Queria ser parecida com João, o discípulo do amor que esteve com Jesus em todos os momentos e o amou até o fim. Mas, a verdade é que sou bem mais parecida com Pedro. O temperamento de Pedro lembra o meu. Pedro era fiel, mas as vezes inconstante. Era ousado e queria andar sobre as águas, mas afundou quando tirou os olhos de Jesus. Chegou a ser chamado de Satanás por querer impedir que Jesus fosse crucificado e feriu o soldado que prendeu Jesus no jardim. Mas, sinceramente? Eu entendo Pedro. Pedro havia andado com Jesus durante todo aquele tempo e agora descobria que seu amado Jesus precisaria morrer e voltar para o céu. Ele não compreendeu o plano da salvação no início e provavelmente eu teria a mesma atitude de Pedro. Como suportar a ideia de viver sem Jesus? Como compreender que Jesus passaria por toda aquela humilhação por amor? Pedro negou Jesus. E quanto a mim? A verdade é que já perdi a conta de quantas vezes o neguei por muito menos. Não quero me parecer tanto com o Pedro antes de sua transformação, mas me pareço. Porém, foi a Pedro que Deus revelou a divindade de Jesus. Foi ao mesmo Pedro que Jesus transfigurou-se e foi também a Pedro que Jesus confiou suas ovelhas. João, por outro lado, recebeu a revelação do Apocalipse, recostava-se no ombro de Jesus e foi o único que esteve com o Amado no momento da crucificação, mas foi de Pedro que os anjos lembraram na mensagem confiada as mulheres que choravam no sepulcro: “Dize aos discípulos e a PEDRO que Jesus irá vê-los.” Pedro o negou e Jesus o amou. Foi o mesmo Pedro que correu desesperadamente ao sepulcro quando ouviu Maria Madalena anunciar que o O Amado tinha ressuscitado. Pedro foi ousado o suficiente para entrar no sepulcro. Foi Pedro que ouviu Jesus o ensinar sobre a GRAÇA três vezes para deixar claro sua restauração e o quanto o amava e confiava nele. Pareço-me com Pedro em suas inquietações, mas de uma coisa estou certa: Pedro amava Jesus com todo o seu ser. Para mim, Pedro é o discípulo Amado, pois é exatamente isso que ele foi, amado até o fim. “Jesus, tu sabes que eu o amo”, foram as palavras de Pedro ao Mestre e eu consigo até ver Jesus sorrir graciosamente enquanto transformava Pedro para sempre. Só uma coisa era necessária: Amá-lo com toda a intensidade da sua alma e Pedro entendeu. Pedro nunca mais largou Jesus. Pedro foi o primeiro discípulo a pregar Jesus cheio do Espírito Santo. Pedro cumpriu a perfeita vontade do Pai. Pensando bem, quero me parecer com Pedro, pois se ele foi transformado eu também serei. Pedro morreu e viveu Jesus. Eis o anseio verdadeiro do meu coração.
No one is too broken that God cannot restore. No one is too lost or too far gone for God not to find. Sometimes we are too focused on ourselves; our failures, our awful past, our mistakes, our sins and we started to think that we have no hope and that God doesn’t want us anymore. We are too ashamed to even call on to God in prayer. We think we are unworthy and that we are not deserving of God’s love and mercy. That’s why God saved us through His amazing Grace (something we do not deserve but given to us) because God loves us so much, He gave His One and Only Son Jesus to pay for our sins.
God can make a new creation in you. Don’t believe the lies of the enemy that you cannot be changed because God can change you! In fact, He’s the only one who can make a new creation in you! Someone you never thought you can be. You may not see it now, but you just have to fix your eyes on Him. He’s not finished on you yet. You are His work in progress. He will make all things new and He will make a miracle of you!
We are His children, His beloved, in Him we are a NEW CREATION.
