"A general rule for the good use of time is to accustom oneself to live in a continual dependence on the Spirit of God, receiving from moment to moment whatever it please him to give us, referring to him at once in the doubts which we necessarily run into, turning to him in the weakness … Continue reading How sacred time will redefine your Christian life!
~ JANUARY 3, 2020 ~ Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31, KJV Yes, God does have a plan for our lives. However, He expects us to do our fair share of the work in order to be presentable living sacrifices. While many, outside … Continue reading Mindful Christian Service
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 1 Peter 1:5-7, KJV ~ JANUARY 4, 2020 DEVOTION ~ The root of every right decision is one's … Continue reading Christ-like Character Counts
He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.~ Proverbs 10:17, KJV ~ Wise mentors teach others the importance of discipline through actions. Disciplined mentors understand that God doesn't reward laziness or misbehavior. What God expects is His people to lead lives that are above reproach. And, He punishes those who walk in … Continue reading Teaching Christian Discipline
For us, we feel that our zealousness slowly fades away with each inevitable struggle. If that is the case - maybe it is time to slow down, to take a sabbath, find ways to be grateful for what you have, and above all else, pray to our Heavenly Father. And, if worry and fear has weighted you down some - pray with great intensity and passion to seek God's divine grace that will renew your soul.
It is the idea of being acutely aware of how we are feeling, the physical response we have, the emotional responses that begins within our thoughts, the particular feelings associated with those emotional thoughts, attached feelings and the engagement of behaviors that stem from those thoughts and feelings.
It is not enough to merely confess Christ as our Lord and Savior that makes a spiritual and significant impact. We must walk in obedience to God's will. Study the scriptures. Live in the center of His divine sovereign will. By doing so, we increase in our faith. We grow in His Grace and truth. We become healthy and strong in the Lord.
It is our responsibility to heed those instructions and live by them. There is powerful virtue and value in living out the instructions and guidance of a Sovereign God
Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.~ 1 Timothy 2:7, KJV ~ Our Christian Faith is a simple one to share with others ~ January 13, 2020 Devotional ~ A simple faith makes the greatest spiritual impact and influence in the lives of others. We … Continue reading A Simple and Genuine Faith to Share
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but he loves him who pursues righteousness. ~ Proverbs 15:9, ESV ~ When we look at creation, we see intricate and complex designs. There is a certain rhythmic order as well. One may say there is a sense of purpose - a plan - when we admire … Continue reading Authentic Christian Living
whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. ~ 1 John 2:6, ESV ~ How remarkably obvious that there are many people today who claim to know of Christ yet lack the ability to walk as Jesus walked. This incongruity is caused when an individual decides they'd rather … Continue reading To Walk as Jesus Walked
The many times we've strove to find ourselves, defined who we are, and develop some sense of meaning and purpose became lost when those desires and passions continued to hold us captive.
