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Christianity Is Enough.

Christianity Is Enough; God Is Enough.

Joshua 24:15 (ESV)
15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

I watched a YouTube video in which the person spoke about “being a Christian” but they wanted to explore other religions. When I watched the video I immediately thought NO don’t do it. God is enough, you don’t want to stray from God whilst searching for Him. But a thought popped back into my head, I remembered how and why I was in the same place when I wanted to explore other religions. I wanted to do it purely because I was uncomfortable with Christianity and some of the things that conflict in terms of the world and the bible.

Reading the bible will make you feel uncomfortable, the stories that don’t apply to you and the ones that do apply to you will make you feel a lot of emotions. 

My advice to anyone who is feeling as though they want to explore other religions is DON’T DO IT. God is enough. You may end up losing the relationship that you have with God all because of discomfort or thinking that you don’t have a relationship with Him. Trust me it’s not worth losing God whilst you go out into the world seeking Him in the face of false gods.

I never actually ended up pursuing other religions, but I was being tempted to it and I was rubbing Buddhas belly in an oriental ornament shop (LOL.) But I am thankful that God didn’t allow me to go down that road because I honestly don’t know if I would have made it back to God safely.

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Quote Of The Day: Life Is Not About What God Can Do For Me…

Quote Of The Day:

Life Is Not About What God Can Do For Me…

John 13:7 (NIV UK)
7 Jesus replied, ‘You do not realise now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’

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I haven’t posted a quote of the day in a while this one is definitely for me though…

“Life is not about what God can do for me, life is about what I can do for God.”

I have heard maybe one or two people saying that this is a sign of spiritual maturity. When you reach a point where you don’t look to God for what He can do for you but you ask Him what you can do for Him. And I agree with this statement, I think I have become a little immature in my walk with God. Where I was content with it being me and God I am now constantly asking Him for things that show that I am more concerned with gaining and not enough with what I can do for God. My petition(s) are not selfish they just take up a lot of my time, thinking wise and like the young lady said in this video I posted here, “an idol is something that you spend more time thinking about than you do God.” 

I will say this; there is nothing wrong with asking God for what ever you desire. God will speak to you through that which you ask, and obviously when we have God within us we won’t ask for anything that doesn’t reflect God’s presence in our lives. God can do whatever He chooses to do in terms of giving us what we ask for. But we have to know that what we ask for has a purpose. There are minuscule things that we might think don’t serve a purpose but they probably are some of the most helpful things for sharing God’s goodness towards us.

John 14:13 (NIV UK)
13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

Back to what this post is about… there is something that I have been asking God for, for nearly a year now and so far I haven’t received what I am asking for. This has made me start to question where this desire came from – God, self, the devil. – It has also shown me that I have become doubt filled and double minded – And it has also made me think about how I see God, do I only see Him as a genie to grant my wishes or do I have a true relationship with Him. Right now I would have to say that I was starting to develop a relationship with God, an understanding of who He is but then circumstances (that I placed myself in) led me to petitioning God but doubt slipped in and doubt does not get you what or where you need to be it just keeps you in a cycle of petitioning and never receiving what God has for you.

What does this quote mean for those of us who are still maturing? This quote is a bit of hope that we will reach a point where we are asking God but we aren’t just asking for us, we are asking for God’s glory. We are asking God to use our lives for whatever purpose He has for us. Our prayers and petitions are not for God to hear because He knows what we will do, they are for us. They are meant to show us our hearts, the good and the bad.

Don’t stop praying and asking God because if God placed that desire within you He will fulfil it. It may not be the season for it just yet or you have a few lessons and some more maturity in that area before God can give you something that has potential to take your attention away from Him. Trust me not being close to God or removing your attention from Him and onto something like a relationship can be so detrimental to your journey with Him.

I pray that I and anyone who reads this and is also struggling with keeping God first finds their way to the maturity that is desperately needed.

John 15:16 (NIV UK)
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

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Alpha: Week 7 – How Does God Guide Us?

Alpha:

Week 7 – How Does God Guide Us?

Joshua 1:9 (ESV)
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”


Alpha: Week 7- How Does God Guide Us? – Nicky Gumbel 

I’m sorry no week six update, I was ill and didn’t attend church but I’ve watched the video (you can too here.) and like all the rest, it was really good and useful on this journey. Like I said in the week 5 post that the conversation showed me the importance of reading the bible. The bible is the most important book on this earth and it will help you to ensure that your name is in the most important book in Heaven. There are many reasons why it’s important to read the bible but one of the most important ones in my opinion especially in this day and age is to know what the bible says. There is a lot of deceitful information out there from within the church and outside of it and knowing what God has to say about himself and us is really valuable because we can’t then be swayed by the devils lies and we can walk into God’s purpose for our lives. I said important quite alot, anyway let’s dive into week 6…

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Word of The Day

Word Of The Day: God Gave Me My Heart’s Desire | Removing Idols

Word Of The Day:

God Gave Me My Heart’s Desire | Removing Idols

Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)
12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.


God Gave Me My Heart’s Desire | Removing Idols – Alyssa Danae

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“You Should Go And Love Yourself.”

“You Should Go And Love Yourself.”

Proverbs 4:23 (ESV)
23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

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We live in a self-loveless society, a lot of us women don’t have self-worth or self-esteem and this leads us to bedrooms that we have no business being in. We then raise young women who don’t value themselves, we raise young men to devalue women and their bodies and the cycle continues. We have an opportunity to stop that cycle before we have children. Trying to tackle something that we have placed in our children whilst still living in it is difficult task – have you ever told anyone not to do something that they saw you doing? it’s not fun trust me. Moses did it and it was not enjoyable for him; Exodus 2:11.

Sorry but I am not one of those “it’s your sin Christians,” sex has no role outside of marriage apart from to gratify the flesh. If you don’t want to take my word for it, go find it for yourself in the bible.  Continue reading ““You Should Go And Love Yourself.””

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One Love Manchester.

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.

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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]

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Alpha; Week 5 – How & Why Should I Pray?

Alpha;

Week 5 – How & Why Should I Pray?

Jeremiah 33:3 (ESV)
3 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.


How and Why Should I Pray? – Nicky Gumbel

This week is all about prayer, I have been looking forward to this week and the upcoming week from the perspective of wanting to know what other people think, hearing other people’ss tories and being able to share my experiences and just helping each other to move forward.

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