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Why We Live In A Broken World

The more I see and hear of the things (seen and unseen) happening in America and around the world; the more my heart aches. The more I see people hurting others or themselves (physically or emotionally); the more I realize we all need Jesus.

Why do things like riots, racism and violence happen in our world today? Why do we live in a broken world where people are hurt, angry and more? The answer is simple; Sin. What does that mean? We are all sinners at heart. Have you ever cheated? Have you ever stolen? Have you ever lied? What about this; have you ever murdered someone? Did you know that if you have ever hated someone you have murdered them in your heart? (1 John 3:14-15)

I know by all accounts I have been guilty of those things and more. Anyone who says they have not committed one or all of these things is proving they are lying.

Since we are all born sinners at heart we do the things according to our flesh (James 1:14-15). Our fleshly desire tells us we want things done our way. Our flesh blames others for the mistakes we make or they themselves make. Our flesh makes excuses. Our flesh makes us greedy. Our flesh tells us we can be god. Our flesh tells us we can do no wrong. Our flesh leads and guides us in the wrong direction. Our flesh deceives us. More things could even be said about the things about what our fleshly desires do.

See, we are all guilty of doing wrong things whether it be things such as lying, cheating, stealing, hating, abortion, racism, hurting others (physically or emotionally), so on and so on… (Romans 3:23, 5:12).

Sin is why we need Jesus. Here’s the good news; Jesus came to earth to pay for our penalty on the cross. He loved us so much He was willing to die for our mistakes so that we could have eternal life (John 3:16-17, Romans 5:8, 8:3-4).

Some people ask why God sends people to hell. The truth is not that He sends people to hell, but that they choose to go there. God gave us a freewill to choose how to live our lives. We have the freedom to accept Him or reject Him. Therefore, He is allowing us to live how we want to live. (More could be said here, but that’s for a different time). The point is that even within our freewill we ourselves make poor choices.

God gave us the Bible (His love letter to you). The Bible is there to lead us and guide us in the right direction (2 Tim. 3:16-17). God doesn’t turn His back on us. We turn our back on Him. You might say God doesn’t exist (this is a whole other topic). I can say from my own experience the Lord is the only one that has never failed me. My life changed in such a way that I cannot deny He exists. To show you how much I’ve changed since I began my relationship with Jesus I will tell you that I would probably be dead if not for Him.

I was in a dark place in my life where I was bullied in school. Certain situations in life put me in deep depression. I had suicidal thoughts. Even at a young age I practiced cutting myself and stabbing myself in the heart with a plastic knife. Having a relationship with Jesus kept me from ending my life. I realized that because I knew the Lord I had hope. I had challenges, but I could overcome them with His help.

I might have been into drugs, alcohol or have totally messed up my life if I didn’t have hope. I can say that in all the things I have ever wanted and done (my fleshly desires); Everything I have tried, wanted and have gotten (money, material things, friends, family, etc…) I have never been fully satisfied. All these things have made me happy temporarily, but in the end I was left unhappy, unsatisfied and more.

The only one who has ever satisfied me, made me happy and has never turned His back on me is the Lord. I challenge you to ask this question to yourself and think about it; Have material things, friendships, relationships or family ever kept me satisfied and happy? Be honest with yourself here.

I bet the answer is that nothing on earth has done that for you.

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Helpful Ways To Be Intentional In Your Quiet Times

Many things can be done to start making your quiet times intentional. One way is by setting goals (big or small). Goals can be set by deciding factors such as time, days, how often, how much and more. You can set goals on when to worship, pray, read the Bible, create art and so on. I encourage you to write down your goals. Writing your goals down can help you in the process. Each time you have accomplished a goal you can check it off your list. Doing so will help you see the process and how far you’ve come in accomplishing your goal. Ask yourself these questions when setting goals: 1. What is the best time to do quiet times? (AM or PM?) 2. What days do I want quiet times? (Mondays, Wednesdays, etc…?) 3. How do I want to spend time with God? (Worship, Creating Art, Prayer, etc…?) 4. How much of the Bible do I want to read? 5. What do I want to read? 6. What do I want to pray about? 7. What do I want to do for worship? (Dance, Create Art, Music, etc…?) * Also keep in mind that the Lord speaks and there may be certain things He’d like you to pray for, read or do for your quiet times. You can even find many helpful reading plans. Some Bibles have them. The internet has many you can look for that include printable versions. Or you can create your own Bible reading plan! Perhaps you have your own way of being intentional with your quiet times. Stick with whatever method works for you! You’ve most likely heard the saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Keep trying and don’t give up!

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Why Quiet Times Are Important

Quiet times with God are so important on various levels. Think about it. You are spending time alone with God. Your time with the Lord can have a big impact on your life. Quiet times can be spent listening for the things He has to say, talking with Him, reading the Bible and so much more! We all know reading the Bible can be boring and hard to understand, but that’s a good reason to ask Him for the interpretation of what your reading. Just by spending time with Him you can get to know God’s heart.

So what are some benefits to quite times? The benefits according to Pastor Greg Burdine’s article, “8 Benefits of having a daily Quiet Time” include…

1. Peace

2. Joy

3. Fulfillment

4. Direction

5. Power/Strength

6. Stability

7. Success

8. Answered Prayer

Read Greg’s personal blog at http://gregburdine.com/8-benefits-daily-quiet-time/.

More benefits include faith, wisdom, knowledge, understanding and self confidence as according to http://stepswithgod.com/7-benefits-quiet-time/.

One of the hardest things I struggle with is being consistent in spending time with the Lord. Many times, I’ve noticed that when I neglect my quiet times I become more stressed, worried and have bad days. When I spend time with God I am more content and happy in life. I go through times where I am consistent and inconsistent. Many of us can relate in various ways; we are always busy juggling life with family, friends, employment or in some other way. Here are some questions to think about…

1. How often do you spend time with God?

2. How can we be intentional in making time with the Lord?

3. How do we accomplish that?

Make sure to stay tuned for the next post which will include helpful ways you can be intentional with your quiet times and more.”

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Why We Need Missionaries

Why do we need missionaries? Missionaries play an important part in sharing the Gospel with people. Without missionaries in the world less people would hear the Gospel. Especially in places where Christianity is not allowed.

Global Frontier Missions states, “It is estimated that of the 7.47 billion people alive in the world today, 3.15 billion of them live in unreached people groups with little or no access to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. According to Joshua Project, there are approximately 16800 unique people groups in the world with about 6900 of them considered unreached. The vast majority (95%) of these least reached groups exist in the 10/40 window and less than 10% of missionary work is done among these people…” (https://globalfrontiermissions.org/gfm-101-missions-course/the-unreached-peoples-and-their-role-in-the-great-commission/)

The 10/40 window consists of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. How many people do you know actually go into the world and share the good news of Jesus?

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