Relationship over Religion

Hey FAM,

Welcome to blog Friday! Yesterday was a little much, but I pray that your week has been well and that you spent this week discovering new things.

So this week we’re discussing Relationship over Religion and I think we have this misconception of what religion is. So if I say religion is the belief in a worship of a controlling power, this is different than saying religion is Christianity, Islam, Judaism, or Buddhism. Different from that is the commonly held idea (at least what I’ve seen of this) that if I’m “religious” then I subscribe to traditional religious practices.

The last definition listed is why I chose relationship over religion.

Using the first definition, yeah I’m religious, but only because it serves my purpose of relationship… and relationship with God (for me) is primarily worship and prayer. My need to have a relationship with God is more important than my need to appear religious.

Why have we placed so much importance on titles?

When someone asks are you religious, I feel the need to ask back, well what’s your definition of religious? Because I could easily Google 3 definitions that don’t apply to me, and what I perceived I’m being asked.

This is what I believe… Sin seperated man from God, but Jesus became the bridge of communication. I also believe that God is thee controlling power and that I’m religious in the sense that I worship a sovereign God… But that worship only fuels the communication that I have with my Heavenly Father. Revelations 3 tells me, 

 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” 

That tells me two things, one, I have to be open to communication. Two, that God is a gentleman in the sense that he’ll knock and wait, allowing me the opportunity to decide what I want to do.

So I ask, what does relationship look like for you? And what is your concept of religion? Are both required of us? And if so, does one carry more weight than the other? I’m curious to know your thoughts!

Anyway, I pray that you have a great day and a wonderful weekend. I love you all and I leave you with this?

John 1:10-13 (NLT)

10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

Thanks again, God bless and One love.
-Quellz (Komplex Simplicity)

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Commitment over Motivation

Hey FAM!

How’s your day going? I pray that it has been as productive as mine! Well… Let’s get to it…

This week we’re talking about Commitment over Motivation! I’m going to throw a few other terms to go along with that and I’ll pick them back up in a few (gym, blog, study).

Commitment is defined as the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause. On the other hand motivation is defined as the general desire or willingness of someone to do something. This week is important because it caused me to look at some areas of my life in a way that I hadn’t before…(going back to those words from earlier).

Why is my workout and eating habits not consistent? Well, to be totally honest I haven’t always been committed to the cause. Sometimes I see a picture of myself and think, “girl you need to do something about this,” but after a few days I’m like ehhh I’m over it. And then there’s Meal prep! Even I can argue that it takes too long. Orrr I can use the favorite excuse of EVERYBODY that’s unmotivated , “I’m too busy.” The truth is, we make time for what’s important to us. If I’m committed to working out then I’ll make time to work out. If I’m committed to healthy eating then I’d suck it up and do meal prep. If I had been committed to making a lifestyle change then the results would have been different.

Motivation will only take you so far… because what happens the day you aren’t motivated? It likely doesn’t get done!

Another one for me was blogging… Actually, let’s go ahead and add writing to that too! Many of the inconsistencies stemmed from me not feeling like I had something thought-provoking to say. Once I blocked out those thoughts and said, “okay, just write,” those moments ended with some of my best work.

Commitment over motivation.

As for studying, well let’s just say this… I’m well informed on what I want to be informed on. When I know enough of a certain subject, I sometimes move on to something else. I’m motivated to learn some things, committed to others. Now that I’ve had time to examine those areas in a new light, it’s been good for me.

Sooo, by show of hands, who can use some self-improvement? Great, thought you’d raise your hand (lol…mentally of course). What are some areas in your life that you aren’t fully committed to? And why? Remember that commitment is also like a promise. Don’t let yourself down! Let’s talk about how we can hold ourselves more accountable.

Anyway, I love you all and pray that you all have a lovely weekend. Tomorrow’s Friday! I leave you with this…

Proverbs 16:3 NLT
Commit your actions to the LORD,
and your plans will succeed.

