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A Little Help Please!

Calling on my brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ

Hey everyone,

I’ve been pulling myself away from ‘the world’ more and more these past few weeks. My 40 day fast from social media ended days ago, and yet I still find no real desire to become apart of it all again. For me, it was stressful. Struggling to put on a brave face, hollow smiles and pretend everything was okay when inside I’ve been crying out for truth and understanding, eager to devote all my time to serving the Lord, and please Him.

From Instagram, to Reddit… there is so much filth. Unintentionally, this fasting spilled over into old hobbies, interests and even places I once frequented. Everything in me has changed so much after seeing all the influence temptation had on myself and my family.

Its heart breaking. I know there are some of you who have the strength the look at the ugliness in this world and still hold fast to that calmness before the storm. I try to maintain that same sense of peace, though admittedly I’ve not yet reached the maturity of a Christian who can do that. The love I feel for others is overcome with sadness. A literal aching in my chest. Its painful, overwhelming and baffling.

So, What Advice Do You Have For Those Of Us Struggling?

What verses do you turn to when you need the strength to live in this world without being tormented by it? How have you managed to balance peace and understanding through being reborn? Was your transformation drastic or a slow, day to day revelation of how to walk with Jesus?

I pray that others like me find answers that can bring them comfort and understanding. I pray that you all continue to seek truth with a heart of discernment. May God bless you.

18 thoughts on “A Little Help Please!

  1. Hey lady. There is nothing wrong with pulling away from worldly things especially as a new believer. It can be so easy to get sucked back in if you’re not careful.
    John 16:33 is a great one for coping with this world. Search the word “overcome” in the Bible app. You’ll find some good stuff!

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  2. https://theeclecticcontrarian.wordpress.com/2019/05/30/sanctification-a-study/

    I think that will be a blessing to you!

    I don’t do any social media other than Pinterest and the blog. And to be honest, I’ve thought about deleting Pinterest. Almost thought about deleting the blog too. But don’t think it’s best to do that. So if it hurting you more than helping you:

    “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:29-30‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    Hope this helps.

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  3. My transformation took years. Sure I abstained from most worldly “stuff”…my way of thinking, my reactions, my morals and opinions still were worldly and needed refined. It’s a big ship to turn around and takes time. God’s grace is sufficient for thee. He will help you and guide you…and most certainly strengthen you

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      1. I was given that visual awhile back. Gives you some room to give yourself a break and not be hard on yourself. The need for perfectionism can corner us and make us feel so inadequate. I struggle with it daily.

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  4. Hello fam, I read this when you posted it, and started to respond but wasn’t content with what I had to say. I can tell you this, many of us are not as mature as we’d like to be or expect to be,however long we’ve been in Christ. As for me, a born again Christian these past 15 years, some things get easier with experience and further understanding. Some troubles remain. I grew apart from some friends, some very old, and that was hard. I grew weary of social media, fb predominantly, and politics of late. I cancelled my subscription to the worldly rhetoric. That too is hard, with something like a sense that now that I’m not engaging on social media like I was, wow now I’m nolonger connected to many people and missing out. Hogwash, as they say. Im not missing anything, those who care for me can still call me, email, meet up, come visit, make plans to go out. Not many do. That’s ok. We all probably realise we don’t really have 900 friends, but blessed to have one or a few really close ones who really know and get us.
    I spend my days quietly working, or doing what needs be done ie chores and errands, and most nights home. I have my little family, and after I put all that other noise aside, I found I spend more time with them and enjoy life’s small things more. I read more, I pray more, I have hobbies, thats not a bad thing to have, I paint, sculpt and dabble in antiques/collectables resale, and more.
    What is it you want? Ask the Lord for guidance. I don’t find any question too big or too small to ask Him. Dont always get a reply, there’s plenty I don’t understand or know, and that’s ok too.
    I guess what Im trying to say is, life is a journey, things change, we change, hopefully, and eventually (more) joyfully. Life in the Lord is quite different from the secular in so many respects, of course. I dont miss it. And when I’ve fallen back on it, I found I don’t fit in it anymore, it’s nothing I want. I’m thankful not to be caught up in that nonsense and peril as before. And I find I still have questions, like, what job would He like me to be in, in the Body of Christ what’re His gifts, where can I serve, what further friends does he have for me, what activities would be enjoyable, fun and fulfilling, how can I keep on growing into a more mature Christian, and so on. And I do find that’s working itself out as I go, little by little. Maybe I could be doing more on my end. I suppose Im still learning to be patient and understanding with myself, as God is patient and understanding with me. I find myself taking myself too serious some days and quite the zealot, and other days too lax and inviting sin. And following the latter, I can be so tough on myself. It’s exhausting, sometimes. But this is not about me, not a woe is me responce, but just to say, encouragingly, Take heart, be of good cheer, Jesus has overcome the world. And take each day a day at a time, make time for the Lord, enjoy your family and friends, enjoy life, enjoy what God is doing in your life, enjoy what he’s given you, look ahead and not behind. Greater things are yet to come. He says man is like the grass of the field, and like a mist, as to say, life is short. Certainly we are to do as He says, study diligently, seek His kingdom, indeed with all our heart, mind and strength. Don’t get distraught or burn out however. Time away from some things, a change of pace, a change of scenery, can all be good.
    May the Lord bless you and lift your spirit high!

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  5. It is a journey. That’s for sure. Social media, though good in some areas is bad in others. It’s a fine line a times to test our faith on what we see and even how we react.

    I’ve sort of gotten away from Facebook because there is so much on there that I don’t like and have had to unfollow certain people.

    You have been given some great advice here in your comments! I really enjoyed reading them.

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