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What would Jesus do?

What would Jesus do?
This entry is part 1 of 23 in the series WWJD?

WWJD? Remember the movement of a few years ago? What happened to it?

I want to revive it. We need to revive it. This is a call to all Christians out there to truly “walk the walk” not just “talk the talk”.

When you say, “I am a Christian.” What does it mean? Jesus is you Lord and Savior and He died for your sins. That’s just the beginning. A Christian’s goal in life is to strive to be like Jesus. For humans, it is an impossible task, but that doesn’t mean we can’t or shouldn’t try each day.

God gave us free will to make our own decisions, but that doesn’t mean that we should go on sinning just because we are guaranteed forgiveness. We are tempted on a daily basis to lie, cheat, steal, be mean, rude, nasty, greedy, lustful, prideful, envious, gluttonous, vain, careless, lacking compassion.

Every time we are confronted with these temptations, we need to STOP and think: What would Jesus do? What would he say? What would he choose? What would he write?

The reputation of Christians has been hurting lately. We are seen as hypocrites, two-faced, backstabbers. Non-believers see us going to church on Sunday and then see us cheating or being rude as soon as we’re far enough away from the church building.

Check out this true story: ‘What Would Jesus Do?’: The Church’s Restaurant Reputation

Is that the way you want to be seen? How do you expect to evangelize if non-believers don’t see us acting like Jesus?

Jesus told us, we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. (Matthew 5:13-16). He wants us to let our light shine so that the world may see our good deeds. That light is the light of Jesus that is within us in our hearts as the Holy Spirit.

In this blog, I’ll be writing regular articles based on scripture on using the WWJD? principal to live our lives on a daily basis.

Spread the word. Back in the day when WWJD? started, we didn’t have social networking. This needs to go VIRAL. Spread the word. Start with sharing this with all your Christian friends on Facebook, Twitter.

Go to http://giselleaguiar.com/wwjd and pick up free logos to use on your web site or blog. Get your church involved. Buy the WWJD? bracelets, hats, jewelry, shirts and bumper stickers to help remind you to walk the walk. Don’t just wear them LIVE WWJD?

God Bless,

Giselle Aguiar
Soli Deo Gloria

In His Steps – the book that started it all

In His Steps – the book that started it all
This entry is part 2 of 23 in the series WWJD?

Published originally as a magazine series in 1896, then as a book in 1898, In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon is the novel from where the WWJD movement began. Even though it took 100 years for it to start spreading, the message is as important today as it was back then. What would Jesus do?

Sheldon’s book is the story of a minister, Rev. Maxwell and how he influenced first a small number of volunteers and slowly, the whole town. He challenged his parishioners to “pledge themselves, earnestly and honestly, for an entire year; not to do anything without first asking the question, ‘What would Jesus do?’”

I urge Christians to read this book and see what needs to be done. You can purchase a modern copy from Amazon or download the original for free from Google Books.

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Get your church to adopt the movement. Let’s revive it. WWJD? Together, if we live daily thinking “What would Jesus do?” before we react, we can change the world.

Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. ~ 1 John 2:6

God Bless,
Giselle Aguiar
Soli Deo Gloria
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It’s about reactions

It’s about reactions
This entry is part 3 of 23 in the series WWJD?

A Facebook friend of mine wrote me this after she read my blog:

I was reading what would God do but can’t find the answer to that question, some things are Gods will and some are not this I know.

I replied:

That’s not the point. Let’s say someone insults you. You stop and think, “what would Jesus do in this situation?” – punch the person in the face or turn and walk away? It’s stopping to think before reacting to situations. It’s slow to anger, not lying, not cheating, resisting temptation, etc. It’s obeying God’s commandments especially “love one another.” That’s what WWJD is about. 

We as humans have a tendency to react without thinking first.

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. ~James 1:19-20

 Righteous – conduct of a person that is morally right; virtuous.

It’s do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The Golden Rule. Gee, where have we heard that? Who said it first? Jesus did.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” ~John 13:34-35

“As I have loved you.”  As Jesus loved you. As Christians, we know what Jesus did for us to show us His love. We need to strive to respect other people. We don’t need to like everyone we meet, but we do need to see that they are human beings with feelings. It’s about respect.

Don’t react. Stop and think: What would Jesus do?

