How you handle this life is a reflection of how you will handle the eternal life to come. If you are beaten, tormented, frightened, and lost, then your hope is not in Christ. You are not accepting the gift of salvation that God provided for you. You are allowing the enemy a victory he has no right to. There is no addiction that your will cannot overcome. It may take time, it may take a few or many setbacks, you may have to do it without family and friends who have long since given up, but you can overcome anything through Christ.
Filed under: Inspiration from Other Authors, Knowledge & Understanding, Pop Culture v. The Bible, Testimony on July 23rd, 2011 | 1 Comment »
As much as I’ve tried to insert myself into their family units, I’ve been reminded by their repeated rejections that I don’t belong. I am not one of them. Despite the closeness and history of our connection, I will always be an outsider to any family unit other than my own. That may sound like a harsh statement, and believe me, it was a painful reality to come to – in fact, it has taken several such disappointing situations for me to recognize the truth of it. No amount of filling my time and space with company is going to satisfy my desire to have my own mate – my match, my companion.
Filed under: Cultivating My Spirit, Family and Friend Relationships, Pop Culture v. The Bible, Preparation for the Marriage Relationship, Wisdom on July 23rd, 2011 | No Comments »
Jesus can’t be shocked by human nature, but He points out that He cleaned ten lepers and only one (a foreigner, at that) returned to thank Him and give glory to God. He continues and says because of that man’s expression of faith, he is now healed.
Filed under: Faith, Knowledge & Understanding, Obedience, Praise & Worship, Testimony, Walking in the Word on July 16th, 2011 | 2 Comments »
It is important to know that yes, as individuals, we need to be grateful, but as servants we need to be humble. A humble servant is lowly in self-estimation. There is no pride or ego that needs the flattery of gratitude. Humbleness is modesty, but it’s not weakness. A great deal of strength is required to completely set your self aside in service to another.
Filed under: Knowledge & Understanding, Love, Obedience, Pop Culture v. The Bible, Walking in the Word on July 9th, 2011 | No Comments »
Perhaps I’ve known the principle of this story from a young age, because I can’t recall a time when I’ve known what I’ve wanted and didn’t act on achieving it or prepare to receive it. I’ve certainly had my low moments when I’ve prayed for help, support, and assistance of any kind; and lower moments when the help I was looking for never arrived. But being low (in spirit, in mind, in encouragement, etc.) never stopped me from standing up straight and moving forward.
Filed under: Obedience, Testimony, Walking in the Word on July 2nd, 2011 | No Comments »