Soul-Tied Up

TRUE ROSES OF SHARON

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Biblical Reference:

1 Corinthians 6:18

“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexual immoral person sins against his own body.”

2 Corinthians 6:14

“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?”

Hebrews 13:4

“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and the adulterous.”

Proverbs 20:6-7

“Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find? The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.”

1 Corinthians 6:16

“Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For as it is written, ‘The two will become one flesh.'”

Acts 4:32

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Soul-Tied Up

(I do not own the rights to this video.)

Biblical Reference:

1 Corinthians 6:18

“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexual immoral person sins against his own body.”

2 Corinthians 6:14

“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?”

Hebrews 13:4

“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and the adulterous.”

Proverbs 20:6-7

“Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find? The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.”

1 Corinthians 6:16

“Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For as it is written, ‘The two will become one flesh.'”

Acts 4:32

“Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to his was his own, but they had everything in common.”

Featured Verse:

“So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” 

2 Timothy 2:22

Dear Beautiful Roses,

Let’s have a little sex talk. No worries, I’m not here to tell you you’re going to hell because of your sexual desires; I just want to know; Why is sex so vital– to the unmarried? I know that it’s human nature… or normal… or maybe even a need. Besides “Getting one off” or a “Post-D glow”; what’s the gain?

If I’m being honest, I’m beginning to see sex as a trend. We see sex marketed everywhere, everyday. In movies, on social media, TV shows, commercials, songs, books, apps, and that’s not even close to the end of the list. I guess in a culture that boosts and normalizes the appeal of sex it’s kind of hard to not desire it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying sex is bad at all, but just as everything else in this world, I believe that there are both good and bad terms for sex. I can’t speak much of healthy sexual relations within marriage; that’s not in my book of experiences yet. However, I can speak from experience on premarital sex.

I get it girl, sometimes it’s good! You feel all loved, bubbly, and warm on the inside; but did you ever think about what you’re really doing to yourself on the inside of your soul?When it comes to sex many of us disregard or are ignorant to the fact that sex has an element of worship in it. Blew away yet?  Well hold on to them edges; if sex has an element of worship in it, and you’re committing the sin of fornication by having premarital sex…. just WHO are you worshiping–with your body and soul?

You see, God is the king of righteousness, and what is holy and what is sinful will never dwell in the same place. Lust is the devil’s playground, and maybe he uses our “It’s just sex” mindsets to steal worship for himself. The enemy knows that a child of God will never willingly submit to him, that’s why he slips in to deceive us into thinking that fornication isn’t really that big of a deal, because we are “forgiven”.  God’s forgiveness isn’t to be taken for granted.

If you watched the video above Pastor Toure Roberts says that we only have one sexuality, not in reference to sexual gender preference, that’s another subject in itself; but he is referring to your body, your soul, the entity of yourself. When you get in bed with someone you are giving that person the most sacred part of yourself, and whether you realize it or not it is extremely VALUABLE.

One of the most common things I hear people say as their reason for premarital sex with their partner is that it makes them feel more connected. I can understand where the reasoning comes from. Again, I’ve been there, done that; I’ve asked myself the question,  “Why in the world would I want to be connected to someone I haven’t yet walked down the aisle with?”

As I look deeper than the surface and realize that I’m not just “connecting” with this person, but we have become one. (As the Bible repeatedly says, “The two will become one flesh”) I will be able to see myself picking up their bad habits, setting aside my own morals, second guessing my truths, having crazy thoughts; I’m literally playing with this person’s demons, all for the physical satisfaction. Disregarding the fact that this person may not even be MY husband. (As Pastor Roberts says “If it’s a ‘may’ it’s an ‘ain’t’) until the day I say “I do”. So why has that become something I can sacrifice for a person who isn’t equally yoked with me with no true interest in God or even has the potential to enhance me spiritually, physically, and mentally for God’s kingdom? I don’t desire a soul-tie with the person who is not my soul-mate just because I couldn’t wait.

“I just can’t let go.” is one of the most dangerous lines. You wonder why “Mr. Wrong feels so right?” Not because he’s secretly the one for you and you’re going to change him, and live happily ever after. …It’s not fate honey, it’s a soul tie. The reason you feel so bound to him, when you know he isn’t right, may be a result of his strong demons within that are holding you captive. Next thing you know, you’ve wasted years upon years with the wrong one because your judgement has been clouded by sex. (It’s happened in many cases.)