God Bless,
Giselle Aguiar
Soli Deo Gloria
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WWJD Unselfish Idea #1 – use those reward points for good

WWJD Unselfish Idea #1 – use those reward points for good
This entry is part 4 of 23 in the series WWJD?

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…”~Matthew 6:19-21

Reward points – you get them for using your debit card as a charge card or for charging any purchase. They add up and you can get prizes or gift cards – like for Target.

Instead of using that Target gift card for yourself, give it away.

Streetlight Phoenix is a soon-to-open shelter for girls victims of child sex slavery. When the girls come in, they’ve been caught by the Vice Squad and brought to the safe-house with zero possessions, literally just the clothes on their backs. The shelter depends on donations and specifically requested gift cards from Target, Walmart and other stores where they can take the girls to get what they need. The average age is 13.

So, the next time you’ve earned enough points for a $20 gift card, think of these girls and send it to Streetlight. Find contact info and more details at their website. 

What would Jesus do? Do the right thing.

God Bless,
Giselle Aguiar
Soli Deo Gloria
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Hate vs Love in Downtown Phoenix

Hate vs Love in Downtown Phoenix
This entry is part 5 of 23 in the series WWJD?

Neo-Nazi hate-group protesters encountered opposition in the streets of downtown Phoenix the other day.

Members of the National Socialist Movement came to protest in favor of SB 1070 saying that it’s not enough. They joined forces with the White Knights of Arizona.

They believe “All non-White immigration must be prevented. We demand that all non-Whites currently residing in America be required to leave the nation forthwith and return to their land of origin: peacefully or by force.”*

They claim to be solely a political organization with members “virtually all religious backgrounds with the exception of Judaism!”*

This is a message to the Christians members of that organization: If you are truly a Christian, how can you not obey what Jesus commanded us to do — Love one another?

Come on, people now, smile on your brother
Everybody get together,
Try to love one another right now.

It’s the message of a 60’s song and we need to spread this message now more than ever.

The concept is simple. Love one another. It was Jesus’ main command to humankind. Love one another, not tolerate one another. Love your neighbor as you love yourself. Love your enemies.

Love is different than “put up with” – all human beings have value – no qualifiers.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” ~John 13:34-35

By THIS – love – that’s how Jesus’ disciples should be known. This is a message that’s repeated over and over again in the Bible. Why repeat it so often? So it sinks in. So it becomes second nature to us. It’s engraved in our minds and our hearts.

Check out these other Bible passages: 1 Peter 3:8-9, 1 Peter 1:22, Hebrews 10:23-25, Ephesians 4:2, Galatians 5:13, Romans 13:8-9, Romans 12:10, 1 John 3:11, 2 John 1:4-6, 1 John 4:11-12, 1 John 3:23, 1 John 4:7-8.

Get the message?

You cannot call yourself a Christian if you continue to hate other human beings. God created humans equally. He Loved the Whole World so much – that means EVERYBODY – that he gave us His Son, Jesus to die for our sins. That ultimate show of love is what each and EVERY Christian should reflect to the world no matter what the other person’s race, skin color or religion. God is love.

Love one another. Period.

God Bless,
Giselle Aguiar
Soli Deo Gloria
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Calling in sick when you’re not is cheating

Calling in sick when you’re not is cheating
This entry is part 6 of 23 in the series WWJD?

80-85% of the people who call in sick to work are not. That’s cheating the company you work for. That’s fraud.

Those statistics are from this MSNBC article about companies who hire private investigators to spy on their employees who call in sick – proving that they really are not. 

With that high a number, I have to assume that some of them are Christians – or profess to be.

Ok, some companies have policies where if you don’t use your sick days within a specific time frame, you lose them. But that doesn’t give you license to be dishonest. And what happens when you’re really sick or get hurt and you’ve run out of sick days? Day off without pay. You only screw yourself in the end.

Even leaving 10 minutes early if no one sees you, is cheating.

Because you can get away with it doesn’t make it right. Oh, but your employer may have sent a detective after you. And what do you think will happen if you get caught? There are millions of unemployed people out there who, because they’ve been unemployed for so long, will be the best, most loyal employees ever. The last thing you want is to get fired in this economy.

If you live your life cheating your employer, your spouse, your family, your friends, you are never going to break free.

Living your life with honor and integrity is what Jesus calls us to do. It’s the main goal of every Christian.

