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KayleighAnne E. Stanton is surrounded by an older brother, three younger sisters and two fabulous parents. She loves acting, reading, movies, writing, and above all serving her God. She has loved writing ever since a very young age and now devotes quite a bit of free time to perfecting her art. She hopes to have her historical novel published in the near future.

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No Strings Attached

No Strings Attached by KayleighAnne E. Stanton

No Strings Attached by KayleighAnne E. Stanton

My heart broke when one of my closest friends revealed the state of her faith. “I want to go to heaven,” she told me, giving a slight shake of her head. “And I think I will… I mean… I do think I will. But part of me isn’t certain. Like… I’m only ninety percent certain that I’ll go to heaven.”

When I asked her why she told me that she didn’t seem deserving. “I believe in God and everything and I asked him the big question when I was eight. But that was before I grew older and made so many mistakes. And now I wonder… is this part of me still enough to enter into heaven?”

Maybe you are plagued with that same doubt. It isn’t unnatural to wonder if you will ever qualify for the Final Round, the Great Paradise, the Beautiful Eternity. But God loves even the broken, the ‘unclean’ and the lost.

 

Firstly, God used some messed up people in the line of His Son.

In the beginning of the New Testament, we are given the genealogy of Jesus and His ancestors. It gives us a clear overlook at his relatives over a span of two-thousand years. Though there are some rather ordinary people in the line of Jesus, we see others that were not so clean- and some that weren’t Jews. Abraham was afraid of being killed so he told his wife, Sara to proclaim that she was his sister to keep from getting himself killed. Judah was jealous of Joseph and sold him into slavery. David was lustful and killed another man just so he could have his wife. Solomon was born of Uriah’s wife, not of David’s. God even used a prostitute, Rahab, to protect the spies of the Israelites and then put her in the line of David. All this proves that God doesn’t use the perfect and complete. Sometimes he uses the shameful and the imperfect to complete his perfect plan.

 

Second of all, Jesus healed the leper and gave sight to the blind.

In Bible times, people were very superstitious. They believed that if one was diseased, lame, blind or had some other sort of imperfection, it was because of the deeds of the person themselves or because of the deeds of their parents before them. People avoided these morbid humans because they believed they were sinful or unapproachable. Yet, as the leper cried out ‘unclean’ Jesus walked up to him and healed him and as the lame beggar begged for alms, Jesus gave him his legs. It didn’t cost anything at all, but one thing was required of the men. They had to believe that Jesus could do it. And they did, as weak and blind as they were. After that, they were healed and given the kingdom of heaven. If Jesus loved and healed the unclean and unworthy, who is to say that he can’t love and heal you too?

 

Third, Jesus came for all people.

He came for the murderers, the thieves, the prostitutes and the liars. He came for the sinful. So, if we look at the Bible and read through it, we come to realize that he came for all of us. Every. Single. One. He wasn’t impartial to the Jews or to the whites. He came for the whites, the blacks, the yellows, the oranges and the browns. He came for everyone. All they have to do is put aside their pride and believe. Even as Jesus was in pain and suffering, the murderer beside him begged for Jesus to remember him. Struggling to take a breath, Jesus said ‘today I shall see you in paradise.’ The criminal had no time to correct his life, do good things, or help those in need. He couldn’t even bow at Jesus’s feet. Instead, all he could do was believe. And that was enough.

 

In the end of all of this,

I want to present you with a single verse. Romans 8:35-39.

“Who shall separate from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long, we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all things we are more than conquerors through him who loves us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything in all creation can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Whatever you’ve done, whatever you are doing is forgivable. Your past nor your future can change God’s love for you. Though you may only be ninety percent certain of going to heaven, remember these things. It takes faith but, above all, it takes Christ’s love. His love doesn’t fill up that ten-percent, however. It fills up a hundred and ten. No strings attached.

2018-01-08T17:07:20+00:00 By |

Drop the Mic: 365 Days of Fearless

Drop the Mic: 365 Days of Fearless by KayleighAnne E. Stanton

Drop the Mic: 365 Days of Fearless by KayleighAnne E. Stanton

You’ve probably heard it said before that ‘do not be afraid’ is said 365 times in the Bible. Imagine my disappointment when I realized that this was not the case. After further researching that fact, I came across the truth. That phrase is only used a little over eighty times.

The meme artist who created that internet musing, for some reason, decided to make a random guess and lie to his dear fellow Christians. Yes, he was wrong.

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that he had some truth in his words.

Sure, the exact words may not be seen that many times in the Bible, but the truth behind them is.

What if we applied the courage we’ve seen over and over again in the Word to our own lives? What if, one morning, we woke up completely unafraid because we knew that God was on our side? How different would the world be then?

A famous quote caught my attention when I was researching. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” (Nelson Mandela)

Sometimes God uses the most fearful people in this life for His good. He uses them, the brokenhearted, weary sinners, to fulfill His plan.

Take Moses, for example. After killing an Egyptian slave-driver, he fled into the desert. This man did not intend on returning to the wealthy land of Egypt- because he was afraid of what his adoptive family might do.
When the Lord asked for Moses to return to Egypt to free his people, Moses did not want to go. He begged of the Lord to choose someone else- someone worthy.

“O Lord, I am not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied and my words get tangled.” (Exodus 4:10)
Moses was afraid.

He was afraid that he could never succeed in God’s plan. He was afraid that his adoptive brother might hurt him. He was afraid because he did not want to return to Egypt. There have also been discussions about the verse I quoted above. Some theologians proclaim that Moses had an issue with stuttering.

He may have. Which means that he was also afraid of people making fun of his words- or lack thereof.
And so he begged God to relieve him of this duty- asking for Him to choose someone else.

How did God respond to this?

“Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go. I will help you speak and teach you what to say.” (Exodus 4:11)

The Lord is telling Moses that He will be with him every step of the way- guiding him and helping him to know what to say. He is telling Moses that the excuses he makes are small compared to what the Lord can do.
And this is the same God who commands you to be fearless in Joshua 1:9.

“Have I not commanded you?” He asks us. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged. For I, the Lord, will be with you wherever you go.”

I am not telling you to get a grip on your life and never be afraid. In fact, it is perfectly alright to be afraid. Fear is a human emotion- something used to express our hearts deepest desires.
Jesus was afraid.

In Luke 22, Jesus went into the garden -right before He was handed over to the crowd- and prayed, begging his Father to withdraw this cup of suffering. It says that His sweat was like drops of blood.

Hematidrosis is actually a rare condition where blood is expelled through your sweat pores. It is caused by extreme physical or mental stress and is usually activated by severe mental anxiety or, as I like to put it, fear.
Jesus, the savior of this world, was so terrified of what was to come that He sweat blood. He asked for God to find another way, but also accepted his Father’s plan.

An angel was sent down from heaven to give Jesus strength to face His fear.

God doesn’t ask us to not be afraid. He asks us to realize that He is bigger than that fear. Over and over again, the Bible shows people full of fear. But whenever those people trust God, He always comes through.
You are going to be afraid because we live in a scary, terrifying world. But we don’t have to face anything alone. No matter what we go through, God will always be there.

We should be fearless 365 days out of a year. Not because some meme tells us that God says ‘do not be afraid’ 365 times. But rather, because through our lives, the lives of the Bible characters, and through the lives of those around us, proves to us that fear has no hold on those who hold onto the right hand of God.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

No matter what you go through tomorrow, I want you to remember that, though fear may take control of you, you can trust God to take control of that fear. He’s right there waiting to help you.

All you need to do is ask.

 

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