Outsider Applauds: Look at the Book

I just wanted to take a quick moment to share an awesome resource with you.

I will admit that sometimes studying the Bible, without workbooks, commentaries, etc, can seem daunting and a little overwhelming, but I have derived so much joy from time in the Word like this. I recently stumbled upon this sections of the Desiring God website called Look at the Book. What John Piper does is shows a bit of text on the screen, and walks us through how to look at the text and study it. It shows us his through processed and the way he breaks down the text. This can be really helpful as we grow in our abilities to study scripture and grown in our knowledge of God. See the video below for the “trailer” if you will given by Desiring God about Look at the Book.

I would encourage you to take time to review a couple of these videos. I’ll watch/listen to one while I am doing dishes or cooking. It can also be helpful if you are studying a particular passage or book, to see an additional viewpoint. I believe spending time watching videos like this, rather than yet another Fail video, or Dumb Cute Cat, can be beneficial for our growth as Christians and for just plain ol’ good for the soul.

Look at the Book: http://www.desiringgod.org/labs

I think this will be a new aspect of my blog every so often… Outsider Applauds- For resources, books, tools, etc that I would recommend and endorse to you as beneficial and good. What do ya think?

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Tools for the Fight: My Lesson from Friday Night

Readers!

I promised you that if my lesson went well on Friday night I would post the notes from it on here! So here they are.

Main Idea: We naturally drawn to sin, but we have ways to avoid and protect yourself from sin. 

  1. Our Never Ending Battle with Sin.
    1. The Bible tells us over and over that we are sinful to the core.
      1. Genesis 6:5 — “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
      2. Ephesian 2:1-2 — “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience”
      3. This is an idea that most Christians are familiar with. Our relation of our sin drives us to our need for a Savior.
        1. There is nothing we can do to solve our problem with sin on our own.
        2. This is where Christ steps in.
          1. Ephesians 2:4-5 — “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved”
          2. 2 Corinthians 5:21 — “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”  
        3. Christ pays for the Eternal Consequences of sin for us!
          1. But does the means that we no longer desire to sin? By no means! Even Paul struggles with the impulse and desire to sin.
            1. Romans 7:18-20 — “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me”
          2. We are called to Fight the Sin in our lives.
            1. 1 Timothy 6:11-12 — But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses”
            2. 2 Timothy 2:22 — “So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart”
          3. We must daily fight sin in our lives! But the Lord has given up two excellent tools to fight sin with!
            1. A New Identity
            2. A New Community
  2. Our New Identity
    1. Let’s start with 2 Corinthians 5:17 — “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come”
      1. When we are in Christ, we become NEW! (This happens when the Holy Spirit come to us.)
        1. The Old has passed away and the new has come.
          1. So what is this new that we are?
            1. Ephesians 1:3-12 – [This is a BIG chunk, but what is says about us as Christians, and its important.] “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory”
              1. Blessed with every spiritual blessing. 
              2. Chosen
              3. Holy
              4. Blameless
              5. Adopted as sons and daughters
              6. Blessed
              7. Redeemed
              8. Forgiven
              9. Lavished with Grace
              10. United with Christ
              11. Obtained an Inheritance
              12. Hope
            2. This is what God says has been given to us, through Christ, that we are given when we become Christians, submit to the Lord and walk in the life He has planned for us.
          2. But why does knowing our identity help us fight sin.
            1. This world often bases our identity on others and how they view us.
              1. Have you ever doubted yourself and your identity because of what another person, or society, says about you?
              2. Or, have you ever done something you didn’t want to, or that you knew was wrong, to gain others approval?
            2. Do you see how our identity matters! When our identity is questioned, we question our worth.
              1. When we feel worthless, we will often stop at nothing to stop feeling this way.
              2. Some sinful ways that this shows in our lives are:
                1. Taking 100’s of selfies in order to look “just perfect” before posting.
                2. Giving up our standards and purity in relationships to please the other person.
                3. Compromising our morals to save a relationship.
                4. Giving up Church or Time with God for other things like school, sleep or video games.
              3. These situations can lead us into sins like these because we are looking to relationships or people for our worth and identity.
                1. Busyness
                2. Laziness
                3. Vanity
                4. Drunkenness
                5. Sexual Immorality
              4. But why? – We put the thoughts and opinions of other, and what they say about us, before what God says about us, we do not walk in our identity that God has give us.
                1. This is why we must remember what God says about us and believe the Word of God over the World.
                2. We must seek what God says about us over what the world says!
                  1. When we trust God’s identity for us over the world’s, then we are free from trying to constantly impress others.
              5. I can share from personal experience – When I was younger, I was so worried about what other people thought of me that it was all that I could ever think about. It caused depression, anxiety and overwhelming selfishness in my life, trying to live up to the image I wanted them to see, and to be enough for them. But when I gave it up and chose to Believe what God says about me instead, there was such freedom. I don’t worry as much, so I can think about others more. I am more aware of when others are hurting or more focused on what is happening around me, and less focused on what people are thinking of me. It is such a relief.
  1. Our New Community
    1. We were never intended to live our lives in Faith by ourselves.
      1. Even all the way back in Genesis, in the Garden of Eden, God does not leave Adam alone, but gives him a companion because it wasn’t good that he was alone.
      2. Ecclesiastics 4:9-12 — Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
        1. This verse shows how when we fall or are overcome, if we are alone we will fail. But if we have others around us, they can lift us up and help us withstand.
          1. We help strengthen each other because we need each other!
      3. God gives an great example of what Christian Community should look like.
        1. Acts 2:42-47 — “And they devoted themselves to the apostles ‘ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved”
        2. This is a familiar passage for most of us, but let us take a deeper look at it. What elements are highlighted about this group?
          1. Devoted to Teaching (Studying together)
          2. Fellowship
          3. Prayer
          4. Provided for one another
          5. Attended services together
          6. Shared meals and life together
          7. Praising God
        3. It this what your friendships with other Christians looks like?
          1. Do you study the Bible together?
          2. Do you talk about what you have been learning in scripture together?
          3. Do you pray for one another often?
          4. Do we take care of each other when we need help?
          5. Do we truly share life together?
        4. Does another Christian truly know you and do you know someone else?
          1. When I say know, I mean does anyone know your struggles, the sins you battle, the doubts you have, the dreams your have?
            1. James 5:16 — “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
        5. When we are known by other believers:
          1. We stand stronger in our faith
          2. We grow stronger in our ability to withstand temptation to sin
          3. We are reminded of Truth when we begin to doubt, or question our identity.
        6. We need community to persevere. This is how we persevere. This close community is gift from the Lord, but one we ignore too often.

