Are you for God? Or against Him?

Are you for God?You’re either for God or against God. Yes, I know, that’s a pretty bold statement. It may seem very harsh and cruel (though know that I’m not trying to be that way). But it is a true statement. It’s a very hard truth to realize, but it is still true. And that’s the stark reality of it.

Just think for a moment, there are trillions of people living in this world. Trillions. And all of them, each and everyone are for God or against God. There is no in between stage. It’s one way or another. It’s black and white. There are no grey areas. All those people must live their lives either for God or against God. Every one of them has a decision that has to be made at some point in their lifetime: Will they be for God, or will they go against Him? Everyone has to make that choice.

Why? Because we can’t be a part of both sides. It’s impossible.

God doesn’t want us to be for Him some of the time and then not at other times.

He doesn’t want us to love Him, but not live for Him. Or vice versa.

He doesn’t want our bodies to be for him, but not our hearts.

God wants our full devotion or none at all.

And that Bible makes it pretty clear.

Mark 9:40

Anyone who is not against us is for us.

And again.

Matthew 12:30

Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.

Jesus makes it very clear that you’re either on one side or the other. There is no in between. You can’t be in both places at once.

God wants our devotion. Our total and undivided devotion. He doesn’t want us if we aren’t going to choose to totally be for Him. He doesn’t want a piece of us. He doesn’t want just a part of us.

That is one of the reasons why God had the tree of good and evil in the garden of Eden. It is one of the reasons that Jesus sacrificed so much for us. He died, knowing that some would choose God and some wouldn’t. He went through all of that, knowing that everyone wouldn’t come to him. Isn’t that incredible? That God still gave us the chance to choose. He wanted us to have the chance to choose. He didn’t want us follow Him like robots, just doing what we’re told. He wants to follow Him because we want to. Because we love Him. And for no other reason than that.

God has given us a choice. A choice. I don’t think any of the other religions really have a god that gives you a free choice like this. But God does. He always will.

And it’s life decision to live for God or not. Have you made that decision? Do you live for Him? Do you love Him? I hope so. If you choose to live for Him, it will change your life forever. You will never be the same.

-G. Paige 

What’s Your Motivation to Follow Christ?

 

 

What's Yourto Follow Christ?As a Christian, with Christian parents, I can not tell you how many times I have been told to do what’s right. Told to “be kind”, “be honest”, “be loving”, “be thankful”, and the list goes on and on. Or I’m told not to do what’s wrong. Told to “not be mean”, “not to lie”, “not to be ungrateful”, and I think you get the gist of what I mean. I even find myself saying these exact things to my siblings.

The Bible also tells us to do what’s right and not to do what’s wrong.

Galatians 5:25

Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

And the Spirit’s leading is:

Galatians 5:22-23

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Now my point is not to say that this is bad. No, definitely not. It’s good to be reminded of what’s right and what’s wrong. Especially since we, as human beings, seem to forget things so easily (Just look at the history of the Israelites for proof.).

But when we decide to do the “right thing” or the “wrong thing”, what is our motivation behind that decision? More to the point, why are we following Christ?

Is it because we’re told to?

Is it because it is right?

As children when we’re told to do or not to do something by our parents, we obeyed. And all the explanation we ever need to obey is because our parents told us to (or maybe because we also didn’t want to get into trouble). But as we got older and smarter many of us asked the question “Why?”. Why should we do this? Why should we not do this?

And now I’m asking you again: what is your motivation behind the decisions you make? Why are you following Christ?

If it’s because it is “right”, how do you know it’s right? Well, if God’s standards are your moral compass for judging what is right and what is wrong then you are on the right track.

But because it’s “right” shouldn’t be the only reason you follow God.

The most important reason we should follow God and do what’s right is because we love Him.

John 14:23

Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.

We do everything for God out of love we have for Him.

If you don’t have that love for God, it’s like doing a exercise you never want to do. How long will you keep it up until you quit?

Knowing that something is right in your head is not enough. It’s not going to keep you going. You need a reason more motivating that. Your heart needs to be in it. You have to want it with all your heart. You have to love Him.

Mark 12:30

And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.

Loving Him can motivate you to do anything for Him. It is the reason that Christians can face persecution with joy.

We need to make sure that we have that love for Him, because we can never really live for Christ without loving Him first.

-G. Paige

Kindness Can Change Lives

Kindness

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Kindness: something people who don’t believe in Christianity but have good morals try to exhibit and something Christians do (or, at least know they should) exhibit.