Where it all begins One of the most beautiful passages of scripture is that of John 3:18-21. Jesus is conversing with Nicodemus. In this conversation, we are intimately taught that Christ is the light that has come into the world. Yet, many of us rather remain in the darkness, avoiding the light. Because we remain … Continue reading Deep Inner Work is the Heart of Christian based Recovery
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. ~ Psalm 27:14, KJV ~ As we deepen our commitment to a strong and mature Christian spiritual experience and life, we see a conflict between our old self and new way of living. When we drop our … Continue reading Being of Good Courage
Today's reading: Genesis 39 - 40:23; Ps. 10:1-11; Prov. 4:1-6; Matthew 13:31-58 And the Lord is with us Want to know the secret to success in this life? It's a prized desire for all of us to achieve success. Healthy relationships, profitable endeavor through employment, healthy families, and being a productive member of society. The … Continue reading Through Faithful Stewardship we Are Blessed
And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” ~ Luke 5:30, ESV ~ When other people do not measure up to our perceived expectations, we begin to grumble and murmur. Our nature is to be overcritical and causation for our irritability. A common … Continue reading When Other People are not Measuring up
Today's Reading: Gen 37 - 38:30; Ps. 9:11-20; Prov. 3:31-35; Matthew 13:1-30 Hated because of God's favor on our lives There is a quote circling around Facebook and Twitter social medias. It comes from an October 5, 2018 teaching from The Church News and it is regarding Strong Faith. It appears that it is an anonymous - or no … Continue reading Favored by God
..."Do whatever he tells you." ~ John 2:5, ESV ~ One of the most difficult acts of human experience is to surrender our very own will and lives over to God. This is a most revolutionary act. Yet, we are constantly told to learn how to control ourselves. Manage our attitudes and behaviors. Think things through. Never to … Continue reading A Very Revolutionary Act
to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness ~ Ephesians 4:22-24, ESV ~ Christianity offers … Continue reading Putting Off the Old Self and Put on the New Self
One of the things we do not consider is the review mirror effect of looking back on our lives. Going through some of my previous writings, and musings, I found this. Originally written in January of 2014. I happened to attend a MARS Hill Church in Shoreline, Washington. The sermon finished up a series based off the book … Continue reading Seeking transformation toward a more enduring authentic Christian life
We mean well with our New Year's resolutions, but the breaking of them is as much an annual tradition as establishing them in the first place. New Year's resolutions ... rarely become a significant part of our life. ~ Debra Farrington ~ Living Faith Day by Day How the Sacred Rules of Monastic Tradition Can … Continue reading Discovering your guiding principle
Today's reading: Gen. 11 - 12:20; Ps. 4:1-3; Prov. 1:28-33; and Matt. 5:27-48 Abraham's faith came through his obedience to God The major characteristic of a truly mindful Christian is their obedience to the sovereign will of God. We grow, through our obedience, by establishing our faith in God and His promised blessings. Our confidence … Continue reading Clothed in obedience for promised blessings
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands ... and purify your hearts ~ James 4:8, ESV ~ When we see how far we've strayed from the sovereign grace of God, and being the kind of person we truly desire to be, we are overwhelmed. Because, we realize how … Continue reading Draw near to God
There is a stark difference between costly and cheap recovery. Cheap recovery is the single most deadly enemy. An enemy of one’s effort toward a healthy and well-meaningful and purposeful life. We are fighting for costly recovery. What is cheap recovery? It is a cut rate recovery journey where there is minimal cost with supposed … Continue reading Costly Recovery
Read and meditate on Genesis 21:1-21 Pray and meditate on patience as we wait on the Lord to fulfill His promises Sarah laughed at the prospect of her ability to bear a child this late in life (see Genesis 17:17 and 18:12). However, at the appointed time, the Lord fulfilled his promise. Despite the ridicule … Continue reading Fulfilling His Promise
So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” ~ Hebrews 13:6, ESV ~ Since we are finding our way through recovery, we become aware of our hope. A genuine and sincere hope for the future. No matter how dire our circumstances appear. There is a divine … Continue reading Hope for our journey
I will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust." ~Psalm 91:2 - ESV ~ ~ Read: Genesis 7-8; Psalm 3:1-4; Proverbs 1:20-22; and Matthew 4:1-25 ~ On April 22, 1864, Congress approved the national motto "In God We Trust" to be printed on the 2-cent coins. Thereafter, … Continue reading Our Refuge and Our Fortress
One of the most challenge things in being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is having to constantly be aware of one's on going work toward perfection. Many times, as a Mormon, the constant teaching of, "you have to do this in order for this to happen," came across the … Continue reading How God meets us where we are in the present moment
Questioning a Sovereign God Read Genesis 18:16 - 19:29 ~ Focusing on 18:22 - 26, ESV Last week, our study focused on Abraham and the visitation of three messengers. As we continue in our study of the life and person of Abraham, let us reflect on the nature of God's sovereignty. So the men turned … Continue reading Questioning a Sovereign God
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. ~ 1 Corinthians 4:3-4, ESV ~ … Continue reading He knows and He Cares