“Can God Still Use Me?”

You still want me

 

This is not an easy topic to write about, but especially to elaborate one; but for the sake of helping free each other through Christ, I am writing to the ones who feel they’re strayed too far for God to ever use again. I’m here to tell you: stop thinking that way. Read these verses before we get into the post for today. Yes, ALL 11 of them. Read!

13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
1 Peter 1:13-23

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
Psalm 119:9

 

If you didn’t read the verses above and simply scrolled past them thinking, “Oh, I know what they say,” or even just scanned them, then you won’t get nearly as much value out of this post, because the full impact is already there from the Word of God: you’ve chosen to miss the complete message by not reading it. So go back and read it.

This is a very hard subject to touch on because it deals with failure in your Christian walk: sin. We all do it; don’t deny it. Lying (even to ourselves in thinking we can never be good enough for anything, or will never do anything right, or are a terrible person, etc. etc. etc. and all those other stupid things we believe about ourselves). Hatred. Malice. Bitterness. Lust. Fornication in one’s heart. Thievery. Not forgiving someone. Addiction to drugs, pornography, alcohol. You name it. Sin is sin, and God has a certain standard, Man has a certain standard, and we have our own standards, all of which we’ve broken.

Sin does not become sin simply because Man says so. If that were the case, abortion would be the most amazing thing on the planet; murderers would be given medals and everyone would be rushing to kill someone else to receive a bigger reward for having gotten their 10th kill.
No, sin is sin because God says so and gives us a certain knowledge of truth in our own hearts as to what’s wrong and right. One might see pulling a prank on someone as an absolute joke, while the next guy may see it as deceitful and lying to him to get him to do something he wouldn’t do otherwise. A woman may wear something absolutely provocative and cause a man to lust after her, while another man may not even notice. These things aren’t necessarily address in the Word of God (not from what I’ve found, however; please do enlighten me if I am wrong), but because of both experiences of these people, their responses are different.

However, that was not where I was going with this particular article. I am talking to that person who has openly sinned against God, knowing they did wrong, and yet still did it (or continuing to do it). The person who’s done it so many times, is still a believer, yet feels at such a loss for God and His meaning for them. You feel deserted, abandoned; yet you know you’ve distanced yourself (even knowing you were doing it), but how to get back is unknown. The devil, reveling in his glory in that he’s “got you AGAIN!”, sticks close beside, snickering and waving those sins in front of you, ever reminding you of them. He tells you, “Ah, but you’ve gone too far! God doesn’t love you anymore; you’re doomed, so stay and play with me!” “You’re having SO much fun! Why would you ever want to quit now? The party’s just now started!”

If that’s you, you’re far from alone. I stand right there with you. I’ve felt that way and Satan has deceived me more than I care to admit. It’s a hard thing when your guard is down and he creeps every so “lovingly” in and starts playing with your mind. I’ve truly experienced “the idle mind is the devil’s workshop” concept and it’s not a pretty sight or experience. Sin is ugly; a black hole we often crawl into with the excuses of loneliness, sadness, heartbreak, etc. You know what drove you to it; it’s different for everyone. But God doesn’t just drop you off when you’ve deserted Him — and YOU were the one that deserted Him, not the other way around. Don’t get that confused, because the devil will try to convince you otherwise.

If you truly did go back and read those verses as you were told, you noticed the word “obedience”. What a simplistic, amazingly beautiful word. So easy to follow, right? *chuckle* Ha. Right!

The most beautiful verses that struck me was 22 and 23 of 1 Peter chapter 1: go back and read them before you continue this.

Peter writes that the purification of the soul came by obeying the truth through the Spirit. Dropping down to vs 23, he states we were born again (saved) not of corruptible seed, but if incorruptible, by the word of God. That means that you were not born again into Christ’s death by your work, therefore cannot be separated from Him (lose your salvation) due to your works. This is another whole article to be written, as Hebrews talks about how you can lose your salvation, but for the impact of this article, I’m driving home the fact that if you are under the blood of Christ, while it matters what you do (you’ll give any account of everything), your sin hasn’t driven you so far from God that He doesn’t want to use you anymore.