We’re told by our parents over and over to “Be kind to _____.” or just “Be kind.” and maybe you find yourself using the same words to your siblings (if you have any). I know I do. But saying something is a whole lot easier than actually following through with something especially concerning kindness.

Because kindness is something that can shown every moment of every day. Every thought, every word, and every action can show kindness or something quite distasteful. Unlike many other fruits of the spirit which you have the chance to exhibit only at certain times. Like having self-control only when there is something to get angry about. Or having patience only when there is something to be impatient about.

Kindness is something that can be shown all the time. There is always the availability to be kind. And that makes it oh so much harder.

I have so much trouble with this. I get in terrible moods and snap at people. I whine and complain. I get grumpy and grouchy and then don’t feel like doing anything helpful. Or better yet, I do something helpful but I do it with such a bad attitude that I’m not helpful at all.

And it happens all the time.

I also find that, for me, it is much easier to be kind to friends, than to my siblings.

Proverbs 3:3

Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
Tie them around your neck as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.

But being kind is so so important. In many ways, kindness is the first step to being loving and caring. Being kind can help us have better self-control, better patience.

More importantly, it is one of the most defining reasons why Christians are different from other people.

People who aren’t Christians can be kind. They can be loving. But they wouldn’t go to the extremes that Christians do. To them, what would really be the point of loving your enemies or being kind to those who hurt you? It’s just extra trouble. But we go through that trouble. And that is incomprehensible thing to many people. Why would we risk our lives for such a pointless cause?

But to us, it’s not pointless. We’re following the example set by Christ over two thousand years ago. We face persecution, even death, out of the love we have for Christ who set us free from sin. And it’s this strange concept that people who don’t know Christ don’t understand. It’s this concept that brings many people to Christ.

So we shouldn’t just be kind because we’re told to by are parents or because it’s right and good. Though those are good reasons, that’s not the main reason we should do it for.

We should be kind out of the love Christ gave to us.

And for many people your kindness may be their only example they ever get of Christ’s love. It may be the key to bringing people to Christ. As it’s said: one act of kindness may save a life, for eternity.

-G. Paige

Here’s to You: You are Right in His Sight

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Here’s to you:

I believe that we set ourselves up for failure, a lot. We push ourselves too hard and too far to accomplish more than is possible. We want to believe that we can do it. That we can make it. That we can finish it. We want to be perfect. We expect ourselves to be. And it’s that expectation that goes against us when we fail. When we don’t finish it or make it. When we sin. That expectation turns into guilt that will have us rebuking and reprimanding ourselves. It makes us feel worthless. It fills us with need to somehow fix it.Read More »

To Christian Teens: Don’t Worry About Tomorrow

SAN MARINODon’t worry about tomorrow.

Don’t worry about whether you have studied enough for a test. Or whether you are getting enough credits. Don’t worry about failing.

Don’t worry about whether you’re pretty enough. Or if you are doing the right sort of things, going to enough social events. Don’t worry about whether you have enough friends.

Don’t worry about getting a driver’s license. Or having a job.

I know it’s hard to stop worrying. I know sometimes I worry to much. Especially about the silly things like reading enough and fictional characters (I know, but it is true.).

I worry about whether I’m blogging enough. Whether I’m getting my point across or whether I’m making no sense. I worry about not fulfilling all my blogging deadlines for blog tours and such.

I worry about writing. Oh my novel. It’s needs a lot of work.

I worry about whether I’m doing enough schoolwork. Or getting high enough grades. I worry about not having a plan for college.

I’m worried about letting people down and disappointing them. About not living up to people’s expectations of me.

I worry about not doing something useful with my life. I’m scared of wasting my life.

Sometimes I feel like I’m just drowning in a never-ending list of things I need to do, places  I need to go, things I need to see,…and the list goes on.

I know, there is such a thing as having a good amount of pressure. Because it can help keep us motivated. Or we might just laze around all day and waste our lives away.

But there is also such a time when that pressure, anxiety, worry, or whatever you call it becomes too much. Then it becomes overbearing. We become so stressed that we can literally lose ourselves in it. I know.

But we can’t allow these worries to control us. While we don’t have the power to overcome our worries, God can take them away and give us relief.

Matthew 6: 25, 31-34

That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

God will give you the peace you need. He cares for you. He loves you. He can give you reassurance that will cover all your worries. He can take away all your worries, you just have to trust Him.

