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An inspiring message to all Christians from a young believer. Well worthy of reading.

Life of A Christian Girl

I was sitting at church today and wanted to start a new blog. A blog about life as a christian girl in Finland, about christianity in general, church and the bible. So here it is.

I was flipping through the pages of one of my notebooks and I found something very interesting that I wrote down once. I was at a christian leadership conference in England and the theme for this meeting was “A redemption” What caught my eye was this, how so many christians now a days just go with the flow. What the world likes, we like. That is not what the bible teaches us to do. We are not of this world. We should live in the world but not of the world. (John 15:19 ; 2 Cor. 10:3)

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its really hard, but through my own life, ive had to let go of things or i would go mad. Quoting the Minstrel’s Wife.  And, I believe we all have had to let go of something in our lives……….. to make room in our hearts for goodness, love and happiness.

A Small Act Of Kindness Can Bring Smile On Million Faces

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A great message about God’s love for us and self esteem.

Flourish

Beautiful sea landscapeIn life we can struggle with insecurity. We can worry that we don’t measure up or that we don’t fit in. The truth is if we feel our worth lies in another person’s opinion then it will always be on shaky ground.

As we come to see ourselves through God’s eyes we will see that we are intrinsically valuable. God created us for the purpose of love. He made us in His own image for relationship, so that we could be His children forever.

As we come into this divine relationship through accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we can rest in Him. We didn’t do anything to earn this right standing with God, and we don’t have to do anything to keep it. We just simply trust and believer in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross.

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Matthew 7:7-11

Today’s passage contains one of God’s most generous assurances to us. Not only are we granted permission to come to Him with our requests, but He also promises to answer our prayers. However, you may be thinking, If this is true, why hasn’t He given me what I asked?

Verses 9–11 hold the key to understanding this passage: “What man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? . . . If you, then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” Think in terms of parenting. A child may want the latest video game, but his parent knows that a different gift would be better for him. In the same way, the God who made us is more keenly aware of our needs than we are (Matthew 10:30).

Because of spiritual immaturity or the limitations of our humanity, we may ask for what we perceive as good and necessary, when it isn’t truly in our best interest. But our loving Father gives what He knows is more beneficial. Many of His gifts are the intangible qualities of a Christlike character, which develops through trials and testing. We may feel He’s given us a snake instead of a fish, but the problem is with our lack of understanding, not with God’s goodness.

When it seems that the Lord isn’t answering your requests, remember that He’s a loving Father, and consider what good gifts He is giving instead. Although it may take years to gain an adequate perspective, in time you’ll say, “Lord, You were right. Thank You for giving me exactly what I needed.”

2 Timothy 4:2-5

Deception, half-truths, and “spin” are such an integral part of modern culture, that separating fact from fiction can be difficult. Whether we’re listening to advertising, political discussions, or the TV news, we are wise not to automatically believe everything we hear.

Sometimes inaccuracies are blatant; other times they are hard to detect, especially when the claims are coming from a popular or charismatic personality. Since Christians—like anyone else—could easily be misled, it is critical to develop a strong belief system based on God’s Word. We should let all information we receive pass through the grid of this “truth filter” so that error will not settle well in our soul.

Though dishonesty can be disconcerting, we shouldn’t be surprised to realize how extensive the practice is—or to find ourselves among its targets. 2 Peter 2:1-3 warned, “There will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies . . . In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money” (nlt).

But believers need not fear. Not only can we “program” our grid with the truth of scripture, but we are also indwelt by the Holy Spirit, whom John calls “the Spirit of Truth.” When we yield to His control, He will help us discern reality from falsehood.

What you believe shapes your character and decisions. Don’t allow anything to infiltrate your soul except what is pure and righteous. It is not enough to listen to a pastor or to read books about the Lord; build your foundation of truth by spending time in God’s Word—and in His presence—every day.

2 Timothy 2:4-5

“No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life,” (2 Tim. 2:4). The Greek word for “entangle” is used only here and in 2 Peter 2:20. It means to be so wrapped up in something that movement is hindered. This is the term the Greeks would have used to describe a rabbit ensnared in a thorn patch.

Peter’s letter admonished followers not to return to past sins, but Paul had a different lesson in mind. He warned Timothy against allowing essential daily pursuits to supersede a commitment to Christ. For example, taking up a vocation is a necessary task. Even Paul had a day job as a tent maker, which allowed him to support his ministry. However, an occupation and the money it produces can become all-consuming to the detriment of a person’s spiritual life.

Growing and managing wealth, providing for one’s family, and taking advantage of leisure time are important activities. In fact, God encourages all of them. However, these blessings are not to become distractions that draw believers away from church or regular prayer and Bible study. Nor are we to compartmentalize our life into “Christian ministry” and “regular work/play.” We are Christ’s soldiers, no matter where we are or what we are doing. There is no such thing as a part-time warrior!

It’s important for believers not to draw artificial boundary lines between the “secular” and the “sacred.” Everything God gives—from vocation and wealth to leisure time activities—is to be used for His glory. By keeping priorities straight and activities in balance, you can prevent hobbies and interests from becoming a snare.

