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Ragamuffin Believer


 

 

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This work given is in full acknowledgement of GOD and directed by Holy Spirit. Any and all use of the facts of the dark side are not an avenue meant to give any credit to them. In fact, all work is directly attributed to GODs Plan and to give HIM all the glory. Amen

Coming from a childhood of poverty, I knew there will be those who look down on me, and it seemed like I was always trying to get people’s approval. And being a product of a broken marriage left me always feeling insecure. I guess you could have called me, ‘ragamuffin’.

 

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Time passed and I ended up with a broken relationships of my own, with children by my side. Then came a period where I couldn’t have felt more complete, with children and a new husband but deep down I knew there was still a void. Was it the lack of security as a child? Was the having little to eat or wear? No. It may have been rough and at times I felt so alone, but it made me into the woman that I am.

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Throughout my life there have been many times where light and darkness clashed in front of me but never so much as now. You would think getting older would make life easier, but the change I made in my life made it the opposite. It’s the hardest it’s ever been. You see, I went against the grain.

There are many who aren’t ashamed to tell me that I’m broken and no where near perfect. It’s battle in my daily walk to keep my head up high. There’s those who want to keep me down and think that’s where I deserve to be.
You see, when I was young, no matter how many people were around me, I always felt alone. And now that I’m nowhere close to those days, sometimes it feels the same in this ragged old world. But, I must keep reminding myself that this is how the world wants me to feel…because their lost.

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You see, I changed. Some don’t like it, others never will. This is because my thoughts and actions are different now. It makes some uncomfortable to be around me, others just pretend that they do. I’ve been told I’m not the same and I acknowledge this, no doubt.
Since this change, I’ve lost friends, but you see those come and go. It’s the family that I’ve lost that made my heart skip a beat. Try as I may…pushing them in closer as they pulled away.
I’ve been called crazy, and plain nuts…by both friends and family. Since the change I’ve come to realize that many of those who I love has let their love grow cold. Because of my walk, it’s left me with few I can say stand at my side.

 

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There are many kinds of love. A love of a mother for her child, a friend who’s always there. A lesson learned from a loving teacher and even a stranger can give you love. But throughout all this craziness, I call life…there’s only One that is unconditional. There’s only One I can count on to have my back. There’s only One that will never take down to me, or think I need a straight-jacket. There’s only One who gives me peace and security and He’s my Father!
So, you can trip my step as I walk by, but I will get up. You can tell me that no matter what I do, our relationship will never improve or last. You can tell me that I’ve changed and my views are not what the world expects.

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For you see, I’m a ragamuffin Believer. For justification by grace through faith means that I know myself accepted by God as I am. I’m not perfect, yet He loves me anyway. I am tattered and beat down maybe I’ve fallen a time or two but Jesus Christ always picks me up.

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For no matter how hard this life beats me down, and the world tries to rip me apart…you can take my life but you can’t have my soul because it belongs to Jesus Christ. And Jesus Christ lost His life for mine, and yours too…and one day I may lose my life for Him. But, it would be an honor…because this world is not my home.

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Matthew 5: (KJV)
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
John 15: (KJV)
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
8 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
Luke 14: (KJV)
33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

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3 responses

  1. Wow!! It’s like reading my one story!!
    THNX 4 Sharing this Virginia.. And I’m a “Ragamuffin Believer” to 😎.. I pray that our Lord comfort You in all Your ways and bless You and U R hole family.. Take care and keep on this good work You do. Bless Bless You 🙏🌈🙏/KB

    December 11, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    • Thank you so much. This one was a rather personal story, but it needed to be told. GOD Bless you. Love, V

      December 11, 2014 at 8:57 PM

  2. Kittii

    Just remember there are other ragamuffin believers out there like you. You aren’t alone and it hurts when family and friends turn away. We all want those relationships. It’s the price we pay, or we compromise. I’ve done both.

    http://kindredspirits-sisters.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-ones-that-slipped-through-cracks.html

    “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
    2 Cor. 11:13-15

    It amazes me when I see people who claim the name of Christ, yet are able to do abominable acts, and knowingly lead many astray with teaching that coincide with that of the world. I’m sure many of you have felt the same way while reading the Fanatic for Jesus blog. Some so-called Christians work simultaneously as prominent teachers and a CIA agent within the institutionalized Church. Others are like a sign post pointing Christians toward a Socialist/globalist agenda – both instrumental in setting-up the system of Antichrist. There must be something they all have in common. It is possible that some aren’t able to see the big picture, while others may do it maliciously? Could it be that some of them are actually false converts?

    The institutionalized Church is full of them. Jesus taught us how to recognize them, and He warned us that false converts would be rejected by Him. The Lord knew that some who claim the name of Christ would not realize that they aren’t His, making themselves quite deceived. There’s more to being a Christian than just our words and deeds. Satan works to deceive the Church by mingling his children with God’s children, often times making it difficult for believers to discern the true from the false. They look, act, and sound just like us, but they are counterfeits. They make their outward appearance look good, but their hearts are fixed on the things of this world – making them a candidate to fulfill the institutionalized Church’s misguided agenda.

    “Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept [rules, principles] of men.” Isa.29:13 (and Matt. 15:8)

    http://kindredspirits-sisters.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-ones-that-slipped-through-cracks_8.html

    “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Heb. 10:25

    Many of the journal readers I have kept contact with over the years have one thing in common – they no longer attend the institutionalized/corporate Church. They choose to worship and fellowship in their own homes, because they recognize the error and negative influence of the modern church. These families realize the style of church we have today is an invention of the Roman Catholic church, and all other churches are only an extension of it. There may be a few churches out there that aren’t influenced by the paganism of the Roman Catholics and American politics, but they are few.

    I think the determining factor will be whether any of the list (from above) of false teachings are being taught in your church – the Pre-trib rapture, Dominionism, Christian patriotism, the pro-Israel stance, Ecumenism, the Emergent church, the Purpose Driven church (Hands and Feet of Christ), Church Growth Movement, and contemplative prayer. Even if you were to begin on a campaign against the false teaching in your church, it is a long uphill battle.

    If you don’t feel led to leave yet, begin thinking about what your alternatives will be when the landscape of the church evolves into the unified church. As we shift into the 21st century church-ism, you will need to recognize and understand false teachings and that many of the teachers are false converts. You will begin to see how the undiscerning will faithfully follow the wolves who will speak silky, smooth words about the syncretism of Christianity. Most importantly, question the validity of every move of God against Scripture. In spite of what this all means, we live: “…in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.” Phil. 2:15b

    December 16, 2014 at 10:19 AM

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