Don't be afraid
I can meet you half way
We can't always know
Where the road ends up
But with God's hand
I know we can go
Where-ever we imagine
Why should we wait
Later on maybe too late
Cause where can we run
When you see there's half a chance
That we might really become
Whatever we imagine
And I imagine you and me
Just taking shots at what we see
And if we falter
Take away the dust
And just outlast them all
You ought to see
All your heroes in me
But if we get wise
We can break the walls we make
And you can see in my eyes
Whatever we imagine
And I imagine you and me
Just taking shots at what we see
So let the walls go down
And we can try it again
Cause nobody can stop us now
Don't be afraid
Cause I'll meet you half way
You're not far behind
If we climb this hill
I know there's still a chance we can find
Whatever we imagine in our life
We can make it there baby
Ohhh, Whatever we imagine
Don't you see baby
It's all in our minds
I'll meet you halfway
Whatever we imagine
Repeat these basic essentials over and over to God's people.
- Warn them before God against pious nitpicking, which chips away at the faith. It just wears everyone out.
- Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won't be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple.
- Stay clear of pious talk that is only talk. Words are not mere words, you know. If they're not backed by a godly life, they accumulate as poison in the soul.
- Do not throw believers off stride and missing the truth by a mile by saying the resurrection is over and done with.
- God's firm foundation is as firm as ever, these sentences engraved on the stones: God knows who belongs to him. spurn evil, all you who name god as god.
- In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets - some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage.
- Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing.
- Run away from infantile indulgence.
- Run after mature righteousness - faith, love, peace - joining those who are in honest and serious prayer before God.
- Refuse to get involved in inane discussions; they always end up in fights.
- God's servant must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. You never know how or when God might sober them up with a change of heart and a turning to the truth, enabling them to escape the Devil's trap, where they are caught and held captive, forced to run his errands.
- Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.
- Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
- Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.
- Their teaching will spread like gangrene, who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some.
- God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”
- Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
- Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.
- The Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
The man without the Spirit does not understand the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he cannot hear them, because they are spiritually discerned - 1 Corinthians 2:14
God's spirit lives in believers.I have learned that we should not assume that most people will follow or endorse our commitment to follow Christ. It may seem trivial to others just as a tone-deaf person cannot appreciate quality music. A person who rejects God can not comprehend God's divine message. With the lines of communication broken, it is impossible for a person to hear what God is telling us.
No one can comprehend God without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 11:34)Through the Holy Spirit, we could have insight into some of God's plans, thoughts, and actions having the "mind of Christ". We also begin to know God's thoughts, talk with him and await His answers to our prayers.
Do you spend enough time with Jesus to receive his moral sense in you?
When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not believe it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on stony ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on favourable soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
People within the church who rather have an undeniable love for God, they have an incomplete and lukewarm love for God. A lukewarm Christian is an oxymoron.
Churchgoers who are lukewarm are not Christians. There are people in the church that are labeled "Christian" that are not Christians.
Church is not about the building, it's about the people who represent the body of Christ.
God deserves all of our love, not partial.
Descriptions of what a mediocre person would act in the Christian community.
This list is not a complete list of what the definition of what Lukewarm people are, and it is not intended to be used to assess your fellow believers' salvation. This is for you.
This is to examine yourself, like what 2 Corinthians 13:5 says, to "examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves."
My caution to you is this: Do not believe you are beneficial soil.
- Attend church fairly regularly. It is what is expected of them, what they believe "true Christians" do, so they go. (Isaiah 29:13)
- Give money to charity and to the church...as long as it doesn't impinge on their standard of living. If they have a little extra and it is easy and safe to do, they do so. After all, God loves a cheerful giver, right? (1 Chronicles 21:24; Luke 21:1-4)
- Choose what is popular over what is right when they are in conflict. They want to join in both at church and outside of the church; they want more about what people think of their actions (like church attendance and giving) than what God thinks of their heart and lives. (Luke 6:26; Rev. 3:1; Matt. 23:5-7)
- Don't genuinely want to be saved from their sin; they need only to be saved from the burden of their sin. They don't genuinely hate sin and aren't truly sorry for it; they're just sorry because God is going to hurt them.
