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Godly Relationships 13: Trust God's PlanGod's got a plan and you're an important part of that plan. But here's the catch: God won't force His plane upon you; you've got to figure things out of yourself.
As a follower of Christ, you should ask yourself this question: How closely can I make my plans match God's plans? The more closely you manage to follow the path that God intends for your life, the better.
Do you have questions or concerns about your life? Take them to God in prayer. Do you have hopes and expectations? Talk to God about your dreams. Are you carefully planning for the days and weeks ahead? Consult God as you establish your priorities. Turn every concern over to your Heavenly Father, and sincerely seek His guidance-prayerfully, earnestly, and often. Then listen for His answers and trust the answers that He gives.
Godly Relationships 16: Lasting RelationshipsIf you're trying to build a relationship based only on physical attraction, you'll be disappointed. Lasting relationships aren't built upon lust, they're built upon love. Real love.
How do you define love? Hopefully, you understand that it's something more than physical attraction. Genuine love is patient, understanding, consistent, and considerate. Genuine love doesn't just sit around and do nothing; it get translated into acts of kindness-large and small.
Love is always a choice. Sometimes we may "fall in love," but it takes work to stay there. Sometimes we may be "swept off our feet," but the "sweeping" is only temporary. Sooner or later, if love is to endure, one most plant one's feet firmly on the ground. The decision to love another person for a lifetime is much more than simple process of "falling in" or "being swept up." It requires "reaching out," "holding firm," and "lifting up." Love becomes a decision to honor and care for the other person.
Godly Relationships 17: Media's Distorted MessagesSometimes it's hard being a Christian, especially when the world keeps pumping out messages that are contrary to your faith.
The media is working around the clock in an attempt to rearrange your priorities. The media says that your appearance is all-important, that your clothes are all-important, that partying is all-important, and that sex should be "recreational." But guess what, those messages are lies and can hurt you.
Next time you're attacked by a pack of 21st century media lies, don't be taken in. Forget the media hype, and pay attention to God. You owe it to God, and you owe it to yourself.
Godly Relationships 10: Use God's WordIf you'd like to know what God has to say about your life, here's how you can find out. Read the book He wrote, it's called the Bible and it has timeless advice for life here on earth and life eternal.
The Bible is unlike any other book. It is a priceless gift from your Creator, a tool that God intends for you to use in every aspect of your life. And, it contains promises upon which you can and must depend on.
God's Word can be a roadmap to successful relationships and spiritual abundance. Make it your roadmap. God's wisdom can be a light to guide your steps. Claim it as your light today, tomorrow, and every day of your life. Then walk confidently in the footsteps of God's only begotten Son.
Godly Relationships 15: Impulsive DecisionsThe decision to have sex before you're married or the decision to abstain from it is a choice that will most certainly impact the rest of your life. That decision will play an important role in the way you see yourself, and it will play an important role in the way you view relationships. And of course there's always the chance that your decision to have sex might result in an unexpected surprise.
Face it: there's a lot riding on the decision to abstain from sex. And because it's an important decision you should think about it and pray about it before you make a decision that might change the direction of your life.
As you're making up your mind about the role that sex will play in your life, trust the quiet inner voice of your conscience, and be obedient to the teachings you find in God's Word. When you do, you'll make the right decision. And you'll be eternally grateful that you did.
Godly Relationships 48: God's AbundanceWhen Jesus talks of the abundant life, is He talking about material riches or earthly fame? Hardly. The Son of God came to this world, not to give it prosperity, but to give it salvation. Thankfully for Christians, our Savior's abundance is both spiritual and eternal; it never falters-even if we do-and it never dies. We need only to open our hearts to Him, and His grace becomes ours.
God's gifts are available to all, but they are not guaranteed; those gifts must be claimed by those who choose to follow Christ. As believers, we are free to accept God's gift, or not; that choice, and the consequences that result from it, are ours and ours alone.
As we go about our daily lives, may we accept God's promise of spiritual abundance, and may we share it with a world in desperate need of the Master's healing touch.
Godly Relationships 9: How Far Is Too Far?How far is too far? It's a question that lots of people ask themselves. And to discover the answer, think about it like this: the Bible teaches that your body isn't just a body, it's a temple-God's temple. And if you're dating a person who won't keep their hands to themselfs, they're trying to trash that temple. Don't let them do it!
