The Bible is filled with examples of people, who when called by God, answered with hesitation. Moses, Esther, Jonah – all called, all unsure. In the case of Gideon, he too had reservations when he was called to save the Israelites. Although the Lord recognized Gideon’s spirit of strength and courage – as he secretly threshed wheat to feed his family – Gideon could not see that for himself.
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Cultivating Personal Growth
Experiencing the power of God does not make us immune to doubt. For the challenges that we have yet to overcome and the promises that we are waiting to see bloom, patience and faith can start to grow weary with time. For matters furthest from the heart, having faith can seem so simple – almost to the point of making us believe we are impenetrable.
It’s the question that’s losing interest and a promise that has seemed to fall a bit short. Is Jesus coming back? Is this it? Are we approaching the end? Do we even believe there really is an end? And for those of us yelling from the rooftops that we indeed believe Jesus is coming back, we have to be honest and ask ourselves if our actions reflect that ideology.
Finding Comfort & Peace
Have you ever pulled apart your home in search of the simplest item? I have- because when I have set my mind on needing to find something, I’m committed to finding it at all costs. Once I do, I usually look around at pillows strewn about, drawers left open, and papers scattered. I’ve asked myself – was it worth it? The answer is always the same – yes, yes it was.
The “but if nots” are difficult words to say because they indicate that even when God’s will does not align with our own, we still follow. Fear won’t win.
If you have ever asked yourself – where is God – you are not alone. Placing trust in what we cannot see is not easy when God’s silence feels like abandonment and our situations remain stagnant. So how do we trust Him when we feel like we can’t? We first start by finding reasons to be thankful. When we focus on our blessings that exist in the present, we begin to understand that we are still in God’s presence.
Learning through Friendships
Discrimination continues to be a topic heavily discussed in the media. Between Flint, the Oscars, and police brutality, the breeding ground for social debate continues to grow at an exponential rate.
James 3:1 carries an interesting warning… “Let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgement.” God takes providing instruction to others seriously. He still, however, holds us responsible for our choices, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things
When Jesus taught his disciples how to pray (Matthew 6:5-13), He also gave us insight as to what is important for our communion with God. He made it clear that we should acknowledge God with our honor and respect as we submit to His will.
When we’re inspired to hate or fear a group of people, we dehumanize them to the point of complete indifference. Their lives matter less and less, while the importance of keep our lives as is, matters more and more. When asked to fight for justice and to make the tough choices, often we won’t – the price of disruption is too high.
Eve gave up the perfect life God intended for her when she ate of the forbidden fruit. It wasn’t love that drove Eve to take a bite. It was envy mixed with fear…the fear of missing out. The irony is that we never miss out on what isn’t intended for us. It’s only in our
I think it’s time we say goodbye. It’s okay that I want more; it’s okay that you want less. And with that equation, it’s okay that we part ways. Our goodbye will always carry more weight than our hello, because goodbye indicates there was more than just a beginning. There was a middle…and it in,
Seeking Spiritual Insight
Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. Hebrews 12:12-13
Everyone believes in something – even if that something is nothing. And there are a lot of people, with a lot of opinions, who put a concerted amount of effort into swaying ours. The election process is a great example of this concept. We all have beliefs, and politicians target those beliefs. They either want
Have you ever wondered if God values your happiness? If so, look no further than the last of the Ten Commandments.