- Lukewarm people do not honestly believe that the new life Jesus offers, is better than their "old wicked" one - John 10:10; Rom. 6:1-2.
- Moved by stories about people who do extraordinary things for Christ, yet they do not represent. They believe such action is for "extreme" Christians, not ordinary ones. Lukewarm people call "radical" what Jesus expected of all His followers. (James 1:22; 4:17; Matt. 21:28-31)
- Rarely share their faith with their neighbors, coworkers, or friends. They do not want to be rejected, not do they want to make people uncomfortable by talking about personal issues like religion. (Matt. 10:32-33)
- Gauge their morals or "goodness" by comparing themselves to the secular world. They feel satisfied that while they aren't as radical for Jesus as so-and-so, they are nowhere as intense as the guy down the street. (Luke 18:11-12)
- Say they love Jesus, and He is, indeed, a part of their lives. But only a fraction. They give Him a portion of their lives, their money, and their thoughts, but He isn't allowed to run their lives. (Luke 9:57-62)
- Love God, but they do not love Him with all their heart, soul, and strength. They would be able to tell you that they try to love God that much, but that kind of total commitment isn't eminently possible for the average person; it's only for pastors and missionaries and radicals. (Matt. 22:37-38)
- Love others but do not try to love others as much as they love themselves. Their love of others is typically focused on those who love them in return, like family, friends, and other people they know and associate with. There is little love left over for those who cannot love them back, much less for those who intentionally slight them, whose kids are better athletes than theirs, or with whom conversations are inappropriate or uncomfortable. Their love is highly dependent and highly selective, and usually comes with strings attached. (Matt. 5:43-47; Luke 14:12-14)
- Serve God and others, but there are limits to how far they will continue or how much time, money, and energy they are willing to give. (Luke 18:21-25)
- Think about life on earth much more often than eternity in heaven. Daily life is primarily focused on today's to-do list, this week's schedule, and next month's vacation. Rarely, if even, do they carefully consider the days to come. Regarding this, C.S. Lewis writes, "If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this." (Phil. 3:18-20; Col. 3:2)
- Grateful for their luxuries and comforts, and rarely consider trying to provide as much as possible to the poor. They are able to point out, "Jesus never said money is the root of all evil, only that the love of money is." Untold numbers of apathetic people feel "called" to minister to the rich; very few feel "called" to minister to the poor. (Matt. 25:34, 40; Isa. 58:6-7)
- Do whatever is necessary to protect themselves from feeling too guilty. They want to do the dead minimum, to be kind enough without requiring too much of them. They ask "How far can I go before it's considered a sin?" instead of "How can I keep myself pure as a temple of the Holy Spirit?" They ask, "How much do I have to give?" instead of "How much can I give?" They ask how much time should they spend praying and reading their Bible, instead of, wishing that they could take longer -1 Chronicles 29:14; Matt. 13:44-46.
- Continually concerned with playing it safe; they are slaves to the god of control. This point on sound life keeps them from sacrificing and risking for God. (1 Tim. 6:17-18; Matt. 10:28)
- Do not live by faith; their lives are structured so they never have to. They don't have to trust God if something unexpected happens--they have their savings account. They don't need God to help them--they have their retirement plan in place. They don't genuinely seek out what being God would have them live--they have life figured and mapped out. They don't depend on God on a daily basis--their refrigerators are rich and, for the most part, they are in excellent health. The truth is, their lives wouldn't look much different if they suddenly stopped believing in God. (Luke 12:16-21; see also Hebrews 11)
- Drink and curse probably less than average, but besides that, they truly aren't distinctly different from your typical unbeliever. They equate their relatively sanitized lives with holiness, but they couldn't be more wrong. (Matthew 23:25-28)
- Feel secure because:
- they attend church
- made a profession of faith at age twelve
- were baptized
- come from a Christian family.
