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(no subject) [Nov. 13th, 2006|12:31 pm]
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unworthy_love
Since we're coming up on thanksgiving....I'd like you all to think about 5 things that God has done for you that you are thankful for (or given you). If you could, I'd like you guys to post seperate entries about this. I hope you are all doing well. God is so good, even when it feels like the world is falling.
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(no subject) [Oct. 30th, 2006|02:49 am]
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unworthy_love
Surgery went well for those who care to know, and I'm recovering. Sore from the lasering and incisions but recovering. They did find endometriosis. Please pray for this. thank you so much.
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Daily Devotional: Jesus did it all for YOU [Oct. 26th, 2006|10:36 am]
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adr0ck
sorry about missing a few days on the devotionals!!

i'm listening to a sara groves cd right now, i love her. i've always identified with the things she says in her songs.

today, her song "you did that for me" really touched me deeply. i began writing out the lyrics, and thought they would be good to use in today's devotional. then i thought "i need a bible verse, too" and the first thing that came to mind, was the verse that mentions christ being "bruised for our iniquities" . . . so i looked up that verse on blue letter bible, and how cool -- it turns out that the song "you did that for me" references the same verses i looked up! 

 

 

 

Isaiah 53 (NASB)

Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

 

For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no {stately} form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.

 

He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.  Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.

 

But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being {fell} upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.

 

All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.

 

He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.  By oppression and judgment He was taken away; And as for His generation, who considered That He was cut off out of the land of the living For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke {was due?}

 

His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

 

But the LORD was pleased To crush Him, putting {Him} to grief; If He would render Himself {as} a guilt offering, He will see {His} offspring, He will prolong {His} days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.

 

As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see {it and} be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities.

 

Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.

 

You did that for me – Sara Groves

 

Don’t have to cry anymore

Don’t have to worry about what’s in store

I’ve walked that road, exhausted and poor

Don’t have to cry anymore

 

Don’t have to know it all

Don’t have to be so proud and stand so tall

I’ve climbed that mountain, only to fall

Don’t have to know it all

 

You did that for me

Oh, you did that for me

You wore the chains so I could be free

You did that for me

 

Don’t have to be ashamed

Hang my head and shoulder the blame

Wondering if my life’s been in vain

Don’t have to be ashamed

 

You did that for me

Oh, you did that for me

You wore the chains so I could be free

You did that for me

 

Man of sorrows, well acquainted with grief

Drug down to the city dump, spread eagle on a cross-peak

Propped up like a scarecrow, nailed like a theif

There for all the world to see

 

You did that for me

Oh, you did that for me

You wore the chains so I could be free

You did that for me



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(no subject) [Oct. 23rd, 2006|09:38 pm]
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muse_of_heaven
Hello, everyone! This is my first post at this community. Well, my name is Jordan and I'm a sixteen-year-old junior. I came to God two years ago. Interesting story, actually, which I may post later. 

Anyhow, right now I need help.

I have a boyfriend of thirteen months. He used to be a very devout pagan/wiccan (he switched between the two) until recently when he told me that he believed there was one God, that Jesus was the Son of God, and that the Bible was God's Word. This certainly shocked me! He then asked me to teach him more about God since I'm so into my faith. I told him I'd try to answer all of his questions.

Sadly, I'm a baby Christian still. Two years doesn't teach me all the answers there are, and even when I pray to God for wisdom, I can still get stuck on some of his hard questions. So I would really appreciate it if I could get scripture and just some information on these subjects.

1. Judgment Day.
2. Are we sinful from birth? Why? Can we repent for all of our sins?
3. What really separates man from God, besides sin?
4. Are we blamed for the sins that Adam and Eve did? If so, why do we have to take the blame?

Today we were talking in the lunchroom about God, Jesus, sins, etc. He asked me, "Can you repent for all of your sins?" I said, "Yes, if you truly mean it." He said, "Well, does that mean that all of your sins are forgotten about? Wouldn't that mean you have a pure soul? Wouldn't that make YOU a god?" I tried to explain to him that there's more to being God then just being pure, but I couldn't explain well. Help?

Thanks so much!!! And please, pray for him, you guys. He's so close to coming to God, and yet he wants to know so much! Pray that God will adopt another child soon. =)

Thanks, you guys. God bless!
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Daily Devotional: Is Scripture Your Standard? [Oct. 20th, 2006|11:26 am]
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2 Timothy 2:15-18 (NASB)

 

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.  But avoid worldly {and} empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, {men} who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and they upset the faith of some.

 

 

 

Do you know what the Bible really says about things?

