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About Martina Samantha

Martina Samantha, also known as Tina Demure, is a 23-year old woman of God that found her passion in the form of a pen and a pad. With every heartbreak, breakdown, or breakthrough, she has turned to writing to document each moment.Growing up, she was told that she would be a surgeon but she was confused as to what that meant. She never had any interest in the medical field, science, or performing surgery. But now she knows that God meant that her hands would be used to write stories that would heal her own heart, and touch the hearts of others. Check out Tdemure.com for more from Tina.
  • In the bible we see that Jesus often spoke in parables. A parable is defined as a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson. A parable can also be viewed as “an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.” Recently, God gave me a real life parable that challenged me, convicted me, and […]

    Exhort, Don’t Abort: Their Life Depends on It

    In the bible we see that Jesus often spoke in parables. A parable is defined as a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson. A parable can also be viewed as “an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.” Recently, God gave me a real life parable that challenged me, convicted me, and is now changing me. Here is my personal parable that can possibly help you in your personal walk.

     

    My Personal Parable
    As I sat in front of a vending machine, I watched a young man put his money into the machine for a soda. To his surprise, the machine stole his money and he was not able to get a drink. He then went into the cashier’s office and was able to get his money back. Shortly thereafter, another young man walked up to the machine. I felt the urge to warn him that the machine was broken but I held my tongue and decided to ‘mind my business’. I was not surprised when the young man looked disappointed because his money was stolen. He then went to another vending machine to spend more money to get a drink. I told him that he could go into the cashier’s office to retrieve his money back from the broken machine. He went inside of the cashier’s office and walked out disappointed again. I asked him what happened and he told me that the cashier said she could not refund his money.
    After this encounter, an extreme feeling of sadness overwhelmed me. Holy Spirit began speaking to me, explaining that this is how souls are. If we have knowledge of the gospel, or the good news, we should use it to a save a life or help someone avoid trouble. He also revealed to me that sometimes there are tough consequences once the deed is already done. Just like the young man was not able to get his money back, some mistakes may not be an easy fix. He could have avoided all of this if I would have just shared with him what I knew. Here are some important takeaways for you:

     

    1. Exhort, Don’t Abort

    Once I realized the revelation behind what I just witnessed, I felt so bad. What if that was my only chance to save a soul from going down the wrong path? I began repenting and the words “exhort, don’t abort” came to my mind. The word exhort means to give warning or advice and the word abort means to abandon or rescind. God was telling me to warn others and not to abandon that mission. If we feel the Holy Spirit leading us to talk to someone or warn them, we should do so. Our words can change their path, save them from destruction, and introduce them to Jesus.

    2. It’s A Part of Your Purpose

    Many people are on the pursuit for purpose, wondering what they are meant to do on this earth. I was once told that we all have the same purpose; just have different assignments. Our purpose is clearly outlined in the Great Commission, found in Matthew 28:16-20.
    Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
    Now you may not always have access to water for baptism but you do have the opportunity to teach at all times. You can do this at the grocery store, gym, or even at a basketball game. If the Holy Spirit leads you to speak to someone, do so.

    3. Learn to Discern When to Speak

    I usually know when to speak to someone if I am oddly drawn to them. There is an uneasiness that comes over me and it won’t leave me until I say something to that individual. Whenever you’re unsure, ask the Father for confirmation. Another thing you should ask Him for is boldness. Don’t let fear hold you back. God promises to never leave you or forsake. While explaining the Great Commission, Jesus says “And surely I am with you always.” And if you are wondering what to say to the person, Luke 12:12 says “The Holy Spirit will give you the words to say at the moment when you need them.”
    You never know how your words can change the world. The power of life and death lies in your tongue, so use your greatest asset to change a life. If you feel the push, don’t resist but persist. An easy way to start off is just by introducing yourself and sharing your testimony. When I saw the second young man go up to the machine, I could have shared my testimony of what I just witnessed the first man go through. My testimony could have saved him some money. Your testimony can save someone’s life.  If you are still struggling with speaking up for Christ, check out “Practical Ways to Win Souls For Christ”.
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  • When I first began walking intentionally with Jesus, I would often hear people say that Christianity was more about relationship than religion. But what did that mean? Religion is “the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.” As Christians, do we believe and worship our God? Well, […]

