Sometimes God is just hard to get. One moment, He is breaking into our lives with His glory and majesty, answering prayer left and right. We are “living the promises!” Then, the earth seemingly erupts beneath us and chaos ensues. Friends betray us. Illness strikes. Or, like St. John of the Cross, darkness falls across our souls like a damp fog. Morning, afternoon, and evening our hearts cry out to God, but He does not answer. The situation remains unchanged.
When it comes to any search for truth, the most important thing is to know the Lord. The Spirit of God disciples the hearts of those who seek Him. I’m not saying we should never discuss specific topics or read books other than the Bible. But the highest counsel comes from God and His Word. The best way to trust the Lord is to understand His character and trust His teaching.
Valuing money feels as though we need it in order to live. Or, in other words, it feels like we can’t live without it because it’s a necessity. When we view money this way, it reveals that we actually love it and can’t live without it. Many people, myself included, have fallen in love with money without recognizing its trap.
There are times we question our salvation. In those moments we must rely on the Bible to distinguish between religion and relationship. I have been a Christian for much of my life and like many Christians have doubted my religion and even my faith. “Is this real?” “Am I actually connected to God?” Those are… Continue reading Religion: Distinguishing between Obligation and Relationship
The anger is rarely righteous and does not help us reflect the image of God. We must look inward and to His Word to inform how we act upon our emotion. As a child, I boiled over with outrage on a regular basis. I felt the anger so viscerally, I thought it was important to… Continue reading Anger: Slowing Anger to Help Us Conform to God’s Image
In 2 Timothy, Paul talks about what will occur in the last days, or end times. Has every generation before now read this passage and thought, Is this now? I sure do. In a life of tension, how do we keep practicing godliness? But understand this, that in the last days there will come times… Continue reading Now: How Are We to Practice Godliness in a Life of Tension?
We have been given the best treasure for finding and knowing God. The only true way to truly know Him is by diving deeper into the Bible. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Genesis… Continue reading Deeper: Diving Deep Into God’s Word Instead Of Treading On Its Surface
If you constantly run, you’ll grow tired. If you’re always running out of gas, but never filling back up, you cannot go anywhere. Why choose to be empty when we can choose to overflow with the love of God? Running On Empty Lately, I’ve been living from moment to moment. What’s next? What am I… Continue reading Empty: Supplying Everything We Need from Our Limitless God
Just like we all rely on GPS to get us to and fro, we need Spiritual GPS to keep us from becoming lost. The Trinity has everything we need to make it to our Heavenly home. I tell you, use the worldly things you have now to make ‘friends’ for later. Then, when those things… Continue reading GPS: Using The Best Navigation Helps Us Find Our Way Home
Giving Scripture the last word lays a solid foundation in our lives that cannot be moved. We must be alert to follow God’s Word and encourage each other in it daily so we do not become deceived (Hebrews 3:13). One of the many conversations in our home right now is learning how to spot false… Continue reading Foundation: Distinguishing God’s Word As the Final Authority