 

I grew up in the Christian church and learned the “basics” of Christianity: I learned about the Trinity, I learned about Adam & Eve and sin, I learned about Jesus’ birth and death and resurrection.  I learned about the Ten Commandments, and Moses and Noah and David and Goliath.

 

Growing up I always had an interest in spiritual things and loved to sit and discuss spiritual topics with friends and family.  I could easily give exact scripture references, or at least give accurate paraphrases of verses, on many topics.  I was pretty sure that I had a good understanding of the Bible and what God expected of me.

 

A few years ago when my marriage was on the rocks, I was searching desperately for information about marriage in the Bible.  I began reading some things that didn’t sit well with me – things I downright didn’t like!  There were things in the Bible that seemed to contradict everything I believed about being a woman, about being a wife, about my place in this world.

 

Has this happened to any of you?  Have you ever thought you were living your life in accordance with the Bible and then come upon a passage that seems to shout at you “You’ve got it all wrong!” ?  It’s a hard thing to deal with. 

 

My first inclination was to reject what the Bible had to say – those things don’t apply to me today . . .that was a different culture back then . . .i’m sure it doesn’t really mean THAT.

 

I felt God speaking to me over and over in the following months . . . And I began to ask myself “By what standard can I say that X verse still applies to me today, but X verse doesn’t?”  By the standards I was using (which were basically just whether I liked the verse or not) then anyone else could just as easily reject something I considered 100% true – like Jesus’s divinity, for example.  By what authority was I able to accept the verses that taught me about Jesus’ sacrifice, yet not accept verses that taught me about dying to myself and doing things that didn’t sound like very much fun, in order to have a holy marriage?

 

I began examining the beliefs I held about what my “rights” were as a woman, as a person, as a wife, as a mother . . . I began examining the values I had believed were good for me – after all, they sounded really good and healthy.  Like “God helps those who help themselves” – I thought this was scriptural!  After all, it mentions God!  This was my motto for a long time and how I justified trusting only myself (and my judgement) to get things done . . . not really trusting God to take care of me.  The truth is God helps those who fall at his feet and humbly acknowledge their need for his work in their life.  Or what about “To thine own self be true” – I knew that one was Shakespeare but I’ve heard more than one person say they thought Shakespeare had gotten it from the Bible.  It sounds sort of Biblical, doesn’t it?    This is a concept that is all over our culture today!  We are not to be true to ourselves, though – we are to be true to GOD.  There is a big difference!

 

There are many, many things that our culture promotes that sound very nice . . . but often they are contrary to scripture.

 

So what do we do when we come across a belief that we’ve had drilled into our mind our whole life, and then we come across a Bible verse that seems to contradict it?  For example, we are often taught to rely on our instincts . . . to go with what our gut tells us . . . to use our best judgement . . . but what do we do when we see repeatedly in the Bible that man’s judgement is flawed?  What do we do when we see over and over that we are to rely on God’s standards and not our own?

 

I have to say that coming to this realization: that many of the seemingly noble and honorable and healthy values I’d been living by were contrary to scripture – well, that was probably the largest turning point in my life, spiritually.  It wasn’t as if I was trying to live contrary to scripture.  The things I believed in sounded good! 

 

At that time, I had to decide if I really believed that God’s plan for me, shown through scripture, was the best thing for me, even if it contradicted what *I* and the rest of society thought was best for me.

 

I had to decide if I was going to rely on scripture as my guide in living my life and making decisions.  I had already determined that I thought scripture was valid enough to believe in and accept Jesus’s sacrifice for me so that I could have eternal life.  Now I had to decide if I was going to get in line with the REST of scripture – the hard stuff – the parts that aren’t popular and the parts that require me to die to myself and lift God’s will above my own no matter what.

 

I can’t say that I have perfected this trust in scripture, or that I have perfected living my life based on scriptural instruction.  I mess up a lot and I have to repent.  But I did make a decision.  I decided that if I was to believe in and benefit from Jesus’s sacrifice, then I had no grounds to reject anything else that was put forth in scripture.  If one part was God’s will for me, then all parts are God’s will for me.  I don’t get to pick and choose what I like and what I consider applicable to my life.  It is ALL applicable to my life, even in today’s world.  Don’t you remember?  God never changes!  Neither does the application of his word in our lifes.

 

So – take some time and examine the values and beliefs that you live by.  What are the standards that you consider to be worthy of applying to your life?  How do you make your decisions?  Are these values scriptural?  Are they contradicted by scripture?  Under whose authority are you living your life – yours or God’s?

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Daily Devotional: Are you in danger? [Oct. 18th, 2006|04:56 pm]
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adr0ck

Matthew 15:16-20 (NASB)

 

Jesus said, "Are you still lacking in understanding also?  Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated?