Next time you’re tempted to call in sick and then head to the mall, think – What Would Jesus Do? Then go to work.

Winners Never Cheat - by Jon M. Huntsman

God Bless,
Giselle Aguiar
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A Real-life WWJD Example: stepping out of your comfort zone

A Real-life WWJD Example: stepping out of your comfort zone
This entry is part 7 of 23 in the series WWJD?

Imagine trying to get another job when your resume lists your last position as “Stripper”. I can’t. Jessica Pearce of Career Connectors stepped out of her comfort zone and reached out to help ladies trapped in a degrading job.

Strippers Seeking Their Next Great Opportunity

This is a perfect example of a WWJD effort. 
When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone to help someone without expecting anything in return?  
Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well, socialized with tax collectors, embraced a leper.
I remember an old Christian folk song who’s chorus was:
They will know we are Christians by our Love, by our Love, They will know we are Christians by our Love.

Will people know you are Christian by your Love?

God Bless,
Giselle
Soli Deo Gloria
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About my Father’s Business

About my Father’s Business
This entry is part 8 of 23 in the series WWJD?

“…I must be about My Father’s business?”~Luke 2:49 NKJV

365 WWJD: Daily Answers to What Would Jesus Do?There are some Christians who are said to be “so heavenly minded, they’re no earthly good.” It’s good to be still before God. It’s good to wait for God’s timing–after all, Jesus didn’t begin His public ministry until He was nearly thirty. But Jesus was a doer, not just a pray-er. There is a specific work for every Christian to do. Have you asked God what you can do in the kingdom? We, like Jesus must be about our Father’s business.*

God Bless,
Giselle
Soli Deo Gloria
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*from 365 Daily Answers to What Would Jesus Do?

Rely on God not on ourselves

Rely on God not on ourselves
This entry is part 9 of 23 in the series WWJD?

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. ~2 Corinthians 1:8-9

365 WWJD: Daily Answers to What Would Jesus Do?Time after time God seems to put us in circumstances that demonstrate our remarkable ability to fail at doing what Jesus would do. Why? Because most of us still need occasional lessons in “not relying on ourselves by on God.” When lapses occur, we mustn’t despair. God isn’t angry with us; rather in His love, He once again points us to Himself, that He might be our strength–just as He was Jesus’ strength.

~from 365 Daily Answers to What Would Jesus Do?

God Bless,
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Our world today – the seven deadly sins

Our world today – the seven deadly sins
This entry is part 10 of 23 in the series WWJD?

“People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power.”

Doesn’t this passage describe our world today? Kind of describes the seven deadly sins: greed, pride, gluttony, lust, sloth, wrath, and envy – the things responsible for the status of our current situation. Let’s break each one down:
Greed: wanting the best, fastest, newest, hottest; wanting more money. We bought houses we couldn’t possible afford and the banks let us. 
Pride: boasting that you have the best, fastest, newest, hottest, most luxurious.
Gluttony: wanting more food than our bodies need. Over 1/4 of Americans are overweight or obese. 
Lust: sex is everywhere you look. When advertisers discovered that “sex sells”, we were bombarded.  There’s no such thing as love at first sight – it’s lust at first sight.
Sloth: we are a sloppy bunch. Single people tend to be guilty of this. Who cares if the house is dirty? No one else is going to see it. 
Wrath: anger – uncontrollable desires for malice or revenge. “Going postal” doesn’t mean you’re mailing a letter – you take a gun, go into the office of the employer who just fired you and start shooting at random. 
Envy: better than the Joneses. Envy goes together with greed and pride. Someone boast that they have a new car and you need to go out to buy a better one. The grass is NOT always greener on the other side. 
That first passage was written by the Apostle Paul to Timothy a young pastor in a church in Ephesus in the first century A.D. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
Paul ends this passage by saying, “Have nothing to do with them.” Easier said than done, right? 
So how does one avoid that. Look at the seven heaven virtues: charity, humility, temperance,  chastity (purity), diligence, patience, kindness. 
Those are very similar to the fruits of the Spirit: 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. ~ Galatians 5:16-25

When you accept Christ as your savior and are baptized, you receive the Holy Spirit in your heart and you have access to these fruits. You don’t automatically get them, but when you need them, all you have to do is ask the Holy Spirit for help. 
Notice that self-control is the last, but I think the most important one. The devil’s temptation is everywhere and the only way we can fight it, is to call on the Holy Spirit.  