Well… There it is. I hope you enjoy it.

Why is Sin Bad?

[Long one… Buckle Up!]

My church is going through series on 1 John right now, and honestly, it has been amazing, very challenging, but amazing. Today’s message was encouraging, challenging and refreshing. It was a shouting “Amen” real loud kind of service.

The sermon today was based on 1 John 3:4-10

Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

1 John 3:4-10 ESV

This is one of those passages most of us read and the guilt begins to sink in and sometimes Christians can begin to doubt their salvation. We begin to see the seriousness of sin and how God views it. That was the main focus of today’s message – the seriousness of sin and the importance of guarding against sin. It was so good I decided to post a recap/breakdown of some of the main points. [Clarification point – We discussed in the message the difference between sinning as failure and due to weakness and human nature vs. a practice of intentional sinning – a lifestyle marked by sin. The majority of this is directed as those individuals claiming to be Christians, but still allowing their lives to be marked by sin and regularly practicing sin.]

Sin is lawlessness!

But why is sin so bad?

Most people know that sin is bad. It’s rebellion against God’s law and His rules. But I believe it goes much deeper than that. Sin is an act of rebellion against God Himself, not just His laws (rules). It’s an outright defiance of God. It’s a rejection of his Authority and Godship.

Sin is bad for the following reasons:

1. It ignores the Sufficiency of Christ

Scripture tells us that Christ is Sufficient for all of our needs (2 Cor 12:9, Eph 1:3, Col 2:10). This means He is enough to bring up peace, joy, security, love and completion. When we seek out things in the world to meet these needs for us (relationships for love and completion, money/financial security or abundance for security, ect), we are showing in our actions that God is not enough. We dismiss and disregard Christ’s ability to be enough and satisfy us.

