JESUS IS NOT AN ACCESSORY

The Lord really speaks to me when I’m quiet and alone with Him in nature.  Today I walked on a beautiful trail and asked God to fill my heart with wisdom.  The funny thing is- He started to affirm me and speak Truth over me and THEN… I heard “I want you to write about how Jesus is not an accessory.”  This totally caught me off guard but then made me laugh as the blog immediately formed in my head.

So I am here to tell you – Jesus is NOT an accessory. 

ac·ces·so·ry/akˈses(ə)rē/

 
Noun:
A thing that can be added to something else in order to make it more useful, versatile, or attractive.

So often, especially in our western cultural “christianity”, your social status is determined by which church you attend, if you’re a Believer, what you DO for God, and if you can speak the native “christianese” language.

My dear friends, God wants you to know that Jesus is NOT an accessory.  He came for EVERYONE.  We are all equal in Christ Jesus.  He’s not something that we add to ourselves to give us that final ‘pop’, like a new pair of feather earrings, or a pair of toms, or whatever the latest trend may be… He is the source of our existence.  Not something we show off in group settings, or name drop to climb our way up the social ladder. 

Tony said to me the other day as a REALLY nice, expensive car passed by, “We have cars that seperate people.  If you drive ‘that’ type of car you are of a different status… but if you drive this type of car (with the 3 hub caps), you are categorized in a lower status.”  We both giggled but when you think deeper into it – it’s so true.

I think we sometimes need a heart check (I know I do) because we can forget that Jesus is everything!  He is the firm foundation, He is my next breath, my next heart beat, my Redeemer, and so much more! 

Jesus is not an accessory.

Love to you!

April

 

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Invisible Prison

Invisible:

a : incapable by nature of being seen
b : inaccessible to view : hidden
 
Prison:
1: a state of confinement or captivity
2: a place of confinement especially for lawbreakers; specifically : an institution (as one under state jurisdiction) for confinement of persons convicted of serious crimes — compare jail
 
Are you in one?  Have you been in one?  Do you know someone who is in one?
 
I was in an invisible prison for 9 months of my life.  People around you cannot see the bars of confinement so you feel as if they think you’re crazy.  You try to pretend to be “normal” and try your hardest to go on with your life but you can’t.
 
WHAT IF –
 
instead of trying to break free from the prison, we just trusted God and kept our focus on Him?  The first part of my battle I was trying to fight by myself.  I kept thinking that I would let myself out of the mess eventually, that I  would wake up one morning completely normal again… but day after day that morning never came.
 
WHAT IF –
 
We ASKED God what it is He is trying to show us?  I never knew God on such an intimate level before.  I mean, I really did love Him and knew that He loved me – but He needed me to go deeper than that.  I realized through my struggle that He truly is the only source of life. 
 
After walking through month after month of fear, anxiety, panic, depression – I started to believe God more.  I had to choose to believe Him and His Word.  I had to choose to believe who I was in Him and that this would NOT last forever- all while being confined in an invisible prison.
 
See the scripture below about Paul and Silas in prison-
 
Acts 16:25-26
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose.
 
I love the words “suddenly” and “At once”.
 
Do you see the actions of Paul and Silas?  They were praying and singing hymns to God.  They were bound, hurt, and in a VERY uncomfortable situation – yet they STILL chose to pray and sing!
 
I sometimes feel like we just read right through these stories in the Bible as if they are JUST stories.  These are REAL events that happened to REAL people.  See, we get into our own little funk and we feel like no one understands and that no one’s problems are as real as our problems.  Guess what?!?! Those strong people you admire…or resent… whichever,  they have struggles too!! 
 
In EVERY book I read about someone else’s struggle with anxiety, fear, panic, depression – there were two things in common –  God is still GOD and they had to choose to believe Him.
 
I often stumble over the fact that we are so busy wanting to change everything and everyone around us but we have power…real power to change ourselves through our relationship and obedience to Jesus Christ and we can’t even handle that…so how can we expect others to rearrange their lives and their struggles to accommodate us?!?! Seriously?!!?
 
When my chains were loosed and the prison door flew opened – EVERYTHING was different to me.  Everything is STILL different to me.  I will never be the same. 
 
God’s refining fire lead me into captivity, lead me out of captivity, then lead me to the mirror.  There was a lot of unresolved conflict in the mirror…I just never knew it.  I thought my problem was with other people the whole time.  To my surprise, the problem was with the person staring back at me… in the mirror.
 
You are in your invisible prison for a reason.  It’s not punishment, it’s not to hurt you or harm you.  It’s to heal, restore, and bring new life to you.  Are you trusting God while you’re there?  I want to encourage you to HANG on!  To dig deep into the Word and even when you can’t see through the fog and despair in your cold, dark, lonely prison – CHOOSE to believe that your chains WILL Suddenly be loosed and the prison doors will open AT ONCE! 
 
He loves you.  Do you love you?
 
A former prisoner,
 
April Poynter