Is Christianity the Most Beautiful Religion?

Christianity is soooo beautifully simple AND practical!

If one were to just read the book of Matthew or John to see what Jesus said and did, or read one of Paul’s letters to the early church, Colossians, or Philippians, you’d see how…different Christianity is from other religions which are huge on either mystical, elusive, and abstract concepts and thoughts, or food-chain, climb-the-ladder type exaltation of participants, or severe bodily rejection and repetitious, ritualistic behaviors.

But not Biblical Christianity. Not the Christianity you find when you read the New Testament. The admonition and commands on how we ought to love one another and what that looks like practically are just so easy to grasp and refreshing and totally sensical and observable.

Indeed, it’s not like, dare I say, reincarnation, a mystical, never before observed idea. Even Christianity’s claims of resurrection from the dead has been observed time and again throughout history with people praying in Jesus’ name for life to return to someone who died and then it does.

So all this to say, I love the whole of Christianity, of what its Founder, Jesus, teaches. If there is anything more beautiful, more good for mankind, please, show me. It is for such teachings as these that I am totally unashamed to say I follow Jesus and His ways as recorded in the Bible:

“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” –‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:12-17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Don’t worry about what people may think if you proclaim to be a Christian. There’s nothing to be ashamed of. Our God is so good and wonderful. Get to know Him better so your confidence in that fact can be assured and you can more boldly share His love unabashedly with others. At the end of the day, it isn’t about whether or not someone likes you, it’s whether or not you loved Jesus and that person despite.

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A Quick Word of Wisdom from God

And so what happens when you speak first and read the Bible second; God is like, actually, you need to do this instead:

Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return.
    Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt.
 So don’t bother correcting mockers;
    they will only hate you.
But correct the wise,
    and they will love you.
 Instruct the wise,
    and they will be even wiser.
Teach the righteous,
    and they will learn even more.-Proverbs 9:7-9

And so that is my biblical/God-given wisdom to share with you today. Though sometimes your mind is in disbelief, you know the truth, and just wanna shake some people and be like, “Snap out of it! You’re destroying yourself!” God would rather you spend that time and effort correcting the wise and those who actually want to follow Him instead. For to whom much is given, even more will be added to them. If you seek to understand God and obey His commands, He makes you all the wiser.

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Sisters, you don’t know what you’re missing, but I’ll give you the scoop.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.-Ephesians 1:3-4

In Jesus’ name, I PRAY you sisters gain some more understanding of how amazing God is and how much you’re loved by the most incredible and perfect person in existence. Let the unpacking begin!

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 

Quick debunking: God DOES NOT promise to give us every earthly so-called blessing. Many THINK mansions, luxury cars, extravagant vacations, etc. are all earthly blessings God will give if we just ask Him to or bribe Him enough with generous church donations to greedy wolves. God promises to give us every earthly need: food, clothes, water etc. but He does NOT promise to give all Christians health and wealth.

However, He DOES promise that He has ALREADY blessed us with EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING in the heavenly realms. Can we see the heavenly realms? No. Are we in the heavenly realms? Not yet. So then clearly, this again, is not talking about things of the earth, things we can see and feel and handle. HOWEVER, we can SEE the evidence of the Holy Spirit, who is spiritual. God has gifted us with ALL the spiritual blessings He has to offer and MANY of those blessings are given to us through the power of the Holy Spirit who was given to us after we repented of our sins and trusted in Jesus Christ’s perfect life and sacrifice to save us–NOT TRUSTING OURSELVES, our good deeds, our donations, our church dedication and service, etc.

Here’s NINE spiritual blessings we CURRENTLY possess and HAVE ACCESS TO as believers in Christ as Lord:

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!-Galatians 5:22-23

Now if you’re not experiencing much of these realities in your life, there’s a simple reason for that:

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.-Galatians 24-25

You haven’t nailed your sinful passions and nature to His cross. You haven’t left them there, but instead, you’re holding onto them. And you’re not allowing the Spirit to lead EVERY part of your life. You don’t get to hold on to some serious separating sins such as any forms of sexual immorality (adultery, pornography/impurity/lust, fornication aka sex outside of marriage, homosexuality, etc.)  and still get to experience the above blessings of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. You MUST let God lead EVERY area of your life by listening to Him, going to Him for advice by reading His word, getting to know what He wants for and from you, and then applying it every day–putting His commands to practice. It’s not impossible to obey God. I’m not saying you’ll be perfect, but He has gifted you His Holy Spirit for a reason: so you have the supernatural power to overcome your sinful desires and instead choose to hear and obey HIS voice and live to please HIM rather than yourself or anyone else.

