When we think of Christianity and going to church. Do we think of it as something that we want to do? Do we think of it as something we need to do? or Do we just do it out of routine?
When I was in church today listening to the preacher and the message that was preached, it was like God was putting something on my heart. Showing me that I needed to look at the reasons we do the things we do. He made me question my intent, my walk, my journey.
Do I pray enough? Do I read enough? Do I spend enough one on one time with the Lord and Savior of my soul? As I pondered, this just came to me. It wasn't as though I didn't know it before but really, I needed to reflect on it.
"If you want to know what your relationship is like with God, look at how much time you spend praying, reading the bible and spending one on one time with him."
Looking back, I noticed I have been slacking in these areas. I could spend less time on my phone, less time on Facebook, less time in many different areas and more time with God.
If you want to get technical any relationship you are in needs to have communication and attention. You need to spend time with the person you are having a relationship with and you need to communicate with that person.
The difference is with God that relationship should be the most important out of all the relationships. So, this was something I reflected on today.
Recognizing is only part of it though. Once we recognize something is wrong we must take action. We have to choose to continue in the wrong and know we are wrong or make changes.
I choose to change.
Hope this has helped you in some way.
God is not a created being like us. He is the Creator of life, all life! Sometimes it is hard for us (mere mortals) to understand how a Perfect, Just God can handle our tiny problems. I say tiny because of the FACT that compared to making something out of nothing it is tiny.
All our HUGE problems are just merely tiny nothings to God and his magnificence. Time and time again I ask myself how can God move in this or in that and I know that God is God and He has His own way of doing things and that way is better than we could have ever imagined.
Which brings me to two of my favorite verses "For my thought are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV
God tells us in those verses we aren't going to understand him because his thoughts are so far above ours. Which should really humble us that such an amazing God and Creator of all things would love us so much.
Some times it hard to let God be God but I think that is part of the whole trusting in Him we need or at least I need to do more often.
Like a good friend once told me "it's just another bump in the road" but God has this. As long as we trust in Him and I mean FULLY trust in Him He will take care of the rest.
I hope this has helped someone out there and remember God is big enough!
Prayer is a weapon that we wage in the spiritual realm. It isn't just a weapon though it is to be used in our relationship to our Creator, our heavenly Father. Here lately, I have been discovering more about how I like to journal my prayers.
The reason I started journaling prayers was for me to see how God has moved in the things that I have been praying about. I don't always write my prayers out but it has helped me recognize how God has moved. Sometimes we forget how God has moved in certain areas. I tend to forget a lot until I re-read some of the older prayers that I have written.
Prayer is such a powerful thing. It is a step in humbling ourselves and it builds our relationship with God. The Bible speaks of our relationship to God as a marriage. What would a marriage or any relationship be like if we didn't talk to the other person? Well, it wouldn't be a relationship, would it?
My opinion is that without a prayer life there is really no relationship. This cuts me as I am writing it because I could be on my phone less and spend more time with the Lord.
Lord help me to spend more time with you. Help me to build that relationship with you.
I hope my rambling has helped someone out there.
Have you ever noticed that the seasons change? Well, of course, you know about the seasons on the earth like spring, summer, fall, and winter. I am meaning the spiritual season or the seasons in our lives.
I will admit that sometimes I don't realize until later that I am going through a different season. God is so amazing though. He helps us through each season in our life and each step as long as we trust in him. I have had times where there was lots of joy, and also times where I was being refined.
The refining process I think was the hardest and sometimes I have to go back through the refining process. For me, the refining process included me losing a lot of family/friends. I went through troubles, sorrows, and learning who was going to be there for me. It was a hard time but it was edifying.
I had seasons where I had close friends then the season for those friends changed. Some moved, and some slowly drifted away. I learned that God should always be first in my life then everything else would fall into place. My little family (husband and kids) have taught me a lot as well. They taught me to be less selfish (which was hard because I am an only child). I also learned how to love more.
I have a son who has high functioning autism which is another thing that has taught me a lot. I am still learning how to handle some of the meltdowns and some days it is really hard but I know that God is always there and I can turn to him whenever I am in need.
Seasons change and each season have its own set of challenges but if we put our trust in the Lord fully he will guide us through any hurdle we face. God is in control. Let's lay down our will and trust in God's perfect plan.
Hope this has helped you in some way.
Lately, I have been studying apologetics. Apologetics is a study about defending the Christian faith. I asked a question on multiple groups asking people for questions that people asked them or that are hard to answer.
The purpose of it was to get questions to study so that I could be more prepared to defend the faith. I had a couple of different questions that were asked like "Why is there suffering in the world?" lot of great questions to study about. However, I have heard those questions a few different times.
One person commented and said that he had an individual ask him "If Jesus died on the cross for our sins why do people go to hell? Wouldn't that make his sacrifice insufficient?" I have to admit I have never heard this question so that is why it intrigued me.
The person who gave me the question said that it kind of stumped him which at the moment I think that some would get stumped by it. I myself might have also. It is easier to think about questions and study them out but in the moment sometimes it could be hard to get the answer out.
We read in the bible how we suppose to defend the faith.
'Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.'
How would we answer this question? There are a few different ways to answer this question. There are a few things that we can look at. First, the person answering the question acknowledges that fact that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. That in its self is great because we don't really have to make the case that he died on the cross since the person already acknowledges it.
One way to address this question is, yes, Jesus did die on the cross and shed his blood to pay the price for all sin. However, if a person does not accept that gift then they still have that sin. So, for example; we will say Molly had a flat tire and it cost $200 to replace the tire. Her brother Jordan wanted to pay the bill for her tire but Molly denied his help. Do you kind of see where I am going at with this question? Someone has to pay the bill. Does that mean that Jordan's money is not valuable? No, Molly just didn't want his help so therefore she had to pay her own bill.
So, if we bring it back to Jesus. His sacrifice was/is sufficient but some people don't want his help.
We believe that everyone has choices to make. We have all made a few bad choices but what are we going to do about it. Are we going to ask forgiveness of our sins that we committed? God is merciful, he is also just.
If you are reading this and you haven't accepted Jesus into your heart. I would encourage you to do so. God loves you! And no matter what you have done in the past God can make you washed clean of any sins that you have committed. He can clear that slate.
It says in His word: "This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT.
The bible also says: "If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved." Romans 10:9-10.
I hope this has helped you in some way. May God bless you and thank you for reading. I hope this has encouraged you in some way.
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