Monday, February 8, 2016

Gods at War

     For the last couple of years, my pastor has begun the year with a church consecration. Basically, this means we each make a personal commitment to consecrate one part of our lives in January— a fast to work on our personal relationship with God. I joined in this year and I am really glad I did. Over the last month I have spent far more time in prayer than I normally do. And when I drew near to God, He drew near to me... just like He promised.

    At the beginning of the year, my youth group started a book study on the book Gods at War. If you have not read it, I highly recommend looking into it. It will totally change your perspective of sin. When we think of gods today, we think Greek, Roman, Norse, Buddhist, Hindi, Islamic, ect. But the Church seldom looks at the gods in the USA. Gods of power, self, pride, lust, and many more. This book, by the author of Not a Fan, Kyle Idelman, addresses many of them and how to win the battle in our hearts.If you want to learn more, you can visit City on a Hill's bookstore here.

    This book has been incredible. It makes you look at your struggles with sin much differently than we are taught to look at them. I think it makes us see how big an issue, how large of an obstacle some of these issues are, and how great a wall they build between us and God, our father. 

CAUTION:
This is an adult/young adult book. It is not geared toward children. It deals with adult topics, if you know what I mean. Please use discretion. Thanks!


Gods at War Trailer from City on a Hill Productions on Vimeo.

    God wants us free from all of the gods that are holding us back from Him. He does not want us giving ourselves over to them. We are His treasure. We are His bride. When we worship our idols, whether we know they are idols or not, we give Satan God's treasure and bride. We are cheating on God with Satan.

    But there is freedom in Christ! But you have to sacrifice your gods on the altar of your heart each and every day so that you can be free from this slavery. God is patiently waiting for you, child, to realize your mistake and take the first step toward Him. He will help you get past and through this!
Have faith! Expect His goodness in your life.

  "In all of your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path."

   May God be with you!

   Teen for the Lord
   Emily

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone!
Wow! What a year!
A lot of good times, but some hard times too. 
Isn't that the end of every year, though? It's as if all of the sudden we can look backwards and see what God was doing all year long. Funny, huh? 

Since I haven't really been posting this year, let me recap. 
My dad decided to spend another year on the Precious Moments restaurant, so we all pitched into help. My Grandpa passed away as did my Great Grandma. 
My counselor, and close friend, left our church, which caused me to have to branch out to other people. I have made a lot of good friends. (Smile!)
I turned 18, and took my first college classes with our community college, passing with flying colors! 
My dad closed the restaurant about two weeks ago now and is searching for new employment. 

It's been a rough ride this year, but not like last year. Last year the devil really attacked our family. We were so discontent with each other all the time. We fought a lot and never won. Somehow 2015 was much better. I don't know what changed, but I think it was all of us being changed by God.  It's amazing how He quietly changes our perspective, attitudes, and life styles without us even knowing it.

God is always faithful. 
If you are in a rut, don't give up. 
Take the next step and never let go of God.

He will never let go of you.
Ever. 

Remember, you can scream, you can cry...
but don't you dare let go
and don't you dare give up!

 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
 Philippians 4: 6-7
God Bless!
Emily
Teen for the Lord

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Which Wolf Will You Feed?

  Hi Everyone!

  If you've been following my blog, you can see that I changed it up just a little. I have lables at the top for categorized posts and have updated my profile. All things for the better. And that's how life is. I'm about to start a new season of life, and so are a lot of my friends. All things for the better. That's life. You are in one season for a time, but rarely forever. In every season of your life, there will be some good. Find the good and enhance it.

 There is an old Cherokee legend that says this: 
There is a great battle going on inside each of us between two wolves. One wolf is Evil. He is anger, jealousy, hate, sorrow, self-pity, arrogance, lies, superiority, etc. The second is Good. He is joy, peace, light, goodness, hope, love, grace, mercy, etc.
Which one will win?
The one you feed. 

  Think about it. You will be either taken by Evil, or by Good. Choose today. It can't wait. 
God Bless!
Teen for the Lord




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