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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Bible Study with the Cincotti's - How to Split the Church - 06/26/2022


 Today's Bible Study, Authored by Arthur Cincotti. 04/17/2022

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                         How to Split the Church

 

“You shall raise up the foundations of many generations;

And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach…” Is. 58:12

 

         The church is in such a state of confusion today. This is displayed in the kaleidoscope of doctrinal systems. One thing we can say with certainty; when we apply the law of none contradiction to doctrine, it still holds.

 

         Today we will look at three significant church splits in order to draw principles of avoidance. Correct response to division in the church should flow out of Christlike character nurtured in the believer,

 

1) Gen. 4:1-15; Cain and Abel constitute a church.

         Bloody conflict seldom arises over one incident, but what we see in this passage of Scripture is a conflict over something fundamental to the human soul; worship. Abel’s expression of worship was acceptable, and received by God, whereas Cain’s was not.

The word used in vr. 4&5 is “respect”. “And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering”. It is also translated “regard”, and defined consider, compassionate, be nonplussed (as looking around in amazement) or bewildered.

This situation actually had a clear path for restoration since God directly gave Cain instruction on how to behave.

When we have a clear direction from the Word of God and refuse to take it, that’s called disobedience.

“Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,” I Sam. 15:22

Appropriate worship, that God has regard for, is still an issue in the church today. Jesus said,”But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth” Jn. 4:23

2) I Kg. 12:1-17 is the account of Rehoboam’s ascent to the throne.

         Once again we see that divisiveness is not merely a response to one event but a long brewing of conflict.. I believe that it is appropriate to say that the North South division of the nation (church) of Israel was due to tribal factions; see vr. 16

Factions will split a church like dry kindling. See I Cor. 3 1-7

Factions surface when people consider their own importance something greater than the whole. Rom. 12:3, “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not think of himself more highly than he aught to think, but to think soberly…

Prov. 16:18, “Pride goes before destruction,

                     And a haughty spirit before a fall.

 

3) Disputes over doctrine; heresies. Read III Jn.

         The early church was no stranger to false doctrine. John likes to use the word “truth” to speak of sound doctrine.

See II Tim. 2:14-19 and Ti. 1:10,11

Sound doctrine is very important. In Rev. 2, Jesus rebukes the church in Pergamos, “because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam” and “those who hold the doctrine of the Nocolaitans, which thing I hate.

Most heresies embrace the same old things man is easily susceptible to; sexual immorality, personal gain, abusive power and authority; Satan isn’t very creative.

Wesley cautions against the piety that can come with right doctrine: “Orthodoxy, or right opinion, is, at best, a very slender part of religion. Though right tempers cannot subsist without  right opinions, yet right opinions may subsist without right tempers. There may be a right opinion of God without either love or one right temper toward Him. Satan is proof of this.

 

Paul puts it this way: “Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.” I Co. 8:1

 

         To return to our opening theme, when division occurs it’s not possible that both parties can be right. Either both are in error or one is right and the other wrong. The spirit behind the contention will flush out the truth.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Ice Cold Hearts - Hostility towards God’s Word – Purity 686

 

Ice Cold Hearts - Hostility towards God’s Word – Purity 686

Purity 686 03/23/2022 Purity 686 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo of the setting sun nestled between two snowy peaks at the Sterling Shores Nature Center in Sterling NY comes to us from Celestial Blue Photography who shared this snowy sight back on January 26th of 2022.  

Well It’s Wednesday again and I thought that today’s sunset photo was a good representation of our arrival to the midweek hump and as most of the white stuff has vanished from sight I thought that it might be safe enough to fondly remember the snows of January without the fear that my sharing this photo would jinx us and cause another snow storm to come. As I posted this, I sort of “fearfully looked over my shoulder” by checking the latest weather forecast, something I am not in the habit of doing, just to make sure snow wasn’t already forecasted in the next week, and it isn’t.  So I think we are safe, but if we get hit by an unexpected snowstorm I apologize for causing the Lord to prove me wrong and to send us snow again.  

The inconsistent weather patterns in our area has caused some people to share memes that state that we are in the “spring of deception” which will be followed by “third winter”. So if snow should return, I know… Don’t SAY IT!  If snow should fall again, It’s not like it would be totally unprecedented and would be a direct result of me sharing a photo that featured snow.  That’s superstitious, right?    

Man’s desperation to see meaning in events that happen simultaneously, and to make sense of what can seem to be a chaotic universe, can make us believe in jinx’s and become fearful of what we will say, believing that our words will change reality itself. However, our words do not create reality. 

