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M.K. Aneal (mkaneal) | 6160 comments Mod
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brooke1994  (formerlynarnian525) | 689 comments Thanks ;D

Why Christians should stay away from The four elements.
Hey everyone :) For this devotion, I'll explain why these aren't good to get into and I'll explain how we can stand up against temptation with truth and love :)

Before we go any further, let's find out what the four elements are:
The four elements consist of earth, wind, fire, and water. These are instilled in Greek mythology, and pagan and wiccan beliefs as the establishment of how the world was made. Many pagans or wiccans who believe in the goddess also believe that she gives us these elements, and that mother earth is a part of every human being. The pagan belief is the three fold rule, which consists of two core beliefs: The first belief is following just one simple line: "Do what you will, harm no one. The second is that the goddess would never send anyone to hell and that everything we do in this life will come back to us in summerland (According to neopaganism, summerland is an afterlife where we are reborn). Instead of saying amen, which gives Jesus the main authority in prayer, pagans will say "blessed be". While it is important to enjoy God's blessings He's given us in nature, worshipping the creation over Him automatically means idol worship. Truly loving God means loving Him first before anything or anyone else! Romans 1:25 reminds us that some people care more about created things than a relationship with God:
Because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

Because nature is all around us, it can be tempting to think that it should be our main source in life. However, it's crucial to understand that the Christian belief is based on faith, not on sight. Even though we can't physically see God, we can trust that he's always with us in his creation, and even more importantly, when we read His word and communicate with him in prayer. We can also trust that He establishes our steps in our lives in a secure and solid path. Hebrews 11:1 says, Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
In order for us to stand up effectively against these worldy temptations, we can put on the armor of God so we can excercise self control:
In this way, we can make sure our hearts and minds are on fire for God instead of lukewarm!
Ephesians chapter 6 verses 13 through 13 through 18:
 13 Because of this, put on all the things God gives you to fight with. Then you will be able to stand in that sinful day. When it is all over, you will still be standing. 14 So stand up and do not be moved. Wear a belt of truth around your body. Wear a piece of iron over your chest which is being right with God. 15 Wear shoes on your feet which are the Good News of peace. 16 Most important of all, you need a covering of faith in front of you. This is to put out the fire-arrows of the devil. 17 The covering for your head is that you have been saved from the punishment of sin. Take the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.

How and What to Pray For

18 You must pray at all times as the Holy Spirit leads you to pray. Pray for the things that are needed. You must watch and keep on praying. Remember to pray for all Christians.

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M.K. Aneal (mkaneal) | 6160 comments Mod
Amen, my friend!! This was a hard issue, that I felt you dealt with utterly perfectly!! Loved that!! Amen, my friend!! *prayers* God bless †

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brooke1994  (formerlynarnian525) | 689 comments We live in a culture that tells you that you can get Salvation by going on your own path. While it is beneficial to follow your heart in some areas, the world's ideas and God's ideas for humanity don't always match up. Join me on this devotion that will explain several solid core reasons why we really need Jesus. It will answer questions like, Does God really hear me? How can the Bible still be relevant in our modern world? and how can I know if I'm truly saved? and more

How can the Bible still be relevant in our modern world?
God's Word is so much more than stories to entertain us. It's also our essential compass in this life to prepare us for an eternal Heaven. From Genesis in the Old Testament to Revelation in the New Testament, The Bible is all about God's love that goes so deep he sent Jesus on the Cross so whoever believes in him can be saved from eternal punishment (eternal hell)
The Bible says we are all like sheep. Does that mean that we eat an all grass diet, have built in wool, and live outside 24/7? Of course not. What this actually means is this: We have all wanted to go our own way at some point or another. Meaning, we have tried to re-write it. We have always tried to say that there are a million other ways to get Salvation besides Jesus. Sheep are not that smart, and they need guidance. It's the same with us. We need Jesus to get us off of the wrong path and onto the right path. What are some of these wrong paths? Well they can include paganism, Wiccan practices and witchcraft, Buddhism, and many others. Sin breaks up our friendship with God. God said there is a serious consequence for sin, and that consequence is hell.
That's some pretty serious stuff and it's definitely something to think about! Here's the good news though, it doesn't have to be that way. God had a plan to send someone in our place. He sent someone to suffer the consequences of sin that we should have suffered. That someone is Jesus! Jesus never sinned and he lived a holy life, but he took on the punishment of our sins because he wanted to give everyone a chance. 1st Peter 2:22 tells us about Jesus's perfect nature: "Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth."

God commands believers (both new and mature) to be holy. So what does it really mean to be holy? Does it mean that you should stand out on the streets and shout out long and elongated sermons? Or, does it mean that you should only invite upper class or extremely religious people to your home? Not exactly. To be holy, you need to be set apart. Being set apart means that you exchange the world for God. Does this mean that a Christian can't listen to music, read books outside of the Bible, and go to the movies? Well, no, some of these can be fun, but it IS wrong to entertain sinful or lustful thoughts in the mind SO much that we forget about God. Sin always starts in the mind. satan knows that if he can get us to believe a certain thing over and over, he has won us over. Don't let that happen! In order to fight back against temptation, you can pray and get God's help to stand up against satan's lies and tricks. check out Luke 22:40, "Pray that you will not fall into temptation." Or if you've already taken a bite out of sin, it's not too late to ask God for forgiveness! If you've been involved in drugs or alcohol, you can ask for forgiveness. If you've been involved in sex outside of marriage, you can ask God for forgiveness. If you've been involved in a witchcraft group, you can ask God for forgiveness. Basically, no sin is too big for God to wipe clean. God is not surprised at you when you make a mistake, he wants to help! Will you let him?
Key Verse:

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14.

Think of an apple tree. Let's say this apple tree is divided into two sections. Let's also say that this apple tree is located in Washington. One section has beautiful, shiny, and ripe red apples, ready for picking and ready to put into delicious apple pies. The other section has red apples that are slightly bruised. If you were the one picking apples, which side would you want to pick from? Probably the section that has the ripe apples right? After all, you can't wait to enjoy a nice hot slice of scrumptious apple pie when you get home.
Hours pass, and no one picks any bruised apples. "These aren't any good!" they complain. "They're too flawed, they'll never be useful for anything."
My apple tree example has an important meaning behind it:
We think that God only cares about the people who get it 100 percent right 24/7. We forget that it's ok to come as we are, we don't need to clean ourselves up on our own, God is more than ready to do that for us! The ripe apples represent people who are quick to judge anyone for just one little mistake. The bruised apples represent people who are broken, lost, and spiritually hungry. Even though some of these people might not realize it, they, just like us, need a savior. We all need Jesus Christ, and once we confess what we've done wrong, he doesn't care about our pasts. He helps us move forward to a better future. Proverbs 4:25 says, Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.
I hope this devotion has moved and encouraged you :)

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