In my own sin, Satan continually pressed my head down, seemingly trying to drown me. This was after I got saved, not before, mind you. I’m not talking to unbelievers here, but to those who have believed already, but are continually reminded of their sin by Satan. You have the power to unlock those chains you’ve created for yourself in your own mind through Christ, so stop procrastinating and do it already! Please! For your own sake, and the sake of your testimony to Christ.

Psalm 119:9 states that the cleansing of one’s soul does not come through prayer, does not come through “getting over your sin”, but to take heed unto the Word. Have you done that? Have you reminded Satan of your identity in Christ? If you haven’t, I just told you how: by the Word! Your life can bring so much glory to God if you let Him work through you. But you’ve got to come to the conclusion that the only way to get “over” this sin, is by the Word: reading it, believing it, and putting it into practice. You have that power in Him, so USE IT!!

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
Psalm 119:11

There’s a reason that verse is put 2 down from verse 9: Purify your soul by hiding His Word in your heart so you don’t sin against Him. Why do we make this so complicated? I mean, really? Let’s get over ourselves already and believe God.

So there you have it; take it and run with it back to God. Show Satan who’s boss again and stop letting him deceive you. If your friend kept lying to you, you’d have deserted them long ago; stop letting Satan back in! He’s not gonna change.

“Change you mind, change you life.” Remember your thoughts control your emotions. Take control of those thoughts (captive unto Christ: 2 Corinthians 10:5) and boot Satan out.

If you decide you can’t do this alone, let me help. Shoot me an email so I can know of your struggles; no judgement here — I’ve been there myself! We all need to stand together and if you’re afraid to reach for help, you’re once again giving in to those lies of the devil. Don’t do it. Find a friend and share. Don’t hesitate: sin loves darkness.

“…Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.”
Matthew 9:2

 

~ Cameron

“Look At Me…”

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11: “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12: Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13: Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”
Titus 2:11-13

While the verses above impact me as a Christian, and remind me about God’s amazing grace and the hope it offers, verse 13 is where I want to focus, particularly on the first word: looking.

For the last few weeks, my life has been the essence of a roller coaster lost on the track, not attached to anything, and having no breaks to stop on a downhill slope. I have recently gone from working a full time job on a farm to pretty much just a few hours a week. As I saw my funds in the bank dwindle and the bills kept coming, I begin to panic and wonder. All my friends knew I was stressed and overwhelmed; everyone I spoke to got my spill and knew what was happening with Cameron. (For those who got the earful over and over, I’m sorry!)

I don’t know what made me realize my mistake, but I remember waking up to see a quote on an image and I liked it. The image was of a small child holding his parent’s hand and they’re walking through what looks like a desert. The quote reads, “God doesn’t give us what we can handle. He helps us handle what we have been given.” As I begin writing to post this to Facebook, I felt the Holy Spirit prick my spirit. I heard God speak to me and ask why I didn’t believe this quote and why I wasn’t really trusting Him.
 “Have I not led you through waters before? Have I ever forsaken you? Why doubtest thou Me?” Oh, but I do trust you, Lord! “No, you say you do, but you do not act it out. Why are you doubting Me? Stop looking at your feet and look at Me.”

Look at Me. Look at Me. This; three words that define my relationship with Christ. My dear heavenly Father, I am so feeble and weak!
I know the verse above is speaking of salvation and looking forward to heaven, but when I read it I realized my focus was wrong; it had shifted to my feet – downward! And how well can we walk when we’re looking at our feet? Ha, not very well! I tend to bang my head a lot. The focus had shifted to see where my feet were going; what the next step was. I was asking myself, “What’s the next step? OK, one foot in front of the other; yep, the next step…” STRESS! Being OVERWHELMED! I’m going to die! 

