House of Cards

House of Cards

Swept Away, Wrecked, Slammed Down
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House of Cards

My faith is a house of cards. I build it up so slowly and carefully—precisely. It was all so neat and it stood so tall! I was so proud of it—boasted of it. Then in a second God’s breath blew it away. Actually, it rather felt like it was slammed down. Then I cried out why, why!—like a child. The real question I should be asking, is why on earth did I ever use such weakness to build my faith? Why did I use paper when I should of use brick, no, diamond! Yet I feel that I have built this house so many times with weaker material than I should of—and God is just trying to show me that. However, I cannot help but ask why do you destroy with such force? Is there no gentleness in your arm? Why is that I feel utterly wrecked upon by you? A simple letter would do—no need for this bashing and pushing upon my life! But, isn’t that what we all wish for? A gentle god—one who will whisper softly into our lives oh dear child this isn’t what is best for you, let me show you. That surely has more love in it than the wrecking of our lives that God contributes to so much. But what if there is far more love than we ever imagined when He sweeps our house away? It may look or rather feel more violent, and therefore more cruel, but what would any parent do if their child was running towards something dangerous—like into a street. Yes, dangerous, dangerous in regards to our faith. Would a parent just stand by? Would they tenderly say oh sweetheart watch out for the car that is coming?—I would hope not. I would hope for them to run to the child and sweep them up—if need be—violently—so that they might be saved. Perhaps this is a flawed analogy. For, in all honesty, I am still feeling that God is more cruel (or maybe I should say “harsh” now). Then again, perhaps my thinking is flawed. For if we could ever pin-point how God teaches or behaves towards his children—then he wouldn’t be such an awesome God. If we completely knew God, we would have to gods ourselves. How could we be gods? How dare we think that? What god has a foundation built out of cards?

I could be dreadfully wrong, but, I cannot help but compare this idea to the parable of the two men, one who built his house upon the sand and the other who built his upon the rock. Two things to note about this parable. One there was a storm that tested each house. The other note, one's material was stronger than the other. Why would God test each man by sending a storm--I do not know. God, in his omnipotence, has no need of 'experimenting', he knows all the results. Perhaps, it is, indeed for us. The sweeping the house of cards, the wrecking of the weaker house are all for us, even though they feel against us. Forgive me for drawing out the metaphor. Let me speak clearly. Why would God 'test' our faith if he already knows how strong it is? Surely then, if He knows, it cannot be for Him. So, therefore, in some way, whether we agree with or not, it must be for us. I cannot explicitly say how on earth it does help one's faith to have it 'beaten'. However, I can easily admit that there are things about God I will never understand--those are things of heaven and I am here. But, I will venture a guess (hopefully an educated one). He wants us to have a stronger 'foundation/building material' for our faith, and we so often use the weaker material. Instead of Christ being our foundation, we replace him with doctrine, tradition, role-models, family values, relationships, even (a great misfortune) politics. All these things are greatly important--each of them have strong opinions on. Nonetheless, if they are at the foundation, if those things are the building material of one's faith, they will be swept away by God. He wants to show us we are to use stronger material--the strongest. But this does not answer the difficult questions like: Why does he use such force? Why does it hurt so badly? Why does it stir so much doubt? Why does he do things the way he does? I wish I could understand, but I cannot, and I do not know if I shall find the answer in this life. I am stilling trying to find my foundation in Christ, perhaps it takes a lifetime--does not seem so for Paul. Perhaps this is just my weak mind trying to wrap around all-powerful God.

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As long as you know God is FOR you, it doesn't matter who is AGAINST you.

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Being a Christian in our world today is very, very challenging. There are many misconceptions about our beliefs and our morals, as well as people who believe we don't practice what we preach.

As a college student, I've come across many professors who enjoy challenging my beliefs due to the "lack of evidence" or the "impossibility" of the circumstances. While it frustrates me to no end, I've had to learn that arguing and debating with people who don't believe in God is pointless. They aren't going to change their mind and there's no way a college student is going to change that.

Arguing will get you nowhere, people are going to believe what they want to believe and we can't change that. Instead of trying to debate with your professors, do these five things instead. I assure you, you'll get much more out of them than an argument.

1. Pray

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Pray to God to help you and your belief remain strong, but also pray that the Holy Spirit finds them and touches their heart. A heart that isn't filled with God is an awfully sad one.

