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.
The time we have on earth is a lot like living in a big backyard surrounded by an unscalable wooden fence. But every now and then, we are blessed to come upon a knothole that gives us a glimpse into God’s miraculous work behind the scenes on our behalf. Prayerful stillness is one of the best ways to find knotholes, especially if you find yourself sitting in the backyard staring in frustration at the fence line, instead of flourishing where God has placed you. Regardless of busyness or people's expectations, Jesus modeled how to cultivate an intimacy with our heavenly Father.
While self-sacrifice is a hallmark of a fruitful Christian life, God doesn't ask us to make it the aim of our relationship with Him. Instead, Jesus makes it clear that the ultimate goal of our relationship with Him should be delight and pleasure for His glory. When we find ourselves in the rut of duty and self-denial as the end game — a way of just checking off the spiritual to-do list — we are in dangerous territory. When we commit our hearts to loving Him above all else, He does all the work to make us truly happy about that decision.