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Looking back in eternity
If there is such a thing as looking back once those who are Faithful to Christ are in eternity, I bet this is what we will realize.
"The plan of God showed us what the End-Product is supposed to look like, and the exact measurements. Measurements of the New Jerusalem, the New Earth and the New Heaven, and the amount of people who chose - despite their circumstances - to live for Christ as He showed us. And now we behold in great awe just how detailed, how complex and how vast God's plan has been, and how accurately He has executed it. O! how greater would it have been if all were saved; but they saw God's plan and wished not to be part of that. The Faithful, those whom God calls His children, tried their best - yes even God did - but some were too stubborn to receive correction and as at the start of Days so Pride made them tumble and they realized too late their folly.
Praise be to our Father, our loving God, that His plans were not subject to what others wished, or none would have be
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Planned out by God
Planned out by God
Dear Lord, Who fearfully made me,
‘T was many years since my birth,
That gave my parents and others great mirth,
Who can deny it before Thee!
My life was planned out by God!
Kind Lord, I find comfort in Thy rod,
My birth was a fight to be true,
Indeed, I barely made it through,
Who can deny it before You!
My life was planned out by God!
Mighty Lord, Who art my Rock,
Oh, joyous moment when I first met You!
All doubt washed off, I know ‘t was true!
And Though many found for me only mock,
My life was planned out by God!
Loving Lord, Who’s love keeps me awed,
Though the World deemed me odd,
Rejected I became distraught,
Yet for me You are always abroad!
Who can indeed deny it, folks!
My life was planned out by God!
Wondrous Lord, for Thee I strike my chord,
Who, of all the World, shall I fear,
When through birth and life you are near,
I know that no matter how I’d die,
You are nigh and thus I won’t deny,
My life was planned out by God!
Amen.
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If there is such a thing as looking back once those who are Faithful to Christ are in eternity, I bet this is what we will realize.

"The plan of God showed us what the End-Product is supposed to look like, and the exact measurements. Measurements of the New Jerusalem, the New Earth and the New Heaven, and the amount of people who chose - despite their circumstances - to live for Christ as He showed us. And now we behold in great awe just how detailed, how complex and how vast God's plan has been, and how accurately He has executed it. O! how greater would it have been if all were saved; but they saw God's plan and wished not to be part of that. The Faithful, those whom God calls His children, tried their best - yes even God did - but some were too stubborn to receive correction and as at the start of Days so Pride made them tumble and they realized too late their folly.
Praise be to our Father, our loving God, that His plans were not subject to what others wished, or none would have been saved! For in His love and in His mercy He planned a Way out even when Adam was still alive and young; and though many still rejected It, He kept to His plans and continued with those willing. We can be thankful there were always people God could work with!
Indeed, looking back, God showed us as best as He could His plan of what the End-product would be. How can we say if it could have been done better? Perhaps, if all who considered themselves faithful would have been truly faithful, and if all would have been more willing to leastwise listen; but that was the fault on the side of our fallen Human nature, not on God's side!

And therefore, and for many more a reason, God deserved and forever more deserves all the glory, amen!"
Looking back in eternity
I don't ask any praise or credit for this; I just wanted to let go of some issues going on in me. 
Seeing as Jesus' Church is at that age where so many are luke-warm rather than cold or hot, I sometimes fear whether I'm luke-warm or not. 
And then I watch some videos on the massacres that happen in the Middle-East and China and such regions, where all the same thousands upon thousands are becoming Christian...
And in Europe the opposite is happening; More Islam than even in the Middle-Ages when the Moors invaded Spain and France, and I fear for the safety Europe has known for 70+ years under Christian morals. But God is not one that forces Himself upon us, and so if Europe rejects Him...well, I personally can't say He will not allow bad things to come upon the soils of Europe.
Looking at this, worries about myself (other than my life in Jesus) are insignificant. :shrug:

And yet, now being at College ^^; haha, I was looking at a sentence I had just written down;
"The plans showed us what the end-product is supposed to look like, and the exact measurements; the planks were 2x800mm and 2x400mm of 20mm thick."
I found myself stuck reading that sentence for at least ten times, when I noticed this; "the PLANs showed US what the END-PRODUCT is supposed to look like, and the exact measurements." I realized God has shown us (Revelations) the plan, but all throughout the Old and New Testament you can see every step of His plan for mankind's salvation. And then I was almost in a vision, if that, and I saw a countless crowd as if looking back as one on the history of the World - but then without the blurry confusion sin brings into the World. And after seeing that is when I felt like writing what I have done here.

