Attitude in Prayer

As we go to prayer, what is our attitude?  Do we humble ourselves before God as the Bible says?  Do we go off to a room and close the door or have these long drawn out prayers so that others can see what a great prayer we are?  Do we acknowledge who God is or just ask him for things?  When we ask, do we truly believe He can give us what we ask for and trust that He will always do what is best?  Do we tell Him what a great Father He is and come to Him as Sons and Daughters?  Do we come to Him with a broken heart and confess our sins and be repentive? Continue reading “Attitude in Prayer”

When Things Don’t Go as Planned

Last week was a stressful week.  Work has already been stressful lately (which has been literally giving me headaches), but with the metal prices low, the company I worked for had to take some measures to reduce costs (I work for a zinc mine).  One of those measures included some layoffs.  Thank God I was not one of them, but I don’t know what the future holds in the years to come.  I have been planning a mission trip to Haiti for some time now.  Plans were to leave the end of this month.  But, I received a call that there is some civil unrest there and demonstrations were planned for the time I would be going there.  So, missionaries decided to cancel any mission trips during that time for obvious safety concerns.  The good news is that they are going to have a mission team going there mid-December and they were hoping that I could go then.  This was good news, but it also meant rescheduling flights and canceling hotel rooms.  All in all, this would add to the cost and I will be sleeping in the airport for the overnight layover because the hotel room was non-refundable.  I purchased travel insurance, but it did not cover this circumstance.  I know that God always works things out for good and His timing is right, but it did leave me with doubt, frustration, discouragement and wondering what I did wrong, or if He was testing my faith or if the devil was trying to keep me from going or working on my mind to lose faith or be distracted or keep from doing what God wants me to do, or…or…or… Continue reading “When Things Don’t Go as Planned”

Grace and Legalism

These two words are talked about a lot these days:  grace and legalism.  Many churches are one extreme of the other.  Many people are.  Where do we draw the line between the two?  The Bible is clear we are saved by grace and not by works.  It is also clear that we are to obey God’s commands.  We show that we love God by how we live.  Our lives reflect our salvation and that Christ is in us.  To me, that is the difference.  Some people treat grace as a “get out of jail free” card.  But if you really are saved and Christ is in you, would you not want to live for Him?  On the other hand, salvation is not about rules and regulations, it is about the heart. Continue reading “Grace and Legalism”

Hebrews 12: Encourage to Live by Faith

As I was going through a study in Hebrews, I learned a lot about Jesus, who He is, what He did for us, and how we are to live and think.  Jesus sacrificed Himself for us; His blood was shed so that there is no more need for sacrificial offerings, there is no need to go to anyone but Him (He is the only way) to confess sins or to ask for forgiveness.  That is God’s grace.  We are not under the Law.  We are under grace.  Our salvation is based on accepting His grace, for He paid the price.  Salvation is not about following rules and regulations.  It is about following Jesus Christ.  It is about a personal relationship with Him.  It is about faith in what Christ can do, not about what we try to do to earn favor.  Continue reading “Hebrews 12: Encourage to Live by Faith”

Ruth: A Story of Love and Redemption

There is so much in the story of Ruth about love, friendship, loyalty, integrity, redemption; it is an example of how God makes even the worst of circumstances for good, of His redeeming love for us, His plan of salvation, the character of Jesus Christ and the purpose of His ministry on this earth.  All this is contained in four chapters.  I hope that you will go on this journey with me in the next few blog posts as we dive into the book of Ruth.  Feel free to comment on what you have learned through this story.  May God bless you and teach you as you read through it. Continue reading “Ruth: A Story of Love and Redemption”