    Relationship Over Religion: Date Ideas For You and God

    When I first began walking intentionally with Jesus, I would often hear people say that Christianity was more about relationship than religion. But what did that mean? Religion is “the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.” As Christians, do we believe and worship our God? Well, yes. Therefore, Christianity was a religion to me. It wasn’t until I started watching videos on how to hear God’s voice that I learned the key difference between religion and relationship. I began to learn that religion focuses on one’s works to become “right” or “favorable” to the deity or god they worship. However, as Christians we are not bound by practices or customs in an effort to make us “right” with God or to make Him love us more. We are already loved and are now called to obey God. The will to obey Him comes from us loving Him back.

    “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” [John 14:15]

    If you want to love Him better and live according to His will, you need to get to know Him better. And if you’re wondering how, here’s something to consider: How do you grow closer to your significant other or your best friend? You usually spend a lot of time with them. You may spend time learning their character. You may spend time learning their likes and dislikes. Or you simply may just spend time being in their presence without saying much of anything. Just you two being together is establishing intimacy. I realized that we can do the same thing with God. In the same way we like having a good time with our loved ones, God wants to have a good time with us too. It’s time to start establishing intimacy with the One who loves you more than anything. Here are some cool suggestions to try:

    1.Explore The Outdoors Together

    Sometimes taking time out of your day to take a walk around outside can be so refreshing. Next time you go walking, decide to take Jesus with you. I’ve tried this and I loved it! As I’m walking, I’ll be consciously thinking to Him about the weather, issues I’m struggling with, or even what I’m going to eat for dinner. Sometimes, it’s random but I really just try to enjoy the scenery as I walk with the Savior. If you are not too fond of the outdoors, you can go to the mall or a shopping plaza and walk around with Him in the same manner.

    2. Take Him On A Dinner Or Coffee Date

    Recent research has shown that one of the most common first dates that couples tend to go on are either to a coffee shop or a casual dinner. So if you are a faith-filled foodie that loves to eat or a Christian that loves coffee, going out to a restaurant or to a coffee shop would be perfect for you. Ask Him to make His presence known to you and He may reveal Himself in different ways. You may even hear Him speak to you!

    3. Meet Him In the ‘Secret Place’

    For all of my introverts out there, don’t worry. If you are not one that likes to go out and prefer to staying in, that’s okay. We are all called to retreat to a secret place to establish intimacy with God. This is a place where we close out the entire world and retreat to pray to our Father in secret. In scripture, Matthew 6:6 says “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Here is where you can let it all out, cry out, and find out more about God while finding out more about yourself. In this place, not only can intimacy be established but identity in Christ can be revealed. Give him your timidness, talk to Him about your introverted personality. Talk to Him about what bothers you. Ask Him those deep questions you’ve been burning to ask. But let’s be clear, this place is not just for introverts. Extroverts you should have a secret place with God, as well. You can make this time as fun as you want to. You can sing, dance, journal, or pray in this secret place with the Lord. Let your extroverted personality shine during this time.

    This entire walk with Jesus is all about love. As you spend more time with Him, allow Him to teach you about who He is. He is love and He wants you to love Him back.

    “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” [Luke 10:27]

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  • Are you a sole collector and a soul chaser for the Kingdom? Do you love the idea of merging fashion and faith? Well, you may have some things in common with a man of God named Jerry Lorenzo. Jerry Lorenzo is the son of Jerry Manuel, a former major league baseball player and manager. He […]

    In With the Fear of God in Fashion, Out With the Fear In Our Hearts

    Are you a sole collector and a soul chaser for the Kingdom? Do you love the idea of merging fashion and faith? Well, you may have some things in common with a man of God named Jerry Lorenzo. Jerry Lorenzo is the son of Jerry Manuel, a former major league baseball player and manager. He stated that he grew up with “praying parents that covered him since he was a kid.” In 2013, he started the brand “Fear of God.” During an interview with Carl Lentz, Hillsong New York’s Lead Pastor, Jerry Lorenzo stated “Fear of God is not a streetwear brand, it’s not a men’s contemporary or a designer brand, or even a Christian clothing line for that matter… This is God’s brand.”

