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Offline mikeforjesus

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Is it wise for a christian to pursue dreams ? Should we just seek to be able to pay the bills or work hard in a clean business if you want to watch movies without pirating it ? What if I told myself many others have achieved success for the LORD to allow them a platform to reach people and I should do the same ?
Isn't it I can't be a monk until I achieve success but maybe achieving success in a business rather than a career is accepted. I don't know why that is a requirement because one might think you can be lost in the world if you are not satisfied with enough to sustain you.
The bible says in all labor there is profit but idle chatter leads to poverty
The bible says we should aspire to live a quiet life and to work with our hands
having a work goal helps you not be distracted to post on Facebook religious things that are not helpful and shameful if you are not also working
The world needs professionals and the whole world should be christian so does there need to be christians with professions ?
I know God accepts me to be an engineer but did He have another plan for me ? Did He want really only the talented people to be engineers who could do all the work on their own ? But is there anyone who can fulfull that criteria ? And is there not a shortage of engineers and so it is desirable that more graduate
I feel being among people helps them to accept Christ if they see we are not too seperated from the world that we lack salt not saying monasticism has no salt but I feel people need to feel Christ can be found in the world. I mean if you are not a monk you would lack salt if you separate yourself from the world if you are double minded and judgemental
But I feel I persuade people to focus on their careers like I do without having time to hear and heed Gods words. I make it as though they can be excused from knowing and serving God if their career has priority
That wouldnt be true if people saw I was convicted about hell to the point that I know there is no scriptural proof for universal salvation one may only hope and out of love they could see that I love them and pray for them but as I can not do so is pursuing dreams not for me as it won't glorify God and lead people to know God. Is glorifying God making people know Him? I used to think making people envy my success and make them christian without them knowing God. And I may not be only after God's glory but mostly after mine
Could the world function if all decided not to seek any career but to be priests or monks?
I'm not saying to be Sunday school servants but trying to obey God is what I mean
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Re: How to discern if my ambitions are deceptions from the enemy?
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2015, 09:30:55 AM »

The world needs professionals and the whole world should be christian so does there need to be christians with professions ?
I know God accepts me to be an engineer but did He have another plan for me ? Did He want really only the talented people to be engineers who could do all the work on their own ? But is there anyone who can fulfull that criteria ? And is there not a shortage of engineers and so it is desirable that more graduate
Engineering is a great career - take it from someone who has been in it for over 20 years. Which branch of engineering are you studying? I did a general engineering degree, and then specialised in structural engineering.

There is no conflict between having a career and being a Christian. Of course there may be temptations, during the course of the career, to compromise (e.g. occasionally I've come across individuals who will lie when money is involved, and would want me to do the same) but temptation will follow Christians whatever we do. If God has given you the gifts and opportunity to pursue a career in engineering, accept these gifts with gratitude and use them as He intended. And if at some point in the future God wants you to take a different path, you can trust that He will make that clear to you at the time. Don't try to think too far ahead.

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Re: How to discern if my ambitions are deceptions from the enemy?
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2015, 02:12:56 PM »

The world needs professionals and the whole world should be christian so does there need to be christians with professions ?
I know God accepts me to be an engineer but did He have another plan for me ? Did He want really only the talented people to be engineers who could do all the work on their own ? But is there anyone who can fulfull that criteria ? And is there not a shortage of engineers and so it is desirable that more graduate
Engineering is a great career - take it from someone who has been in it for over 20 years. Which branch of engineering are you studying? I did a general engineering degree, and then specialised in structural engineering.

There is no conflict between having a career and being a Christian. Of course there may be temptations, during the course of the career, to compromise (e.g. occasionally I've come across individuals who will lie when money is involved, and would want me to do the same) but temptation will follow Christians whatever we do. If God has given you the gifts and opportunity to pursue a career in engineering, accept these gifts with gratitude and use them as He intended. And if at some point in the future God wants you to take a different path, you can trust that He will make that clear to you at the time. Don't try to think too far ahead.

Thanks eddybear