When you’re about to lose your self-control, that’s when you need to ask your What Would Jesus Do?
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God Bless,
Giselle
Soli Deo Gloria

Led by the Spirit

Led by the Spirit
This entry is part 11 of 23 in the series WWJD?

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.~Romans 8:14

God has placed in your heart some specific yearnings that are sent to guide you in to the place where God would lead you. Follow your godly yearnings. Trust your spiritual instincts as they align with God’s Word. Be led by the same Spirit that led Jesus.

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God Bless,
Giselle
Soli Deo Gloria
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The rot in values that is causing America’s decline

The rot in values that is causing America’s decline
This entry is part 12 of 23 in the series WWJD?

This is so right on that I’m reposting it here. From ProphecyNewsWatch.com:

Science and math. Science and math. President Barack Obama’s new mantra is science and math. If only America’s students focused on science and math, he told us in his State of the Union address, then we’ll be as innovative as China and will no longer have to farm out the building of wondrous handheld gadgets. The gods of science and math will make our economy blossom.

But missing from the president’s new, post-midterm vision for America is any mention of the rot in values that is causing our decline. The reason we don’t excel in education is not because our schools focus on philosophy and the humanities to the exclusion of science and math, but rather because we are becoming a pack of ignoramuses watching inane TV shows, following the lives of mostly decadent celebrities, and engaging in an endless orgy of consumption. Our problem is not that we read too much Nietzsche and too little astrophysics, but rather that our character is becoming corrupt.

The solution for America is not to raise an army of sterile drones, engineered into productive obedience by a government that emphasizes equations. I have no interest in living in China; communist totalitarianism dare not be our model. Rather, our solution is to reembrace the values that made America great: thrift, hard work, close-knit families, a pioneering spirit, entrepreneurship, a love of adventure, fearlessness, a rejection of indolence, faith-based ethics, a God-centric society, and a belief in spreading freedom and democracy.

Thomas Jefferson knew tons of science and math. So did Benjamin Franklin. But George Washington did not. No historian claims that Abraham Lincoln knew calculus like Einstein. The point is that science and math made some Americans great, but were passed over by others who were equally great.

But what all these men possessed in abundance was a sense of mission. Whether it was a hatred of oppression and tyranny, or a desire to see the dynamic American spirit supplant the ossified European aristocracy, or contempt for brutal institutions like slavery, they all embraced America as a great idea, a living dream, one that could lift men and women and inspire children.

Is any of that greatness captured in Jersey Shore or in MTV’s new ode to childhood corruption, Skins? Is American exceptionalism evident in the millions trampling each other at the crack of dawn to get 20% off a new HDTV on Black Friday? Was American greatness in evidence at the recent Golden Globe Awards, where the most ‘beautiful’ among us got up to thank hairdressers and fashion consultants, but not a single star thanked God, with the sole exception of Ricky Gervais, who thanked God for being an atheist? The obsession with celebrity is especially startling. Our founding fathers did not idolize humans. That’s what the British, French and Russians did, lifting ordinary mortals to positions of ‘divine’ grandeur. Rather, the founders idolized God alone – faith in Him was stamped even on our money – and brooked no shallow imitation.

Yes, Mr. President. We need better schools and more accountable teachers. But more than anything, we need new values undergirding the schools, the parents and the teachers. So long as we have books out like Amy Chua’s Tiger Mom, which says the only thing that matters is getting your kid into Yale and to play violin at Julliard, we are going to have a nation which, even if it remains wealthy and prosperous, will still be selfish, self-absorbed and narcissistic.

Obama surprises me. How much science or math does he know? He was elected because he inspired people with oratory rather than engineering. He gave them a renewed vision of American greatness – something that most mathematicians and nuclear physicists would be hard pressed to do. How appalling that the limits of his vision have now come down to simple, shallow materialism.

Without proper values, we will squander whatever wealth we generate. Without proper values, we will produce world-renowned scientists who don’t know how to stay married, and who have no relationship with their children. Without proper values, one generation will make all the money and the next will waste it.