 

But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.  For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.

 

These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man."

 

 

Just before this passage, scribes and Pharisees had come to Jesus and asked him his disciples broke the tradition of the elders, by not washing their hands before eating.

 

Jesus replied by asking them in turn why they broke the commandment of God (to honor their parents), rather, honoring their own tradition: not supporting their parents financially but instead telling their parents “I gave the money to God” as if that was more noble or holy.

 

Jesus goes on to explain in the passage above that it is not the outside things of this world that defile us – make us sinful – but the sin that already lives within out hearts.

 

Do you understand that there is nothing in this world, no temptation that can FORCE you to sin?  It can entice you, sure.  But sin lives WITHIN you already.  Satan cannot dangle something in front of you that you are unable to resist.  When you sin, you are choosing to do it.

 

Not only is Jesus speaking to the fact that sin resides within us and we have control over it – but he is also touching on the idea that we are not to hold our traditions, our “works” up higher than what is truly in our hearts, and consider ourselves good.

 

If our hearts contain hate or unforgiveness or spite or jealousy or arrogance – no matter how much we volunteer at church, no matter how much we put into the offering plate, no matter how many bible verses we read every day – the truth is that we are still defiled because our heart is defiled.

 

I have been around a lot of people who don’t listen to certain types of music – for example they will listen to “Christian jazz” but not “secular jazz” because they “don’t know what was in the hearts of the secular jazz artists” – as if some sin could jump through the CD and take over the body of the person listening!

 

My repsonse was – “you don’t know what was in the heart of the Christian artist EITHER!” 

 

Perhaps you aren’t using your works to judge whether or not you are good – but what if you are superstitious and think that touching objects or being in the presence of non-Christians will somehow make you unclean or subject to spiritual attack.  Do you not know that it is what is already WITHIN you that is most dangerous to you?

 

Consider you heart.  Is it unclean?  Is your own sin your most dangerous enemy?

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Dailly Devotional: Joy comes in the morning! [Oct. 17th, 2006|04:58 pm]
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Psalm 30:1-5 (NASB)

 

I will extol You, O LORD, for You have lifted me up, And have not let my enemies rejoice over me. 

 

O LORD my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me.

 

O LORD, You have brought up my soul from Sheol; You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.

 

Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones, And give thanks to His holy name.

 

For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy {comes} in the morning.

 

 

 

Yesterday I wrote about renewing your mind on God’s Word so it could help us handle hard situations.  Sometimes the way God wants us to handle them, and what we are taught to do in His Word, is to cry out to Him to help us.  There are times when we are the ones to begin acting on our own behalf . . . and there are times when we are to step back and let God work on our behalf.

 

Sometimes we have to stop trying to climb to Him and allow Him to lift us up . . .

 

It is hard to remember that this too shall pass when we are in the middle of whatever this is.  But it always does pass, even if it takes a long time.  And in the morning we are able to give a shout of joy!  Before we were crying out to God to help us – in the morning we can give a shout of joy and praise Him and tell others of what he’s done for us – how he’s pulled us out of our pit . . . or kept us from falling into the pit when we were teetering on the edge.

 

Yesterday, I cried out to God and he answered me through my friends ministering to me.  My day got successively better and when I got home my husband and I were able to resolve things.  I shed tears last night but went to bed with a peaceful heart.  And this morning I woke up with joy in my heart and a shout of praise on my lips for my God who has once again pulled me up out of the pit.

 

Remember, friends, that when we are in the pit or close to falling in, God is still there.  He is listening and watching and even protecting although sometimes it doesn’t seem like it.  And he is faithful to us!  So much more faithful than we are to him . . . Lean on him and ask him for the endurance you will need until you can wake up to your morning!

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(no subject) [Oct. 17th, 2006|08:38 am]
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unworthy_love
I would really appreciate prayers from you all if you can spare them....I'm getting a laproscopy done next thursday the 26th.

1) I HATE surgery and I've scared myself with horror stories about this procedure

2)pray against endometriosis. Thats what they are going in there to see if I have and to laser off if I do. Having Endo, especially a bad case would make TTC pretty hard and though I have no desire to get pregnant now, I will in the future.

Any prayers written here will help alot :-)
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Daily Devotional: Renewing Your Mind [Oct. 16th, 2006|05:12 pm]
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adr0ck

Romans 12:1-2 (NASB)

 

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, {which is} your spiritual service of worship.

 

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

 

 

 

I need transformation today.  Today – well, the last 3-4 days, to tell you the truth – I have been pretty hard to live with.  I repeatedly picked fights with my husband and rode an emotional roller coaster up and down over and over again.  The worst of it (I think) was this morning when I was sitting underneath my desk at work, crying into the phone, telling my husband that I didn’t really mean it when I called him & told him to find a divorce lawyer.

