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We Desire Peace November 27, 2012

Filed under: God's Grace Is Enough — christical @ 6:51 pm
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Have you ever noticed that humanity basically desires very little? We desire two things: control and peace.

Peace can come from God. We can also see God’s supreme control over everything.

However, we can also look for these things in the world. We search for peace within ourselves. If I can lose ten pounds, then I’ll be at peace. If I can get the perfect boyfriend, I’ll be satisfied with myself. When I can get that car, I’ll be the happiest girl in the world. Even those who want war actually want victory and control.

Which brings me to my next point: we are also power hungry. Nobody wants everything to be out of their control. It’s psychologically wrecking when everything that spiraling downward. Now, there are the spontaneous types who like something different at every turn. But even then, that only works when things on positive.

As humans, we can and do swing between being stuck in a rut and in the middle of crisis. This is bound to happen when we are without God.

But turning to Jesus and putting your trust in Him will help you to see stability and peace.

But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:26, 27 NIV84)

Isn’t this passage beautiful? Not only has Jesus sent a reminder of His love, but He assures us that we should not be afraid, because we aren’t blessed with the things that we can get from the world. An example: as a result of walking toward Christ, we may lose our popularity, like in the case of Angus T. Jones. But you can be liberated from the guilt that you might feel from being involved with something that will compromise your faith.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6, 7 NIV84)

I don’t know about you, but when I’m trying to fall asleep after a stressful day, I start to worry. The only thing that can assuage that anxiety is to start talking to God. Yeah, sometimes it feels like the line isn’t connecting right. However, it doesn’t stop me from continuing to talk. It’s liberating to know that someone cares and is available at any time to let everything be released and take me in His arms.

The only stable solution to the rushed stress of the world is God. How have you seen Him helping you break your worst fears?

•Jesus Freak Girl

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The Obligatory “Happy Thanksgiving” Post November 22, 2012

Filed under: Christian Culture — christical @ 2:24 pm
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As my readers in America know, it’s Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving!

An interesting fact: There are Black Friday sales that start on Thursday night.

I’m not against participation in Black Friday sales, but I find it a little disheartening that people are taking a day devoted to giving thanks and using it to value materialism.

  • I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. (Psalms 139:14 NASB)
  • We thank God because He created and cares for us. Have you noticed how you don’t have to tell your heart to beat? You might need to support it so it beats consistently, but it’s not something you have to mentally control. Same with breathing. We take a lot of God’s creations for granted. He made the sun in our solar system for heat and light, yet gave us night’s coolness by the light of the moon and the stars. Don’t even get me started on the unique sounds of the animals we see.

  • You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever. (Psalms 30:11, 12 NASB)
  • We thank God because He gives us hope. Everyone seems to have those days when life is out to get them. But because we know that God is full of grace and mercy, we have freedom from the guilt and shame that seem to come so naturally. To quote Tenth Avenue North, “Hallelujah, we are free to struggle/we’re not struggling to be free/your blood bought and makes us children/children, drop your chains and sing!”

  • How blessed are those who keep justice, Who practice righteousness at all times!We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you. (Psalm 106:3, Colossians 1:3 NASB)
  • We thank God for other people. Friends have a special bond. Even the most introverted person needs at least one other who cares. Becoming a part of the church is a great way to connect with people. You’ll have similar struggles, loves, and fears. You will get to deal with them together. The best part–you’ll do it in Christ.

    Happy Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for all of you, for good days, and even for bad days. Struggles bring us closer to God.

    —The Jesus Freak Girl

     

    We Struggle November 19, 2012

    Filed under: God's Grace Is Enough — christical @ 3:01 pm
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    God doesn’t always work in the ways we expect him to work. We don’t always interpret His words the way He meant them.

    The problem’s not that He’s speaking too softly, it’s that we’re not listening closely enough.

    He can answer yes, no, or not now, just like we can. He doesn’t always answer right away, same as us.

    I guess that we struggle to bring people together.

    Struggles are what can turn a meeting of friends into a room full of people crying and hugging each other.

    Admitting that we struggle is the first step that we can take toward being one with God.

    I am the Jesus Freak Girl, and I struggle with sin. I am human. But I also know that Jesus gives me grace, so even though I make the stupid mistake of sinning again and again, He’ll still welcome me back.

    You may be wondering why I have a picture of a tree. Here’s why: Though the seasons change with every year, and everything else with each time, God’s love and promise of salvation is a constant.

    For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin. (Romans 7:18, 19, 24, 25 NASB)

    Follow Up: Romans 8. Romans 8 discusses how we have no condemnation as believers in Christ.

