Human nature makes it hard for us to live a life that is distinctive and different from this world…
The world tells us to trust our gut feelings, but the Bible tells us to trust and follow the Holy Spirit as it is living inside of us, as believers. The Spirit doesn't come and go based on our feelings, circumstances, or spiritual stability. The Holy Spirit, once received, is a permanent advocate dwelling in you to guide you in truth of God's will.
Whatever troubles you are having or will have, we must remember Jesus knows our pain because He suffered just as we do and worse. We need to remind ourselves that all of this pain, suffering, sorrow, violence, injustice, and unrighteous behavior will come to an end when we reach Glory or Jesus returns.
Are you hearing or are you listening? There is a difference. Less talk and more listening leads to more effective communication. Yadda, yadda, yadda is often what we hear but if we actually listened, we'd be better suited to respond. Distractions from our own thoughts is probably the biggest deterrent to listening.
- How well do you listen to God's voice?
- Is your agenda more important than His?
Is the world louder than His whispers to you?
May we not just be hearers but doers of the Word and that begins with being better listeners.
Godly friendships are such an important part of life. They encourage us, confront us, strengthen us, love us, pray for us, convict us, serve us, bear patience with us, humble us, spur us on to good deeds, sympathize with us, show compassion towards us and share the truth with us--even when it hurts.
We often live our lives with a 'just in case' forethought. God does provide for all of our needs and wisdom is included in that. We know it is wise to include extra clothes on a trip or to pack some food and supplies 'just in case' there is possible car trouble. We may always say 'I love you' with our goodbyes, 'just in case' it's the last time.
Sometimes, events in life cause me to be at a loss for words on what to blog about. When I turn to God's Word, I am overwhelmed because I feel like every verse is a comfort or a leading passage to my heart and it's hard to choose. So today, I choose what helps me to persevere... the Hope I have in Jesus Christ.