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Subtle Thought Patterns that are Stumbling Blocks to God being Involved in Your Life

Sometimes in our everyday lives we can get so used to our every day habits, emotions, diets, etc. that we don’t really stop and question why and where they came from. Do our habits and thinking come from our own source of original thought, or are we influenced somehow to beleive “this is the right way to do it”? A common phrase is, “Well, that’s how I’ve always been taught.” Whether it be how we think, how we stay fit, what foods we eat, what emotions or words we express, or our expectations. Most often, though not with every single aspect, there is at least one area of our life that we do based on traditions – whether it be cultural tradition, societal tradition, or family tradition – that influences the way we do certain things. And so, whether we know it or not, sometimes the traditions may be more detrimental than helpful to us. Let’s explore a few common subtle traditions or thought patterns that are stumbling blocks to knowing the truth about God.

Subtle Stumbling Block #1 – Thinking we can save ourselves

Sometimes, especially for a non-believer, one might say – “Well, whenever I decide to, I can just pull myself up by my bootstraps.” in an effort to give oneself the credit of success and the flexibility and freedom to save one’s self. This is an old phrase basically meaning that one can succeed or elevate themselves without any outside help. The problem with that way of thinking is that it is limited. Yes, we may be able to help ourselves become better to a certain extent, but we cannot ultimately save ourselves from ourselves – we need an outside force. The same can be said about the physical realm, from something as simple as observing Newton’s first law of motion. “Newton’s first law states that if a body is at rest or moving at a constant speed in a straight line, it will remain at rest or keep moving in a straight line at constant speed unless it is acted upon by a force. ” So why do we think that the spiritual realm is any different? The spiritual realm has many of the same laws as the physical realm, even if we do not realize it or cannot see it with our own eyes. So let’s stop falling for the cultural lie that we don’t need to be saved or don’t need God’s help because you’ve adopted the common thinking of “well, I’m a good person and that’s all that matters.” That itself is a societal thinking norm that is totally false. Even if you ask people in jail, many of them might even say the same thing. So needless to say, saying “I’m a good person,” is solely based on each person’s own thinking and not based on God’s thinking. For scriptures even say, “My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. ” So let’s make The Word of God and Jesus our point of reference for being saved and for our thoughts, instead of relying on our conscience which is unreliable according to scriptures. Even in the physical realm, ” In Aristotelian mechanics and in ordinary experience, objects that are not being pushed tend to come to rest.” Similarly in the spiritual realm, spirits that are not being pushed (by God) tend to come to rest (die). So let’s not follow the new age religion of self gratification and instead pull ourselves up to rely on Jesus to save us and help us. He is the best counselor for our success and saving.

Stumbling Block #2 – Misunderstanding the goodness of God

Many often question if God is real or if He is a good God because of all the evil things He “allows” to happen. Imagine if someone was watching a baby in a pool drowning and did not use their power to pick them up to save them from drowning. Of course, that is not good. In fact, I’m sure that kind of person would go to jail. Oftentimes, people think of God in a similar way – but it is a misconception. God is not involved in the evil of the world. That is Satan’s work – the prince of the air. So, we know that there is another entity in charge of worldly evil wrong-doing, yet somehow some people still blame God for the evil? The Misconception is that people forget that God is inside of us. He resides within human beings on earth and we must declare his power and presence in order for God to work in that situation. Thus, it is humans that are responsible for any evil that happens or does not happen. We live in a corrupt fallen world that is bound to have evil things happen. Our world is cursed by sin – what does one expect? God resides in heaven, and God also resides within people for helping us on earth. Thus, we cannot blame God for evil. For God is only in the goodness of the earth. He wants goodness, peace, healing and light more than we want it. “Now yes, yes creation sometimes screams a confusing message – fear, pain, grief,. Fire burns, rivers food, winds go hurricane, the earth shudders so hard it levels cities. But you must remember – this was not so in Eden. Mankind fell, surrendering this earth to the evil one. St Paul says that creation groans for the day of its restoration, making it clear that everything is not as it was meant to be. People come to terrible conclusions when they assume that this world is exactly as God intended. (An assumption that has wrought havoc in the sciences.) The earth is broken. Which only makes the beauty that does flow so generously that much more astounding. And reassuring. ”

Do you know any other important or noteworthy stumbling block thought patterns believers should avoid? Let us know in the comments below!

These Breathtakingly Beautiful Nature Photos will Excite your Inner Wanderlust

Sometimes in the midst of our every-day lives we can forget about our vast and beautiful earth we live on and how many stunning and serene places that inhabit our world. The earth is our playground and it is waiting for us to explore it’s terrains. Here are just a few picturesque and gorgeous destinations that will have you wanting to book a ticket to these places as soon as possible.