I came upon this verses just now and I want to share it to you...
I just want you to know that we do not have to fear anyone, because once we accept Jesus, God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity but of power, love and self-discipline....
Jesus loved us so much and spare His life for us...
And with that our gratitude for Him is to live a righteous life that will glorify Him...
Righteous meaning not perfect but always improving ourself to be perfect...
With that... We do not need to fear anyone, just like Paul who was a sinner wrote in 1 Corinthians 4...
Fear God and you will fear nothing else or in your case, no one else. 2timothy1:7
We can stand anything for a little while, but don't give up until His work is complete. As God's chosen ones, we have the power to endure whatever comes. (Romans 8:28) it's part of God's plans to grow us up.
When I accepted Him as my personal savior, it was not an overnight experience that I already live happiliy ever after... And even after my "and they lived happily ever after" moment/s, God has shown me that there are still things that I could improve on, characters that I could develop... And with these, I have come to the realization, that I will always face trials and testings, until I see Him face to face... But I rest upon His word, that He will always cause all things to work for the good of those who love Him who are called according to His purpose..
God dealt with me over the years about the things that needed to change in me. He covered my shortcomings by His grace for a certain period of time, and He let me get by with things...
Jacob was when he realized his unworthiness of all the love and faithfulness God showed him (Genesis 32:10). When God came to Moses with a mission to lead His people, He got angry at Moses not because of his humble self-opinion but of his lack of confidence in God's power. Exodus 3:11-4:10. When a person is paralyzed by a sense of guilt, unworthiness, uselessness, not self-esteem. He assured Moses of His presence. He asked Moses to look to Him to survive. The biblical key to our helplessness is not arrogance but sovereign grace.
God's way of freeing and mobilizing people is by showing them His presence and power. Do you feel helpless, spiritually bankrupt before God? Do you feel morally tainted, personally unworthy before God? Then you are blessed! Until you realize that there would be no life, success or usefulness, without God's grace, you would never be blessed. You see everybody is poor in spirit, but only those who know their inadequacies, guilt, failures, helplessness, unworthiness and emptiness are driven to the grace of God. My friend, there is no need for you to pretend that you are all sufficient. Do not be too hard on yourself. Your inadequacies are just. God knows us. He created us. He never created us to be self-reliant.
God wants us to rely on Him. He wants us to draw near to Him. You are blessed because you will be comforted. God promised to be with you. So do not hesitate, for He is with you. Do not be dismayed. He will strengthen and help you. He will help you with His moral authority hand(Isaiah41:10). Just remember His holiness and only yield and you will be comforted. Replace self-reliance with childlike God-reliance. Replace self-trust with surrendered God-confidence. Self-determination with sovereign grace. Self-esteem with magnificent mercy for the unworthy. God blesses the poor who perceive their need for him - Matthew 5:3.
The good is the enemy of the best.
Good enough is not better enough.
And the well enough could sometimes still be not better enough.
Good is the antithesis of principal.
By settling down for the good, we cut out on the best.
Wisdom is the ability to cognize not just the right choices from the wrong ones, but also to determine the best from the good ones.
We must focus on the lid and remove anything less to have the best, get the best, and be the first.
When we take on different wise choices, we have less energy and attention to put into the best one. It is best to look for what is better and not only what is right or still only able.
To receive this desires, We strive to get rid of all desires. We strive to break free from all desire.
But this is not always working, since our heart's desires are natural. We are created to have desires and to keep them fulfilled. When our desires are not satisfied, we tend to suffer.
Removing our desire would not stop the hurt.
We have to understand that God is complete and desire only the best for us.
When our heart's desire is not manifested, it just means it is not yet the right time
Our heart’s desire is the divine standard by which we are guided to live out our life’s purpose on earth.
