Hello there— there are actually a bunch of Christians on tumblr! I’ll publish this answer, and maybe some of them can like this post so you can find them. If not, you can just look at some of the posts that I reblog and where I find them. And Tom Hiddleston is lovely. He seems like such a gentleman.
if you’re a man who has is heart on fire for the Lord and takes time to share things about your faith with me and share verses with me, there’s a really good chance I’m going to fall for you. Just saying.
Alright guys, I’m going to be completely honest right now. I’m way too distant for comfort. What’s worse is that I know that, and I’ve been telling myself that for a while, but I haven’t been doing anything about it. I haven’t been making time for the Lord, I haven’t been praying as often, and I haven’t been caring as much as know I need to be. I’m not making this an urgent issue in my life right now, I’m stuck in this pool of complacency. And what’s worse is that I think I’ve been there for a few months.
I don’t know what to do about this right now. Usually I’d turn to my youth group and my church, but I’ve definitely been watching it slowly unwind from the sidelines. And it’s not my fault, it’s just that people drifted and things changed around there. It’s gotten to the point where I can’t tell who is in pursuit of a true relationship with God and who is just attending for a check box. I think because I’m insecure in all of their relationships and the lack of consistency in little things there (trivial things, like tables or rows of seats, speakers, or band), I write it all off as inconsistent or a huge question mark.
I’m not sure what I need right now. I know where I’m at (I think) and where I want to be (back close to God), but I don’t know how to get there. I’ve lost a muse for my prayer journals, which were usually my motivator for reading my Bible. I don’t know what to do. I guess I’m asking for prayer requests or something. Maybe advice. I don’t know. It’s not that I’m doubting or questioning my faith, I’m just uninvolved in it right now. It’s like a separate part of me that I see hiding more and more each day. I’m not saying I break the law and ruin my body on my weekends, because I don’t (literally I sit at home or go to ACT prep), but I’m certainly not walking the talk I once used to have, if that makes any sense.
Bleck. I just needed to get that off of my chest. I’m sorry if I’ve let anyone down, I just needed to get it out there. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, and I’m sorry to once again be asking for a prayer request.
And the list goes on and on. Remember to pray and give thanks for your blessings, as well. Even when things look darkest, God is always there for you, you just have to find Him.
In deep need of prayers for spiritual stimulation.
Anyone got any songs, reads, or suggestions?
You are not alone.
You are not alone, Gray.
First of all, don’t ever apologize for coming to talk to me when you’re in need. An honest request for comfort can never be a burden.
Secondly, you are not alone. Self-harm? Definitely not alone. Feeling isolated from God? No doubt we’ve all felt like that. Feeling unable to speak to God? Been there. Feeling alienated by the church? Story of my life.
Congrats on the 20 days, by the way. I know it’s a vicious cycle and the first month is the hardest to deal with, and then as time goes by and you feel more successful in not harming you feel a little better and slowly you get this confidence in yourself.
That voice inside your head? The lies of a forked-tongued Satan. God can’t hate you. Remember the prodigal’s son? God will rejoice when you run back to Him. He loves you an indescribable amount and it pains him for you to be so far from him.
People who condemn you, judge you, look down on you, or any of those for what you’ve done are ignorant. Ignorance is a side effect of innocence, and with innocence, one cannot know compassion. Try to seek out those who struggle with the same things you do because they can give you helpful tips for how they’ve been moving on and you can create a support system. Finding fellowship with people who have struggled with the same things you do is such a big deal. It can be life-changing.
The church will consistently fail you; it’s made of humans, who all naturally sin. Some of it may be the “follow the leader” idea in which one person has judged you and now you feel alienated by the rest of the entire church. I know that scene all too well. Genuine fellowship is hard to find, and I’m still searching for it.
Feel free to continue to talk to me; I feel like my response to this ask is getting way too long, but just know that God is calling out to you, crying for you to just run back to him. I suggest throwing yourself at him with everything you have to break down those empty walls that Satan has been placing in front of you. It’s like he’s placed a hologram between you and God and you can’t see it, so you think it’s a real wall. But you start working through that wall and you’ll realize it’s all fabricated. God is bigger than Satan’s biggest storm. You can’t fight this yourself, though; God has to do a majority of the fighting.
So I’ve seen these ads on TV for certain Christian dating sites and I’m beginning to get mixed feelings about them. Yes, I think the idea of getting serious believers in one large pool is a good idea, but I don’t think online dating is the way to go about it. I think God wants your full focus and attention, and then when He knows you’re completely ready for a relationship and won’t put God to the side and keep God as the foundation for a relationship, he’ll put a significant other in your path. Not you finding one, but God working things together so that you two kind of stumble into each other coincidentally, almost. But it wouldn’t be a coincidence because God has orchestrated it so that you two inevitably will know each other.
Anyways, I’ve got a whole litany of posts on dating and such, so I’m cutting this one short. I realize this may be an unpopular opinion, but wrong will become right as right becomes wrong, you know?
Ok! Sorry this took me two days to respond, I wanted it to be really good!
I believe that to have salvation one must follow the ABC’s of faith in Christ:
The gist of it is this: Know that you are a sinner by your choice and nature and that Jesus’s death on the cross paid the way for you to live eternally in heaven with your wonderful Lord and creator and by having a relationship with Christ.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
2 Timothy 1:9
Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
"All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
As for the Catholic sacraments (Communion, confirmation, Christening,), I don’t believe those are necessary for salvation. I understand the purpose of communion and I have no problem with that, as long as those who practice it understand the meaning behind it and aren’t just doing it because they’re a certain age or they’re supposed to. I also think baptism is an important part of our faith we’re supposed to do because it is a public display of out commitment in a relationship to the Lord, but I think it has to be an individual’s choice to share it and make that declaration of faith in the Lord.
As for salvation, I really can only say that the most important part is the admitting of your faults and letting Jesus in as your Savior. I mean it’s like standing outside at a baseball game without tickets. You know you don’t have them, so you can’t enter. You can tell anyone you like that you’re a flawed being, but it doesn’t count unless you tell the guy sitting in the back that he’s giving his tickets away to you. God has given us this perfect gift, and it’s just sitting out there waiting on the proverbial table for you to take it.
Having a relationship with Christ is really all you can do so that at the gates of heaven Jesus can recognize your soul and your heart and get you into paradise.