James 1:16-18 | Genuine Faith and Spiritual Awakening and Birth

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.

James 1:12-15 | Genuine Faith and Temptation

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.

James 1:5-8 | Genuine Faith and Wisdom

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.

James 1:1-4 | Genuine Faith and Trials

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.

Psalms 1:1-6 – The Two Paths Before Us

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).

Premise Three: Having a vision to move forward

In the last three articles, we explored the following: Human authenticity and conscious living; Premise One: Authenticity is essential to the human experience; And, Premise Two: Emotional intelligence and our human experience. In this third installment, the discussion focuses on having a vision in order to move forward. Vision gives us a sense of direction. … Continue reading Premise Three: Having a vision to move forward

Live in the Present Moment

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. ~ Matthew 6:34 (cf Matthew 6:25-34), ESV Living in this very moment is all we have to concern ourselves with. There is the constant desire, and impulsive need, to live for the future. … Continue reading Live in the Present Moment

Spiritual Values

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. ~ 1 Peter 2:9, ESV ~ Spiritual growth and maturation includes living according to established values. We choose to align ourselves to those values and strive … Continue reading Spiritual Values

Do Not Forsake the Fellowship of Others

not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. ~ Hebrews 10:25, ESV ~ In recovery, we learn the importance of the fellowship we have with other people. Many lessons are learned from hearing the story of other's … Continue reading Do Not Forsake the Fellowship of Others

In Solitude We Find Intimacy

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. ~ Mark 1:35, ESV ~ Spending time in solitude is beneficial for an intimate and deep enriching relationship with our Heavenly Father. Christ sets the example for us to follow. He … Continue reading In Solitude We Find Intimacy

Confident and Assured in Our Faithfulness

...I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of Men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commanded them. ~ 1 Nephi Chapter 3 ~ People approach recovery with the false … Continue reading Confident and Assured in Our Faithfulness

When God delays for the greater purpose

Today's reading: Genesis 41-42; Ps. 10:12-18; Prov. 4:7-9; Matthew 14:1-21 God's provision during times of famine Spiritual maturity and growth is established with our trust and faith in God. His grace is sufficient for us in all seasons. As we walk in sincere obedience, faithfully devoted to God, we will experience peace of mind. Today, … Continue reading When God delays for the greater purpose

When Other People are not Measuring up

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

Don’t do this one thing in order to move forward in life

Sometimes we want to give up. Simply throw in the towel and walk away. We want to quit pursuing our dreams. Frustrated at the many challenges that appear to be barriers to us accomplishing our goals. Feeling inadequate and empty. Giving up is a personal issue we all face in our lives.  Occasionally, a particular meme … Continue reading Don’t do this one thing in order to move forward in life

Discovering your guiding principle

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

Dwelling in unity with one another

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! ~ Psalm 133:1, ESV ~ Outside of our relationship with God - do we have at least one or two other people who know us. Individuals of integrity who know what really goes on in our lives, what we feel, and what our doubts are? … Continue reading Dwelling in unity with one another

Taking a stand with God

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

He strengthens us when we are weak and weary

 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. ~ Isaiah 40:29 ~ Powerlessness comes when we are no longer capable of utilizing our volition to make sound choices. When we move beyond addictions and co-dependency issues, we also come to realize how limited our power is. However, we also come … Continue reading He strengthens us when we are weak and weary

Walk in grace and truth for today

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. ~ Ephesians 5:15-16, ESV ~ For today only. Our decisions for today only influence the way we walk. Is the decisions we make based on tomorrow's worries? Or, are we making choices based … Continue reading Walk in grace and truth for today

Beginning the path of mindful Christian spiritual living

If you have not already explored what it means to live a focused and mindful Christian spiritual life, then please review the ten premises explored here. In this article, the reader will hopefully gain insight on where to begin their journey toward a mindfully based spiritual Christian life. To understand what we mean by a … Continue reading Beginning the path of mindful Christian spiritual living

Worthy in the eyes of God

I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant... ~ Genesis 32:10, ESV ~ True humility begins when we are no longer shaming or inflating ourselves and begin accepting ourselves as Godly men and women. We are no better, … Continue reading Worthy in the eyes of God

Let us be content

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens … Continue reading Let us be content

Our God will provide

Today's reading: Genesis 21 - 22:24; Ps. 6:6-10; Prov. 3:5-6; and Matt. 8:18-34 The Lord Will Provide We are called to endure. The fulfillment of God's promises only come when we walk in accordance to His will. By being obedient, we come to understand how our God will provide us for what we are in … Continue reading Our God will provide

Increase our faith O Lord!

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” ~ Luke 17:5 ~ We are tasked to grow and mature in life. This requires taking necessary risks. If we want our Heavenly Father to increase our faith, then we need to be willing to take those spiritual risks in obeying Him. Our faith only grows when we … Continue reading Increase our faith O Lord!

Nothing has the power to separate us from God’s divine love

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 8:35-39, ESV ~ What fears do … Continue reading Nothing has the power to separate us from God’s divine love

The shield of our faith rests in God

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

Clothed in obedience for promised blessings

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

Becoming whole and well through Christ

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, ESV ~ The process of becoming a whole person, becoming a true person, and finding spiritual enlightenment … Continue reading Becoming whole and well through Christ

Safe and secure in the grace of God

Today's reading Genesis 7 - 8:22; Psalm 3:1-4; Proverbs 1:20-22; and, Matthew 4:1-25 ~ The Lord calls us to enter into His grace ~ God calls us to find safety and security in His grace. Noah and his family enters into the Ark with the animals. Safely and secured, protected from the flood. While in … Continue reading Safe and secure in the grace of God

Intimately walking with God

Today's reading: Genesis 5-6; Psalm 2:7-12; Proverbs 1:10-19; and, Matthew 3:1-17 ~ Noah walked with God ~ The foundation to our recovery is not only nurturing and cultivating an intimate relationship to our Heavenly Father, it requires a daily commitment to walk with Him. This separates us from those who walk in the ways of their own … Continue reading Intimately walking with God