EuroTrip 2018 – Red Lights District Amsterdam Anecdote!

Hi my loves!

Hope whereever you are reading me from, you are having a nice time.

Alright, this post is to bounce on from the previous post about my EuroTrip and would be a continuation of my Amsterdam experience.

I would be briefly (hopefully not too long) giving my anecdotes about Amsterdam.

So the first one is about my Red Light District Experience. Before you reading this post begins to imagine things, let me clarify. It’s about my experience visiting the red light district and nothing more haha.

I have never been around such “milieu” so I was not too sure what to expect. All I knew about red lights based on what my friends had told me prior to getting to Amsterdam and for sure, I knew it was that it is an area for prostitutes. But it was rated among the top places to go to when in Amsterdam so out of curiosity and in the company of my friends, we made our way to the famous “Red Lights” . I had never seen such a place before.

Everywhere was reddish and overcrowded. Of course this isn’t a picture taken by me. I just got this online because rule #1 – You don’t take pictures at the red light. I wish I had known this before hand…

While walking with my friends, my friend (Mia) had her phone out and was taking snaps of the girls on display.

Just as on the picture above until the young on display opened her door and aggressively bounced on my friend. She called her all sorts of names (bitch, fuckx bitch, stupid to name a few) and then asked her if she didn’t have respect for their work. She made my friend delete all videos and pictures she had taken and flung her phone. I was so not ready for that to happen and I was in so much shock that I just watched. We ended up apologising endlessly in hope that she doesn’t get physical.

At last, she told us to leave and insulted us again once more repeating we should have respect.

That word “respect” baffled me. Had I just heard a “prostitute” asking us to show respect. I was in complete disbelieve. Not that they do not deserve respect as human beings but asking me to show respect for their profession was not something I was ready to hear.

That whole evening, we debated upon whether or not prostitutes deserve respect with my friends.

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Personally, I do believe respect is a strong word. I think those who deserve respect are those who respect themselves. Selling your body in my opinion shows disrespect towards your own self, because you are lessening the value of who you are and it speaks volume about your character.

However, my friend (Ben) responded saying it would be totally be foolish to assume all prostitutes are morally corrupt individuals and hence do not deserve respect. He added, that “it’s supposed to be the world’s oldest profession and I see no problem with prostitutes who aren’t being coerced into sex by pimps.

Mia said added to this that “unfortunately, many prostitutes are basically slaves who have been sold into the sex trade. They are putting their lives in danger as the only means of survival.

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Regrettably, no matter how old the profession is, and the varying reasons behind prostitution, I would not agree to these ways and would therefore not be in support in any way.

Before I continue, I have to remind you that prostitution in Amsterdam is legal so a place like “The Red Lights” even have cobs walking around in search of their own pleasures.

Again, for me there’s no two way to go about this than having my answer from a biblical stance point (note how I do not refer to religion in anyway. – no matter the religion you follow, I know this is condemned by God).

Prostitution is in the same bundle as sexual immorality and if you read my previous post you will understand better (click here).

Proverbs 5: 3-14 God forbids involvement with prostitutes. And he does in so many other verses of the bible.

In Thessalonians 4: 3 it says, “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality.

To sum up as a final opinion and building up on what I have said above, I believe they deserve to be treated as any other human being but having to respect their profession like the lady asked us at The Red Lights is not something I would do. Why would you want to be respected when you are on public display like a commodity/possession and selling/exposing your nakedness.

For sure God looks at the hearts and him alone can judge them however, my faith in Him because He forbids any involvement with prostitutes because He knows how detrimental it is.

God’s desire is that we stay pure and use our bodies as tools for His use and glory (Romans 6:13)

And before you think God doesn’t forgive prostitution, He does because prostitutes aren’t beyond God’s scope of forgiveness. Remember the story of Rahab (Joshua 2:1, 6:17-25). Anyone has the opportunity to receive salvation and eternal life from God, to be cleansed of all their unrighteousness and be given a brand new life. All you need to do is to repent and believe in God.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come

I will love to have your own thoughts. Let me know what you think about respecting prostitutes and prostitution as a job.

See you in the next post!!!

EuroTrip – Part 2

19’s Observations.

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Unpopular Opinion about Sex: What the WORD of God says.

Sexual sin is not like any kind of sin. Typical sins and different from sexual sins because sexual immorality is sin against yourself and own body. And your body is the temple of the Lord, so once you temper with your body, you also temper with the temple of the Lord in you where the Holy Spirit is to dwell in. And if there’s anything in this life as Christians, is that we need the Holy Spirit to dwell in us and never leave us.

Sex is a spiritual thing and not just physical because the act ties souls and is meant for those who have vowed to be tied by marriage.

Society nowadays has created million excuses to normalise our actions and disregard the fact that as unwedded couples (to whom it may concern), to give yourself to a man whom you’re not married to, in the name of “this is the man I will marry or I see our relationship leading to potentially marriage”.

