You were designed by God to function best in community. Even before sin ever entered the garden, God, the Creator, said something wasn’t good about His perfect creation. As He looked at all He created and said was good, He noticed something missing. Even though Adam had fellowship with God, he needed someone to do life with on his level.
Is your faith defined by convenience or conviction? It’s the difference between having boundaries and living without them. In his book Not a Fan, Pastor Kyle Idleman helps readers determine their real relationship with Jesus. Am I a follower of Christ, or just a fan?
What determines your destiny? Is it your heritage? Past decisions and their consequences? Fate? The Israelites, like many of us, had a distorted view of their own destiny. They fell into two extremes. One group thought their destiny was determined by fate! They blamed their present situation on the mistakes of their parents!
Are you holding on to hidden hurts? We’ve all had them. Hidden hurts have a way of growing within us when we hold on to them. You may want to let them go but just don’t know how. Every time you try, the pain seems to creep back in until you feel the hurt again. Hidden hurts knock us off center.
How would you describe your life right now? Hectic? Stressful? Overwhelmed? We’ve all been there, haven’t we? There are a lot of ways to describe our lives, but I’m guessing that centered might not be on the list for most. Yet, God desires that our lives be centered in Him.
God’s hedge of protection is described in some translations like a protective wall, a fence or even force field, shielding our lives, property and possession. In fact, Satan stood before God to accuse Job of being devoted to God for purely self-serving motives.
There’s something about this verse that leaps off the page at me and gives me comfort and encouragement. It affirms the value of deep, abiding friendships that share a common purpose and passion – friendships that you can lean on in difficult times.
“Friend, come up higher.” What a gracious invitation Jesus offers every Christ follower! Picture a wedding banquet where a guest may take a lesser seat, only to be noticed by the host and invited to move up to the head table as the guest of honor!
Jesus Christ is the believers’ advocate before God! He’s the only defense attorney that’s never lost a case! In this cosmic courtroom, God the Father is the Judge. Satan is the accuser, and everyone who has ever lived is on trial. Who in the world could ever be found innocent when we’ve all sinned and come short of the glory of God?
Even a sincere heart can fall captive to selfish ambition. There’s a fine line between seeking great things for God and promoting ourselves along the way. Pride causes us to take the credit for what God and others made possible in our lives. Are you led by selfish ambition or spiritual anointing? How can we know?