“Say you’re in love, and you get a note from that special person, you wouldn’t say “man I gotta go home and read this note or they’ll be mad at me”. You pour over it, you treasure it. You want to read between the lines and understand it fully. That’s the way we should see the Bible. Scripture is getting to read a love note from God, not about having to do homework.”—
Glen Fitzjerrell (Unka Glen) on episode 30 of the Say That podcast
You’ve probably heard some guy say this: “I will clean my act up when I find the right girl.” It’s not true. The lie is that once you find the right girl, all your problems will go away—you just need the right motivation, right? Wrong! If Jesus isn’t motivation enough to grow in maturity and pursue godliness, then you are not ready to pursue a woman.
The truth is that when you’re in a relationship, you get their crap on top of your crap. That’s double crap. It is hard to start a healthy relationship with two immature people drowning in crap. Men, get your life together first, know where you are going, then invite a girl to come along (Prov. 16:1–9).
“If I had not grown up in Nigeria, if all I knew about Africa were from popular images, I, too, would think Africa was a place of beautiful landscape, beautiful animals and incomprehensible people fighting senseless wars, dying of poverty and Aids, unable to speak for themselves and waiting to be saved by a kind white foreigner. The consequence of the single story is this, It robs people of dignity.”—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (via itssaraho)
This isn’t about you. This isn’t about your health, riches, reputation, success, real estate, the car you drive, the clothes you wear, or anything else you can find in this world. He died so that your spirit may find everlasting life.
“Just because you are praying doesn’t mean you are praying in faith. Faith starts where the will/Word of God is known. Its the prayer of faith not the the prayer of doubt and unbelief that deserves answers.”—(via jeffreymanu)
“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”—Philippians 3:20-21 ESV (via learninganapauo)
“Jesus said, ‘Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again—ever! In fact, the water I give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.’”—John 4:13-14 (via martelthechristianrapper)
Deliberately sinning is like scratching a mosquito bite
You know you’re better off just not touching it but it’s so tempting.
So you scratch it that one time and it feels good.
But that feeling is temporary and it starts to hurt so you scratch it again and again
until it becomes red and swollen. Even then you feel like you have to keep scratching it because once you stop, you start to feel the pain..
When you get tired of scratching it, you bear the pain and it eventually stops hurting.
I feel like this is the same with sin.
We know what we’re not supposed to do but once we give into temptation we become hooked on whatever sin it is.
We keep going back because it leaves us feeling empty and we want to experience the pleasure we initially got, not knowing that this is just making things worse.
Some people encounter God and make the decision to give it all up to him, no matter how much it hurts or how hard it is at first. Sadly others feel like God isn’t enough so they keep living in the same way.
I’ve been at both ends and all I can say is that it’s amazing to have God in your corner no matter what the sacrifice is.