Sex is something that once started, you don’t want to quit. Because it feels good in the moment and you just can’t stop. Even when we pray that we want cleansing, to stop and not give in, we fall back again. Because it’s that one pleasure you want to grant to your selfish self.

But what about God’s will. What about your purpose and His will in your life?

Many at times, some people try to shame others for not being sexually active because at a certain age, you should no longer be a virgin. It’s a “pseudo” crime not to be a part. Society wants to shame those who save theirselves and leave them as “not cool”, “lame”, “nerdy”. When the point is really about honouring your body.

Meanwhile the reverse should be the norm in accordance with the holy scriptures. Not judging anyone who is down that path however, I do believe that no one should be put to shame or made uncomfortable in any way because they have made that decision to hold on to their temple and honour their body and God.

Never again, am I going to be scared of answering that question when someone asks me if I am a virgin, a friend of mind told me recently. She added, “Yes I am and that’s what I have chosen”.

Some people would say, well, that’s because she is not even in a relationship, and so, she can’t feel that temptation.

Well, my response to this is, you don’t have to be in a relationship to feel tempted. In thoughts, in your surrounding, anything can actually trigger you. You can even wake up from your sleep and be horny but does that mean you start giving yourself? So that point is invalid.

Sexual sin is not any kind of sin. It’s a sin against your body and that’s even worst than any other sin.

And if you’re one of those who do not think or believe the bible adresses virginity or keeping yourself for marriage, then have a read through these verses.

Once more, this is in no way carrying judgement on anyone. This was simply to a way of giving my view points as I have been having a lot of conversations recently around relationships, marriage, sex and how these different things are addressed in the WORD.

That said, I am in no way perfect. Be active and that’s your decision but do not (try to) label someone and say “he/she is missing out or shame your friends” because xyz… All I know is that the WORD is the truth and we all know this truth.

For those of you whose arguments are: “Ahhh, even God knows the flesh is weak” or “we are all humans” or “shit happens you know” …

Indeed, shit happens! However, I strongly believe that no one wants to stay in “shitty” situations. In fact, I do believe that situations we just classify as “well, shit happens, or that the flesh is weak” are cycles the devil wants to keep you in and until you decide to stop listening to these lies of enemy, until you make a firm decision of getting out of these cycles, then you kind of remain trapped in there.

God says come to me and ask for forgiveness for when the Lord has said it’s over, He moves on and never brings your past life, He makes you a new person in Him again. Do not let guilt or shame distance you from his presence. Just come to him and He’ll give you peace.

Meditate these verses.

“Do not deny yourselves to each other, unless you first agree to do so for a while in order to spend your time in prayer; but then resume normal marital relations. In this way you will be kept from giving in to Satan’s temptation because of your lack of self-control.”

1 Corinthians 7:5 GNB

“Someone else will say, “Food is for the stomach, and the stomach is for food.” Yes; but God will put an end to both. The body is not to be used for sexual immorality, but to serve the Lord; and the Lord provides for the body.”

1 Corinthians 6:13 GNB

“But because there is so much immorality, every man should have his own wife, and every woman should have her own husband.”

1 Corinthians 7:2 GNB

“That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united with his wife, and they become one.”

Genesis 2:24 GNB

“Each of you men should know how to live with his wife in a holy and honourable way,”

1 Thessalonians 4:4 GNB

“You may be sure that no one who is immoral, indecent, or greedy (for greed is a form of idolatry) will ever receive a share in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.”

Ephesians 5:5 GNB

“Avoid immorality. Any other sin a man commits does not affect his body; but the man who is guilty of sexual immorality sins against his own body. Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourselves but to God; he bought you for a price. So use your bodies for God’s glory.”

1 Corinthians 6:18-20 GNB

“Avoid immorality. Any other sin a man commits does not affect his body; but the man who is guilty of sexual immorality sins against his own body.”

1 Corinthians 6:18 GNB

“What human nature does is quite plain. It shows itself in immoral, filthy, and indecent actions;”

Galatians 5:19 GNB

“‘And for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and unite with his wife, and the two will become one.’ So they are no longer two, but one. No human being then must separate what God has joined together.””

Mark 10:7-9 GNB

“Each of you men should know how to live with his wife in a holy and honourable way, not with a lustful desire, like the heathen who do not know God. In this matter, then, no man should do wrong to his fellow-Christian or take advantage of him. We have told you this before, and we strongly warned you that the Lord will punish those who do that. God did not call us to live in immorality, but in holiness.”

1 Thessalonians 4:4-7 GNB

“He reflects the brightness of God’s glory and is the exact likeness of God’s own being, sustaining the universe with his powerful word. After achieving forgiveness for human sins, he sat down in heaven at the right-hand side of God, the Supreme Power. The Son was made greater than the angels, just as the name that God gave him is greater than theirs.”

