If We Say We're Christians, We Need To Check Our Hearts, And Not Just On Sundays

If We Say We're Christians, We Need To Check Our Hearts, And Not Just On Sundays

Just because you grew up in church doesn't mean you're saved.

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This past weekend, I got the chance to be a part of a retreat for a bunch of pastor's kids (PKs). It was a lot of fun because I got to take part in the sermons like a student, but I also got to pray over students as a leader. It was really cool to see this whole group of teenagers who have been a part of the church their entire lives worship God. It really made my heart soar.

Then, I heard some of them talk.

I heard a few of the students talk about getting drunk and how cool it was. I overheard them say that they "didn't care." It made me wonder if they "didn't care," does that mean they don't care about being a good role model? Because I saw plenty of kids younger than them who looked up to them.

So, to the kid I overheard talking about how often you get drunk, that's not cool, man. It doesn't make you cool to party like that. And it especially doesn't make you cool to talk about all of that in front of the ten-year-old boy that I know you knew was watching your example. There are enough bad influences in this world without him needing that from you, too.

Just keep that in mind.

And, by the way, this same kid who bragged to his friends about getting drunk was one of the kids I saw in both services worshiping the Lord without surrender. And I only have one thing to say to that:

Check your heart.

Just because you grew up in church doesn't mean you're saved. Just because your parent is a pastor does not mean that you get a free pass into Heaven. Just because you've memorized Scripture in clubs like Royal Rangers and MPact girls does not mean that you are living the Word.

Please, check your heart.

James tells us in James 2:14, 17:

"What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don't show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?... So you see, faith by itself isn't enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless."

If you're sitting here saying that you believe and that God is your Savior, but you're also sitting a few feet away an hour later telling someone about how cool it is that you can get drunk so often, I'm sorry but your faith isn't enough. That is definitely not what James would classify as a "good deed."

And while we do need to check our hearts about who is watching us and what we talk about around others like that, it is more than that.

We need to check our hearts about what we are watching, listening to and reading. What we put into our minds is what is going to come out, so we need to make sure it doesn't compromise us morally. We have to check our hearts because I promise you, if you feel even an ounce of doubt in your heart about something, you most likely shouldn't be doing it.

We also need to check our hearts with how we interact with others. I, myself, am guilty of losing my temper with people and snapping. I lose my patience and get an attitude. I need to check my heart when I am put in situations like that. We must become aware of what our "sin triggers" are and where we can guard our hearts against things that will set us off like that.

God wants us to be close to His heart, not following our own.

Our hearts will lead us astray at times because our feelings get stuck in the middle. Rather than following just our feelings, we need to follow where God is taking us. When we press in and want to see His heart, not just for our lives but also for those around us, He will open our eyes to things much bigger than ourselves.

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When God Says, “Not Right Now.”

“God give me faith to wait and not manipulate. To trust You fully, no matter how my circumstances may appear." — Lynn Cowell

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One of the most frustrating yet beautiful things is when God tells us “no" or “not right now."

At the time, you may have agony or desperation for this one thing to work out in your life, but it slips away from you. You may ask God why. Why does He want you to be unhappy? Why does He want to take away your dreams?

At the time, you cannot see how much God truly is working in your life, but He is. In my life, every time that I was disappointed that a plan or dream didn't work out, I was devastated. I didn't want to be in a position where I was challenged and tested. I wanted all the blessings to flow and to fulfill what I thought was my plan in life. But that's exactly what it was: my plan.

I did not see at the time that that is not what God intended for me and that He actually had far greater plans than I did for myself. He needed to mold me into who I am supposed to be today. Along the way I have met the most amazing people that have had a huge impact on my life, have gone through the most amazing experiences with God, and I wouldn't trade going through all the trials because it has truly made me into the woman I am today.

“What God does in us while we wait is as important as what we are waiting for." – John Ortberg

God is continually, endlessly, working in our lives.

We may not see it, but He is. We may blame God for all the things that are going wrong in our lives, but we never see that in the end, we were supposed to go through the low valleys to get to the high, amazing, and beautiful mountains in our lives.

I truly believe that it's when you're at the bottom of the darkest pit in your life that you can actually see the light of God shining brightly upon you. During these times, pray to Him to lead you to understanding that this is all a part of His plan for you.

It hurts God to see that His child is suffering, but in order to carve out just the person that you are supposed to be, you must go through challenges. Where you are today is no accident. God is using the challenge you are in to shape you and prepare you for the place He wants you tomorrow. When it comes to God's plan, timing is absolutely everything.

Looking back on all the events that I had to endure before getting to where I am now, I know that I had to go through the trials in order to be just who I am today, which is happier than I have ever been because I know God and His plan for me. Waiting is the most difficult job of hope, but you must remain faithful and know that God is guiding you.

“When I wait, you strengthen my heart." Psalm 27:14

When you are waiting for God's righteous plan, don't lose faith in His goodness. He only wants the best for you, and in the end, you will look back and see just how much He truly was working in your life. Be patient and the blessings will flow.

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Bible Verses When I'm Feeling Hopeless

It's going to be ok!

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Feeling hopeless? It's okay read these bible verses to help you!

1. Romans 12:12 

"Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying."

2. Hebrews 10:23 

"Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise"

3. 1 Chronicles 16:11

"Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him."

4. Jeremiah 29:13

"If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me."

5. Hebrews 4:9 

"So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God"

6. Psalms 27:14

"Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord."

7. 1 John 5:14

"And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him."

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