How many times have we done this to ourselves? Our focus becomes so self-centered and Christ is no longer in the picture. We then wonder why we’ve been left; where has He gone? I’m alone. But we’re not; not even close. He goes before us, making the path in the darkness, beating away the prey that lurks, overshadowing us in His Light. Our feet shuffle anxiously; our voice becomes weak and our hearts become burdened. And we can still be holding His hand, but we falter and stumble more often when we take our eyes off Him. We tend more to hear the cry of the howling wolves, the screech of an owl, the lies of the devil… Why? Because we’re sheep and follow the herd instead of the Shepherd. We’re silly, dumb sheep (I’m speaking from experience lol)! We hear Him call and instead of looking up to see where He’s calling from, we look at our feet and say, “Which way?!”

Remember how you got here? By following. Following! You followed Him. He led and you followed. So easy, right? Ha. Laughable. Not. But He doesn’t promise it will be; He just says He’ll be there right beside you along the way. He didn’t promise a path not walked, He just asked that you go. His only promise: “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” 

So stop looking down at your feet trying to make sense of the path and just follow Him where He leads. He won’t lead you astray no matter what the devil, your mama, your daddy, your uncle, or anyone else says! Stop listening to the those voices and tune into His gentle one: “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” {Mt. 4:19}

Look at Him, you. LOOK at HIM. His precious face; feel His warm hand, hear His gentle footsteps going before, the angels around you singing. You’re not alone, so look back up. 

 

~ Cameron

 

To the Other Side of the World…

“I will follow, Lord; I will follow.”

When I told God that in December of 2011, 4 months after I took Him as my own, I didn’t know what the full impact of those words on my future self would really look like. Across the sea He took me; across the street to a neighbor; to the sidewalks of Nashville to speak life into abortion-minded women. Ministry has been the name of the game for many years for me, and missionary work has been no joke. It’s not nearly as glamorous as it sounds, believe me.

At age 12, I remember reading a story of a girl who had wanted to marry a missionary; I had scoffed, wondering how a girl in her right mind would desire something that crazy! Leave the comforts of a home, family, America?! Riiiight…wise girl! *eye roll*
Little did I know the God (literally I didn’t know Him then) sitting on His throne who had such big plans to not make me marry a missionary, but to become one myself! What a sense of humor He has!

Fast forward to today: Age 21, with 22 fast approaching. Midwifery academics is coming fast to a close as the months tick quickly by. As the Lord leads me down this path, I find myself in contact with people I never would have imagined I’d meet; I also see His blessings in every single aspect of my life and His glory raining down upon my little blonde head for me to shine brightly in this dark world.

But it doesn’t end there; it’s not even really where it starts. It started when I was 16 when I got saved, but I never thought I’d be touching down in Asia once again before I got to the country He’s actually called me to. Here, in May 2017, God has called me to the Philippines to continue my schooling as a midwife, working with a school there for 12-18 months in order to receive the knowledge I will need to practice in another Asian country as a full-fledged midwife. That’s a VERY big leap for this gal, and it actually scares the heck out of me to think I’m gonna up and move across the world without even having ever been there. But God leads, and I follow without question, knowing He’s got me in His great big hand and I’m in the middle of His will in following. There’s no such joy and peace!

So there’s my story, but it doesn’t end here either; in fact, that’s only a small stepping stone: a little bitty pebble in the ocean!
Like all missionaries, there has been something they needed that it took others to get: money. The big, fat M-word that most people hate to say or even ask for. Why does it really have to be used? Can’t we get along without it? Hasn’t it already caused enough damage, heartache, ruin?? No.. God told me “No. Trust Me. You plan; I’ll provide.”

So I did. And here I am today, His blessed assurance flooding my soul. Many ask how they can support me; it makes my skin crawl. I cringe every time! Why? Because I feel like I’m taking their life away by taking their money. They need to feed their family; save for college; support another MORE IMPORTANT missionary, right? Not me; why do I get their attention and privilege? I’m SO humbled by their want to serve ME! God, thank you!

