So are you all know, recently I’ve been struggling with loneliness and just feeling sort of dissatisfied with how things are going this year. Which is silly, because really things are going swimmingly even if they’re not going exactly as I had wished. But last night, Carrie and I were talking after dinner about how though we know we’re in the places we’re supposed to be this year on campus, we’re still dissatisfied and happy with things and we just have the feeling for something different. We were both feeling this way and then after we split ways, we ended up both having incredible conversations with new friends about the work God is preparing us to do this year. It was cool. I ended up getting to talk to one of the guys on my new floor about his faith and how several of the other guys are really working at evangelizing to people and just fully loving them. He also told me that for several years in this dorm that there has been incredible male, Christian leadership but there’s been a lack of female Christians and that last year he was praying for a strong Christian girl to come over and voila, here I am. So that was incredible since I was so obviously called by God to be over here anyways. It’s also humbling to find out you are an answer to prayer.
So yeah, last night was super encouraging and incredible and then this morning at church the message seemed completely aimed at me and Carrie.
The pastor talked about how God shows us our need for His word through humbling circumstances in our lives. One example of this was when God led the Israelites into the wilderness to live for 40 years. He was testing them, to expose their true hearts and humble them. He wanted them to have real faith, not just have God as a crutch simply because He had always provided in the past. He wanted them to see exactly how much they needed Him. Man doesn’t live on bread alone, they need to live on everything God has to offer. It was really cool hearing that because clearly I’m not as bad off as the Israelites but I can sympathize with how they felt. Completely out of their comfort zone, away from things they’ve known and into where they had to fully depend on God for everything. Even their food, they didn’t have any, they ate manna that literally came from the word of God, if God hadn’t spoken that food into existence each day they would have starved, but He did. He always provides. I really see a parallel of that in my own life because now that I’m away from the people I’ve depended on, my crutch, so to speak, I have to depend on His next move, not just trying to make my own way.
If we don’t feel like we have to have God for everything, if we feel like we can do anything ourselves, we become proud and we forget to lean on God like we should. We need Him to just be God.
We have to risk it, sometimes, it’s going to be easier to just stay when it’s comfortable and familiar. You’ve been hurt before and you’re so scared of that happening again that you’ll just stay where you are to avoid the pain again. But God has a plan, just listen to what His will is. Don’t be afraid of getting hurt or disappointed again because God will make it work, He has a perfect plan and He will make everything right in the end.
The other day I wrote about the Francis Chan sermon I had listened to on YouTube, “When God Doesn’t Listen”, in addition to what I wrote about the other day there were some other points he made that I wanted to make sure I wrote about, judgement.
Unfortunately in today’s world, many people who call themselves Christians are under the impression that God calls us to judge others. The truth about the subject of judgement is actually completely opposite of what most seem to think, we as Christians ARE NOT in any way called to judge people who are not Christians, that’s God’s job, not ours, ours is just to love those people with the love that God has given us. But, also something that most people don’t realize is this, we’re supposed to judge those in the church. People who call themselves Christians yet live in sin not only hurt themselves and those they’re around them but the whole body. If we’re wrong before God, we take others down with us, if we’re sinning, we hurt ourselves, and if we’re part of the body, hurting ourselves hurts and makes the whole body sick. This isn’t just about one of us sinning, it’s about all of us in the body of Christ. We can’t all be in unity if we’re living double lives and hiding things.
I thought that was an interesting point that I had really never thought of before. I always just thought about how we weren’t supposed to judge anyone at all, that our job was to love. But looking at the verses he mentioned in his sermon, it is our job to call other Christians out for their sin, to let them know they need to stop and if they don’t we need to, as the Bible says, “have nothing more to do with them”, that seems a bit harsh but if people aren’t following the Bible but are still living in God’s name, harshness is what they need. And certainly if they eventually turn from their sin and start living for God again, we should most definitely be the first ones to welcome them back with open, loving arms.
Just something to think about.
1 Corinthians 5:12 – What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside
Titus 3:10-11 – If people are causing divisions among you, give a first and second warning. After that, have nothing more to do with them. For people like that have turned away from the truth, and their own sins condemn them.
Matthew 18: 15-20 – “If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector. “I tell you the truth, whatever you forbidt on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permitt on earth will be permitted in heaven. “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”
Due to my current hiatus from Tumblr, this weeks post will not include posts from the To My Future Spouse Tumblr. Next Friday will go back to our regularly scheduled posts.