Remember: it's not okay to trash the temple "just a little bit", don't trash it at all. Father's order.
Godly Relationships 7: Shared ValuesIf you're still searching for Mr. or Mrs. Right, be patient, be prudent, and be picky. Look for someone whose values you respect, who behavior you approve of, and whose faith you admire. Remember that appearances can be deceiving and tempting. And when it comes to the important task of building a lifetime relationship with the guy or girl of your dreams, pray about it!
If you happen to be one of those very lucky ones who has already fallen madly in love with the same wonderful person who has already fallen madly in love with you, say a great thanks to the Matchmaker in heaven. But if you haven't yet found a soul-mate who honors both you and God, don't fret. Just keep trusting your Father in heaven, and keep yourself open to the direction in which He is leading you. And remember: God wants to give His approval, but He won't give it until He's asked. So ask, listen, and decide accordingly.
Godly Relationships 11: Listen To Your ConscienceBilly Graham, correctly observed, "Most of us follow our conscience as well as we follow a wheelbarrow." We push it in front of us in the direction we want to go." To do so is a profound mistake. Yet all of us have failed to listen to the voice that God planted in our hearts, and all of us have suffered the consequences.
God gave you a conscience for a very good reason: to make your path conform to His will. Wise believers make it to a practice to listen carefully to that quiet internal voice. Count yourself among that number. When your conscience speaks, listen and learn. In all likelihood, God is try to get His message through, and it is the message that you desperately need to hear.
Bring Me BackWho am I that cries to God,
Who am I to come to You,
That You should pour Your Spirit out on me,
Who am I to ask of You,
In my flesh I weep and scream,
In my pride I demand,
In my doubt I beg of You,
As if You begrudgingly give,
So God I ask for Your Spirit,
And I know I don't deserve,
A single glance from You,
No, not even one word,
And yet You gave Your life for me,
You are Holy, You are good,
Even when I had to convince myself,
I know You understood,
You brought hardship to my life,
And You understand my pain,
This meekness I feel is not a sin,
You made me feel this way,
I know You want me to pursue You,
My flesh is selfish; my Spirit scared,
Time is not running out on this,
My time You have prepared,
I will ask You everyday,
And I will come to You for all,
Every problem come my way,
I will ask You big and small,
Jesus teach me how to pray,
I've forgotten how to speak,
I don't know what to say,
Your presence silences me,
I know Your love is never-ending,
And Your gentleness is warm,
Tell Others about Me (Jesus) Tell Others about Me (Jesus)
Why are you quiet?
Why do you hide?
Why are you ashamed?
Are you scared?
Do you not want to give up the world?
Are you afraid of persecution?
I am here!
I will protect you
Can’t find the words?
And I will give you the words
Shout my name
Tell others about me
What I did for you
Things will be hard
But I will be your strength
And keep moving forward
Tell others about me
To all people
To let them know they are loved
That someone is there for them
And can save them
Don’t be afraid
And amazing things will happen
Tell others about God
And what I gave to heal others
What I gave to save the world
What is the Gospel?The Gospel: what does this word mean? Whether you’re a Christian or not, you’ve probably come across this word at least once in your life. A lot of people do not understand the actual definition that this tricky word possesses. The original language, in which the New Testament was written, was Greek. The word, “Gospel” was translated from the Greek word “euangelion,” which literally means “good news,” but what news, within the New Testament, is the word “Gospel” referring to?
It’s very simple and goes back to John 3:16 which states, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believed in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” God loves you so much that he sent his son Jesus Christ to take your punishment on the cross that you so rightly deserved. Sin was brought into this world when Adam disobeyed God. Sin is separation from God and “the wages of sin is death
Jesus Christ (Poem)
Yes, there was a man born of flesh
Who overcame the world and all its tests
The only one worthy to be called His holiness
A royal king who spent His days with the poorest sects
The only man on whose flesh maggots cannot feast
Who took our sickness and sin, for love of you and me
Who proclaimed, to be great you must become the least
He is the greatest gift mankind through grace has ever reaped
He spent his days and nights connected to God the Father
Kept it real at all times, like him there is no other
Hated by all whom were corrupted by money and worldly power
Accepted his mission fully knowing, He'd die for unworthy followers
I know we're not worthy to be known as those who follow Christ
But you still wouldn't trade us, even when Satan tried to change your mind
You endured the pain, the ridicule, and humiliation, a costly price
If it were necessary, you'd do it all again to make everything right
My King, Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ, thank you once again
For taking those who feel so
Zelophehad's Daughters: What Makes Us StayThis is what makes us girls:
we are always second
'cause they put boys first.
