Recognize that the END is Near, so do not reject KNOWLEDGE

It has been a primary objective of this website to bring you information that is inspirational and encouraging.   I have wanted to make sure that among all of the things that were coming forth on the internet, the content from In Faith Today would build you up in the faith. ¬†We have, on may occasions, asked you to search deep within yourself and ask the hard questions that individuals often avoid. ¬†Ultimately our primary goal, has been to point you to the our Lord God and Creator, through our Savior Jesus Christ. I want to assure you that this objective has not changed. ¬†However, it has been impressed upon me by the Most High God that it is time to begin to look at various topics that are declared in the Bible as important, relevant, and key to our lives as believers. ¬†Although it will still point you to our Father in heaven, some will find it troubling because a few topics may have been deemed, by some, as those that are hard to understand. ¬†Yet, it is not for us to shy away from that which is hard to understand. ¬†We must, instead seek the Lord and study, so that we may come to uncover the truth and live according to His will. If you read the title of this … [Read more...]

How Much Do You Have to Hate?

How much do you hate people? That's quite a loaded question isn't it? I'm sure your initial response is "I don't hate people!" You may not, but I think if many of us took the time to really think about how we feel sometimes... there may very well be a level of hatred toward others that we're reluctant to admit is in our hearts. Still feel this doesn't apply to you? When was the last time you looked at someone judgmentally, perhaps with a disgusted look on your face, because of something they were doing or how they appeared? When was the last time you reached out to that downright cruel individual to help them with something they needed? When did you last avoid that person in the store because it would just be "awkward"? These things don't normally fall under the hate category, but maybe they should. After all, if hate is the opposite of love and the feelings you have for someone at a given moment couldn't be further from LOVE, then what do you call it? Let me get really personal here so you don't feel like I'm trying to step on your toes. I want to share a part of my testimony that will hopefully get us off our rears regarding others and Christ's call to love them … [Read more...]

What’s the Point?

I realize that, it being just a couple of weeks until Christmas, the internet is flooded with sweet sentiments, adorable adornments, and funny family faux pas. In seeing the above image I'm sure the first thing that popped into your mind was; "Oh, another Christmas post talking about how Jesus is the reason for the season." Am I right? OK- yes, you're right, but not in the way you may be thinking. You see, more than likely if you're reading this post, you at least somewhat believe in Christ and attempt to live your life in reflection of those beliefs.¬†Since I completely recognize my own sinful state... allow me to poke at you a bit in hopes that we will both have our eyes opened a little wider this Christmas season. See that baby in the picture? While, granted, we all know this isn't Jesus Himself, but merely an "actor", imagine with me that it is Him. That sweet little one that we worship and adore, that the wise men sought out, and that a King was threatened by, that little innocent child was born to die. Those sweet eyes would behold the spiritual warfare that few of us could even imagine, those chubby hands would one day feel the insurmountable pain of thick nails driving … [Read more...]

What You Should Know About Anxiety

Last week, I encouraged you to stop being anxious and fearful.¬† I‚Äôm sure that I left you with a few questions, so this week, I am going to tell you a few things you need to know about anxiety. What is anxiety? Anxiety is a state of mind were a person is concerned about something or someone.¬† It has various ranges.¬† ‚ÄúIt can go from genuine concern... ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.¬† ~Philippians 2:20 So I am all the more anxious to send him back to you, for I know you will be glad to see him, and then I will not be so worried about you.¬† ¬†~Philippians 2:28 And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. ¬†~2 Corinthians 11:28 to obsessions that originate from a distorted perspective of life.‚ÄĚ(source The Master Study Bible)   For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? ‚ÄúLook at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. … [Read more...]

Stop Being Anxious and Fearful?

What am I going to do? I am not happy? ¬†I feel overwhelmed. I have too much going on and I don't know how I am going to be able to do all of this. What will tomorrow look like? Will I be able to help my family? Will they think I'm a failure? What about me? Where is my place in all of this? These are questions that we all ask at some point in time in our lives. ¬†Sometimes we ask the questions and then continue to be productive in life. ¬†At other times, these questions cause us to begin to experience certain emotions within ourselves that are hard to get past. ¬†Whether we realize it or not, when we do not deal¬†with these thoughts in the correct manner, they produce anxiety within us. Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad. ¬†~Proverbs 12:25 What is anxiety? Anxiety is defined as... a condition of mental uneasiness arising from fear or solicitude. Very few of us can say that we have never experienced anxiety. ¬†From the moment that we begin to ask questions like, what am I going to do, and are not able to provide and answer, anxiety arises within us. ¬†We are uncertain about the future and become fearful because we have … [Read more...]

Does wisdom require patience?