Thanks again, God bless and One love.
-Quellz (Komplex Simplicity)

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P.S.S. Don’t forget to join us for the Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concert this weekend at Faith Mission Ministries. Check my social media for more info. Love you! StayUP (stay UnPopular)

Love over Hate

Hey FAM,

Super excited that its Thursday again! I pray your week has been exciting and Kingdom filled, and that you’re ready for another “Over it.”

This week we’re talking about Love over Hate, and though this one probably feels super straightforward… Is it, is it really? If we turn to my favorite book… The Bible… There are countless scriptures that talk about love.

We’re taught to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, we’re taught that God is love, and we’re even given a guideline of what love is in 1 Corinthians. That we could have knowledge, and wisdom, and prophecy, but without love… It means nothing!

And hate… Yikes! Intense dislike for something or someone. I feel like we understand this well, and don’t understand it at all… All at the same time. The bible tells us to not nurse hatred in our hearts for any of our relatives, and to confront people directly so we’re not held guilty of their sin… but the question I pose for you all today is… If we aren’t consistently showing love, are we showing hate?

If I’m not showing people the love of God on my job, walking down the street, in the grocery store, then what exactly am I exhibiting? 

Okay, let’s consider this as well… Is the opposite of love, hate? Or is the opposite of love indifference? If it is, how can we tell the difference? And what’s worse?

I picture someone being disrespected, and when questioning the offensive party, they say, “well I don’t hate them, I just don’t like them (or don’t care for them) either.” Thanks pal, I’m sure that’s a lot better!

I’ve also heard many people over the course of my life say that in order to hate someone, you had to love them first, so does hate come from hurt? Or jealousy? Or misinformation?

To that I say this… If you’re hurt, confront (in love) the person who hurt you, and if you can’t or won’t, then forgive them. Not for them, but for you. If you’re jealous, don’t be. What God has for you will be for you. Lastly, if you’re misinformed, then get informed. It’s not okay to know that you don’t have all the information yet you’re judging the situation (or person) anyway (Or at all).

Let me just say this… Love is incredible! And it’s infectious… Just like freedom. If you see someone who is free then you also want to be free. If you see love being displayed then you want that too. Hate only causes strife and confusion, and those are NOT attributes of God!

So Fam, examine your hearts… Are you showing love on a daily basis? That’s for you to answer, but let’s purpose to operate in love (as a team)… Anyway, I pray that you all have the rest of a lovely week. And a great weekend. I love you all and I leave you with this…

1 John 2:9 NLT
If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is still living in darkness.

Thanks again, God bless and One love.
-Quellz (Komplex Simplicity)

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Kingdom over Culture

Hey FAM,
Super excited to be spending another Thursday with you all! I pray your week has been exciting and purposeful, and that you’re ready for another “Over it.”I was going to begin by saying that this week was a little heavy, but are any of these light? Taking these concepts that we hear all the time and changing the perspective on how we view them is never really easy. Sooo… Kingdom over Culture.

Let’s start with culture! Defined as “the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.” Basically, what we look at, what we watch, what we deem as “in” or the “social norm.”

When we say Kingdom, we’re referring to the Kingdom of God and all things that exhibit the character of He who is placed on the inside of us. Truly living out our rhetoric, walking boldly in our purpose, being obedient to the call, all things we’ve already discussed.

So when we look at those two definitions, do we place Kingdom over Culture? And if not, why? Examine your life real quick. Do you still look around after “saying grace” or do you feel the need to quiet your worship music when other people come around? Everywhere we look we’re told that the Kingdom isn’t “as cool.” Yeah it’s okay to believe in God, but if it requires “too much” then it’s doing “too much”… but why? Who said that? Pop culture?

We have all of these standards, dress, rules, dances, music, and goals we ascribe to, but when is the last time you thought about, why? Who created your sense of culture when you weren’t UP? And what does the word (bible) say about these things?

This whole concept is pivitol to the UnPopular movement in the sense that it is EVERYTHING we stand for! Being the only one in a crowd and shamelessly admitting to your love of Christ, walking the paths less traveled, shining your light even in the midst of darkness! And though these things are wonderful we seek to build a community of believers who will walk WITH YOU! Yes we will still walk that scarcely traveled road, but we’ll walk it together, bringing along lights we have identified as our own equipped with the knowledge that we too have our own culture that is unique, because it is purely based in the KINGDOM!

