|—||Isaiah 58:11 NLT|
|—||Psalm 103:1-4 NLT|
|—||Psalm 27:14 NLT|
like a seal on your arm.
For love is as strong as death,
its jealousy as enduring as the grave.
Love flashes like fire,
the brightest kind of flame.
Many waters cannot quench love,
nor can rivers drown it.
If a man tried to buy love
with all his wealth,
his offer would be utterly scorned.
|—||Song of Solomon 8:6-7 NLT|
|—||James 1:14-15 NLT|
|—||Matthew 26:41 NLT|
|—||Romans 7:15 NLT|
|—||1 Corinthians 6:12 NLT|
I’m doing this Bible study on the first chapter of Romans. It says in verse 20:
For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. -Romans 1:20 NLT
God reveals His existence every day in so many ways! For some people, believing in God comes easier because we can just look at the trees, sunset, oceans, stars, and the amazingness of nature and know there HAS to be a creator. For others though, it’s a little more difficult. Some need more proof than others.
God knows we have unbelief. A good example of God revealing Himself in times of unbelief the story of Thomas. He walked, talked, and ate with Jesus, and yet He STILL wasn’t completely sure Jesus had risen. It took him actually touching Jesus’s palms before he completely believed Him.
Jesus met Thomas halfway. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” If you’re starting to have doubts about your faith or even in believing in God, don’t be ashamed. It happens to everyone, even a disciple of Jesus. Don’t give up, or wait for God to make the first move. God says if you move closer to Him, He’ll do the same. Don’t lose faith.
Your heart is precious. Don’t give anyone an opportunity to crush it.
|—||1 John 3:18 NLT|
Galatians 5:13 says that we are called to live in freedom. Why then are we still living in defeat? Jesus didn’t rescue us so we could be stuck in addictions all of our life. If you feel like you can’t get out of something and you keep falling into the cycles, there is hope! I know it sounds easier said than done, but let go and let God have it. God’s purpose is for us to be free!
I know that I don’t “need” makeup to feel pretty because God made me beautiful, but there are times I catch myself not wanting to go out without a little eyeliner. Sometimes it can become an idol though, and we might even feel ugly without it. That’s not how God wants us to feel.
One of my favorite scriptures is 1 Sam. 16:7: “The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” During this fast I want to work on my heart instead of trying to work on my outward appearance. The time I would take to fix my hair/makeup, I want to spend that time in prayer.
I’ve had this on my heart for a while and wanted to know if anyone else felt this way too. I know fasting is personal, between you and God, but I also think there’s power and encouragement in doing this together as well. Is there anyone else interested in doing this makeup fast with me?
|—||1 Peter 4:14|