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Weekly Devotional:

Do you ever wonder if God really cares for you? Are you going (or have you ever gone) through something something so horrible that you can't see God at all in what you;re going through? After all, how could He be in this sinful tragic or unfair thing that you're right in the middle of now?

Well, the good news is that He is- don't believe this writer, hear the words of Jesus: "But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you?" Matthew 6:30

It is so important to Jesus that you get this: God cares for you, He loves you, His love never fails! He wants the best for you, so He's right alongside you in this crisis and wants you to turn to Him for help. Some of the most life-changing advice Jesus gave was: "But seek first His kingdom, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:33-34

God desires for you to seek Him above all else, so that He can care for you. 

Your prayer: Lord, help me to look to You, the God who cares for me in the middle of this mess in my life. Help me to want to know you more. Thank you for Your Son, Jesus Christ, who came to earth to save me. Help me to love You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Amen

Written by Becky Thomas   

This Weeks Topic: What Does Being A Christian Mean to Me?

 

WHEN I SAY, "I AM A CHRISTIAN"

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not shouting, “I’ve been saved!”
I’m whispering, “I get lost sometimes
That’s why I chose this way”

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I don’t speak with human pride
I’m confessing that I stumble -
needing God to be my guide

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not trying to be strong
I’m professing that I’m weak
and pray for strength to carry on

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not bragging of success
I’m admitting that I’ve failed
and cannot ever pay the debt

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I don’t think I know it all
I submit to my confusion
asking humbly to be taught

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not claiming to be perfect
My flaws are far too visible
but God believes I’m worth it

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartache
which is why I seek God’s name

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I do not wish to judge
I have no authority
I only know I’m loved

©1988 Carol Wimmer All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

    

Christa, 

What being a Christian means to me.. I really had to stop and think about this one.  What does being a Christian mean to me?  Well, it means everything to me.  It is what I base my whole life on.  Although I fail many times, my ultimate purpose in life is to serve my Savior.  Knowing that I have a “home” after death excites me to no end.  I have a purpose in life, with Jesus.  Being a Christian means,  I get to live in freedom of my sins being forgiven because he already paid the price for me.  WOW!  That’s good stuff!  I fail so many times, but He is right there to pick me back up and love me just as He did before I sinned.   I am loved PERFECTLY by someone, Jesus Christ, and no matter how many times I fail He still loves me.  Christianity is more than a word it is a lifestyle;  to moment by moment trust Christ as Lord and Savior over my life.

 

Shannon, 

I think when so many people think about religion or church they think about fakes, or hypocrites, or judgmental people, and the list goes on and on I'm sure.. you know? I stumble, I fall.. Every single day. Sometimes I go on the wrong path, but day-by-day God is working in me ( I mean, that's what it is, is a day-by-day process) I am a total and complete mess, but that's okay. I AM HIS MESS!! I've heard people say, "I'm not going to church, where everyone thinks they're better than everyone else".. but that's so not the case.. church is a hospital for the broken. We're not saying we're better that's why we come here, we're saying we come here because we realize how broken we are and we need good christian fellowship to keep us straight sometimes. I have alot of accountability partners at my church, I'm very blessed. They care so much about my eternal life, that when I start to do something they know isn't right or that is hurting my walk with God they let me know, with love. And that right there is true friendship and love. Church isn't even what we're all about, that's just a little fraction of it.  Being a Christian isn't about going to church. It isn't about being "good". It isn't about a religion. IT'S A RELATIONSHIP. Just a friend, your best friend. You and God. How do you build a relationship? You get to know someone by spending time with them, learning about them. Through the Word and prayer you build a relationship with our Lord and Savior. It's a beautiful thing, to love a God who first loved us, right? He's forgiving, He has to be because, like I said, oh I mess up...  That's what being a Christian is all about, that beautiful, forgiving relationship.

 

Kirstin, 

 

I have spent most of my life fluctuating between two opposite, yet equally wrong views of what it means to be a Christian. Half of the time I walked around pleased with myself over my expert rule keeping and the other half I hated myself for how catastrophically I kept messing up. My relationship with God was a rollercoaster that went either up or down depending on how well I had measured up that day. Everything changed for me during my sophomore year of college. Verses like 2 Corinthians 5:21 blew my wrong view of Christianity to pieces and taught me that no matter how hard I tried to make myself right before God, it would never be enough. I didn't need to work harder, what I needed was Jesus Christ. “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” Pastor James Macdonald explains all of Christianity in these four simple words, “Jesus in my place.” We do not have what it takes to secure a right relationship with God on our own, that's why He sent His perfect Son Jesus to live and die in our place. When we look to Jesus as the answer to a right relationship with God, the most amazing thing happens! What we do right or wrong no longer affects our eternal standing before God because in His eyes we have the perfect record of Jesus. Woah. One of best parts about being a follower of Jesus is this thing we call worship. Now that the pressure is off for us to earn our own salvation, we can do things for God as a response and not as a requirement. This response is made possible by the Spirit of God who moves into our life the moment we put our trust in Jesus. The Holy Spirit allows us to keep choosing Jesus' life instead of our own. Jesus in my place, this is what being a Christian means to me.

 

Nolan,

 

To me, being a Christian means living a life filled with Faith. The Bible puts it simply in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” We live in a society today where we all want immediate answers and explanations for anything and everything without waiting. But Christians are called to take a different route and to live by Faith. Faith is admitting that you do not have the answers, but acknowledging who has those answers – God – and allowing Him to reveal those answers to you through prayer and the Holy Spirit.But let’s not forget all that God has revealed to us through His Word – the Bible. Throughout the 66 books that make up the Bible, God has given us an immense amount of teachings and lessons for our lives that we can use daily. Also in the Bible, God gives promises to those who believe in Jesus and are saved. And Faith gives us the hope that God’s promises will come true. As Christians, we cannot explain why things unfold the way they do in our world. But we can rest on what the Bible says over and over again – that God is good and that even though we live in a messed-up, sinful world, we all can overcome it by placing our Faith and trust in Jesus Christ! Faith in God is all that we need for take on the troubles of today, and the peace we get from knowing the God that has all the answers is truly indescribable. Knowing that there is a God that loves us, wants the best for us, and desires a relationship so that he can work within us gives our lives purpose. Now that is a life worth living for!

 Shannon                                     Nolan

 Christa                              Kirstin

 


 

 


 


 

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