Becoming saints, elders and people of great faith

How do we become more than we have been? How do we become something new, something better, something different?

Do you know that there is a call on your life, for you to be a conqueror, an overcomer, a victor? You are called to live more than a status quo, half-way, lukewarm, so-so kind of life.

The call on each of us is a call to rise above. We are invited to participate in greatness. We are beckoned to partner with excellence, dream with the Divine, create with the Creator and to indeed become saints, elders and faith-filled/faithful followers of Jesus Christ.

And this is possible!

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Give God your junk

“Encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin…Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts” Hebrews 3:13 &15

Dear Christian, I want to encourage you today. I want to impart to you courage and strength and power from the Lord Jesus Christ and in His name that you will stand firm in your faith and boldly live out the calling you have received from God Himself.

So here (I hope and pray) is some encouragement for your soul:

Remember God is speaking to you today. He is calling you by name to slow down, pause, stop, be still and hear that He is near and that He is speaking.

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Living with the mystery

Why?

I don’t know.

It just doesn’t make sense.

All of these are things that you and I might think or say on any given week. The reason for this is because we live in a fallen world where many sad, hurtful and broken things occur and even hurt and affect us. We may ask God, “Why?” or “Why me?”, and yet we may have to learn to live without knowing.

It is astounding to me that God would trust us with the situations He allows us to go through and equally amazing that God entrusts us with the opportunity to walk through much of life with the mystery of not knowing.

It seems that much of the time God’s simple answer to our curiosity is: “I am here” and “I am enough”. Do you know that indeed God’s presence and glory and power and love really is enough for whatever you are going through? Continue reading

Faltering, falling and failing apart from the presence of God

What happens in life when there is a keen awareness of and reverence for the abiding presence of the Lord?

Victory! Power! Joy! Peace!

What happens when we forget who we belong to and whose Spirit is in us?

Precisely this: we stumble, we falter, we wander, we fall and we fail.

The Word of God reminds us that God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. As such when we diligently pursue the tasks at hand without His thoughts and His ways guiding us, we will certainly find ourselves at our wit’s end. When Christians live ever aware that God is with us and God is in us, it humbles us and gives us pause to consider that what we do, we don’t do alone, nor do we do it only for our own pleasure or purposes.

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An urgency to our testimony

We live in a fast food culture. Waiting 3 minutes for our food is too long and waiting 30 seconds for a red light is enough to set people off in fits of rage. In so many ways we live too fast, too furious and as such live distracted from the most important things. There is, however, one area of life that we seem to be dragging our feet in and seemingly sensing no urgency in. It would seem that so often Christians don’t realize how pressing and urgent it is that we share the gospel of Jesus Christ with people.

Really it is the same lie that the devil has told people for ages: “there’s no rush, take your time, there’s always tomorrow”. 

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