When facing tragedy or enduring long months of drought, it’s easy to shut down and go through the motions until you don’t feel so vulnerable. Instead, take a page from Jeremiah and give it to God—tell Him everything (He knows it anyway) and trust Him to water your soul. Because that’s how you grow deep roots. That’s how you find peace when it doesn’t make sense.
The Christian life is difficult sometimes, isn't it? God asks us to leave behind our selfishness and devote ourselves to Jesus Christ in the service of others. This journey has a clear beginning and an even clearer end, but its path is littered with dangerous obstructions and precarious curves. Thankfully, its destination provides lasting, eternal rewards.
Chances are you have experienced the difficulty of losing your way on the journey. We've all been tempted to stray, to step away from the fundamentals of authentic Christian living toward the more immediate fulfilments we desire for ourselves. But God calls us to a life devoted to studying the Scriptures, to prayer, and most important, to knowing Christ Himself.
Let these resources remind you that the goal isn't just reaching our heavenly destination but walking closely with Jesus as we get there.
Maturity is a life-long process, and it’s often through times of testing we mature the most. Some people never get it.
If there’s a “won’t” in your life that you’ve been calling a “can’t,” talk it over with God. Use any or all of these short passages to help you find God’s perspective as you pray: Psalm 105:4, Isaiah 43:18-19, Habakkuk 3:19, and Hebrews 10:35-39.
Are you someone who’s waiting for “some day” to accomplish your goals? It’s time to stop preparing and start living! As long as God gives us breath there is a life we need to realize here on earth. And we need to live it.
I hear Christians ask, “Sin is sin, isn’t it?” as they think about judgment and consequences. The answer is yes and no. Insofar as every sin, whether taking a pencil or taking a life breaks God’s law, it is sin. But the consequences for life, judgment, reward, punishment, and eternity are not the same for all sins or for all good works.
Heaven. Where people dwell in happiness with God after mortal life. What do you think about heaven? What do your kids think? How about your neighbour? Thoughts about heaven cover a wide spectrum ranging from spiritualized notions where heaven is a mindset rather than a distinct reality, to where heaven is materialized with physical features and a physical location.
Change isn’t easy, but it can be an opportunity for personal growth. As you learn to bend and adapt to change you become flexible. And when you’re flexible, you’re open to what God has in store for you.
Are you always able to tell when you’re veering a little off track? Is there someone in your life who will point it out to you? If not, Chuck Swindoll suggests you find someone.
Have you ever felt like you were surrounded by the things of God—the programs, people, and praise of God—but couldn’t find Him anywhere? While we’re around His people regularly, talking His language, watching Him work, enjoying His blessings, we can start to take Him for granted.
Since heaven will be our ultimate destination, we need to spend less time complaining about our struggles and trials on earth, where we temporarily live, and more time learning as much as possible about heaven, where we will live forever.