Maybe it was just a vent-write, and maybe it was not. I am not sure, but if I believe in God's love - when you call upon His name in need, He is sure to be there - I needed something like this. So maybe it was from God and I could just vent some of it out on a piece of digital paper :dummy: LOL

So yea.
Kia Ora from UCOL (my college) and me, and have a great day - I hope you're spending some time with God the Father ;)

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Anthro Glen and Naneth - 29 wedding anniversary
Well, this is how far I've gotten, some weeks ago. 
I honestly can't get the right background in my head for this picture. I've thought of all sorts, but some I feel are simply too excessive, some are too simple...
So you think you guys could give me some help please? :) Ideas for backgrounds here please! :D

I hope you guys like this so far at least ^^


God bless and love,

~ Wasa
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Well, I am honestly not too sure how to start off here...so I'll just cut to the case.

I'm convinced I am not the only one who sees what the Bible describes as the Church, and what the "church" shows nowadays.
The Bible shows us that groups prayers, healings, deliverance of demonic oppressions, and entire groups and families being transformed by the Gospel was a daily thing.
Nowadays...well, the term "Christian" hardly lives up to those who lived (and died) in the Early Days as Christians. I'm not saying the Gospel is not effective anymore, nor that God is not working with and on and through the Church anymore. What I am saying is that it seems there are more "Christians" luke-warm than have been ever before. Some are beautifully on fire for the Lord, but it seems (in particular in the Western Church) there are more luke-warm than there are those on fire.
I do not upload this out of a condemning judgmentality, but out of a warning of love.

I cannot exactly explain it, but I will say this. I believe God has blessed me with a spirit of discernment (which is, b.t.w., a work-in-progress xD), which is no less than His Holy Spirit. His Holy Spirit IS our spirit of discernment.
But through that I've begun to see even some Christian people here on Deviant-Art that I wonder about. Again, not in a judgmental way but loving worry way. I am not saying any names.
What I hope to achieve here is to awaken some people by sharing the following (keep reading, please).

As some of my older Watchers probably know, I've uploaded quite some drawings and pictures about Biblical stuff and Christian stuff. Here's about as many as I feel pleased to refer to (See extra information below).

Feel free to read some comments there.
As you will probably notice, about everybody is praising me for the drawings, some intentionally praise God at the same time. And when I reply "To God be all glory", of course everybody says "amen".
But just words are not enough. Everybody can say "Glory to the Lord!" but whom do they mean by 'lord'? And do they actually mean that, or is it just a phrase they have picked up at church and feel like saying it will keep them included in the church?

I could tell you what the Bible says includes you in the Church in God's eyes, and heck I just will here.
--> "Love the Lord your God with everything you have and are" this basically means being submitted to Him in humility, love, and an open mindedness to what He can bring along. Too often have I seen, in my young life, that love is the first to be referred back to - which is the most effective one to attract people, because we all seek love. But again, just referring back to it at church is something all religions can claim to do. It's how people treat each other AND non-believing strangers/newbies that shows the 'love of a church'.

--> "Love Your neighbour as you love yourself, and love your enemies also." Two factors I believe are vital to that are these:
   * Treat them as equals no matter what they look like, and in patience and love,
   * Teach them with a willing heart for long-suffering about the Gospel and Salvation, and the
     life of a Christian (which is not easy!)

--> Pray to God, and praise and worship him DESPITE THE CIRCUMSTANCES. The Circumstances do not define God's plans for you, so why should they define how you praise God?
And also, the Disciples, Apostles, and early Christians prayed so much (and also so effectively) that many today would be ashamed if they could see them. This is my feeling, at the very least.

There could very well be more that I have not mentioned - I suggest you look it up if you have not already.

And thinking of all this today, I looked at myself and wondered
"am I a cold, luke-warm, or on-fire Christian?" and I was getting frightened because it seemed I could not find the answer. So this is what I asked to God:
"Lord, Father, I want to live on-fire for you, but sometimes it feels I don't know if I am! Please help me to discern when I am on-fire, and warn me plentifully when I am turning luke-warm. Warn me when I turn indifferent toward You! If you help me see what living 'on-fire' for You means, I will live like it!"

