“It’s hard to say no people. When someone comes up to you and is like “Hey, could you help me with this?” you want to be like “Yeah, I’m happy to help you with that!”. But at the expense of what? At the compromise or sacrifice of what?”
We see in the Scriptures ‘Out of the mouth comes blessings or cursing’; so bless. If we have an enemy, Christ says to love your enemies and to pray for those who persecute you.”
“My vows that I professed at the alter: I can remain faithful to them. Because what Christ is doing in me, because of the Holy Spirit that has been sent to all of us, that we can rise up to the challenges, and that we can truly love.”
“Apart from God, I’m weak. Apart from God, I’m easy pickings, and Satan knows this. So he wants to lead us away from God; he wants to distract us.”
“Dont think of God as somebody who’s off on the sidelines trying to shout out orders on how to play the game, but as someone who’s right there with us, giving us wisdom, loving us along the way.”
“God allows these dry times to take place because he’s calling us on. He’s calling us further on the journey to reach to a new life, a new growth, and a new development in our faith and our relationship.”
“Mary’s role is to lead us closer to her son. That’s her number one mission. It should be the number one mission for all of us. My number one mission in life should be to lead everyone in the world to Jesus. She does that par excellence.”
“Everything you have is not yours. It has been given to you by God. And whatever we give is something that we have already received from God.”
“We are so pressured by how others perceive us. That robs us of the brave and bold life that we’re meant to live!” – Jason Angelette
Jason speaks to the struggle against pressure from the world – we allow judgment from others to distract us from asking God how HE sees us. Often people only share the best aspects of their lives on their social media accounts, and we then compare ourselves to that unrealistic standard. On the other hand, we ourselves are often unwilling to let the reality of our lives show to the world, because we fear what the rest of the world may think of us.
We often base our decisions on what the world tells us. Jason uses the example from his own life of how he and his wife welcomed 5 children into their family. The people around them gave them feedback that said this was too many – too many young children for he and his wife to handle! But Jason and his wife asked not what the world thought of their family, but rather what God had for their family.
Often it is more comfortable to consider what is acceptable in our society than it is to consider what is acceptable to God. The fear of what others will say can rob us of the security of placing our identity in Christ. God calls us to do things that are outside of our comfort zones, but when we obey Him He gives a peace and a joy that the world cannot bring.