Dear Future Husband,
God has been teaching me a lot this week and most of it has been about trusting Him. Yesterday in my quiet time I found a verse that really comforted me and reminded me to wait for you and for God’s perfect timing: Psalm 37:23 ~ The steps of the Godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives. I thought that was cool because it’s true, God does care so much about even the little events in our lives, meeting our soul mate is way more than a little thing so why don’t I remember to perfectly trust and wait for His timing? He knows what’s going on. I should take comfort in that fact more often. Another verse that struck me yesterday was v 7 of Psalm 37, “Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act.” I definitely need to focus and meditate on these promises more often. God’s timing is always good, no matter how angsty and jealous and hopeless I feel about the situation, God has a plan and it’s better than I could plan for. God is good.
I love you dear and I can’t wait til we meet (But I am trying to be more patient)
Hope Kristen ♥
I’m not really sure what’s going on with me right now. I wrote a few posts ago about how I’m finally feeling content with life and with being single, don’t worry, I haven’t regressed on that, I’m still feeling content with being single and God is doing some amazing things in my life, His works are so prevalent everyday, I’m so blessed. Despite all of this, something is wrong. I don’t know what but two nights ago this feeling of discouragement and disheartenment, nothing bad has happened, the weather is nice, I don’t have an unsual amount to do this week, it’s weird. Despite this feeling of gloom looming over me, I’m trying my hardest not to lose hope (Ok guys, you can stop laughing, I’m not purposely using my name as a pun…) and keep encouraged. Fortunately I’m blessed with amazing friends who cheer me up when I’m down and of course God’s word has got some amazing pieces of encouragement. I thought I would share some that I’ve found so far (and some that friends have found for me) so hopefully you all can be encouraged as well!
Exodus 19:5 “For you are my treasured possession” (Ok, how cool is that? We are God’s treasured possessions! Just thinking about it brightens my spirits considerably!)
Psalm 139:14 “For you are fearfully and wonderfully made”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust Him, don’t depend on yourself, God will take care of everything. Seek His will.”
Psalm 27:14 “Wait patiently for the Lord.”
Psalm 37:7 “Be still in the presence of the Lord.”
Romans 5:8 “I loved you at your darkest.”
Psalm 71:14 “But as for me I will always have hope.”
This week I’ve been struggling a lot with the issue of whether to do something or not. I won’t get into details about it but I’ll just say it’s something quite a few people were telling me to do and I wasn’t sure whether I should or not. After a lot of prayer, a lot of Godly advice from wonderful friends and a wonderful message about prayer at Navigators student ministry on Thursday I think I’ve finally decided what to do. It’s kinda of a scary decision but I think it will be best and I’m pretty sure at this point it’s what God wants. This whole situation however has got me thinking, I want to please God more than anything and I so desire to do His will. But it’s so hard to figure out whether it’s my will so I’m looking for signs to show that God wants me too or if God is actually telling me to or something else. I’m afraid I’m sometimes being too timid on things because I don’t want to go against God’s will and just do my own thing. It’s something I’m really struggling with and despite all my prayer I’m still not entirely sure of the answer but I guess that I’ll just have to trust that as long as I want God’s will to happen I just have to trust that He’ll take whatever actions and use them for Him and I’ll just try my best to obey Him. If any of you have any advice on this subject, I would for sure love to hear it! I hope you’re all doing well and I love you all! Also, if you wouldn’t mind praying for me about the decision I’ve made, that would be swell. :)
“I have one reason why you should walk away from that temptation right now. One reason: GOD. IS. BETTER.” – Francis Chan
And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age. ~ Matthew 28:20
On the day that you die and have to face God, do you honestly believe He will care about how many followers you had on tumblr or how many notes your posts got? No. He’ll want to know how you lived your life to glorify Him, and lead others to Him. Don’t forget about what really matters.
He rescued me because He delighted in me. – Psalm 18:19
I am a Christian because I love Christ, not because I’m afraid of Hell.
“I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.” ~ Augusten Burroughs
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” – C.S. Lewis
“It occurs to me it is not so much the aim of the Devil to lure me with evil as it is to preoccupy me with the meaningless.” – Donald Miller
My children, we must not only talk about loving people; we must show we love people by what we do for them. We must really love them. ~ 1 John 3:18
This is a very controversial topic but since Harry Potter means a lot to me, I’m going to go ahead and talk about it. There are very strong opinions on both sides of this issue but I’m gonna share mine with you. Obviously, I think there is nothing un-Christian about Harry Potter and as most if not all of you know, I’m a very strong Christian. I know people all the time are like, “Oh, but Harry Potter is about magic and that’s against the Bible!” Well, yes, but Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia which are both VERY famous CHRISTIAN series are also dealing heavily with magic and I’m more than willing to say that there are more Christian elements in Harry Potter than in Lord of the Rings. JK Rowling has professed to be a Christian many times and while I obviously can’t read her mind, all evidence points to the fact she’s telling the truth. A friend of mine wrote these points about Christianity in Harry Potter:
“1. J.K. Rowling is a Christian.
