Finding God’s Will and Walking By Faith

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–>Walking by Faith made simple for the over planner<—

I gotta tell ya, I see a lot of crazy nonsense these days in preaching about God’s will—on what it is and isn’t. A lot of people make God’s will seem like it’s some complex Rubik’s cube that only God knows how to solve, but somehow  you need to miraculously find how to solve it or ELSE! Honestly, if only God can fully know and understand the complexity of His plan for your life, I’m pretty sure His ‘puzzle’ is way WAY more complicated than a Rubik’s cube and is impossible to solve without His help.

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Christianese 101: Free Will

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–>Can I mess up God’s plan for me?<–

I feel like a lot of younger Christians, and even some older ones, have this question on their mind every now and again. They often find themselves wondering if we have free will can we mess up the plan God has for us? I mean, can you mess up God’s will for your life? Can you just do something so insane, so crazy that you destroy everything that the all mighty God has planned for you to do? Some people would say yes that because God gives us ‘free will’ we can indeed mess up what He wants for us, while others stay focused on the fact that God is sovereign and since He controls everything there is no way that you could mess up His will for your life. Me, I’m a bit more complex than that. My answer is, no and yes at the same time. You can indeed ‘mess up’ God’s will for your life, but you can’t really mess it up.

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Christianese 101: Suffering Wars

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I’m kind of more on the sarcastic side of speech every now and again. I will occasionally joke or comment about being tired from school or work, but it’s usually nothing that is that deep for me. I do it just to poke fun at my situation. However, I notice that people get to the point where they get this big chip on their shoulders where they feel like they’ve been through more than another person so they should get more blessings. Or they have been through more than another person so they don’t feel sympathetic to a person’s situation. I see Christians especially falling into that ‘but, I suffered more’ comparison game. Sometimes I feel like I’m in the hunger games of suffering and we’re all having a ‘suffering war’ to see who outshines each other in what they’ve went through. However, God doesn’t play this game though. No, seriously He doesn’t. He actually will bless whomever He wants whether or not they suffered as much as you.

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Christianese 101: Following God

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—>Having regrets about following God?<—

 

It’s worth following God. No, really, it is. However, when preachers and evangelists tell others these things some forget to tell the full reality of following God. The truth is: it won’t always be pretty, sometimes you’ll be confused as to why God is allowing you to suffer through certain things, and sometimes—even most times–everything won’t be peaches and roses. See, with following God, there comes a cost. Jesus and the disciples were NOT afraid to tell these things to others. In fact, if you recount the fact that they often told people about the cost of following Jesus, especially before people began to follow, you cannot help but to admit the drawing power of God!

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Name Dropping

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Life is about who you know, right? People get special treatment, special privileges and even specific jobs because they know people who work there or operate in circles that are higher in the totem pole. Sometimes even becoming enemies with the wrong people can put you in a bad place in certain circles. This is why some people in society will find themselves name dropping. They’ll let certain names of people come into their mouths so that they can gain access to places that they would never have access to before.

What saddens me is that I see people in the church doing this. If they find out that you’re someone special in a certain circle or spot in life they’ll mention your name just so they can get access. Even in jobs, people will try to pretend as though they know someone who you know just so they can get close to you because they feel as though you have something they can use. I can’t help but to laugh at all these things when I see this, especially in Christians because we don’t realize that we have the most important name of all that should always be on our tongues: Jesus.

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How to Survive a difficult job like a Pro!

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So you learned how to survive dealing with people who hate your guts(read about that here), but now you’re realizing you don’t know if you can survive another year dealing with difficult personalities, crazy workloads, and just over all toxic work environments. What’s a gal/guy to do with so much coming against them? And to top it all off God did make work toil as part of the curse from the fall of Adam and Eve, right? Soooo, He should completely understand if you want to throw Sally from accounting under the bus if she pries her nosy self into your love life one more time because you’re stressed. She’s had the wrath of God coming to her for a long time, or so you think. Would God approve though?

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Feeling Defeated

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Crushed. Broken. Ashamed. Grief-stricken. There have been many times that people have faced periods of feeling defeated. Sometimes you wonder why God didn’t answer you in the way He should have. Maybe you’ve been praying for a relative for years and they just seem to be getting worse and worse. Or maybe you were completely out of God’s will and prayed for something and His answer was no. There have been times when I’ve felt like maybe God wasn’t going to come through or perhaps He didn’t come through at that time. In these times you just want to give up on doing what you’ve been doing or call quits on God. However, through the years what I’ve come to understand about feeling like your defeated is that if you are in God’s will you are not defeated at all. One person in the Bible that most would be shocked to discover met what we would call defeat or failure is Jesus.

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