God keeps us from the rest, so that we can have the best.
God is arranging something that will be much more fulfilling to you. Love is the fact that fulfills us the most.
Marriage with our God's best is one of the best ways by which we experience love.
Our desires may come, in time, in our life.
It is inevitable for us to wonder why our desire is being held from us. At times, we are tempted to think that we would never know what we most need.
The truth is God wants to bless us.
He created us for what we most desire.
Truth is God is the fulfillment of our desire.
But until then, we have to be still.
God is working in and for our future, as well as in us.
Everything will be well and most fulfilling in His own best time.
Good is considered deficient when compared to more.
What is right for us becomes inappropriate for us when attention to what is finer for us.
Failure may be difficult, but success is even worse because success in the wrong state may protect us in continually.
Failing at many different endeavors is better than to come through at your true vocation, with the wrong one.
Our true calling is where we will have the best of everything that we truly desire.
If we want to experience the ultimate in all areas of our life, we have to do it God’s plan.
There is always a better way to look at things.
There is always a better way to think and do things.
The better way is always empowering to you.
Whatever you do, do it with all your might - ecclesiastes 9:10.
For each success that you see, there is always someone who has achieved more of it in an easier way and shorter time.
Always choose the better state of things.
To get the best, go for the highest level, the core and the fact. Our judgement, life, and actions will be the best if we always aim for the best.
Excel in factual knowledge and all information, so that you see things that are relevant, to be honorable and blameless until the day of Christ - Philippians 1:9-10.
There are different levels of wisdom.
A reduced level of education is foolishness compared to a higher level of wisdom.
Full truth is the consolidation of all true statement.
If you are confused with conflict of reason, knowledge and wisdom, always choose the better way of seeing things.
Conflicting truths can stay in unison when they are viewed as existing on several levels.
An edified consciousness is complete and does not preclude.
As we do better acquainted, we see more trueness to reality.
There are different levels of blessings.
Low level is horrible compared to a higher good.
A higher level honor can request a small gift evil.
Hence, the rightfulness of Satan is wrong compared to the righteousness of God.
As Satan is the enemy of God, good is the enemy of most.
God causes all things to do together for our advantage, if we love Him and act according to His highest ambition.
There are different levels of illumination.
A lower level of consciousness is insignificant compared to a higher level of light.
That is why Satan’s knowledge is as dark compared to God’s light.
You see according to the value that you have. When you walk with higher standards, what used to be fair becomes dull.
All information is specific, and the mind can make up what is full or inappropriate for itself. Therefore, what is seen as light or evil is largely a matter of conscious decision.
God organizes all levels of capability and blessings, according to His perspective. Only those who worship God may achieve the highest degree of wisdom, blessings and joy.
Falling short of the highest standards is wrong.
Anything less than God’s best is wrong.
The best is all we need because the rest is nothing.
Think like the first to be just like the best.
Because of his glory and greatness, He gave us gratifying and unambiguous resolution. These are the promises that allow us to partake in his divine nature and change free from the world's misery caused by human desires - 2 Peter 1:4.
How to Be a Good Friend
Being a true friend is about being reliable, kind hearted and compassionate.
- Be there through the hard times.
- Stand up for your friend.
- Share your thoughts and cares with a friend.
If you are willing to do all of these, you will develop and maintain a relationship that endures.
One faithful friend is priceless and taking the time to fulfill your role in the relationship is worth every minute.
Connect with friends that you value whose friendship you regard as sustainable long-term.
Great friendships do not arise from hopping on someone's popularity and hoping it will rob off on you. Treasured relationship is developed with being with people who identify with you at a level and understand who you truly are.
- Friendship is not trying to be friends with a person just to be accepted in a certain clique.
- Friendship is not trying to be friends with someone just to get to know someone else through that person.
- It is opportunism – and eventually you will regret the shallow nature of your involvement.
