Recommitment

imageSome people believe in the ‘age of accountability.’ Essentially, this means that, until a certain age (most say twelve or thirteen), children are not accountable for their actions as they are not old enough to choose Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

This way, infants – especially those who died before birth due to miscarriage or abortion – would be able to get to heaven despite the fact that they never became Christians in the traditional sense of believing in Jesus, etc.

However, this idea doesn’t really make sense to me. I want it to be true … but children choose to be the little brats they are (’cause I know I did! Do, actually … I’m not past being a little brat … only now I’m a big brat … and pretty soon I’ll be adult brat … it’s really not cool!) it’s not mentioned in the Bible. It says in Psalm 51:5 –

“Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.”

Obviously from this verse (which can be taken literally … I think all the Psalms can, actually. *holds opinion stubbornly*), we’re sinners from the moment of conception … how can babies get into heaven unless they’re washed by God’s blood? And unless they believe (and I think we’ll all agree that babies can’t really choose God), how can we receive God’s gift of grace?

It’s very confusing, and I’ve yet to have anyone give me a straightforward answer to it. I only believe in God’s incredible grace and mercy and know that He wouldn’t let a little baby go to hell.

bible-1806079_960_720However, regardless of the existence of the ‘age of accountability’ or not, you’ll notice that growing up in Christian homes can breed a sort of a ‘I’m good’ attitude.

You know what I mean (whether this applies to you personally or not). Ever since you were four you’ve been a Christian. You’ve gone to church all your life. All your family and friends are Christian. You’re surrounded by light. You’re good.

Well, we know that’s not true. Growing up in a Christian family doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to church does! Sure, it helps (sometimes … unless you’re rebellious … like me) … but it doesn’t automatically write you in God’s book of good little children. (I know y’all know this … but it needs stated again and again!)

And then there’s that commitment to God you made when you were four. I’m not saying it’s no longer legitimate … but, well, you’re growing up, and, if you were honest, could you say you really own it?

When you were four, life was so simple, remember? Sleep, eat, play, eat, play, eat, sleep in that order. except on Christmas morning when it was more like “wake up at three, try to sleep, wake up at three ten, try to sleep, wake up at three fifteen …” etc. And Jesus was just a fact you accepted.

But sometimes it’s good to question things. It leads to answers, and if you look hard enough, you’ll always find ones that prove time and again that God’s really alive and He’s really the good Father everyone says He is.

There comes a time in every girl who was raised in a Christian family when the faith that your mother and father believe in needs to become the faith you believe in, in a bigger way than you did when you were four. unless you’re Elsie Dinsmore. Hey, that rhymed!

For me, I think I was pretty much in the ‘I’m good’ attitude until a couple years back when I started making Christianity my own. I even got re-baptized. It wasn’t something that happened all of the sudden, of course. It happened slowly, over a period of several years, and I’m still a baby in Christ, but … well, I’m working on it. It’s a slow process, all right?! What? Only for me. Hmm …

So, do you need to recommit to God?

Are you relying on your parents’ faith to save you? Are you just going through the motions or are you seriously involved in worship, in serving your Lord? At your church? At home? At school? Everywhere? Do you really have a personal relationship with God, a relationship all your own that no one can take away from you?

Everyone learns a different way, but here are some things that I’ve done to [try to] form a more personal relationship with God (although … yeah … I’ve yet to find out if they actually work … so bear with me! 😉 ).

