God’s Word Versus The Media

President Trump is not lying when he says that the media is fake.

No matter what your political stance is, please acknowledge the fact that the mainstream media has morphed into an industry for selling the latest and greatest tall tales instead of trustworthy news stories. What used to be considered reputable sources for information now leave their audiences questioning their every word. In times such as this, who are we to believe? Who can we trust to tell us the truth?

“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
-2 Peter 1:20-21

Well, God gave us a huge book to go by. In fact, if you really dive deep into its contents, the Bible speaks of controversial topics going on in today’s society and how we should go about dealing with them. The Bible tells us how nations can prosper, and how they can fail. The Bible tells us that Satan will attempt to deceive the world with false information, and that we should hold fast to God’s Word when lies run rampant. You know, that kinda sounds like the world we’re living in today.

The Bible wasn’t conjured up by man, so it’s not just a book with 66 distinct mini-books full of interpretations from random guys. Yes, the Bible was penned by men, but God instructed them in what to write. I’m entirely convinced that if the Bible was solely written from the minds of men, if Christianity and God were made up aspects of religion, that they would’ve been completely banned a long time ago. I mean, look how the mainstream media is portraying Christians today. If it’s just a made up religion, how is it still going strong? How are Christians experiencing miracles every single day against adversity? Because God’s got our backs, that’s why.

Sorry, I went off on a tangent XD .

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
-2 Timothy 3:16

Okay, so we’ve established that the Bible comes from God. God created this world a long, long time ago. The first humans were Adam and Eve, who disobeyed God and brought sin into the world. Therefore, God sent His Word to guide us through this wicked world, and to lead us to His one and only Son, Jesus Christ. According to this verse, God’s Word–The Holy Bible–is designed to be a source of news for us. The Bible’s purpose is to instruct us with its infallible doctrine, to correct us when we’re wrong, and to lead us to righteousness. That is literally the purpose of it, and I don’t know about y’all, but it has never once led me wrong or lied to me. Now, consider your local news stations, the national news stations, Twitter and Facebook feeds, etc. I could probably name at least a dozen lies I’ve seen within the last hour. The mainstream media no longer cares about truth or accuracy, nor do they care how many lives they harm for the sake of making a profit.

You know what God gave up to reveal the truth to us? He gave us His Son. His Son died to save us from our sins, and yet people are willing to believe a national news source instead of the Bible. Just think about that.

Goodnight everyone, and God bless!

-Allyson 😀

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Mr. Right Isn’t Mr. Wrong 2.0

Being that it’s Valentine’s season *barfs* XD , I feel compelled to write a post about what a lot of girls (including me) sometimes do when dating: holding on to our heartbreaking pasts. Ladies, this is destructive behavior, and we need to stop doing this for the sake of our relationships.

Heartbreak Syndrome

At twenty-two years of age, I’m currently in my second relationship. I’ve been dating this guy just shy of a year, and as cliché as it sounds, he’s the answer to every prayer I’ve relayed to God about my hopes for a relationship during my previous single season. He’s hilarious, he’s a movie nerd, he encourages me to follow God. He’s an absolute goober, he challenges me to better myself, and he supports my dreams of becoming a published author. He’s completely different from what I expected when we first met, yet he’s everything I’ve ever dreamed of. *Cue sappy romantic music* and he’s taught me that it’s okay to open my heart to someone again. ❤

Yet, even though my boyfriend and I share an amazing relationship, doubts from my former relationship and single season continue to arise. There are times when my old anxieties rear their ugly heads, saying things like he’ll become annoyed with you after a while, or he’s embarrassed by you. That is because I became used those types of situations during my last relationship and single season. The guy I used to date was good at saying sweet things but never treated me well. He often made me feel bad about myself, from the clothes I wore to the perfume I used. He often flirted with other girls in front of me. He was embarrassed to bring me around his friends. Guys I talked to during my single season treated me as if I was disposable-they would text me for hours on end, only for me to discover later that they were also texting quite a few other girls as well. Thankfully, God guided me away from dating any of those guys.

But, this post isn’t about bashing the guys that have treated me wrong in the past and created the Heartbreak Syndrome mentality within me. This post is about overcoming that mentality, and approaching new relationships as God intended.

