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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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Please see the entire Book of Romans for the background and purpose of this message :)

Please see the entire Book of Romans for the background and purpose of this message :)

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Questions from Anonymous

Over the weekend I received a list of questions from one anonymous:

Mind if I ask you a few questions? 1) What’s your religion (and denomination if any)? 2) Are you pro-life or pro-choice? 3) In your view, is homosexuality a sin according to the Bible? 4) What are your thoughts on Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer?

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First off, thank you for sending in your question. Please do read this post/answer carefully, pray about it, consult the Bible on these, and ask for the insight of older Christians who you know are strong in the Lord :) May this post/answer bless you and others wondering about these…

1. What is your religion (and denomination if any)?

Religion, according to the online dictionary, is a system of belief or faith. So from my understanding of my faith and belief, my religion is Jesus Christ :) You can call me a born-again Christian. I was absolutely a slave of sin, and I am now alive as I was redeemed by the free gift of eternal life through the Lord Jesus (see John 3). A bit about me and my testimony is here. I am member of the Lord’s church body through Christ’s Commission Fellowship.

2. Are you pro-life or pro-choice?

I’ve been attentively watching current events since I was a kid and I never thought of abortion as something good, not at all sincerely helpful. To be clear on the definition of abortion I’m basing this response on is this:

the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy.

By the grace of God, I was always pro-life. I always saw babies as something special, and I was never less amazed by the wonders of the life in pregnancy :) I was already pro-life even before receiving the Lord Jesus because my parents taught me that there are always consequences to our mistakes or the mistakes of other people. I was raised to remember that there is always a solution to a problem, and it may seem most difficult at times but solutions - when right - always work.

When I became a Christian, when I received the Lord Jesus as my Savior and Lord, I was able to grow enlightened against abortion. Why? Because our heavenly Father is a sovereign God. Nothing happens without His approval, and whatever He approves He gives His grace to reveal His purpose, His glory. It means that whatever reason a woman got pregnant, whether it’s her fault or someone else’s, God is there to provide what is best. He will provide for the mother, and most definitely for the child. How do I trust that? There is God’s Word…

13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
    and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
    Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
    as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
    Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
    before a single day had passed.

from Psalm 139

Every single soul that walked/walks this earth is no surprise to a supernatural God. The Good News is He is a holy God :) He delights in the lives of His creation, and He loves each of us with a personal love.

The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, or the Lord holds them by the hand. (Psalm 37:23-24)

The babies in the body of each and every woman is in God’s plan. To terminate a human pregnancy is murder, it is taking life, and what’s worse is it is taking life from God’s work. Anything that we think or do that is not according to God’s design, God’s will, and God’s heart is called sin. Sin is basically choosing our choices over trusting God and His plans for us.

I am pro-life not only because of the babies, I am pro-life also because of the mommies. Being a woman who got into early, unprepared pregnancy at 19 years old, I felt how it was to be scared of the future, to constantly go through self-pity, to be judged by others, and to feel alone. I understand the physical pain, the emotional struggle, and the spiritual battle pregnancy brings. I know well that being pregnant has its list of risks, but to terminate a pregnancy, to abort, is a risk not one mother should take. Abortion has a longer list of life-threatening possibilities, and you will certainly miss out on the best things life offers through another person that needs you — your child. Abortion is a foolish, selfish step to make for the sake of “more important things.” Nothing is more important than facing life the way life is.

Those who declare that a pregnant woman has the choice to keep the baby or not can always tell you to abort the baby because they are basing this decision on reasoning. Please keep in mind that reasoning should not be your moral basis. Your moral values should lead your reasoning. The world can offer so many good debates, but at the end of the day, only God’s choices can bring the peace of mind we need.

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God loves the babies He allows to exist, and God also loves the women He allows to be mothers — no matter what society thinks of them. Stand with me, let’s build up other women (and men) to let God be God, trusting His ways, obeying His Word, and welcoming babies with a grateful heart. The Lord Jesus can meet you where you are, and you can experience the joy there is in real freedom :)

3. In your view, is homosexuality a sin according to the Bible?

When I was a kid being gay was something to be ashamed of because people somehow knew it was an odd way to live. The people dating the same sex were living their lives quietly. Today, being gay is one of the loudest decisions people make and some of them verbally demand people’s agreement. Whenever that happens, my heart breaks for them.

"If a man practices homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman, both men have committed a detestable act. They must both be put to death, for they are guilty of a capital offense. (Leviticus 20:13)

God’s Word is twisted by people - gay or straight - whenever they want to do things their way. They consider God’s Word “unclear” or foolish just so they can believe that their sin is not as terrible as it is.