 

*sigh*

 

I’m not sure exactly what has brought on the craziness of my last few days.  Is it PMS?  I am supposed to start my period in the next few days.  Is it because a friend of mine died recently?  Is it because another friend of mine went into labor & I don’t know if she’s ok?  Is it the change in weather from lovely Fall to gray Winter?  (I live in Chicago and it feels like Winter to me!)  Is it the junk food I’ve been existing on the past few weeks?  My out-of-whack sleep schedules?  My lack of time spent in prayer & study & worship?

 

I think it is probably all of those things.  Today I made a journal entry post asking a few girlfriends to keep me in their prayers, and lamenting how much damage I can cause when acting on nothing but emotion.  One of my friends responded and reminded me of the verse shown above, and shared her own experiences with learning to keep her mind renewed & focused on Christ in order to keep from hurting others when mood swings hit.

 

I definitely needed to be reminded of this . . . It’s something I used to be so good at!  For a long time I’ve been really good at looking beyond my emotions and searching what God’s Word has to say about my situation.  But lately I have really failed at that.  I’m thankful I have friends who are willing to lovingly point me toward the Word.  I am thankful that God hasn’t left me out here alone to try & figure this out with no help.

 

I hope today, and in the future, you will remember to renew your mind with God’s Word so that you can handle your personal situations better than I handled mine recently.  It is so much more rewarding to act upon God’s Word even if it doesn’t give us the immediate satisfaction that a screaming match would, you know?

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Daily Devotional: Strength [Oct. 12th, 2006|04:46 pm]
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adr0ck

2 Samuel 22:32-40 (NASB)

 

For who is God, besides the LORD? And who is a rock, besides our God?  God is my strong fortress; And He sets the blameless in His way. He makes my feet like hinds' {feet,} And sets me on my high places.

 

He trains my hands for battle, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.  You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your help makes me great.  You enlarge my steps under me, And my feet have not slipped. 

 

I pursued my enemies and destroyed them, And I did not turn back until they were consumed.  And I have devoured them and shattered them, so that they did not rise; And they fell under my feet. 

 

For You have girded me with strength for battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.  

 

 

 

I like to use the website www.blueletterbible.com.   You can do word searches to find a specific verse, or to find all the verses that contain a specific word or theme.  There are also a ton of translations available for each verse, commentaries on verses and passages – and much, much more.

 

Today I decided to write about strength because I need some!  I need the strength to do the right thing instead of acting on my emotions.  So I looked up strength on the website, and as I was skimming the all the verses that mention “strength”, I noted that almost all of them refer to the strength of a specific person.

 

David?  Abraham?  Maybe Goliath or Sampson?

 

No – the Bible repeatedly refers to God’s strength.  His strength that is given to us to get through this hard life.

 

It look me a long time to understand that God had strength to hand out.  I thought I had to do everything on my own, simply using God, Jesus, the Bible as a guide.  I’d heard the name Holy Spirit used in prayers, but as for what the Holy Spirit was to do in my life, I’d never even considered it.

 

And for a long time, I was able to do everything on my own.  At least I thought I was.  A couple years ago, though, I found myself in a situation that even I couldn’t fix.  This was so unusual!  I am Miss Fix-It!  But there was no doubt – I had no power to change what was happening in my life.

 

I began learning about letting God make changes in my life – changes in my relationship with him, changes in my every day life, and changes in those around me.  It was amazing to see . . . but it was very hard to do in the beginning.  Sit back and trust God to take care of things without my help?  Please!

 

I believe that one of the reasons God allowed my life to get to the very messed up point that it did, was to get me to submit to him and rely on HIS strength, HIS intellect, HIS resources, HIS ability to bring forth life from something that was dead.  For a long time, I didn't really even believe he was capable of solving this problem.  Because *I* couldn't see a solution, there must not be one, right?  One day I was reading Job and I came across the passage where God is asking Job all these questions like "Am I not the one who created the earth and the galaxies?  Am I not the one who gave you life?"  And suddenly it hit me -- I absolutely believed God had the ability to create all these amazing things -- so why couldn't he also be strong enough to handle my situation?  He was!

 

It was a scary step to take . . . pulling my hands back from the situation and leaving it alone for God to work in – but I am so thankful that I did.  God showed his strength in a way I’d never personally seen before – the sort of strength and power I’d only heard about in testimonies or in Biblical miracles.

 

I encourage you – if you find yourself in a situation where you just can’t seem to make a change – seek God and see if you need to step back and rely on his strength for a while. 

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