What does it take to begin a relationship with God? Do you need to devote yourself to unselfish religious deeds? Must you become a better person so that God will accept you? Learn how you can know God personally.
Today we encounter a wide variety of questions related to sexuality and gender. As followers of Christ, we want to navigate LGBT+ questions in a way that is compassionate to people and faithful to scripture.
GRAPHIC / Quote:“Your most profound and intimate experiences of worship will likely be in your darkest days – when your heart is broken, when you feel abandoned, when you’re out of options, when the pain is great – and you turn to God alone.” Rick Warren
Verse: “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” Psalm 51:7
VIDEO: “When I see someone that looks like they’re in pain my heart just breaks for them … I didn’t care for anything or anyone.” A month before his 8th grade year, Allen learned that unlike his earthly father, God would never leave or forsake him. Your broken childhood does not define you. God’s love is what defines who you are. https://www.cru.org/communities/highschool/broken-childhood.html
Quote: "We want to avoid suffering, death, sin, ashes. But we live in a world crushed and broken and torn, a world God Himself visited to redeem. We receive his poured-out life, and being allowed the high privilege of suffering with Him, may then pour ourselves out for others." - Elisabeth Elliot
GRAPHIC / Verse: He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. Isa 53:5
Verse: “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” John 12:24
Challenge: God breaks us to bless us. What is he chipping away from you so that you find true life in Him?
GRAPHIC / Quote:"God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume. It is Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever." - Vance Havner
Verse: “For the grace of God has displayed itself with healing power to all mankind.” Titus 2:11
Verse: “Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity.” John 12:25
Article: I was left in a hospital unnamed and unwanted when I was born and am living proof that no matter how you start in life, you can take charge of your life and run to win. We do not need to live like victims; rather we can appropriate the truth of the Word of God in every area of our lives and experience complete healing and wholeness. http://christinecaine.com/cmspage.php?site=true&intid=643&intversion=1626
GRAPHIC / Quote: "The Word, circumstances, and other believers - these can all be tools to show us our need and create opportunities to choose the pathway of brokenness. The Spirit of God is the arm that wields each of these instruments to bring us to a point of brokenness. However, we must respond to His initiative." - Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Verse: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3
Challenge: What are you holding onto instead of Jesus? How is this keeping you from becoming who God created you to be?
GRAPHIC / Quote: “Come, and see the victories of the cross. Christ’s wounds are thy healings, His agonies thy repose, His conflicts thy conquests, His groans thy songs, His pains thine ease, His shame thy glory, His death thy life, His sufferings thy salvation.” – Matthew Henry
Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
Verse: “In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:6
Challenge: Journal about a time in your life when you’ve experienced brokenness before the Lord. What brought it about, what results came from it?
Quote: “How sweet the name of Jesus sounds, in a believer’s ear! It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds, and drives away his fear.” – John Newton
GRAPHIC / Verse: But for you, the ones who tremble at the sound of My name, a warm sun of righteousness will come forth with healing in its rays, and you will go out, springing from the stalls like calves in open pasture. Malachi 4:2
Challenge: What are some areas of your life you need to loosen your grip on and surrender to God now?
GRAPHIC / Quote: “Christ is the Good Physician. There is no disease He cannot heal; no sin He cannot remove; no trouble He cannot help. He is the Balm of Gilead, the Great Physician who has never yet failed to heal all the spiritual maladies of every soul that has come unto Him in faith and prayer.” – James H. Aughey
Verse: For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10
Challenge: Pray, “Lord, I confess I am stubborn, prideful and believe I am self-sufficient. Help me let go and allow You to have Your way in my life.”