The only word’s that do that are the words of God as He spoke the universe into existence which is detailed in the book of Genesis.   However, some people would sooner believe in jinxes before they would believe that the Bible is truly the word of God.   

I saw a friend comment on a meme that asked us to “Name something that people think is in the Bible but isn’t”.  While my friend’s comment pointed out what the Bible actually said regarding a certain topic, that may support their personal agenda in that area more than the spirit of what the word actually points, I was more concerned with the comments other people had made than theirs.  

While the choice of my friend’s example may indicate they subscribe to a point of view that is twisting the word of God  a little bit to support their personal beliefs, at least they recognize what a Bible verse literally says and that the Bible holds a place of authority as it is the inerrant word of God.  

Which brings us to the comments that made my blood run cold with fear and trepidation for the people who posted them.  While some may grow hot with righteous indignation towards those who deny that the Bible is God’s message to the people He created, I tend to become almost fearful because I recognize that I held similar opinions of disbelief in the past and know beyond a shadow of doubt that my unbelieving ways had me on a course of destruction and the road to perdition.   

The meme asked us to “Name something that people think is in the Bible but isn’t”.  

One commenter stated: “The word of God” 

Another said: “The accumulated words and intentions an actual deity.”

A third stated: “One single solitary word written or said by Jesus….”  

This third commenter then shared some statements about the New Testament Scriptures that just weren’t true that I won’t repeat.

A few Christians did choose to present the facts regarding the truth and reliability of the eyewitness accounts of the New Testament Scriptures to refute and educate this person but their responses seemed to indicate that they simply refused to accept the preponderance of the evidence presented to them that would cause them to admit that the Bible accurately reflects the events of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.  

With that said, this is not an apologetic website or podcast. If you want that information, I would direct you to Frank Turek’s https://crossexamined.org/ or invite you to watch Lee Strobel’s original documentary: The Case for Christ:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abLATf6Q9Ls for free on YouTube.  Those two resources provide more than enough information to support the Christian faith for those who have a open mind to accept where the evidence will lead them.   

No, my purpose is to encourage people to seek the Lord for themselves and to encourage Christians to follow the Lord everyday of their lives by renewing their minds with the truth of God’s word and by applying its wisdom to their lives.  

I was outside the faith guys. I was essential an atheist at one point in my life.  I was a practicing Buddhist for about 5 years of my life.   So I know the smug rebellious attitude of superiority that lies behind comments like these that disbelieve that the Bible is the inspired word of God.  

But I wasn’t as “religious”, bold, or daring as these deceived prophets for the forces of darkness. 

Reading these comments reminds me of the thief on the cross passage in Luke, where one man being crucified with Christ, blasphemes Jesus by saying “If you are the Christ, save yourself and us!”  Causing the other condemned man being crucified with Christ to say:

Luke 23:40-42 (NKJV)
40  …, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation?
41  And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong."
42  Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom."  

I relate to the second thief because, I was Him: a rebellious criminal who deserved condemnation, death, and an eternity in hell. But just like that thief, I was given a divine revelation to see the truth of who Christ is and received His mercy and grace when I finally admitted to what is painfully clear to those who seek the truth: that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Son of God and God the Son, and it is only through faith in Him that we can be reconciled to God.  

So when I saw those comments, I didn’t get angry, I got scared for the people that wrote them and I prayed that the Lord would be merciful to them the way that He was merciful to me and that one day their eyes would be opened to the truth that the Bible is the word of God and everything it says about Jesus is true. 

As someone who has walked out of the darkness of disbelief, the bondage to addictions, and who has experienced the reality of the influences of the forces of darkness, I know that these people have been deceived and have chosen themselves, and most likely their personal sins, over the truth that there is a God who has a purpose for their lives.

The enemy has influenced them to chose themselves, and not only that, to encourage others to choose themselves, by denying the existence of God, denying the Bible as His word, and denying the truth regarding Jesus Christ. 

The thought that these people would have to one day face the Lord and explain their comments and face His wrath fills me with terror.  That spirit  of rebellion that would tell the Creator of all things “that I know better” is comically ignorant but is absolutely sinister as it would put us in alliance with Satan himself.     

The Old Testament prophets often cried “Woe…” when they referred to those who were to face God’s judgment and wrath. Their proclamations of doom were often joined by heartfelt impassioned cries for the rebellious to repent and turn to God to avoid their destruction. 

When I see people make comments like these or say things that reveal their cold hearts toward God I am filled with fear for them and the revulsion that comes from knowing just how evil the spirit of disbelief is at its core.   