I encourage you guys to ask God the same, and be open for any answer - NOT the answer you WANT to hear, but the answer you NEED to hear. Because if you're not open to all answers, you are in great danger of missing out God's answer when it's not the one you want to hear. God knows when you want or want not to hear it, and when you don't He won't force Himself on you.

And if an accusing thought comes along, something like this:
   "So many others are luke-warm, you can't blame me for being luke-warm when I have no examples
    to follow"
Tell you what, that's accusing God of being unjust! That's the Devil's work right there, I recommend not cooperating with him. Be humble, and be prepared to admit you're wrong and God's right. And when God shows you to adjust, just obey Him.

I know from my own experiences, recent ones even, that just saying "I believe" is not enough. Just saying "I live for Jesus Christ" is not enough either. True, what is in the heart comes out of the mouth, but the deeds are the fruits by which you are recognized. If you are changing your life more Godly, should not you and others see the fruits of that?
And, this may be a shock, but even saying "Jesus is Lord" is NOT ENOUGH! The Bible states that many will come to Him and call Him "Lord", but He shall say
"Begone you, I never knew you!" They shall reply "But Lord, have we not cast out demons? Have we not preached the Gospel, have we not prayed and prophecied over thousands of peoples?" But Jesus shall say "When I was naked you did not dress me; when I was in prison, you did not visit me; when I was sick, you did not care for me; when I was hungry or thirsty you did not feed me."
And they shall ask, in fear and marvel, "Lord, when have we not done all this for You?" and Jesus shall reply "For any who has done it unto one of these people has done it unto me; and likewise, if anyone has not done this unto one of these people, they have not done it unto me."
And they shall be condemned.

So what is enough then?
"Go, repent, and sin no more."
Accepting Jesus as your Lord is a GREAT first step, yes! But if you do not repent, which is turn away from your sins, you literally disobey your Lord. And what is a Lord you do not obey? Is He still Lord over you then?



Now, dear friends and brethren, I am no less a sinner than any of you! I have committed sins you may not imagine I have done, and if anything I've broken ALL of God's laws. And for many years I kept believing that sinning does not harm you once Jesus has cleansed you of your sins. But I confused it with this; that I could sin now and then, and still Jesus will forgive me. Yet, because of this folly, I was not aware what was happening: I neglected one of Jesus' few and simple but essential commands: "SIN NO MORE".
But is this not impossible for us humans, whose nature IS to sin?!
Yes, but are we not reborn in Christ? This means to hate sin, to not be willing to do it anymore EVER!
However, do not be too frightened; Jesus is righteous but also kind and patient. If you have been living a sinful life even as "Christian", He is still merciful and sure to forgive. As such, I encourage you with love and power to do the following if you have not already:
Repent, and turn away from your sins! If you feel you can't do it, ask God for crying out loud! He has not for nothing given you the Holy Spirit as the Helper!
"We humans are weak and hopeless on our own, but in God we are more than conquerors!" Conquerors of demonic oppression, yes, but also over our own sinful nature. How about you conquer, in God, your own sinful nature FIRST, and then go out into the World to declare the Gospel, eh? ;)


As you humble yourself before God,
Before Jesus the King of kings and Lord of lords,
May His peace overflow you, His strength renew your heart,
And His grace indulge you that you may know your Lord,
And that He may know you, that you will become complete
in Him to the full.
To God be the glory now and forever, in Jesus mighty name!
Amen.
Awaken, Church
The drawings:
I recommend watching all of them, but the 'extra RECOMMENDED' more than the others.
And just to clarify, no I do not do this in the hopes of getting more Star!. Jesus is my reward, period!

(extra RECOMMENDED) "Holy Spirit raining down" truth-lover3712.deviantart.com…

"Eyes of Love" truth-lover3712.deviantart.com…

"Reaching out" truth-lover3712.deviantart.com…

"Spiritual Warfare - Units of Christ" truth-lover3712.deviantart.com…

"When sins are paid for..." truth-lover3712.deviantart.com…

(extra RECOMMENDED) "Trading hearts" truth-lover3712.deviantart.com…

"YOU CAN DECIDE" truth-lover3712.deviantart.com…

(extra RECOMMENDED)"To follow Jesus..." truth-lover3712.deviantart.com…

(extra RECOMMENDED) "Quote for awakening!" truth-lover3712.deviantart.com…

And finally, for those who decide to push further into their relationship with God, a warning!
The Enemy may not care what you do, how many people you care for, or how popular you are at Church. Nor does he care if you call Jesus Lord - so long as you're not actually LIVING FOR JESUS. 
He cares about nothing of you - though he will appear like so - but the last thing he wants is for you to find a complete relationship with God the Father and to thus discover your full potential. 
So be prepared for struggles, but even more so for temptations! The Devil can - and he will - challenge you on God's word and all things He has done, to make you doubt your own allegiance with Him. And this temptation is fairly easily rebuked in easy times, but what about hard times? "If God is really for you, then why are you bankrupt now? Surely He could have prevented that!" 

