Society Lies, Jesus Speaks Truth

Society Lies, Jesus Speaks Truth

Society fills our minds with lies but we can turn to Jesus for the truth
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We live in a society today that feeds our minds devastating lies that strike up insecurities and fears that begin to hold us back from the fullness of life. The worst part is, in choosing to believe these lies that society instills in us, we say no to the truth that Jesus has to offer.

Do you find yourself constantly saying “I’m not (skinny, funny, smart, etc.) enough”. “I have so much to be afraid of, especially the future”. “I’m unlovable, I’ve been hurt so many times there’s no way anyone could ever love me”. Maybe the lie you tell yourself is “I’ve got it all under control. My timing is the best timing."

When these lies that society instills in us begin to get the best of you, I challenge you to look towards the truth Jesus provides for us.

You are more than ENOUGH.

In fact, He died on a cross because He thought YOU were worth dying for. The verse “fearfully and wonderfully made”, although used frequently is often overlooked, as it speaks a beautiful truth. God had no doubt when he placed each and every hair on your head that you were intended to be everything that you are today. Jesus tells you that you are beautiful, you are compassionate, you are kind, you are loved beyond measure and because of that, you are more than enough.

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Eph. 2:10

You are loved beyond measure.

More than you could ever possibly understand. Psalm 86:15 speaks incredibly well to this. “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness”. The words abounding and steadfast are remarkable indicators that this love is unlike any other that we will ever experience. You must begin to love yourself and accept the incredible amount of love Jesus has to offer before you can be loved by anyone else.

God's timing is always the best timing.

Believe it or not, you don't have it all figured out. Everything isn't just going to fall right into place the way you had it planned but that is okay because God's plan is even more incredible than the one you came up with. That guy broke your heart because the guy you're with now knew the way you deserved to be loved. Your best friends abandoned you because they didn't know your heart and your new friends do. Your job fell through because your purpose was elsewhere.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are high than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts". Isaiah 55: 8-9

The future is in His hands.

You have nothing to be afraid of. It is so easy for us to convince ourselves that we know it all and we are in control but Jesus is always quick to remind us, sometimes in a brutally evident way, that your plans aren’t superior to those He already has for you. Your future has already been created by someone who cares so deeply for you and knows everything that there is to know, that is pretty ridiculously comforting.

  • “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand”. Proverbs 19:21.
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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

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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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The Purpose Behind The Armor of God

The Armor Of God Series
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In this new series, I plan to talk about the armor of God. Since the armor of God isn't mentioned until the very end of the book, I think it would be best to start by looking at the verse's context. Who wrote this letter and why? What's the point?

Apostle Paul wrote the Letter of Ephesians around 60-61AD. Unlike in 2 Corinthians or Galatians, he doesn’t write about his personal life, nor do we see him addressing specific moral issues surrounding the church, or the body of Christ.

Instead, Ephesians deals with an overview of what is means to be a practicing Christians who is filled with faith. He gives instruction and insights on salvation, grace, and unity in Christ (Ephesians 1-4), as well as explains how our actions matter and can affect our relationships—with ourselves, with our spouses, with our children and/or parents, with our co-workers (Ephesians 5-6).

Ephesians can be read in two parts.

The first three chapters discuss our position in Christ (what God has done for us by being a sovereign King; what Christ has done in us by being out saving grace; and what Christ has done between us to allow reconciliation). And the last three chapters, discuss the results of the Holy Trinity’s actions: our new unity (Ephesians 4:1-6), our new walk (Ephesians 4:17-6:9), and our new strength (Ephesians 6:10-20).

Paul mentions that this new life is not easy. When Paul acknowledges spiritual warfare, he says that our struggle goes beyond avoiding a mortal death but avoiding a spiritual death: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). The caveat to this is, if one dies spiritually, they won’t be able to avoid fearing a physical death.

Why?

On top of maintaining his spiritual walk, Paul faced being persecuting with other Christians in Rome. In fact, Paul’s letter was sent with the help of Tychicus and Onesimus because Paul was enduring his first imprisonment in Rome.

But how did he not let the darkness in his life affect his spiritual life?

Paul could have walked away.

Despite Rome’s politically dark state and a seemingly hopeless moment in Paul’s life, Paul did not stop sharing the gospel. Paul’s letters during his imprisonment lead to writing the saints of Ephesian, along with three others (sent to Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon), to be coined as the Prison Epistles. Additionally, he repeatedly mentions that he is a prisoner of God. He refused to relinquish his Christian title (Ephesians 3:1; 4;1). Paul’s small remarks are small, but powerful in terms of witnessing.

So, how does a Christian maintain their new unity, new walk, and new strength in the midst of enduring this dark world, or a hopeless situation, or spiritual warfare—all of which resembles a dark prison cell— like Paul?

In chapter 6, Paul mentions the Armor of God as having 6 pieces that will give Christians the weapons they need to combat spiritual warfare, so they may not be imprisoned by the flesh (Ephesians 6:12).

In the coming weeks this series will take a closer look at each piece of Armor: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit and how it might be used to remain strong in Christ (Ephesians 6:13-19).

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