Have you ever been forgotten? Maybe you feel that way now. In Psalms 142:4 (NLT), the Psalmist expressed how painful it can feel when you’re overlooked and forgotten.
If you want to move your faith beyond words to a life of action, Joseph is a great mentor! The book of Genesis records more pages on His life than that of any other Old Testament characters. From Genesis chapter 37 to chapter 50, you will read about Joseph.
Joseph is a great example in the Old Testament of God’s faith-building process and how He used Joseph to build up other people’s faith. Let’s examine his life and dig deep into the faith-building principles that God used in Joseph’s life to encourage and grow our own faith and build others’ faith as well.
God is in the building business. That’s because we are all under construction! God is building a church by building individual lives and connecting them in the body of Christ. For many, the church is just a building or a religious organization. The truth is that the church is not a building or, for that matter, it’s not even a religion.
Are you more like a thermometer or a thermostat? One adjusts with the temperature in the room while the other changes the temperature. In other words, are others having more of an influence on you than you have on them? How are you using your influence?
There are things that only God can do. Only God can save us. Only God can sanctify us and equip us for His purpose. Only God can empower us to fulfill that purpose. Yet, there are things God will not do. These are the things He expects us to do if we are to experience His fullness in our lives.
Do you live life expecting God to come through with even greater measure than He has done before? It’s so easy to settle into a lifestyle that can be summed up by our own cleverness, ability and initiative. Yet, God offers so much more!
If you’re like me, you may view obstacles as annoying distractions that hinder you from getting where you want to go, like unwanted detours that make your journey longer. It wasn’t until I read this passage from Jeremiah that I began to reconsider how I view obstacles.
To live by faith and not by sight is a challenge when we don’t see or feel the presence of God. When we first gave our lives to Christ, the experience was amazing! Some people shed tears of joy and relief while others feel a calm sense of peace.
Have you ever sailed through stretches of life with calm seas and thought you were doing just fine, only to be hit by an unexpected storm that rocks your world and threatens your very survival? Suddenly, the boat you’re in isn’t stable anymore. Suddenly, the deck is tilting, waves are crashing against your ship, and you’re flooded with uncontrollable fear.