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Jan 12

Living In Tension, Pt. 2

Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

Each week at TreeHouse we remind the teens about three needs which are common among people:
– We all need to be reminded that we’re lovable, capable & worthwhile.
– We need to know that we’re loved unconditionally — “without strings.”
– We need to know that we’re not alone.

Far too often we feel alone; alone in our struggles, alone in our pain, alone with our sorrow, alone without hope.

We Do Not Have To Feel Alone

See if these words sound like your life:
I know that nothing good lives in me.
I want to do what is right, but I can’t.
I want to do what is good, but I don’t.
I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway
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Can you relate to those thoughts?

How about these:

There is another power within me that is at war with my mind.
This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.
Oh, what a miserable person I am!
Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?

Can you relate to those struggles?

If you knew who wrote that you might be surprised.
If you knew when he wrote it you might be surprised too.
They are in the Bible.

The writer was a guy named Paul who lived in the Middle East. Paul of Tarsus, the biblical writer wrote those words while God inspired him to write the Bible.

Paul wrote about his pain, his disappointment, his struggles.

While there are a lot of hypocritical & judgmental Christians; the Bible was written by real people like you and me. The writers were pain-filled, disappointed, struggling people like us.

The Bible was inspired by a real God who knows we struggle and God doesn’t want us to settle for just being who we’ve been.

Be honest: If you struggle, struggle; but if when you struggle, don’t settle.

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