As we have all discovered at one time or another, attempting to lock up a secret is as effective trying to conceal the sunrise — you may block the light for a while, but there’s no denying the time of day. All too often, secrets start as little things that slowly snowball over time, fed by the darkness we keep them in. Yet the human heart wasn’t designed to be a labyrinth of secrets. Rather, it was created to be a throne room for God Himself. As such, any secret we create will take up space that our Heavenly Father longs to fill up with His goodness, beauty, peace, truth, hope, and love.
Learning to gracefully and compassionately manage our daily frustrations is a rapidly dwindling skill in today’s digitally driven culture, which demands instant gratification for just about everything. But practicing patience is like a treasure hunt for the truth that comes with an invitation from God. Instead of viewing patience as something that requires waiting, we would do much better to value it as a means to see truth and then react with grace and love.
Every person has within them an innate desire to seek. To hunt. To discover. To chase. We are biologically wired and rewarded by the chemicals in our brains to seek out something or someone on a daily basis. Listen to learn 8 reasons why all human beings are driven to seek beyond healthy boundaries and 6 spiritual things we can do about it. We don’t have to be mastered by our biological need to seek. Instead, we can learn to master it by being willing to see — and seize — God’s escape hatch for genuine fulfillment.
Jesus calls us to treat others as He did — that they are fellow royalty no matter where they are on their spiritual journey. From prostitutes to thieves, He treated everyone he encountered based on who they could become in His kingdom, not what they were struggling with at the time. Only through divine guidance, can we learn to reason and act based on truth while fully feeling and experiencing what it means to be a human living in God’s abundance.
Every moment of change is an opportunity to welcome God’s plan for our lives, which is not headed toward a cruel, impersonal end, but rather something positive and specifically designed for each of us as individuals. An unwavering belief in that truth makes all the difference between welcoming the next season or resisting it and letting what is absent turn into a knotty, twisted root of resentfulness or bitterness in our hearts.
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Scripture gives us a seven-part prescription for our seasons of waiting and included in this divine remedy we also find the reasons why He sometimes makes us wait in the first place. In His faithful hands, we can trust that our Father will use the waiting to reveal more about Himself and shape us into being more like Jesus in the process.
Our greatest moments on earth are but shadows of the glory that awaits us in Heaven. Daydreaming about the life hereafter with Jesus is not only Biblical, it is also one of the best mood-lifters and perspective-shifters humankind has ever known. Here are 10 dazzling, exciting, and comforting things to ponder about Heaven. When you take the time to remember the splendor for which we were intended, the road now becomes smoother and final passage later will be less about fear and more about anticipation.
Just as our spines are designed to be the balancing rod of our bodies, so our spiritual backbones are intended to keep our souls pointed in the right direction. Having a spiritual backbone is making peace with your weaknesses, not ignoring them or indulging them, and then letting Jesus transform them into a strong collection of dynamic characteristics that move in concert to more fully believe, trust and love God.
Sometimes the things we think we need are exactly the things which hold us back. The shoes of comfort, obligation, and skepticism only keep us from sensing the Truth and responding to the direction of the Holy Spirit. The layers in our lives may feel good and seem to promise protection. They may have even served a good purpose for a season. But anything that keeps our souls from being bare before Jesus, will eventually be targeted for removal by the Master Surgeon. As a believer in Jesus, your spiritual feet are already standing on the road to glory, but moving forward means leaving your shoes of self-preservation far behind.
Most habits and routines happen automatically, but the very things we don’t usually think about are some of the most critical things we should actually spend time thinking about. The force of our habits and routines is powerful, but Scripture offers a prescription for not only bringing them under control but also harnessing their potential for our spiritual good.