Luke 3:16/Proverbs 31
Serial [re]blogger and sometimes-serial couch potato. Wide-eyed Curious Georgette who never really learned how not to talk to strangers. I relish my awkwardness. Also unemployed, looking and praying for a job. Can shamelessly rap the TMNT theme; any Bohemian Rhapsody lyrics used in conversation is a free pass to break into song. Believe it or not, I love fire but not getting my nails done. I might sound like I've got too much SWAGger, but that's because I'm Saved With Amazing Grace.
Currently in hot pursuit of The Lover of My Soul.
If for some reason this doesn't work as anon please keep this private. I'm christian and have been since I was 5. I am still a virgin since I'm not married, but I've been having more and more sexual thoughts. I am really struggling with sex. I know it is wrong outside of marriage and I have memorized scripture to support this belief, but I just want to do it so badly. But I don't want to betray God's love and I feel so alone and helpless. Please help.
Thanks for letting me know! So many people understand your struggle. Please see this post for my answer to struggling with sin.
Just as important, here is what you really need:
As long as you want your temptations to remain a secret, you will fall. You need to surround yourself with people who will hold you accountable and call you out on the sinful and stupid decisions you make. Yes, it may make you look bad but that’s why we have Jesus. We are awful Christians with a much-needed Savior.
So find those Christians in your life and confess your struggles to them. Bring your secrets into the light and let Jesus handle them. You’re not a good person and you are in need of forgiveness every day. So it’s time to start being honest with that and sharing your struggles with those who will hold you accountable.
"Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." - Galatians 6:2
I hope this helps. Come off of anon and have a conversation with me if you still have things you want to sort out but you are not sure how to do it. Come into the light!
It’s in your worst condition that God unconditionally loved you before you took a single step in the room. His grace qualified you before you did a single thing, and His grace covers all the ways you have failed before. More than that: His grace empowers us for what’s next, so that though we might fall again, he picks us up from the floor of self-doubt and strengthens us even for one more stumbling step forward. He qualifies you based on the merit of Himself. He is really that good.
God loves you simply for the fact that He breathed you into existence, and there is nothing else we need to contribute to His love except ourselves. Though we’ve brought our fallenness into the mix: God also took care of that with His Son, and this without any contribution except our sin, because grace is a gift that does not depend on our compensation.
Either you’ll have to “kill” Jesus or you’ll have to crown Him but the one thing you can’t do is just say “what an interesting guy.”
Timothy Keller (via tblaberge)
He calls each and every star by name. It’s not likely that he’s forgotten yours.
Louie Giglio (via danicaehrielle)
How can I be saved?
This simple, yet profound, question is the most important question that can be asked. “How can I be saved?” deals with where we will spend eternity after our lives in this world are over. There is no more important issue than our eternal destiny. Thankfully, the Bible is abundantly clear on how a person can be saved. The Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). Paul and Silas responded, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).
How can I be saved? Why do I need to be saved?
We are all infected with sin (Romans 3:23). We are born with sin (Psalm 51:5), and we all personally choose to sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20; 1 John 1:8). Sin is what makes us unsaved. Sin is what separates us from God. Sin is what has us on the path to eternal destruction.
How can I be saved? Saved from what?
Because of our sin, we all deserve death (Romans 6:23). While the physical consequence of sin is physical death, that is not the only kind of death that results from sin. All sin is ultimately committed against an eternal and infinite God (Psalm 51:4). Because of that, the just penalty for our sin is also eternal and infinite. What we need to be saved from is eternal destruction (Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:15).
How can I be saved? How did God provide salvation?
Because the just penalty for sin is infinite and eternal, only God could pay the penalty, because only He is infinite and eternal. But God, in His divine nature, could not die. So God became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ. God took on human flesh, lived among us, and taught us. When the people rejected Him and His message, and sought to kill Him, He willingly sacrificed Himself for us, allowing Himself to be crucified (John 10:15). Because Jesus Christ was human, He could die; and because Jesus Christ was God, His death had an eternal and infinite value. Jesus’ death on the cross was the perfect and complete payment for our sin (1 John 2:2). He took the consequences we deserved. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead demonstrated that His death was indeed the perfectly sufficient sacrifice for sin.
How can I be saved? What do I need to do?
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). God has already done all of the work. All you must do is receive, in faith, the salvation God offers (Ephesians 2:8-9). Fully trust in Jesus alone as the payment for your sins. Believe in Him, and you will not perish (John 3:16). God is offering you salvation as a gift. All you have to do is accept it. Jesus is the way of salvation (John 14:6).
He who grows in grace remembers that he is but dust, and he therefore does not expect his fellow Christians to be anything more. He overlooks ten thousand of their faults, because he knows his God overlooks twenty thousand in his own case. He does not expect perfection in the creature, and, therefore, he is not disappointed when he does not find it.