Month: April 2020

#3 Lies Christians Believe

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God is geater

Maybe God isn’t who you think He is. He’s much better. This series will help you identify some Christian clichés we’ve all heard somewhere before but they are actually un-biblical lies. These clichés although innocent, are harmful to our faith and they keep far too many believers stuck in spiritual immaturity. Let’s replace these clichés with truths about God from the Bible, that will bring encouragement and freedom to our lives.

First posts in this series:

#1 Lies Christians Believe

#2 Lies Christians Believe

Scriptures

18 “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? 19 For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)

20 He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” Mark 7:18-23

19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. 1 John 3:19-24

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Follow your heart.

We have all heard the saying or the piece of advice to “follow your heart”.  But should we really?

When we need help with a life decision, or wisdom and guidance, we speak to loved ones, people we look up to and respect, or even professional counsellors, and many of these conversations end with the same sort of counsel: “Just do what your heart tells you” or “follow your instincts”. This advice is given as if your heart is infallible and that your heart will never lead you astray.  As if your heart is a GPS that will always lead you in the right direction, you won’t get lost, it will warn you if you about to make a bad decision and will leap for joy when you about to make an excellent decision.  Wow! That sounds great. But, it’s not true. 

The word Heart

The word heart, In the Bible, represents the epicentre of our feelings, desires, and emotions. It also says this about the heart – 9 The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). 

When we take the advice to follow our hearts, this is what leads us to being all over the map with our decisions.  You let your feelings, desires and emotions steer for you.  Unfortunately, if we are honest with ourselves, many Christians are just that—all over the map; completely lost in direction, no stability and functionality in their daily lives. 

The Spirit

To help you make decisions when asking those all-important questions (What career should I choose? Which school should I attend? With whom should I be in a relationship?), God has given you the greatest communicator of all time, Himself! Jesus has given you His Spirit. The Spirit, our helper, who now dwells inside you, speaks to you through His Word, the Bible. He leads you. Your feelings won’t be your guide; Jesus will. He is your never-failing GPS.

Our world says, “Do what feels right.” Do you think this has damaged our culture? Why or why not? 

This is a great opportunity to think about your own story. Write your story of when you became a Christian (when Jesus gave you a new heart).

Truth: 

Don’t follow your heart. Follow Jesus.

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#2 Lies Christians Believe

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Clichés that harm the Christian Faith

Is God who you think He is, or is it all a lie us Christians believe? It’s better in fact – He is much better.

There are many Christian clichés we’ve all heard somewhere before but they are un-biblical lies. These clichés although innocent, are harmful to our faith and they keep far too many believers stuck in spiritual immaturity. Let’s replace these clichés with truths about God from the Bible, that will bring encouragement and freedom to our lives.

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First posts in this series:

#1 Lies Christians Believe

Scriptures



Praise to God for a Living Hope

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 

These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. 1 Peter 1:3-12

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Is God gaining new angels every day?

According to statistics on worldsometers.info, there have been over 19,000,000 deaths this year (at the time of writing). What does the word of God say about humans and angels? Does it mean God has received over 19,000,000 new angels this year? Plainly and simply put: humans are humans, and angels are angels. Even in eternity. According to 1 Peter 1:12, angels long to look into these things“, the interaction between God and His humans.

We are God’s favourite

This is the greatest demonstration of God’s love for us in the Gospels.

God loves us more than He loves His angels.

Consider this – God sent Jesus for us. God loved us that He sent His Son to become one of us (fully God and fully man) to die as one of us, for us! Christ died for us, not for His angels.

Through Christ’s resurrection, Jesus conquered sin and death for us, not His angels. Through faith in the Son of God, we get to experience grace, hope, and complete forgiveness for our rebellion against Him. Angels never get to experience this!

It’s actually better for you to be a human than to be an angel.

When we or loved ones die

When loved ones die, God calls another believer to come home. Your loved one sees Jesus face to face. They leave this temporary place and temporary body, and they go to their eternal home in the arms of the loving Father. Take absolute peace knowing that God and His Word can be trusted. Let the promises of the Scriptures mend your broken heart, giving you confidence that your loved ones, if they knew Jesus, are more alive today than you are—not as angels but as fully glorified humans being with perfect hearts that are no longer susceptible to sin, minds that are no longer susceptible to depression, and bodies that are no longer susceptible to disease or death. 

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 3:3

What is the most helpful way to care for someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one? 

Name a time when someone ministered to you when you were grieving. What specifically did this person say or do that really helped you? 


Truth

God is not gaining new angels; rather, He is calling believers home.

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