I’m not trying to scare you from sex. After all, God created it, which means it is good. However, the Lord didn’t create sex for our own selfish pleasures. The Lord has beautiful reason for sex and it is a beautiful thing. It is for us to connect and become one with our God ordained husband, it is for us to be fruitful and multiply by bringing beautiful babies into this world, it is an element that allows us to worship God both spiritually and physically, and a way that we can show unconditional love for our life partner. However, we must not awaken love before it’s time. (Solomon 8:4)

God will never give us a challenge that we can’t face. So if time is your concern, try refocusing on God. When the Lord knows that you are committed to him and ready for him to use you for love he will bless you with the right person. Just as God needs your future husband to be a man of virtue (An Ephesians 5 man), he needs you to be a virtuous woman for him as well (Proverbs 31). You can’t have one without the other. This is not stating that you have to have your entire life figured out before God sends you the one, but it is saying that you must focus on him before he can trust you with the life of his anointed.

God wants to make sure that you are ready before he can fully give you the blessing and promise of love with the right one. He doesn’t want you distracted from the true purpose you come into union with your partner, and that is to be representatives to the glory of his kingdom. The Lord would rather you have a season of singleness than to destroy the union with the person he called you to marry because you weren’t ready.

Save yourself and allow God to guide you in your relationships. Spare your time, love, and body until the day you jump the broom. Don’t worry about “when”, you are the only one who can elongate the wait by not being prepared. Trust in the Lord and cling to him as you make yourself available to receive something more sacred than sex; true love.

Are you willing to give it up? (Until Marriage)

OR

Are you too “Soul-Tied Up”?

With Love and Light Always,

Brielle’ J. Burley

 

What 2017 Has Taught Me.

wisdom

 

Biblical Reference:

“The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it costs all you have get understanding.”  Proverbs 4:7

“My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2-3

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17

“Fools give vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.” Proverbs 29:11

“Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.” Proverbs 19:20

Dear beautiful roses,

I am interested in hearing from you all this time; so I decided to do a post that allows you to share your stories and wisdom with me. Tonight I will share with you all, ten important lessons I’ve learned over the past year. Please feel free to share your thoughts and lessons learned in the comments section. I’m thrilled to read your responses and interact with each of you!

Here’s my list:

  1. Don’t limit myself to just one idea, dream, thought, etc. If one thing does not work out, God will always have something better in store.
  2. Anything sent from God cannot and will not be stolen or taken from you. No man can shut any door that God opens.
  3. Your mistakes do no have enough power to alter God’s purpose for you. You may have to take a different route, but God’s purpose remains solid.
  4. Freely give and show love towards others; there’s nothing wrong with that. Just don’t allow others to use you and drain you of your freedom and happiness.
  5. Forgiveness is the greatest gift you can give to yourself and to those who may have hurt you. Don’t wallow in “should’ve, could’ve, would’ve”, when you move forward God creates a new path and opens new doors for you.
  6. Don’t be afraid to give up toxic relationships. Sometimes you have to learn to let go of people you dearly love because they no longer serve you purpose. Move on with grace because whoever God removes, he will surely replace.
  7. Value yourself. Never be afraid to speak your mind or let people know about the things they’ve done that hurts you.Love people and care/help them, but know your worth and that you too need to be valued.
  8. Reward yourself for your good works. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Do everything with a pure heart and know that it is fine to treat yourself to successes and losses.
  9. Follow your dreams and the things/people that believe in your purpose. & you believe in yourself and purpose too.
  10. Put God at the head of everything in your life and trust him. When you allow God to lead you, you’ll be sufficient in his goodness, protection, and mercy.

Now that I’ve shared my list of wisdom with you, I challenge you to comment below and share your experience!

With love always,

Brielle’ B.

Why Wait?

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Biblical Reference:

Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.” Hosea 10:12 

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” Psalm 62:8

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” 1 Chronicles 16:11

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 

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Revelation 3:20

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”

Dear Beautiful Roses,

You ever feel like you’ve been waiting for God too long? Are you becoming impatient with the process? Did you ever stop to think, that maybe the reason your blessings still seem to be on standby is because God is still waiting on YOU?