Well, here's a tip as old as the days of the kingdom of Israel: 
"Worship the Lord your God with everything". And God has blessed me with a bit of poetry which, I believe, will explain it just fine ;)
As always, lots of love, and may God bless you with His Holy Spirit, which discerns truth from lies like nothing else!

Worship our God at ALL times!

 

Worship Jesus our Lord,

In the storms and breezes,

In the heat and in the cold,

On the land and on the sea,

And even in the sky above

 

Worship Jesus our Lord,

When things are depressing,

Also when things are tough;

For worshipping Him in smooth times,

That’s simply not enough!

 

Worship Jesus our Lord,

In hope and despair,

In joy and grieving,

In happiness and sadness,

In good times and bad times!

 

Worship Jesus our Lord,

For it is strength to your bones,

Health to your flesh,

Renewal to your heart,

And peace and joy to your soul!

 

Therefore, if you believe He is Lord,

Lord of all your life,

And not just some bits,

Worship Him at all times;

Worship our God at ALL times!


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Hey folks!
You know there's the 24 hour time and AM and PM, right?
And sometimes people give you something like 12:30pm.
But seriously, 12:30pm is not a thing.
It's either 12:30 or 0:30pm.

Am I right or am I right? :XD:

Just came to think of this after watching something.

Of all things that the Church (in particular the Western one) has neglected, it seems to be prayer.
Sure, we got buildings, laws that kinda protect our 'religious freedom' (BS b.t.w.), and plenty of money to spare compared to our brethren in poorer countries; and we have plenty of knowledge and schools and education, and can debate well about all sorts of things in the Bible.

But our riches should be from the Bible, our knowledge should become Godly wisdom, our debating should become mutual submission to God's authority, and our fear of loosing our religious freedom must turn into boldness to save the Lost!

Would you guys agree with this? :)
Well, I am honestly not too sure how to start off here...so I'll just cut to the case.

I'm convinced I am not the only one who sees what the Bible describes as the Church, and what the "church" shows nowadays.
The Bible shows us that groups prayers, healings, deliverance of demonic oppressions, and entire groups and families being transformed by the Gospel was a daily thing.
Nowadays...well, the term "Christian" hardly lives up to those who lived (and died) in the Early Days as Christians. I'm not saying the Gospel is not effective anymore, nor that God is not working with and on and through the Church anymore. What I am saying is that it seems there are more "Christians" luke-warm than have been ever before. Some are beautifully on fire for the Lord, but it seems (in particular in the Western Church) there are more luke-warm than there are those on fire.
I do not upload this out of a condemning judgmentality, but out of a warning of love.

I cannot exactly explain it, but I will say this. I believe God has blessed me with a spirit of discernment (which is, b.t.w., a work-in-progress xD), which is no less than His Holy Spirit. His Holy Spirit IS our spirit of discernment.
But through that I've begun to see even some Christian people here on Deviant-Art that I wonder about. Again, not in a judgmental way but loving worry way. I am not saying any names.
What I hope to achieve here is to awaken some people by sharing the following (keep reading, please).

As some of my older Watchers probably know, I've uploaded quite some drawings and pictures about Biblical stuff and Christian stuff. Here's about as many as I feel pleased to refer to (See extra information below).

Feel free to read some comments there.
As you will probably notice, about everybody is praising me for the drawings, some intentionally praise God at the same time. And when I reply "To God be all glory", of course everybody says "amen".
But just words are not enough. Everybody can say "Glory to the Lord!" but whom do they mean by 'lord'? And do they actually mean that, or is it just a phrase they have picked up at church and feel like saying it will keep them included in the church?

I could tell you what the Bible says includes you in the Church in God's eyes, and heck I just will here.
--> "Love the Lord your God with everything you have and are" this basically means being submitted to Him in humility, love, and an open mindedness to what He can bring along. Too often have I seen, in my young life, that love is the first to be referred back to - which is the most effective one to attract people, because we all seek love. But again, just referring back to it at church is something all religions can claim to do. It's how people treat each other AND non-believing strangers/newbies that shows the 'love of a church'.

