February 19, 2018

How to Flourish in Life

I woke up feeling discouraged this morning. I've been going through another rough week health-wise (nothing serious, just a few lingering things), and am impatient to feel better. And I was moping around, feeling sorry for myself and whining to God, and He gently nudged me and reminded me: focus on something else. As in, stop thinking about myself and get busy! And then I grabbed my Bible to do my daily reading, and found a common thread running through the verses: the benefits of trusting in God. You might wonder whether that actually relates to feeling lousy, but it does. You see, if I want to be in control of how my body feels, then I am not trusting God's control. If I want to feel [...Read More]

Rebellion & Righteousness {TTB12}

This week I've been reading from Numbers and Revelation. And you may wonder, as I did, what connections there are between those two books. One is history, one is prophecy. One is the old covenant, one is the new. One deals with Israel alone, the other deals with all the redeemed from all ages. One shows man's sinfulness, the other shows God's righteousness. But it is that last contrast that actually proves to connect the two books. You see, God always {eventually} repays us according to our works. If we rebel against Him, we receive punishment. If we live according to His righteous commands, we receive honor and blessings. And the surety of these truths is portrayed so clearly in the [...Read More]

The Path of Obedience

Have you ever felt weary of doing what you know God wants you to do? Maybe you're not seeing the results you hoped for, or maybe it's just a whole lot harder than you thought it would be. I totally get it. The past few years it's been so easy to get discouraged and wearied at trudging the same path day after day, feeling like we're never making progress. Never finding those green pastures and still waters and pleasant places. Never reaching the peak and starting the easy downhill slope, just ever trudging upward and onward. But God keeps reminding me to not just trust Him but also to obey Him. To keep walking with Him down the path that He called us to. Because He commands it, and those who [...Read More]

Day Five & Being a Blessing

Last night we had the privilege of fellowshipping with our pastor and his wife, and a few other couples in the same stage of life as us (ie, young marrieds without kids). I dearly love my friends who are moms, and my friends who aren't married, but it was so refreshing to spend time with people who can completely relate to where we are in life. And to have that spiritual connection with them as well... even though we hadn't known each other long, we still had that common bond of Jesus Christ that gave us instant fellowship. It was such a blessing! [...Read More]

Psalm 15

"O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill?" Who is worthy to be a sojourner with God, or a visitor in His dwelling place? What are the qualifications for abiding with God? What must our lives look like if we are to be part of God's family? A description follows: "He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart" Our lives must be blameless, or perfect and complete in Him. The same word was used to describe Job, who was considered to be "blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil" (Job 1:1). Also, we must be actively doing what is right, and actively speaking the truth. These are not passive things; we must [...Read More]

Spiritual Blessings from Ephesians

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 1:3). What are some of these spiritual blessings with which we have been blessed? The book of Ephesians list a plethora of blessings, all for our benefit: "he chose us in him before the foundation of the world" (1:4) "he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ" (1:5) "his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved" (1:6) "redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses" (1:7) "the promised Holy Spirit ... the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it" [...Read More]

Portrait of the Disciple

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, [...Read More]