Monday, January 15, 2018

The Love of God

God is always with us even when we do not see his presence. We are often to close to things to see the hand of God.

When we do not see what God is doing we are called to live by Faith. Faith that God is at work even when we do not see it. Faith that God is at work even when we do not see how God could be at work.

God is always for us and working for our good. It is often not easy to see, but though Faith we trust in God and that God's ways our better than our ways.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Perseverance

Perseverance through hard times can be difficult. God calls us to perseverance in our faith. Fortunately for us any task God calls us to do God also gives as assistance to do.

The assistance can be in many forms: the Spirit of God in us, prayer, scripture, the church, friends, or family. Whatever God has called us to perseverance through God has also provided us resources to succeed. Our Father in heaven loves us even when we go through struggles.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Listening to Scripture

At times we are tempted to think Scripture is hard to understand. There are certainly passages which challenge us.

It is important when approaching Scripture to focus on what we do understand. We can always seek greater understanding of many mysteries, however, we should never feel that Scripture is a mystery to us.

God has revealed a multitude of truths about himself and the world to us in the bible. If we do not understand all of scripture that should not discourage us from understanding and learning what we can.

As we grow more and more of the message of scripture will become clear to us.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Thought and Feeling

Living for Christ requires thought. It is easy to think of living for Christ as living based off of feeling.

Certainly we must live for Christ with the feeling from our heart, however, without the assistance of thought our direction will easily end off. Living for Christ, by feeling alone often causes living from good intentions with little impact.

To have impact for Christ we must live from our heart and our mind. We must feel what we do, but also think and know why we do what we do. We live most fully for Christ when we use both our heart and our mind.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Faith

Faith is trusting in God's goodness to us even when we do not see how God is with us. It is easy to judge many of the characters in scripture for their faults.

We have never done this or that we may think. The problem of course is that if we look inside ourselves we have rarely been called on to have faith.

Trusting God when the going gets rough is the essence of faith. When life is good we should seek to be a blessing to others going through times of difficulty.

Scripture teaches us that God works all things for the good of those who trust in him. Faith is trusting in the promises of God even when we do not see how God will make good on his promises.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Mutual Benefit

The human tendency is to see the world as a zero sum game. One persons win is another persons loss.

In reality the world often offers the tendency for our "winning" to be a blessing for others. If we look towards success as a way to bless others we will often find opportunities to bless others in what we do.

Christ calls us to be a blessing to the world. As we search for success we should always aim to bless others in the process.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Expression

It is important to express how we feel. If we do not express what we feel we do not fully connect with our feelings. God understands our need to express our feelings.

The bible thus repeatedly offers ways for us to express our feelings. Pray and Singing are ways of expressing our feelings to God. God beckons us to pray and the bible repeatedly speaks of spiritual songs and offers a songbook in the Psalms.

God not only asks us to speak, but also promises to listen. We will not always receive the response we wish from God, but God is actively listening and engaged in dialogue with us if we have eyes to see.