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My Brother's Keeper
Welcome back my friend!
I trust you're choosing to take only one step a day, which shows your heartfelt desire to be successful in your program.
I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in His Word do I hope.
Everyone who has friends, has experienced peer pressure. It's when a
friend or friends, pressure you to do or believe something that they
do or believe you need to know how to avoid peer pressure and if not
then how to deal with peer pressure. Most of the time, people want to
please their friends so badly, that they give in to the pressure, no
matter what their own choice would have been without their friends'
influence or opinion.
When we hear the words 'peer pressure,' people usually think of the
usual things that people try and coax their friends into, like
relationships, smoking, drinking, lying, drugs, gangs, theft ...
these kinds of things, which I don't have to tell you aren't on the
Recently ... Even more dangers have been added to the list of things
that people pressure their friends into doing. Cutting, tattooing (to
become part of gangs or other clubs and groups) holding your breath
until you lose consciousness, unsafe sex, and even murder. You must
choose to learn how to avoid with peer pressure and if not learn how
to deal with peer pressure.
Most of these things are obvious as to why you shouldn't do
them, because they are harmful to you and others, and I
believe as one called to represent that you're aware of the
dangers of them, so we won't be discussing them in detail, but I'd
like to talk with you about a couple of these because they may seem
harmless at first, but they deserve more careful thought from you.
The two that you may think are different than the others because they
seem 'safe' are tattooing (as to become part of a group, gang or to
represent something) and relationships.
As most have heard ... God said:
Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead,
nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.
That's pretty clear. This would obviously include piercing too, but
it says cuttings of the flesh 'for the dead,' so that is a matter
open to interpretation.
Remember the reason God did not want these body markings and cuts of
the flesh is because these marks represented something just as
tattoos do when one joins a gang or what have you.
So it is what the marking represents ...
Look, before you go off worrying ... If you didn't know these rules,
and have already gotten tattoos representing a gang or something you
no longer believe in or some type of piercing don't be upset with
yourself, or feel yourself unworthy, because the Bible says:
Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it
That means, if you didn't know it was a sin, then you weren't
sinning. Also, never ever ever forget that God sacrificed His son
Jesus because we are sinners and when we are sincerely sorry for
something we have done, He forgives us.
Something else to consider is that all rules do not apply to all
situations. Jesus said something that we all need to hear and
All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.
In other words ... All Laws do not apply to all people, under all
circumstances. The law is not, was not and can not ever be ... "One
size fits all," unless it can adapt and conform to a variety of
situations. Just a few possible examples concerning tattoos and
piercings would be:
- What about our parents and grandparents that got a tattoo when in the military?
- What about all of the women in the world who wear earrings?
Are they all sentenced to the lake of fire despite their belief in
and love for Jesus?
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God's Grace reveals that if you truly believe in Jesus and the
Truth that He was willing to die for you, and did, that you would
know that He loves you so much that you will want to do what He wants
you to do because you would know that He is looking out for your best
interests. You will try hard not to do things that would make Him
ashamed or disappointed in you. You may fall, but always remember
that only a worm is free from the worry of stumble and the real test
is to see if you will get up, dust yourself off, carry on and never
Saints ... Are Just the Sinners That Fall Down and Get Up !!!
As time passes, you will find that you begin to make the right
choices, out of love ... Not fear of punishment.
Now, lets talk about the relationships issue. Most young people think
it's necessary to have a boyfriend or a girlfriend. A lot of times
it's not even because a friend pressured them into feeling this way,
but the world has made young people believe that if they don't,
there's something wrong with them, or they're missing out on
something. Some people think it makes them popular too.
But is that Truth?
Did you know that whether you are a young woman or a young man, you
are engaged to become the bride of Jesus Christ? I'd like to show you
something that you'll find very interesting.
7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for
the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in
fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness
9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are
called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me,
These are the true sayings of God.
The Saints are the believers who represented Jesus. They are the ones
who have made themselves ready. Blessed are they!
Let me explain further, that this doesn't mean that people should
never get married. God intended for most people to get married and
have families to fill the earth. But there is one person who is your
soul mate on this earth, and to risk your honor and your purity in
other relationships until you're united with them because of
loneliness, peer pressure, weakness, impatience, or any other reason
is wrong no matter how many others are doing it.
You know the old saying ... If you saw everyone jumping off a cliff,
would you? I have a better question for you ... Do your friends that
follow worldly trends constantly have problems because of their choice
to join the crowd? Do they get hurt in these relationships? Do they
get used and abused? Do they cry when this happens? Are they really
What is a soul mate?