To practice homosexuality is a sin. It is against God’s design. It takes away the beauty of God’s work in a man’s or woman’s life. To be male or female each holds a remarkable series of experiences to learn from and love. Practicing homosexuality is against the obvious pattern God has placed upon nature. It’s why people instinctively find it odd to like the same sex, and/or act like the opposite sex. It is simply different from the wonderful life God has planned for us. Anything we choose to think and/or do that is not according God’s design is sin.

There are serious factors to why a person is secretly or openly gay. Either way, we should treat them with respect because only God can judge. What is best is we pray for them, treat them in ways that will radiate the grace of the Lord Jesus. Be careful with what you say, and be careful with what you refuse to say, too. I love my gay friends, and I always will. I understand the factors of their decisions. I believe that they have valid reasons to feel that way, but more than those, I trust that God’s design is best for them. This means that I accept them for what they are right now, and I continue to pray for their best :) I’m their friend, and they have my support in the things they do that I know will lead them into getting to know God’s love for them more. I will always be here to tell them the truth, and also to hug them when life’s hard.

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It is fascinating to see God’s wonders in the lives of the gay people who chose the Lord Jesus over the desires of the flesh. Yes, I’ve seen the Lord Jesus redeem them. They’re inspiring role models of trust and real joy. Not everything is smooth for them but everything they have now has meaning to them :) To be a man or woman holds wonders that only trusting in God can unfold.

4. What are your thoughts on Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer?

I believe that we cannot depend on the teachings of faith by Joel Osteen or Joyce Meyer. We should also pray for them.

Here’s a post on false prophets I wrote in 2012: Mentors of faith… Are they real followers of the Lord Jesus? This post contains what makes a person/preacher a false prophet and how we should respond after learning about this. Please read carefully.

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For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” (Romans 1:16-17)

Thank you again for these questions. I hope that my response helps you and those reading this. Please read the Bible about these things, ask for insight from a seasoned Christian by God’s grace, and seek God in prayer :)

Love, Another Life Saved

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"Your adventure of prayer begins with His willingness to listen." — Ptr. Bill Hybels, Too Busy Not To Pray

"Your adventure of prayer begins with His willingness to listen." — Ptr. Bill Hybels, Too Busy Not To Pray

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Always refreshing to be in God’s embrace :)

Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me. He has saved me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. And so I walk in the Lord’s presence as I live here on earth! (Psalm 116:7-9)

Always refreshing to be in God’s embrace :)

Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me. He has saved me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. And so I walk in the Lord’s presence as I live here on earth! (Psalm 116:7-9)

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What kind of season are you going through right now? Psalm 115 and 116 have been helping my walk these recent weeks. Not only does the Word in it commands me to trust the Lord, it also reminds me of who God is :) 

Look into Psalm 115 to 116 and trust the Lord!

What kind of season are you going through right now? Psalm 115 and 116 have been helping my walk these recent weeks. Not only does the Word in it commands me to trust the Lord, it also reminds me of who God is :)

Look into Psalm 115 to 116 and trust the Lord!

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I apologize for the delay of more Scripture in Pictures, but by God’s grace, here’s another one from Book of Psalms :) It’s good for your mobile phone.

Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through Your word. Reassure me of Your promise, made to those who fear You. Help me abandon my shameful ways; for Your regulations are good. I long to obey Your commandments! Renew my life with Your goodness. (Psalm 119:37-40)

I apologize for the delay of more Scripture in Pictures, but by God’s grace, here’s another one from Book of Psalms :) It’s good for your mobile phone.

Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through Your word. Reassure me of Your promise, made to those who fear You. Help me abandon my shameful ways; for Your regulations are good. I long to obey Your commandments! Renew my life with Your goodness. (Psalm 119:37-40)

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The mobile phone wallpaper version of 2 Timothy 1:9

Make time to spend time with God today :)

The mobile phone wallpaper version of 2 Timothy 1:9

Make time to spend time with God today :)

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Finally got to make another one for a Facebook cover!

From 2 Timothy 1’s clear message :)

Finally got to make another one for a Facebook cover!

From 2 Timothy 1’s clear message :)

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Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you. (2 Timothy 1:14)

How? Look into 2 Timothy 2 :)

Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you. (2 Timothy 1:14)

How? Look into 2 Timothy 2 :)

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What’s up? Let’s get in touch :)

OPEN TO QUESTIONS for both blogs scriptureinpictures and lorraineanne

lorraineanne:

What’s up? Let’s get in touch :)

OPEN TO QUESTIONS for both blogs scriptureinpictures and lorraineanne

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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. :/


Answer:

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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