on something that is not going to last? Our generation’s curse of instant gratification strikes again.

So, what can we take away from this verse and use in our daily lives? How about “Don’t worry so much about what the world thinks, but pray and read the Bible to find out what God thinks.” Therefore, from this verse, we can take two assignments and these assignments are the basic and essentials ones of our faith: pray and read the Bible. By communication with God, we can find out what He wants from us, and be more effective in our daily lives.

 

~Xena Callaham

Do better. Think better. Be better.

The Start of a New Journey

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Hey guys!

I’m not sure how many people will read this, but I’m excited to be starting on this journey. I have always wanted to be an inspirational aspect in at least one person’s life, and with this blog, I am hoping to reach someone or someones whom I can help in any kind of way I can.

So, here’s some things about me:

First and foremost, I am a child of God. I believe in Jesus Christ and I always will. I will be posting a lot of bible verses and speaking about what they mean to me. I will also be sharing my personal testimonies. Other things to know about me are I love to read, I go to college at Roanoke College in Virginia, my major is Communication Studies and I am minoring in Sociology. I go to church at St. John Baptist Church in Forest, Va. I have experienced a lot in my almost 19 years on this Earth, but I don’t claim to know it all. In fact, there is a lot that I don’t know. But, I count this as a blessing and I am always eager to gain more knowledge. I like to write, but I enjoy editing even more. Yes, I am a grammar Nazi 🙂

Something to keep in mind: I don’t have it all together. It is a lot easier to give encouragement and smile for others than it is to take your own advice and smile for yourself. But hopefully, with this blog, I can also begin to start taking some of my own advice and live to be better person because ultimately, that is my everyday goal. To be better.

If you would like to follow me on social media here is my info:

Facebook: Xena Asterismal Callaham

Twitter: Zeyzey63

Instagram: Mrswillmoney

If you need to talk, about anything, my kik is also zeyzey63.

If you need help with anything, ask and I will try my best to help you.

Jeremiah 29:11