Ladies, you are beautiful! You do not need to find your security in a guy because you already have that in Christ. You deserve more than some boy who is only as insecure as you are you need a man! A good godly man, which seeks to love you and not lust after you, who sees you properly and not as property, who seeks after God with his own heart before he seeks after yours, a man who fights for his purity and will stand up to protect yours. You need to be so lost in God that the man has to seek him to find you. You are royalty, a daughter of the King! By that, you are truly a princess, and your man should truly be a prince, as he should be a son of the King!

Andy Catt

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Strong Enough

Posted: April 1, 2011 in Christian Living

You know, we often find ourselves going through situations that seem to be more than we can handle. We often ask God why. “God, why are you allowing this to happen? Why are you putting me through this?” Believe me, I’ve asked those questions too.

One instance is over this past summer. I struggled with my salvation and questioned whether I was really saved or not. The reason is, I got out of my routine of getting up in the morning and spending time with God in prayer and in his Word and it made me vulnerable. My focus was not on God and I did what I wanted to do. Therefore, God allowed Satan to attack me, and attack me he did. I began to doubt my salvation and I had a fear of being left behind in the Rapture. Now even though I was eight years old when accepted Christ for the first time, I had grown up all my life as a Christian so I never really thought about it often, I just knew I was saved. I believed in Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection and I knew that that is sufficient to save me and never questioned it. Though over the summer my faith was shook to the point that I actually started to believe I had not been saved as a kid and that I would be left behind. In July, I went to Woodlands, a church camp in Georgia, and there I prayed and told God that I did believe and for a little while said that I was saved then. Though deep down inside I knew it was an emotional experience because I was scared, confused, and while praying had made the point of saying everything your “supposed to say”, while knowing that a prayer didn’t save anybody.

I doubted a lot that summer and even into the months afterwards. I listened to the lies of Satan and I know they were lies because I knew I believed the Gospel and knew that that is sufficient to save me. Moreover, once I began to get back into God’s Word and daily prayer again, I began to be confident again, I was reassured that I was saved. The reason is, after constantly over analyzing the Gospel I looked at it simply as exactly as what it says in order to be saved…simply believe with your heart that Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried in a tomb, and on the third day God raised Him from the dead. It is that simple. I knew that I believed it. Along with that, since once saved always saved I knew I would be in heaven one day. I am now stronger than before and God showed me many things through those experiences.

That is just my story. As I look back, one of things I see is that I survived. See God promises us that he will never give us anything that we are not strong enough to handle. In Philippians 4:13, Paul tells us that we “can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth [us]. In Joshua 1:9, God tells us “Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” God is always with us, he will never leave us (Heb. 13:5). We find our strength not in ourselves but in Christ, for He gives us the strength to do what we cannot do on our own.

When we find ourselves in the situations of life, we simply have to rely on God and our strength in Christ to get us through them. We have to walk not by sight or own views and understandings, but by faith that God is in control. (2 Cor. 5:7) There is acronym I like that reminds us of this very message, F.R.O.G. Fully Rely On God. That is what we have to do. We see in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that Paul was Fully Relying On God, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Paul knew that when we are weak, Christ makes us strong. Paul would rather have suffered through his infirmities or weaknesses so he can let Christ’s power give him strength instead of relying on his own. And that is Paul’s prayer for us as well, that we would relying on Christ to give us strength, “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;” Ephesians 3:16.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.Psalms 46:1

If you fully rely on God and your strength in Christ, you will survive.

Andy Catt

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When’s it gonna happen?

This question gets you thinking, I know it got me thinking. So why is it that we waste so much time keeping the thing that we hold inside us to ourselves and not share it with those who need it? I mean as Christians we already have the gift of salvation and we have it for eternity, so why shouldn’t we tell people about it? Now, some of you might be saying, “Now wait a minute, I tell people about Christ.” or “People at my school and/or work know I’m a Christian.”  Well it may be true that you do tell others about Christ and that they know you are a Christian. Hey, that is great! Don’t get me wrong. However, are you sharing through an almost scripted language that they do not understand? Are you talking to them as if they are lesser than you are, because you have something they do not? Are not saying anything at all? Instead, by your actions around them or the way, you treat them or look at them is enough for them to know how you view them?

Now, I ask these questions because if you are like me, you can yes to all of them at some degree. Believe when I tell you that I have been there, done that, bought the t-shirt and wore it more often than not. I’m guilty of it. So are you. However, one of the things that I have noticed is that, we often forget that though they are lost, so were we once. Though they are retched sinners, so are we. Actually when you think about it, the only real difference between them and us is that fact we have something they don’t…but they can have it too!

See the key to telling others about Christ is not the apologetics, or the witnessing techniques or strategies, these are important, but it is simply loving them. We love them by talking to them, treating them for who they are. No, I do not mean lost, human. Just like us. We love them by building a relationship with them. It is not all about sharing the Gospel, though it is a major part, it is not the whole picture. We love them so that instead of saying, “I’ve got something you don’t so I’m better than you.” We say, “I’ve got something you don’t, and you know I have it, and I know you want it. So I’m going show you how you can have it too.” That is how we should approach it. When Christ came to this earth, He did not flaunt Himself and have an “I’m better than you” attitude. He left that to the Pharisees, and we see how that turned out. Christ came to die for us, for everyone not just because He wanted or had to, but because He loves us. Jesus Christ loves us. The Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the Creator of the Universe, the Kings of Kings, and the Lord of Lords, came to this earth and died a death He did not deserve nor ask for. He did because He loves us. He loves them too.

As the video shows, they know something is missing inside of them. They know there is more to this life that what there appears to be. They know we have the answer. They are crying out to us, to show them how they too can have this thing, this Person that we have. They too want to see this God of ours. We need to stop just telling them about this of God of ours and start showing them who He really is. We cannot keep trying to change them by judging them. To be honest, would you listen if you were being judged? I wouldn’t. We need to be there for them, to love them, to show them what unconditional love really looks like.

They need us. However, most importantly, they need the thing, the Person, that we have…Jesus Christ and His gift of salvation. It is just that simple. So now I ask you, when’s it gonna happen?

Andy Catt

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