2. It denies the omniscience of God

Intentionally sinning and choosing to live a lifestyle of sin causes us to think that we can hide certain parts of ourselves from God. Like we can hide anything from God. That’s one of the scariest things about God, we are exposed before God because He knows all – even the stuff we do not want Him to see.

3. It shows Ungratefulness

Anyone who knows anything about Christ knows that He died an excruciating death. He, the God-Man, humbled himself to be born as a child – fully dependent on broken humans – and live a sinless life, only to be viciously murdered by the very people He came to save. Not only that, He rose again and defeated sin and death. Why did He do this? To set His people free from the bondage of sin – For Freedom Christ has set you Free (Gal 5:1). When we willing choose to live lives of sin and willing place ourselves back into bondage, we show our ungratefulness and, personally, I believe that we are tell Christ that we do not care about his sacrifice – we would rather do what we want. We demean the very cross and sacrifice of God when we choose to practice sin.

4. It is outside the Will of God – and it does not promote the Will of God.

God’s plan for us is sinlessness… but sin our sin separates us and removed us from the Will of God. God leads us back to his will through discipline and growth, but its a process that can be painful and difficult (I can tell you all about my own story with discipline and how sin removed us from the Will of God – It’s true and its real, and the road back is painful). Furthermore, Sin will never promote and encourage the Will of God – so we cannot justify sin as a “necessary evil” to do something for God.

5. Sin hurts other Believers

When other believers, especially younger (in age and spiritual maturity) see us in a lifestyle of unreported sin, it gives them passive approval for their own sins. This causes thoughts like, “Well if Morgan can do this, then it must be OK.” We must we careful to not lead brothers and sisters into temptation (Matt 18:5-7, 1 Cor 8:9). Furthermore, often times sin is seeking out own good/will/needs over that of others and we can hurt and discourage fellow believes and even lead them into temptation when we are not battling the sin in our lives.

6. It makes the things of God and creates them into Idols.

Sin causes us to value the created things of God over God Himself. We begin to place the focus on what we get from creation (pleasure, security, satisfaction, ect) rather than seeking out these things from the Creator, the one who created it! This is a major theme in both Hosea 2 and Jeremiah 2 – We begin to seek after things of this world and the things that “satisfy” in this world, rather than God. Jeremiah 2 says

“for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:13

We forsake, turn our back on, the living water that is Christ, ultimately satisfying and good, and dig out cisterns (literally, holes in the ground to collect rain water to be used a reserve/back-up if the people needed it – stagnant water that is not good) to care for ourselves. We have such a habit of this as people… trying to provide for ourselves. We strive for self-reliance to a point of sin. We were created for dependence on God.

In light of there seriousness of sin, questions to ask yourself Christian!

  1. Is it your desire to escape sin?
  2. When you fall (fail), do you desire to stop it?
  3. Are you growing in your strength to resist sin?
  4. Is it important to you to repent when you sin?
  5. Are you struggling with sin?

Answering yes to these question is an indication of a Relationship with Christ. We are not called to perfect, but to gradual sanctification (the process of becoming more like Christ and gaining victory over sin in our lives).

As the late Puritan John Owen said, “be killing sin or it will be killing you”.

What do we Christians do to deal with the seriousness of Sin?

  1. Ask God for greater sensitivity to sin.
  2. Read Scripture (Stories of Biblical Characters to learn from their mistakes)
  3. Develop deep godly Christian friendships.
  4. Study Biographies of Christians, and read Church History.
  5. Single out a sin for special prayer in your life.
  6. Consider the consequences of your sin.
  7. Confess sin quickly, to God and to other Believers.
  8. Celebrate victories over sin!
  9. Ask God for Grace and Help.

Last thoughts. Non-Christians who read this. Please do not be offended. I promise you, anything harsh is meant to edify and spur my brothers and sister’s in Christ on to further purity and to battle the sin in their lives. If you do not believe in God/Christ, or do not have a relationship with Him, you are living under different standards. I would love to talk with you, answer questions and simply tell you my story if you wish. You can send me an e-mail or just comment and I would love to talk with you.

