When we are struggling, when things are hard, when we have a crisis? What is the first thing we do? How do we try to fix it? So often we try to take care of it on our own. In my experience, this can often lead to disaster. Sometimes they work out for a while, but most of the time we find out that we need help. Why don’t we start there? We trust God. Do we show it? Is God our priority? Do we turn to Him fist for everything? As I was reading Daniel this week, I realized there is a lot we can learn from him: Continue reading “When You Have a Crisis”
Next on our list of how believers can grow in their faith Is reading God’s word and spending time with our Lord.
- Be in the word and in prayer daily. Not just as a routine, but dive into it to be closer to God and to know Him better. Know what God’s will is for you.
Why do we go to church? I saw a post on Facebook about how people don’t need to go to church every Sunday to worship God as long as they believe in God, or something like that. The statement is partially true. It is not a sin to miss church, I don’t think, but if you are able, you should be there. You need the church body and the church body needs you. It is not a ticket to heaven, either. We are saved by grace through faith, not going to church. But, being part of a church is an act of worship and it brings you into a family that will encourage you, teach you, strengthen you, pray for you. These are things to look for when finding a home along with sound biblical teaching. Also, though, we should not go there expecting to be fed all the time. As we go, we need to look for ways that we can serve the church and do all those things for others. The church is not a place. It is a people. It is you and me. It is believers. It is the body of Christ. Continue reading “Why Go to Church?”
Paul says pray without ceasing. No matter what the circumstance, good or bad, seek God…first. Praise Him. No matter what He will be with you. I think that is what Paul meant when he said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” It doesn’t mean we can do everything, it means we can handle anything when we put the Lord first and we trust Him to take care of our needs. Jesus says do not worry because the Lord will provide. Continue reading “God Answers Prayers”
In the New Testament, there are many beautiful prayers that I try to pray for my family, friends and other believers, my brothers and sisters in Christ. This is one of my favorite. Paul prays to encourage the believers in Ephesus, to gain knowledge of the scriptures, to know of the hope they have in Jesus Christ and of His power. I try to personalize this to make it my own as I pray for others. So often our prayers are about “what can I get” or physical needs, which are fine, but we should go deeper. Prayer for those around us to be closer with God, to really know what the scriptures say that God’s words would help us grow spiritually and to always seek Him, knowing how powerful and awesome our God is, yet loves each one of us so much that Jesus came and took the sins of the world on His shoulders and died on the cross for you and me, paying the penalty of our sins so that we can be saved and spend eternity with Him. What a great and wonderful God we have that yearns for us to seek Him!
Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.