Most of us have heard the theory that each of us has a Soul Mate
out there somewhere. The theory suggests that one soul was
divided and the two souls from this division were placed on earth as
to see if the two souls could become one again, by overcoming the
world with true love. It is obvious that overcoming the world is the
hard part. Kind of like when the moon asked the sun "Why is it that I
oft times sit in darkness" ... The sun responded, "It is because you
let the world come between us" ... But, finding our Soul Mate in this
world filled with deception, is like looking for a needle in a
How will you know who your soul mate is? Only one way my friend.
Trust in God ... He will bring them to you at just the perfect time.
Be patient. God will let you know who your soul mate is. Do not trust
Man's world trends as a way to find love. What they are doing is not
love, it is being used. Most jump into that scene because they are
"bored" or lonely. There are plenty of things to do in the meantime
... Like representing Jesus and glorifying Him!
If you choose to serve God and represent Him ... He will give you
your hearts desire if and when He knows it is right. He is looking
out for your best interest.
Oooookay ... Now that we've talked about the obvious and a couple of
the not so obvious things that people pressure their 'friends' about,
let's talk about an extremely important thing that people will
disagree with you about, and try and pressure you into changing your
That is ... Your faith.
Sooner or later, every Christian will find themselves in a situation
where they have to defend their faith. Friends, family, co-workers
and even strangers may attack the beliefs that make up who and what
you are ... Christian. This isn't a new trick of the devil's. He's
been using this one since the beginning of man. But, we have a hero,
named Jesus Christ, and a manual called the Holy Bible, that can
guide us in Truth, whenever our beliefs are questioned by other
The tests and troubles that we face in our Christian walk of faith
are all tests of the devotion we have to our Savior. It's our faith
that gets us through, and dedication to our faith is what guarantees
us the eternal life we hope for.
The most important thing to remember is that there's only One that
you have to answer to, and that is God! That's the bottom line.
I will tell you this Truth ... People may end their friendship with
you because of your faith. You'll find however, that the deeper your
commitment is to Jesus Christ, the more peace of mind you'll have
with the outcome of the conflicts you'll have with those people who
disagree with you.
Stand by your beliefs. I mean ... Think about it. What are the
alternatives? Follow the world? The problem with that is the world
doesn't have a very good track record. (The news proves that every
day.) The world is being slowly-poisoned, by evil and wickedness. You
don't have to believe in what everyone else does. That's why Jesus is
calling you. Keep your feet firmly planted in faith and remember the
Truth that you learned, (James 4:4)
that a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Here's another
great scripture that proves this:
1 John 2:15
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any
man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
The things in the world are temporal. They only seem exciting
for a short time and they don't last. You come into the world with
nothing and you leave with nothing. All the things that people try
and talk you into, which in your heart you know aren't right, are
temporal. The Christian walk is eternal.
Again, this doesn't mean to hate the world that God created, and to
have hatred in your heart for everything and everyone. God doesn't
want that at all. God Loves the world.
16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but
have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the
world; but that the world through Him might be saved.
It's the way of the world that God wants you to hate. Love
all, and Love the life that God gave you, but beware of
the evil and hate the evil. Stay as far away from it as you can,
because you become as what you surround yourself with, so surround
yourself with things that remind you of God and your walk with Him.
Your eyes are the portal to the soul, so wouldn't it be a good idea
to influence your soul with holy things? We are greatly influenced by
what our eyes are exposed to. How true and Biblically sound is this?
Jacob influenced his father-in-law Laban's flocks to bear striped,
speckled, and spotted offspring by facing the animals toward tree
branches that he peeled in striped, speckled and spotted patterns
30:37-39). If you want to be conformed to the image of God,
surround yourself with Godly things.
Know in your heart that following Christ is the right way to go. I
know it's a tough thing when your own friends or family don't
understand your faith, because hey, they're your Loved ones
and you have that natural emotional connection to them called
Love, and most people don't want to endanger the Love of
their friends and family for anything.
So, how do you deal with this? Ask yourself what the Truth is. What's
most important to you? Your friends and the world, or your Faith in
Christ? That doesn't mean you have to disown your friends, but you do
have to change your attitude. In (Matthew
5:43-46), Jesus said to pray for those who are against you,
because if you only bless those who Love you, wow, big deal.
But to pray for people who disagree with you and oppose you ...
Well now that is an accomplishment.