So FAM, take a look at your life. Are you placing Kingdom over culture or the other way around. And if so, was it even a conscious decision on your part? I admonish you to search your hearts to find out… I love you all and I pray you have a wonderful weekend! This whole chat brought two scriptures to remembrance, so I leave you with this…

Romans 1:16 NLT
16 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.
Matthew 10:32-33 NLT
32 “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.

Thanks again, God bless and One love.
-Quellz (Komplex Simplicity)

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Obedience over Sacrifice

Hey Fam,

It’s Thursday! It came so quickly after that day off on Monday, and my days have been all over the place! I pray your week was great and filled with love and that you’ve been excited for this next piece of the “Over it” puzzle! Let’s get to it…

If you watch the blog recaps on YouTube or follow on Instagram then you know that today we’re talking about Obedience over Sacrifice!

This was a difficult one to digest, not because of the concept itself, but because of the implications of what it means once you know. So now I pass that responsibility on to you… (If you don’t want to be held responsible , stop reading. Jk! Of course I want you to keep reading!)

We all know what obedience means, right?! This concept is nothing new. You get instructions, you follow them, and that makes you obedient. The same goes for when you hear instructions from God. Although, when we talk about sacrifice I feel as though it sometimes gets lost in translation because surely we aren’t (well I’m not) offering the fat of animals as offering in exchange for not following directions. (And we’re not under this law anymore)

It sort of boils down to an apology right? I didn’t follow the directions correctly, so accept this to make it right again. We do this ALL the time, maybe not in the same gestures, but even to our loved ones. Okay modern day example: Mom tells teenager to clean their room before going to school the next day. Teenager doesn’t clean their room and when she comes to ask them about not cleaning their room, they say “I’m sorry, well since I didn’t clean my room when you asked me to, I won’t go out tonight and I’ll clean the dining room and the kitchen.” Basically sacrificing their time to try and make it right instead of just following the directions in the first place. I’m sure their mother wouldn’t be pleased or as pleased as if they just would have followed her directions when she asked them the first time. Just like our Father isn’t pleased when we don’t listen to His voice.

And we also forget that this isn’t a negotiation, but we still try anyway. Knowing what we hear and basically trying to give God ultimatums and giving ourselves excuses when we drop the ball on doing right. So my questions are… Are you being obedient? When you receive clear directions, are you following through fully or only with the part that sounds good to you? And lastly, are you trying to justify your disobedience?

We talked about how our lifestyle must reflect our speech and how we must be willing to sacrifice our peace, but are we also willing to answer the call of our directions and walk them out the way God intended? That’s for you to answer Fam. Anyway, I love you all and I pray that you all have a lovely evening, I leave you with this…

1 Samuel 15: 17-24 NLT

17 And Samuel told him, “Although you may think little of yourself, are you not the leader of the tribes of Israel? The Lord has anointed you king of Israel.18 And the Lord sent you on a mission and told you, ‘Go and completely destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, until they are all dead.’ 19 Why haven’t you obeyed the Lord? Why did you rush for the plunder and do what was evil in the Lord’s sight?”

20 “But I did obey the Lord,” Saul insisted. “I carried out the mission he gave me. I brought back King Agag, but I destroyed everyone else. 21 Then my troops brought in the best of the sheep, goats, cattle, and plunder to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.”

22 But Samuel replied,

“What is more pleasing to the Lord:
    your burnt offerings and sacrifices
    or your obedience to his voice?
Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice,
    and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.
23 Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft,
    and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols.
So because you have rejected the command of the Lord,
    he has rejected you as king.”
24 Then Saul admitted to Samuel, “Yes, I have sinned. I have disobeyed your instructions and the Lord’s command, for I was afraid of the people and did what they demanded.

Thanks again, God bless and One love.
-Quellz (Komplex Simplicity)

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