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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!

The Swedish Guy Behind Our Favorite Pop Songs

If you have never heard of Max Martin, you may be surprised as to who he is. In a sense, Max Martin is the powerhouse of pure pop. Wait what? He’s a singer? No, not necessarily. Max Martin is the man behind many of our favorite popular songs. Realizing this the other day made me have that “my whole life is a lie” moment. When listening to popular songs in middle or high school, I was totally thinking that the singer was behind the inspiration and lyrics for the song. Songs like “Shake it off,” and “Teenage Dream” by Taylor Swift, “Roar” by Katy Perry, “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake, and “Since You Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson were all iconic songs many teenage or 20 something females would jam to, including myself. While listening to the song, I felt a relatability to the singer for composing such lyrics that often related to my emotions. I think that is often what makes us fall in love with the singer, right? However, little did I know that someone else, a 46 year old Swedish dude, was behind the inspiration and lyrics of these songs and the singers were simply performing the ideas. Like What?? Realizing this makes us realize that the world is not often what it seems. We often become so infatuated with a certain genre of music or a musician, not knowing that the music is unauthentic and fabricated by someone we don’t relate to at all, and possibly trying to influence a young generation for the benefit of a societal or market demand. In a similar sense, the person behind the franchise lingerie store “Victoria’s Secret,” was created by an old man in Ohio. But that’s a whole other topic for a different day. After knowing that some of our most popular influences are actually not what they seem to be – that is, not transparent or representative of it’s source – we should realize that many other popular influences are also not what they seem. We should proceed with caution and research before so easily conforming to or buying what is “popular.” Ask yourself questions like, Who is behind this product, idea, trend, etc? What are their individual and/or company’s values? Who or what am I supporting when I give in to receiving it or part-taking in the ideologies of the trend? We always always always need to ask ourselves these questions before easily part-taking in trends or hopping on a bandwagon just because it seems cool and everyone else is doing it.

For reference, here are some more popular songs that were actually created/written and produced by Max Martin:

Since You Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
I Don’t Care – Ed Sheeran & Justin Timberlake

The Official Top 40 biggest Max Martin songs

POSTITLEARTISTPEAKYEAR
1CAN’T STOP THE FEELINGJUSTIN TIMBERLAKE22016
2LOVE ME LIKE YOU DOELLIE GOULDING12015
3ROARKATY PERRY12013
4BABY ONE MORE TIMEBRITNEY SPEARS11999
5SHAKE IT OFFTAYLOR SWIFT22014
6CAN’T FEEL MY FACEWEEKND32015
7BANG BANGJESSIE J/GRANDE/MINAJ12014
82002ANNE-MARIE32018
9NO TEARS LEFT TO CRYARIANA GRANDE22018
10I DON’T CAREED SHEERAN & JUSTIN BIEBER12019
11SIDE TO SIDEARIANA GRANDE FT NICKI MINAJ42016
12I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLETAYLOR SWIFT22012
13DYNAMITETAIO CRUZ12010
14INTO YOUARIANA GRANDE142016
15DARK HORSEKATY PERRY FT JUICY J42013
16BLANK SPACETAYLOR SWIFT42014
17DOMINOJESSIE J12011
18CALIFORNIA GURLSKATY PERRY FT SNOOP DOGG12010
19I WANT IT THAT WAYBACKSTREET BOYS11999
20SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER)ADELE52015
21PROBLEMARIANA GRANDE FT IGGY AZALEA12014
22I KISSED A GIRLKATY PERRY12008
23HOT N COLDKATY PERRY42008
24SO WHATPINK12008
25WE ARE NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHERTAYLOR SWIFT42012
26EVERYBODY (BACKSTREET’S BACK)BACKSTREET BOYS31997
27TEENAGE DREAMKATY PERRY22010
28DANGEROUS WOMANARIANA GRANDE172016
29BREAK FREEARIANA GRANDE FT ZEDD162014
30CHAINED TO THE RHYTHMKATY PERRY FT SKIP MARLEY52017
31RAISE YOUR GLASSPINK132010
32SINCE U BEEN GONEKELLY CLARKSON52005
33BEAUTIFUL PEOPLEED SHEERAN FT KHALID12019
34IT’S MY LIFEBON JOVI32000
35OOPS I DID IT AGAINBRITNEY SPEARS12000
36GOD IS A WOMANARIANA GRANDE42018
37ON MY MINDELLIE GOULDING52015
38AS LONG AS YOU LOVE MEBACKSTREET BOYS31997
39ONE MORE NIGHTMAROON 582012
40TAKE ME BACK TO LONDONED SHEERAN FT STORMZY12019
©2019 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

