All these teachings helps us understand the central truth of the Gospel - Jesus is the Christ by whom we are saved. Salvation comes when we place our initial faith and trust in Him. It comes when we humble ourselves and enter into the waters of baptism for the remission of our sins. This is accomplished when we come to the awareness of our natural state and disposition. Through repentance, we receive the first principle ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The world offers us all the desires and appetites that leave our bellies full and our flesh satisfied. Unfortunately, it is only temporary and we continue to remain hungry and thirsty for more of those things of the world. When we are tempted, it may come in guise of satisfying some desire. We develop an appetite for it. Eventually, it leads us to experience death of our sense of self through Jesus Christ.
Genuine faith stems from genuine humility. Our humility and faith is shaped from those trials we face in our lives. We are richly blessed beyond measure. The challenge is to keep ourselves humble regardless of how blessed we are. I also want to add that humility is the means in which we shore up treasures in heaven and not here on earth (see Matthew 6:19-20). It is not one of many Christian Virtues. It is the root of all Christian virtues. Humility is the root of genuine faith in God.
The message and hope is found in the Book of Lamentations written by the Prophet Jeremiah. There is not going to be a complete or understandable explanation for what we are most likely going to endure in the next few months. Maybe within the next few years. We already are seeing the silencing of certain voices, censorship on an unparalleled scale. We will be standing as witnesses to greater human suffering and sorrow that past generations may not have ever seen. Many Christians are appearing to be blindly led toward false hopes and securities with the claims that Christ's coming is on the threshold of human history.
Faith teaches us to act in a manner to which we believe God will help us, strengthen us, and give unto us what we need to withstand the storms in our lives. Scripture is firm on the nature of our faith as it relates to God. Christ constantly chastised the disciples - O ye of little faith. Christ commented on the simplest acts of faith - I have not seen such great faith. Faith even may bring healing into our own lives - Thy faith has made thee whole. Each time Christ ministered to those individuals it is because they had sought him out.
My profession of faith was more of an outwardly expression of how I wanted to be seen and thought of. It was not until realizing that the inside of me was still full of filth and grime. What needs to happen is that the cup needs to go through the process of cleansing before it is able to be filled and used. This takes faith and patience because of Christ's infinite atonement. We may be redeemed and justified before God. However, our work begins by cleansing ourselves of ungodliness. We endure. As our faith increases, so does our ability to become resilient. Spiritual maturation does not happen overnight. It takes work. It takes obedience.
Today, we do well to focus on the teachings of our Heavenly Father. Work to walk in faithful obedience to His divine and righteous council. Stand firm on the truth of His personal revelation and will for our lives. Sit with those who are working out their faith with fear and trembling and fighting the good fight (See, Philippians 2:12 and 1 Timothy 6:12, KJV).
Probably one of the greatest questions ever asked in human history is that of Jesus Christ. Whom do you say that I am? Actually, He asked two great questions: Whom do men say that I am? and then the former question being directed toward his disciples. This is contained within Matthew 16:13-17:
I was uncomfortable with the idea of fearing God. I defended Him as One whose love is so great He needs not be feared. This was based on my own understanding of 1 John 4:18: “Perfect love drives out fear.” Today, I have come to understand that when the scriptures calls our attention to fear … Continue reading Where Wisdom in Recovery Begins – Damascus Way Recovery
And God said, "Let us make man according to our image and likeness." ~ Genesis 1:26, LXX ~ Within ourselves and other people, we bare the image and likeness of God. We also bare the image and likeness of one another. Upon reflection, we bare the image of our childhood, our old-age, and those whom we … Continue reading We bare the Image of God and Humanity
..."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
Today's reading: Gen. 35 - 36:43; Ps. 9:6-10; Prov. 3:27-30; Matt. 12:22-50 Put away the foreign Gods that are among you and purify yourself When we come to Christ and commit to following Him, we are separating ourselves from the cultural and societal norms. This includes putting aside our previous loyalties. Only one true loyalty … Continue reading Taking a stand with God
“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
Whether we live inside or outside of religious enclosures, the monastic concept of balancing our lives and ordering them around God offers hope for living a deeper and more fulfilling spiritual life. Debra K. Farrington Living Faith Day by Day How the Sacred Rules of Monastic Tradition Can Help You Live Spiritually in the Modern … Continue reading Our invitation to living faith day by day
