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and that by believing in Him you will have life by the power of His name. (John 20:31)


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Anonymous asked: What if you begin to lose faith in yourself? How do you ask God to help find yourself once again? I think God wants me to go on a journey to discover who I truly am, but I'm afraid. :/


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Good evening from this side. Thank you for sharing with me and this blog your question, your courage to ask is already a blessing :) I’ve been through the same feeling of “losing faith in myself” but by God’s grace, He has kept me going. Here are the things to consider…

What do you mean by losing faith in yourself? This can go from self-esteem/self-confidence to Christ-confidence. I’ll try to share on both :)

Self-esteem/self-confidence is grounded on self. It’s basically looking and dwelling on what we can do, what we can’t do, what we want to do, and what we expect from ourselves. Christ-confidence is a whole new thing, it does go about being confident, but it looks and dwells on what we can do, what we can’t do, and ultimately on who God is and what He can do for us through the Lord Jesus.

Followers of the Lord Jesus will experience discouragements every now and then. We are in a dark world that needs saving, and the Lord Jesus wants to use us. Satan and his forces is always at work to change that, hurt us, and pollute our lives with doubt. This may or may not be able to shake us, but the battle is real and we can do something about it :)

  • Process in prayer. Let God know how you’re feeling, what your thoughts are, and even your worries. Then ask God, “Where is this doubt coming from, Lord?” Ask for the Holy Spirit to lead you into understanding what happened, what started this doubt and how it got you to losing faith. Open up your heart to God, keep praying esp when you feel like you don’t know what else to say. Dwelling in God’s presence - that is prayer :) And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. (Romans 8:26-27)
  • Read God’s Word. Make time every day, esp as you open up your heart to God, to open your Bible and read from the living Word. Christ-confidence comes from knowing the Lord Jesus, we can only get the right perspective of the Lord if we invest our time reading about Him. We take courage in knowing that The Word is God. We can count on the Bible: For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. (Hebrews 4:12)
  • Walk by faith. With everything that God has impressed upon you through the Holy Spirit and the Bible, dwell on it and walk with it. The followers of the Lord Jesus mature as they actually follow. This means we receive as we experience :) Pray, read God’s Word, and walk by faith. As our circumstance is revealed to us, look to what God has revealed to the world. Dwell on what He has prepared and what the Lord Jesus is doing for us. See Philippians 2:13, John 10:27-28, and Romans 8:34.

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Carrying faith on our own strength will not take us far, only God’s grace can do that for us. We should surrender our hearts to God and be fascinated by the experience of being constantly saved by grace.

As you feel that God’s taking you on a journey to getting to know yourself, make it a goal to walk in obedience but align your heart with the desire to get to know Him more :) That will make the difference and the Lord Jesus will not disappoint. Life’s journey in His sovereign power.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

God loves you :) A BLESSED WEEK IN GOD’S EMBRACE 

- Another Life Saved

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Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you. (1 Timothy 4:16)

Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you. (1 Timothy 4:16)

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I am a woman seasoned with experiences — only redeemed by the grace that comes from the Lord Jesus — and I agree with the apostle Paul. This brings us back to God’s design :)
Women should learn quietly and submissively. (1 Timothy 2:11)

I am a woman seasoned with experiences — only redeemed by the grace that comes from the Lord Jesus — and I agree with the apostle Paul. This brings us back to God’s design :)

Women should learn quietly and submissively. (1 Timothy 2:11)

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“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8)

“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8)

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BIG THANKS to the creator of this meme, we have another meme to keep in mind as we use and defend our freedom.For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. (1 Peter 2:16)

BIG THANKS to the creator of this meme, we have another meme to keep in mind as we use and defend our freedom.

For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. (1 Peter 2:16)

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"Why is it so hard to follow Jesus? Because we want Jesus and our sin. Sure, we don’t call it sin but anything that is in contrast to Father’s character and will are sin." -- Ptr. Paul Van Buren →

lorraineanne:

A timely reminder…

Repentance sets apart God’s people from those who speak of God but still do not follow God. Repentance acknowledges sin and says no to sin. Repentance is longing to experience being like the Lord Jesus. Repentance is only driven by God’s grace. Repentance is always and…

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Is this true for you?

