A friend of mine shared this little meditation with me this morning and I found it very encouraging and powerful. Timothy and Kathy Keller have a wonderful way of sharing God’s Word, and they have an interesting perspective that I find both inspiring and engaging. In this meditation, Timothy says that faith is a deliberate ACTION and Kathy adds that it is based on the confidence we have in God’s proven character.
Our faith can be strengthened or weakened based on how we use it when experiencing the struggles of life. We can see the inevitable struggles of life as a means of developing steadfastness and building personal character or we can see them in a way that is less productive, like not realizing God loves us and He has not abandoned us in some way because He is allowing us to suffer needlessly in our futile opinion. Timothy states it well when he says, “You’re refusing to exercise the faith you have when you panic.” Just as the disciples did in Luke 8:24-25 and Jesus then asked them “Where is your faith?”
When life throws us struggles we should see them as the blessings they are, they are times for us to pull out our faith and remember how much Jesus loved us when He decided to die on the cross for our sins. God never abandons us, He is always right there with us, asking us to remember all that He has done for us and asking us to reflect on His loving and holy nature.
Mark and I have been meditating on the importance of keeping the Sabbath just as God commanded us to. Not out of a need to please God so He will love us, but as a way to show Him we love Him and honor the work He has done on this earth. It’s our way of slowing down and enjoying all He has done for us by using this time to contemplate His Word and bask in His Glory. It’s our way of practicing what is to come in heaven when we finally meet Jesus Christ face to face. Doing this has made me think about the current situation the pandemic has had us in the past couple months. I’ve been reflecting on 2 Chronicles 36:21 and wondering if maybe what we are experiencing is an enforced Sabbath? I’m not sure, but it seems like it very well could be. Let’s make the best of this season.
“What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath— the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life.
And when your body has become still, reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
Know that our lives are in one another’s hands.
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils of compassion that move, invisibly, where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love – for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, so long as we all shall live.”
Spiritual warfare is VERY REAL especially to a child of God. The enemy tries to discourage any and all that speak light into the darkness. But thank God for the unswerving loyalty He has given me and the spiritual warriors He has put into my life (you know who you are)who stand in the gap and remind me who it is I belong to.
Happy Holy Spirit Day! A great spiritual revival is upon us! I’ve seen it especially in the New Age subculture as of late. God is saving people and delivering them from the bondage of sin. He is convicting their sinful hearts and they are repenting and turning away from the evil deeds and looking towards Jesus and the will He has had for their lives all along. God bless you all in the coming days!
She’s seen the other side just like I have and she’s exposing the works of darkness that have crept into the body of Christ. Seek a relationship with Jesus NOT this “experience” of Jesus and please fill your mind with His Word. 🙏
We are ALL gods children experiencing daily spiritual warfare for our souls. The battlefield is our minds. The enemy works on you twice as hard (at least) once you are saved and in God’s hand. The Christian life isn’t all rainbows and butterflies, but we are called to pick up our cross daily and serve the Most High in EVERYTHING we do. Our lives and bodies are not our own, they were bought with a price. 💛
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”(Ephesians 6:12)
“For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.” (Isaiah 60:2)
Having a genuine relationship with Jesus should not be gauged by emotions, we are not to “seek a high” so to speak. I’ve noticed in a lot of mainstream Christian churches emotions have become an idol and it’s unsettling and misleading to new believers.
“We’re encouraged to use our feelings, rather than the facts of Scripture, as a gauge to see where we’re at spiritually. Strong faith is equated to a crazed, emotional high, to being “on fire for God”… but anything less is labeled as weak faith (or even, no faith). Youth especially are wrongly taught to evaluate their standing with the Lord by their emotions.
And even though the Christian faith is based on objective truth and historical realities–in particular, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ–we are still tempted to look inward and fix our eyes on our fickle feelings and momentary moods instead of the unchanging Lord of glory.”
If only there were more preachers like Dr.Martin Lloyd Jones!! God blessed this man with the TRUTH and the gift of language to share it with many. A timeless sermon on spiritual/psychological warfare 🙏
If only the world were more like God, what a wonderful world it would be. ❤
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
According to the Word of God, the gifts of the Holy Spirit consist of: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:1-2). And the fruits of the Spirit consist of: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and SELF-CONTROL. (Galatians 5:22-23)
The folks in these videos are not expressing ANY of these attributes but instead are gravely misrepresenting the Spirit of God!!
If your church looks anything like this I would repent to God for participating in such lunacy, turn away from your sins, and run, run, RUN AWAY from these seducing spirits and their works of darkness.
Please pray for discernment (Psalm 119:125).
The movements and sounds these people are making in the video above look a whole like this New Age cult from the 1980s: