We stand a little taller against the growing wave of immorality. We stand a little taller in the spirit of truth and light that is Jesus Christ. We stand with bold and resilient faith and courage to be the light by which those truly seeking refuge and sanctuary are able to come into the fold of God's kingdom. Each one of us, through our faith and commitment to the Gospel Principles established, are able to speak wisdom into those with broken hearts. We are called to serve and minister to those in need. Just as Christ served and ministered to the lowly and broken.
James Pack maintains his own website and wrote up quite a profound and honest piece. A very honest and straightforward perception on one's experience with feeling abandoned. And, the most gut-wretched profound insight was this: ...where is everyone else? What happened to all the people who said they cared about me? I claim part of … Continue reading What you may not know
Photo by Callum Hilton on Pexels.com ...for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.~ Luke 15:32, KJV ~ There once was a man with two sons. The younger made a request to his father to attain his inheritance. Once he received his allotment he took up his … Continue reading What is Your Prodigal Story?
Photo by Garon Piceli on Pexels.com ~ July 6, 2020 -Morning Devotion ~ For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. ~ 2 Timothy 1:7, KJV ~ We are facing grave and uncertain times. Some even wonder if this really is the … Continue reading The Courage to Live a Bold Faith
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
We are not exempt from the troubles of the old man. How we may have dealt with adversity and setbacks will hopefully be different. Each season of difficult - there is a choice. A choice between facing those difficult seasons with the confidence and trust in God; or, give into the old man of troubles and sorrow and sink in our frustration, despair, and disappointment.
It is through Christ's infinite and profound atonement that we are able to come to a place where we place our hope and trust in God. This hope and trust provides for us an assurance for whatever challenges may lay ahead in our spiritual journey. We may face desperate circumstances. Personal adversity. And seemingly impossible social upheavals to contend with. Yet, He is faithful toward us because he has called us into a fellowship with his Son - Jesus Christ (See, 1 Corinthians 1:9, paraphrased). And, his promise stands to protect us and strengthen us (See, 2 Thessalonians 3:3).
Attend any 12-step based community support group and you will here the ritual chant of the Serenity Prayer. God grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference. It appears this saying is done in an absent-minded form of shallow profession. Something we … Continue reading Spiritual Impact of the Serenity Prayer
The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught,that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary.Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. ~ Isaiah 50:4, ESV ~ The greatest challenge Christians face is fulfilling their own calling where it so often goes against present … Continue reading Strength comes through fellowship
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
We all have certain fears. However, when it comes to living authentically, living mindfully, and living out a genuine spiritual life - there is an inherent fear of stepping out in faith and living completely and totally surrendered to God. In fact, one of my biggest resentments I've held against God is asking Him to draw me … Continue reading What is your greatest fear?
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” ~Deuteronomy 31:6, ESV ~ This life is a miracle and an amazing gift for us. Included is the spiritual awakening promised by our recovery program. Yet, there … Continue reading Our Call to be Strong and Courageous
“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ~ John 8:31-32, ESV ~ Our perception of truth deepens through God's sovereign grace. It brought us to face the reality of our present situation. We became honest and relinquished our life and will … Continue reading Truth brings freedom and liberty
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. ~ 2 Timothy 1:7, ESV ~ My favorite Wizard of Oz character is the cowardly lion. We typically do not associate a lion with fear and cowardliness. Yet, he meets Dorothy, Tin Man and Strawman. Together, they are heading toward the … Continue reading The Courage to Live Boldly
If anyone serves , he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. ~ John 12:26, ESV ~ We are set free from the bondage and enslavement substance use has brought upon us because we follow in the footsteps of our … Continue reading In the Footsteps of the Master
He is not afraid of bad news. His heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady, he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries ~ Psalms 112: 7-8, ESV ~ Recovery teaches us to live courageously in a troubled world. We are living in a fear-based world. … Continue reading Assurance in Troubled Times
"...for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands." (See, 1 Samuel 17:45-47 in context). NOTE TO READERS: This article is an adaptation from a previous article I had published at another blog, and a teaching given by Mormon President Thomas S. Monson. The relevance shares insights in furthering our … Continue reading Facing your Goliath on the battlefield