“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” [John 6:51]
How can we really know Jesus if we never hear His words? How can we live like He did if we don’t know how He lived? And how can we follow Him if we don’t know where He’s going? It’s imperative that we stay close to Him so that we don’t lose our way. But how can we stay close to Him if we’re not even watching Him or listening to Him?
Have we indeed resigned ourselves only to follow our church leaders, speakers, authors, and other believers, and trusting everything they tell us all the time, instead of reading and learning and asking God Himself to reveal His truths to us? […]
Ultimately, those who are successful don’t make resolutions for success. They find success because of the resolve they establish before they begin. They set their hearts and minds on something greater and they pursue that change for that greater purpose. They do not waver. Instead, they sacrifice. They put their wants and desires behind them and do all the hard things until they get through the change, the circumstance, or the ordeal. They persevere, relentlessly, until it has been achieved or overcome.
If you intend to make a change in your life[…]
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” — Luke 16:10 NIV
While Jesus spoke these words to admonish us to take care in handling what’s been entrusted to us, it’s interesting to see how this truth applies to us in the way in which we deal with our relationships; especially the one we have with Him. We all use this truth to gauge how far we will go in trusting others…
Am I so concerned with my own rights and happiness that I trod on all others? Am I living as though the “ends justify the means?” Who am I that I deserve more than the next? Do I feel like I deserve something better? Perhaps the world owes me something? Maybe God owes me something! Since I got short-changed earlier in life, now that I am in Christ, do I feel He owes me a better life now?
We so often believe that if we could only say the right thing, we could change others’ hearts, minds, or attitudes. How arrogant we are! Did not Jesus walk the earth? Did he not speak the words of truth to everyone? If, then, his direct words of love and truth did not always affect a change, why are we so convinced that our words can […]
How many times has Jesus called out to me and asked me to climb out of the boat? And how many of those times he asked, did I? But in the times I did, I was amazed at how easily I could do things I didn’t think I could do; things I could only do with Jesus leading. He makes me bold, and gives me […]
Fifteen years ago, it was easy. Everything I thought I knew had been wrong, and Jesus showed me — gave me — a new way: His way. It made so much sense, and life seemed simpler then. The kids were young with minimal activities, and I had just discovered God’s awesome power and love. So I was “all in” in those days. Whatever God asked through his Word or the Church, I didn’t question, regardless of the challenge. I just acted in faith. Some may call that “passion” or “zeal”. Others may have called it naïveté.
But whatever, it was real and powerful, and I was given the strength and confidence to make big changes in my own life…
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” — Galatians 5:19, 22-23
Have you ever wondered why you never seem to have an abundance of the aforementioned “fruits?”…
Children seek not independence, but “the freedom to act according to emotion without fear of consequence.”
Independence is the freedom, or capability, to make your own intelligent, informed decisions. This ability, however, is neither innate nor learned, as no one has the right perspective to know what’s best for themselves. This ability requires input, advice, and direction from others who understand our purpose and station; others who are trustworthy and who have proven to have our interests at heart.
True independence comes from hearing the truth.
“I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.” — Psalm 119:32
So many demand freedom, but don’t understand its meaning. Freedom means to be at “liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint; exemption from external control, interference, regulation; the power to determine action without restraint.” — Dictionary.com
When the founding fathers spoke of freedom, and carved it into parchment, their freedom was from the control, interference and regulation of the throne of England. They were not slaves, but already free men, who wanted to govern their own lives and families. But in their success, they formed a government that now intrudes in the lives of its citizens. But whose fault is that?