Sample Bias

There’s one area of my life where God has blessed me abundantly and that is where people are concerned. I am surrounded by the most loving, supportive and insightful group of friends and family and they push and inspire me to be the person God has called me to be. The information I receive from them and the levels of revelation they encourage me to enter, have helped form the individual I am today.

It’s easy to assume that other people have been exposed to the same truths as I have and know what I know. That’s a mistake I am often guilty of making, but it’s a sample bias error which comes from being surrounded by like-minded people, and using that as a premise to assume that everyone else is the same way. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s very important to have men and women in your life who understand and share your hopes and dreams and see life through the Word. But if we are not careful, we can assume that everyone has been given the opportunity to know what we know and they just don’t want to act on it.

Before He left the earth, Jesus gave the Great Commission to His disciples. He told them to go into ALL the world and preach the Gospel (Mark 16:15). We live in a world that is dying to hear about the truth of God’s love and how He has a plan and purpose for our lives. But they don’t know. And how will they hear unless someone tells them? (Romans 10:14b). It’s easy for us to remain in our safe cocoon of like-minded counsel (and again, there’s nothing wrong with that) but we also need to reach out to the world. I tell you, there are so many people that are hungry for the truth, but they just don’t know where to find it or how to get it.

There are so many broken marriages today because no one explained what marriage was created for. They were not informed that salvation could not be found in a spouse and that two people are meant to enter a marriage, already complete in Christ.

So many women are looking for a man to save them (I once fell into that category) but they don’t know that no man can save you. In fact, that approach will most likely lead you to men who want to use you and throw you away.

A lot of men have been told that their manhood is defined by the number of digits on their bank accounts. And so you have a generation of men who will do anything for money. That’s because they don’t know who they under all that cash and cannot call themselves REAL men if they don’t have a certain amount of money and are unable to maintain a certain lifestyle.

All these people need to hear God’s truth. But how will they know if they are not told?

We are salt and light and our calling is to be carriers of God’s truth in a broken world. I thank God for my friends and family and for the wonderful people of the House of Freedom because they have exposed me to God’s truths and helped me develop in my relationship with God. Now it’s our responsibility (those of us who understand Kingdom) to go out into the world and introduce someone to the truth that is Jesus.

Because at the end of the day, He is THE truth. End of.

Have a wonderful week,

Grace’s Daughter.

In Christ Alone

In Christ alone, my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song

This cornerstone, this solid ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm

What heights of love what depths of peace, when fears are stilled, when strivings cease

My comforter, My All in All, Here in the love of Christ I stand

 

No guilt in life, no fear in death, this is the power of Christ in me.

From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell, no scheme of man can ever pluck me from his hand

Till He returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

I have listened to these words so many times; on some occasions, I just sing along with a casual appreciation of the lyrics and the melody. There are other times however, where the words come alive. Almost like the writer knew exactly what I would need to hear in that moment of my life, as he penned those words.

It’s very easy for the demands of life to weigh us down. We often put ourselves under such immense pressure to measure up to a standard that God never asked us to live up to. I’m guilty of placing such ridiculous demands on my inherently incapable flesh. When I fail to deliver, I suffocate myself in waves of condemnation and despair. It’s easy for me to blame the world for placing such weighty burdens on me, but the truth is I oftentimes place them on myself.

Hoping in Christ means that I no longer have to rely on my human strength. It means that I have a covering that I can rest in whenever I get to the end of myself. When I am confronted with impossible situations, ones that I can never get through by myself, I can sit back and allow God show up. But I actually have to sit back and let God be God. I’m tired of subjecting myself to the torture of trying to figure my life out by myself. I’m tired of beating myself up and wallowing in guilt when I don’t measure up.

The truth is I never will because the standards are constantly evolving. The world is changing and is full of people with differing opinions. Trying to please them all is simply setting yourself up for distress and failure. But there is a calmness and a peace that comes from resting in the knowledge of the truth that God has you completely covered. When you know with every fiber of your being that your life is in God’s hands, you are unshakable. It doesn’t mean life stops being hard; it means you simply rise above.

I wrote the first and last verse of this song because they are a beautiful expression of encouragement. Life is tough and it doesn’t get much easier as we move through it. But as the challenges come (and they definitely will), we can be rest assured that we do not walk alone, Christ is indeed our hope and no matter what, nothing and no one can ever separate us from His love and the wonderful thoughts He has for us.

Encourage yourself in (and through) the Lord.

Monuments

And Joshua said to them: “Cross over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever…Then Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests who bore the ark of the covenant stood; and they are there to this day. – Joshua 4:5-7, 9.

I read this passage and couldn’t help but ask myself certain questions: What are the monuments to God that I have set up in my life? Do they serve as ample reminders of the presence of God in my life? What is my plan to ensure that the story of my walk with God doesn’t die with me? Do I teach? Preach? Write a book? These are somewhat heavy questions to ask one’s self, especially at 6a.m in the morning. On one hand, I have to constantly remind myself that my first obligation in life is to God and the establishment of His Kingdom on earth. But, on the other hand, there are other things in my life that require my attention; my relationships, my job, my health, etc. And all these things are important. The dilemma I seem to constantly face is where and how to deploy my most valuable resource i.e. my time. In many instances, it’s God vs. everything else.

In the passage above, the Israelites were asked to erect monuments to God as a reminder to all people of what God had done for them. While sometimes the struggle is God vs. other aspects of my life, this story shows me that there are times when it’s God IN these aspects of my life. The Israelites had been roaming around the desert for 40 years and it was finally time for them to come into the Promised Land. I can only imagine what must have been going through their minds; they were approaching the climax of their lives. And that’s where God shows up for them and then asks them to put up a marker, so that those who come after them will be reminded of the magnitude of this Being we call Jehovah.

What am I trying to say today? Many times, we make our lives out to be God vs. xxx. But there are times when it’s God in xxx. Yes, we might be called to use our time to serve God by volunteering or writing a book. And this could take away from time that could be spent spending time with loved ones or getting on top of tasks that need to be completed. But there are also other times (and I daresay they are quite many), when God meets us in the midst of life and asks us to pause, listen and obey. The aim is often so that we may point others to Him.

Love,

Grace’s Daughter