We are afraid of trusting anyone but ourselves. But ourselves aren’t strong enough to get rid of our worries. Only God can do it. And trust is all it takes to make it happen.

-G. Paige

Here’s to You: You are Loved

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Hey readers! I’m starting a new series of posts today. I hope that you enjoy it! Please let me know your thoughts.

Here’s to you:

You are loved.

You are loved by your parents. You are loved by your brothers and sisters (if you have any). You are loved by all your relatives. You are loved by your spouse (again, if you have one).

But more important than that is the fact that you are loved by God. The God who created the whole universe. Everything from the protons, neutrons, and electrons that make up an atom to the whole solar system!

Is it not incredible to realize that God chose to make the insects, the birds, the sea creatures, the land animals, and you? He chose to make you. Before the beginning of time God made this decision.

He never had to create you or me. God was not obligated to give us life, but He chose to. He wanted to. And that choice makes all the difference in the world. It means the difference between being expendable and unwanted to having meaning and purpose. It throws a whole new light on your existence.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

God’s love fulfills all these classes so completely. God, as one verse stated, is love.

1 John 4:8

But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

While people’s love may change and shift, God’s love stays the same. It will not diminish. It will not fade over time. It is not dependent on how “good” you are or how much sin you have.

God loves you just the way you are. And He’ll love you the same no matter what you do. No matter how many mistakes you make or how far you drift away from Him, He still will always love you. That’s a promise.

His love will cleanse and take away all sin. Any sins that you have ever committed won’t matter anymore. They never will again. The burden that sin has placed on you will be gone.

His love was so great, that He was willing to sacrifice His only son to save us, the people He loves.

Can you imagine the kind of love God has to let His own son be beaten until He unrecognizable and then killed by the very same people He was trying to save? I can’t even begin to comprehend it. It resembles the kind of love Abraham showed when he was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac to God. And it is such a beautiful and sacrificial kind of love.

Wherever you are in your life, whatever you’re going through, know this: God loves you. Never lose faith in His love. Trust in Him. For His love is always with you.

-G. Paige

 

Love: What is its true meaning?

We are immersed in a society full of immortality. There’s no denying it. This is a sinful world full of sinful people. We can’t escape it. It’s all around us.

In some subjects I believe that society has gotten so confused on what is morally and realistically right, that even Christians have a hard time seeing the truth. We’re just as confused as they are.

And I’m here today to talk about one of those subjects. Love. The type of love that later may evolve into marriage. This subject has been so twisted and corrupted that nowadays it means something totally different from what it was supposed to mean.

How has love come to mean what it does today (That is, a sexual relationship based on mainly feelings and physical appearance.)? Well, I’m pretty sure media has played a big part in it.

Whether it is movies, books, music, etc., they have all in one way or another projected this false image of what love is. Now, I’m not saying that all books and all movies and all music is that way, but much of it is.

This, in part, is why so many marriages are torn apart. Because they expect marriage to be like an image that they have accepted as true from what they have been taught, but it is not.

The reality is that love is not at all like what the world has told us. It is something better, something more.

But where can we find the true meaning of love? We can start by going to the Bible. For who else could tell us more about love than the One who proclaims that He is love?

1 John 4:16

We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.

What is love?

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Love is now based on feelings and emotions between a man and woman and even between a man and man or woman and woman. It is not at all what it was supposed to be.

Yes, feelings and emotions play a part in love, but those types of things can’t be relied on to last. The love that Christ shows us is deeper than that.

His love is sacrificial. It’s everlasting.

I’m not claiming to know everything (I’m not married.), but if we could even begin to show that type of love in our marriages today, I believe we’d have a glimpse of what true love looks like. We’d begin to see the kind of love that God shows us. The kind of love that’s willing to make sacrifices. The kind of love that places others first before themselves. The kind of love that endures.

Don’t trust the world’s standards for marriage. Trust in God’s standards. Love is between a man and a woman. It certainly isn’t easy. But with God at the center of it, it’ll be going in the right direction. And that will lead to a long-lasting marriage.

Mark 10:6-9

But ‘God made them male and female’ from the beginning of creation. ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.

Maybe you are already married. Maybe, like me, you’re not. But let’s look for this kind of love in marriage or in the one we hope to have.