Overcoming Heartbreak Syndrome

I’m by no means an expert on overcoming Heartbreak Syndrome. In fact, I just struggled with an episode of this over the weekend. I compared my boyfriend’s actions to those of a former heart-breaker, though my boyfriend did not intend for those actions to be taken that way. Thankfully, he’s a very understanding guy. I thank God every day for allowing me to date someone who understands what I’m going through with these dating anxieties.

But, my boyfriend can’t save me from this mentality. I have to turn it over to God.

“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.”
-Psalm 147:3

God heals the broken-hearted. Some may argue that this verse is meant for more extreme cases of heartbreak, such as divorce, homelessness, or having someone close to you pass away. And yes, I don’t discredit that. However, God is also willing to heal those of us with wounded hearts. God is willing to listen to all of us, to be the shoulder we cry on, and to be our refuge from heartache.

“Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.”
-Proverbs 12:25

And another thing: WE have a say in what we think about. If we constantly remind ourselves of our heartbreaking past, we’re going to reflect our past on our current relationship. Your new, sweet boyfriend doesn’t deserve that! I apologize to my boyfriend quite frequently because of this. Note to self: Your boyfriend isn’t your ex. Your boyfriend isn’t that jerk that treated you wrong. Unless he’s done something to warrant this type of thinking, DON’T THINK IT! 
Instead, remind yourself of what a sweetheart he is. Tell him how much you appreciate him for treating you well. Treat him well in return. Worship God together and make Him the center of your relationship, and the time you spend reflecting on the past will diminish.

 

So, to recap:

1) Determine your scope of Heartbreak Syndrome.

2) Cast your anxieties on God. Let Him heal you.

3) Don’t focus on those old, blah guys. You’re in a new relationship. Focus on how great it can be instead.

 

Thanks for reading! Goodnight, and God bless!

-Allyson 😀

Christianity’s Got Talent!

Sometimes we may feel useless,

but God has blessed every one of us with a talent.

 

One thing I’ve noticed while growing up in church is that we as Christians often rank one another by our abilities or talents. For example, if someone has a phenomenal singing voice, they are often held with high regard. On the other hand, you may have been blessed with the gift of patience or working with people (which often implies the same thing, let’s be real XD ), and feel like your gift isn’t as great. Sometimes we may feel that our abilities aren’t as useful for serving God as those that are used in praise and worship services, but God has blessed every one of us with a talent that will help us serve Him in our own unique way!

“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”
-1 Peter 4:10-11

What the verse above is saying is that we have to choose to serve God according to the gift He has bestowed upon us, and be thankful for the gifts we have. Some of us may very well be phenomenal singers and choose to serve God through choir, praise and worship teams, etc. Some of us may have the gift of public speaking, where God will lead you to speak for crowds and spread His Word to the masses. Some of us may be writers *cough* perhaps people like me *cough*, where God has called us to spread His Love through the written word. Some of us may be good caretakers, allowing us to take care of the needs of others who are less fortunate. Some of us may be historians and lawyers who actively stand up for Christian beliefs. Some of us may be something as simple as a good friend to anyone who needs one. Whatever your gift-and there are far more out there than what I’ve listed-God gave it to you for a reason. I challenge you to discover that reason.

 

Don’t Dismiss Your Gift!

 “Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.” -1 Timothy 4:14

We’re not called to gripe and complain about our gifts; we’re called to honor God with them! You may feel that your gift will amount to nothing at all, but you’re wrong! Remember Philippians 4:13 (shoutout to my boyfriend’s favorite verse, y’all! XD ):  “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” God provided you with this ability, and He will provide you with an outlet in order to use your ability to honor Him if you’ll allow Him.

I used to think that writing was a pretty useless gift. I mean, when I was growing up, I never found a way to honor God through writing at the church I attended. But during the past few years, I’ve discovered that it wasn’t my ability getting in the way-it was my attitude about my ability.

Personally, I feel that God has blessed me with the gift of writing in order to spread His word on this blog, and through my fiction works (P.S. Go check out my new author site if you’d like: Authoring Arrowheads!).  Feel free to comment with how you’re using your gifts to spread the Word of God!

 

Goodnight and God bless!

-Allyson 😀

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