“Then Moses said to God, ‘Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you,” and they say to me, “What is His name?” what shall I say to them?’ And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM’” (Exodus 3:13-14). When God asked Moses to lead His people out of bondage, He gave him a fresh revelation of one of His names, “I AM”. No matter what you are facing, no matter what burden you are carrying in your life at this moment, God is the I Am. He is not the I once was or I may be someday. No, He is your Lord, your God, your I Am — now- ever present help in trouble, always our Father, always there for us.
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Isaiah 40:31 ESV
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
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“The Lord will fight for you. Just be still.”
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Hi, new here and not yet a follower but saw your posts pop up on my dash due to some of the tags I follow and wanted to say hi! I appreciate your attention to detail in answering faith-based asks. To a previous anon I’d like to add that the end times being near is not something to feel hopeless about as a Christian. On the contrary, it should fill us with hope! The rapture and coming of Jesus is all a part of God’s plan and should put as at peace. I’d also like to ask yourself how and why you came to identify as aroace and your pronouns as “they/them” while at the same time being a Christian and following the instruction of the Bible. Are you nonbinary as well or do you simply prefer those pronouns? I have nothing in particular against either of those things but I’ve never met a devout Christian who chose to refuse things like sex, romance, and gender which seem to be clearly laid out as human nature in the Bible. I hope this doesn’t come across as judgemental—I am genuinely curious and willing to learn! Perhaps we interpret things differently, or perhaps there is something I haven’t thought about. (P.S. I am also non-denominational, I prefer to interpret the Bible itself rather than following any one denomination’s teachings.)
what's up! 😂 both of these topics have the potential to be really long winded, but i'll try to keep it short.
my asexuality/ aromance:
i was born this way. i thought about marriage and having kids because people always talked about it, but i never personally connected with it. and that became clearer to me as i got older. while i do desire companionship, it's not of a sexual or romantic nature and i don't want a family or children.
the main places the Bible uses the phrase "Be fruitful and multiple" are in the Old Testament, as part of God's plan to grow His Chosen people and bring a Savior through them. in the New Testament however, instead of growing a physical people, it's our job to help grow a spiritual people. Jesus said, "Some are born as eunuchs, some have been made eunuchs by others, and some choose not to marry for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. Let anyone accept this who can" (Matthew 19:12). the apostle Paul said, "But I wish everyone were single, just as I am. But God gives to some the gift of marriage, and to others the gift of singleness" (1 Corinthians 7:7). he says it's not a sin to marry, but it's much easier to serve the Lord when you're able to focus solely on Him instead of also having to worry about your spouse.
i'm not against marriage by any means, but i do feel that the Christian community has blown it way out of proportion in the past and ignored the legitimate calling for some people to be purposefully single. whether they choose to be or are born that way, Jesus points to it as a real acceptable thing. (and i mean, nuns and monks have been around for centuries so...) (also for those confused, this doesn't extend into our eternal heavenly lives, where we will receive the desires of our hearts).
yes, i identify as Agender (NB). that's a big ol' painful mess i'd rather not get into, but i can say it's not from a place of rebellion or stubbornness. i am on a path with the Lord.. i know that some people in my faith community would like to expect me to be at the end of that path, but that's not how life works. Jesus calls everyone to come as they are so they can be saved, and then their journey truly begins. so i feel comfort in the fact that my Father is with me and we are taking good steps together. and if others can be encouraged that God loves them wherever they're at and wants to walk with them too, that's also part of His purposes i think :') my soul and spirit are His, and in Heaven there will be no more misalignment of any kind. i will truly be me. 💞
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" 'No weapon forged against you will prevail,
and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
and this is their vindication from me,'
declares the LORD."
- Isaiah 54:17
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𝕴𝖓 𝕳𝖆𝖉𝖊𝖘 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖒𝖆𝖓 𝖑𝖎𝖋𝖙𝖊𝖉 𝖚𝖕 𝖍𝖎𝖘 𝖊𝖞𝖊𝖘, 𝖇𝖊𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖎𝖓 𝖙𝖔𝖗𝖒𝖊𝖓𝖙... 𝖙𝖍𝖊𝖓 𝖍𝖊 𝖍𝖊𝖆𝖗𝖉, 𝖈𝖗𝖎𝖊𝖉 𝖔𝖚𝖙 𝖜𝖎𝖙𝖍 𝖆 𝖑𝖔𝖚𝖉 𝖛𝖔𝖎𝖈𝖊, "𝕷𝖆𝖟𝖆𝖗𝖚𝖘, 𝖈𝖔𝖒𝖊 𝖋𝖔𝖗𝖙𝖍." / / Dean: Who are you? / / Castiel: I'm the one who gripped you tight and raised you from perdition. / / "𝕳𝖊𝖗𝖊 𝖎𝖘 𝖙𝖍𝖎𝖘 𝖒𝖆𝖓 𝖕𝖊𝖗𝖋𝖔𝖗𝖒𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖒𝖆𝖓𝖞 𝖒𝖎𝖗𝖆𝖈𝖚𝖑𝖔𝖚𝖘 𝖘𝖎𝖌𝖓𝖘!" / / Dean: Right. And why would an angel rescue me from Hell? / / Castiel: Because God commanded it. Because we have work for you.
selected verse from John:11, new testament, and supernatural script for s04e01, lazarus rising.