And last, but most definitely not least, here is a stand-up comedy bit about how Max Martin and Cosmo influenced our favourite pop songs. You know, because laughing about a “my whole life is a lie” moment is way better than freaking out about it! 🙂

Talk is Cheap

This Sunday the preacher’s sermon was powerful. I can probably say that about every sermon, but I just loved the simplicity behind the sermon. In my own words, I’d name the topic is “Talk is cheap.” This is a common phrase that is used – in songs, in quotes, a saying in conversations. Although I wonder if we know what it actually means. It seems like this is a universal saying, though not many know there is also a spiritual Interpretation behind this saying when it comes to God’s Kingdom. We can even find it in scripture.

“I will come soon, if the Lord let’s me, and I will find out whether these arrogant people just give pretentious speeches or whether they really have God’s power. For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power”

1 Corinthians 4:18

I mean, Wow. I think that was the first time I’ve really noticed this verse. Some people might see the Bible as a historical book about our ancestors,, but honestly it is far more that that. It indeed contains the blueprint for spiritual living. It’s so amazing how many golden nuggets scriptures contain. Revisiting the previous verse, we can see how irrelevant our talk is if we lack the substance of God in our life- God’s power and God’s love. Having God’s power and using it means we are confident in Him and confident in using Jesus’ name for both big or small problems in our life. These two are far more important than becoming a scholar in Theology and being able to refute points in a speech or argue. Knowledge can puff us up, but God’s love will edify and soften us. Sometimes we can get so caught up in the semantics of theology, that we need to go back to the basics and simplicity of God and the calling of God’s children: To love others, live by God’s power, and share it by being a living example of that.

God is Within Us, Literally in our DNA

The other day the preacher said that sometimes people nowadays think that people “need to be freed from the bondage of God/religion” its funny because usually those same people are in bondage to a certain sin or misunderstood God with all the religious fog. Having a relationship with God is not a binding obligation, but rather a liberating relationship that gives us True freedom from the enemy’s deceptive lies.

Whatever God really is, we may never know. But we can know for a fact that that perfect high power does exist. 🙌🏼  He’s behind every good thing inside of us, outside of us, and even in the details of our every day lives- from the beautiful sunrises and sunsets, the scenery at the top of a hike, the science behind the soothing lotion we put on, the chapstick that helps releive a coldsore, the advanced technology of our computers and cars, the way a crisp cake is baked, the cinematic effects of a movie, etc, etc. God is the superbrain of knowledge & Truth, without God we wouldn’t have all these modern technological advances, we wouldn’t have music, we wouldn’t have the people we love, we wouldn’t have anything. So before secular people assume God is just an unreachable celestial grandpma just watching us in the heavens, know first that God is far from that and cannot be put in a box.

God is literally in the DNA of the people he uses for worldly design AND heavenly kingdom (and alot of those people are probably unbeleivers, which are used for worldly design/civilization but not heavenly kingdom if they don’t choose God). There’s a theory that those that have God’s DNA are a purebred and those that don’t are hybrid human (the false image of God, or Satan’s genetics and DNA, have infiltrated them and will predictably be mostly involved with secular endeavors) and the purebred know deep down that God is within them (literally, in their DNA, 🧬 and they will be mostly involved in The Kingdom of God realm whilst living on earth in the true Image of God).

” Satan’s goal is to alter the DNA of mankind so that a false government leader plus a false religious leader can be produced to join Satan as an unholy trinity. “

If you haven’t cultivated a relationship with Jesus yet/been saved, anytime is a great time but now especially is the best time. 💫💜The enemy is quite literally right in front of us! The DNA of satan, or “the false image of God”, has totally infiltrated humankind, the exact reason why God sent the great flood to wipe out humanity and its wicked ways because satan interfered and ruined the real image of God. This is the prime time to be the salt of the earth and help save people from the enemy’s lies.🌏💫✨🧂