Which, sisters, believe it or not, you were NOT created to be what YOU think is happy. You were created for these simple, but profound purposes: you were created by God and for God to:

God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. 13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. 14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.-Ephesians 1:12-14

You are literally created to please God by praising and glorifying Him, and bringing Him praise and glory! We were not created for ourselves, our dreams, our fun, our happiness. We were created for God’s dreams, God’s happiness, God’s pleasure! Seriously:

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.-Ephesians 1:5

Too many Christians said a prayer to accept Jesus, only to then go on with their lives, not reading the Bible much, and just continuing to pursue their dreams, desires, relationships, wants, happiness, career choice, etc. They’re not living to please the God they claimed to accept as their Lord, but instead are living to please themselves, to do whatever makes them happy. And many don’t even know this is what they’re doing, and that God DOES NOT WANT THEM TO, and literally has DIFFERENT PLANS for them that He wants and EXPECTS them to do! But we absolutely cannot do ANYTHING of eternal value, that is, do ANYTHING that is pleasing to God, if we do not seek Him and discover what pleases Him in the first place!

So I’m stopping here, because this blog will be very long if I continue to unpack these verses, but let’s start here: who are you living to please, yourself, someone else, or God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ? If you’re living for your own happiness, choose to stop, pick up your bible, and discover what God wants from you and desires from you. And guess what, His plans for you actually WILL be pleasing to you!

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.-Romans 12:2-3

Listen, just as your boyfriend or ex wanted sex from you, which was a selfish, lustful desire because he didn’t wanna wait or have to commit himself to you in marriage to earn all of you, and treated you like dirt, and didn’t trust and respect you, God wants you to do things for Him, but unlike your “man”, the Perfect Man, Jesus Christ’s desires for you are good and beneficial to both Him and you AND everyone else in your sphere of influence aka your neighbors–those close to you, your church family, your friends, biological family, coworkers etc. You just don’t know it yet because you haven’t sought those plans out by faithfully getting to spend time listening to God via His word, the Bible.

I’m a bible-thumper for a reason, and this is just one of hundreds of reasons. Do you want to know the plans God has for you? Read His word, pray, and ask Him to speak to you through it, to show you His desires for you, and then begin to choose to obey and you’ll swiftly experience many of the spiritual blessings He has already given you in Christ.

Natasha nugget: you’re probably settling for whacked out guys and friendships because you have yet to discover the awesome blessings Jesus Christ has given you. You’re looking around for what’s missing, all the while you’re just ignorant of what you already have. 

Why Not To Chase A Name For Yourself

Are you hustling to make a name for yourself? If you’re putting anything above Christ—career, school, auditions, a boyfriend or girlfriend, etc.—Jesus has some tough words: 

    “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”-Matthew 10:37-39 NKJV

    If you’re trying hard to make a life for yourself, accomplish what you want to accomplish, and that comes first in your life, then you’ll lose it. But if you lay down everything and say, “Jesus, whatever You will for me because You deserve all of me since you gave all of Yourself, You withheld nothing, not even your own life for me, how can I not in turn surrender my will and desires to You who have PROVEN You are worthy to follow. No human being is more worthy than You. No one else died to set me free, to forgive me when I wasn’t even seeking forgiveness, but was loving my sin. No one offers me heaven, everlasting peace, joy, and power to overcome the devil. Only You do. So I will do what You want me to because You are perfect goodness and love,”—if you have that kind of heart, Jesus promises you will find your life. 

    Many are lost because they haven’t discovered their true life and purpose is hidden in Christ and only by seeking Him can it be found.

    And many are deceived into practicing selfishness in the name of, “God wants to bless me!”