Romans 5:5-8

We saw in the previous post that many people struggle with a poor self-image and find it hard to accept themselves. Often, the contributing thought patterns have existed for years. How, then, can the cycle be broken?

For us who have received Jesus Christ as Savior, the basis for our acceptance is His death on the cross. But to eliminate wrong patterns of thought and behavior, it takes more than simply knowing why we are accepted—we must meditate on God’s truth. As we saturate our minds with His Word, the Holy Spirit will work in our subconscious to filter out erroneous thinking and develop a healthier outlook. For instance, the Scriptures tell us that believers should have a . . .

• Sense of belonging. Romans 8:15-17 says that Christians are members of God’s family. And in Hebrews 13:5, God assures us, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.”

• Sense of worth. Our true value does not waver with circumstance. Rather, our worth is based in God’s infinite, unchanging love—the proof of which is Christ’s sacrificial death on our behalf (Romans 5:5-8).

• Sense of competence. Romans 8:11 teaches that the Holy Spirit is dwelling in us. We are unable to successfully live the Christian life on our own; but when we are obedient, the Spirit guides us and enables us to be victorious.

Rely on the truth, and appropriate feelings will eventually follow. Scripture says that if you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, you belong, you are worthwhile, and you are competent in Him. Allow these three facts to permeate your being..

Romans 15:7

As news reports indicate, mistreatment of children is tragically common. And kids wounded by abuse can be scarred for life. Fortunately, most people’s experiences aren’t that extreme. But even mild hurts can fester, affecting relationships and self-image.
The Origin. The bondage of self-rejection can often be traced to feeling unaccepted by someone close. Trauma like divorce or a loved one’s death may also contribute to a distorted self-image. Once internalized, this type of thought pattern can lead to negative behaviors.
The Symptoms. If a person has trouble accepting himself, he may have a tendency to criticize others and interpret innocent comments as personal attacks. Perfectionism and feelings of inferiority are also common. As a result, fear of failure and criticism may lead to procrastination.

Unpredictable anger is another outcome of self-rejection. With people who are hurt, frustration may ignite easily. Such individuals might become loners or feel overly concerned about others’ opinions. For example, instead of concentrating on a church service, one may notice what people are wearing and feel insecure about her own outfit. Someone with this mindset can be hard to love because she questions whether she’s worthy of care and affection. Sadly, she may then behave in a way that “proves” her theory.
The solution is found in today’s scripture: Believers are to accept one another as Jesus accepts them. This includes accepting themselves. Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of self-rejection.

2 Timothy 4:9-18

Paul was in prison when he wrote to Timothy. He was experiencing physical discomfort, personal attack, and desertion. Why would the Lord allow one of His most faithful servants to endure such suffering? Why didn’t He step in and protect him?

At times God doesn’t rescue us from hard situations because He’s providing something better. We may feel as if He’s abandoning us, but in reality, He is protecting us—not by deliverance but through strengthening.

When trouble and pain pay a visit, we must view the circumstance from God’s perspective and ask ourselves these questions:

Which is a greater demonstration of the Lord’s power—changing something around me or changing something within my heart?

Which is the greater faith builder—seeing God’s deliverance from every difficulty or experiencing His presence and strengthening in the midst of trials?

Which reward is greater—immediate relief from discomfort or tested and refined faith that will result in praise and glory when Christ returns (1 Peter 1:7)?

Which answer to prayer is greater—that God has removed something and given me external peace, or that He’s left me in a trial and given an internal peace that nothing can steal, not even my circumstances?

Does God have to fix something for you to be happy? If He removes the situation, you may never learn that He is sufficient for everything you need. Instead, let Him change you, and you’ll discover His joy in whatever circumstance comes your way.

Jonah 1

Jonah fled toward Tarshish to escape God’s plan. The prophet mistakenly thought that ignoring a divine command would cause the Lord to withdraw it. Instead, He repeatedly and dramatically intervened in Jonah’s life until the man submitted.
Jonah believed he had good reason to be reluctant. The Ninevites were a bloodthirsty people determined to conquer Israel. So walking across the city, crying out, “Nineveh will be overthrown” was a frightening prospect. And, as the prophet later revealed, he worried that God would spare the city if the people repented (4:2). Jonah wanted them destroyed! Therefore, his reasons for fleeing seemed right in his own eyes, but God was not deterred.

There is no adequate justification for rebellion. People running from God’s will often use this six-word phrase: “I know what God says, but . . . ” I can tell you with absolute certainty that everything on the other side of “but” is a waste of time. The Lord is not interested in excuses or selfish ambitions. He desires only obedience. He has reasons for asking a believer to take a specific action, and His purposes are always good. Consider the amazing benefit to Jonah and his countrymen if their enemy Nineveh became an ally that worshipped the same God.

The Lord doesn’t change His plan to suit our purpose. Rather, He uses events, people, and the prompting of the Holy Spirit to move us into center of His will. For your own benefit, go willingly. You may not like the task God assigns, but if He wants it done, then it must be worthwhile.