Throughout my life, I have come to a place where I had to make a decision. Naturally, I'm sure you have been in this place too. Often times, I have not been sure about the thing I should do or the words that I should say. ¬†If I am to be completely honest with you, at moments where I am full of emotions, I don't want to wait or take my time. ¬†I get rather antsy... I want to hurry up and make a decision or say something. I have come to realize that the wise are patent because they wait to hear wisdom speak. ¬†When we move or act hastly, we are unable to hear wisdom clearly because we are acting out of our own wills and thoughts. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it. ~Proverbs 8:33 When we decide to turn from our own wills and thoughts, we turn from pride and arrogance. ¬†We turn from evil and perverse things. ¬†By turning from that which God hates, evil and perverse things, we turn to God. ¬†By turning to God we turn to wisdom. I wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion. ¬†The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate. ¬†~Proverbs 8:12, 13 This seems so simple, but it is harder to … [Read more...]

Take a Step Back

  Well, here in the south, school is back in session (or very soon about to be for some). For students, teachers, parents, and everyone involved with the whole educational process this is a time of adjustment and gung-ho attitudes. For me, this start to the school year has been a little odd... summer was spent traveling, there weren't as many school supplies to purchase, and we seemed to step right out of the last school year- into this one. So far, we've had a great beginning but for me, it just seems a little off- not bad, just a little more¬†difficult¬†for me to get my footing. I'm not necessarily busier than I was at the start of the previous school years (perhaps just a bit more), but I think because I'm busier mentally, it seemed to be a little harder for me to think and plan clearly this go around. However, I believe my feet are planted in a good stance now; ready to kick this year in the tuckus... it was slow getting here though. Over the past couple of weeks, in the midst of school shopping, trying to organize and clean the house after summer vacations, reconfiguring a schedule to now include all the things that will be taking little shifts in my life, I've felt a … [Read more...]

Unreciprocated Love

Relationships are hard... all of them. Whether you are a parent, child, sibling, cousin, spouse, co-worker, or friend, your relationships are always going to be a 2-way street. The problem is, you can't control which direction that other person is driving in or even if they have their sense about them when they're behind the wheel! You may try your best, serve in selflessness, and love unconditionally, but in the end it takes two to tango and if the other person¬†doesn't want to put forth the effort, then the relationship will suffer. That sounds like a bunch of pseudo-psychological gander babble doesn't it? It's all true though, whether we like it or not. God has shown me a little about my personal life regarding this very thing- in the arena of friendships. You see, we may do everything we can to reach out and love on/lift others up but there is no promise of that philia-love being reciprocated. While this has always bothered me in the past, and while I still believe it is extremely important to have other believers walk alongside us in friendship, I now realize that determining to continue loving and being a friend to those that may not return the favor, is walking just as … [Read more...]

Have You Forgiven You?

Christians are supposed to be known for their love and quickness to forgive. Many of us do pretty well at that- but how quick are we to forgive ourselves? We may even be willing to forgive ourselves for things we did before we came to know Jesus Christ- but what about the things we've done SINCE then? Believers still sin, we mess up, sometimes in very big ways. It seems harder to get past those things doesn't it? I mean- we're Christians and we're not supposed to mess up big time, but we do. Here's a pretty typical process: -We sin -We get convicted by the Holy Spirit -We grieve over the sin and ask God's forgiveness -We receive forgiveness -We carry the guilt of the sin from then on. That last one is the problem. Once we receive the forgiveness that Christ so freely gives us- we are FREE! Not many of us live like that though. We think for some reason that we must keep the guilt on our shoulders since we messed up while living as a Christian. Let me put it plainly: CONVICTION is God- GUILT is not! When we feel guilty AFTER we have repented and turned from that sin, it is satan trying to keep us ineffective in our walk with Christ. Sure, we will still feel bad because of … [Read more...]

Faithful or Fickle?

I love the word fickle -I think because it sounds like pickle and I happen to kind of have a thing for them: especially those of the fried variety. {YUM!} (C'mon, you can't say looking at that picture doesn't make you hungry. OK, I digress... ) So what does FICKLE mean, Mr. Webster? changing often: changing opinions often:¬†marked by lack of steadfastness, constancy, or stability: given to erratic changeableness Does that sound like a certain species we know? Indecisiveness is an incredibly common personality trait... especially among people of our modern-day society. Why decide when you can dabble? We dabble in everything from jobs, hobbies, friendships/relationships, marriages, houses, politics, opinions, and more! In some things, to be honest, it's really not that big of a deal. For example: we call a lot of those who dabble in hobbies- Artists! Regarding more important things, however, it's a spiritually fatal habit and one almost impossible to break on our own once firmly established. Why is being indecisive such a bad thing? Well, for one- most of the time the close companion of fickleness (there's that fun word again) is DOUBT. After all, if you had no doubts, … [Read more...]