--> "Love Your neighbour as you love yourself, and love your enemies also." Two factors I believe are vital to that are these:
   * Treat them as equals no matter what they look like, and in patience and love,
   * Teach them with a willing heart for long-suffering about the Gospel and Salvation, and the
     life of a Christian (which is not easy!)

--> Pray to God, and praise and worship him DESPITE THE CIRCUMSTANCES. The Circumstances do not define God's plans for you, so why should they define how you praise God?
And also, the Disciples, Apostles, and early Christians prayed so much (and also so effectively) that many today would be ashamed if they could see them. This is my feeling, at the very least.

There could very well be more that I have not mentioned - I suggest you look it up if you have not already.

And thinking of all this today, I looked at myself and wondered
"am I a cold, luke-warm, or on-fire Christian?" and I was getting frightened because it seemed I could not find the answer. So this is what I asked to God:
"Lord, Father, I want to live on-fire for you, but sometimes it feels I don't know if I am! Please help me to discern when I am on-fire, and warn me plentifully when I am turning luke-warm. Warn me when I turn indifferent toward You! If you help me see what living 'on-fire' for You means, I will live like it!"

I encourage you guys to ask God the same, and be open for any answer - NOT the answer you WANT to hear, but the answer you NEED to hear. Because if you're not open to all answers, you are in great danger of missing out God's answer when it's not the one you want to hear. God knows when you want or want not to hear it, and when you don't He won't force Himself on you.

And if an accusing thought comes along, something like this:
   "So many others are luke-warm, you can't blame me for being luke-warm when I have no examples
    to follow"
Tell you what, that's accusing God of being unjust! That's the Devil's work right there, I recommend not cooperating with him. Be humble, and be prepared to admit you're wrong and God's right. And when God shows you to adjust, just obey Him.

I know from my own experiences, recent ones even, that just saying "I believe" is not enough. Just saying "I live for Jesus Christ" is not enough either. True, what is in the heart comes out of the mouth, but the deeds are the fruits by which you are recognized. If you are changing your life more Godly, should not you and others see the fruits of that?
And, this may be a shock, but even saying "Jesus is Lord" is NOT ENOUGH! The Bible states that many will come to Him and call Him "Lord", but He shall say
"Begone you, I never knew you!" They shall reply "But Lord, have we not cast out demons? Have we not preached the Gospel, have we not prayed and prophecied over thousands of peoples?" But Jesus shall say "When I was naked you did not dress me; when I was in prison, you did not visit me; when I was sick, you did not care for me; when I was hungry or thirsty you did not feed me."
And they shall ask, in fear and marvel, "Lord, when have we not done all this for You?" and Jesus shall reply "For any who has done it unto one of these people has done it unto me; and likewise, if anyone has not done this unto one of these people, they have not done it unto me."
And they shall be condemned.

So what is enough then?
"Go, repent, and sin no more."
Accepting Jesus as your Lord is a GREAT first step, yes! But if you do not repent, which is turn away from your sins, you literally disobey your Lord. And what is a Lord you do not obey? Is He still Lord over you then?



Now, dear friends and brethren, I am no less a sinner than any of you! I have committed sins you may not imagine I have done, and if anything I've broken ALL of God's laws. And for many years I kept believing that sinning does not harm you once Jesus has cleansed you of your sins. But I confused it with this; that I could sin now and then, and still Jesus will forgive me. Yet, because of this folly, I was not aware what was happening: I neglected one of Jesus' few and simple but essential commands: "SIN NO MORE".
But is this not impossible for us humans, whose nature IS to sin?!
Yes, but are we not reborn in Christ? This means to hate sin, to not be willing to do it anymore EVER!
However, do not be too frightened; Jesus is righteous but also kind and patient. If you have been living a sinful life even as "Christian", He is still merciful and sure to forgive. As such, I encourage you with love and power to do the following if you have not already:
Repent, and turn away from your sins! If you feel you can't do it, ask God for crying out loud! He has not for nothing given you the Holy Spirit as the Helper!
"We humans are weak and hopeless on our own, but in God we are more than conquerors!" Conquerors of demonic oppression, yes, but also over our own sinful nature. How about you conquer, in God, your own sinful nature FIRST, and then go out into the World to declare the Gospel, eh? ;)


As you humble yourself before God,
Before Jesus the King of kings and Lord of lords,
May His peace overflow you, His strength renew your heart,
And His grace indulge you that you may know your Lord,
And that He may know you, that you will become complete
in Him to the full.
To God be the glory now and forever, in Jesus mighty name!
Amen.

