When life takes a turn we could've never imagined, God calls us to trust Him regardless of baffling circumstances. Joseph gives us a powerful example of obeying God even when the path ahead demands that we walk through darkness. If we love God, then we will trust God. And in order to trust, we must continually obey.
During the Advent season, many people have only a superficial understanding of one of the most pivotal characters in the Christmas story — Mary. She had the most important ingredient for God to use her to usher in the greatest event in human history — humility. Like yeast added to dough, humility is the ingredient that triggers spiritual greatness for God’s glory. All the raw ingredients can be inside a person, but without humility, even the best combination of traits will fall short of God’s plan.
There’s not a person on this planet who doesn’t make mountains out of molehills when it comes to doing things they dread. But God can turn any pile of misery into magnificence if we seek His glory and not our own. Here are five steps we can take to glorify Him even in the most arduous tasks and annoying situations.
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The mind is like a muscle. It prefers to sit on the couch of familiarity.
Discipline is like exercise. It kicks the mind off the couch every day.
The brain's plasticity is reshaped and improved gradually by repeated practice, not a sweeping instant transformation. Each step we take in following Jesus' lead teaches us to lean on the power of the Holy Spirit for the next step. God is ready to do some mental rewiring in your life if you’re willing to practice.
When we go through difficulties or disappointments, our souls long to be soothed. But we can’t expect to be fully comforted, calmed, cheered, strengthened, satisfied, or healed when we only receive a tiny slice of what God offers. In every frustration, every need, every decision, the Word beckons us, saying to us over and over, “If you only knew the gift God has for you.” Like an antibiotic salve, the Word treats the most infectious spiritual bacteria running rampant in our lives and soothes our souls.
When the negative rhetoric is scarier than Halloween movies, how do we see the truth and make decisions that honor God? Following God's wisdom in the Bible, we can find the truth in the chaos of the election season and beyond. No matter how it turns out, ultimately voting should be about Christians earnestly seeking communion with God, not merely fulfilling a civic duty.
We live in a world that is quick to condemn and prone to instant reactionary judgment regardless of moral, ethical, religious, or political leaning. And communicating the fullness of Christ’s love to someone we disagree with is next to impossible if we are telling them that something they are doing is hateful at the same time. All they hear is the hate in our words, and miss the love, even if it’s really there. So for those who long to share the love of God with others, what are we to do? While I don't have the complete answer to that question, I have found some clues to share based on two fundamental truths Jesus taught plainly. Listen to find out more!
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.