     

    Image via Snobette.com

    The name “Fear of God” came from a devotional written by Oswald Chambers called “My Utmost for His Highest.” Since the brand’s launch, it has grown to be wildly successful and prominent in the fashion industry. Celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and Rihanna have all acknowledged the success of his efforts. Now he has been afforded an opportunity to create apparel and sneakers with Nike, a multinational corporation. Named the Air Fear of God, Jerry’s line debuted on December 15, 2018 for $350.

     

    Image via Jerry Lorenzo’s Instagram

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    Did God give you a brand, business, or even a blog to birth? Has God been speaking to you about exercising that hidden talent or putting yourself out there? What is stopping you? One of the biggest things that stops us from going after our goals is a small four-lettered word: fear. Jerry inscribed Joshua 10:24 – 25 on the shoes above. It really can speak to this issue of fear. It states:

    “When they had brought these kings to Joshua, he summoned all the men of Israel and said to the army commanders who had come with him, “Come here and put your feet on the necks of these kings.” So they came forward and placed their feet on their necks.
    Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the Lord will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.”

    It is not enough to just read this passage of scripture often. We must start to actually believe and walk in that promises of God. Enemies may rise against your business but God encourages you not to be afraid or discouraged. Instead, He wants us to be strong and courageous. If God said He will take care of the enemies then what are we waiting for? If you are ready to get the fear out of your heart and get busy like the “Fear of God” brand then here are some tips from Jerry’s story that you should consider.

    1. Keep God as the CEO of the Company

    Jerry Lorenzo once stated “I tried it [working in the fashion industry] without God being the head and nearly lost all the phenomenal things [my wife, kids, family, and Jesus] I have in my life today.”

    Jesus said in the book of John, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

    So let’s always remember that with God we can be fruitful, productive, and prosperous but without Him, we can do nothing.

    2. Be Persistent

    You may be thinking that Jerry Lorenzo had it easy breaking into the fashion industry because of his father’s legacy but that is not the truth. It was actually his Heavenly Father’s grace that got him to where he is. In fact, he was actually a stock boy at Diesel, which is a clothing brand that started in 1978. He was not able to work on the sales floor because he didn’t have the “look” they were going for at the time. He did not always have it easy and it did not happen overnight. So stay faithful and don’t give up.

    “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” -Zechariah 4:10

    3. Figure Out Your “Why”

    Jerry Lorenzo stated “When I began to, like, focus on Him, it’s like all these things just kind of like fell my way. And I don’t want to say that and for you to get confused that worldly success somehow equals significance… What are you doing here that is impacting the Kingdom?”

    Before you start your business, it is important to really consider why you want to do this. Is it for personal success or is it about saving souls? Will this glorify God or glorify you?

    “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31.

    4. Your History Is Not Your Destiny

    Jerry Lorenzo stated “I was a party promoter in LA, I had my battle with alcohol, I had my battle with everything else that comes with that.” He is a prime example of the fact that you don’t have to be perfect to be used by God. No matter how bad you think you are, God can still use you and your situation for good.

    “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

    I want to leave you with this last thought. Regarding changing the Nike logo to merge with the Fear of God brand, Nike’s Senior Apparel Design Director stated “we don’t let that many people remix our logos but it made sense in this context.” The Nike logo was remixed to say “Air Fear of God.” This relayed to me that the grace of God and the favor of God will open doors that are not usually opened. He will break down barriers and He will do as He pleases. If it is a God-given vision, the provision will be there. Where God places you, favor will follow. Use Jerry Lorenzo’s life as a testimony of how the favor of God can override the fear in our hearts. Start today!

