Motivation Monday: Jesus is Enough

   I want to expand on my post last week about faith and the church. Obviously, the church is a great way to learn more about Jesus. But there's also something else. You might have heard of it. It's called the Bible. There's also this other thing called praying that might help you out.

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   I know, I'm being a little blunt about this. Let me explain something I strongly believe about faith and Jesus. You don't need the church to go to Heaven. You don't need the church to have faith. The church is supposed to be where you go to celebrate your faith. It's where you're able to go to share your faith and dive deeper into the Bible.

   I've seen so many Christians look at the church as the only way. They focus so much on the church that they're eyes aren't on the Creator of everything. Isn't God supposed to be the point of church?

   In Ephesians 5, the Bible talks about Jesus loving the church as a husband loves a wife. I know, weird reference, but stick with me here.

   The husband is the head of the house. While both husband and wife are equally important, man and woman are not equal. They are unique. The fill different purposes. If Jesus is referred  to as the husband, wouldn't that make him the head? So why do people act as though the church is everything.

   The church is a tool. It is meant to deepen your faith. Too many Christians focus on it as though it is faith itself. They look at the church as though that is their savior.

   I know, I'm getting a bit redundant here, but this has really been on my heart for a long time, even before I started this blog. I finally have a platform to share my feelings. I know y'all might not agree with me and that's okay.

   I'm still standing up for what I believe. You don't need the church to have faith in Jesus. Faith comes by actually believing and focusing on our Creator. The church is simply there to help us deepen our faith

   So, y'all let me know in the comments below what you think. Do you agree? Let's have meaningful and healthy discussion down in the comments section.

   God bless y'all. 😁

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  1. I agree with a lot of the points that you've put out there, Ivie, but I disagree with the overall idea that "you use the church to celebrate your faith" or "you don't need the church to have Faith".

    I agree that the Church is NOT the Savior. It is the road to salvation.

    It stands to reason that if I'm travelling somewhere - towards Heaven in this case - I need a road to guide me. Without the road, goodness knows what direction I would take and I would probably be lost within 30 seconds.

    But on the road, I find Virtue, Saints, Angels, The Blessed Mother. All of which point me towards Our Lord, my end goal.

    We cannot have a Friend without an introduction first. The Church introduces me to Faith, it cannot force me to have Faith.

    That introduction, that road though, is an integral part. a necessary part, to the salvation of our souls.

    Do you notice that when people give a thank-you speech, they almost always thank their mothers? Their mothers had seemingly little to do with their success. But we all know that that sentiment isn't true, Mothers ingrain into their children the skills that they need for success. Without their mothers, they certainly would not have turned out as well.

    What I'm trying to say is, we need the Church to get to Heaven. Because without the Church, we don't know Our Lord. And if we don't know Our Lord, it is very difficult to have Faith in Him.

    Catherine (Farm Lassie)
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  2. While I see what your saying about the church introducing you to faith, we have some differences in how we worship God. Now, I'm going to be completely honest that at the moment, I don't go to church. It doesn't make me any less of a believer. The church I used to go to was too judgmental and they honestly didn't want me there because they felt I didn't belong. My parents have experienced the same things with other churches as well.

    That doesn't mean I won't ever go to church because I do one day want to find a really nice one. This was more of something I personally feel for myself. That's kind of what my blog is about. I put my experience on here in hopes someone will relate to what I have to say.

    So, for you, you feel like the church is a fundamental part of your faith. I wasn't trying to bash anyone who feels that way, so hopefully you didn't think that. I think our system of belief is a little different, but we both look to the same Savior in the end. The end goal for both of us is Jesus.

    Thank you for your comment. I can see your points and hopefully you can see some of mine. God bless you, Catherine.
    <3 <3

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    1. No, I didn't think that you bashed anyone really. You are only stating your beliefs, and I can see your reasoning behind what you are saying.

      When I state my beliefs like that, I only do it, as St. Therese of Lisieux once said, "to inform, not to convince".

      God Bless you as well, Ivie!

      Catherine

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  3. I agree with you Ivie. Nevertheless Church is important...from a personal testimony I used to hate church. I hated the judgement, I hated the fact I was the oldest child there, I hated that the people I saw where not acting as Christians.

    Fast forward a few years later. I still don't like judgment, I still wish their were God loving teens my age, I still wish some people could see that His way is better than theirs. So what has changed? My heart. It's filled with new love. Love is important, not feely love. ACTION love. Showing care, being patient, volunteering your talents. But its starts here *hand over heart* it starts as a little spark. He bore so much pain for us...can't we bear this temporary suffering and live our lives free from negativity? Shining our lights from hilltops not under baskets.

    So yes, I don't agree with a lot that's in my church. But I love the people there no matter how imperfect, sometimes petty, and with their own problems. I try to see them through Jesus' eyes. <3 If my life and testimony can shine one little sunray into one person's life, it will have been worth it.

    So you see? To me church is a fellowship, it's a journey. A hard one, but ultimately...a worthy fight.

