The Flirting Game

20 09 2008

 Most of us have the problem.  If you don’t, I applaud how God has blessed you.  When we get around certain guys, we tend to start to be flirty.  Does that make it right?  Not at all.  Flirting is something that we can do with our bodies, clothes, and the way we talk and laugh. 

You know those girls who look up into the eyes of her boyfriend and can usually get him to do just about anything.  The girls who hang all over their boyfriend kind of like a monkey.  Is this just your “average teenage girl” that you would expect from all girls?  Or is it something we as teenagers need to try to fix?   

We can also flirt with our clothes.  Suggestive clothing such as scooping necks, rediculously short skirts, and the like encourage guys to think in ways that aren’t glorifying to God and that make them sin by lusting.  Yes, they should gaurd their minds against it, but as their sisters in Christ,  we shouldn’t make them stumble.  When we do, we sin just as bad.  Besides, those clothes don’t glorify God.  The more you love God, the less you should want to show of yourself. So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  1 Cor. 10:31

Did you know that we can flirt by how we talk and laugh?  Some girls get that high pitched girly voice whenever they want someone to notice them.   Other girls laugh a lot and really loud or really girly and giggly.  Some do both.   This gives guys a suggestive message.  It may seem petty, but you really need to be careful about what you do with your voice.

The smallest things can make a guy stumble.  Something as seemingly simple as a girl pulling up a tank top can be a stumbling block to someone.  Sometimes, they can’t help it anymore than we can when we see a “hot” guy.  It’s our sinful nature. 

That doesn’t mean we can’t do anything about it.  With God all things are possible.  We just have to ask God to take away that sinful, lustful spirit and put a pure one in.  It’ll take some painful refining, but if it helps our brothers in Christ to not stumble, then it is worth it.  It’ll also take some work on our part, or nothing will happen.  At a Rebelution conference,  Brett Harris said, “In order to change something, you have to change something.”  You can’t say you’re going to pray every night before you go to bed and then go to bed at the same unruly hour of the morning you usually do.  You’ll fall asleep in the middle of the prayer!  Of course, the change I’m talking about is on a much more complicated scale than making yourself go to bed a little earlier.  I’m talking about a change in heart and it’s going to take a lot of work and a lot of help.

With God’s help, we can do it, though. 

Love in Christ,

Kelsea





Thirteen Heresies in The Shack-By Dr. Michael Youssef

6 09 2008

I know I’m kind of becoming a book critic, but because this book is sweeping the Christians of this nation just like the Twilight series and is just as deadly, I thought I should post Michael Youssef’s Thirteen Heresies in The Shack.  He read the book and was completely taken in by the emotions it stirred in him, but he soon figured out how wrong the book was.  He preached a sermon on it and wrote this. 

1. God the Father was crucified with Jesus.

Because God’s eyes are pure and cannot look upon sin, the Bible says that God would not look upon His own beloved Son as He hung on the Cross, carrying our sins (Habakkuk 1:13; Matthew 27:45).

2. God is limited by His love and cannot practice justice.

The Bible declares that God’s love and His justice are two sides of the same coin — equally a part of the personality and the character of God (Isaiah 61:8; Hosea 2:19).

3. On the Cross, God forgave all of humanity, whether they repent or not. Some choose a relationship with Him, but He forgives them all regardless.

Jesus explained that only those who come to Him will be saved (John 14:6).

4. Hierarchical structures, whether they are in the Church or in the government, are evil.

Our God is a God of order (Job 25:2).

5. God will never judge people for their sins.

The Word of God repeatedly invites people to escape from the judgment of God by believing in Jesus Christ, His Son (Romans 2:16; 2 Timothy 4:1-3).

6. There is not a hierarchical structure in the Godhead, just a circle of unity.

The Bible says that Jesus submitted to the will of the Father. This doesn’t mean that one Person is higher or better than the other; just unique. Jesus said, “I came to do the will of Him who sent me. I am here to obey my Father.” Jesus also said, “I will send you the Holy Spirit” (John 4:34, 6:44, 14:26, 15:26).

7. God submits to human wishes and choices.

Far from God submitting to us, Jesus said, “Narrow is the way that leads to eternal life.” We are to submit to Him in all things, for His glory and because of what He has accomplished for us (Matthew 7:13-15).

8. Justice will never take place because of love.

The Bible teaches that when God’s love is rejected, and when the offer of salvation and forgiveness is rejected, justice must take place or God has sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for nothing (Matthew 12:20; Romans 3:25-26).

9. There is no such a thing as eternal judgment or torment in hell.

Jesus’ own description of hell is vivid … it cannot be denied (Luke 12:5, 16:23).

10. Jesus is walking with all people in their different journeys to God, and it doesn’t matter which way you get to Him.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one will come to the Father but by me” (John 14:6).

11. Jesus is constantly being transformed along with us.

Jesus, who dwells in the splendor of heaven, sits at the right hand of God, reigning and ruling the universe. The Bible says, “In Him there is no change, for He is yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 11:12, 13:8; James 1:17).

12. There is no need for faith or reconciliation with God because everyone will make it to heaven.

Jesus said, “Only those who believe in me will have eternal life” (John 3:15, 3:36, 5:24, 6:40).

13. The Bible is not true because it reduces God to paper.

The Bible is God-breathed. Sure, there were many men through 1,800 years who put pen to paper (so to speak), each from different professions and different backgrounds, but the Holy Spirit infused their work with God’s words. These men were writing the same message from Genesis to Revelation. If you want to read more about the place of Christ in the Scripture, read “
We Preach Christ” (2 Timothy 3:16).