But this teaching is false. Jesus never taught this to his followers. You may experience these blessings in your life, but they are not a reward for godly living.
At times we experience tragedy, pain, and loss in life. This is not always a result of sin, as some would claim, but rather, for a greater purpose that we may not understand immediately. We may never understand, but we can trust God in these difficult times, and know he has a purpose.
Rick Warren says in his popular book, The Purpose Driven Life - "Jesus did not die on the cross just so we could live comfortable, well-adjusted lives. His purpose is far deeper: He wants to make us like himself before he takes us to heaven. This is a subtle but persistent misconception that we carry in our minds as believers. Because of this false notion, we end up putting ministers and missionaries on "spiritual pedestals" accompanied by unrealistic expectations.
When one of these heroes falls from our self-constructed perch, it tends to make us fall too -- away from God. Don't let this happen in your life. You may have to continually guard yourself against this subtle deception. Paul, Timothy 's spiritual father, taught him this truth - we are all sinners on an equal playing field with God and each other:. Although this should be true, it is not. Unfortunately, we live in a fallen world where evil resides. Not everyone who enters the church has honorable intentions, and even some who do come with good intentions can fall back into old patterns of sin.
One of the most dangerous places in Christian churches, if not properly guarded, is the children's ministry. Churches that don't implement background checks, team-led classrooms, and other security measures, leave themselves open to many dangerous threats. Many new believers have a wrong understanding of meekness and humility. The idea of godly meekness involves having strength and courage, but the kind of strength that is submitted to God's control. True humility recognizes complete dependence upon God and knows we have no goodness in ourselves except that which is found in Christ.
Sometimes our love for God and our fellow Christians, and obedience to God 's Word compel us to speak words that may hurt someone's feelings or offend them. Some people call this "tough love. I am always saddened when I hear so-called "seasoned" believers teaching this false notion to new Christians. Yes, it is true that you may have to break off some of the unhealthy relationships you have had with people from your past life of sin.
At least for awhile, you may need to do this until you are strong enough to resist the temptations of your old lifestyle.
However, Jesus, our example, made it his mission and ours to associate with sinners. How will we attract those who need a Savior, if we don't build relationships with them? I believe God created all of the good, wholesome, enjoyable, and fun things we have on this earth as a blessing for us to enjoy. The key is not holding on to these earthly things too tightly. We should grasp and enjoy our blessings with our palms held open and tilted up.
As a new Christian, you may feel very close to God. Your eyes have just been opened to a brand new, exciting life with God. However, you should be prepared for dry seasons in your walk with God. They are bound to come. A life-long walk of faith requires trust and commitment even when you don't feel close to God. Pray every morning, every night, before every meal, when in doubt, when you're scared, when you're in need of spiritual help, or just any time you can.
You'd be surprised at how helpful this can be from their view. Talk to others about Jesus; you would be surprised how much one person can make a difference. So, be patient and mindful of their feelings, avoid topics that are particularly touchy; pray for them and do not criticize them directly.
Practicing an idea of what to say in advance is also a good idea to ensure you're conveying what you're trying to in a way that seems non-judgmental and easier for them to listen to. It's up to them to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior, but you can be supportive. Donate some time, money and possessions "to others in need of your help, giving all of your old clothes to a needy person, family or places like Goodwill, Salvation Army, Disabled American Veterans DAV , etc.
Occasionally, volunteer and do daily, personal charity of your own. In the Gospels, Jesus commands: "Love one another. Try to be as natural as possible, because God made mankind the way He wanted us, in his image, and wants us to improve. God does not want us to try to change ourselves superficially -- with things like strange hair dye, body piercings, and tattoos.
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But, if you have done all that and then come to Christ, use it all to advantage to reach the people similar to yourself , who may feel out of place with the most genteel and proper of great Christians, who don't get it Be well groomed, take care of your body and carry yourself well in both posture and confidence. Cleanliness and neatness also apply to your clothing, all of this will help you make a good impression, regardless of your taste in clothes. Invest a little time in good skin and hair care daily -- to enhance your appearance, naturally. Wearing such clothing is not particularly wrong for your comfort, but it is certainly wrong to cause some other Christian brother to stumble by lusting over your body just because you want to feel more "comfortable".
