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I got 99 problems, but my faith ain’t one

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Sure, you may know 100% that you’re a Christian and that you love God, but it doesn’t always make being a Christian easier. Surely it comes with its own challenges, hence the phrase above. And, in the world we live in today, it may seem harder and harder to live a positive, Christian life, so, I am going to share with you five (5) ways in which you can remain Christ-like in a Christ-less society.

  1. Have A Strong Community.

Who is in your close circle? Who do you find yourself spending a lot of time with? It’s important to surround yourself with like-minded people, who have the same morals as you – not someone who is going to make you feel bad for being a Christian. It’s really not that difficult to find people that share the same values as you. You just have to look in all the right places. Join a Bible study, a Christian study group, or even a Teens for Christ club at your local school/community. These people will surely inspire you and encourage you through the roughest of times. Remember, birds of a feather, flock together.

  1. Set Your Boundaries

Ask yourself, “What are my limits?”, “What am I not willing to do?”, “What is an absolute no go for me?” Write these down and put it where you will be able to see it. This way, you won’t find yourself compromising for anything less. This goes for relationships as well. You don’t have to minimize your morals and you surely don’t ever have to do anything that you’re not comfortable with. It’s okay to say no and it’s also important to stand up for what you believe in.

  1. Resist The Temptations

Is your Will for God strong enough? Do you sometimes find your mind wandering off elsewhere? The devil comes in many forms, shapes and sizes, persuading you to sin against God. You may recognize a few instances.

“Try it once, no one is going to get hurt”

“No one is going to know what you did”
“We do it all the time, it’s okay”

“You can finish your homework later, come to the party”

In cases like that, just remember this Bible verse:

Ecclesiastes 12:1 –  Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore.”

And, don’t worry, you’re not missing out on anything by doing your homework. The party in Heaven is wayy much cooler 😉

  1. Stay Motivated

Read motivational books. Have a daily devotion. Aim to do something nice every day. Keep the fire for Jesus in your heart stirred for Him, and Him alone. There are so many amazing books, articles and Christian magazines that you can read to help you stay grounded in your faith. Most importantly, read the Bible. It is the one tool that has all the answers for your indefinite doubts and questions.

  1. It’s OK To Lose Friends

For me, especially, I’ve lost A LOT of friends. And guess, what? I am totally fine with it. Life does not stop there. Many of them, I have just simply outgrown, and, others, we just didn’t seem to relate anymore. But when you look at it this way, it’s a good sign – it’s a sign of growth. You really don’t need anyone to be dragging you down and holding you back from progress. And even though you may find yourself losing a lot of friends, along the way, you will find out who your true friends are.

1 Timothy 4:12 –  Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

I hope that you have been encouraged somehow and I pray that you will always let the light of Christ shine through you in this dark world. Have faith in yourself that you can do it and most importantly, have faith in God.
Luke 1:37 – For no word from God will ever fail.”

 

Blessings,

Sowmya Thottambeti

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