I’ve done something most missionaries have never done: pledged to myself and God that I’d never go in front of a church and ask for their support, or ever go to my family and friends for money. I just can’t do that! It makes me cringe, wretch, and writhe! I hate it! My mind screams, “RUN!” every time I think of it. The thought of answering to Man in terms of how I spend his money, or taking money from those dearest to me is what makes my heart ache. Not that accountability isn’t good – it is! – but I want to be able to spend the money God provides as He sees fit: not me, not you – HIM. Strange, right? (You’ll get used to it after awhile, I’m sure. If you stick with me long enough 😉

But there is a way you can help; two ways, actually. First, PRAY. Pray, pray, pray for me. I’m young, ambitious, excited, scared, dumb, and extremely devoted. This mission is my life, my breath, my sleep. It’s on my mind every single moment of the day and how I can make it happen faster or who can I touch along the way. So please pray and don’t stop.
The second way is through my business. I started a business that is like a tree for me: my tree of Life and hope and excitement, branching out to impact me and others along the way. It’s a health business and I absolutely LOVE it and how it’s helped me and how I know it can help others. I’ve always known that I couldn’t take something without giving back; and also that I would need something I could hinge on once I reached my destination country – something I could use for my girls who were looking to me for their midwifery care. This business allows me to impact people here, while impacting others over there too! That’s exciting to me.

So I started a business: a health and wellness business I could work from home or anywhere I went. I don’t have to stock inventory so I can take it anywhere, and I plan to take it with me wherever I go. But the best part is you can access it from your own home as well. If you are the kind of person that needs to get your health back on track, or know someone who does, we need to talk. If you like working out, taking care of your temple of God, helping others change their lives for the better, we need to talk! This is my ministry right now: I’m choosing to bloom where I’m planted and this is what God has brought me to. I don’t want your money; I want to earn your support and help YOU since you’re giving to me. I want to give you something in return for your heart for me and for serving Christ through me by giving, which means supporting my business.
Some may see this as selling them on something they don’t want or know anything about, but that’s OK; they don’t have to understand. God didn’t ask me to understand; He simply asked that I obey and follow. Will I? You bet! Will you? That’s up the you.
If you would like to help support my business, you can email me at: achievablehealth@gmail.com or find and message me on Facebook. This business fuels my mission and you get 3 things by supporting it: laying up of treasures in heaven (you receive the same reward as I do, Jesus said {Mark 9:41}); you can achieve the best health you’ve ever had; you can help others also achieve it. It’s a win-win.
(I will also be hosting a sponsorship program once I’m to my destination country where you can pay for these health products for others as another form of ministry. But that’s another whole blog post in and of itself.)

 

In our blessed Saviour, Christ the Lord, may you have a blessed day and find your continual rest in Him. Love always from this Tennessee girl!
~ Cameron

The Gossip I Learned From

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A few years ago, I had this cool chick friend. She seemed to be all I wanted to be: confident, outgoing, funny..you name it – she was it! I loved her! I would go to her house a lot and hang out all the time. But after awhile, I started noticing a pattern in our conversations and it took me longer than I wish to admit to learn my lesson from a situation that left me reeling.

My friend liked to talk about folks, but particularly her neighbors. She loved talking and I love listening. Every visit, she would talk and I would listen (and too often agree with her) to her gossip about her neighbor and how they never seemed to get along, and how her neighbor dis this or that or said this or that, “but never lived up to it.” (Ha, isn’t that just like us humans – always seeing the faults in others.) However, I noticed when they were together, my friend would never act like anything was wrong and that her neighbor was the queen of the world and everything was fine and dandy.

