The Truth, No Matter How Difficult, Is What We As Christians Need To Hear

The Truth, No Matter How Difficult, Is What We As Christians Need To Hear

The truth, and only the truth, is what sets people free and shows us where we can improve.

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This past weekend at church, the preacher said something that hit me hard. I immediately felt conviction, and as we all know, conviction is no one's favorite feeling. In fact, a lot of us try to avoid it like the plague. Sometimes we even go far enough that we try to avoid truth to avoid the feeling of conviction. This is not what we should do though; conviction has some positive aspects if we look at it the right way.

My pastor has always said that even though conviction doesn't exactly feel great, it is another way that God lets us know that we are His. If you sin and do not feel convicted by the Holy Spirit, then there may be something lacking and you should pray about that. That guilty feeling after disobeying God initially is not something I enjoy, but it is further indication that I am a born again believer and have a heavenly home waiting for me.

The main purpose of conviction is to let us know when we are wrong so we can learn to better serve God in the future. If God never let me know when I was wrong, my spiritual growth would be stunted. The same goes for other Christians as well. God loves us too much to leave us alone in our walk with HIm. He does not expect us to figure it out on our own, so He gives us the conviction of the Holy Spirit along with His Word to guide us in the right direction.

If we are all honest here, none of us like to be wrong and especially do not like to admit when we are wrong. Conviction ultimately leads to repentance, when we confess to God that we were wrong and need His help to live for Him and Him alone. The peace that comes when we finally lay our pride down at the foot of the cross is truly the peace that passes all understanding just like He promised. It is such a win-win situation when we finally make things right with the Lord: He gets the glory, and we get Him which is the best thing possible.

An issue I see with Christians today is that we dislike the uncomfortable feeling of conviction so much that we go as far as to avoid pastors and writers whose words are convicting. Instead, we turn to those who "tickle ears" and just say what they know people want to hear. We need to go where the Spirit of the Lord is and where His truth is preached. That is where we will find progress in our walk with God and become closer to Him.

This is not to say that all messages should be condemning and not uplifting, but this is to say the truth has to be embedded in encouragement. It is often said in the Christian community that grace and truth go hand in hand, and I believe this with all of my heart. The truth of the matter is we do not deserve God's love but through His marvelous grace, we have it. Do not be upset the next time the Holy Spirit convicts you; see it as an opportunity to learn and become more like Jesus.

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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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He Made You For More, Do Not Settle

Psalm 139:13-14 " For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."

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When we read titles like that, we usually think about romantic relationships, not today!

Let Daenne's Journal take your mind to a new direction.

When I read verses like Psalm 139:13-14 " For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." My confidence level always rise up on many areas of my life.

When it comes to relationships, we usually tell our friends do not settle, you are worth more than this, you are this you are that which are all good things. But, what about all the other aspects of life? Why do we often put romantic relationships as the center of the universe? Were we not created for far more than that? Aren't we kingdom children called to be part of the advancement of the kingdom by making disciples and succeed in everything we do? Aren't we called to first seek the kingdom of God?

I find it interesting that we give our loved ones advice on whether or not they are settling in relationships, but find it okay that they are settling for everything else in life.

I do not like to see anyone go through heartbreaks or settle for less in relationships because I have been through some heartbreaks and it is not pretty. But, I have learned that settling for less in the other aspects of life can affect us negatively as well. There is no age limit when it comes to having dreams and following them.The one person's story who inspires me the most is my dad's. I do not usually mention him in my articles or any public post because this is not his thing. But, he had a goal, left home, went elsewhere for a better life, worked on that goal, succeed, went back home with other goals, fulfill them, succeed, and working on more goals. He is nearly 60 and this man has not stopped working. I have never met anyone more hardworking than my father, my rock, my daddy (can you tell I'm still daddy's girl at heart).

What I found out is that many times we settle for less in life because we don't know our purpose (that is a big one). We might know our purpose, but forget that God is the creator of the universe, author of our story and He has a day and a time for everything to come to pass. God has been working on my patience on so many levels Daenne's Journal Fam. My mindset is usually "I want it, I want it now", can you relate? I mean, who likes to wait? if you do, man God bless you. I don't even like to wait for the commercials on YouTube. I often just give up watching something I had my mind set to watch on YouTube just because the skip button is not coming up. Thirty seconds=too long of a wait for me. It took me a while to realize that I was like that in other areas of my life. My impatience led me to settle for less than what God had for me so many time, and I do not want that for you.There are thoughts that I have sometimes which later make me think "you think God needs your help to accomplish His plans for your life?" The answer to this is a big NO for both you and I.

In what area of your life are you settling for less? Are you perhaps "being impatient"? Have you asked yourself if that is God's plan for your life?

As Children of God, we should commit our plans to Him and let him establish our steps (Proverbs 16:3). Pray, do your part, be patient and let God handle this!

If you don't remember anything else I said, just remember the following: Wait on God! Trust His GPS! DO NOT SETTLE WHILE YOU WAIT! What He has for you is always better than what you are settling for!

Romans 12:12 "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."

Xoxo,

DD

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