But these people have no idea what they are talking about and if they don’t turn from their views and make peace with God by placing their faith in Christ they will be eternally lost and fully responsible for their own destruction.

So instead of shouting condemnation at those who blatantly deny God and trample the name of Jesus, pity them and pray for them to be saved.   They are just like how I used to be, although even I didn’t have the gumption to say things like this with any degree of certainty and certainly not in a public forum. 

Why would they do that? They can’t know that they are correct in their assumptions, without any degree of doubt, right?  

No they can’t, so them speaking out in public to deny the word of God, His existence, and His Son, is their desperate attempt to proclaim their “wisdom” and “self-sufficiency” but unwittingly they are sharing the propaganda of Satan and if they don’t change their tune there will be hell to pay.  

Woe to these people, for they know not what they do. Are they literally evil, no probably not at all. They probably have capacity for being kind and loving but they are deceived, are speaking lies, and will be held accountable.  

As scary as it is for these outspoken commenters, it is just as scary for those who don’t speak out against God but who have still chosen to disbelieve and not place their faith in Jesus.   Whether you are a militant atheist, believe in another religion, or are just “meh” about the things of God, your fate will be very similar as all of these options will result in eternal separation for God in hell.  

All roads don’t lead heaven. Only one path does and that path, the narrow path of Jesus Christ, that leads to eternal life, is only truthfully presented in the Bible. 

So if you hear someone deny the word, the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit,  you can be sure they are in mortal danger of eternal torment.

So be compassionate to those who hate us and who hate God’s word.  They know not what they do or the seriousness of their situation.  So as we walk through this world “walking and talking with God”, if you get the chance, gently encourage others with the love of God to examine the Bible for themselves and to seek the Lord and all the evidence for Him.  If they seek Him, they will find Him but they need to know that there is hope that they can.

We pray for those are spiritually blind, that their eyes be opened to the truth of Jesus Christ and that they would be saved.   In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.   

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Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is :

James 1:12 (NLT2)
12  God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

Today’s Bible verse speaks of the crown of life that is promised to those who love Him and how that loving relationship effects our walk on the earth.   

Sometimes I like to examine the word of God to remind myself of what the Bible actually says.  Like that meme suggests, some things we believe the Bible says aren’t in there. But this verse is.  So what does it say?

First and foremost we should understand that this is written to the “church”, those who have faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior.  It applies to them and them only.    But even if we are in Christ we have to be careful with the word of God because we can wrongly assume how to apply it.  

This verse tells us “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation.” 

He sure does. We are blessed when we say no to sin.  Not only do we not suffer the negative earthly consequences of sin, by not sinning we also show God that we love Him by obeying His commandments.   When we endure testing and resist temptation, we become spiritually mature disciples, another blessing.   

And the next line tells us that “Afterward, we will receive the “crown of life” that God has promised to those who love Him.”   

Here we have to be careful, because we could fall into the trap that it is because of our enduring testing and temptation that we are given the “crown of life”.  

I know it says “Afterward” there and that could make us believe that the reception of the “crown of life” is contingent on enduring testing and temptation.  If we believe that then we would believe the opposite too. If we don’t endure testing and temptation, we don’t receive the “crown of life”.  

But that’s why we have to keep reading and consider the whole counsel of God’s word.   This verse tells us that the “crown of life” is promised to those who love God, not to those who endure testing and temptation. It is promised to those who love Him, period.  

The rest of scripture tells us that it is through faith alone that we are saved. It is not because of our works.   So receiving the crown of life is not based on our ability to endure testing and temptation, it is promised to those who love God, the expression of which is shown through our placing our faith in Jesus.  

We show our love for God by putting our faith in His Son. That gives us the promise of the crown of life.   

So what about the word “afterward”, well “after our lives of Christian discipleship on earth come to an end, we will receive the crown of life. 

When we are called into eternity, we receive that eternal “crown of life” but we receive it because it is promised to those who love God, not because of our skill or proficiency at enduring testing and temptation.   

So rejoice, that crown of life was promised to you the moment you put your faith in Christ and although you will certainly be blessed by God for enduring testing and temptation, you don’t have to worry about your performance preventing you from living with Him forever.   

 

As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

Today we continue sharing from June Hunt’s Overeating: Freedom from Food Fixation.  

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase June Hunt’s  books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available on many websites for less than $5.00.

B. What Are Some Causes for Compulsive Overeating and Bingeing?

Binge eating typically starts in late adolescence or early adulthood, usually following a major attempt at weight loss. Like the alcoholic who can’t say no to a drink, binge eaters can’t seem to say no to food. In truth, it is not that they can’t say no but that they believe they can’t say no. This lie becomes their truth and thus dictates their experience. How a person behaves has everything to do with what a person believes. If you are persuaded that you are powerless in a situation, you will act powerless, thus reinforcing your initial persuasion.

