“I believe in Jesus. That means I believe less and less in money, good looks, success, popularity and all the other stuff people say will bring you security and happiness. I believe less and less in my own ability to run my life. The more I believe in Him, the less I need anything else.”—Lee Younger (via unkaglen)
I have… I’ve been so depressed and in a really low place and Satan has been really trying to get to me and I let him, which I am shamed to have done BUT God, you are amazing, you make me feel so happy!! I can not even explain!
Over this past week I picked back up the worst habit I have ever had, but God you have shown me through this pain that I am stronger when I rely on you and that I should never ever EVER listen to what Satan says because he dragged me back to where I was and I don’t want to be there any more.
This next week will be a healing week, I want to receive from you, God and hear from you. Please keep me strong and away from those things that have pulled me back. Keep my focus on you.
A week tomorrow I have my theatre exam and Lord, I pray you make this week count in helping me to prepare and to kick butt next week!
I am ashamed and I am sorry for what I have said and done to myself this week but you love me and have forgiven me, so I thank you with all of my heart!!!!
Come September, I am starting University and I am going through my exams at the moment which I need to get C’s or above in in order to go. So, I’ve felt, ever since I started questioning God about where he wants me to go and what he wants me to do, I’ve felt like he has been illuminating my path towards Coventry Uni and everyday he has made it so much more clear to me. I have met people who go there already as well as people from the church I will be attending and everything just seems so guided and protected by God as he has dealt with prevision for everything so far.
Every day for the past year there have been things around me in this city reminding me and encouraging me to continue my efforts to get there, including everyday it is mentioned on the news for one reason or another, there are adverts in newspapers, on buses on billboards; pretty much everywhere I look!
Last night I had a bit of a panic attack because I was worrying about my ability to pass these exams and get the entrance grades that I need. I panicked so much and I sunk really deep, listening to what the enemy is saying about how I am not good enough, how I won’t get there and how I am not clever or strong enough. But then I remembered. God is totally 100% for me and not against me. This is where I feel he wants me to be, where I need to be. So I will persevere as he is my strength!
Hallelujah! August 16th 2012 is the date I find out if all this hard work and stress is worth it, and I believe it will be.
We have six-thousand manuscripts, or portions of manuscripts, just to the New Testament alone. If we pull in the Old Testament, we’d push over the twenty-thousand mark, but let’s just talk about the New Testament, because that’s what everybody’s attacking.
Six-thousand manuscripts, or portions of manuscripts, of the New Testament alone. Six-thousand. Now, you may not be impressed by that number. But, let me share with you: Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars. We’ve got less than a dozen copies of Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars. How do we know what we know about Julius Caesar? Through Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars. We’ve got less than a dozen copies.
New Testament? Six-thousand. Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars, less than a dozen.
How about Aristotle’s poetics? Aristotle’s poetics; that’s how we know about the writings of Aristotle! We’ve got less than ten copies of Aristotle’s poetics.
New Testament? Six-thousand manuscripts or portions of manuscripts. Aristotle’s poetics, less than ten.
How about the writings of Socrates? How many manuscripts do we have of the writings of Socrates? Answer: Zero. The only thing we know about Socrates is that which was written by Plato. There are no surviving writings of Socrates. None. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
New Testament? Six-thousand manuscripts or portions of manuscripts. The writings of Socrates, none.
‘Yes, but I heard we don’t have any of the originals.’ You’re right, we don’t have any of the originals. You’re right. As a matter of fact, the earliest thing we can put our hands on was written down probably about A.D. 120. Which is around two and a half decades of the writings of the originals.
‘Ha! Gotcha!’ Yeah, you got me.
Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars; earliest thing we can touch: a thousand years after the original.
Aristotle’s poetics; earliest thing we can touch: fourteen hundred years after the originals.
Socrates; got nothing!
Homer’s Iliad; the earliest thing we can put our hands on: two-thousand one hundred years after the original.