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Growing your faith

Updated on October 25, 2015

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I have my own YouTube channel and posted a video about teaching your kids the Bible. I hadn't gotten comments on any videos yet till this one. They were questioning me and attacking me for my faith. It was such an amazing feeling and at the same time frustrating to see so many people lost and full with questions. My parents have been pastors for 26 years so I was raised in the Faith and know who my God is and why he sent his one and only son, Jesus. I know both the new and old testament. These people seems belittle at how much I knew; one of them even insulted me. but by the end of the comments I proved my point and actually made another video just to respond to them. Since I took philosophy in college I was used to having online discusions.

My intention was never to offend but to inform. So many people are misinformed about what the Bible says. I strive to be that light and show them how to literally let it change and mold you. I have read other religious books, but none come close to God's living water. There is a reason why this book has existed for ages and gets copied and my goal is to show people why. The only thing I can ever do for another person is help them in their walk. God deals with the rest.

Reading the Bible

I can't say that I have read the entire Bible but I can say that I know what the important stories and battles and lessons that are in it. Since my parents were Pastors it's kind of like I was taught in a different culture. A culture where you are free to be yourself, free to worship God, run to him when times get tough, and thank him when you have food and even when you don't. I can truly say I was raised Biblically. When I was growing up I would read and study the Bible. This also affirmed my faith and helped me grow spiritually.

For some people it takes years, others months. I was one of those that it took years for me to figure out what to do with all the life inside of me. Getting filled up is something I longed for and would search for. The sense of peace and tranquility that only God can give; when you experience it you don't want or need anything else. A lot of people think they can get this on their own or think another person, animal, or pet but they are not completely satisfied until they have drink the living water. You will no longer thirst for drugs, alcohol, or sex. That feeling will make you want to know more, want to experience it longer.

Of course, we make mistakes; we were born in sin and will die in sin. Thankfully grace is such and amazing gift that lets us be free and have the connection to God.

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Knowing and Believing

Over the years, I have experienced many people that they know bible verses by heart, yet don't practice what they know or say. I personally will admit that after so many bible lessons, worship songs, and just sermons you tend to go into a phase where you are just listening and not believing or practicing your faith.

The best way to describe this is college. There are so many students who study and earn their degree in a something and then finish college to work at something that doesn't have anything to do with their educational background. I have been there and have gone to work because I needed the money and didn't want to take the time to work on my resume or profile. LinkedIn is a great social media for the business world. I encourage you to check it out.

I know from personal experience, I became more successful when I start acting and do what for years I would read about and hear at church. Without acts, faith can not prove itself. I challenge you to step out and believe in God so much that you have to do something to show your appreciation and see how different you life can be.

Facts about K-Love radio station

Ministry
K-Love has a full-time ministry team that processes over 100 phone calls a day of listeners in need of guidance. The pastors and staff at K-LOVE pray for over 1,000 prayer requests every day, and on average, intervene in one suicide case per day.People can submit prayer requests online or over the phone.

K-Love also partners with other ministries and donates air time and web site space to them. Some of the ministries have included International Cooperating Ministries, Compassion International, Food For The Hungry, Teen Challenge, Cure International and Faith Comes By Hearing.

for more information visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K-Love

Works

I also should mention working for the kingdom of God. Since I was raised in church, going and helping people was embedded into me. Me being a preachers kid made me want to serve people and help them grow. I love helping and giving people that hope they need; I truly believe we all should be this way. Even when it doesn't benefit you, having that time to be used by God is like no other. Weather it be teaching kids Sunday School, cleaning the church, picking up the offering, or just welcoming people. There is always room for improvement in church.

The Bible also says that we are not saved by our works, this do not mean we should do works to please God. The most important thing you should know is that nothing you did or will ever do will make God love you less. All that he asks for in return is obedience. I had to learn this the hard way; I would run and just not do anything in church. After so many times I just gave up and gave into his will. Nothing or no one will ever take away my testimonies that I hold in my life, mind, and shoulder. When hard times come, because they will, I trust God and know that anything and everything I do is another eternal gift and crown I have.

Identity

Probe's Sue Bohlin examines the question, Is work a curse or a blessing? Many people's view of work is less than what God says it is: His gift to us.

Many Christians hold a decidedly unbiblical view of work. Some view it as a curse, or at least as part of the curse of living in a fallen world. Others make a false distinction between what they perceive as the sacred—serving God—and the secular—everything else. And others make it into an idol, expecting it to provide them with their identity and purpose in life as well as being a source of joy and fulfillment that only God can provide.

To read more go to: https://bible.org/article/your-work-matters-god

In their excellent book Your Work Matters to God,1 Doug Sherman and William Hendricks expose the wrong ways of thinking about work, and explain how God invests work with intrinsic value and honor. Rick Warren echoes this idea in his blockbuster The Purpose Driven Life when he writes, "Work becomes worship when you dedicate it to God and perform it with an awareness of his presence."

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I am currently reading about the travels of Paul and his persecutions. It seems that whenever a devout Christian stands up for their beliefs, there will be those who try to deny or even destroy it! Faith has carried me through many a trial in this life. Thanks for staying strong!

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      Aysleth Zeledon 2 years ago from Russellville, Arkansas

      Yes. It seems as though they were trying to change my mind about it, but after seeing all the miracles in my life there is no way I can't live for Him. Thank you for your words Denise.

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      Jay C OBrien 2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      Perhaps you or one of your associates can explain The Book of Joshua to me. It seems to depict God as violent by killing people including children. How does this compare to the teachings of Jesus: love your enemies sheath your sword, etc.?

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      Aysleth Zeledon 20 months ago from Russellville, Arkansas

      Well when it comes to the violence in the Bible in the Old Testament I think it was Gods way to show us that he feels. The Bible says we were made in his image. We feel mad, hurt, and sad. I think violence is just how people express something physically. But the New Testament is why Christians focus on because of Jesus. Once he died it changed everything. We now have the grace of God. It's kind of like a new age.

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      Jay C OBrien 20 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      I question the depiction of God as violent. I believe God is Good and always has been. It seems the authors of the Old Testament (OT) were simply projecting their violence onto God which is a false presentation. God has always has been like Jesus, Peaceful, Forgiving, Non-condemning. The OT projections were just projections.

      The death of Jesus was Not a form of sacrifice. That, to me, is a misunderstanding. Sacrifice has never removed sin. Jesus taught, Forgiveness removes sin. The "death" was for the eventual resurrection. The resurrection proves an afterlife exists.

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      Aysleth Zeledon 20 months ago from Russellville, Arkansas

      That is a good point. I never really thought of it that way. Makes sense. Thank you for reading and have a blessed day!

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