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  1. Pray. Always #1! Prayer is so important! Trust me; your prayers are always answered. Sometimes the answer isn’t one you want (“no” or “wait” aren’t always the best words to hear!) … but then, quite honestly, what you want isn’t really the priority … it’s what you need. Recently I started keeping a ‘prayer journal.’ I don’t write my prayers in it (that would take waaay too long), but I write certain prayer requests, lists of people I want to pray for, bits of my thoughts, and a list of ‘praises’ (because it’s important to look at the positive side of praying, too! It can get depressing sometimes! :/ ).bible-1136784_960_720
  2. Read God’s word. Reading the Bible is probably #2. Make sure you get some in every day! I try to do a chapter every evening. Some people are more dedicated (I’m reading a short story – or would be in I didn’t keep getting distracted by NaNoWriMo – in which a girl is trying to read 20 chapters every day!), but a chapter every day is a good goal for me. I’m reading through Psalms right now. Although … I skip around a lot. Some days I’m like, “Ooh, Ruth looks good!” and other days I’m like, “Oh, John! I always liked John …” Yeah … well, at least I’m reading it … in random bits and pieces … 😛team-386673_960_720
  3. Spend time with other Christians. ‘Fellowshipping,’ in other words. So important. There are so many chapters in the book of Proverbs about choosing your friends wisely. I’m not saying don’t talk to non-Christians (do! How else can you share the truth?). I’m just saying you also need to spend a lot of time with fellow Christians. And I don’t mean at a Bible study (although you could do that, too, I suppose) or anything like that. Just hanging out – watching a movie, chatting about boys (if you’re *cough cough* so inclined … I’m not, usually) or your latest novel (if you’re me) or … singing Taylor Swift songs drastically out of key. You know, whatever you do with your friends. We, personally (if you can use that word to describe more than one person), dive into creeks in freezing cold weather or play violent games on trampolines. Christians, with Jesus’ awesomeness shining through them, are the lights of world. You need to be around that light to nurture your own.fantasy-181304_960_720
  4. Study historical and scientific proof of Christianity/Creationism. I don’t know how anyone could see the strong evidence that evolution is impossible and that events of the Bible actually happened (miraculously so!) and ignore it. It’s absolutely unbelievable how pig-headed people are! XD Really, though, do it! Besides, you can tell your mom (if you’re homeschooled) that it’s for school. And you’ll be smart. And a better Christian. And math isn’t really necessary. You can ditch math. It’ll work. Trust me. Riiiiiiight.

Well, that’s all I have to say today. That may not have been a very impressive post, but I tried my best.

Until December (when you’ll have to put up with me again),

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Just Wait…And Wait…And Wait…

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Patience.  How do I lack it!  I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “God has a plan for your life!” at some point.  But, as human beings, we want the future now!  We despise waiting-at least, I do.  I’ve had a dream for such a long time, and that dream is: to make a difference.  I’ve always wanted God to use me in some spectacular way.  Maybe you have, or had the same dream, and you sometimes get discouraged when it seems that God isn’t doing anything.  But He is.  You may not realize it, but God is actually doing something right now.  He may not be doing anything through you at the moment, but He is doing something IN you!  By making you wait, the Lord is trying to strengthen your faith in Him!

Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV

 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

I believe that before God can work through anyone, He has to have their full trust.  You see, everything is impossible without God.  If we only trust in ourselves, then how can God use us to do things that only He can?  If we acknowledge God and put our faith in Him alone, then He will show us the paths in life that He wants us to take.

So just wait a little longer…when God says it’s time, get ready to move some mountains!:D

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Battling Doubts

Hello, there!

My name is Misty, and this is my first post on Send the Light. I apologize for taking so long to do so. 😉

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. Praise the Lord! He is risen! ❤

For today’s post, I want to talk about some pointers for when life gets hard. Of course, you can’t deny the fact that it does. Everyone has problems, everyone makes mistakes, everyone has regrets, and everyone has questions. Jesus didn’t try to cover up reality. He plainly told us in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” We will have tribulation, but we can find peace and joy in Jesus Christ, who has already overcome this world.

God is bigger than any “Goliath” who comes knocking at your door.

I know you have doubts, and I know you have questions. But for once, set those questions aside, and ask yourself the most important question of all:

Who is Jesus?

Once you answer that question, all your other doubts should instantly shrink so much smaller. In fact, you cannot be saved until you answer that question. For an example:

Why is God letting this happen to me?

Well, if Jesus is who He says He is, then I guess He always has a reason, right? If Jesus is who He says He is, then He can surely use the evil things of this world for his good purposes, can’t He? If Jesus is who He says He is, then He is fully trustworthy, and you can put your trust in Him and hand Him your troubles when tough times come your way.

Always remember that question, and never forget the answer. When doubts beat you to the ground, remember to push those to the side and ask that question, “Who is Jesus?” The answer can make a huge difference.

Besides, why worry if the Jesus living in your heart is the Almighty God of the universe? The Jesus who died for you?

Last of all, when times get rough, don’t forget to pray. Prayer is so powerful!! I’ve seen it in my own life, and I’ve seen it in others’ lives. Don’t face the day until you’ve faced God in prayer. When you’re feeling beat down and overwhelmed, go to God. Fall on your knees and just talk to Him. Ask Him to fill you with peace. If you’re sincere, the Holy Spirit will flood you with such an amazing peace, even in the midst of all the chaos of this world.

To close this post, here’s some encouraging bible verses!

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I hope this post brought you encouragement to take on the tough times, and to battle your doubts!

Have a lovely day!

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