Go & Sin No More

8/15/2014 Estreitta 0 Comments

When Jesus spoke into the life of the woman at the well and to the woman caught in adulery. He called out her sin. He addressed her choice to be in an adulterous relationship. He didn't shame her but he called her on it, clearly and directly. The Last thing Jesus said to her and to many of people he ministered to was to "Go and sin no more"

What Jesus did it was lifted the veil of her sin. Revealed to her what was hindering her life and causing separation from God and told her that she didn't have to live that way any more. 

When we sin, it separates us From God. There is no if's and's or but's about it. The more we give over to our sin, regardless of what that sin is, it will succumb and over take our lives:

Our choice to sin brings about confusion, torment and disillusionment. We then start seeing the world, our walk with God though the shade of the color of our sin. Meaning it then starts to make us begin believe the lie that the sin we choose to be is a way of life and it is who we are, and God should and will be ok with that sin.  The Enemy loves to cloud our judgement and and have us see God through his perspective.  

Once we have been taken over by our sin, we then begin to accept our sin as the only and best way to live and become intolerant towards those who take issue with our sin. 

We then isolate ourselves from those who love us, speak truth to us and want us to walk away from that sin. 

We start making friendship and surrounding ourselves with those who agree with our sin, who enjoy doing the same types if sin, who encourage us to continue to sin because it is way more enjoyable and fun... and all the others who want us to walk away from the sin just don't want us to have fun.  

Then the sin isn't just that one sin other sins begin to jump on board, boundaries are crossed. Things we once said we would never do or participate in gradually enter into our lives.  We then become so deeply engrossed in our sins that we begin to forget what our lives were like before we made sin our best friend. Years pass and we have forgotten what our lives we like before the sin and now start actively recruiting others to join in our sin with us.

That is what sin does to our lives. But Jesus came to set us free from our sin.  He wants us to have best life.  He wants us to be free from the things that our sin cost us.  He wants the bondage of the sin to be removed from our life.  All we have to do is surrender our lives to Jesus. Repent and go and sin no more.  Then once we do that it, he removes the burden if our sin and the healing begins.

Go and sin no more means,choosing to change the way if thinking, eradicating the obstacles and things associated with the sin from our lives by rebuilding and rehabilitation the crumbly foundation of the old sin in our lives and building walls of hope peace, joy, strength, wisdom, hope, faith.  Depending on how embedded the old sin was in our lives, rebuilding our lives with the Truth may take some time.  Allowing the truth to shine a light on the darkness we invited into our lives exposes it and the darkness dissipates completely.

We are able to see the effects of the old way of life had on us. But now that the Master Architect is leading the team, he knows how to fix, clean, restore and remove any residue of the old sin so much so that he makes all things new and better before with a stronger foundation.


Caring for the Least of These!

7/08/2014 Estreitta 0 Comments

 I will never understand how Bible-believing  professing Christians will have compassion for some but not others.

You don't have to agree with them or even approve of their choices or how they came to our country.
 Jesus called us to love our NEIGHBORS (not just those that live on each side of our dwellings but people who are outside of our culture, ethnicity, even political or faith belief system).

Would you want to be treated with the same prejudices, snobbery, hateful language and snide remarks as I hear from some who are speaking about the immigration issue?  I think not!

I think this also goes for those who lifestyle choices are contrary to our Christian faith.  It is the true Love of Christ that will bring them to the Cross. We are called to be a light in the midst of the ever darkening world. Offering ourselves as living epistles to those we encounter.  Giving compassion, helping those in need, caring and praying and bringing encouragement.

Brothers & Sisters in the Lord, PLEASE ask the Lord to reveal how to Love those that may not look like us, talk like us, or even believe like us. Think about it, how can we go into all the world and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ - that He came to save us and set us free all from the darkness of sin that is inside of us so that we could no longer live in the bondage of this world and have hope and eternal life of freedom and liberty - if we have bitterness and prejudices towards others?

How can we stand for the lives of the unborn, yet have such negative feelings about the children literally fleeing for their lives for a better way of life?  If we are truly Pro-Life we must also be pro-child both pre-born and born.