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“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not His benefits; who pardons all your sins; who heals all your diseases; who redeems your life from the pit; who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; who satisfies your years with good things... (Psalm 103: 2 – 5) One of the greatest ways to remember what the Lord has done is, write down them down , so that you can always remind yourself of God’s goodness and faithfulness. The stories we tell our children and grandchildren will be reminders of God’s providence, that He comes through in every situation. When they grow up, they may tell these stories to their children-and hopefully add some more of their own. Jesus has been faithful to you in the past. Is there any reason to doubt Him today?
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Ephesians 6:13-18 ESV
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
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“Through wisdom a house is built, by understanding it is established, and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
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some of my favorite shots from 2018, when i visited a Christian retreat my family used to stay at every year when i was a child. even as a kid i could tell that the place is saturated by all the prayer and worship that goes on there; it’s truly a peaceful place.
i was thinking recently that even if i had a job cleaning the retreat houses, it would still be enjoyable because of how i love this place. that reminded me of Psalm 84:10, “A single day in Your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.”
Heaven is such a place of beauty and peace and joy, that if all you did the whole day was open doors for people, it would be the greatest experience you ever had. God’s love radiating the atmosphere, the magnificence of the nature and the dwellings there.. Just being a door keep would be so much more than anything a billionaire could offer you.
"Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in Me. There is more than enough room in My Father’s home. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” (John 14:1-3)
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1 Thessalonians 5 Annotated, pt 3
“For God has not destined us to [incur His] wrath [that is, He did not select us to condemn us], but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,”
<Predestination anyone? I genuinely am delighted by verses that could support a predestination worldview, because I didn’t grow up with that philosophy, and there are /so many/ verses that seem to apply. I am fascinated by it. But that is beside the point. The greater message of the verse is that we were not created for “the wrath that is coming” (1 Th 1:10) or the wrath that had “overtaken” the Jews (1 Th 2:14-16). Jesus made a path for us to gain salvation, and God /wants us/ to have salvation. God isn’t trying to keep us away.>
“Who died [willingly] for us, so that whether we are awake (alive) or asleep (dead) [at Christ’s appearing], we will live together with Him [sharing eternal life].”
<I’m not sure why Paul’s metaphor of being awake/asleep has suddenly changed. In earlier verses we had night and dark, when a thief could surprise you; so being asleep meant being caught unaware. And being awake meant being alert and of clear mind. But now we assume it means being alive/dead? Could Paul mean spiritually alive or dead, as in having a “dead” heart? BUT if that’s what he means, then he says ALL OF US get to live with Him. Maybe instead of eternal life, Paul meant “live together with Him” as in He will live in our hearts. Such as when Jesus says the kingdom of heaven is among us (Lk 11:20; Lk 17:20-21). Maybe living “together with Him” is our daily spiritual walk.>
“Therefore encourage and comfort one another and build up one another, just as you are doing.”
“Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to appreciate those who diligently work among you [recognize, acknowledge, and respect your leaders], who are in charge over you in the Lord and who give you instruction,”
<I like the combination of verses 11 and 12. Mutually building each other up, and respecting community members who are mentors, placed in positions to govern and instruct you. Even if we don’t like correction, we should respect the hard workers, the leaders, and the correction givers.>
“And [we ask that you appreciate them and] hold them in the highest esteem in love because of their work [on your behalf]. Live in peace with one another.”
<We really are called to be a community of servants. Those who serve each other should be held in highest regards. Those who give their time and energy to keep the community running smoothly should be highly respected.>
<An attempt at TL;DR of chapter 5 so far: We do not have to worry about the “day of the Lord” because we are children of the day; we are not of the night, and therefore we are not asleep. But there are some who are confused; some say “peace” when there is no peace, some are “asleep”, and some are “drunk”. Our protection is the assurance of salvation, because Jesus has provided salvation to us, whether we are awake or asleep. And since some of us are awake and some are asleep, we should build each other up and listen to our mentors.>
- 1 Thessalonians 5:9-13 AMP (2015)
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He has shown all you people what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
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