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Drawing Jesus October 30, 2012

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Jesus came to my pencil as a sort of a rugged-looking guy today, more than a bit physically flawed though.

I’m glad that Jesus isn’t always depicted as being this hunky dude (Malibu Surfer Jesus, anyone?), because I think I’d find an overwhelmingly perfect guy sort of intimidating. Imagine that you meet someone with a spotless record, a gentle voice able to silence the greatest of religious leaders while healing the lowest of sinners, and astoundingly beautiful physical features? I’d shrink back faster than you could say “transubstantiation” (which, I suppose, would give me a lot of time, but I digress).

Jesus may have been God, but he was human, too.

It’s okay to approach Him with anything. He understands it all.

•JFG

 

Favorite Words Jesus Said October 27, 2012

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But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34A NASB)

My favorite words of Jesus are some of his final words. As He hung on the cross, about to die, He asked God to forgive His tormentors because they didn’t understand what they were doing.

I think what Jesus was asking God to do extends past the people who were there that day. Maybe Jesus also asked God to forgive us.

Think about it. If you were perfect, then you wouldn’t need Jesus. Your imperfection was on Him and on the cross. He took that inner filth of yours to the grave with Him. All of this happened because we can’t understand why we still fall into the patterns of doing wrong. We can’t even begin to fathom what kind of love that is, that someone would willingly give themselves for all people because they love all people.

Unfathomable? Yes. But even still, we don’t need to avoid what we can’t understand. By seeking God and wanting to work with Him, you become a little closer to Him every day.

Amen.

•JFG

 

Verse on Love October 23, 2012

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Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13 NIV84)

When is it enough?
People say, “You should give generously.” “You should always be as kind as possible.” “you should love people.”

One problem: If we are living in a world of “should”, how can we ever expect to get into the reality of “is”?

The simple answer: to love as Christ loves us.

So what does that entail?

It’s more than 10% every Sunday. It’s more than reading your Bible. Gosh, it’s even more than the one (or six) hour(s) you spend inside of a church per week.

Loving as Christ loves you is giving your all, body, soul, and mind, for Him to use, strengthen, and even take away.

When you give yourself to Him, it shows. Suddenly, you realize that the world is bigger than you are. Good works were once done because God wanted or didn’t want you to do it. Now, that partly still applies, but good works are done now also because you start to consider the betterment of the community of believers.

I know what you may be thinking. “Oh, great, The Jesus Freak Girl is going to tell me what I should be doing. What a hypocrite.”

Instead of doing that, I’ve decided to take up a little challenge with you.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to tell at least one person a day through the end of the month that Jesus loves them, and so do you!

You can tell anyone this. Reach out and get creative! I’d love to hear about how it goes.

•The Jesus Freak Girl•

 

Favorite Bible Hero October 22, 2012

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To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10 NIV84)

My favorite Bible hero was Paul. Even though he started out being a zealous Jew (going so far as to murder Christians), he ended up writing the famous Epistles. He also mentored Timothy, who is one of my Biblical role models.

The story of Paul shows us that God is truly omnipotent. He worked in Paul’s life. Have you let Him work in yours?

Follow up: Listen to Matt Redman’s “Your Grace Is Enough”.

•JFG•

 

1 Timothy 4 October 20, 2012

Filed under: Let's Get Biblical! — christical @ 1:31 pm

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Here’s the chapter for reference. If you have a Bible, then go ahead and open it up to 1 Timothy 4 and keep scrolling. Otherwise, you can use this as a reference point. And for goodness’ sake, get yourself a Bible!

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.

Command and teach these things. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Timothy 4:1-16 NIV84)

Eureka!

I have just found a way to combine three blog topics. I call it the “Find your favorite chapter in your favorite book of the Bible and use it to talk about how you show God’s love” way. Therefore, I urge you, brothers (and sisters and all in between), to mark this event in history as the October Challenge triple play!

But really, let’s get down to business.

  • Favorite Book of the Bible: 1 Timothy. I really enjoy reading it because it serves to well instruct the church as an organization. The lessons that Paul imparts to Timothy can be remembered today by any person who desires to lead through Christ.
  • Favorite Chapter of the Bible: 1 Timothy 4. It gives a bit of info about the gospel (” This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance, and for this we labor and strive, that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.”), encourages us to be not of this world, and reminds us of our mission.
  • How I Show God’s Love: Just like in verse 12 (Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity), I do my best to show God’s love in every way. This includes speaking gentle and uplifting words, living a God-pleasing life, putting my trust into God alone, and allowing my mind to be purified by the Spirit.
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    Armor of God October 17, 2012

    Filed under: Let's Get Biblical! — christical @ 9:48 pm
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    Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:13-17 NIV84)

    Oh, how I cherish this Bible verse!

    Just one question: what are we fighting against in God’s name that we need His armor? Let’s consult the neighboring verse:

    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12 NIV84)

    This isn’t about a struggle against your neighbor, against religious persecutors. It’s not even against those who blaspheme against the name of the Holy Spirit. We all unite to fight against evil. Isn’t that what should always be defeated in the end? On the final day, it will be. That will be a cause for which I can only hope to give my all.

    On my warrior, my strongest armor is probably the shield of faith. My weakest armor is probably the breastplate of righteousness, because, let’s face it: I’m far from perfect. But that’s why God gave us mercy and sent Jesus.

    Where in your life have you needed the armor of God? Where is your armor strongest? Weakest?

     

    What God Does for Me October 16, 2012

    Filed under: Homemade Praise — christical @ 1:44 pm

    I find that I get a lot of help from God. Countless times a day, He gives me another breath with which to work to His glory. But I’ll try a list . . .

    What God Does for Me:

      Gives me strength to live day to day.

    I’m not just talking about the “give us this day our daily bread” thing. There are some days where there’s a bunch of homework, my muscles are stiff from running, and my sister gets really mean. Whenever I feel like I want to go home and just sleep until Sunday, all I need to do is remember how amazing God is, and that no matter how many bad days I have, nothing compares to God’s beautiful embrace.

      Works in my life.

    Divine intervention? Not always. He mostly works in subtle ways, ways that you might not see. But we know that God works out all things to our good (Romans 8:28). To understand this, I’d recommend thinking about treatment for a broken arm that’s out of place. The doctor might end up making your arm hurt for a bit, putting your arm in a position for it to heal well. Does is always feel like it’s going to turn out for good? No. But will a well-healed arm turn out for the better in the end? Sure. You end up with a healed arm and a renewed sense of caution.

      Opens my eyes.

    There’s a reason that I’m blogging. When I made my first Instagram account, I felt Christ working in me to spread the Gospel message all over the internet, even if it would be extremely difficult. Not being able to go out and evangelize in person very much, the internet has become my second sidewalk on which to proclaim God’s love.

    I know, it’s a short list. The reason it’s so short is that I have to go to Greek/Organ lessons now. Peace with with you all, then.

    Go in his peace; you are free in Christ!

    –The Jesus Freak Girl

     

     
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