2. Acknowledge that people don't always agree with your beliefs

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If someone tried to convince you that God isn't real, you're not going to listen to their points or anything else that they have to say. Acknowledge that people think differently and sometimes you can't change that. Only God can.

3. Drop the class

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This is really a last resort, but it's also understandable. I would hate to have to sit in a class where I felt personally attacked for over an hour each day. If you find yourself in this position, get OUT.

4. When things get too difficult-- bathroom break

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Sometimes all you really need is a breather. When the lecture gets too tough, ask to go to the bathroom, get some water, and say a prayer.

5. Read your Bible

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This is the most important one. Your bible has all of the answers, no matter the circumstance. If you find yourself unable to cope with the challenges the professor presents to you, open the bible and start reading. God will fill your heart and put your mind at ease.

It's hard enough feeling out of place in today's society, just because of your beliefs. Then to have someone constantly challenging everything you base your life off of? That's even more difficult!

But instead of arguing, choose one of these five things to do. It will be a much better use of your time and you'll feel much better about it than you would by arguing with someone.

Who knows, maybe one day God will touch their heart and things will be different. God's pretty powerful and can change things in an instant. Trust him.

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A Gentle Reminder For When You Feel Spiritually Stuck

It's important to remember that your season of feeling stuck doesn't mean you actually are.

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I've been a Christian since I was a child. I was the classic "church kid" people think of when they think about the term. I was raised in church, got baptized when I was nine, and it's been something that defines who I am for longer than I can remember.

But I understand what a season of waiting feels like. Whether you're waiting for the right relationship to come along, a stellar job offer that pays enough, or simply waiting to feel like God's answered you back - it can be a rough season.

I feel like I'm currently in a season of waiting. I've been in one for a while, specifically since I became single, for the man I know God has for me. I've been in a season of waiting for the dream job I want because I don't have my full degree yet. And obviously, since I live with my parents when I'm not at school, I've been waiting for my own place since I was born.

But I'm talking about a season of waiting all Christians will experience at some point or another, where it feels like life has somewhat slowed down and you're waiting for God to tell you the next move, or simply waiting to feel connected to Him again.

If you're reading your Bible and praying, you're actually always connected to Him, but I know that sometimes God seems quieter than other points in your life. You may not understand it, or you may know that God's waiting to do something specific in your life.

I'm here to remind you that, even though you may be in a season of waiting or of feeling stuck, you are never actually stuck.

When the Israelites were dealing with their past (being enslaved and mistreated and feeling stuck), God told them, "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." (Isaiah 43:18-20, NIV).

The Israelites went on to struggle with hardships, as well as claiming multiple victories as a nation and in their own personal faith, and God was there the entire time! That's the beauty of it! He rescues us, as He did the Israelites, but He doesn't just stop there.

He wants to know us and He also wants the very best for us, even when things don't go the way we planned or the way we wanted them to. He made promises to the Israelites in the above passage and He's not the type to forget about those promises or just cast them off when He feels like it. When He makes a promise, as you can see through the Israelites' story and so many others, He keeps them and delivers more to us than we could've ever imagined.

Second Corinthians 5:17 states, "Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come." I don't know about y'all, but this verse always reminds me that I have the choice to be new and unburdened every day if I am in Christ. We may still feel anxiety, or sadness, or any other emotion this world tries to throw our way, let's face it - I'm human and so are you. However, this is a statement, not a question, and we can rest in the fact that God considers us new and precious, even if we don't feel that way at the time.

The Bible is FULL of stories where people who feel stuck, anxious, sick, etc. are rescued by God. Time and time again this is the case, so why would it be any different with us?

God's people had worshipped idols, they'd been sexually immoral, Paul killed Christians before he became an apostle. There were women who had been prostitutes, men who were lepers, and blind people who could barely go anywhere without the help of another.

And God thought they were worth it ALL. And He still does.

The work it takes to stir hearts to free the oppressed, the disappointment when people choose not to accept Christ, and even the cross.

It was all worth it to God.

And no matter how you feel in this moment or another, God is there. He loves you beyond measure and comprehension. And He wants to be near to you always! If you feel stuck, remember this and rest in the fact that God is still working. He's even using that feeling of loneliness to do something in your life, trust me!







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