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  • When we think of a “New Year’s resolution” we often think of gym dates or losing weight. Dropping pounds may be great for your physical health, but dropping dead weight will be great for your spiritual well-being. What is considered dead weight? It could be sin, feelings of bitterness, or even harboring resentment for another […]

    New Year’s Resolution: Forgiveness

    When we think of a “New Year’s resolution” we often think of gym dates or losing weight. Dropping pounds may be great for your physical health, but dropping dead weight will be great for your spiritual well-being. What is considered dead weight? It could be sin, feelings of bitterness, or even harboring resentment for another person. These things are considered dead weight because they are never conducive to you and will only weigh you down. So as you’re preparing for the new year, wrapping up Christmas presents, and compiling your list of resolutions, there is something I want you to consider. The definition of the word resolution is “the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.” In literal sense of the word, a great resolution for the new year would be to forgive a relative, peer, or any other person that has hurt you in the past. There is a common saying, “forgiveness is for you, not for the other person.” Did you know that there is biblical correlation to this statement? For your sake, it is imperative that you forgive. Don’t travel into your new year with old baggage. Forgiveness is always hard because it has to be extended after someone has offended you. But here are some key points to get over the hurdle of hurt and forgive:  

    When You Forgive, God Forgives

    It’s no secret that we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, according to scripture Romans 3:23. I believe it is something that God expects, but what do we expect from God when this fall happens? We expect him to pick us up, forgive us, and love us once we confess what we did. Since He is faithful and just, He will forgive our sins and purify us, according to 1 John 1:9. But there are some contingencies. Jesus said “If you forgive others, your Father in heaven will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive you for the wrong things you have done,” Matthew 6:14-15. Forgiveness is something that God is willing to give but you have to be willing to give it too. I know it may be hard because you have been hurt. But imagine how hurtful it could be to Jesus when we disobey Him, after He laid down His life for us. There is no one walking this earth that does not need forgiveness. We all need it from the Father, so we all need to give it.

    It May Not Be Easy, But It is Essential

    I know forgiving can be easier said than done. These wounds can go back as far as your childhood years. The person could be deceased or even distanced from your life, and you still may harbor ill feelings, bitterness, or resentment towards them. I know it’s hard, but it’s humbling to forgive. When you humble yourself and forgive, you are submitting to the will of God. You are releasing repayment and vengeance to the Lord. According to 1 Peter 5:6-7, we are called to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God and He will lift us up in due time. We can cast our worries on Him because He cares for us. Since God cares for you so much, He does not want to see those old wounds bleeding. He loves you too much to leave you hurting. He does not want you to bear this burden alone. Instead, He is saying humble yourself before Him, let Him lift you up, and leave the wounds with Him. He promises to take care of them. You don’t have to walk around with the hurt of rejection, heaviness, or flashbacks from what happened any longer. You have a Father who is willing to avenge, aid, and annul all the pain on your behalf. Humble yourself, and give your situation to God. Let Him fix it.

    There is Power in Prayer

    I often hear “You can’t heal what you don’t reveal.” If you know you have an issue forgiving someone, go before the Lord and confess it to Him. Repent for not forgiving and seek God’s wisdom on moving forward. Ask Him to help you display compassion and unconditional love like Jesus did for us. Ask Him to allow you to see the person that hurt you, the way He sees them. Ask Him to take all ungodly thoughts captive and make them obedient to Jesus when you see the person that hurt you. Then pray for that person to be helped, blessed, and delivered. Have you often heard the phrase “hurt people hurt people?” This phrases means that people who are wounded end up inflicting harm on others. Pray that God releases them from their pain so they no longer hurt people like they hurt you.  

    Remember When God Forgave You

    Think about all the times you were disobedient but God forgave you. Think about how grateful you were when forgiveness was extended to you and not excluded from you. Think about how you would feel if God did not forgive your sins. Think about your relationship with Jesus and how important it is to you. Use this as motivation to submit your hurt to the Father and let Him handle it.

    Acknowledge and Release the Pain

    We all have been wounded and found ourselves in a place of brokenness. What we do with that brokenness makes the ultimate difference. Do not allow yourself to stay in that place of pain. This place does nothing to prosper you but everything to prohibit you. Acknowledge the pain and then release the pain. Some helpful ways to release are writing and crying out to God. Once you acknowledge and release the hurt, God will help you heal.

    I encourage you to start the new year as a new you. Release the former, be a forgiver, and be forgiven by the Father. He sees your pain and He wants to help. You just have to let Him.

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