Going Deep Into God’s Word | Guest Post By Ariana Evans (From Ariana’s Archives)

In today’s Christian culture, we see a lot of preaching, but not a lot of practicing what you preach. In fact, we’ve seen this throughout Biblical history. in Matthew 23:3, Jesus himself says,

“So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.”

Matthew 23:3

They were talkers, but not walkers. The Pharisees, (who Jesus was talking to in the verse above), preached many good things, but of course they also taught wrong things, like Jesus was not God, or the Oral Law (a man-made add-on to the Torah). We can see that throughout the Bible.

And just like the Pharisees, sometimes Christians can fall into the habit of talking, and not walking. As Christians, we are examples for non-believers. So, what are non-believers supposed to think? It’s fair for them to be very confused.

If I wasn’t a Christian, I would be confused if I saw some of the Christians I see today! I know a lot of “Christians” but I don’t know a lot of true Christians, who practice what they preach, who walk and not just talk.

I have this one friend who is extremely close to God and she truly searches out for the truth. She is a prayer warrior, an amazing friend, and she loves like crazy. That’s God in her life! I’ve rarely seen a Christian such as her.

My friend, who’s name shall remain unknown for her privacy’s sake, even differs on her beliefs than her parents because she has different beliefs, (it’s on a few small things, it’s not much), but I used to say, “My parents believe it so it’s right.” Of course, that’s when I was about seven-years-old, because I read the Bible, I had faith that was boundless, but I didn’t know the words theology, doctrine, or supernatural being.

Of course, my mother talked to me about these things, she always pushed me to be better and think deeper. I loved to think about motives of actions, since I was seven. I had probably heard those words, yet I didn’t know exactly what they meant. Now, as I’ve grown older, I’ve grown as a Christian.

Unfortunately, many people stay at a state where they aren’t growing as Christians. Then, when they get older, those people stray from the faith and trust in God and possibly all religions because they were never rooted in their own faith, they were holding their parents hands. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” If we do not have conviction, a firmly held belief, then we do not have true faith.

We hear a lot of sermons on doing good but we never make an effort to. We read a lot of quotes on being kinder but don’t try to be kinder. We see a lot of people that we admire but we don’t model ourselves after them.

Where’s the disconnect? I’ll tell you. It is this: Holding onto someone else’s faith, like your parent’s, instead of your own.Not looking out for answers for yourself. Not caring enough. “I will go to Heaven anyway…” or “It doesn’t matter. I’m not dead yet!”

Those are wrong attitudes/beliefs to have as a child of God. My challenge to you is this: Practice what you preach and believe in it to the fullest.

How to Start:

  • Read the Bible for yourself.
  • Look up root words and know their meanings instead of just reading them.
  • Ask questions!
  • And finally, just pray like you mean it!

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye. shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Matthew 7:7

And with that I leave you. Good bye and good luck! Thanks, Emmie, for letting me guest post. ❤

Meet The Guest Blogger:

Ariana Evans is a Christian teenager, who very much loves her family and friends. I she wants to be a lawyer and counselor when she grows up, and loves to write and practice photography. She was saved when she was four years old, and blogs at Ariana’s Archives.

Blog: https://arianasflyinglife.wordpress.com

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/ariana-i-evans

Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/arianaisabella1023/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/78127957-ariana-classified

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Standing Firm in YOUR Faith: A Devotional/Study

If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all. -Isaiah 7:9

This Bible verse was first introduced to me at VBS two years ago. Even though I forgot it when I wanted to use it for a photo story on my AG blog, God let the words come flooding back to me when I decided to create this website. That verse has had me thinking a lot about faith.

So, I wrote this post for you guys about Standing Firm in YOUR Faith! Let’s get right to it.

Standing Firm in My Faith-2

11 Faith means being sure of the things we hope for. And faith means knowing that something is real even if we do not see it. People who lived in the past became famous because of faith.

~Hebrews 11:1-2 ICB

Take a moment to read Hebrews 11. The author of Hebrews is telling his audience to have faith in Jesus Christ as they make the decision to either stay Jewish or become Christians.

Hebrews 11 is giving examples of faith from throughout the Bible to follow. He also uses words like being sure (trust) and continuing (perseverance).

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

~2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV

Faith is about trusting that God is always there for you. Faith is about knowing that He is not walking in front of you, or beside you, but within you. As children of God, we have Christ in our hearts – let’s wear our hearts on our sleeves for all the world to see.

Faith is about perseverance. There are going to be times when your faith is tested, or even times when you are condemned like Hebrews 11:32-40 discusses.

36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
~Hebrews 10:36

In this translation (ICB), Hebrews 11 uses the word faith 30 times. There are 39 verses in Hebrews. The author is really stressing the point of faith so we can recognize the faith of others and shape our own faith.

And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

~Mark 11:22-24

Let’s move those mountains, girls (or guys)!

What are some other ways YOU stand firm in your faith?

Emmie



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