Kicking off our first Faith Friday series, is my sweet (and only) sister. I could go on and on about how amazing she is, and how much I admire her and look up to her.
I’m so excited to have her here and to share her with you all. I’m also hoping she will stick around and come back often! When I asked her to share and to kick of Faith Friday, she had no hesitation and immediately had something to share.
I hope Faith Fridays will encourage you, uplift you. We all have our struggles, weakness, hurt and pain. I pray that God will use this little space of mine to reach whoever needs to be reached and that his holy spirit will touch whoever needs to be moved.
REAL Faith / REAL Questions
“And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” Matthew 1: 6 NASB
Does Jesus offend you?
I want to start by defining the word “offend”. Offend is defined as — cause to feel upset, annoyed, or resentful.
Do you feel like you can get on board with a few things, but if you are being completely honest, not everything?
What is your line?
Does it offend you that he requires ALL of you or nothing?
Does it offend you that he wants you to stay pure?
Are you offended by how long he is taking to answer your prayer?
Are you offended by where you presently find yourself?
I was supposed to be married
I was supposed to be wealthy
I was supposed to be employed
I was supposed to be skinny
I was supposed to be ______
Did you think following Jesus meant you were safe from all pain?
If you answered yes to any of these, I want to read a verse to you found in Proverbs.
“A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.” Proverbs 18:19 ESV
Offenses have a way of keeping us stuck. We become unyielding to the move of God in our lives. Often times, we even become deaf to his voice.
My encouragement to you today is to ask God to help you take inventory of your heart, just like the Psalmist David did.
In Psalm 139: 23-24 ESV David prays …
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
Unresolved offenses can short-circuit our lives and relationships. Often times the most sneaky and unnoticed ones are the ones we arbor against our Father in Heaven. Because really? Is it ok to “say” that I am offended at God? We feel guilty for even thinking it!!
Well, not “saying” it does not mean you are not, so let’s get it out in the open, crush the guilt and shame, and begin to allow God to heal our hearts. Why? Because God loves you and he is not looking for robots to behave and serve him; he is looking for children to love and lead.
Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a great day!
Alini Muller founded and is the current pastor of ConnectCommunity church along with her Husband JD Muller. She was raised in a loving home by hardworking parents and ended up finding her husband while serving the ministry together. They have been married for 14 years and are the proud parents of 3 little girls. They have over 20 years of combined ministry experience. Before moving to Stamford, CT, JD and Alini have proudly served under Pastor Joel Osteen as part of the staff at Lakewood Church in Houston, TX, with which they still remain close.