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

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Light (Mini Devotional)

Imagine you are in a cave. A dark, shadowy, rocky cave, filled with razor-sharp rocks, endless pools, and calm plains alike. Some spots in the cave are easy to make it through – others, though, you struggle to reach the end of.

Then, imagine that you find a flashlight. The moment you accept the fact that it’s impossible to get through the cave on your own, the flashlight turns on and floods the cave with light and understanding.

Those jagged, sharp rocks? Turns out, in the light, they were just little pebbles. Those dark pools of swirling waters? When the light hits them, you realize they were just puddles.

Life is like that cave, and God is like that light. When you put your trust in God and pray to Him, then His Light can shine on any situation!

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path”. -Psalm 119:105
“…the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined.” – Matthew 4:16
Have a blessed day! What are some ways YOU remember to ask for God’s light in prayer? Are you participating in the Letters With A Purpose challenge?
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Rest in His Presence

Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks.  Then God’s peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus.

-Philippians 4:6-7

Have you ever lay on your bed, on the verge of tears? Have you ever chased rest, but it slipped away from you the moment you thought sleep was finally going to come?

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

-Matthew 11:28-30

The dictionary says a yoke is ‘a frame fitting the neck and shoulders of a person, for carrying a pair of buckets or the like, one at each end.’

A yoke is a heavy thing to carry; it takes extreme strength and perseverance to simply lift it on to your shoulders. If we lived our lives carrying a burden such as this, we would eventually give out or give up.

But we no longer have to carry this yoke, for God says that we can give all of our troubles and burdens to Him! He will take them away or use them for our good. He loves us, even at 2:00 a.m. when our eyes can’t seem to close.

Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

-1 Peter 5:7 ESV

 

That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

– Romans 8:28 MSG*

The next time you just can’t sleep, don’t worry. God is there by your side, no matter what. Every storm eventually passes.

God will give you rest!

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*The Message (MSG) is a modern Bible translation. It doesn’t add to the Bible, for God’s Word speaks for itself, but offers modern wording to help aid the ordinary reader’s understanding.


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Jesus: Coming Soon

Do you believe, without a shadow of a doubt, that Jesus is coming back soon?

I know I do.

“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.

– Matthew 24:26

My friend recently told me of a theology theory: When Israel signs a treaty, that’s a sign that God is coming back. Satan will try to deceive us by pretending to be a miracle worker but really causing havoc among the world. Then, God will come back, and take us to Heaven. We will fight against Satan, and we will win. Good will triumph over evil.

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

I’m not completely sure of this theory. It might be a false one, or a just a misunderstanding.

“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

–  Revelation 22:12-13
But I am completely sure of one thing.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

 – John 14:3

Jesus is coming back.

And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates.

-Matthew 24:31-33

Prepare your hearts for His return. Spread His love across the universe. Learn kindness, compassion, honesty. Live by the Ten Commandments. But the most important of these is spreading His Love.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

-Revelation 1:8

Prepare your hearts.

Spread His Word.

Obey His commands.

He’s coming soon.

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