Ah I hate saying this, but you shouldn’t be hanging out with him then. It doesn’t sound like he’s grown up enough to understand the breakdown of the whole thing so I’d just leave it alone.
Bring it to Jesus! Ask him :)
Well first thing I’d like to say is you are not alone!
Not only is God on your side, and SO happy that you’re coming back (Luke 15:10), but many many people go through the same period during high school and whatnot. There’s always going to be people who understand you, and you’ve got Jesus!
Everyone is too weak to cross that gap alone. Everyone. We all need the Holy Spirit carrying us. Don’t be discouraged, Jesus bridges that chasm! It takes time lovie :)
The best thing for you right now are books that just talk about basic Christianity. Mere Christianity by CS Lewis is a great place to start. So is Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler. Definitely read those two, and if you want more then you should check out any of Mark Driscoll’s books and Living With Questions by Dale Fincher :)
welcome home <3
Okay sorry guys I’m VERY sorry that as a normal, human girl I’ve made a small mistake.
When someone asked me the question “will you go to heaven if you commit suicide” I misread the question and thought I was asked “will you go to hell if you commit suicide”. My answer was “nope” where I meant “yes”, because I meant no you will not go to hell if you commit suicide, but yes you will go to heaven if you commit suicide. But if you continued on and read my response, you would have seen that i did mean you WILL go to heaven if you commit suicide. If I’ve confused you, just go back to the post, since I corrected myself. It will make sense then :)
I am SO sorry for any distress I’ve caused you guys. I really am so sorry, I can’t even begin to explain. I hope that you guys stuck it through the post long enough to realize what I really meant. I am not trying to judge who makes it to heaven and who doesn’t, I was merely presenting what the Bible said about it and I made a little mistake.
I would like to remind you, though, of the verse 1 John 4:20 “If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannotlove God whom he has not seen.”
I did make a mistake, but lashing out in anger and harsh words is totally unbiblical. Please ladies, I urge you to find patience and love through Jesus next time you want to get mad at someone on tumblr! Please know that I’m still learning and I will make mistakes. If you disagree with me on anything, message me privately and talk with me lovingly. I really respect your opinion, and my theology has been shifted because of great messages I’ve gotten from this page. I’ll be open to learning and correcting myself if you’re open to being patient and kind with me.
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
ONCE AGAIN I apologize for any misunderstandings. If there are any problems, shoot us a message, but please please, be nice. I do have emotions and I am not bulletproof. Name calling and accusations are immature, unbiblical, unnecessary, and rude.
Thanks everyone, have a wonderful day!
The Bible is not a package of bandaids. You cannot apply it by picking and choosing which scripture goes where in your life.
The Bible is Extreme Makeover: Heart, Soul, Body and Mind Edition. It is the living and active Word of God that has no room for the lukewarm. It is sharper than any two-edged sword. It pierces to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
The Bible is not a package of bandaids.
Yeah there’s something immensely comforting knowing that you’re not alone in these embarrassing struggles, isn’t there?
Hm I’d firstly recommend the Bible ;D
No seriously, read Romans, Hebrews, James, and the four gospels. You’ll be surprised how much the Bible helps (especially these seven books) when you’re lacking faith. It doesn’t seem like it would because.. well you’re lacking faith in that moment.. but trust me on this one!
Other books I’d recommend… uh, well, there’s Crazy Love by Francis Chan and the Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler. They’re both pretty much just the gospel, but there’s something about hearing the gospel the way that those two men write it that really builds my faith. I’m sitting there the whole time going, “Yes! Yes! Okay God you’ve saved me, I’ll give you my everything!”
Mere Christianity is kind of a book about being a Christian, and most of being a Christian is having faith and trusting Jesus, so Mere Christianity will be really awesome for you as well!
I recommend these books for the same reason I recommend reading the Bible. It’s really important to solidify the foundations of the gospel and the salvation process. A lot of faith comes from having a serious and strong foundation, so to keep building on that foundation will only make your trust grow stronger and stronger!
Remember to pray ;)
I think trust and faith are part of being saved, and reading a book that extends and walks you through the salvation process just re-solidifies those aspects of your Christian walk. If anyone else has any suggestions, please please tell me! Thanks guys!
Good question, by the way, I like that you want to read books that help you build your faith!
oh my love it is IMPOSSIBLE to fall too many times. He will pick you up every single time. He has not left you. He will never leave you.
Seriously, your God will NEVER leave you. Jesus didn’t die for some of your sins, he died for all of them. He has redeemed you and you are redeemed. You have a new identity and you’re washed in the blood of Jesus that was spilled for you out of his love. You are eternally loved by the God of the universe, nothing can change that. Here are some verses to back me up :) Keep these handy, I have them saved as a file on my computer, and open it when you feel hopeless!
To think that your sins are greater than the power of Jesus’s beautiful, redeeming, eternal sacrifice is a ridiculous thought. You cannot entertain those kinds of ideas. Here’s my prayer to all you girls tonight who are struggling with the idea that God has not forgiven all your sins!
Jesus I come to you as a daughter of the King and I thank you for your redeeming power. Thank you that you are powerful and glorious and holy but you still chose us and desire us. I pray that we never ever forget that your sacrifice for us was sufficient and eternal. Thank you that you look at our hearts and not our actions. Thank you that because we are loved and redeemed by you, it doesn’t matter how many times we fall, you will pick us back up. Remind us right now, Jesus speak to us about your endless love. Show us how you see us, redefine the way that we see the gospel. Forgive us for attempting to belittle your saving powers and bring us back into your graceful light. Thank you that you reign over everything, over all the earth and everything on it, but you chose fellowship with us. We are undeserving, but we’ve been given grace anyway. Continue to bless our faith, and show us the power of your gospel anew every. single. day. Jesus, your power is unending, and if you chose to save us, then you will save us forever and ever. Amen.
He is listening. Christianity isn’t about feelings, just because you feel like he’s not listening doesn’t mean that he isn’t. He sees your heart and he sees that you desire purity and that’s all he needs to see. You want to be done with your sin and you’re trying your best and that’s what Jesus wants to see. Remember? God looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)
Keep going lovie!
1. How can I stop doubting? The Bible. I find that I often doubt Jesus and the Holy Spirit within me but the Bible is a solid place for me to find peace from my doubt. Read anywhere. Proverbs, Isaiah, Luke… Another thing that will help is writing (yes, handwriting!) your emotions and doubts on paper. My doubt tends to scramble my thoughts, I question what’s real and what’s lies. Feeling myself writing these doubts down and seeing the colored ink on the paper in my handwriting tends to snap me out of my doubt. So does rereading my prayer journal(s). It brings me back to the time and place when I wrote those things and I can feel the way I felt at that moment once again.
2. How can I start trusting more? Faith, trust, belief…. it all comes from Jesus. Ask him for more faith, peace, trust. You can get faith from him!
3. How can I not doubt after I pray? If you mean how can I believe that Jesus is going to answer my prayers, you should go back to the Bible and soak in his word. He tends to answer through the Bible, so it’s a great place to turn to. Once again, write out your prayers in a list. Every. Single. Little. Prayer. For like two days. Then go back in every night for a week and see how God has answered your prayers! Remember that his answer won’t always be yes, but he always answers.
I’m so glad to hear that you want to live for Jesus! Remember that God looks at your heart, and your heart desires faith. It’s okay that you don’t have this thing figured out yet. I understand that it’s not easy, but you’re not alone. Don’t worry about what your friends think, you’re just doing your best and trying to work through this!
For everything else I’ve written about doubt, go here :)