1. A Serene Sight

Crystal Clear Waters in Lake Tahoe, California – USA is where this picture was taken. This picture makes you want to dip your toes in this beautiful lake and take in all it’s beauty. From the fresh mountain air, to the green forest background and the calming water in the foreground, Lake Tahoe is a sight for sore eyes. This travel destination is wonderful for paddle boarding (just like in the pic), swimming, floating, or simply breathing in the outdoor freshness and relaxing in mother nature’s beautiful waters.

2. A Beautiful Waterfall In the Midst of Dry Land

The waterfall we are referring to is Havasupai Falls, in Supai Arizona – USA. The juxtaposition of hot, humid and dryness mixed with a fresh cold waterfall is what makes this destination so appealing and fascinating. This waterfall is also surrounded with some greenery and unlike other waterfalls, has clear blue water at it’s base. If traveling to Arizona, this destination is great for experiencing and photographing.

3. A Heavenly Getaway

This scenic photo was taken in Honolulu, Hawaii – USA. What is not to say about the amazing island of Honolulu Hawaii. This part of hawaii is home to a plethora of travelers from all over the world. However that does not impact it’s beauty. It remains one of the most beautiful islands of the USA. From it’s breathtaking views from hiking trails (as in the photo), to it’s relaxing beaches and high end resort hotels, you are bound to get lost in a dream at honolulu hawaii.

4. The Calming Waters of Alberta

What is not to love about Canada? This particular photo was taken at Moraine Lake in Alberta, Canada. It’s light blue color and reflection makes you want to stare at it’s beauty all day. Moraine lake is well known to tourists and travelers. It’s vastness and it’s surrounding beauty of tall mountains and healthy forest make for a refreshing and beautiful sight.

5. A Place That Makes You Feel Small

The scenic photo you are looking at is located in Zion National Park in Utah, USA. The vastness and greatness of this destination makes you realize how tiny you and your problems are. It almost makes you feel like you teleported to a new planet. These huge steep red cliffs might make you think you’re on mars. But do not worry, you’re still on earth. Zion National Park is a must-see, especially if you live near the pacific northwest states!

6. Stunning Water-flowing River

If you think this photo is just a non fictional miriad of a painting, you are wrong. This is a very real photo and it is located at Sunwapta Falls, Canada. This beautiful destination shows us the free flowing powerful nature of water surrounded by mountain beauty. From a distance, the waterfall seems small but standing above it, you will realize how great and big it actually is. This waterfall is a must-see, especially if you’re already in Canada!

7. The Glorious Redwoods

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California – USA is where this photo is taken. The redwood forest looks like a destination from a faraway mythical land. It’s tall standing trees make you feel like an ant walking in someone else’s world. This destination will remind you that we live in a big big world and we are so tiny in comparison to all the beautiful places the earth has, waiting for us to explore like little children.

8. An Enchanting Summer Get-Away

It is no wonder this destination is ranked the third happiest country in the world. The place we’re talking about is Switzerland. This magical destination has all you can ask for – Breathtakingly tall mountains with waterfalls, serene lakes, villages with plenty of land surrounded by mountains and nature, and just the most serene atmosphere. Visiting Switzerland will transport you to a different state of mind where you might never want to leave.

Have you been to any of these beautiful destinations? Do you know of other ones that should have been on this list? Let is know in the comments below!

The Best Sunscreens and After-Sun Lotions To Use This Summer

If you’re anything like me, you go out to do an outdoor activity during early summer time and completely forget about the damage the sun can do to your skin. First, the obvious – you burn and it hurts and you cuss yourself out over forgetting to put the magic lotion on and because you did the same exact thing last year and thought you would have remembered. I think we have all been there. Well now that summer is slowly progressing into it’s hottest months of the year, let’s remember to put on that magical sunscreen that can do wonders to protect our skin and prevent unwanted lobster skin. Perhaps you still have last year’s sunscreen laying around or stuffed in the back of your bathroom cabinets, or you have no idea where it is and decide to just get a new one for this year. Or maybe you need the perfect after-sun lotion to combat the burning after yet-again not learning your lesson from last year. Well let us give you a list of some of the best sunscreens and after-sun lotions to choose from this summer.

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Top Ways to Earn Money Online in 2022

Let’s face it, when it comes to money, we can all use some extra cash – whether for extra spending on entertainment, to help pay off bills, or to save up for something important. I want to make clear that these methods of earning money are not dependable for a living wage, but together, they can help significantly if looking for a way to earn an easy side passive income. If you’re looking for ways to earn money online in 2022, look no further than the authentic list I have compiled, researched, and even tried myself.

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