I know this issue of Immigration is very complex and many people are probably sick of my post and status updates about this.  But hear my heart we must care for these kids no matter the circumstance just as we would those in Foster Care waiting for adoption.  It is our Christian duty and responsibility to love, feed, and care.  The Bible says to care for the orphan and the foreigner in our land.  These Children are both!

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. 

And here’s why: 

I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 

“Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ 

Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’ 

“Then he will turn to the ‘goats,’ the ones on his left, and say, ‘Get out, worthless goats! You’re good for nothing but the fires of hell. 

And why? Because— I was hungry and you gave me no meal, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was homeless and you gave me no bed, I was shivering and you gave me no clothes, Sick and in prison, and you never visited.’ Matthew 25:31-46 MSG

#soapbox #enoughsaid #immigrationreform #ProLife #Stand4Life


Things to do the Last Year in my 30s

6/21/2014 Estreitta 0 Comments

So 39 years ago on the first day of summer June 21, the world welcomed a beautiful brown eyed little girl with a full life ahead of her..

Over the course of my 39 years of my life on this earth, I have accomplished many things that I said I would do so far in my life. Which I am so grateful that my mom always encouraged me to dream big and accomplish anything with Jesus beside me.

When I was 16 years old in the early 90s while visiting my Mamá (what we called my Spanish Grandmother - my Mom's mother) my brother and I had been given the chore of going to do the laundry at the laundry mat. My Mamá lived in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn, NY.  We had tons of laundry to do and knew it be a whole day event. 

So we got the laundry started and I went to sit down and there was a women in her mid to late 50s who had the horned rimed glasses with a tinge of gray. She was dressed in a retro floral smock apron with a cotton blue dress underneath.

She was sitting with her arms folded watching the little tv in the corner hanging from the ceiling.  

I said, "hello"

She seemed a little startled, but said "hi' with a strong New York accent.

I proceeded to chit-chat with her and learned over the course of our conversation that she was a single woman who lived with her mother and had never been out of the Flatbush area of Brooklyn.  

I asked her why she never wanted to go see the Statue of Liberty or Time Square or other national landmarks just a train ride away. "There's so much to see in the world beyond Brooklyn" I exclaimed. 

She then said something that I will never forget, "Everything I need is here, my work, my family, grocery stores in every Block.  I never saw the need to see the world when everything I need is right her."

In shock I asked, 'So you never wanted to go to Europe or even the beach in Atlantic City?"

"Well I'm sure I may thought about it once or twice but the chance to go never came up, so I never went," She said

I told her about my travels to that pint going back and forth between Texas and Pennsylvania , New Jersey  & New York by trains, planes & automobiles. I told her that I was going to Jamaica with my Church at the end of summer. I also told her how I planned to go to college in Minnesota and one day visit every country I could.

She was amazed at all I had visited so far and I was shocked how she never traveled anywhere in her whole life.

I am reminded by my birthday of all my dreams I wanted to accomplish over my life. But there are many things I still want to do and I am making a bucket list of sorts of things to do the last year in my 30s:

1. Join a health club - last night Erik & I got a gym membership to Lifetime Fitness and plan on becoming psychically fit with a great bod :)

2. Loose weight - # 1 will help me get there

3. Eat better

4. Finish organizing & decluttering my house

5. Have a baby and/or adopt 

6. Finish projects that I've started but never finished like remodeling, painting, podcasting

7. Finish my college degree. I have one class to complete.

8. Travel more: I'd like take a cruise or go to Europe again

9. Develop multiple streams of income

10. Write worship music & collaborate with worshippers & musicians

11. Volunteer with organizations and causes I believe in: ProLife, Adoption, FosterCare, Immigration Reform, Ending Sex trafficking, Outreaches & prayer movement 

I'm sure I have more but  as I think iPod them I will add :) if you have any recommendations please share!

I believe this year is my year of fulfillment and I'm standing on that as my promise.  God have your way mold me and make me into the woman you created me to be!