Have you ever found yourself so familiar with a passage of scripture that you forget how impactful it was to your life? How comforting it is to your soul? I realized that happened to me with a passage that is a favorite for many believers, Psalm 23. I tend to be an analytical person that likes to figure out everything and sometimes that can cause me to stress about things that I have no control over. One mid-day while dealing with the “stressers”, of work, ministry, and just not knowing what the future holds, I had the urge to just pick up my bible and read Psalms 23. There are a few things that it reminded me of that I’d like to share with you.Continue reading
Coming up like most of us I desired to be liked and accepted. I believe it is natural to want to be a part of some sort of community in addition to your immediate family whether from a good home or not so good home. It’s natural for someone to want to be thought highly of. And depending on how much we desire to be acknowledged, accepted, and honored, will determine whether or not the pressure of our peers will get the best of us.Continue reading
It’s a blessing when our eyes are open to the truth, mercy and love of Jesus Christ. When He shows us this mercy there is a desire that rises in us that wants to please Him, a least that’s how is is for me. I can remember when God became Father and walking with Him. Along this walk there was some stumbling and getting back up and repeating cycles. I was trying to turn the corner in my walk, but I was still tolerating certain mindsets (lust), friendships, worldliness, and being double minded. Ultimately it was because I didn’t understand the Fear of God, the Fear of the Lord. I knew His love, I finally understood what He had done for me on the cross. It wasn’t like I wanted to take advantage of Him, but like many believers I had to learn more about His character. I needed to get more of a grasp of who He is. The fear of the Lord was not taught in great detail at my home church, that is why it is important to seek Him for ourselves and to diligently seek His face through prayer and reading His Word.Continue reading
So we’re more than halfway through the first month of the year and many of us are diligently going after our goals and resolutions. I love the motivation that comes at the beginning of the year, the commitments, and the promises that we make to ourselves filled with well intentions. For the last few weeks I was thinking of achievements that I could pursue for the new year, things I wanted to finally learn, certificates I wanted to earn. I laid out my self improvement mission for 2022. Then it came to me, “What if you just surrendered?”
A few weeks ago I found myself with a strong craving for some fruit. I hadn’t been eating the healthiest the last couple of days and I knew I needed some sort of fiber in my diet (yes I know too much information). I normally keep apples, bananas, and or grapes in the house, however this particular day I couldn’t even find a raisin to satisfy my cravings. Going to the grocery store was not an option that evening for whatever reason, so I just had to wait.
Lord, I’m sorry I will never do that again, sin, repeat. Have you ever been caught in the sin repeat cycle? I’m not talking about making a mistake but going back to the same habitual sin over and over again. Well I have been there and believe me was a huge hindrance to my spiritual growth and breakthrough as a believer. The Lord has made it clear to some of us, in His Word, through a godly friend, or our own conscience, that we need to let something go because it is stunting our walk with Jesus. Habitual sin a lot of times keeps us running in place for years, robbing us of God’s very best in our lives. When God says don’t look back He means it!
Guest post by Travis B.
They are strong, they are powerful, they are protecting, they are restoring…
Like the jaws of a mother crocodile they are full of power and they are able to break, to crush, and to defend, yet they are gentle enough to carry, to hold, and to love.
We are living in a world that will continue to get darker and darker as we approach the end of all things (read 1 Peter 4:7). As believers it is extremely important that we let our light shine in this dark world. There are people in it that God wants to touch and save from the reality of hell. I hope this short video encourages those who believe to trust God and step out in faith, using the tools that God have given his children to gather the harvest.
by: Travis B.
Or do you have no regard for the wealth of His kindness and tolerance and patience [in withholding His wrath]? Are you [actually] unaware or ignorant [of the fact] that God’s kindness leads you to repentance [that is, to change your inner self, your old way of thinking—seek His purpose for your life]?
Romans 2:4 AMP
The LORD’s forgiveness is for peace and His grace is for growth, allowing us time to mature into our purpose. He does not leave us as we started this journey, we are to grow up!
Remember the blog I wrote way back in February called Love Loading? If not you can read about it here. We discussed the love that God calls us to. The love that isn’t based on conditions or what’s in it for us. The love that is willing to sacrifice for the family member, friend, or spouse. Well there is one very important aspect that I left out of the equation. True love corrects.