To change behavior, you need to first change the beliefs behind the behavior. The same applies to triggers associated with behaviors. The power of a trigger lies in the strength of the belief behind it. This is one of the reasons God places so much emphasis on knowing truths, believing truths, and rejecting lies. In fact, 30 times in the Gospel of Matthew alone Jesus is recorded as saying, “I tell you the truth.” No wonder He said …

“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

(John 4:24)

Numerous reasons are cited as to why a person chooses to eat food to excess. A feeling, mood, event, thought, or action can propel people into an eating frenzy. Some common causes and typical triggers include …

     Abnormal functioning of the hypothalamus region of the brain, which controls appetite

     Chemical imbalance in the brain

     Childhood or current abuse

     Conclusion of a diet

     Consumption of too much alcohol

     Critical parents or caregivers

     Depressed or agitated mood

     Genetic factors

     Isolation, loneliness, or detachment

     Impaired metabolism of food

     Parental modeling

     Peer, family, or cultural pressure

     Poor judgment

     Self-rejection

     Uncomfortable feelings, such as anxiety or stress

     Victim mentality

     Weak impulse control

Regardless of the myriad of causes behind someone’s developing an eating disorder or the multiple triggers that set off the troublesome behavior, the same solution—Jesus Christ—and the truths of His Word apply to all.…

“If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!… It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.”

(2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Corinthians 1:30)[1]

 

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[1] June Hunt, Biblical Counseling Keys on Overeating: Freedom from Food Fixation (Dallas, TX: Hope For The Heart, 2008), 21–22.


Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Lift Me from My Troubles – His Word, Our lives - Purity 559


 Lift Me from My Troubles – His Word, Our lives -  Purity 559

Purity 559 10/26/2021 Purity 559 Podcast

Good morning

Today’s original artwork comes to us from our new friend, Philip Hand in the UK, who shares his “views” from his transformed life through his creative writings and his artwork. After sharing his poem, “Amazing Grace”, yesterday, he sent today’s artwork along with another original poem that we will share today. But before we do I wanted to share Philip’s testimony in his own words: Philip wrote:

    “I would like to share a little of my testimony if that’s okay. I am 52 years old. When I was 30, I was diagnosed with chronic schizophrenia. I believe the Lord sometimes allows things to give us a greater understanding of the world we live in. I am a better man having gone through these situations and believe I'm alive because of the love of Jesus. He never let me go even though I fall and fail. I write and draw to redirect my thoughts, sometimes better than others lol. My heart’s desire is that if my writing and art could distract and lift someone from their troubles just for moment, that would be a good thing. God bless.”

Part of our walk as Christians is to be a light of hope in the darkness of this world and I am pleased to have made the acquaintance of another light bearer who has realized their purpose for God’s kingdom.

THE source for light and hope that is vastly underutilized today is God’s Word, The Bible. Philip’s original poem speaks about THE BOOK that contains the answers to life’s questions.

The Bible

The most mysterious book ever written, they don't want you to read.

It's a miracle it's still here which makes the devil seethe.

Within these pages of wisdom and truth

a photograph of time, the written proof.

The son of man, the pages cry

is our only salvation from on high.

It shows the weak how to be strong

who walk with God their whole life long.

 

That we are in a blistering battle for the hearts and soul of a lost mankind

that run around like they’re deaf and blind.

The saints of old, the prophets of truth

risked their lives to bring it through

plagues and floods, extreme oppression

to teach us all a sacred lesson.

To give us meaning to our lives.

That gives us hope when our world subsides.

The living word, God with us

read through the writings of this book with love." 

-Philip Hand

  

So if you want your troubles to be lifted for a moment, you can look to the beauty of the world around you.  But people like Philip and I would tell you to look a little higher, to look a little deeper. There is a God who created all that you see, who loves us, and who sent His Son, Jesus, to set us free.  

Seek the Lord and you will find Him. He sent the Light of the World to lead us out of the darkness and when you follow Him you will be lifted out of your troubles and into a new and eternal life that is defined by peace, love, and joy.

 

Today’s Bible verses are drawn from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.  

This morning’s meditation verses are:

Psalm 93:4-5 (NLT2)
4  But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore— the LORD above is mightier than these!
5  Your royal laws cannot be changed. Your reign, O LORD, is holy forever and ever.

Today’s verses speak of the Lord’s power, immutability, and sovereignty.

