Month: May 2020

#5 Lies Christians Believe

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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 God won’t give you more than you can handle

#2 Is God gaining new angels every day

#3 Follow your heart

#4 God has forsaken me

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Scriptures

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

28 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” Matthew 16:24-28

Christ died to save us from hell but not to save us from the cross. He died so that we could be glorified, but not to keep us from being crucified.

Believe in Yourself

How many times in your life have you been given a pep talk and in that pep talk you are told to “Believe in yourself!” It is a banner statement in our new tradition of building up the self-esteem of this new generation. 

We love to be control, to take matters into our own hands, this sort of statement resonates with our human nature because of this. We trust in ourselves because it makes us feel in control and confident. Deep down, however, in the true essence of who we are, in our identity in Christ, in our soul and spirit, we know it’s a lie. The truth is, the older you get, the more you begin to realise that one of your greatest enemies is yourself. I’ve come to learn that the hard way. No one has misleads you more than you mislead yourself. No one lies to you more than you lie to yourself. No one has hurt, distracted, or hindered you more than you have. The more you believe in yourself, the deeper the hole you find yourself in. Have you ever noticed that the harder you try, the more you mess up? 

If you attempt to live life believing in yourself only, you will be trapped by discouragement, fear, anxiety, and worry. The pressure of trying to be in control of all situations sets you up for failure. You were not made to believe in yourself, because you were not made to be in control. You were made to believe in Jesus. You were made to trust Jesus to be in control. You were made to have a new identity in Christ.

The great things about believing in Jesus and trusting Him with your life is that He does not struggle with the same things you and I do. He doesn’t gets stressed, anxious, or worried. We will fail. He never does. We will make mistakes. He never does. We will make a mess of things. He never does. He can be trusted.

What do you think most people mean when they use the statement “Believe in yourself”? 

Why do you think it’s so hard to trust Jesus to be in control of every area of your life? What is one thing in your life—just one—that you can turn over to Jesus. Start with one, and watch how your life changes 

Truth: 

You don’t have to live with the pressure of believing in yourself when you fully trust Jesus to be in control.

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Release Your Regrets

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Recognise Your Regrets

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Loving Your Regrets

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#4 Lies Christians Believe

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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 God won’t give you more than you can handle

#2 Is God gaining new angels every day

#3 Follow your heart

Scriptures

Then Moses went out and spoke these words to all Israel: “I am now a hundred and twenty years old and I am no longer able to lead you. The Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not cross the Jordan.’ The Lord your God himself will cross over ahead of you. He will destroy these nations before you, and you will take possession of their land. Joshua also will cross over ahead of you, as the Lord said. And the Lord will do to them what he did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites, whom he destroyed along with their land. The Lord will deliver them to you, and you must do to them all that I have commanded you. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:1-6

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.[a] Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,[b] Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. Galatians 4:4-7

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God has forsaken me

God has forsaken me. God doesn’t care about me. Sadly, I’ve felt this way many times in my life and I’ve heard many people who have been hurt share one or both of the statements with tears streaming down their faces. Have you ever felt this way? 

What makes these two statements about God totally impossible? God is omnipresent (present everywhere at the same time) and omniscient (all knowing). 

God is everywhere at the same time, so He doesn’t need anyone to take Him anywhere. He never has to pack a suitcase, or buy a plane ticket to be with you, He is always there with you. In your home. At your job. When you sleep. There is never a reason to run from Him, hide from Him, or try to escape Him (nor could you run, hide or escape Him no matter how hard you tried). Pick your favorite hiding spot. He found it first. If you try to escape Him, He is where you were, and He is where you’re going. He is running with you as you’re going. He can’t forget you because He is right beside you. 

God is all-knowing. There is nothing that anyone can teach Him. He never has to learn anything. There is never a moment when He has to guess, has to be told something, or has to be reminded. Did you catch that? He doesn’t have to be reminded, because He never forgets. One more time: He never forgets. He remembers everything. He knows where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re going. Your feelings and emotions may cause you to believe that He has forsaken you, or doesn’t care about you. However, be reminded of these attributes and never forget that He never forgets.

Hold tight to these truths. Pull them close to your heart. God has not forsaken you. He remembers you. He is with you. Because you are a Christian, He is inside you. Wherever you are, there He is. And you can have peace knowing He is not going to leave you. 

Think about a time when you felt like God had forsaken you. What was going on in your life then? 

Read Galatians 4:4–7. What words or phrases stand out to you when you read these verses? How does it make you feel to know that God chose to adopt you as His child? 

Remember our Saviour, Jesus Christ. He too felt the same way when He was hanging on the cross. At the moment that He carried all our past, present and future sins on Himself and redeemed us, He cried out to God “And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” ). Mark 15:34.

Jesus was sent to live among us, full God and full man, to teach us, lead us, serve us, and ultimately die for us. He felt every single human emotion we feel today and so God can sympathise with us and change our hearts.

17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:17

We are children of God, and through the spirit, that makes us heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. Watch the study below on Romans 8.

Truth: 

  1. God has not forsaken you. He remembers you. He is with you. 
  2. A harder pill of truth for us to swallow – Man has forsaken God (let that sink in)
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Smite me, oh Mighty Smiter

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In The Garden

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Psalm 23 – The Great Shepherd

Advertisements The great Shepherd, The Lord  In Him I do not lack I rest in His presence in pastures green, and I am given the water of life Water refreshing my soul My guiding light on paths right Valleys are darkest – I fear nothing    For the great shepherd is nearest A rod and a staff,Continue reading →

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