    •The Jesus Freak Girl

     

    Overcoming Anger November 6, 2012

    Filed under: Applied Faith,Christian Culture — christical @ 7:19 pm
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    How many times have you seen someone get angry and tried to make them calm down? How many times have you gotten angry and felt guilty about your anger? I mean, isn’t anger a sin?

    Actually, it isn’t. The sin occurs in what we think, say, or do while we are angry.

    Ephesians 4:26 tells us, “‘In your anger do not sin’: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.”

    A few tips for managing anger (using a fancy acronym):

    • Accept that anger is a normal emotion. The feeling of anger itself isn’t a sin.
    • Name the real root of our anger. Anger often comes as a result of other emotions, such as hurt or jealousy.
    • Get moving toward a solution by finding out how to deal with anger. For you, this may be counting to ten or taking deep breaths. I find that it helps to drop everything and pray when I’m about to lose my cool.
    • Embrace God’s power. Even though anger may be bigger than we are, God is bigger than all of our problems.
    • Reach out for help. The people we respect are often the best source of wisdom for all aspects of life, but especially with emotion.

    I’ll admit that having to control our anger and bite your tongue sometimes seems hard, and we sometimes don’t know why we should to do it. It’s honestly an attribute of wisdom; we know when to speak and when to stay silent.

    Last, remember that we tend to be most irrational when we’re angry. That’s why we should learn to manage our anger. Imagine the hurt that might happen because of a lack of emotional management.

    Oh yeah, a Bible Verse to end this positively:

    God gives us grace through Jesus to make us patient and more like Him. What is God like?

    The Lord is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. (Psalms 103:8 NASB)

    •The Jesus Freak Girl

     

    What Is God Like? November 2, 2012

    Filed under: Let's Get Biblical! — christical @ 10:01 am
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    What is God like?

    Many Christians will answer this question by spouting off a few buzzwords. But we really can’t understand God. He is quite beyond our realm of understanding. To answer the above question, we must first ask: How do we know that God exists?

    First, I’d like to say that humans are born believing in God/a god. Atheists are made, not born. Atheists are usually talked out of believing in God, whether it was through themselves, through a conversation with someone, or through writings of others. Am I right? If you’re not convinced, then consider that no explorer ever found tribes of atheists (*smile*). If humans require food, it is logical to believe that food exists. So, if humans require a God/god, then, following the same logic, it is logical to believe that God/a god exists. I use the term “god” loosely. Everyone has a god. It’s what they most cherish having and most fear losing. For some people, this is God. For many, it is the world’s possessions.

    Now that I’ve told you about believing in God, we can work to try to understand this God. I consider God as having six basic attributes:

    • All-powerful, also known as omnipotent. God is powerful. He is always at one hundred percent of His energy. He can do anything doable. It is important to remember this. For instance, God cannot sin. If God were to sin, He would not be God. Likewise, He is unable to make a rock so big that He cannot move it. His only limit is Himself.
    • All-knowing, also known as omniscient. Not only is God powerful, but He knows how to use His power. He knew what color shirt you were going to wear today while the earth was still void. You’ll like the Hebrew translation for “formless and void”: Tohu wa-bohu. Why use boring words to describe the earth before creation? Now you know: it was tohu wa-bohu! But I digress. This is also associated with free will. God gives you the choice to make certain decisions, and knows all the different ways in which your life could turn out as a result of it.
    • All-present, also called omnipresent. God does not exist in the sense that the world exists. He is self-sufficient; God does not depend on anyone or anything. Humans require a place to exist in order to exist. By calling God omnipresent, we mean that God is not limited by space. Everywhere for God is “here”. Mind-boggling? Yes, God is like that fairly often.
    • Eternal, also called everlasting. Similar to the above explanation, this means that God is not limited by time. Every moment for God is “now”.
    • Just. God is morally perfect. He gives sinners what they deserve. He is impartial and fair. He seems like a good guy to have on your side. But remember that you’re a sinner. God is just. That means that you will have to pay for those sins. The price for sin is death. But go to the next point and I’ll tell you the good part about this.
    • Merciful. God forgives us today through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Since He is merciful, he will release us from our punishment of eternal death.

    God is just and merciful, always, all at the same time? How is that possible?

    Thus comes the great unanswerable question of our time. The answer cannot be fully understood, but we know that Jesus somehow is the reason. Whatever happened that Friday afternoon when the curtain tore and the earth shook, it happened in the same way that God is able to be both just and merciful.

    One day, we can follow His example. I’ll go a little bit into becoming like God over the next few posts.

    Have a great Friday.

    –JFG

     

     
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