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Perfect.

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"because we're already perfect" A few weeks ago, i know i haven't posted ever, but i was again reading "Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die" by John Piper. It started with the following line: "one of the greatest heartaches in the Christian life is the slowness of our change". I agree with that 100%. I also look at myself, and look at other Christians and i dont feel any different. I see others and they're all like, "Amen brother, you preach your word" and they're COMPLETELY indulged in our Lord, but i dont feel that or see that. Sometime as simple as raising your hand during worship, i remember how awkward it was when i tried doing that at TC (teens conference) when everyone else did it. Change. Its been 10 years i've been a Christian and i havent felt any significant change yet. This reason in the book focused on Philippians 3:12. It says: 12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to

2 Corinthians 2:5-11

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"validation" 5 Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you. 6 For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, 7 so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8 So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. 9 For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything. 10 Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, 11 so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs. 2corinthians2:5-11 i think i've struggled with this all my life. Validation. I've said before in many many many different posts, how i've talked about how i dont feel loved, i dont feel important. On the topic of having the spiritual gift of caring, mums and i have both agreed that having th

Romans 7:15-20

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"struggling with sin" 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. romans7:15-20 I've encountered this passage before, but just now i really took the time to dive in and really break it down to figure it out. The whole passage is Romans 7:7-25, entitled, Struggling With Sin. After reading the passage above a few times, i've figured it out, but before i want to get into that i want to briefly explain my thoughts on the passage around this o

Jude

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i must confess, these past weeks i havent really been indulging in His Word as much as i did earlier this summer, and i really need to get back into this practice to help develop and build my faith. Tonight, i've decided to tackle the book of Jude. Lately, i havent really had the motivation to fight against temptation, and after being assigned with these bigger roles in the church, i've kinda put my other issues aside, not to forget and give up, but to have other things that i can take care of first. But flipping through my bible (since i never know how to start reading), i passed Jude (the one page) and saw these two titles; The Sin and Doom of Godless Men, & A Call to Persevere. I thought to myself, maybe if i scare myself i'll get motivated to stay away from "the punishment of eternal fire" (v. 7). Here it is below: Judgment on False Teachers 3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to wri

stress

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"help, im stressed!" wow. its only the first day of september and im already stressing out like no tomorrow. This year, in my final year with university applications, stress for marks, and final goodbyes i've piled on another heaping of commitments from church. I commit to them and i have so many because i really do love serving in the church. It keeps me grounded and its a great way to give back and use and practice God's gifts for me. Here are the commitments i've signed up for. Grade Representative for my fellowship Doxa Worship Band Member SNA Head Those are all pretty big roles, and im really stressing up. Our first program is in 8 days and i feel like nothing has been prepared yet. But im trying to focus and rely on God more. Through reading his Word and prayer, i hope to really learn to cast my worries on Him. I feel like this is something he's/he'll teach me this year. But at the moment i really cant let go. I am also a person who has very