Christian Basics – Keeping a Personal, Christian Journal 1


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Good evening and I hope you are well.  Just a short message tonight.

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I’m not really one for looking back and dwelling on the past, in fact in the book of Philippians, Paul actually discourages it saying; “…forgetting those things which are before and reach forward to the things which are ahead….” (sounds good to me!).  However all of the major writers of the New Testament remarked many times of the things that God had done in their lives and it was obviously fond memories for them.

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I know for some of you men out there it might sound a bit corny but I’ve kept a journal over the past ten years of the words, visions, dreams and experiences God has given me over the years as an account of my walk with God.  There’s a couple of reasons why I have, one major reason was that when I came back to God after backsliding my life was just a complete and total mess.  God took my life in hand and began to repair all of the broken circumstance I had and spoke to me on a very deep level.  Our Pastor at the time encouraged me to keep a journal of the events and he said to me that when I read this in a year’s time, it would show me just how far I’d come.

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I’m so glad that he did, many times I felt I was loosing perspective and referring back to the things God had laid on my heart gave me so much hope and set my feet back upon a rock.  He spoke to me so many times during those first few months and gave me scriptures and words of wisdom.  When I look back, it’s so encouraging to see just how much God cared and how much work he was putting in to get me sorted out.

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The second major reason I keep a journal is to document the impressions, words, dreams and visions I’ve had over the years.  When I came back to God I began to very rapidly receive visions and tremendous dreams, they were so vivid that I just had to write them down and make sure I recorded every detail.  Again I’m so glad I did, the amount of times I’ve picked up my journal and flicked back through some of the encounters I had with him, it was amazing to see just how much of the things he said had been fulfilled.  There are still some visions and dreams in there which are eight years old which are now just beginning to make sense in the light of today.

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I’m sure you can see quite clearly what I’m driving at.  There can be quite dark times in our Christian lives, the enemy can beat us into a corner and circumstances can just keep piling on.  Even some of the most battle-hardened Christians can loose perspective and feel like God has deserted them, this is when a journal detailing the events in our Christian lives can serve as a powerful weapon, you never know, one of those events you wrote down years ago might just be the answer you’re looking for!

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I’m so glad I’ve detailed these events, from the start of my journal detailing when I almost lost Sharon, my house and my job, to now where I have a loving wife, wonderful kids, a good job and a great hope for my future with God.  Looking at my journal, it was a long time coming but every time I pick it up I can see so clearly how good God has been to me and my family.

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So, I encourage you, even you Christian men, think about starting your own journal, it’s never too late.

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God bless

Steven

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About Pastor Steven

Steven Birnie is a former local Church Minister and the author of Christian publications which include non-fiction, fictional and teaching eBooks with audio sermons. From the north-east coast of Scotland, Pastor Steven is married to Sharon and together, they have two young children called Emily and David. After seven years of training, three years of overseeing youth and young adults and, three years of being the Assistant Pastor in his local Church, Pastor Steven moved on to focus on writing Christian Publications. In the future, he hopes to open a Christian Children’s Home in his home town and write The Tribulation Soldier, his newest Series of Fictional, Military EBooks on the End Times, the Rapture and the Tribulation Period, as a 2.5 Million Word Series. But despite continuing pastoral work and writing, Steven remains devoted to his children, enjoying his family life with caravan holidays in the Highlands, fishing, canoeing and his favourite pastime, riding his motorbike through the Scottish countryside.


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