Quote of the Week: 3/17/16

“Changing our lives in order to make room for [Jesus] can be scary because you’ll find yourself becoming hyper-aware of all the things that need to be changed. And after you get over the hump of laying down your entire life at his feet for more of him, you may find that the people who mean the most to you won’t understand. Even Christians find it hard to comprehend why on earth you don’t want to do little things anymore, like watching television, gossiping, or being on your phone as much. The everyday habits of ordinary people seem harmless because everyone’s doing it and it’s normal. You’ll scare them. You might seem more distant than usual. This is such a hard thing to walk through, and you’ll want to give up because you want them to approve of you… You want them to be proud of you, and encourage you, but instead they just grow wary of you and draw away.

But I promise you, making sacrifices to live this life of freedom is so worth it. It’s so worth it to pursue God through every single thing that tries to hold you back. People on the same journey will walk with you when you need it most, Faith will guide you, and every word that comes from God’s mouth will be what sustains you.” – Markie Myers in They see us prayin’, they hatin’

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Why does Jesus do what he does?

The beautiful thing about following Jesus is that he doesn’t just want us to copy his outward behaviors, he wants us to become like him completely, understanding why he does what he does by transforming our minds. Instead of looking at life through the question of “what would Jesus do?”, we should be asking, “why would Jesus do what he does?”  Continue reading Why does Jesus do what he does?

Influences

Here’s one thing we must never forget:

We are always influenced by something.

Whether it’s good or bad, by accident or on purpose, we learn from our surroundings.

Most people seem to be apathetic towards this fact, thinking they are superior to what goes inside them. But as the people say, you are what you eat. If you fill your heart with lies, you’ll produce lies. If you fill your mind with worrisome tasks, you’ll be ridden with anxiety. But those are only the negative aspects of influence.

There’s a brighter side to this.

 Paul talks about this in Philippians 4:8. Fill your mind with truth, and don’t just try to muster up wonderful thoughts while being influenced by deadly words. You can’t serve two masters. You have to focus on what you’ll be influenced by. 

It’s a choice, to put it simply.

Jesus was influenced by the Father and every word he spoke to him. He constantly reminded his disciples of this, too. (John 5:19)

So this begs the question: what are you influenced by?