All execution must come from a place of wonder – staying connected to the Father’s heart. We must not get so busy this year that we lose our wonder for the one we serve. We must, like children, remain in awe.
The Lord is a worthy defender, give Him your heart.
I don’t know what challenge you’re facing, but I do know Christ, and He is greater than any challenge. Perhaps, you need to be reminded of this…
It’s a fact that there’s no religion without prayer. While many religions have set and definite times for prayer, Christianity does not. Instead, we are given the command to pray without ceasing.
No matter where you are in the world I’m sure it isn’t 100% free of violent crime and mass deaths. There’s always that minimum of 0.1% suffering affecting someone’s life somewhere.
Like the prodigal son, there are times God lets us go down the wrong road so we can realize our mistakes willfully return to Him. I had to go down this road to be fully convinced that nothing will ever go right when I work without or go behind God.
We can’t always project the image of strength. In a fallen world, even the strongest need some assistance to get by. Fortunately, for the Christian, there is help through God’s Spirit; there is help in God’s word and there is help in God’s Church.
The seed doesn’t grow until its uncomfortable under the soil. A pregnant lady has to face the discomfort of labour before going home with a baby. Throughout life, the principle is established. Before growth, someone/thing has to be uncomfortable!
Like the rich young ruler in Mark 10:17-31, who was scared of a life without possessions, I too didn’t want to give up my comfort. It’s not that I didn’t want to grow, its that the risk was too much.
The grace for obedience is the ability to do the will of God, no matter how much your flesh struggles against it. Obedience in this context doesn’t just mean following God’s instructions, it also means living a life that is holy and devoted to God.