Wearing modest clothing isn't as limiting as you may think, modest clothes can still match your personal style quite nicely. Consider visiting a department store -- with someone whose tastes in clothing you respect -- to try new things on and see what styles and colors look better on you. Girls, a little makeup can enhance natural beauty. All you need for daily wear is a bit of brown or blackish brown mascara, sheer lip gloss and blush in a flattering shade.
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Try concealer, if you have acne -- or use powder, if you have oily skin; just be careful to not overdo it. The key is to enhance, not overpower, what God has given you. If you have not already, then get saved: ask Jesus into your heart your core being and ask to receive the Holy Spirit ; just go to your preacher or another trusted adult such as a parent, Sunday school teacher, or even a friend's parent, and ask one to help you with getting saved.
Not by work but by receiving the free gift, "by faith through God's grace"; so that, after you accept God's plan, then you will actively work and extend grace, because we "love others as he first loved us", and also "do good-works appointed" for each of us, as you accept and pass that grace unmerited favor on to others, and because you are justified, and pardoned freely by God -- for all you have ever done or do. Realize that you will get what you plant into your own life and into the lives of others -- "you'll reap what you sow", in another way of expressing that.
Follow up being saved: you should get baptised and live for Jesus, seeking the best of God's plan, for whatever you do. Encourage others to be saved and baptised. Follow Jesus and The Ten Commandments all of the time. Love God! Show it by loving others -- helping those in need.
Anybody can say that they love God, but also show that you do through actions and words. Honor your father and you mother at all times no matter how hard it may be. Arguing nicely with them may not be pleasant, but it comes with being a teenager and a human.
Just make sure you resolve any conflicts that arise, take the initiative to do this, if necessary and try your best to stay on good terms with them Do not steal or cheat. Be honest, not wasting breath or killing time. If you have a Facebook, Twitter, or other social media platform, you may also consider putting verses there for your friends to see and talk about how much God has done for you.
Find the right friends: in other words, make friends that will be a good support system for you and encourage you to be your best self, not a completely different person. Be friendly with everyone. However, avoid falling under the bad influences of troublemakers, backstabbers, liars or bullies.
Don't fight with others. Always turn the other cheek.
Don't growl. Try to maintain your composure when stressed. Get energized, enthusiastic and inspired, but not frenzied; have an edge by living by faith not by sight , not allowing moods or feelings to change your outlook! However, also know anxiety is a human emotion and there's no way to dodge it entirely. Find quiet ways to curb anxiety, sadness, anger, etc. Activities such as sports, writing and drawing can do a great at helping you relieve yourself as they become a distraction.
If you need help and know things are out of control, never be afraid to ask. Also remember that crying is a natural and healthy way of relieving stress, just try to do it either alone or with people you know. Be a peacemaker. Don't get in harsh disagreements with people, whether it is physical or not. If there are direct insults, discrimination, aggression or anything intended to hurt, it's gone too far.
Don't gossip about other people. It can really hurt somebody and yourself, when you cut-down others without good reason. Don't EVER be a bully -- cyber, verbal, or physical. If you see another person being bullied for whatever reason, never be afraid to stand up for them. Odds are, they'll be very grateful for your help and admire your courage.
Tell him 'no' a few times and he'll realize what a wonderful person you are and treat you better! Her boss figured out that Jack was the problem and told him to shape up. Jack did so, and everyone is happy. I just don't see it being possible in every case. Perhaps my biggest struggle is the authors' tendency to blame absolutely every poor character trait on the parents of the unpleasant person.
No one ever made a bad decision for themselves, it seems, but everything bad about you is your parents' fault. Only you can fix it, of course, but they're the ones that made you this way--they didn't teach you good boundaries, or they tried to control you with guilt or anger, or they only looked out for themselves and did not respect your needs or boundaries, or As a child myself, I can recall times that I made my own bad decisions, and I cannot trace my current problems to my parents.
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