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2015 July

Archives for July 2015

Humble Enough For Heaven?

  Do we even know what being humble means now-a-days? When you hear the word "humility" what do you think of? Perhaps your first mental picture is of someone being a door-mat, allowing anyone to walk all over them- never standing up for themselves- all in all, a wimp. Or maybe you see someone who is always rejecting compliments and who believes they're not worth anything- so no one should really even pay them much attention. (Could you possibly resemble one of these descriptions yourself)? True humility is neither of those things, even though that is what I think a lot of us are conditioned to believe. As a matter of fact, I see Biblical humility as a two-fold state of being. It is: 1.¬†Realizing that you are NOTHING¬†without the pure grace of God and salvation of Christ 2.¬†Knowing that you are WORTH EVERYTHING¬†because of that grace and salvation. What do these things mean- practically speaking? Without going into a full-blown Bible study, let's look at it just a bit. First of all, Jesus said in John 15:5 that apart from Him, we can do nothing! That means that no matter what good people actually¬†can¬†do in this world: charitable acts, educating people, serving … [Read more...]

Avoiding Pain

Have you ever thought about how much time we waste trying to avoid pain? I mean, there is a measure of common sense that must be utilized in avoiding danger and sickness... but I'm referring to the flat-out fear of physical or emotional distress. Think about all the things that you may try to avoid because it would cause discomfort: -exercise -ending a harmful relationship -having difficult conversations -admitting your own sins or shortcomings -watching a charity commercial on T.V -watching the news -saying "no" to your children (my children get it all the time so no biggie there on my end). -reading sad stories -watching chick-flicks (that's a personal one for me- tons of women love them! I will occasionally watch a "girlie" movie but most of the time I'd prefer not to get sad and weepy when I'm supposed to be entertained. I'll gladly cry for spiritual reasons but I HATE crying for anything else. I know- I'm weird) Anyway, the "uncomfortable" list goes on and on. I've discovered something recently though (at least about myself)... in completely avoiding pain I lessen the effect of joy.¬†Let me say that again: BY COMPLETELY AVOIDING PAIN YOU LESSEN THE EFFECT OF … [Read more...]

When Faith Says “Give Up”

To say someone has faith implies that they believe in someone or something. Regardless of circumstances or feelings, faith says "I will keep going and stand firm simply because I believe". ¬†So, when would faith ever tell you to just give up? Well, it does a lot actually, we just rarely listen. There are so many things in this world and in our Christian walk that requires us to work and serve, to break and grow, to weep and pray. Yet I would say that there are also an equal amount of things that we should just step back and let go of. Our society today (particularly women) believe that it is our responsibility to fix things and make sure everyone around us is happy. Although this has its place, there are many times when we have our hands in the pot but there's already a cook in the kitchen! (You know the old saying; "Too many hands in the pot spoil the sauce".) God is at work in everyone and everything around us. There will be times when He calls and uses us to do His will, but there are tons of times when He tells us to get the heck out of the way and let Him work! Good examples of these times may be: - A loved one's spiritual or personal growth (or lack thereof) - … [Read more...]

The Lord is My Shepherd

Trust in the Lord, He is Faithful   (I wanted to revive this and our trust in Him) Psalm 23:1-6 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me besides the still waters He restores my soul; He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name‚Äôs sake Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me;¬† Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever. This psalmist knew that God was faithful.¬† He saw God as a daily provider that would always take care of Him. My question to you today is how do you see God? Do you trust Him? Do you trust His word?   The Lord is my shepherd‚Ķ (you may listen to the audio as this is taught on In His Name Ministries Prayer and Intercession, prayer line.) Psalm 78:52, 53 But He made His own people go forth like sheep, And guided them in the wilderness like a flock; And He led them on safely, so that they did not … [Read more...]

His Unfailing Love

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Is Our Faith Valid

Have you ever thought about the validity of your faith? What about the law and our faith? It is mentioned in: Romans 3:27 Romans 2:17, 23 1 Corinthians 1:29 Ephesians 2:9 After reading scripture, I can see all God has done for me has been done in a strategic way. Allow me to explain... I am ¬†"saved by grace through faith and not of myself. ¬†It is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." Ephesians 2:8,9 I knew that I was saved by grace, but I have never taken the time to think about what this scripture really says. Take a moment and look into this with me... My works nor my deeds saved me. ¬†My salvation is a gift of God and the word says that it is through faith that I am saved. Is it through my faith in God that I am saved? Yes, but by His grace. ¬†It is through my faith in what He has done. ¬†There is nothing alone that I can do apart from God. ¬†I cannot even save myself. For if I had faith, that would be great, but it is not until the grace of God has entered in to the equation that I am saved. So, what then is the grace of God? I believe it is the power to be saved. ¬†It is, as one commentry puts it, "the source of … [Read more...]

Christians Who Eat Crow

How many times in your life have you eaten crow? If you've never heard this expression before- don't worry and don't call PETA. "Eating crow is an American colloquial idiom, meaning humiliation by admitting wrongness or having been proven wrong after taking a strong position."¬†(wiki) In other words, it's having to admit you were wrong when it's OH SO HARD to do. It seems to me that, as believers, we sometimes have an incredibly difficult time admitting our errors. I think this is partially due to the fact that we have tricked ourselves into believing that Christians should know better than to make stupid mistakes. The problem with that line of thinking is that we're human... all of us... yes, you screw up too. Our human nature clings to pride more stubbornly than thighs to last night's grande burrito. We think that, somehow, if we have to admit we are wrong then we will be viewed as less of a person. I don't know about you- but I have so much more respect and esteem for someone who can step up boldly and admit they were wrong than one who fights tooth and nail for "correctness". Want to know a secret? We don't always have to be right. WHAT?! Yeah, I know- this coming from the … [Read more...]

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