Insulting God: Something We All Do

        Have you ever felt down about your appearance? Maybe it’s your eye color, your hair color, your weight or height…the list can go on and on. You hear the message “Be Yourself” and “Accept the Way You’re Created” so maybe it cheers you up for a little bit, but soon you forget it and you go on comparing yourself again – which is way wrong.

Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.

Galatians 6:4-5

         See, let me share with you something about that. When you insult your appearance, you insult God. That sound a little over-excessive? Let’s put it into story-form.

          Imagine that you drew a picture of a face. (Artistic abilities do not apply in this case) You’re really proud of it – you finally got the eyes right and the mouth is near perfect. You’re holding it up to the light, thinking about framing it maybe, but all of sudden, it says something. Something along the lines of this:

“Why couldn’t I have blonde hair instead of being brunette? Ugh. Oh, that little freckle is annoying me so much – I could be so pretty without it! If only I had a nice complexion and curly hair…I’d be so much happier then!”

      (Note: We are disregarding the fact that pictures do not and cannot talk)

      How would you feel? Insulted, right? I mean, you just created that face and now it’s basically telling you that you messed up! Well, Romans 9:20-21 gives us a pretty good verse telling us that God feels the same way.

But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?'” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?

Romans 9:20-21

       We all believe that God created us, right? Well, when you complain about how you look, you’re basically accusing God of making mistakes. He doesn’t. God never, never, never, let me repeat never makes mistakes in how you’re made.

      If you believe that you’d be prettier with longer lashes – let me tell you, I’ve thought that a lot – then you’re really actually saying that God didn’t know what He was doing when He created you. Is that really what you want to say?

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Psalm 139:14

      A lot of girls in our society don’t know that, though. They believe that wearing tons of makeup to cover those freckles or using dye to change that hair will answer their problems and make them beautiful. They’re wrong.  By doing that, you are insulting God.

       Even if you think, “Oh well, I don’t really complain that much and I really don’t put on as much makeup as the next girl” that isn’t an excuse. In fact, it’s even worse because you’re putting others down and feeding your pride while you’re at it.

       So, I want you all to be satisfied with the way that you are made. Even if you believe that you’d be prettier with a few pounds shed or a different eye color, you wouldn’t be. God knew exactly what He meant when He created you, and if you try to change anything about that, you’re saying that He was wrong. Would you really want to go through such terrible extremes? I think not.

        Thank you so much for reading, and God bless you! Because believe it or not, He loves you. ❤

Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Isaiah 64:8

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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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Verse of the Week // Week 6

Sorry this is a little late!! This week’s verse is Zachariah 9:9.

9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

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What does this verse mean? It is telling of Jesus, when He rode in to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, on His way to being Crucified. The reason I wasn’t able to post yesterday was I had Worship Night at Church. At worship night, the pastor talked about how a ‘cup’ is mentioned multiple times in Scripture. When Jesus was praying in the garden just before Judas betrayed Him, He prayed, “O Lord, take this Cup from me.” This cup was the cup of God’s wrath on all sinners – a cup full of blindness, sadness, deafness, deathly sickness, worry, fear, and death. As Jesus was crucified, God poured his cup of wrath out on His own Son – it took hours for every last drop to fall. And once the cup was drained empty, Jesus declared:

“It is finished!”

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But because Jesus drank the cup of wrath for us, we now get to drink from a different cup – a much, much different cup. A cup filled with peace, healthiness, happiness, hope, love, and eternal life with God.

The pastor also said this prayer:

“O, Lord, we are not worthy. We have never been worthy, we will never be worthy. But You drank the cup of wrath, drank every last drop, so we could live with You. There is no way any of  us in this room could ever, ever thank You enough for what You have done for us. There is no way our minds can ever wrap around Your Great Love. I pray that we will always be faithful to You and remember the true meaning of Easter and Palm Sunday. Amen.

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I hope this post was helpful to you. I am praying for all of you!! Have a GREAT Easter!

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Verse of the Week // Week 5

Hi everybody! I’m back with another VOTW. Here’s the verse for this week!

Ephesians 4:2

Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.

Ephesians 4:2 is basically saying that if we treat everyone with kindness and patience, then we won’t get frustrated by other’s faults — and trust me, we have plenty of those ourselves. Do you have someone who annoys you? *every single person on the face of the Earth raises their hand* If you a patient to them, then maybe they won’t be so annoying to you. Don’t pray to change them — that won’t get you anywhere. Instead, pray to God to help you be humble and patient to the person who gets under your hair so they won’t be annoying — in your opinion, at least.

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Our Struggles

             You’ve heard this before – Jesus is with you all the time, He will help you, don’t worry…blah, blah, blah. Not that it’s not true – but sometimes, we get the idea that the people that tell us those things – the Bible really – don’t understand. 

            You hear all these gospel songs saying about how Jesus will lift you up when you are falling, but you can’t help wondering whether or not they really know. And you still struggle. But, let me tell you something – Jesus understands. 

           Life is swimming in the ocean – if you stop too long, you drown, but sometimes the current will carry you farther than you want it too. It will throw your head underwater till you feel like you can’t breathe anymore. Till you feel like you possess no strength to keep your arms and legs moving. Till you just want to fill the ocean with your tears.

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         At those times, it seems hopeless to receive help. It feels like the largest lifeboat can’t save you now. But there is one that can. Jesus. He is your boat, carrying you through the rushing tides and powerful winds. If you are thrown offboard, He will catch you again. He will clasp a seatbelt on you – a seatbelt of strength and faith. He will hold you till the storm is over – or if it never ends, throughout it until the wind carries you up to the heavens.

       You may not feel like it, but He loves you. Call upon Him and He will answer you and lift you up to extremes that you yourself cannot imagine. Even if you can’t feel it, even if it seems too hopeless, it isn’t. No, even if you’re shaking your head and whispering, “She doesn’t understand” it isn’t hopeless.

      Do you think that God would give us a life if it was just to fail? No! It doesn’t matter how long it is – you are safe in His loving arms until the storm is over. But you will not be shaken out of His boat of life into the watery depths – no, you be carried out into the sky of a life a thousand times greater than anything you can imagine. Because He loves you. 

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      There was a reason that God decided to bring you on this earth. Do you think that He’ll just give up on you and say, “Oh, he/she can deal with her own problems now.” No! A million times no. Even if the storm seems too powerful, it isn’t. Because He makes the storms – do you think that He can’t help you conquer them? To rise above them whether it is to be years more on this planet or rising instead to His home?

        Jesus loves you. That old childhood song is true. Sing it in your hearts, repeat it in your minds, because He Loves You.

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