No Perfect People Allowed

No Perfect People Allowed

Seek to know Jesus, not to fulfill the requirements of your religion.
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I have struggled a lot with wanting to have fun and embrace my youth and wanting to fully surrender myself to God and let him use me.

After typing that sentence, I realized how ridiculous it sounds. Growing up as a believer, I know what powerful things God can do when you let him. But growing up in a secular world, I know that it is not as easy as it sounds. Because while I can fill myself up with truths from the Bible and go to church and listen to podcasts by my favorite pastors, I am still going to have to go out into the world and hear what they say.

It is hard to not want to take part in what the world has to offer.

I am now in my second semester of freshman year. I have made it through the difficult time of transition to living on my own, I am rarely homesick anymore, I have new friends, and I am finding out more about myself each day. It is crazy to think that I have four months of freshman year left – it feels like I moved in last week.

When I realize how quickly college is passing by, it makes me want to take full advantage of the time that I am in. It makes me want to go out and have fun, late nights with my friends. It makes me want to study and make good grades in the classes that I have before they get too terribly difficult. It makes me want to hold on to the moments that I am experiencing and live them fully.

God gave us life on earth to live to the fullest, but sometimes I feel guilty if I don’t want to spend every waking moment reading my Bible or going to church. I feel like I am not doing my part as a believer if I want to go out in college. I get caught up in the religion factor of Christianity when I should be focusing on a relationship with my creator.

Being a Christian is not about perfect living. It is the complete opposite. Sometimes I get caught up in the idea that in order to call myself a Christian, I have to be as close to perfect as humanly possible. The entire reason that a relationship with God is so amazing is because we are able to be imperfect. We are saved and chosen and freed and desired despite how broken and imperfect we are. As hard as I try sometimes to act like I have everything together, God knows that I don’t and loves me anyway.

In this world, we will have trouble. Whether this trouble is a loss of a family member, a medical condition, an internal struggle, or a combination of these and more, take heart, Jesus has overcome the world. Jesus didn’t die for us to live perfect lives and do everything right.

The third chapter of John says that God sent his son not to condemn, but to save. Thousands of testimonies are built around the fact that we are so messed up and realize that we can’t do it on our own. Romans 3:23-24 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” No one in this world deserves what he has to give us, yet we can get it anyway.

It is finished. Salvation is freely given by grace through faith. It has nothing to do with the deeds that we do or how well we live our lives. Therefore, while it is important to build the kingdom and do our part as Jesus’s hands and feet in the world, it is also important to not get caught up in the “rules” of being a Christian.

God’s greatest desire is to know us and for us to know him. So before trying your best to cancel out the amount of mistakes you’ve made with the amount of Starbucks you’ve bought for the person behind you, remember that God wants a relationship, not a list of the things you have done or not done.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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Staying Strong in your faith, even when it's a struggle

In this post, I will be discussing how to stay strong in your faith and trust God.

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The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 16:13, "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong." It is important to be on your guard and stand firm in your faith. Trust me I know it is not always easy, there are so many temptations and so much peer pressure in this world. The devil will throw many things at us, but we need to stand strong.

I struggle to stay firm in my faith especially at college. At college you are not home where everyone goes to church every Sunday, and you don't have your parents making sure you go to church. It seems weird living somewhere where not everyone goes to church every Sunday or even know who God is.

It is also hard when you don't have someone making sure you go to church, or you've had a long week of school and just want to sleep in all weekend and stay in bed. You also think people will judge you because you are going to church but do NOT care what people think, stand strong for what you believe in and do not let anyone change that. I have been to the BSU at Mississippi State and those people are the most genuine, caring people I have ever met. The first time I went on a Tuesday night, they were so welcoming and very excited to have me there.

There will be people who question you on why you believe in God and you need to tell them. There will also be people at college that have never heard the word of God or even who God is. So, do not be afraid of telling them what you believe in because it could change someone's life. I have been asked, "How do you believe in something you cannot see," I respond with you can't see air can you but you still breath it in and know it is there. The bible says in Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." The bible also says in 2 Corinthians 5:7, "For we live by faith, not by sight." When I was younger I did struggle with how do you believe in something you cannot see? Then I thought about it and there's no way on this earth we would be here if God wouldn't have created us. It wasn't a star that exploded and created all the nerves in our body, all the organs, our hair, or anything on this Earth. It was God. Everyone struggles with their faith during their lifetime. You will hit your all time low and think it's Gods fault, but it is just a test to see how strong you are in your faith. Stay true to Him and trust in Him. God will never lead us down the wrong path, although it may have a few bumps in the road, He knows our steps before we take them. He wants us to walk with Him. Proverbs 16:9

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