The natural forces of the world can put the fear of life and death in us. Violent storms, hurricanes, tornados, and tsunami’s show us the destructive power of nature and how these phenomena can tear apart man’s creations in moments, leaving behind a path of destruction and death.  The natural flow of the oceans due to the tides can astonish us with their regular crashing waves that can erode the largest rock formations over time.  But as fearsome as nature can be, the psalmist reminds us that God as the Creator is more powerful and mightier than these.    

The psalmist also reminds us who is in charge.  God’s royal laws can not be changed for He has always been and will always be and long after this generation passes from the earth God will continue to rule and reign over His creation. 

His laws could refer to the physical or scientific laws that govern the Lord’s handiwork that we observe, like gravity and how it plays a role in the moving of waters on the earth, with the movements of the moon affecting the tides. 

But the psalmist also points out that the Lord doesn’t just rule over His physical creation through the scientific laws He put in place.  The psalmist calls the Lord “holy” which Webster’s dictionary defines as: “exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness.”  

The Lord is worthy of our complete devotion because of His perfect goodness and righteousness.  The Lord’s Law, better understood as “His instruction”, in the word of God teaches us to be holy as He is holy and describes the attitudes and behaviors we are to adopt, or abstain from, to be more like Him.      

So marvel at the wonders of His power and might. Stand in awe of God’s eternal nature and His immutability.  But remember that He is holy, and He will rule for ever and ever and He invites us to live with Him in eternity by placing our faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. 

Placing our faith in Christ makes us holy, set apart for God’s use, and gives us the power to be holy, to live a good and righteous life.

When we come into harmony with God by placing our faith in Christ and living according to His ways, we understand that holiness isn’t about “doing everything right” it’s about being in a “right” relationship with the One who shapes the history of the universe and asks us to play a part in His purposes. 

So keep walking and talking with God, if you are walking in His direction He will guide you into a life that is good, righteous, and full of purpose, peace, and joy.

 

 

As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

 

Today we continue sharing from June Hunt’s Dating: Secrets to Great Relating When Dating  

 

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase June Hunt’s books for your own private study and to support her work. If you need this title you can find it online at several sites for less than $5.00:

E. What Is the Root Cause of Dating Disasters?

Sadly, many measure their worth by how much attention they garner. She discovers the more provocative she dresses, the more glances she gets. He finds the more whistles and compliments he gives, the more yeses he gets.

Yet, the world has been lying to them both. No one has ever bothered to tell them the value of purity... that God values them, has a plan for their lives, offers them hope and joy, and will meet all their needs. Finally they find the Perfect Date—One willing to die for them....

"In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!" (Philippians 2:3-8)

3 God-Given Inner Needs

In reality, we have all been created with three God-given inner needs: the needs for love, significance, and security.

  • Love—to know that someone is unconditionally committed to our best interest

"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you" (John 15:12).

  • Significance—to know that our lives have meaning and purpose

"I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me" (Psalm 57:2 ESV).

  • Security—to feel accepted and a sense of belonging

"Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge" (Proverbs 14:26).

The Ultimate Need-Meeter

Why did God give us these deep inner needs, knowing that people fail people and self-effort fails us as well?

God gave us these inner needs so that we would come to know Him as our Need-Meeter. Our needs are designed by God to draw us into a deeper dependence on Christ. God did not create any person or position or any amount of power or possessions to meet the deepest needs in our lives. If a person or thing could meet all our needs, we wouldn't need God! The Lord will use circumstances and bring positive people into our lives as an extension of His care and compassion, but ultimately only God can satisfy all the needs of our hearts. The Bible says...

"The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail." (Isaiah 58:11)

The apostle Paul revealed this truth by first asking, "What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?" and then by answering his own question in saying it is "... Jesus Christ our Lord!" (Romans 7:24-25).

All along, the Lord planned to meet our deepest needs for...

  • Love"I [the Lord] have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness" (Jeremiah 31:3).
  • Significance'"For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'" (Jeremiah 29:11).
  • Security"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged" (Deuteronomy 31:8).

The truth is that our God-given needs for love, significance, and security...can be legitimately met... in Christ Jesus! Philippians 4:19 makes it plain..."My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus."

Wrong Belief:

"My needs won't be met unless I'm involved in a romantic relationship that leads to marriage."

Right Belief:

"I would like to date and ultimately marry, but I'm giving my future to God. The Lord does not lead everyone to marry, but He will meet my deepest inner needs for love, for significance, and for security. I will trust the Lord to guide me and fulfill my deepest inner needs."

"The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail" (Isaiah 58:11).


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