Often times we want God to submit to us without even realizing it; it is not us who holds all power, but it is our almighty God. We need to humble ourselves before him and submit to his ways. After all we need him. We often fail to realize that the Lord’s word and will can be fulfilled with or without us. It is him who loves us so much that he designed part of his will perfectly for us; that we receive blessings and benefit from.

The next time we begin to rush or question God’s timing and process, let’s remember to check ourselves. “Am I walking in alignment with God?” “What am I doing to truly enhance my relationship with the Lord on a daily basis?” “Am I seeking only the benefits of God or am I seeking God himself?” Our Heavenly Father has a divine purpose for each and everyone of us that walks this earth. Sadly, only few discover it because only few truly seek IT. Can you discover your Godly IT and reap abundance humbly? We need to change our mindsets from “What can God do for us” to “What can we do for God?” He signs the checks for our blessings, and we can’t expect pay without the work. Just as we get up every morning to go to work and collect pay from man in our daily lives; we need to get up and get to work in our spiritual lives to collect blessings from God. It is earned, not given. The Lord will stay put until we seek him and his control.

If we want our paths to be blessed we have to begin to walk in the path of the blessed. God is the source, he is not called to us, we are called to God. When we begin to do God’s work, then we will experience a truly edifying gift. God is the only one who can truly fill us and leave us satisfied with our wants and needs. When God blesses us we will no longer starve from lack or feel as if we’re missing something. Let him bless you by doing his work. Your blessings will overflow once you finally submit to God and invite him in. He will supply where you are scarce; edify where you are hungry; quench what you thirst.

Open your heart to receive the Lord and you will also receive his kingdom. God has always been near. He loves you so much that he waited just for you, even when you pushed him away and put him on hold. It is up to you to make the first move towards his glory. God is willing to bless you abundantly. What are you waiting for?

With Love Always,

Brielle’ B.

 

Spiritually Healing your Broken-Heart

mending a broken heart

 

Biblical Reference:

“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.” – 2 Corinthians 4:8-10

“I consider that what we suffer at this present time cannot be compared at all with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.” – Romans 8:18

“The Lord is near to those who are discouraged; he saves those who have lost all hope.” – Psalm 34:18

Dear Beautiful Roses,

I want to talk to you about heartbreak today. It’s a phase we all often try to avoid or run from. It’s a phase that brings discomfort and discontentment. A phase that challenges us subliminally redirects us, requires sacrifice and exposes us. I’ll be the first to admit that it is hard. The pain you go through trying to hold on to something you still have hope in, but has lost all hope in you is difficult to face. You go through a series of emotions trying to figure out what you did wrong, what could’ve been done better, why you weren’t worthy of having something as beautiful as love, and praying to God for a miracle that this man would one day see the “wife” in you. The woman you tried to be for him since the moment you made the decision to give him a chance. Besides, you had it all figured out. You knew this had to be the man you would marry, finally the man God sent for you. You planned out your future life, mentally arranged the wedding, named your future kids, thought of all the things you could do to live out your dream of a beautiful life with this person. Failing to realize that in these moments you’ve begun to place all of your hope and happiness in the palm of man’s hands. Everything you did was to keep this dream relationship alive, even if it meant compromising your needs and wants without reciprocation. You gave the things that weren’t given to you; you were selfless when they were being selfish; you listened but was never heard; you understood but they never attempted to understand you; your desires, your needs, your dreams, your sacrifice. Your pride made you refuse to give up everything you put in work for because of a little tension. You were willing to ride for this person forever, without question or doubt. They let you down and all of those dreams fell apart. BUT in that moment, God called you, and he said: “Come to me and I will make your loads light”. The Lord saw everything you’ve done. He saw the times you were ignored without reason, the times you felt alone, the times you cried yourself to sleep with no one to talk to or comfort you. He saw your desire to be loved and he wants to be the one to love you if you let him. You see, we often get so wrapped up in the love man has to offer us, but we forget that no person has the ability to love us the way God does. We forget about how much the Lord loves us, chasing the idea of love from a man. The Lord’s love never ends, it can’t be duplicated, and it will never leave you unexpectedly; it is unconditional, agape love. If we begin to seek the Lord and ask him to help us find Godly love for ourselves in the midst, we will take the first steps to healing. Understand, you do not have to run away from the pain of being alone. I know it gets cold. Find your companionship in the Lord and ask him to align you with the will he has for your life.  I learned that my relationship with the Lord is the most important relationship to have. I too hate the feeling of hurt and I get tired of always crying at night, but when I asked God for a change of heart and meant it, I began to feel better about myself and my calling. I learned that my purpose is not in a person, but it is in God. A person could only enhance my life, but they could never be the core of it. I learned that when you place your highest expectations on people you only put yourself into position to be hurt, but when you place those unto the Lord, he will indeed be able to exceedingly and abundantly meet your needs and desires. Remember in your times of pain always seek comfort from the Lord first. He has a plan for your destiny and often times everyone isn’t meant to be taken with you; sometimes it is not the right time to awaken love with the person you desire. In all ask the Lord for confirmation, he will show you his will and what is yours, what he has better in store, and what you need to do to get to the next level. God loves you and has plans for you, let him work.