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19 years old

Love drawing, Praise music (like Hill-song United), playing sports, hiking, reading, drawing, playing music (e.g. piano, guitar, drum)...so forth.

G'day, name's Warren.
I've been on DA for some time now, and it has really helped me find my style of art and favorite things.

I'm a Christian, have been since 5 years old, and will always be. I love Jesus!
If you want to know more about Him, I am always open for a chat.
As a matter of fact, I'm nearly always open for a chat ;)

:My Testimony:
Even before I came to school, it was clear to some that I was sensitive. Socially, mentally, and spiritually. I could draw very detailed for my age and such, for example. My parents brought me to several Church gatherings, and I saw them pray and worship and make music and such. But I always thought it too busy. All I wanted was be on my own, explore on my own, do things my own way. And if someone tried to correct me on that, I'd get very angry. Part of it has to do with my autism.
When I was five years old, my parents and I went on a holiday to a place at that time called "De Bron" (Dutch for "The Source"). There was a Christian gathering as well, with a certain guy named Herman Boon (Bean). As usual, I preferred to do things on my own. I was very uncomfortable around strange people.
But one evening/night service of this Christian gathering, Herman Boon - after some talking about God's Holy Spirit - asked people that whomever would want to give their lives to God and receive His Holy Spirit could come forward. In all honesty, I don't remember what brought me forward, but I found myself in the front (all those people, 50 or so, behind me!) along with maybe ten to fifteen others. Then Herman Boon started praying in tongues for every one of them individually, and then I saw them falling backwards! I didn't know it then, but now I know that's when God's Holy Spirit 'hits' them. They were caught by other people and lied down gently though. But I was thinking like
"Okay, what the HECK is THIS?!?" I felt like going away, but something or so kept me where I was. Then Herman Boon came to me, and he prayed for me. But because I did not want to do what the others did, I refused to fall backwards even when I too felt like it. So I went to the back of the room, and sat there silently for one reason: nobody was there.
But then it happened! I felt a hand on the back of my head. So obvious, I could feel the hairs on my head move. And it was so warm, so gentle, and so full of love - in all my life I have never felt anything like that before nor afterwards. But when I looked around, there was nobody near me for at least 10 metres! That's when I realized it was the hand of God. And I felt such a peace, I fell asleep (or something). I thought I woke up 5 minutes later, but that was 2 HOURS! Most people had left the building already, safe for a few.
When I came out of the building, it was almost dark, but I began running and jumping like I-don't-know-what until I couldn't run any longer.
Ever since I have been a Christian.

