And His wonderful work in us makes us know that overall we are right with Him. “Let patience have its perfect work . . . .” The Holy Spirit speaking through James said, “Now let your patience become a finished product.” Beware of becoming careless over the small details of life and saying, “Oh, that will have to do for now.” Whatever it may be, God will point it out with persistence until we become entirely His.
We just as soon get things right. For God is patient, and He has forever for us to get it right.
Much of the relationship pain is based on this misunderstanding. Young lovers place each other on pedestals which neither can stand up to forever. Disappointment is assured. When the love one doesn’t measure up to this impossible standard, relationships are broken.
I hate to be the one to convey disillusionment, but no matter what you’ve been told: I’m not perfect and vampires aren’t real.
Love everyone for who they really are: Jesus for his perfection and everyone else because the perfect one loves them.
“. . . they were fearful as they entered the cloud” (Luke 9:34). Is there anyone except Jesus in your cloud? If so, it will only get darker until you get to the place where there is “no one anymore, but only Jesus . . .” (Mark 9:8 ; also see Mark 2-7 ).
Enjoy today’s weather: Hot with a chance of rain and enjoy Jesus.
If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine . . . —John 7:17
The golden rule to follow to obtain spiritual understanding is not one of intellectual pursuit, but one of obedience. And our orders, the “rules” we are to obey are pretty simple: “Go and make disciplines.” Yet most of us, if we spend any time on our “walk” spend it reading or studying and very little doing.
I learn more about my God in one week of VBS (not really doing that much) or one Kairos weekend than I do in months of study or reading and I do plenty of that.
Although we deny it, we act as if Christianity is a theology rather than a walk. A walk requires steps but first it requires a destination. Christ gives us the destination and points our way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105. For too many of us the Word is true, comforting and surprising; but it’s not life changing. That requires direction and movement, not just enlightenment and motivation.
The way to knowledge requires movement. Get moving and be blessed.
Those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart . . . . For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man . . . —Matthew 15:18-20
Even as kids we love the Big Bad Wolf. I suspect that one of the reason for our love of bad guys is our belief that God grades on the curve. It is comforting to know that there are men more evil than us out there.
Of course we know that God doesn’t grade on the curve. Maybe not all that comes from our mouths are “evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” but there is plenty enough bad stuff in us to make us unacceptable to a Holy God.
His Word penetrates and shows us for what we are: sinners in need of a Savior. f I will take an honest look at myself, becoming fully aware of my so-called innocence and putting it to the test, I am very likely to have a rude awakening that what Jesus Christ said is true, and I will be appalled at the possibilities of the evil and the wrong within me.
Only the Holy Spirit can “Shut my mouth” and extinquish the evil within.
Many have tried to create a world where the Beatitudes are tghe norm. Others look at them as describing what heaven will be like. I believe Jesus is describing the incredible work of the Holy Spirit in the life of he believer.
To be blessed is to live the Spirit controlled life and nothing less.