A few months later my friend got on Facebook and bashed “some people” for being haughty, judgmental, and hypocritical. I, like a fool, commented and praised her for her “being bold” and told her how proud I was of her speaking out. *insert God’s lightning bolt zapping me because He should have*

Indeed, both of us had taken the easy way out and got in very big trouble, as the neighbor knew exactly who was being talked about and had know  all along that things weren’t exactly right. I was soon reprimanded and saw my error in public bashing when the neighbor had not been confronted personally. I had been a partaker in ungodly gossip and had not nipped it before it blossomed. And not only had it fed the speakers ego, but it fed mine, AND gave me negative thoughts and feelings about the gossipee. Not a good triangle to be in, let me tell you. It was a hard lesson.

Most people would now give Philippines 4:8 as a reference, but I feel Colossians 3:12-17 is more fitting. It says,

“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

Since that time, I have seen the hurts of gossip. It’s indeed a poisonous viper that works against us. We think it will poison the person being spoken of; but in actuality, the speaker and the willing hearer are the ones in deep muck – and have muck in their hearts, mouths, and fire in their tongue that leaps our in their words, burning those around them. Know that “if anyone gossips to you, they’ll gossip about you.”

So before we partake in gossip or speak gossip about someone, let us examine our hearts and our words.
Are they truthful and glorifying to God?
Are they valuable?
Are they polite?
Are they godly?
Are they holy?
Are they of good report?
Blessing?
Lovely?
Virtuous?

Examine 👉🏼❤️

~ Cameron

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The Prince 

So apparently this guy name Prince died yesterday. “An icon; a legend; a great man; he gave us such great music.”
“Prince.” That was his name. He lived for 57 years and supposedly had a great life as a singer. So tell me: you know so much about and love this great iconic figure, but let me ask you: do you The Prince? THE PRINCE? Yes, there is a real Prince — the prince of peace and the Prince of heaven. His name is Jesus Christ.
I hate to say it, but the singer Prince is probably burning in hell. Sobering thought, huh? “No, not him!” you exclaim. But he’s, indeed him. Did he take Christ as his own? No evidence shows that he did. But you still have a chance. Prince became close friends with death yesterday; if he didn’t take the chance to believe on Christ before his last breath, his hope is lost forever. But you still have today; this moment; RIGHT NOW.
If you’re reading this, it’s not too late. There is no chance after death; that’s it. If you die in sin, there’s no way out of hell. Yes, eternal burning hell. The place God has specially designed for those who have rejected Him. He designed that place for you. And for me. But there’s one big difference between me and you: you haven’t received Him yet; you’re still sitting on the fence. Your soul is hanging over the gap of hell and you just don’t measure up. There’s no way you could ever reach that other side where heaven stands so beautiful.
But wait! On that other side, there’s a man in a white robe. You look up as He calls your name and you see nail prints in his wrists as He reaches His hands out to you. He wears a crown of glory on His head and His eyes are pleading with you to take His hand. You turn away once more, trying to ignore the cry from this Man and the fire in the pit of hell below crackles louder. Demons hiss at you to run from this Man, screaming, “No, we want you with us! Don’t take His hand!”
This is you: struggling between the roar of demon cries and the soft voice of the Savior gently whispering for you to simply take His hand. He can carry you over the gap, but you just aren’t sure. What if He falls? Then you’re both stuck and falling into the eternal fiery hell.
But what you don’t see is the thing that only God can see — a bridge over that gap. The Bridge of Blood, paved in the Savior Jesus Christ’s blood! Christ shed that blood on a rugged cross to pave the way from eternal death to eternal life. He died the worst possible death to save your life! Then, 3 days later, He rose from the dead, defeated death, Satan and those roaring demons and now sits with His Father in heaven! He did that for YOU! Yes, YOU!
So why don’t you just take that nail-pierced hand? Take it and walk across that beautiful bridge of blood into eternal life, my friend. Why do you wait? Death will not wait until you’re ready; so make sure you’re ready for it when it comes.
I ask again: do you know THE PRINCE?

This entry was posted on April 22, 2016. 1 Comment

Daily Bible Verse 

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭19:7‬ ‭

Daily Bible Verse 

Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.‭‭

Ecclesiastes‬ ‭8:12-13‬ ‭