Hebrews 1:3-4 GNB

“But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these are the things that make a person ritually unclean. For from his heart come the evil ideas which lead him to kill, commit adultery, and do other immoral things; to rob, lie, and slander others. These are the things that make a person unclean. But to eat without washing your hands as they say you should — this doesn’t make a person unclean.”

Matthew 15:18-20 GNB

This is the WORD of the Lord !!!! You choose what you do but do not interfere or speak about another’s choice or way of life. Hold yourself accountable for your own actions.

Thanks for reading!

19 Observations xx

LIGHT AND LIGHT ALONE

““You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.”

  • Matthew 5:14

“You are destined to shine”

This verse is so powerful ,despite how many times we’ve heard the “we are a light” it’s true and can go so deep.

The world is full of darkness and as children of God he has anointed us with his spiritual light to shine for his glory.. much like the fire that appeared with the apostles when the Holy Ghost filled them (Acts 2:3-4). We are SET APART! God has his blessings on you so don’t worry about what all you have to do but focus your mind on the kingdom of God (Matt 6:33) that will lead to fulfilment of his word and your prosperity.

What amazes me about God is his constant trust and love he has for us. We as a people may screw up every now and then and we may go through things all to learn that God NEVER GAVE UP ON US! and GOD WILL/CAN PROVIDE when in times of need!!!!! All being said that The same fire that was once in us before we mess up is still there ( even tho we may feel dim) the fire still lives in is and we have to acknowledge the fact that “we gotta get back to work for the kingdom of God and do things for his glory”. So in all said : no matter how mad we mess up God still has a plan for you and still has faith in you to bring glory to his name… so keep teaching or whatever you do that God has blessed his holy sprit on you.

(1 Corinthians 12:1-11).

“You have purpose ” so don’t give up the mighty fire within you for a dim moment in life , keep the faith and be confident in your work but most of all stay in prayer so that God will lead and guide us in our work for his kingdom.

NOT CONTENT TO BE AVERAGE

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20

I am not content to be average. I don’t like that word. I don’t want to be average. I don’t intend to be average.

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It’s true that in this life we go through challenges, we pass through situations, hardships… But God is above everything, because His power is above all powers.

God can, we can and let’s get this: The ball is on our court. Let’s be  bold, let’s dare to believe and be brave. We have that power because God has given it to us.

I recently read a post from Ashley Gulley  with the title No Guts, No Glory’ and it definitely relates to what I mean by not being content with average. Sometimes, we have to get out of our comfort zones, dare and believe that we can achieve all things because there’s a mightier and greater power in control. When you fully let go, and make God the wheel, you realize then that the actions of the Almighty aren’t just natural but supernatural. The power of God is unlimited. As for me, I decided to believe God is able. Yes he is, he can!!!

Nothing is impossible for God. And believe it or not, I come from far, very far. My journey will never be yours. The only thing I can say is that whatever promise God has made to us, it shall come true. Keep faith and never you limit God by your mouth. Control your tongue no matter the noise around your corner, make sure whatever comes out from your mouth is a blessing for your surrounding

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.

Mark 10:27. 

Stay blessed,

19’s Observations.

THE POWER OF THE TONGUE

WATCH YOUR MOUTH!” is a phrase my siblings and I heard frequently from our parents during our developmental years. “WATCH YOUR MOUTH!” was used as a reminder for my siblings and I to stay within the communication boundaries of discipline, respect, honesty, and positivity established by our parents. I can only recall the phrase being used when we went contrary to our parents’ directives or if our words went against God’s commands.

Similar to a parent reminding a child to evaluate their words, God informs his children the power of their words and the importance of choosing words wisely. With our tongues we either speak; life or death, victory or defeat, insecurity or confidence, weakness or strength, trust or doubt, but whatever you say, be prepared to eat the fruit of your words.

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There have probably been times in your life when you’ve said things that were hurtful towards yourself and others. When that happens it is vital to seek and receive God’s forgiveness, repent and thoughtfully give attention to your words from that point on.

It all starts with watching our mouth because the words we speak have long-lasting impact directly connected to our present and future circumstances. You’d be surprised how your words are effecting your situation. 

Scripture reveals several accounts regarding individuals either watching their mouths or carelessly using words. In both cases we are shown the effect of the tongue’s power. Words can teach, encourage and uplift. They also can discourage, reject and demean. Words can express gratitude, love, and joy. They also can express selfishness, hate and despondency. Our aim is to speak what God says about our situations and not what our inconsistent emotions want us to declare.

No matter what is going on in your life today, it’s time to “WATCH YOUR MOUTH!” Don’t get distracted by the trial or the mirage that nothing will change, begin declaring God’s word. This is a work in progress that requires discipline, trust, and faith. But once you begin to get in the rhythm of using your words wisely in thanksgiving and praise to God, when the wrong words try to come out, you will be able to take action and bounce back to God’s words. Speak life and watch your mouth!

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”

Proverbs 18:21.