Revelation 21:5 (ESV)
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also, he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
How did you overcome your temptations with porn and masturbation? I'm really struggling 😞
My heart aches because I know EXACTLY how you are feeling. It took me so long to break the habit. I kept failing and a few days later going without it I thought I was doing so well and then I would fall back into temptation and I made the wrong choice when the temptations would arise. I didn’t choose God I chose myself. Through all the failures, trials, depression, anxiety, heart ache, and hate of myself… I somehow found my way back to God each time. I would say I’m sorry God please forgive me yet I would go right back to the same sin I admitted I was sorry for maybe an hour or day ago. It was awful I felt so dirty, worthless and alone. I had no one. No one knew about my addictions. No one knew my secret. Except God. He knew. I will tell you that I had this die hard belief that I would never break free from it. I believed and convinced myself I was hopeless and had no chance of getting free from it. Now I have memory loss and believe me I hate it so much at times. I can’t remember the exact things that I need to or want to. All I can remember is after awhile of fighting, praying and kicking out everything in my life that caused me to stumble and sin. I fought my way out of it and I don’t believe that it was my strength.. I fully believe it was Gods. One day all I can remember is I woke up and those desires were gone. It was like I was made new and I was a new person. I desired holiness and a relationship with the one who saved me and died for me. I desired to strive to know Him and learn how to love again after all that I had been through. I just yearned for Him and His love. I never believed in miracles. I never believed in the power of prayer. I rarely prayed and I rarely talked to God. I talked to random guys who had me and 10 other girls in their inbox being deceived and robbed out of love. I was so underserving to be healed or saved. I didn’t understand it and sometimes I still don’t understand. When I think about how one day randomly I was healed and changed. It STILL leaves me breathless and just mind-boggled. That is God. I realized I can’t limit Him anymore. I have no excuse to limit the one who died for me and saved me. I’m left with only this. He laid down his life for me so I could live, why wouldn’t I do the same for Him? Alot of people see me probably as some type of slave or robot to God. I don’t care what people think of me or say about me. Because all that maters is I believe in something. I truly 100% believe. That’s not something many people can say in this world. This is NOT me boasting about myself but boasting in Christ. This is just me somewhat saying a part of my testimony of how Jesus Christ changed me miraculously for the better. I can only hope and pray the same for you and anyone else following me and reading this. Temptations will come but it is our choice in those moments of what we will do with that temptation.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. - 1 Corinthians 10:13
Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” - Matthew 26:41
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. - James 1:12-16
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. - James 4:7
For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. - Hebrews 2:18
And give no opportunity to the devil. - Ephesians 4:27
“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. - 1 Corinthians 6:13
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. - 1 Peter 4:12
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. - 1 John 4:4
For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. - 1 John 2:16
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. - Romans 6:12-14
Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. - 1 Corinthians 6:18
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, - Mark 9:42-47
For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
- Galatians 5:17
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. - 1 John 2:15-17
Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. - 1 Peter 4:1-2
And he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.” - Luke 22:46
So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. - 1 Peter 1:7
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, - Ephesians 6:13-17
For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. - Romans 7:19-21
But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. - James 1:14-16
“Lucifer” in Isaiah 14:12 presents a
minor problem to mainstream Christianity. It becomes a much larger problem to
Bible literalists. LUCIFER IS NOT SATAN!
Lucifer makes its appearance in the
fourteenth chapter of the Old Testament book of Isaiah, at the twelfth verse,
and nowhere else:
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,
son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the
“O Lucifer” was used to express “O
shining one”, and not the name of a biblical character, and certainly not
Satan. Its own simple context clearly shows this.
The first problem is that Lucifer is a Latin word.
So how did it find its way into a Hebrew manuscript, written before there was a
Roman language? To find the answer, I consulted a scholar at the library of the
Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. What Hebrew name, I asked, was Satan given
in this chapter of Isaiah, which describes the angel who fell to become the
ruler of hell?
The answer was a surprise. In the original Hebrew
text, the fourteenth chapter of Isaiah is not about a fallen angel, but about a
fallen Babylonian king, who during his lifetime had persecuted the children of
Israel. It contains no mention of Satan, either by name or reference. The
Hebrew scholar could only speculate that some early Christian scribes, writing
in the Latin tongue used by the Church, had decided for themselves that they
wanted the story to be about a fallen angel, a creature not even mentioned in
the original Hebrew text, and to whom they gave the name “Lucifer.”
Why Lucifer? In Roman astronomy, Lucifer was the
name given to the morning star (the star we now know by another Roman name,
Venus). The morning star appears in the heavens just before dawn, heralding the
rising sun. The name derives from the Latin term lucem ferre, bringer, or
bearer, of light.“ In the Hebrew text the expression used to describe the
Babylonian king before his death is Helal, son of Shahar, which can best be
translated as "Day star, son of the Dawn.” The name evokes the golden
glitter of a proud king’s dress and court (much as his personal splendor earned
for King Louis XIV of France the appellation, “The Sun King”).
The scholars authorized by King James I to
translate the Bible into current English did not use the original Hebrew texts,
but used versions translated … largely by St. Jerome in the fourth century.
Jerome had mistranslated the Hebraic metaphor, “Day star, son of the
Dawn,” as “Lucifer,” and over the centuries a metamorphosis took
place. Lucifer the morning star became a disobedient angel, cast out of heaven
to rule eternally in hell. Theologians, writers, and poets interwove the myth
with the doctrine of the Fall, and in Christian tradition Lucifer is now the
same as Satan, the Devil, and — ironically — the Prince of Darkness.
So “Lucifer” is nothing more than an
ancient Latin name for the morning star, the bringer of light. That can be
confusing for Christians who identify Christ himself as the morning star, a
term used as a central theme in many Christian sermons. Jesus refers to himself
as the morning star in Revelation 22:16: “I Jesus have sent mine angel to
testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring
of David, and the bright and morning star.”
And so there are those who do not read beyond the
King James version of the Bible, who say ‘Lucifer is Satan: so says the Word of
Beloved, banish the thought that you have to be good enough before you will come to Him. It will never happen. You can’t be ‘good enough’ without the One who has made you good, who has justified you, and who has freed you from sin. Enjoy Jesus Christ right now– listen to songs about His love, just tell Him everything honestly, remind yourself of His goodness. He does not condemn you.