Quote of the Week 10/16/17

You’ve been stuck living underneath the pressure to please me
But you can stop trying to compete for what I’ve given freely
There’s no doubt you are burned out; your prayers are nothing more than routine
Always looking over your shoulder, hoping that I won’t leave

Dare You to Trust My Love by Ryan Stevenson

We can get stuck trying to earn God’s love but we don’t have to. His love is given freely!

I’d give you a link to this song but I temperately locked myself out of YouTube. It helps to not be temped. So no link but you can listen to this song on YouTube. I’d recommend it!

 

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God is Powerful

Thunder cracks, waves smash ocean shorelines. These are some examples of God’s power in nature. He holds the whole world in his hands and controls the outcome of everything. God is powerful!

Example – The Parting of the Red Sea.

Today’s example comes from Exodus 14 (if you want to read it for yourself).

The Egyptians were back in pursuit and there was no way for the Israelites to escape. The Red Sea seemed like an insurmountable obstacle but nothing is impossible with God.

God told Moses to stretch out his staff over the sea and that when he did, it would be parted. Moses faithfully obeyed God and the sea was parted. The Israelites crossed on dry land. The impossible was done and God’s power was shown.

After all the Israelites were safely on the opposite shore God let the water fall back on the Egyptians.

Israel saw the power that the Lord used against the Egyptians, so the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses. ~ Exodus 14:31

God Controls Everything

The God that holds the universe in his hands is controlling your life. Nothing that’s going to happen to you will surprise God. God’s got this. For you and for me. We can leave our lives in his almighty hands.

It’s crazy hard though. I’m a controller. And I’m also prideful. Both of these things make it hard for me to let go but I need to. He’s worthy of our trust.

God was powerful enough to save the Israelites, he can save you too.

Verse of the Week 10/9/17

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and the pride of life is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with it’s desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. ~ 1 John 2:15-17

What a great reminder to live for God and not for this world. Let’s focus on what is eternal!

God is Loving!

Oh, the mistakes we make. Some small, some large and terrible, some that make us want to give up. Although we are imperfect human beings God loves and forgives us!

This is the first post in a blog series I’m calling the “God is…” series. The subject of this series is God’s attributes. In each post, I’ll try to have an example of that particular attribute. Either a biblical example or a story from my life.

Example: God Sent His Son

God could have left us stuck in our sufferings and lost in our sin, but he didn’t. God had a plan. That plan was to send Jesus his son to die for us.

The wrath that should have been taken out on us was taken out on Jesus. God’s one and only Son suffered and died. For us, a sinful world.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16

What a loving God he is!

The Love of God (Hymn)

Here’s verse 3 of The Love of God:

Could we with ink the ocean fill,

And were the skies of parchment made,

Were every stalk on earth a quill,

And every man a scribe by trade;

To write the love of God above

Would drain the ocean dry;

Nor could the scroll contain the whole,

Though stretched from sky to sky.

What love is this? It’s impossible to measure.  

The beautiful thing is, God loves us no matter what we’re done or may do. He will always love and forgive us!

Let’s turn and give that love to others. I know it’s hard but we can ask God for help. He’s ready to give us a helping hand. 

God loves you! 

Have a great weekend!

Quote of the Week 10/2/17

Forget greatness; seek littleness. Trust more; strut less. Make lots of requests, and accept all the gifts. Come to God the way a child comes to Daddy.  ~ Max Lucado  Before Amen

These are some great suggestions for prayer! Also thanking God is an important part of prayer.

Have a great week everyone!

 

Looking to God in a Broken World

Much in this world competes for our attention but God is the only one worthy of our worship.

His Greatness

God is great, amazing, sovereign, powerful, and forgiving. It’s when we look at him and see his greatness that the lures of this life become dim. In other words, because of his greatness everything else pales in comparison.

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in His wonderful face,

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,

 In the light of His glory and grace.”

~ Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus written by Helen Howarth Lemmel

This Life

Life is hard. We struggle, struggle and struggle some more.

This world is a broken place. Everything is subject to change and one day this world will be gone, but one thing will never change. Jesus died for us and he we forever be here for us. 

Let’s look to him in our struggles. When we’re fighting worldly temptations or having a bad day. He is there ready to sustain us and forgive us when we fail.

He is perfect and we’re not even close.

Let’s humbly search to see his greatness more. And worship him and not our flesh. 

Humility: True Greatness (book review)

This week I have a book review for you!

Title: Humility: True Greatness

Author: C. J. Mahaney

Genre: Christian Non-Fiction

Pages: 174

What’s it about?

In Humility: True Greatness C. J. Mahaney talks about what true greatness is. Here’s what he has to say:

“…true greatness as biblically defined: Serving others for the glory of God. This is the genuine expression of humility; this is true greatness as the Savior defined it.”

Mahaney also gives us plenty of suggestions on how to combat pride. Here are some of them:

  1. Look for the good in others.
  2. Encourage and serve others.
  3. Study the attributes of God.
  4. Reflect on the wonder of the cross.

A few ways Mahaney suggests starting the day (to cultivate humility):

  1. Acknowledge our dependence on God.
  2. Express gratitude for God.
  3. Practice spiritual disciplines.
  4. Cast your cares on him.

A lot of these suggestions either have us focusing on God and his greatness or on others. When we’re prideful, who are we focusing on? Most of the time we’re focusing on ourselves. This is a way to combat pride.

My Thoughts

What I liked: I liked that this book had lots of practical advice. I also love the chapter where greatness is redefined. Great short and practical book on a subject I need help with!

What I didn’t like: There wasn’t much I didn’t like about this book. The only thing is one of the last chapters is irrelevant to me seeing as I’m not a parent.

Overall I loved Humility: True Greatness and would recommend it!


Note: From now on I’m going to be posting my main content on Saturday.

The Fiery Furnace

The furnace was hot. Even a furnace seven times hotter than normal isn’t too much for God to handle. That’s what Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego experienced on that day long ago.

Standing Up For The Faith

The order went out that everyone must bow down before the King’s golden image or be thrown into a fiery furnace. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had to decide if they were going to worship God or the golden image. They chose God. They decided to stand up for their faith but it would cost them big time. At least that’s what everyone thought.

What about us? If we were faced with the same question, what would we choose?

Even If God Doesn’t Save

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to worship the golden image, so they are brought before the king and he asked them if it’s true that they refuse to worship his image. He also asks what god will save them. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answer in this way:

“….If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18)

Notice that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego know that God is able to save them but they don’t know if he will. Either way, they will not serve false gods.

There’s nothing God can’t do. He can rescue, save, or heal us from anything but it’s his choice if he will. Like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego let’s serve God alone no matter what happens in life.

God Saves

King Nebuchadnezzar is angered by Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego’s response and orders the furnace heated seven times hotter than normal.

I wonder why the furnace is heated seven times hotter. Could it be that God wanted his power shown more fully? Maybe, I don’t know. It’s an interesting thought though.

Into the fire Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown. What happened next caused King Nebuchadnezzar to question how many men were cast into the furnace, because he saw four people in the furnace. The fourth in his words “was like the son of the gods.” (v. 25) The king called Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego out of the fire and out they came without a singed hair or a whiff of smoke on them.

God is powerful beyond measure and he does save.

God Was Displayed

Because of what he saw King Nebuchadnezzar began to worship God. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego’s courage changed lives and God was displayed.

When we stand up for God, even in small ways, he is displayed.  

There’s so much we can learn from this story. Like that God is a powerful and saving God. We are also shown how to courageously stand up for God.

I hope you were blessed!