2. HP7 includes a direct allusion to Christ.
3. if HP is so offensive then why isn’t Lord of the Rings or Chronicles of Narnia, both include witchcraft.wizardry and BOTH were written by Christian authors (J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis), If you’re going to attack HP why aren’t you attacking Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia?
4. If we shouldn’t watch Harry Potter, then we shouldn’t watch any movie that includes sin because all sins are bad enough to keep us from inheriting the kingdom of heaven. (James 2:10). Why put a sudden emphasis on witchcraft? If you’re not going to watch Harry Potter because it promotes “The sinful nature of witchcraft” then don’t watch ANY movie. All of them include sinful people doing sinful things.
5. Do you really know enough about real witchcraft to compare it to Harry Potter and KNOW that it includes REAL witchcraft?
6. Name one person who you KNOW personally who walked out of Harry Potter and started practicing witchcraft. I know none
7. Do I think that in real life the Bible leaves any room for REAL Witchcraft to be ok? NO Revelation 21:8 is pretty clear about that.
Let’s compare Harry Potter to Wicca, what most people would refer to as witchcraft.
I’m no expert on Wicca, but I’ve read all 7 potter books.
Here’s what I’ve learned about Wicca from google
1. Wicca is a Religion, the magic in Harry Potter is not
2. Some wiccans believe in duotheism. (two gods) Named the horned god and mother goddess, there is NO mention of any sort of god or gods in Harry Potter.
3. Try reading anything about what wiccans believe to be Magic. It is very confusing and has talks about using the powers of the “quantum realm” and using elementals and spirits to help perform the magic. Some even make the claims that everyone uses magic everyday and have no idea.
Harry Potter includes NONE of this.”
I think these are all great points! And, by the way, Jake who wrote this is the strongest Christian I know and a pastor’s kid.
If you’re still doubting the Christianity in Harry Potter, then check out this article which is one of many promoting Harry Potter http://www.relevantmagazine.com/culture/film/features/26194-the-redemption-of-harry-potter.
I know that some of you reading this might still disagree with me, and I know that my parents will definitely not listen to anything I have to say about this but most of the people who are against Harry Potter, have never actually read the books. As someone who has read them and watched all of the movies and deeply researched more about them, there’s nothing connected to actual Witchcraft in them and JK Rowling IS a Christian.
Tonight I had Bible study like I do most Wednesday night’s at home but tonight’s was especially good. Today we were reading in 1 Corinthians (and a little bit in 2 Corinthians) and discussing how no matter what someone has done, it’s never too late for them to accept God. The only unforgivable sin there is, is not accepting Jesus. It’s super awesome when you think about it, Jesus, the ONLY person in the ENTIRE history or future of the world to be born without sin took our sin by dying on the Cross just so we could live. That’s how much God loves us! The Devil constantly wants us to think that we’re not good enough and try to convince us that God won’t accept us because of sins we’ve committed but that’s a total lie! God loves us all. When Jesus died for our sins, He died for the sins of the ENTIRE world, even the people who won’t become Christians, which honestly is one of the saddest thing I could think about. I mean, it’s a free gift, waiting for them to accept, and some never do. All our sins are paid for, it’s a gift that God is anxiously waiting to give us all. He doesn’t want anyone to go to Hell but He gave us all free will so we could choose for ourselves (so He wouldn’t be a dictator or anything) We’re loved that much, enough that Jesus was tortured and killed on that Cross for us. We’re so loved! Even though sometimes our earthly friends and family seems like they don’t love us that much, we can all remember that we are all incredibly and unfathomably loved. It’s so amazing to think about. It makes me happy and hopeful inside. :)
When we accept Christ, He automatically forgives our sins and forgets about them. In the Bible it says that our sins are now at the bottom of the ocean when we ask God for forgiveness, never to be remembered again. It doesn’t matter what we’ve done. God says that all sins are the same in His eyes, it doesn’t matter if we’ve just told a little white lie or whether we’ve murdered someone, all sins are the same in God’s eyes. But when we accept Him, He forgives us and makes us completely new people. Of course we’ll still screw up once we’re Christians, I mean, heck, I mess up all the time but God is always going to forgive us! All we have to do is ask.
14 Christ’s love has moved me to such extremes. His love has the first and last word in everything we do.15 He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own. Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore.Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:14-20