The first months or so were so great. Peaceful, and fearless. In fact, it was so peaceful it is all I can remember from it xD No worries, so you don't remember much either.
But at school things started to make a change. I had grown so on-fire for Christ and God because of that experience, but I was shocked by seeing how few people believed in Him! So I got angry occasionally for that reason, but also other reasons. So bullies started picking me off, as they like little guys who get angry easily.
From the 3rd year to 7th year I have had an increasing trouble with bullying. Year 5 was bad because that's when I discovered I had autism, and after sharing that news with my class the bullies continued even more. And the teacher misunderstood me. I wanted to sit behind so I could see the class, but she made me sit all the way up front so that everybody could see me but I not them. At that time that was the most scary bit for me, being bullied so much.
Year 6 was hardly any better, but I was allowed to go out of class to do some free-time drawing, as that helped me get some feelings out. But most of my drawings were violence, war, and death. Not exactly Christian-like, you'd think. Well, to be honest, because of all the bullying I went through I began forgetting Jesus and God. But then year 7 was to be my worst school year by far!
The class had increased in number of over 30 students, most of them quickly knowing I was not one to be friends with. I had become so distrusting to the outside world, but I didn't dare beat my bullies, so I beat people who once considered me friends. Needless to say I lost all my friends. I had no friends for 2 years in that period, other than my budgie. But a budgie won't understand you, and other than my dad I saw nobody who could understand me. But even so, after an absolute explosion of noise, bullying and a teacher who snapped, I left the class room in cries and shouts and tears as I smashed the door behind me.
I went to the quietest place I could find. Somewhere in a little corner on the stone floor in a rarely used part of the hallway. There I cried and cried, and I thought of committing suicide. Yes, at the age of 10 I thought of that. That was when I remembered God and Jesus, and I cried to Him.
"Lord, Lord, I can't take this anymore! God, either end my pain or end my life, but I just can't live on like this anymore."
I literally pictured the knife in the kitchen in front of me, and thought of stabbing myself in the heart. But I also felt I couldn't do it myself, so that's why I asked God to kill me. Yes, I was THAT desperate. But that's when it happened.
I closed my eyes in many tears, and suddenly I saw Him! I saw Jesus as I closed my eyes, as a person dressed in pure holiness and light. Brighter than the sun, yet as harmless as a firefly. And in the most calm voice you can imagine, which was also passionate and strong and loving at the same time, He started talking.
"Warren, do you trust Me?"
I answered "Yes, Lord." not knowing where this was going. He said
"Do you believe nothing is impossible for Me?"
I thought of what He has been through (revealing God's power through miracles, being raised from the dead Himself after crucifixion). And I said "Yes, Lord." though I was not too sure. Then He said
"Do you trust Me when I say things will get better?"
You must understand, this is not an easy thing to say to someone who is about to commit suicide. But after some thinking, I replied something like:
"Lord, nothing is impossible for You. If You say one thing, how could I say another?"
Then He said:
"Then trust Me when I say things will get better. I am truly sorry that You have to go through these things, my dear child. But God the Father is putting you through these things now so that in the future you will be able to help others who are going through the same things - and they will be many! I will put many people on your path, and you will be able to listen to them because you have been through the same hardships as they have, and they will notice how well you listen to them and will feel better just by you listening to them. Believe me, Warren my dear son, things will get better. I love you, and I will never leave you nor forsake you! That is a promise!"

I fell silent then, and I found myself alone again in the same place. And although I was still crying, and I remained in that corner until school was over that day, I still felt a renewed hope in me. I kept those words inside my heart and pondered them. I kept thinking of what God the Father has done, how so many people in desperate times have persevered through a renewal in strength through His Holy Spirit...
And it kept me going.
Even afterwards, because things got tough again, I thought four more times about suicide. But every time Jesus reminded me of what He has said, and my own dad has tutored me so well and kept encouraging me too as well as correcting my attitude when it was wrong (which was often xD).
And now, several years later, I have been baptised. And after that, again I felt new hardships coming my way.
But it was as Jesus said it would be nine years ago. I have been able to talk to already tens of people about my own struggles, but even better I have been able to just listen to what they had to say - as more often than not there are people who just want someone to talk to without being interrupted. And not few of these people I have seen being encouraged again! And I believe, and hope, that God will use those seeds of encouragements to bring them closer to salvation in Christ.

So there you have it! I did not become a Christian in any religious way, or because my parents made me to become one. I became a Christian purely because of Jesus, through Whom I have learned so much more about God! I have suffered for it, but I have also experienced amazing moments with God the Father, and I only need to ask Him in a little prayer and I can feel His Holy Spirit abounding in me and around me. The sphere just becomes so peaceful, even in very stressful times (like the time I thought of suicide, and the time when had 9 subjects, two exams for each in two weeks on a hard educational level). Even when I sin, I can still come to Him and He eases my burden and helps me through.
"Even though I stumble, He will lift me up! He shall never leave my side nor forsake me!"


Furthermore
I'm single, but not interested in online dating or whatsoever. Unless you happen to live nearby, it's an automatic nay. Just wanted to clear that out.

Cheers folks and God bless you!

Warren
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Ephaistien Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the +fav
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Truth-lover3712 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah don't mention it! 
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MarineAngel64Ketchup Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Hey, can ya help me with someone?
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Truth-lover3712 Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
G'day!

I'm a little ill atm, but what's up? 
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MarineAngel64Ketchup Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, never mind, I got it all my own.
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Truth-lover3712 Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, sweet as! Y'all good anyway? :)
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Ephaistien Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, darling!Heart
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Truth-lover3712 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome?
For what again? ^^;
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kiniu8102 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for fav ;) Greetings
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SAUMIGUEL Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist

 On this day of Holy Reverence, I wish you and your loved ones a Joyful and Blessed Easter.

May Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord, guide you and lead you on the path of Eternal life.

Have a Blessed day !!!God-bless-you-s God-bless-you-S-2 God-bless-you-s

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