While you have your breath and ability to search and experience, make time to be in Christ right now wherever you are. Look into the Book of John chapter 3:16-17 and pray to God with the trust in the Lord Jesus. God is faithful, every Word of God proves true. In the Lord Jesus, we are alive and new, old nature gone, and with more to look forward to. Seek God knowing He loves you :)

Is this true for you?

While you have your breath and ability to search and experience, make time to be in Christ right now wherever you are. Look into the Book of John chapter 3:16-17 and pray to God with the trust in the Lord Jesus. God is faithful, every Word of God proves true. In the Lord Jesus, we are alive and new, old nature gone, and with more to look forward to. Seek God knowing He loves you :)

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Wait, wait... What are you saying? →

lorraineanne:

"You’ll do better without him/her!"

When a husband and wife go through trials that lead them into wanting to be separated from each other, I feel worse for them when the people around add more unnecessary words like: You don’t need him/her, you can do better, you’re best without him/her.

Wait, wait… What are you saying?

"You’ll do better without him/her!"

When a husband and wife go through trials that lead them into wanting to be separated from each other, I feel worse for them when the people around add more unnecessary words like: You don’t need him/her, you can do better, you’re best without him/her.

Those lines to “support” a friend are not helpful mainly because it’s not realistic. Don’t forget that they are married. With or without children, they have been united to be together and now do need each other. They love each other and that means they will definitely do better when together. If they have children, all the more that they need each other and will best live life together. The problem is when pride is hurt, it always says one can stand alone - to condemn those who hurt you and leave is the best move - and it sometimes works that way. But in marriage, not even pride can make a couple stand separately and be sincerely happier than what God intended for them as a family.

If you want to give an ideal, encouraging advice, you can just say, “Things will work out by God’s grace” or simply let your friend cry, talk, and you pray for him/her as you hear the story. But please don’t add up to the pain and pride.Don’t judge one of them, don’t talk like you’re literally in the marriage to know everything, and don’t dare intentionally mislead a hurting person. You might be a big factor to their ruin. If you care, you will becareful with what you say.

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. (Romans 12:9)

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7)

If you love your friend, you will do better than to bring down their marriage. Pray for them, talk to God about them and ask God how you can help them, and encourage them with concrete steps that do not involve adding more damage. You can tell them to first seek rest, rest in God - prayer, good food, fellowship, and rest/sleep. These will help your friend collect the facts calmly, handle emotions better, and respond to the circumstance wisely.

Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, (Romans 15:15)

I have never been married, but I have been affected as I watched and experience marriages and other relationships fall apart because the people who should be staying just chose to go away. Why? One of the reasons is their own pride. Instead of healing, they decided to hurt back and walk away. Instead of waiting, they made time to do what they want. Worst for me is the pride from those around them. The people in the relationship were hurting and were given more pride, all the pride needed to ruin a wonderful relationship. So be careful. God knows, God feels, and God hears. Be courageous! God forgives, God heals, and God redeems ❤

God’s design is best even during the times that hurt. What we have to do is to pray, trust, obey, and then see for ourselves the goodness of the Lord :) The Lord Jesus came for the world to be saved, for His people, because of His love for us. Let love be love, let God be God! His love and wisdom can be trusted to bless relationships.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truthbears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:3-6)

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4)

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My friends, I love you with the love from the Lord Jesus.

I pray that in your worry, doubt, and pain, you seek God first, trust God above all, and follow God and His love for you and your home. *embrace*

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All-knowing, all-powerful, and present at all times. For justice, for mercy, for love. Praise be to God!

All-knowing, all-powerful, and present at all times. For justice, for mercy, for love. Praise be to God!

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lorraineanne:

No matter where we decide to go, which path to take, only one will save and satisfy. This narrow road brings glory through trust and obedience in the Lord Jesus. Good morning from this side :)

lorraineanne:

No matter where we decide to go, which path to take, only one will save and satisfy. This narrow road brings glory through trust and obedience in the Lord Jesus. Good morning from this side :)

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