Shackled to men,
our fate bound to theirs -
we pay for what we cannot help.
This is what makes us girls:
we always lose double
just because of our birth.
Our father is gone,
our fate bound to his -
left destitute, losing everything.
This is what makes us girls:
we won't take this lying down,
won't cry about it,
we'll do something about it,
for we are bound to God
who sees everything.
This is what makes us stay:
knowing our God
created us the same;
trusting He's above
not preferring boys,
not preferring girls
but caring for our needs
and giving us our right.
Overcoming ObstaclesRecognize Your Vulnerability
The Lord has a beautiful plan for each believer’s life. But to thwart God’s purposes, Satan sprinkles obstacles in our path.
There are many types of hindrances, such as a difficult boss, contrary family members, and financial trouble. Anything that blocks a desired goal can cause anxiety and great frustration. But remember that no obstacle can touch you without God’s consent.
Consider Joshua’s army, which was no match for Jericho’s military. And the great wall protecting that city was an impossible barrier to cross. Yet God had promised the Israelite
God is LoveDoesn't matter if you're: Gay, Bisexual, Black, White, Spanish, Yellow, Purple, green with red polka dots, Atheist, Agnostic, Muslim, Any other religion out there, a hippy hugging a tree, a basket case, or dead.
God Loves everyone the same.
He is not a respecter of persons.
He Loves you as though you were the only person alive.
If you were the only one who sinned in the entire world, he would've still sent his son Jesus to die for you on that cross anyway.
Go to him as you are! - He will tell you what is wrong and what is right in his eyes.
He Loves you more than you could ever fathom.
Give your life to Jesus, go to him as you are...
....and He WILL show you the true and ONLY way to Heaven.
He will reveal to you what is right and what is wrong.
He Loves you all, but hates sin.
Follow Jesus; He is the Narrow Door. - "Luke 13:24"
God Loves you; yes YOU!!!
Receive the Living Water from him and thirst no more
Be blessed in Jesus' name
Sermon: Ears to HearSermon text: 1 Samuel 1:1-18
Hannah is a woman who needs to be heard.
She is in a situation that is causing her a lot of pain, but which she can't easily speak to others about. In Israelite culture at the time, having children was very important. A woman's life was fulfilled by having children; it was part of her purpose as a wife. Where a wife could not have children, this sometimes led to her husband taking another wife – this happened with Abraham and Sarah, when she gave him Hagar to have children in her place, or when Rachel and Leah gave their maids to Jacob. Elkanah, Hannah's husband, probably married Peninnah, his second wife, exactly because Hannah was unable to have children. This must have made it even worse for Hannah, even more humiliating. She cannot fulfill her role as wife – to such an extent that her husband needs a second wife.
There is a saying that "a problem shared is a problem halved". But whom can Hannah share her load with? No one listens to her! Take Peninnah.
Come take my hand and we'll walk in the park
We'll play in the meadow and stay until dark
Come now my brother, there's so much to see
So much to explore for you and for me
Come take my hand and we'll lay down these guns
Let's show our resolve, let us be the ones
Come now my sister, we'll exit this place
We'll show them we're all one big human race
Come now my friend, you're no enemy mine
Agape love transcends both space and time
Together we'll stand, divided we'll fall
True brotherhood lives, for one and for all
Come now and see, a paradise at hand
For love and for kindness we've taken a stand
We'll never tire of that peaceful new world
It's coming is soon, or haven't you heard
Godly Relationships 12: Respect Your BodyHow do you treat your body? Do you treat it with the reverence and respect it deserves, or do you take it more or less for granted? The Bible has clear instructions about the way you should take care of the miraculous body that God has given you.
God's Word teaches us that our bodies are temples which belong to God. We are commanded to treat our bodies with respect and honor. We do so by making wise choices and by making those choices consistently over an extended period of time.
Are you willing to treat your body with the reverence that it deserves? Then promise yourself that you will make the kind of wise choices that reflect your obedience to God's commandments. The responsibility for those choices is yours. And so are the rewards.
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