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

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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Maybe, All You Really Need Is Love

An article in which I discuss the topic of faith and organized religion and just how strange it is.

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Faith is so weird.

I am incapable of speaking for everyone but being raised in the Bible Belt, spending my elementary education in a Catholic school, growing up in a religious home, and spending every summer since third grade at a church camp, I can say that it's hard to think sometimes. My parents are very respectful of other religions, and I know they will read this so know that this is not a complaint, but it was just naturally assumed that I would be Episcopalian too. It was never forced down my throat or shoved into my life, it's just the way the world works. Obviously, there are reasons not to believe and reasons to believe and I really don't know the answer or if God is real but I know that love is real. The idea of organized religion has always bothered me. Everyone is given a set of instructions to follow and it is expected of them to follow. Go to church on Sunday. Go to the Synagogue on Saturday. Do not eat food that was not given to you. Suffering exists, to get rid of if you must get rid of attachment. There are stories upon stories, teachings and scriptures that people take too seriously in my opinion. I've never read the Bible from start to finish. I plan on it, one day, but I don't think it holds any sort of answer. It was a book written by a bunch of men back 2000 years ago. The book has been used to explain why we should have slaves, why we shouldn't allow gays, and where a woman's place should be. So no, I don't believe we should follow the Bible. Especially the Torah. I mean G-d was actually pretty brutal. G-d will make a flood one day to kill off most of the earth then help Abraham and Sarah have a kid only to tell Abraham to go kill Isaac. Not to mention the series of plagues G-d inflicted on the Egyptians for enslaving the Jewish people.

There's a line in one of Madeleine L'Engle's books, "A House Like a Lotus", where the character Max is philosophizing the world with the narrator, Polly O'Keefe. Max goes off into a monologue in which she states, "If we kept God and got rid of religion, the world would be a much better place." To me, this makes sense. In my comparative religions class, my professor started off the semester with the statement, "Humans are inherently religious" then let the class discuss. The thing is, religion has gained a negative condonation, and rightfully so. People aren't inherently religious. While we do strive for structure and meaning, everybody is different. You can't file humanity between only two titles, we're too broad for that. Madeleine L'Engle was a big-time Episcopalian, and it wasn't until I started collecting her books did I find more meaning into the thought of religion. Her thought of keeping God, to me, is keeping love. It isn't the set plans or rules that we need to follow, it's what you are supposed to learn, and that's just love.

I call myself Episcopalian, mostly because of my environment. My involvement with the Episcopal diocese is without a doubt the best thing to have ever happened to me. It's not because I had gone to some church camp where I found God and read the bible ten times a day, though I definitely still do go to church camp. It's because of the people I met through it. I consider myself religious by association because I spend weekends and summers at these Episcopal events and because I find beauty in Compline and the songs we sing. Maybe that's all we need. Maybe all we need in life is to spend weekends with friends, spend summers serving a bunch of elementary school kids and friends with diverse-abilities. There is a beauty of the collection of voices with nothing but the strumming of a guitar at night, when everything is silent but full. Maybe, all you really need is love to succeed in the world.

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