Walking with Christ in Youth

IMG_0313II Timothy 2:22

“Flee your youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those who call on the Lord out of pure heart.”

Dear beautiful roses,

You are different. In a world filled with the chaos of deception, temporary fulfillment, blindness, social trends, greed, lust, and struggle; it is easy to begin to want to conform to society’s way of life. After all, you just want to be relatable. You crave the feeling of being fully accepted by your peers. Their livelihoods are normal to you, and all you want is a normal life. People don’t see things the way you do; what you think is wrong — is watered down and carried out by them on a daily basis. Your morals are being mocked. Your standards shamed. You are viewed as boring, corny, or even sometimes lame. You feel like the outcast of the in-crowd, often. Their conversation doesn’t truly fulfill you. You don’t take satisfaction in surface deeds. You always crave more in your attempt to be common; yet you still attempt to be common, because your desire to understand the lifestyle of your peers is like an addiction. You can’t get a fix.

You work hard, you pray; you do all of the right things, yet you still come up short. You see the people around you doing all of the wrong things, and you wonder how their lives seem so joyous. It makes you feel like maybe what you think is right, is actually wrong. You begin to believe that the ways of the world are the keys to a happy life. Not to add the illusion that you can’t be Godly and have a good time because being Godly requires you to be wholesome, and according to society, virtue is vapid. You are constantly encouraged to live a life that doesn’t reflect your character. The world has made you feel like you are imprisoned by your innocence and God is the prison guard. In the heart of this commotion, I see you. God sees you. Now it’s time for you to see and accept yourself for the beautifully unique being you are.

Please know that it is not your ability to fit in that is going to give you joy and satisfaction, but it is your ability to accept and embrace yourself for who you truly are that will guide you to the source of beauty within your life. Your task is to lean on the Lord in these times of confusion and he will give you guidance and light. Do not be deceived by your surroundings.  The enemy uses the influences that entice you further away from God’s plan for your life. The enemy recognizes the power you hold. He sees the blessings and callings over your life even when you don’t, and he wants to destroy anything that can guide you closer to the life God wants to give you. After all, he comes to kill, steal, and destroy. He will attack your finances, confidence, health, fruitful relationships, and anything else that he could use to isolate you and break you down. You have to recognize these attacks and stand strong against them. Know that anything that leads you astray is not a gift from the Lord.  The devil gives gifts as well and he will use them to make you lose interest in anything God-given in your life because he will make it come easy when the Lord wants you to submit. Realize that God is not the author of confusion, but of a sound mind and heart. When you submit to the Lord and all of his ways he will make your loads light. Trust and confide in him and he will begin to put the pieces to the puzzle of your life back into place.

You are extraordinary, called to a higher purpose; personally plucked by the hand of God to carry out a will greater than any human mind can conceive. You cannot live like everyone else because the Lord has given you a task to deliver his divine plan. You will be the one to restore the order to this catastrophic community. Yet you have to remember that it all begins with you. You are the raging fire waiting to be ignited. Your purpose is poetic; your mindset comparable to the size of mountains. You are the gifted minority to the majority of veiled thought.

With love and light always,

Brielle’ B.