As Christians, we know that we live in a broken world where sin’s taint causes all kinds of evil and bad things to happen. Paul says that creation groans to be set right. But we groan with creation because we can sense a bit of how things are supposed to be and how they one day will be restored.
Are you missing out on enjoying the view because all you can see is the mountain in your way?
For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life.
I have been following a reading plan this year to read through the whole Bible and this year’s plan has an Old Testament, New Testament, and Psalm reading each day. I like to start in the Psalms so I turned to the assigned passage, Psalm 116, and began to read. When I got to verse 15, I had to stop and read it a couple more times. “How precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”
I really struggle with knowing that Jesus loves me. It’s just hard for me to confidently accept that truth. The failure to understand this truth has real ramifications in my life. So how do I take hold of this wonderful truth?
Earlier this week, I saw the love of Christ demonstrated in the gift of a chocolate cake.
It is not simply that we are no longer slaves to sin and we can simply live our lives skipping merrily through the fields. No – we are set free from bondage to sin and we then CHOOSE to place ourselves in slavery to righteousness.
God doesn’t see you as the person who hasn’t got it all together yet. He sees you through the potential that you have to be as you grow with Him.
I guess that I am what many people would consider “middle-aged.” For a lot of people, this brings about a “mid-life crisis,” where they question whether they are accomplishing the things in life that they want to accomplish.
In my past life, I was an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting criminals for the State of North Carolina. One of
When we see God for the first time, we are going to realize how insignificant everything else is in comparison. These things that I’m stressed about or tired of dealing with are not even going to be meaningless in the light of who God is. So where is my focus? Is it on the greatness of God or on this trivial temporary existence?
Did you know that there is something God can’t do? I was driving to work and listening to some new worship songs. One benefit to listening to worship songs you haven’t heard before is that you pay more attention to the lyrics than you do with a song you’ve heard and sung many times. I was listening to a song called “Impossible” by Meredith Andrews when one lyric hit me right upside the head.
What I know is that God’s Word tells me to “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” (Proverbs 16:3) My wish for your 2017 is Psalm 20:4: “May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”
If you aren’t having fun serving Christ in ministry, check your motives. A person serving out of felt obligation or trying to earn God’s love will quickly stop having fun. Jesus wants you to know that his yoke is easy and his burden is light.
This year I’ve set a few goals but I’ve also got a motto I want to lean on in the coming year. I actually started repeating it near the end of 2016: “My Father Will Take Care of That.”