The Silent Christian Epidemic Of Struggle: Destroying Purpose & Passion In The Believer

Right now, it seems like everyone is going through something overwhelming in life. Just this week alone, I’ve watched people lose their homes, lose their jobs, lose a family member, struggle for financial stability, and so much more! One day, I just broke down in tears, simply frustrated with everything I saw and felt around me. I felt so overwhelmed by “the struggle”, not just for myself, but for others who I know love God with all their heart. They’re not making reckless decisions or living above their means, they have simply decided to represent Jesus, and literally all “hell” broke lose.

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Red Flags: 10 Relationship No-No's!

Everyone wants love. If you ever meet someone who says they don’t, they are lying to themselves. We were created to love and receive love. We know that God is love and his love is unfailing. The problem is most of us have never spent enough time with God to know what real love is. And, so we go looking for love in all the wrong places. We often substitute our need for love with lust, material things, and twisted concepts of what we think love is. Which leads to a mass of broken people, walking around like damaged goods. And, so the cycle continues as those who have been hurt continue to hurt others all in the pursuit of love.

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Walk In Love: Respecting God's Creations

When we disrespect others (talk about them, judge them, call them out their name, etc…) we disrespect God’s creation. Every human on this earth, God himself created. We may not agree with their lifestyle, their ways, how they treat us, or even the choices they make, but they are still God’s creation. When people hurt us, we tend to become defensive, bitter, and we allow the seed of unforgiveness to be planted, but we must remember to see people as God sees them. Everyone is a creation of God, even the person who hurt you. Would you disrespect God if he were in front of you? Would you judge him? Talk about him? Then why, do it to his creation.

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Rejection: The Lie, The Truth, and This Jesus!

 

I'm convinced that rejection is the root of suicide. Over the past few years, suicide has become an increased road of escape for many who feel like all is loss. Countless teenagers have taken their lives because of rejection and bullying at school from peers. Adults have taken their lives because of personal failures and feeling as if those who once loved and accepted them will change because of the bad decisions they've made. Rejection is common and if not addressed properly, it can lead to a long road of depression and sorrow.

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Life After Loss: My Story

As I reflect, one of the worst decisions I made as a teenager, was to not walk in love towards others and towards myself. By the age of 15, I had dealt with a lot in life. I had lost my father at the age of 10, and buried my mother at the age of 15. Although, people were there to support me, the burden of their death was heavy on me. 

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Finding Life in Loss: Daddy's Girl

I was 10 years old at the time when he died. It was a rainy Sunday morning, my mother asked me to go downstairs and wake my father, he looked funny, strange, and almost lifeless when I approached him. When I looked at his face, shook him, screamed his name, I knew something was wrong. 

 

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Frustration: Don't let it get the best of you!

Have you ever been frustrated? Perhaps with your job, your children, your finances, your church,  or your marriage? Frustration plays a crucial role in the lives of most Christians. We tend to get frustrated at Gods timing, his will, and even why he allows certain things to happen. Frustration is the breeding ground for discontentment. Having this unhappiness in our lives can destroy our joy, our hope, our chances of believing change can come. 

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HURT: The Seed To A Cold Heart!

 

Hurt does a lot of damage in our lives. Many of us walk around with broken hearts, broken dreams, and broken lives. I’m reminded of how hurt creates anger and how anger builds hatred, and how hatred builds walls that barricade us into never trusting people again. What would the world be without hurt?

Today I was reminded of how much hurt is in the church. The church is supposed to be the hospital, the place where people go for help, but many of them leave hurt. The fact that many people associate God’s love with how they are treated by people. And by doing that, they turn away from his love. They turn away from the only source of help because they don’t understand his heart. They don’t understand that the only way to receive is to be open, and their closed demeanor or closed heart, immediately shuts out the only higher power that can truly help them.

Life is full of unexpected moments.

But, I know that God is bigger than any hurt or challenge we face. I believe in that. I know the world doesn’t, perhaps many of you do not believe that, but I believe in the sovereignty of God. Jesus is a gentleman, he doesn’t force his way into your life, he waits on your invitation to build a relationship with him.

I wonder what would happen if within the unexpected moments of hurt, we let Jesus be the mediator, and God be the judge.

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