The Time Is Now

The Time Is Now

Let us be vigilant against our own downfall.

There must come a time when we realize that the choices we make, the things we say, and the things we don't say highly impact the people around us. We are not merely living for the benefit of ourselves, but for the benefit of our neighbor. What would our lives begin to look like if we stopped acting on selfish gain?

It's a fascinating concept to swallow, because since the beginning of time man has acted on being the most superior form of himself as possible. But wasn't that our downfall? We must analyze our own thoughts and actions and figure out why we are so concerned with having our eyes open to the knowledge of good and evil rather than being content with our eyes being focused on the issues already in front of us. Why does our blood rush with the desire to know all there is to know, and to be capable of doing more than what we can already do? Let us be vigilant against our own downfall and not get so wrapped up with becoming like God. Superiority looks nice, but really it's just a wilting flower embodied in thorns we are too blind to see and one of the most dangerous forms of idolatry.

It's hard to study Genesis and think that we could've done any better. Our conversations are built on greed, our politics are centered around us against them, our "Good Samaritan" attitudes at the root are about "what can I get in return for helping my neighbor in need?"

Selfishness and superiority starts with the belief that what God has already blessed us with, isn't enough. While we are complaining about needing to be and have more, we are withholding the opportunity to help our brothers and sisters around us. What they need is what we already have inside of us, and what we need is already on the inside of someone else. The time is now to be empathetic to the precious life throughout the world.

For every genuine there is a counterfeit from the enemy. The temptation that the serpent brought to Eve in the Garden was the first counterfeit that was offered to humanity. "You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5 completely contradicts God's purpose and design of man. We were made in the image of God, not to be opponents and forces against him. If we were supposed to obtain a level of superiority where we were like God, we wouldn't need each other, making God's design pointless.

"And let's not be consumed by winning. Because if my neighbor is being hated, profiled, violated or otherwise mistreated, WE aren't winning." It is because I strongly agree with the words of Bernice King, that I urge you with every fiber in my being to get out of your own bubble of greed and prosperity, and to be a voice for the voiceless.

Selfishness was in the equation of The Fall, but selflessness is in the equation of God's Redemption Plan. The time is now.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.

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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When You Read Your Bible And Pray Every Day You Will See Yourself Grow, Grow, Grow

I notice a difference in me when I don't read my Bible and pray every day.


Whenever I hear someone talking about reading the Bible every day, my mind goes back to a song I sang in Sunday School. "Read your Bible, pray every day and you'll grow, grow grow." Whenever we said grow, we would stand up taller and taller, eventually standing on a chair and trying to reach the ceiling. Quite funny right? Yes, but how much truth exists in this silly song as well.

A relationship is built on communication between two people. You wouldn't have much of a relationship if you didn't talk to the other person. The same principle exists in your relationship with God. We are able to talk to God through prayer, and God wrote the Bible as a means of communicating with us. Because of this, it is important to read the Bible and pray every day.

I feel really inadequate in writing this article on this topic because I know how much I struggle with consistency in this area. These things don't become a habit on accident. You must practice this on purpose in order for it to become an effective, lasting trait in your life.

I can tell a difference in a day when I don't read the Bible and when I do. I've found myself to be more joyful when I spend some time reading and meditating on a few verses and talking to God about whatever is on my mind. It sets my focus on things above rather than myself, which is something I have struggled with to be quite honest. I find it interesting that so many Christians find it difficult to have a consistent time with the Lord, myself included. It could be a matter of priority and where Jesus falls on that. I know I've been guilty many times of placing other things before God and they thus become idols.

The song then says, "Neglect your Bible, forget to pray and you'll shrink, shrink, shrink." As we say "shrink" we begin crouching down closer and closer to the ground. It's still quite silly, but a lot of truth is evident. It's a good object lesson to what happens when we don't communicate with God in our relationship and become stagnant. We stop communicating with the Lord and eventually our sin doesn't bother us as much. There's not as much conviction there, so we don't confess it. Then, our fellowship with God breaks and we continue to make more worldly choices.

Whenever I don't read my Bible and pray for a day, I notice how much of my flesh is evident. I get angrier a lot quicker and my patience is a lot less evident. Anxiety and worry are often a lot more evident. All these things aren't of God. He gives the spirit of peace. That's not to say that communicating with the Lord well will never put you in a place where you don't feel at peace. We still are in need of God's sufficiency amongst our insufficiency. It just amplifies how sinful our nature is and how holy Christ is.

I hope this is an encouragement for someone in their walk with the Lord. Maintaining a strong relationship with Him isn't always easy, even though it should be a Christian's top priority. It's amazing at how gracious God has been to me in spite of all the times I've failed Him and wasn't as close as I once was. His grace is still good enough for you friend. Believe me.

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