Dear Father; Never Let Me Go Back.
James 2:5 (NIVUK)
5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?
I have just come across this video on twitter and I feel like my stomach acid is going to explode out of me. The video itself is not offensive in any manner, it’s the comments that have left me feeling absolutely disgusted. I don’t use social media and lately I have been trying to get back into the habit of not reading the “news websites” too. I stay away from social media for many reasons mainly that it does not serve a useful purpose in my life. But the hypocrisy and ignorance in the comments has left me feeling so sad and deflated about this thing we call life. I titled this post Dear Father; never let me go back because I can not imagine a life lived without God in it. I can not imagine my life without everything that God has done for me over the past few years and in my whole life in general. I have been through a lot and I honestly can say – even though I wobble about this at times- I no longer feel the same way I did about my past. (seeking to blame, point the finger, hold people hostage about things that happened.)
In the video the young lady is not preaching in the way that most of us are accustomed to; she is simply telling the people on the tube about her journey to getting to know Jesus. I winced a little when I first opened the video and then I immediately closed it before actually hearing anything that she had to say. Because I find what some street preachers have to say totally contrary to what Christianity is about. BUT upon reopening the video to hear what she said I was less wince-y and amazed at the boldness of these young women. I know for sure that right now if I had to get up and share my testimony in the same manner I would not be able to do it. I have wanted to take down my salvation story a few times since posting it even though I know that my story may help just one person and have been more concerned by others who may read it and think what a mess of a person. But God did not call me to a holy life for me to fear what people say or do to me.
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My Conviction Is NOT Your Condemnation.
Romans 8:1-2 (NIV UK)
Life through the Spirit
8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death.
This is a topic that I think I should write about from a perspective of being a young woman & a baby Christian. I have come across many videos of women telling other women that wearing trousers / pants is pretty much a one way ticket to hell and women should stop doing it if they want to inherit the kingdom. This is the verse that mentions women’s and men’s clothing.
Deuteronomy 22:5 (NIV UK)
5 A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this.
What bothers me about people using their conviction to condemn is that there is always addition to what God’s word says.
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One Love Manchester.
Mark 12:29-31 (KJV)
29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
I watched the One Love concert and it was truly amazing what Ariana and her team pulled off in just a few days. I’m not going to sit here and lie, I know A LOT of her music, I was (maybe still am) a secret fan. The whole concert from start to finish was just beautiful, the music that was picked out, the amount of money that has been raised for the victims, survivors etc. is absolutely amazing.
The most touching moments for me came at the start of the concert (i don’t know if it will have featured on international coverage,) but the BBC went into the crowd to speak to the survivors who had attended the concert and one of the girls said this “we have all adopted each other,” another said “no one is left out, we are making sure everyone is looked after.” This was so beautiful to see and hear and it really convicted me and challenged me a little. I sat there thinking how many times have I sat in church over the past few months and greeted or introduced myself to my neighbour, and it was a big fat zero, yes I know that I carry a lot of baggage to do with people and the church but that is not an excuse to go to church and claim to be like Jesus but not even extend my hand to say hello to someone.
And then the conviction continued, before Katy Perry performed she asked the audience to touch their neighbour and then she told them to say “I love you” to each other. The church girl within her came out but with a twist. I thought about it and I asked myself would I sit in church and say I love you when prompted to by the pastor?
Probably Definitely not.
My mind went into a spin thinking about us as Christians, how we act and react to events like these. How we would react if this had been a Christian gathering, and it wasn’t good. The division within Christianity is astounding.
What did this concert do for me as a Christian, it showed me that Christian unity is a long way away and that I can only do my bit when it comes to living like Jesus. I can not force other people to do anything or change their ways in order for the church to be unified. But I can start by simply greeting my neighbour each time I am in church. A simple hello can make someone feel so welcome in the very place that they need to feel welcome the most.
I challenge you to say hello and introduce yourself to someone in church this week, sit away from who you would normally sit with and greet a stranger.
I will leave you with this song created by two truly amazing artists, the fact that they put it all together so quickly is beautiful in itself.
This. – May You Speak (Feat. Montell Fish) [#prayformanchester Response Track]
John 16:33 (ESV)
33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
My heart keeps breaking for Manchester today.
I pray that the people who have been affected by this attack have peace, true inner peace that only God can give them. I also pray that all who haven’t yet been found are found by their families and they receive the peace that they need. I pray that the Bible believing Christians in that city and around it do all they can to ensure that the city heals from this tragedy.
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Why are we allowing Christianity to be hijacked?
Ephesians 5:11 (KJV)
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
It makes me sad seeing Christianity being used to defend against people and things that have nothing to do with Christianity. There was a whole debacle about the egg hunt not being called an Easter egg hunt and it went as far as parliament. The obvious voices were crying its the Muslimisation of the country of course. I thought it was a silly argument considering eggs have nothing to do with Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.
But my thoughts over the weekend have been going around in circles because I ask myself when did we as Christians lose sight of the real meaning of Christian and non Christian holidays like Easter and Christmas? Why are we so quick to use our beliefs to defend against halal everything when the threat to our beliefs are the people who don’t believe in any religion at all or more dangerously the people who claim to believe the same as us but don’t know the foundations of Grace.
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Am I Willing To Lose My Life For God?
Revelation 6:9 (ESV)
9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne.
Francis Chan: Living With Boldness
Over the weekend I found myself in a YouTube hole, and it mainly consisted of Francis Chan videos. This was my first time watching his videos and I only started because we lost a family member this weekend. Before watching this video I was having difficulty processing this family members passing, I was in shock mainly and a whole bunch of emotions. I genuinely didn’t think I would be able to move on from her passing so quickly. It’s only been a few days. After watching this video I felt at peace because my thoughts were starting to wander into what if’s and maybe’s. After watching this video I then went on to a few others and I enjoyed them immensely, they gave me a new perspective on my personal life and as part of the Christian community.
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Modest vs Immodest.
1 Timothy 2:9-10 (NIV UK)
9 I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10 but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.
I started thinking about modesty at the start of my salvation; “What does it mean? Does it affect the clothes that I already have in my wardrobe? Does it affect the clothes I have in my wishlist? What can I and what can’t I wear now that I am a Christian?”
In the grand scheme of things modesty is more of a small issue? but it does affect young people and people who are new to the church because they don’t really know what’s in the Bible and what’s cultural. Modesty is something a lot of young people struggle with before and after coming to know Christ because we don’t understand what modesty actually is. There are scriptures that people use for their own selfishness to try and condemn believers who dress and present themselves in a “worldly manner,” and this then leads young women down the road of condemned fashion and style, which is very frumpy, unattractive and doesn’t allow for self expression as far as I’m concerned. Through my search for an answer I think I have found one that works for me; which takes all things into consideration, the church, the world, my body and my relationship with God.
Illustration by Daisy Bernard Art.
My Cleavage Is A Snare – Jessica West
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