Every new person you meet have a right to be accepted on his/her own merits.
Be yourself than be someone that you are not, just to be accepted.
You have a responsibility to fill their days with pleasant memories and happy moments.
It is better detested for who you are, rather liked for who you are not.
Intimate friendships endure differences of opinion or outlooks.
It is impossible for a dishonest person to have close friends because it is difficult trust a person who is not reliable. Keep your promises.
Do what you say that you will do.
Do not tell lies.
If you promise to do something, but did not do it, or did only a part of it, it is considered lying. People will eventually think you out and realize that you do not do what you say you will.
If you find yourself lying about doing things, then not keeping your word, start owning up to it and stop doing it. If you cannot do something, explain it to your friend. Trust that relationship is strong enough for the no's as well as the yeses. Be honest if you said to do something.
If you know that you are at fault, own up.
Simply talk about it with your friend and pray that your friend will forgive you.
They will appreciate it in the future, to look back and say, 'Wow!' I've had a fantastic angel by my side.' Nevertheless, if you are changing and undependable, that feels like you were not a close friend.
Good relationship is based on trust. The friendship may be extremely difficult to recover if you break a trust.
If you have made a promise and planned to keep it, but certain circumstances beyond your control conspire to prevent it, tell your friend as soon as you find out. Do not wait until 15 minutes after you were supposed to come to call and tell your friend. Honor the fact, that your friend is counting on you.
Respect the fact that, your friend needs to find someone else to help, given a little notice, with whatever it was. Do not hang your friend out to twist in the wind.
If your friend tells you a secret, maintain that trust and do not talk about it to anyone else. It is what you would expect in return and so stay tight lipped about the matter. Do not discuss your friend behind their back and do not spread rumors about the confidences they have shared to you. Do not say something about your friend that you can not repeat to their face. Do not gossip or back-stab.
Do not let others say nasty things about your friend and until you've had a chance to get your friend's opinion, treat comments about your friend that are not useful as gossip and rumors. If someone says something that shocks you and does not seem like a comment your friend would do or say, then respond by saying that you know that person and that it just does not seem right.
You may say that you will talk to your friend to find out his/her perspective on this. If it turns out to be true, you will let them know. But until then, you would appreciate it if they do not spread it around, because it might not be what is actually meant.
Good friends respect each other. You show this by being honestly and mutually supportive. If your friend has certain values and beliefs that do not align with your own, respect their choices and be subject to listening about them. Do not ridicule or belittle what they believe in. Instead, be understanding and try to keep learning. Over time, the differences will make you both stronger and better friends.
Listen to what your friend has to say despite times that your friend will say things that you find uninteresting, unpleasant or annoying.
If you respect your friend, you will ignore these feelings, to be able to listen openly and give your pal the opportunity to say what is needed and to do so without judgment.
Disagree respectfully when you do not see eye to eye with your friend and be prepared to see things differently. Do not demand that your friend change her way of seeing things.
Watch out for your friend.
If you feel that your friend is getting into some kind of problems which are beyond their control, like taking drugs or being promiscuous, help him or her to get away from the situation to somewhere safer for them. Do not think that they are strong enough to care for themselves. This might be the perfect time that your expression of common sense is needed to make them realize their fugue. Don't let your friend drive drunk - take their keys and/or see your friend home. If your friend talks about committing suicide, tell someone about it. Do it even if your buddy begs you not to tell anyone. This rule overrides the "respect privacy". Suggest a counselor or professional to your friend. Before you involve anyone else, talk to your friend's closest relative first unless they are the ones that are causing the problems.
Pitch in for your friend in times of crisis.
You could fix your friend's bags, if your friend has to be in the hospital. If your friend's dog runs away, help to get it. Be available if your friend needs help. Take notes for your friend if you know that your friend missed the class because your friend is sick. Send cards or care packages. If there is a death in their family, attend the funeral or prepare and bring a meal over to your friend. Help him or her up and let her cry. Give them something to wipe their tears and listen. You don't have to say anything.