[This is pulled from my notes on a message preached by Dennis Newkirk this weekend at Henderson Hills Baptist Church. I did not come up with this on my own (blah blah) and I will edit this post and put a link to the message as soon as its up.]

Clover, the Center of the Universe and Christians

Today… [This was mostly written yesterday… so just go with it.]

Oh what a day…

Work this morning was, well… mamma always said there’d be days like these. Things were broken, I was making drinks in a small pond and then then inevitable happened… I decided to meet the floor where it was and fall quickly towards it. Then things continued to be busy and everyone wanted some of our delicious coffee and just to wrap up the work day, I got propositioned by a customer, but in the most inappropriate manner possible. Why?

However, things improved greatly after work. I had the privilege to take an evening trip up to Tulsa with a dear friend and co-worker. This is one of the first times we were able to spend extended time together and it was well worth it.

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As we journeyed to the Center of the Universe (which is in Tulsa, OK – if you didn’t know – See Above) my sweet friends and I’s conversation shifted to different aspects of our faith and how we, and those close to us, have struggled with our faith. This conversation continued over dinner, at Kilkenny’s, a brilliant Irish Pub and over the most delicious coffee I have ever had to the Starbucks in Utica Square. They have a Clover machine… which if you do not know, you must not love coffee (just kidding, but its legit). It a special way of brewing coffee that uses a unique vacuum-press system that brews ground coffees one cup at a time in sweet perfection. Seriously… the best cup of coffee I have ever had. Then we journeyed on home to the sounds of Carbon Leaf and Noah Gundersen.

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Our conversation sparked a few interesting thoughts for me about the way we teach faith to children and the Truths we teach. We discussed how we want so badly for children to believe the Truths of the Bible and be rooted in the Word that sometimes over emphasize the benefits of Faith and fail to warn of the struggles and trials. The American church’s education of trails and suffering leaves sometimes to be desired and it seems that this is causing the many in the current generation to have a crisis of faith.

I spent the beginning part of my life in church, then returned in high school, but I remember being taught about the faithfulness, love, mercy and grace of God, which are all true and vital, but I don’t ever remember really being taught that suffering was a real part of a Christian’s life. Trials were for the disobedient and if I was a “good” Christian, God would take care of me and makes me successful, happy and life would be a cinch. That’s how it’s supposed to work, right? Actually, I’m pretty sure its not. Through our conversation I have compiled 3 “Hard Truths” that we need to be teaching to ourselves, our friends and our children. [Just a thought… this ended up significantly longer than I expected, so go grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea to enjoy while reading, or perhaps a blanket to cuddle up with.]

#1: Life is Hard, even if you believe in Jesus 

We twist scripture like Romans 8:28 (And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. ESV) and say things like God will make things good for us or we will never struggle. If we love God, all will be good. False! That is misreading this scripture, I believe. This scripture is surrounded by scripture about suffering, and bearing with suffering, for the glory that will be revealed. Romans 8:28 directly follows a passage about the Holy Spirit’s intercession or us before the Lord, according to the Lord’s will (NOT ours… He is NOT interceding according to the will of Morgan, but rather according to the Will of God). Paul is encouraging us to take heart and have faith because DESPITE our suffering, The Lord has not forgotten us, and He will create good out of the situation. Good is defined by God alone, not our wants and desires. This is a call to suffer well, not to avoid or escape suffering – these are very different mindsets and plans of action. That brings me to my second truth

#2: As a Christian, you will suffer

I am not sure when we developed this ideology that because we have faith in Jesus Christ, life will be easy. Where is that in scripture? Maybe in the following verses (just a few of many):

Matthew 10:22  “and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake”

John 15:18-19 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”

James 1:2 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds”