    God bless you Ivie and bless you even more if you made it this far XDD Again thanks for the great article and speaking your mind is important <3 I appreciate that in you <3

    Love,

    Anna - www.worldthroughherheart.blogspot.com

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    1. I do believe church can be an important aspect in faith. I'm so glad you were able to find church to be as amazing as you see it and as amazing as it should be. I hope to find that someday soon. I have been to some churches that were kind and I've been to some that aren't.

      I think you're right about it being a journey. Love as an action is so important.

      Thank you for your lovely comment. Your encouragement is always something that puts a smile on my face.

      God bless you, too, Anna.
      <3

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  4. Jesus said: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) ——— It didn't say: "I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes through the father accept through going to Church."—Totally NOT what God says. Our final destination and being paid by the blood or not isn't based on how many times we went to Church or how many good things we do. It's based on our intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus is the ONLY way. Doing good things and going to Church won't make him love you more or make you closer to him. Knowing him is what makes him happy. He already loves us more than we could EVER imagine. Going to a building or giving gifts isn't going to get us there. Now God loves the body of Christ getting together and worshipping him and getting to know him more as a group, and he also loves us loving and giving to others, but that won't earn our way into his heart of to Heaven in the end. The only way to truly know him is to accept him. You throw down your pride, you humble yourself. John 4:10- Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. —God will lift you out of the darkness and hold you in the light.
    So, Church and good deeds are NOT the way. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Follow him and he shall not lead you into darkness, but into the light of life. The only way to live is to die to yourself. God died to give us life. Would you rather live to yourself and have an eternal death, or die to yourself and live eternally? It's your choice. The choice that will effect your soul and your destiny.

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    1. Thanks for the post, Ivie! <3

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    2. I agree almost completely. In James 2:17, it says, "So you see, faith by itself isn't enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless." However, I see exactly what you are saying. (BTW, I did not have that verse memorized. I hang it on a cork board by my desk. I have a lot of verses pinned there.)

      But you understood what I was trying to say. While I believe church is great and it can lead people to Christ, we have to have the faith, the love, and the relationship. Church is merely a place where you go to worship with other people. We're all sinful and we all mess up. There shouldn't be judgement. Now, that being said, there shouldn't be acceptance of sinful lifestyles and behaviors, but you know what I mean.

      Thank you for you lovely comment. God bless you, LHE.
      <3

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    3. Also, not sure if you've heard of Clayton Jennings, but his YouTube is worth looking up. He's very Christian, but he's all about Jesus and not always looking to the church for answers. He talks about looking at scripture, which is what we should ultimately do.
      God bless. <3 <3

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    4. That's what I meant. I think of things to say, but I don't always put it in writing the way I need too. Sorry for the confusion! I meant that just doing good deeds isn't enough. You need to believe and accept his gift first. Cause, doing good deeds isn't going to earn you life. Accepting Christ into your heart gives you life with him, but from that good deeds should produce. Having Jesus isn't just rules that we've got to keep because God knows that we can't keep them all. We sin and that's what separates us from God, but God offers his gift to us to bring us to himself and to give us life when we deserve eternal death. Good deeds don't give life. Jesus does. Sorry about the confusion. I get so scrambled sometimes.
      Yes, you're right. Just because redemption is given, we can't jut go on sinning knowing that we can always repent.
      Thanks, Ivie. God bless you as well! :)
      Clayton Jennings...nope. I should check him out. Thanks, Ivie. I'm sure I'll like it very much. ;)
      I love your posts. Especially Monday posts. <3

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    5. Thank you! And, I figured you meant something like that. I have a post going up tomorrow, too, so keep an eye out.
      God bless you. :)

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    6. Lol, that's good. :)
      I definitely will.
      Thanks, Ivie. God bless you as well. <3

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    7. I meant JAMES 4:10. I accidentally wrote John on accident. Sorry, you guys! I didn't mean to twist things up.

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  5. True. But church is still good to go to because iron sharpens iron.

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    1. That is true. However, if the church members are focused solely on being at church obsessively and the church is the only way in their minds, the iron may not be sharpened. (Terrible way for me to intertwine what you said. I apologize in advance, haha.)

      I was speaking from what I've experienced and things I've seen personally. I know not everyone will agree with me completely on this, but I'm so glad that everyone is able to have reasonable, healthy discussion.

      God bless. :)

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  6. Good post- that's something along the lines of what I've been learning over the years.
    I suppose you could say you don't need the church to have life with Christ, but you need life with Christ to be the Church. Otherwise even the church will be an idol.

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    1. Yes, that was kind of what I was trying to get across. I don't think church is bad, but too many people that I've personally seen look at the church as the only way. They put the church family above real family and have to go to ever single function. They think its the only way to be saved. To me, you put God before family, but God does want you to be with your family if they need you. He created the family unit for a reason.

      I went a little off course. Sorry. Thank you for your comment.
      God bless. :)

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