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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Women Are Weak

Our society has taught us to believe that woman are strong and can do anything a man can do. The feminist culture has brought this lie upon us. As much as I'd like to believe that when I see pictures of thin and petite women flexing, it's laughable at best.

I have an independent and strong-willed spirit (not that that's a good thing), so I don't like to hear that women are weak. I want to believe that my feisty attitude means something, even when it's laughed at by the opposite sex. Contrary to how I wish to really be, women aren't strong. It's a fact. We can pretend all we want, but we're not. We have our vulnerable moments where we break down and feel overwhelmed. Even physically we are not on the same level as men, no matter how hard we workout. I hate saying that just as much as you probably despise hearing that, but even the Bible confirms it. The Bible refers to us as the weaker sex (1 Peter 3:7). Weaker refers physically, but  I'm also reminded of the other type of weak in this verse:

"having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions" 2 Timothy 3:5-6

I'm not here to counter the feminist movement about the strength of women, rather, here to assert a prime example of why women are weaker. I've noticed more and more women get sucked into following certain rising Christian women leaders- Jen Hatmaker, LysaTerkeurst , and Ann Voskamp, to name a few. Honestly, as a woman, I'm baffled as to why these women have such a large following from Christian women.

Jen Hatmaker recently came out as saying that homosexual relations are "holy," (she didn't mind homosexuality either). I never read anything of hers to know whether it was good or bad, but judging from her responses in an interview, her warped mindset was probably obvious to begin with.

I wouldn't say Lysa's teachings are heretical, but when I went through her Made to Crave Bible study, I was appalled at how she twisted the Scriptures into something they did not say. I don't believe it was intentional, but I felt it revealed that she really needed more guidance in interpreting the Scriptures before going out on a limb by herself. Ever since then, I've avoided her. Hopefully she's improved since then.

Ann Voskamp's writings are pure heresy. I will say that. I've read her One Thousand Gifts and was quite disgusted that she would even speak about such a holy God in such a sexualized way. How disappointing. And yet, Christian women still follow her.

I see Christian women following bloggers who encourage their followers to do unbiblical things like, "Oh, you're a mom. You don't have to spend much time in the Word. God knows. It's okay. If you can't, you can't." And they blindly believe these women who probably aren't even saved themselves. It's like the blind leading the blind, and part of the reason for this is because of the fact that women aren't in the Word. Women are weak because they stay out of the Word and soak up everyone else's word. And so in turn, women who aren't in the Word become the women of 2 Timothy. They're captured by false teachers or misled teachers because they are too weak to overcome the teachers. They want to feel good about the things they're not doing, so instead of letting the Word confront them, they have other women lift them up to push the guilt they have aside. The cycle is vicious and it will continue as more heretical "Christian" women rise up.

Women don't have to be weak mentally though. Women can be strong in the Lord through spending quality time with Him. When women read the Word they're able to discern false doctrine from Truth, immediately, not after reading all twelve of their books or figuring it out years later. God gives wisdom to those who ask, so why not soak up God's strength and become a strong woman who can decipher between good and bad?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

God's Faithful, How About You?
It's interesting that almost every book of the Old Testament I've read, I've encountered the same theme: God is faithful even when we are not. But it doesn't stop there. It's not just that He is faithful; it's that He does whatever it takes to bring us back. God pursues us even when we slam the door in His face. He is relentless in His quest to bring us back to Him. It's incredible!

Hosea's marriage to Gomer the harlot is the perfect example for us believers. It's a parallel comparison of God's pursuit of the Israelites. Hosea represented God's role as the relentless pursuer who kept bringing Gomer back to himself, even though she'd been unfaithful to Hosea and had left him to go back to her prostitution. The Israelites represent Gomer the harlot.They have gone after other gods, despite how good God had been to them. The same with Hosea. Hosea treated Gomer well, but for some unknown reason that we are not told, she chose to leave him for her old life. Although the entire book of Hosea is about God's love for His people, there's one part I wanted to focus on.

Israel has left God and gone back to the foreign gods, whom Israel falsely believed gave them the good things they had in life. They didn't realize that it was actually God who had cared for them the whole time, even while they were in sin. Because they believe in a lie and are deceived, God devises a plan to bring them back,

. . . and went after her lovers
and forgot me, declares the LORD,
"Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
and bring her into the wilderness,
and speak tenderly to her.
And there I will give her her vineyards
and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.
And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth . . .

And in that day, declares the LORD, you will call me 'My Husband,'

Hosea 2:13b-16

God loved them so much, he wouldn't give up on them. He wouldn't let go. He knew that his effort would pay off. Isn't it a beautiful picture for us? Whenever we feel like we've blown it and can't come to God for forgiveness, He's actually pursuing us to come back to Him. He desires for us to come back, in spite of our sin. Nothing you can do as a believer can push you back so far that God doesn't want you back. His love is unconditional and unlike any other's love. God will never go back on His promise to be faithful. He will be faithful to you even when you are not. Shouldn't His boundless love
compel you to run to Him? So, what are you waiting for?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Reminder of God's Forgiveness and Love
The book of Jeremiah tells an incredible story of love from God for His people, Israel. Most people look at this book as a judgment from God upon Israel, and rightly so, but there's so much more to it. In the beginning, God presents his case to Israel, and gives them all the reason why they shouldn't have ever have abandoned Him.

"What wrong did your fathers find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthlessness, and became worthless? They did not say, 'Where is the LORD who brought us up from the land of Egypt, who led us in the wilderness, in a land of deserts and pits, in a land of drought and deep darkness, in a land that none passes through, where no man dwells?' And I brought you into a plentiful land to enjoy its fruits and its good things, but when you came in, you defiled my land and made my heritage an abomination . . ." Jeremiah 2:5-7

"Have you not brought this upon yourself by forsaking the LORD your God, when He led you in the way? And now what do you gain by going to Egypt to drink the waters of the Nile? Or what do you gain by going to Assyria to drink the waters of the Euphrates?" Jeremiah 2:17-18

There are so many reasons why the Israelites shouldn't have abandoned God. God establishes a case to show how good He was to them, to show that His future actions in punishing them are justified,

"for my people have committed two evils: they have forsake me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water." Jeremiah 2:13

"Yet my people have forgotten me days without number." Jeremiah 2:32

but not only that, to show His great love for them that even though they have sought out people and things that cannot save them, He still wanted them back.

" 'Return, faithless Israel, declares the LORD, I will not look on you in anger, for I am merciful, declares the LORD; I will not be angry forever. Only acknowledge your guilt, that you rebelled against the LORD your God . . . and that you have not obeyed my voice, declares the LORD." Jeremiah 3:12-13

What's even more incredible is that not only does God want them back, all He requires of them is that they just repent. All they need to do is ask for forgiveness from God, acknowledging the wrong they have done to Him and just come back. That's it. It's so easy. Instead, they refused these simple terms.

What I found most interested was how relatable this passage was to us today as Christians. We are God's people, if we are saved, and sometimes we tend to falter in our spiritual life. We might neglect reading or praying, and all of a sudden we've become just like the Israelites, forgetting our God for days and days. But yet even when we've done wrong, God calls to us and reminds us that all we have to do is repent and He will take us back. We don't have to think that it will take years before God will accept us again. It's not a process; it's an immediate event. Once we repent, we're right with God. Sometimes I think we as Christians tend to think that "coming back to God" is a process that takes months and maybe years, but that's not true. It's an immediate transition graciously given to us by God and a staunch reminder not to be like the Israelites who ignored God's call, bringing misery and death upon themselves.