    Too many are chasing fleeting things and forgetting to chase Christ. The kingdom and glory of this world is FADING fast, but God’s kingdom is the only one that will remain. 

    What will you choose to chase?

    Bruce Jenner Will Never Be A Real Woman And Here’s Why

     

    To go along with Bruce Jenner’s tragic delusion is to say that there is nothing uniquely special about being a woman; that even a man can be what we are if he merely says he feels like one, and then adds silicone to his chest, castrates himself, and applies makeup. Really? Is that the sum of what our culture deems woman to be?

    How can a man feel like he’s a woman if he’s never been one? Has he experienced what it is like to have a life growing within, the way that life saturates our heart with an intense love and a new level of sacrifice and nurturing? Has he given birth and brought life into this world? Of course not, because the eternal order of human life and reproduction says that man cannot bear children.

    Indeed, some women are barren, however, their design still begs to create life. And beyond child-bearing, the heart of a woman is beautifully unique, as is the heart of a man. The feminine was fashioned and designed into the woman, not into the man. Her womanly qualities are hers alone — with good reason — as is his manly qualities.

    As Stasi Eldredge so gracefully puts it, there are three desires in the heart of a woman: to be romanced, to play an irreplaceable role in a great adventure, and to unveil beauty. However, there is so much more; our desire for intimacy, for face-to-face closeness, to be listened to, protected, cared for, fought for, and longed for; our desire to take care of our young and our husbands, to make things beautiful, our sensitivity to the emotions of others.

    No. A man can and never will be a woman; no matter how much he transfigures himself to outwardly appear as one. Man and woman were created so differently, each so individually unique and beautiful, we complement one another. When God created man, He said it was not good for him to be alone, so He would make someone to help him. God created men and women in such a way that one needs the other; that what one has to offer, the other does not and vice versa. We were uniquely designed to help one another, not to try and become each other.

    When a person does not know their Maker, identity crisis is bound to strike. One becomes desperate to find identity in something, sometimes in anything, just to feel belonged.

    We are all like orphans stumbling around lost on the earth until our Heavenly Father finds us and brings us home — into His embrace.

    The bible tells us that as many as trust in the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ, they become adopted children of God. He now accepts them as His children, and thus, they have been “born again” by His Holy Spirit:

    But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir. (Galatians 4:4–7 NLT)

    This is our true identity: children of God, created for His good pleasure and will. But if we reject Him, all of our lives we will be lost orphans, creating our own false identities.

    I was there. My identity shifted with every guy I dated; from what they dressed like and the music they listened to, I embraced and built a false identity that would blend with theirs. Two lost orphans, trying to find themselves, not knowing our true selves were hidden in Christ:

    Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:1–3 NLT)

    I can say so joyfully, by the grace of God, I now know my true identity and I have not shifted from it for over nine years.

    Thanks to His Spirit within me, this adoption I’ve experienced, I now only become more and more like Jesus. This is not from my own strength, but His alone. Any good in me is from Christ’s Spirit, His transforming power who makes this daughter more and more like her Heavenly Father. My heart is full to overflowing with joy, peace, and love, knowing who my King is and who I am to Him. I pray that Bruce, and many more come to know and enjoy the same.

    God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:8–10 NLT)

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    Why Do All My Relationships Fail?

    Wanting to be wanted. I’ve been there. I used to dress sexy. Ironically, I was trying to reel in “the one” but all I was reeling in were sharks, toads, and wolves. Little did I know, my outer appearance displayed a very different message to the men crossing my path. I remember once I was in the mall and a group of men started yelling about my behind. Though I had specifically chosen to wear those skin-tight jeans because I thought they made my bottom look bigger, I got so angry at their attention. I cussed and yelled at them, but really, I had spurred them on with my attire. How I was dressed sent the message: treat me like I’m an object for your pleasure, rather than a woman who is worthy of respect.

    Now my heart breaks when I see women doing the same thing I used to do, hoping they’ll find love someday. I’m sure like I experienced, they keep getting let down. They’re going about finding a man in all the wrong ways yet wondering why it never works out.

    Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (Proverbs 31:30)

    I remember really liking this young man when I was in high school. During an online conversation, based on my sexy profile pics, he felt comfortable enough to tell me he had masturbated to my photos. I was quite disgusted. Here I was thinking he could become a long-term boyfriend, yet he was already thinking about having sex with me because of my photos. He wasn’t thinking long term at all.

    I had another boyfriend who was also pretty honest. This guy knew I was a virgin and didn’t want to be intimate, and so he told me he’d try really hard to wait. He waited two weeks and then dumped me.

    As you can imagine, I was pretty discouraged about my vicious relationship cycle: frog after frog. No guy could love me like I loved them. I remember looking in the bathroom mirror and thinking, “I’m never going to get married. I’m just meant to be single the rest of my life.”

    A year or so later I gave my heart to the Perfect Man: Jesus. He not only healed my broken heart, but I suddenly had hope again that I would someday marry. I just knew that I would one day, and that until then, I would wait. It wasn’t but two weeks later that I met Jonathan, the man who is now my husband. He feared God and loved Him. The first four months of our relationship, we didn’t know how to protect ourselves from temptation, and stumbled more than once. We’d always cry and feel terrible, do good for a while, then mess up again. But God knew we didn’t want that for our relationship. We knew it was wrong and desperately wanted to please God. During that time, God persisted in trying to tell me about courtship, but I kept forgetting. After going on a missions trip, everything changed. God put a pastor in my life who would eventually become a mentor to Jon and I, and the Lord had a Christian sister give me a book on courtship. We now had the wisdom on how to stay pure until marriage, and by God’s grace and Holy Spirit, we overcame. I’m very blessed and beyond thankful to say that although I wasn’t completely untouched until marriage, I was a virgin until my wedding night.

    I know not everyone reading this is a virgin, but do not believe the lie that you are now damaged goods. When you repent, Christ sees you as a new creation, His pure daughter who He indeed wants/commands his son to wait for until marriage. He wants to protect your purity, to guard your heart until the right time. He doesn’t condemn premarital sex for no good reason. He does it because He loves us and knows what’s best for us. If you think you know better than God, that’s some serious pride, and God resists the prideful but gives grace to the humble. If you agree with God’s word, which says fornicators won’t receive the kingdom, and you desire to obey Him because you know He is worthy of your devotion and love because of all that He’s done for you, He will lovingly guide and teach you how to please Him.

    I pray you surrender to the only Man who has died for you to make a way for your forgiveness, freedom and redemption, so that He can spend eternity with you and you with Him, basking in His joy and love. No man will EVER love you as much as Christ does, though a true Christian man can love you like He does and seek to honor God by honoring you. So please ladies, if you are stuck in the cycle I was in, I pray you repent. Trust me, going about relationships the way Hollywood tells you to simply doesn’t work. You’re only going to keep wounding and scarring your heart. Let Jesus heal you like He healed me. The only thing you’ll regret is not having done so sooner.

    Why I Prefer Jesus’ Love Over An Earthly Man’s

    I look out my window and gaze upon the plants and trees, all with their multiple hues and designs. I see adorable squirrels playing tag, and gorgeous blue jays flitting about. And the sun shines its glorious golden warmth upon my face as I pray to the Creator of all of these marvelous things.

    What man on earth can compare to the Heavenly Man? Jesus is described as having eyes that blaze like fire, and a body that appears to be fashioned from bronze. His face shines brilliantly, brighter than the sun itself.

    I even picture the not-so-glorious Jesus, the man pinned to a cross, bloody and naked, skin marred and hanging from his bones. How broken He became, how broken He allowed Himself to become, even to the point of death, for us.

    I ask again, what man on earth compares?

    What man on earth can say he has both died and resurrected for you, and taken you by the hand and led you to the path of heaven?

    What man can say he’s always known every inch of your being, and loved you the same before you ever have him the time of day?

    Jesus makes beauty out of ashes, catches our tears in a bottle, is with us and watches us all the time. What man on earth can possibly remain with us always? The earthly man cannot be with us 24/7, he cannot be there to catch every single tear, he does not always have the right words to say—or not to say.

    Only Jesus, the Eternal Lover of our souls can offer so perfect, so full a love.

    So my precious sisters I ask, why are you not content with His love?

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