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That Girl is Poison – Dream Stealers

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Few months ago, I heard a sermon titled ‘That girl is poison’ by Carl Lentz, Pastor of Hillsong church New York. Speaking to 1000’s of young people at a Jesus Culture Conference, he was talking about how important it is for young people to protect their calling. He shared about how great men like David, Solomon, Samson did not fall in front of giant swords or armies, but in the hands of a women. I do not intend to type the whole sermon here(you can watch it here). I would like to write about 3 things in our lives that could be poisonous and can destroy our calling.

A Person/People :

People and relationships are among the most important things in life, but if you are not wise in choosing who influences you, they can be your dream stealers. Having people around you who inspires you, encourages you and motivates you is a much needed blessing. You’ve got to find such people.

Here’s my post on the kind of people in your life and who you should spend most of your time with.

A desire :

Desires play a part in us reflecting God’s nature as a caring father. God has promised and longs to fulfil the desires of our hearts. Desires are important because they form dreams, dreams add purpose to life and purpose defines how we live everyday.

Desires become dream stealers when we allow worldly agendas to alter a God given desire. Many begin with a good desire and along the way realise their desires are altered by success, fame, peer pressure etc.

But each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. (James 1:14-15 NIV)

A desire always require wisdom to execute it. It is important to ask God for wisdom to know how you should pursue the desires of your heart.

A Culture : 

Among the many differences in cultures around the world, I have paid attention to 2 kinds that have stood out to me :

1. A Culture that accepts anything :

These are people who are fine with any lifestyle and culture. There are 2 things that stand out about them :

– There are no strong values that decide what is right and what is wrong. Values change based on trends and demands.

– Living based on only emotions, their feelings drive them to do whatever they want to. They often claim the right to control their own lives.

2. A Culture that judges everything :

“Phariseeism is born when we think it’s OK to reject people in order to protect ideas.” Bill Johnson.

People in this category live based on ideas, rules etc that fir into their own box of understanding. They are :

  • Quick to judge anything they are not familiar with.
  • Often conveys a message of self-righteousness and promotes their way to be the only way.

Whichever category you maybe in right now, let me remind you that we are ‘in the world’ but not ‘of the world’. My understanding of that is – We have higher standards, values and a heavenly culture that we represent wherever we are. We do not get influenced by the culture, but we are called to influence the culture.

Look out for dream-stealers in your life. You have an amazing future and a great calling ahead of you. Do anything and everything you need to protect it.

What are other things that could be a poison that destroys our future? Share your comments below.

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Love and Forgiveness

Love and Forgiveness

Lately, I have been thinking about love, forgiveness, people, choices and why bad things happen to good people. I think they’re all very important subjects, and I will probably choose each one of them to talk about, but right now I just want to focus on love and what love really is.

I have been dealing with a lot of people who hurt me and took my friendship for granted. In matter fact, I have come to believe that most friends in our lives are meant to be our friends just for certain seasons. We always say that childhood friends will always be our friends forever and they are, but then you end up meeting with them on the street, at the coffee shop and you just exchange a few random words as if you barely know each other. Truth is that in time, we change, we either become the kind of people we wish to be when we were children or we allow our dreams to be taken away from us and we end up in places doing things we don’t love with people we don’t really like.

So then the question arises: How can we still love well people we haven’t seen in ages or people that hurt us, that disappointed us and did us wrong? What does it even mean to love well?

There is this one verse that comes to mind that’s in 1 Peter 4:8 and it says, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers”.  What does that even mean? Well..love covers, I think it means love forgives and yet how can one forgive without being forgiven first?

 Yes, we go through life and make everyday choices, to wake up, take a shower, to do good things, to be nice to people and yet we still have to learn so many things. “Forgive but not forget” some people might say, but is that true forgiveness, the one kind Jesus thought us?!  Indeed its not our place to fix people, we can show them what they do wrong and pray for them, but it’s only God who can restore a person. Restoring, yes, that is the key word I was looking for, because forgiveness restores the standard. Jesus thought us this principle and yet, sometimes we struggle with doing the same. We say it all day long, “ I want to be like Jesus” but yet we find ourselves in the midst of situations that require our full focus and attention and our full forgiveness.

If love covers, and forgiveness restores, then how come we still find ourselves making the wrong choices?! I think that our choices are like little spots on the path of our destinies. We are all destined to reign but how does one reign well without forgiving just like Jesus and loving well?

Loving well also means loving on purpose. Stepping outside of our comfort zones each day, making the choice to stop for the one, every time. But then the question is : “ How to love on purpose those who hurt us?” well..we can either remain stuck in our issues or make the choice to move forward .

Truth is that we all make mistakes, but what are our goals in life really? To remain stuck in anger and bitterness towards those who did us wrong or make one step forward and forgive and ask God for full restoration of people and relationships. We should only look at Jesus, He is our highest standard and if His love covers all, then ours should do the same.

If we are still talking about life goals, let me share some of my own, in the hope you will find yours and stick to them. One of my goals in life is to never uncover that which was already covered. Don’t stick the knife in the place that once hurt, unless that place has no scar what so ever. I also want to love people so much that when they are talking to me, they encounter their Father and leave changed. I know it’s a high goal but I always ask for wisdom to discern well and steward well, that which was given to me. Ahh! Yes, loving well requires sacrifice and sacrifice is always hard work. What will you choose then?!

What is your disposition when people do you wrong? Is it like Jesus’? How do you act when the storms of life almost drawn you? Do you act like Jesus? How well do you choose to love? Do you love like Jesus?

 

Thank you for reading these thoughts.

Lory T.

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