Many looked to Obama as the embodiment of a new American dream, one of hope and change. But is this the hope we waited for? The hope that our kids will work on the next iPhone? Was the change we waited for so utterly literal that it refers to coins? I thought the Pilgrims risked drowning because they wished to have the freedom to develop their full godly potential, unencumbered by European prejudice. If it was money they wanted, they should never have left the fleshpots of Europe.

Yes, America is still the wealthiest nation on Earth, thank God, and yes, I like money as much as the next person. But if life is simply about accumulation, and if this great nation embraces the soulless Chinese society as a model, where wealth is not accompanied by a reverence for human dignity and where a family is allowed to make millions but to have more than one child is a forbidden nuisance, then I say their wealth is a curse, a curse which I reject, and proudly proclaim “in God we trust” and “God bless America!” 

Soli Deo Gloria!

Walking the walk

Walking the walk
This entry is part 13 of 23 in the series WWJD?

Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit ~ Romans 8:1 (AMP)

“It is not talking but walking that will bring us to heaven.” ~ Matthew Henry

Our feet must follow what our mouths declare. It is our actions that confirm our otherwise empty words. Would there be Christianity today if Jesus had only taught and not confirmed His status as the Son of God by His deeds? So must our Christianity be confirmed by where we find our feet walking and what we find our hands doing.

Giselle Aguiar
Soli Deo Gloria!
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Where’s your passion?

Where’s your passion?
This entry is part 14 of 23 in the series WWJD?

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. ~Titus 3:3

When Passion is on the throne, reason is out of doors. ~ Matthew Henry 

How is it with your passion? Are they in submission to Christ, or do they have free reign, interfering with your spiritual life? To be “enslaved by passions” is something that was a problem for us at one time, Paul wrote to Titus. To continue to be so enslaved is unnecessary. Christ has set us free from the rule of passion. Our part is to, by a faith decision, appropriate the work He has done.


If we must be passionate, let’s be passionate about asking, “What Would Jesus do?”


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The devil made me do it

The devil made me do it
This entry is part 15 of 23 in the series WWJD?
Jesus being tempted by the Devil. He didn’t
fall for it and neither should you.

That’s the excuse of the ages. Ever since the snake (devil) tempted Eve in the garden and Adam followed, the devil’s been tempting humankind in one way or another.

As a single person, the devil dangles certain temptations in front of you constantly – the big one being Lust.

The best way to resist temptation is to avoid it in the first place.

How do you do that – especially when lust takes over in the heat of the moment? Avoid the heat.

It’s called a boundary, aka your front door. If you’re out on a date and you’re at the lady’s front door, stop there. Don’t go in. Not even for a quick drink or coffee. You’ll start in the kitchen, then want to sit somewhere that’s more comfortable. So you move to the living room couch. Before you know it, you’re necking, then the lady’s blouse is off…. Well, you know where that goes. Once the heat starts, it’s extremely difficult to stop.

Why stop? Why not go with the flow? Sex without love and a marital commitment is empty sex. Sex does not a relationship make. Read: Avoiding False Intimacy.

Stop at the door. Period.

Another one – which also falls under the “lusts of the eye” is overeating. God provides sufficient food for survival (Matthew 6:25-27), but let’s face it, we all over do it. Food tastes good and is good, but too much is not. Again, avoid it. If it’s in your kitchen you’re going to eat it. Avoid the snack and candy aisle in the supermarket – if you don’t buy it, you won’t eat it.

If you’re feeling full, stop eating – push the plate away. Yes, it’s ok to throw food away – remember, God provides – and next time serve yourself less.

The other big temptation is laziness. When you live alone, unless you just happen to be a clean freak, your logic is – no one’s going to see the mess – why clean it up? What happens is – force of habit. Bad habits stick around even when there’s someone else in the house. When you get married or move in with a roommate, those bad habits are sill there.

Before being tempted to just throw it on the floor, dump it in the sink, or toss it on the pile, stop and make the little extra effort to put it away where it belongs. You’ll actually save time in the long run if you pick up after yourself and not have to spend a whole day cleaning up.

If you’re a Christian, call on the Holy Spirit to give you the strength and the “fruit” of self-control. (Galatians 5:16-25).

If you’re not a Christian, one of the gifts from Jesus is the Holy Spirit living inside of you. The Spirit is Jesus’ messenger and counselor given freely to us when we accept Him as our savior. The Spirit is there for you to help you when you are most in need.

God Bless
Giselle Aguiar
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