Every Christian faces this problem, whether it be with their family
or friends. You have God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and all your
Christian brothers and sisters who support you in choosing Christ.
Instead of feeling like you have to end your relationship with your
loved ones, perhaps one day, maybe one, some, or all of them may
follow you! You must stand firm, and whenever they oppose your
Christian beliefs, take that as an opportunity to enlighten them.
Defend the faith! And don't forget how the Apostles rejoiced because
they were beaten and suffered shame in the name of Jesus!
40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the
Apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak
in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
41 And they departed from the presence of the council,
rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.
42 And daily in the Temple, and in every house, they
ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
Now, speaking of this new attitude in defending your faith, it won't
be easy at first, but as Christians, we've all gotten a taste of how
unkind people can be in trying to embarrass us about our faith, or
prove it wrong. Most people think that Christians are too "extreme."
Tell me, if you were in love with someone would you want them to say,
'You love me too much,' or vice versa?
There is no such thing as being too devoted to God. Not only can you
adopt a new attitude of representing, but you can enhance your faith
in a number of ways. As your faith grows, defending it becomes
easier. A person can read the Bible word for word from cover to
cover, and not understand most of it. If you don't understand what
you're defending, it will be more difficult. There are some things
that you can do that will help.
There's a term that people use when they feel like people don't
understand their Christian beliefs ... They call it the lonely road
of faith. Friends, you don't have time to feel alone, or lonely,
because this website alone, has thousands of pages about
Christianity. If you're unimpressed by man's world now, wait until
you learn more about God's world and see just how ugly the world's
ways really are!
The more you learn, the easier it will become for you to walk the
walk of faith and fight the good fight, and your feeling of being
alone on your journey will be replaced with eagerness to do God's
will in whatever way He has planned for you to glorify Him through
the gifts that He has given you.
What about Christian friends? You can always go to the Oasis chat
room here and share your thoughts with others who are going through
the same things that you are. It's always comforting to know you're
not the only one who has ever gone through this.
Don't be fooled by people who want you to prove things about your
faith to them. Faith is belief in something that is unseen! If
something can be proven, it takes no faith to believe in it. But I
tell you a Truth ... People believe in the unseen every day. From the
invisible waves that come from some radio station tower and puts
music on your radio to the invisible diseases that go from one person
to another to Love itself which is invisible but if you ever catch it
you will know it is real.
What about Love? Most people believe in Love ... Don't they know that
God is Love?
1 John 4:8
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is Love.
Can you expect everything to go perfectly as you begin to represent?
Heaven's no. Nothing's perfect, except Jesus. You will fall.
Everybody does. The difference is whether you choose to wallow in
pools of self pity when you fall, or whether you get back up on your
feet and keep going! Pick up where you left off. Make a mental note
of what caused your stumbling as to avoid allowing it to happen again
and try, try again.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you and strengthen you. If you're a
Christian soldier, He supplies your ammunition and your armor. He is
your offense and your defense. Trust in Him. He will provide you with
Truth. Jesus said:
19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or
what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what
ye shall speak.
20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your
Father which speaketh in you.
That means, don't worry about what to say when people disagree with
you about your faith, just pray and in that same hour, the Holy
Spirit will tell you what to say.
That means, don't worry about what to say when people disagree with
you about your faith, just pray and in that same hour, the Holy
Spirit will tell you what to say. The emotions you're feeling if and
when someone disagrees with your beliefs are very common. They're
also a part of the trials and tribulations that you read about in the
those emotions with Truth, like the scriptures that you've been
reading in this program. If you ever find yourself skating through
your life as a Christian and things are going just perfectly in every
way, that's when you should be alarmed.
Satan doesn't just give up on Christians who pass certain
requirements. No, the closer they get to God, the more the enemy
turns up the heat (through temptations and trials). That's why you
hear those "crazy" Christians in the Bible (the Apostles) talk about
rejoicing in tribulation.
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he
shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them
that love Him.
27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel
of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may
hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind
striving together for the Faith of the Gospel;
28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is
to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and
that of God.
Each time that you resist the pressure that your peers put on you,
you're planting seeds of Truth in them. People admire others who do
things that are challenging, and little do they know that anyone can
live the way the world lives ... But it takes a person of real
conviction and passion and substance to stand up and represent Jesus.
You don't need to do anything but continue to stand up for your faith
... Now that's cool.
God Bless, and may you find the strength of Jesus in your heart to
remain true to our Savior and glorify Him in all you do.
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