Why does God ask us to fear Him and then tell us that we shouldn’t have any fears or doubts because of His perfect love? It sounds like both a contradiction and a tall order. While it may seem impossible to live fearlessly, Jesus gives us a clear roadmap to get there and the tools we’ll need along our journey. But before we can discover the keys to courage, we have to start with who we were created to be from the beginning. Our true identity in Christ. If we are to become more like Jesus… if we are to be known by His name… then we will yield to the Spirit the way He did.
The Bible makes it as clear as the Caribbean ocean that He not only cares about the details and struggles of our lives, He is actively involved in the minutia of our days. Like an invisible pattern on a vast ocean, our Father's hand stretches out over the span of our years from birth to death, orchestrating our steps and encouraging us to simply follow His lead and trust His oversight. When we allow the love of Jesus to collide with our struggles, we will always find peace, purpose, and hope in the pain. Listen now to discover God's redemptive plan for your pain. And visit the blog page for reflective questions that will take you deeper into the Word and prayer. http://bit.ly/lovecollides
Whether you struggle with life’s day to day frustrations or you have deep-seated fears about the future, stress, anxiety, and worries can cripple your productivity, steal joy from your heart, and keep you from experiencing an abundant, spirit-led life. In this week's episode we explore one of the primary reasons why we miss out on one of God’s most helpful and comforting promises: peace. By administering a four-step prescription from Philippians 4, we can experience the kind of supernatural peace, rest, and hope that the world around us will notice and want. Also visit the Glimmers blog for additional resources to end anxiety and worry.
Jesus said that His followers are to be the salt of the earth. But in order to truly make a difference… in order to be valuable for Kingdom work... we must take action and practice the art of being salt, or flavoring, in a world desperately wanting to taste real nourishment and find soul-satisfying truth.
Every situation we encounter is an opportunity for spiritual growth if we have the eyes to see it. Like sandpaper on our souls, Jesus gently smooths out our rough edges and transforms us into His workmanship little by little. If you’re struggling to grow in Jesus, then you probably haven’t yielded some part of your heart, mind, or soul to His careful improvement. By learning to recognize the often hidden opportunities for growth in our everyday lives we can uncover the areas still needing improvement. But even when we do feel we are growing by leaps and bounds, we must acknowledge that the work is never done.
Social media presents Christ followers with unique challenges and it can be difficult to know how to live out your faith with loving confidence and conviction in today's cultural arena. But when we are aware of the common lies the enemy has set to ensnare us daily and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us away from them, we can move forward with boldness and authenticity to carry the love of Jesus into social media.
How are Christians called to consume and contribute to the social media machine? More than ever, we are bombarded on a daily basis by images of “ideal” people living enviable lives doing exciting things with beautiful companions in the most exotic of locations. So if we are called to authentically share Jesus in all places for all people, where is the line between cultural relevancy for the sake of the Gospel and pure self-promotion for the sake of ourselves? Listen to find out more and join in the dialogue with your comments here, on my website, or in social media.
Less than 5% of Christians do this, but practicing this powerful spiritual discipline will catapult your walk with God. Like a chain around our hearts, we can unknowingly shackle our lives to earthly things and miss out on pursuing heaven-minded dreams. Learn more about what God is calling us to do and how He'll bless us if we do.
What can a love letter from Johnny Cash teach us about loving God? Find out in this special Valentine's edition of Glimmers in the Fog about the all-satisfying love of Jesus. Like Johnny and June, we can have an overflow of satisfying love that comes from the complete surrender of the longings of the heart.
The spiritual struggles within all of us often stir up baffling contradictions of simultaneous love and hate. But at every point in our faith journey, we can find concrete encouragement and explicit instructions in God’s Word on how to overcome our battles and learn to love the Lord with all our hearts, minds, and souls. Perspective isn’t just in the mind. It’s a battle plan for a victory already won.