Hey 🙂 Today I am going to be answering some questions that you all sent in about faith and God. I just want to remind you all that I am not perfect, nor do I know the answers to everything. This is just my advice and opinions to hopefully help some of you 🙂
how do you consistently grow in your faith?
It can be easy to feel stuck in your faith. You should definitely pray that God help you feel refreshed and to set your heart on fire for him again. Try to analyze what might be making you feel stuck. Sometimes I will notice that something else it taking my attention away from my faith. Reevaluate where you time and attention is and grow from there.
I would also ask yourself if you are listening to God’s voice and what he is calling you to do. This can be difficult to feel, I struggle with this as well. Read your Bible daily so that you know what God asks that we do and not do. Also, sharing your faith with others can be beneficial to both you and the other person. When we obey God he will open new doors for us and lead us to where we need to be to keep growing with him (2 Corinthians 2:12-14).
Something else that can help me is just by refreshing your routines. Find new ways to bring your faith into your life. Something I recently did was getting a journaling Bible. You are able to change up your routine a bit every day with a new theme for each book in the Bible. Find some new worship music, read a Christian book, talk to or make some Christian friends, pray more, find a Christian podcast, etc. Find some new ways to incorporate your faith into your life. I wrote a post about this a while ago, you can read it here.
How can I start reading the Bible and journaling?
First, that’s great that you want to start reading the Bible! This will definitely help you grow your faith along with journaling. I love to journal, it really makes my Bible studies fun. I actually have a post out about how you can start reading the Bible that would be helpful for you. I talk about it a bit more in depth. You can read that post here.
Since you said you want to start journaling you should definitely go for a journaling Bible. You can click here to see the Bible I use. With journaling Bible’s you can write and doodle on the side, which I really enjoy. I also use a small notebook to write my prayers and my notes in. I like to get ideas for the journaling part of my Bible study on Pinterest.
I recommend you start by reading Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. These help you understand Jesus’ life better before jumping into the Old Testament, which can get more confusing. You could also follow a Bible study which can be good for someone new to the Bible. Definitely use resources like the Bible Project and Enduring Word! If you have any questions about it, don’t hesitate to reach out to me on Instagram.
How do I know if I am truly following God’s plan?
This can be hard sometimes and I struggle with it as well. I will tell you what I personally remind myself. I know what kind of person that God wants me to be based off of what the Bible says. If we focus on that and make sure we are obeying what he commands us through his word we can be assured that he is guiding us.
God has a way of guiding us. He will open doors that he wants us to walk through and will always lead us to the right places (2 Corinthians 2:12-14). You have to make sure that you are not holding back on parts of your life where he still needs to work. If you are doing all of that, don’t forget to pray about it! There isn’t a great way to know if you are following his plan, but we have to trust and rely on him.
What do you do when the enemy is constantly whispering intrusive thoughts to you?
The enemy is always trying to tempt us, take away our joy and lead us away from God (2 Corinthians 2:11). It is important that we actively resist temptation with Gods help (Matthew 4:11). Don’t listen to the thoughts, but take control over them and replace the lies that the enemy fills you with and replace them with God’s truth (2 Corinthians 10:5).
You should rely on God and use him as your strength. Pray whenever you feel the enemy attacking you and ask God for help. Also, read the Bible and find verses that can help you. Sometimes memorizing specific verses can be helpful. Use God’s word as your strength and way to overcome the thoughts. Immerse yourself in God’s word whenever you can. If you have someone to talk to you can always talk to them about it. Also, try to see if there is anything that makes the thoughts worse (social media, certain friend, etc). If you ever need anyone to talk to, I am here 🙂
Do you always get a feeling with God each time you’re listening to music, hear His name, etc?
Personally, I don’t get a specific feeling every time I am worshipping or hear his name. This is obviously different for everyone, but I personally don’t. Sometimes I will feel his love or protection, or notice how he is connecting with me but mostly I don’t feel a specific feeling.
If I do yoga as a stretch and not to find inner peace would that still be considered a sin?
I personally don’t consider yoga to be a sin and enjoy it, but obviously this depends on the persons intentions. Yoga is a great form of exercise that is easy on your body and relaxing. Sometimes yoga is trying to connect you with some higher form and during that time I always think of God and pray which is helpful for my faith. Inner peace is kind of a broad term. To me, that just means quiet time to focus on myself and connect with God which definitely isn’t bad.
If you want to do yoga for the stretching you can always use it as a way to connect with God! If you don’t feel comfortable listening to some yoga, do some research and find a class or a video that is a bit more focused on the exercise. I know there are probably a bunch of videos like that 🙂
What do you think about modesty?
I think that modesty is important in the way that we shouldn’t be showing off our bodies for the attention of others. You don’t want to purposefully tempt others by dressing super showy. God tells us to glorify us with our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:20). But I do want to say that this doesn’t just go for girls!
I also think that it depends on the person. Personally, I don’t wear low cut shirts or super short clothes. We need to find ourselves in God, not by showing off our bodies and be honoring him in everything (including what we wear). This is going to be different for everyone, but remember to glorify Him, not yourself! I was thinking about doing a post where I show some cute modest outfits I find on Pinterest, let me know if you would like to see that 🙂
Do you believe that the rapture will happen before or after the tribulation?
I was really interested when I read this question because I hadn’t heard about the tribulation before. There is so much information to read and take in from the Bible! I definitely don’t know everything there is to know about it, but from the things that I read it sounds like the tribulation is a period involved in the rapture. I will definitely have to look into this more though!
Why are we Christians when Jesus was a Jew?
This is a really good question that I had to look into a bit more. The origin of Christianity can be confusing but from what I understand, Christianity branched from the Jews because of Jesus. Some Jews did not believe that Jesus was actually the Messiah so two groups were formed. Judaism doesn’t believe that Jesus is the Messiah and in turn doesn’t read the New Testament. It is because of this split that Christianity was formed from the Jews.
What do you think about the song reckless love? Is reckless the right word to use?
I think that that word could be confusing for some people if you don’t read the meaning of the song or research it a bit. I looked into it a bit and it truly meant that God’s love for us has no boundaries and he doesn’t care about any consequences that it may have. If you research it a bit it does make sense compared to God’s love in some aspects.
In Matthew 27:64 does the last sentence of it’s verse mean Jesus lied and if so, when?
This verse says : “So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”
This isn’t referring to Jesus lying. There are a couple ways that this can be translated. The first is that his fake resurrection would be worse than him pretending to be the fake Messiah. The other is that it would be a mistake for them to not guard his tomb and for people to think he was alive. That would be even worse than them letting him preach for so long. Either way, they are assuming that Jesus was faking being the Messiah which was obviously not the case.
Those were all of your questions! I hope this helped some of you, if it did, let me know in the comments! You can also subscribe by scrolling down and clicking the little follow button 🙂 Thank you so much for reading and have a great day.