Just do not be too bothered by hearing sadness, anger, or deep sorrow. Be calm and reassuring.
Do not say that everything is going to be all right if it is not. Keep it real.
Sometimes, it is hard not to, but false reassurance can be worse than none.
It may impair your friend's ability to see through the crisis as well as one might.
Instead, tell your friend that whatever your friend decide or need, you will be there for your friend.
If your friend needs to discuss, talk.
If your friend needs to sit quietly, sit there.
If your friend needs to relax and get minds off something, offer to take your friend for a massage or pedicure.
Give a heartfelt hug.
Stay honest, but cheerful and positive.
Even a stranger would appreciate a real message or a "quick" hug, or a hand rub across the back, but do not overdo it.
Give helpful advice when asked, add perspective but do not argue that your friend does as you say. Don't judge your friend, but do urge your friend when they get out for advice or when they need tough love to keep them out of hurtful situations.
Let your friend know how you consider the situation using information, and indicate what you might do in the same circumstances. Do not be offended by your buddy listening to your ideas but deciding to ignore it. They must make their own decisions.
Do not give unsought for advice. Allow your friend to vent when needed. Be prepared to give advice if it is clear that it is sought.
Ask before you offer advice. That may feel that you are imposing "should’s" upon your friend, and they are much less likely to hear.
Give your pal space.
Be understanding if your friend wants to spend some time alone or hang out with other people. Do not be clingy or needy. Friendship does not require that you always have to be paired together.
Allowing your friend a day to socialize with other friends gives you much-needed breathing space and allows you to come together fresh, appreciating each other even more.
Listen. You do not have to agree. Simply listen to what your friend is saying.
Stop talking to listen.
Some people do not actually think it appealing listening to someone talk about other people's feelings 24/7. If you are monopolizing every conversation with your feelings, your friend is not getting anything out of the relationship. For example, do not sigh and moan as if the world is against you. Seek help out and try to stop being paranoid. Listening opens a gap between the two of you and reassures your friend that you are not judging them.
Share. Being considerate is an essential part of being a true friend.
Accommodate your friend's wishes whenever you can.
Do this in balance.
Be there when you are needed and go the extra mile if it is going to make a tremendous difference for your friend. Reciprocate in kind with loving deeds and support and your relationship will be strengthened.
Do not be selfish.
Grabbing, stealing, envying and/or begging are a whopping no in friendship.
Your friend will soon get tired of this and eventually move towards more compassionate people who are willing to provide the same as one gets. A true friend will not require it, yet one might say being tired of it. Do not require even encouragement.
Do not expect, order or abuse goodness or "wear out your welcome." When your friend does something kind for you, then return soon. Money is not, or does not have to be, an issue.
Don't compare labels, prices, size and importance.
Do not let your friend pay every time you go out, even if it is offered.
Do not help yourself to things at your friend's house without asking, unless it is desired and practiced at your house in turn.
Go home when the time is right. No one wants to feel used or to be friends with a freeloader.
Take care of anything that you borrow from your friend and return it without being asked.
Return any significant gifts bought for you if you end a relationship. It is appropriate etiquette, so act in true faith.
Follow the golden rule.
Treat a friend the way you like to be treated.
Do not do something that you do not want done to you.
Be there through thick and thin.
Do not mind everything as a favor that has to be repaid immediately.
Hate the sin, not the person.
If your friend did something wrong, tendency if for you to use it against them. If you are truly a true friend, you will never use anything against her. Everything can be talked about, anyways.
Don't use your friends as a test of your worth – you have value.
Seek to deepen your relationship over a period of time.
The more you spend time with one another, the less you idealize each other.
The more you receive one another for who you truly are. This is what being an incredibly loyal friend is genuinely about – caring deeply for each other, warts and all.
|Trisha Sebastian in the ER: The Emergency Run|