1 Peter 4:12 “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you”

2 Timothy 3:12 “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,”

Wait… What? The World is going to hate us? When I meet trials? Fiery trials? Persecution? We must come to realize that this life is hard. There is sin in this world, evil and our own human desires that corrupt the world around us, and an enemy that prowls like a lion looking for any opportunity to destroy community and cease the spread of the Gospel. DON’T LET HIM. Ephesians 2 tells us we were once slaves to the enemy, but GOD – now we are free. Don’t willingly submit yourself back to the enemy (I digress, but this will be hit later on… do not fear! But for now… Look to verse like Galatians 5:1, 13; Psalms 119:45; 1 Peter 2:16). Suffering is a part of the Christian life. I do not know where we got this idea that it wasn’t. Christ suffered. All of the disciples suffered and all but one was murder for their faith. Everyday we have brothers and sisters world wide that are imprisoned, beaten, burned, abandoned and murdered for their belief in God. Suffering for your faith is real, for all Christians who are proclaiming Christ in their lives and attempting to spread the Gospel in their spheres of influence. We must be prepared for this, because we should be equipped by scripture to stand firm, stand strong and persevere.

Ephesians 6:12 “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil”

1 Corinthians 16:13 “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong”

Romans 12:12 “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer”

Colossians 1:23 “if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister”

Stand Firm! Persevere! The Lord, the Creator, is with you! Lean onto the author and perfecter of your faith.

#3: Having faith can be a struggle, but struggling with your faith doesn’t mean you don’t have it.

Being a Christian can be hard. Things will be unfair at times. Bad things and evil will happen in believers lives. It is OK to ask God “why?” It is perfectly acceptable to be unsure of scripture and ask questions that may seem “dumb” or “silly”. THIS IS HOW WE GROW AND MATURE. We have this horrific pattern within American church culture of “shaming” when people are questioning their faith, struggling with truth or are just unsure about what they believe. This must end! This is part of the Christian life by seeking the Lord and seeking Truth. How are we to determine what is true if we do not wrestle with Truth. There are numerous aspects of the Bible that are difficult to understand or deal with because they are so counter-culture and opposed to our own nature. It takes time for us to fully understand and accept all things. Faith is a process… its requires work and attention. Philippians 2:12 reminds us that we are to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”. This is not to be terrified of God, but rather to be diligent to seek out Truth because it is of vital importance. If we claim to believe the Bible, we better know what it says and believe what it says. At times this is difficult and it takes us sometime to struggle through it and determine what scripture is say and deal with how this conflicts with what we feel, what we have been taught and how we interact with our world. For those who grew up in the Church, this is a highly important time for them to stop simply believing what they have been taught their whole life, and take ownership and responsibility for their Faith. Make it there own, for lack of a better phrase. I tell this to my 8th grade girls I teach on Sunday mornings. This is their time to ask questions, seek truth and own their faith. You do not automatically have a relationship with Christ because your mother/father/brother/sister/grandma/neighbor/best friend does. Just because you come to church every Sunday/Wednesday/Thursday does not mean you are a Christian. You have a  relationship with Christ because HE chose you, and you responded and you chose to deliberately seek knowledge of Him, spend time in prayer and studying His Work, serving Him and seeking His Kingdom, not your own. Those with a true relationship with Christ decide everyday to “die to self” and chose God’s kingdom, not their own desires and will. THIS IS NOT EASY AND THE PROCESS IS HARD, but OH how it is worth it.

Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope”

John 15:10-11 “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full”

1 John 1:4 “And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete”

Psalms 63:3 “Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you”

Psalms 107:9 “For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things”

Psalms 145:8-9 “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made

Jeremiah 31:25 “For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish”

Therefore, do not be ashamed if you are struggling with your faith. You are still involved with your faith. You have not abandoned it and you are seeking Truth. James 1:5 says that if you lack wisdom to ask the Lord for more and he will give it. So ask Him to reveal himself. Ask Him to deepen your faith! Ask Him to help you understand. He will not be angry or upset with you for this. Do not be ashamed by this. 1 Peter 4:16 says “Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name”. Allow your suffering and struggles to be ultimately glorifying to the Lord. Finally, be encouraged if you are struggling to seek truth and battling with faith, that any inclination towards God is not of our own. This is from God, because Romans 3:10 states the “none is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.” If you are seeking for God, that is a God given desire. Cherish it. Endure (But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious things in the sight of God. – 1 Peter 2:20). Grow in Love and Christ!

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