Today's Reading: Genesis 15 - 16:16; Ps. 5:1-7; Prov. 2:6-9; Matthew 6:19-34 "Do not fear, for I am a shield unto you" One of the greatest, and simple, truths is this: Our very own lives do not belong to us. Our life belongs to the Sovereign God who created all things. It is too Him … Continue reading The shield of our faith rests in God
Today's Scripture Reading: Genesis 1-2; Psalms 1; Proverbs 1; and Matthew 1 The invitation is extended to each one of us to Come follow after Christ. This requires our surrender to the will of God. The beginning of one's recovery is established through a radical surrender unto God. It is defined by the first three steps of … Continue reading Surrender into the intimacy of God
Earlier this month, I happened across an article at Crosswalk.com by Dena Johnson - How wrestling with God will change you forever. In her article/devotional, she recounts the story of Jacob and how Jacob wrestled with a person throughout the evening. His name was changed from Jacob to Israel and became the father of the … Continue reading Wrestling with God and how it forever changes your faith and life
We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. ~ First Article of Faith ~ ... all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular … Continue reading Nature and Understanding of God
One of the challenges a person experiences in early recovery is the shift in perception. As a moderately seasoned counselor, a handful of patients struggle with the understanding of their need to focus on the internal decay ongoing substance use has caused. Instead, they are more focused on changing people, circumstances, or particular events. Their … Continue reading New Beginnings
Authentic Christianity begins with one main experience: pursuing hard after God. What does it mean to pursue hard after God? My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me ~ Psalm 63:8, ESV ~ A. W. Tozer writes: We pursue God because, and only because, He first put an urge within us that spurs us to … Continue reading Pursuing hard after God
~ Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things ~ 2 Timothy 2:7, KJV Whether it is listening to a favorite Christian broadcast, sermon, or a daily devotion - immersion into the word of God is not merely a chore to be accomplished. It requires sincere time of meditation in … Continue reading Consider the Teachings
What matters most is what sort of person you are becoming. Wise individuals care only about whom they are today and who they can be tomorrow ~ Epictetus ~ We must live by those lessons of the recovery life in order to become wise. Wisdom is not something that springs up overnight. Learning wisdom is … Continue reading Becoming Wise
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.. ~ Proverbs 3:6-8, NASB ~ Are you at peace with the direction of your recovery … Continue reading At Peace with your purpose
With the increase, and awareness, of the opioid crisis there is also the ever-increasing number of people coming into recovery and treatment. We must make an increasingly substantial effort to assist them as they find their way to wholeness and peace. Each person stand in need of three things for recovery to, not only be … Continue reading Three things individuals need in recovery
Critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will always bring up the argument that Alma 11:37 contradicts Romans 5:8. Most of the time, when this criticism is presented, it is presented in the following format: An important difference between Biblical Christianity and Mormonism- Bible: But God demonstrates his own love for us … Continue reading Does Alma 11:37 contradict Romans 5:8?
Typically, when we read about prosperity and blessings, we read about how those who follow the counsel, will and desire of a loving Heavenly Father receive promised riches. Not the kind that we would understand, however those of heavenly riches as well as riches to continue to bless and provide for those who are less … Continue reading As the wicked prosper to their demise
The eldest son of Billy Graham published a letter (dated December 27, 2012) via the Billy Graham Evangelical Association website. This letter calls an awareness and a warning to America regarding the spiritual and moral cliff that we are facing. Dear Friend, As we come into the new year, America is facing many challenges. For … Continue reading BGEA: Fiscal Cliff? What About Our Spiritual Cliff?
The first week of the devotional study through the Book of Nehemiah is available for purchase of .99 Each weekly devotional will be available for full download at .99 cents through the Scribd store. Each daily installment is free of charge. Once the thirteen week devotional study is completed, it will be available for purchase … Continue reading Nehemiah | Week 1 devotional study
". . . my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death" —Philippians 1:20 My Utmost for His Highest. “. . . my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing … Continue reading My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
The Angel Moroni is one of the more enduring symbols of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This particular symbol is placed on most Temples, used to be published on older versions of the Book of Mormon, and occupy the hearts and minds of the Latter-day Saint Christian community. The significance of the … Continue reading Angel Moroni Christmas tree topper – A religious symbol