Friday, September 23, 2022

Today, I read

'In You, O Lord , I seek refuge; may I never be put to shame. Deliver me in Your righteousness and help me escape; incline Your ear to me and save me. Be my rock of refuge to enter continually; You have given commandment to save me; for You are my rock and my stronghold. Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unjust and cruel man. For You are my hope, O Lord God ; You are my confidence from my youth.'

Psalms 71:1-5


'In You, O Lord , I seek refuge; may I never be put to shame. Deliver me in Your righteousness and help me escape; incline Your ear to me and save me. Be my rock of refuge to enter continually; You have given commandment to saveme; for You are my rock and my stronghold. Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unjust and cruel man. For You are my hope, O Lord God ; You are my confidence from my youth.' Psalms 71:1-5 https://my.bible.com/bible/1171/PSA.71.1-5

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Someone asked

 

Why do you believe in Christianity?

 
Why do you believe the positives of it outweigh the negatives? Why do you believe in the existence of a god? Why do you believe the Bible is to be trusted and followed word for word?
 
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Everyone chooses what they believe in their heart. For me, I see design, order, laws, beauty, not chance. That solves that one. The Bible says "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth". So that is my logic on God.

Why Jesus? not others? Because Jesus rose to live, was seen by over 500. We didn't have camera, and cameras don't lie, but we have written documents and honestly, if we can't trust it, when how on earth would anyone believe Abraham Lincoln or others exists in history. Plus, we have archeology and if you are sincerely looking, and are broken and give up pride and self-righteousness, as we all have in our human nature, you will meet the God of love, who loves you and died for you when Jesus died on the cross for your sin, because He laid his life down for you.

Some wait for miracles but honestly, seeing a "magic show" doesn't convince people, we have all the proof we need, but if you don't claim it or see it as proof (like the world around you and the times we live in) then nothing we say can convince you. My two cents.

Lastly, the reason that I am not dead, the reason why I'm not a sex addict anymore and the reason I still breathe, has to be God, because I was dying and heading to hell fast.

 

Sunday, September 18, 2022

A reply to someone who says

 This post said this

I Don't Know How Non-Christians Do This

 

 

I replied like this

I am a Christian and I think I understand what your saying. For me, I understand them as using "willpower" to control the "sexually addictive behavior" which is only on the surface and their only goal. In secular circles using the 12 Steps, they could make "anyone" a higher power and submit to their way and with enough willpower, it can be done..

Don't let that fool you though. Because quitting porn, masturbation, and whatever other wrong sexual behaviors are not quite the fruit we as Christians are supposed to, with God's help, to quit.

What I mean is..say if I can stop "just" masturbation while "not" believing in Christ and now have a self-centered way to "only" stop the outward appearance (no porn) while the inside of the heart and mind are left dirty....that would only create a person who claims to have "The answer" while rejecting Christ and His Cross and His Gospel, while never really dealing with the heart root of the matter, the lust of the heart, and repentance towards God and faith towards Jesus Christ.

It would only be making a "man-made" religion of 'self-effort' and kind of "look at me" because I was able to do what "you Christians" claim only you can do, which further makes the claims of Satan "more believable" when it's actually delusion and deception.

A Christian can trust in God to forgive our sins based on the fact that Jesus Christ has died on the cross for our sins, was buried and rose again. A Christian is able to call on our Heavenly Father to ask for the Holy Spirit to get filling and help in our desperate time of need. A Christian is able to relate to other sex addicts because he or she was once one and know how painful it was to be stuck in it. A Christian is able to share the good news of what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross and know for sure he will be with Christ. A Christian also knows that God is changing him to think of women in absolute purity, because they are created in God's image, and they (women) have their own husbands, who Jesus said "what God has put together, let no man separate" and we can claim "Yes Lord" that is true and believe in God's plan for family, plan for marriage, and we have a standard, a faithful God, who is there, always to help us.

The non-Christian has none of that, but only self-effort and self-willpower to do what he/she thinks is right and here is the sad part, they claim that it was them who did it, while taking the glory due to God, because it is God who helps us sinners, even the unrighteous. Like rain falls on the godly and the ungodly.

It should shame us to teach us only that if they (unbelievers) can do it (not only externals), then we should be able and are able to stop not only the external act but the inward lust, because "with God all things are possible".

If a christian is able to not lust, he can give glory to God and the non-believer does not do that but only can say "I did it" or "my hp (higher power) did it" which is how they understand it.

Jesus offers so much more then only outward cup cleansing but inward cup cleansing. That is really what our focus should be on, because once the inside of the cup is clean, then the outside will be clean also.

 

The produce comes after the praise

Today, I read in Psalms 67 these words. 

' Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. Then will the earth yield its produce, and God, our God, will bless us. God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear Him.' Psalms 67:5-7 https://my.bible.com/bible/1171/PSA.67.5-7

Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. Then will the earth yield its produce, and God, our God, will bless us. God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear Him. Psalms 67:5-7

It struck me that I read "let the peoples praise You.....Then will the earth yield it's produce"

What does that mean? I don't know what it means for you, but I interpret this to say to me that if I praise God...there is a produce to yield. Like a fruit or vegetable. 

What a promise! How does that apply to me? I can praise God and worship God now, and there will be a fruit, and vegetable, and I am talking about spiritual fruits more than a physical one. 

What I think the scriptures are saying here is that God produces a fruit that comes from our praising of Him. 

What I think "praising God" means is not only singing from the heart for a time a church or home, but "giving our whole self to God in trusting and loving God". 

This is how I understand the Christian life. It's not complex like it seems to be, like our negative thoughts might make it out to be. It's saying "God, You are good, I want to know You, I want You God, I worship You God, I will trust in You God"

God knows our heart and will work in our mind and our spirit and heal us and enable us once again to produce good spiritual fruit. 


' Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. Then will the earth yield its produce, and God, our God, will bless us. God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear Him.' Psalms 67:5-7 https://my.bible.com/bible/1171/PSA.67.5-7

' Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. Then will the earth yield its produce, and God, our God, will bless us. God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear Him.' Psalms 67:5-7 https://my.bible.com/bible/1171/PSA.67.5-7

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