-G. Paige

Where is God in the Midst of our Struggles?

imageLet’s face it. Life isn’t easy. Each and every one of us go through a lot in our lives. Whether it is school, children, work, or whatever, it’s all a part of life. This world use to be perfect and sinless. That was how it was before Adam and Eve disobeyed God and brought sin into the world. Life must’ve been easy then. But let’s not dwell on the past. What’s done is done and we can’t do anything about it.

Anyways, now this is a world full of sin. It’s a fallen world. Now we face hard work, danger, pain, suffering, and death. All of these things are pretty common in this world we live in. But sometimes these things bear down on us so much that we lose sight of God. We lose sight of the big picture and can only see the struggle that we’re facing. I get it. It’s like quicksand. As soon as we step in it, we start sinking and the more we struggle the quicker we sink. We all have those moments when we are so down deep in that quicksand that we begin to have doubts. Where is God? Does He even care? Why did He let this happen? We think that maybe we’ll never get out of this sand and that we will just keep sinking. And we will. Without God we’ll always be sinking.

Luke 18:27

He replied, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.”

But with God anything is possible.

So where is God when we’re struggling?  Here right there with you. He is always there with you. How? Because God is omnipresent which means he is everywhere at every time: past, present, and future all at the same time! But more importantly, as Christians, we are filled with the Holy Spirit. Isn’t that amazing?!

He cares more about you than you will ever know. He love is everlasting. God cares so much about you that He created you. He certainly didn’t have to create any of us. But He did, because He wanted to. He didn’t need to. God went farther than just creating us though. He gave a beautiful world to live in with anything and everything we could ever need. Sin degraded the beauty of the world, but Jesus has bought redemption for us and soon the world will be perfect again when Jesus comes for the second time.

Why? You still might be asking. Well, we can’t ever truly know why. We don’t know how God thinks or what He thinks. But struggles do help us grow in our faith.

Romans 5:3-5

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Clearly, this shows that through struggle we develop endurance and this turn into growth in our faith. Remember that the next time you’re are going through something tough: there is always a reason for it. And always remember that God is with you.

-G. Paige
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What It Means To Have “A Heart Redeemed”

Blogging Image(2)I recently realized that I never did a post about my site’s name: “A Heart Redeemed”. It is not really necessary, but I thought it’d be fun and would be helpful and informative to all those who follow my blog.

But here’s a little backstory first, I decided to have a blog after seeing my friend Amanda doing so well at her blog (Go check it out, by the way!). I also thought there were a good many benefits to having one too. I could go on blog tours for books that I love. It could probably help me get the chance to read some books before they came out! I also was inspired by my friend with idea that I could share my faith without sounding intrusive on here.

Of course, after deciding to do a blog, I had to figure out a name. That is one of the hardest parts for most people, but it ended up only taking a few hours of brainstorming with my friend. The first name I came up with that I liked was “A Heart Unchained” it reminded me of that verse in the song Amazing Grace, but someone on WordPress already had that name. So then my friend suggested “A Heart Redeemed”. And that’s how I got my site’s name.

But what does it mean? Well, it is a term that applies to all Christians. Everyone is a sinner, we all know that. Ever since Adam and Eve sinned, this world has been consumed by sin. What was supposed to be a perfect world, became a fallen one. Before Christ, we tried to redeemed ourselves by following all of God’s commandments and laws and offering sacrifices of animals for our sins, but all those rules only proved how fallen we were.

Psalms 49:7

Yet they cannot redeem themselves from death by paying a ransom to God.

But then Christ came down to earth, fully man and fully God. He paid the ultimate sacrifice for all of our sins: death. His perfect death was the only sacrifice that could fully blot out all our sin forever and ever.

Isaiah 44:22

I have swept away your sins like a cloud.

I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist.

Oh, return to me,

for I have paid the price to set you free.

The theological definition of redeem is “to deliver from sin and its consequences by means of a sacrifice offered for the sinner”. That is what Christ has done for us. Christ redeemed us. He has saved us from Hell. He wiped away all our sin so now we look perfect in God’s eyes.

So the title “A Heart Redeemed” comes from the fact that I am redeemed through Christ’s sacrifice. We all are redeemed.

Christ has redeemed us and there is nothing that we can ever do to repay that.

Now tell me that isn’t beautiful. This shows that God’s love for us is more than we can imagine.

‭‭Job‬ ‭19:25‬

But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and learned a little something from it or maybe it refreshed your mind on something that we can so easily forget.

-G. Paige

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