Sunday, 30 October 2011
10:45:40 PM (GMT)
You are not here by mistake, you are here by design.
To have faith is to consider God and to pursue God. A lot like "what would Jesus
We all tend to have false assumptions with Christians and Christianity.
* That Christians are passive. That isn't to be true, the bible shows that
Christians are to be wise but passionate. If God pops up in a conversation at
school, don't quietly hope the awkward moment passes, maybe you could say something,
even if it is small. I doubt we're all called to stand on boxes and preach at our
classmates. We're more to live good examples, and to take opportunities that arise.
* People of faith never face doubt, discouragement, or depression. This part really
strikes home with me, because it seems like all of the greatest people I know have
dealt with or are dealing with depression and doubt. Look at the bible, it seems to
be really common. This is when Bill read a passage that I highlighted when I read
Psalms. I only highlighted and focussed one passage and it was the one he picked.
1 LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your wrath.
2 Your arrows have pierced me,
and your hand has come down on me.
3 Because of your wrath there is no health in my body;
there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin.
4 My guilt has overwhelmed me
like a burden too heavy to bear.
5 My wounds fester and are loathsome
because of my sinful folly.
6 I am bowed down and brought very low;
all day long I go about mourning.
7 My back is filled with searing pain;
there is no health in my body.
8 I am feeble and utterly crushed;
I groan in anguish of heart.
9 All my longings lie open before you, Lord;
my sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me;
even the light has gone from my eyes.
11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds;
my neighbors stay far away.
12 Those who want to kill me set their traps,
those who would harm me talk of my ruin;
all day long they scheme and lie.
13 I am like the deaf, who cannot hear,
like the mute, who cannot speak;
14 I have become like one who does not hear,
whose mouth can offer no reply.
15 LORD, I wait for you;
you will answer, Lord my God.
16 For I said, “Do not let them gloat
or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.”
17 For I am about to fall,
and my pain is ever with me.
18 I confess my iniquity;
I am troubled by my sin.
19 Many have become my enemies without cause;
those who hate me without reason are numerous.
20 Those who repay my good with evil
lodge accusations against me,
though I seek only to do what is good.
21 LORD, do not forsake me;
do not be far from me, my God.
22 Come quickly to help me,
my Lord and my Savior.
*Those forgiven by Christ never struggle with their humanity. Of course we do! I
still screw up and I have to deal with the consequences. There is tragedy in
*Children adopted by God always have the good and easy. No, life sucks a lot of the
time! It is through the good and the bad that we grow, mature, learn, and gain
faith. Just as corn needs a few days of 103 weather to grow strong, and just as
steel needs to be heated and tempered, so too do we need hardship to improve.
Faith is not what God can do for me, it is what God can do through me.
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