Have you ever been angry at God? Perhaps things didn’t turn out the way you expected them or circumstances beyond your control devastated you. You may have felt God was unfair, unkind or didn’t care. As a pastor, I’m asked if it is wrong for a believer to have anger towards God?
It’s easy to wonder where God is when we are hurting. Our pain can deceive us into thinking that somehow God has abandoned us. Even the heroes of faith in the Bible questioned where God was in times of suffering. King David, who wrote most of the Psalms, cried out, “My eyes fail, looking for my God … Where can I find Him?”
Do you live by faith or by feelings? As a Christ follower, the Bible says we are to live by faith. What’s the difference? Author and counselor, Neil Anderson noted, “If you believe what you feel, instead of believing the truth, your walk will be as inconsistent as your feelings. If what you believe does not reflect the truth, then what you feel does not reflect reality. The order of Scripture is to live by faith according to what God says is true. Your emotions will follow … We don’t feel our way into good behavior; we behave our way into good feeling.”
“Where are you?” Genesis 3:9 Most of us, no doubt, have questions for God, but have you ever noticed how many questions God asked man in Genesis? “Where are you?” “Who told you …? Have you eaten from the tree …? What have you done …?” That was just in Genesis 3. Then to Cain, […]
How can I be perfectly restored? Is that even possible? Most of us are like cut flowers. We look good on the outside, but we lack what is essential to sustain us because we are disconnected from the Source of life. How can we be restored?
“Then I saw ‘a new heaven and a new earth,’ for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard […]
Hebrews speaks to many second-generation Christ followers who came out of strict Judaism in a period of cruel persecution both from their own people, the Jews and the Romans. Without the Scriptures as we have them today, these young believers were in danger of giving up their faith and returning to Judaism.
What does your faith prompt you to do for God? Paul’s prayer for the church in Thessalonica was a powerful encouragement for them to live a life worthy of their calling as followers of Christ. As Christians, our calling from God is to become like Christ.
Rapid Response Teams save lives! They are trained to meet immediate physical needs in a life-threatening crisis, and the sooner they can get there the better. The writer of Hebrews said this was the promise of God for those who cry out to Him whether they are being tempted, tested, or suffering! In fact, this passage tells us that because Jesus suffered, He runs to those who cry out to Him!
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”Psalm 34:18 (NIV) Are you pretending or depending? The truth is we are all broken. It’s so tempting to mask our brokenness though. We want to make others think we have it all together, hoping that maybe we can even convince […]