Getting lost is not fun. Of course there's the "getting lost" when we just head out to rest and recreate without much of a plan, but truth be told we are really not lost, just away. If you've even felt truly lost, it is a deep and dark feeling and we just want clarity. In these circumstances it is important to note that nothing is ever lost to God, not even you.
Fear and anxiety can be so frustratingly crippling in our lives...and when we are dealing with it all we want is to get rid of it. The scriptures have a great deal to say about the ridding of anxiety from our lives, however, we are often loath to embrace it because it means surrendering our pride and embracing a lifestyle of humility.
Fear seems to be everywhere. Even when we are not experiencing a global pandemic, people can often be paralyzed by their fears in various situations...and we are all in the same boat - all of us deal with fear. As believers, we have an awesome ally against fear in God and the knowledge that not only is He at work in our lives, but that He has promised to be with us. His presence with us is the key to overcoming fear.
Like a recipe without its secret ingredient, a Christian without God's love flowing through them is just not the real thing. As followers of Christ, we ought to pursue love above all things so that somehow we might be able to tangibly demonstrate God's love and character to all who would seek it.
God is listening. One of the most comforting aspects of God's character is that He is near, He is sees, hears and knows, and He cares about us. The scriptures tells us that God has given us an open invitation to come to Him, lay our needs before Him, and that He promises to hear and respond.
It is easy to get caught up in the dark side of our own natures and begin to wonder how and if God could ever love us. When we come to understand the beauty of the perfection and righteousness of God and the bitter truth of our own fallenness, it is a stark contrast and can lead us to feel as though we are without hope. BUT - that is not what God has said.
They say you should never put off for tomorrow what you ought to do today. this is sage advice for us all, especially wen we consider the fact they not one of us is guaranteed any tomorrows. It is wise of us to consider the fact that at any moment we can be called upon to give an accounting of our lives and therefore focus our lives on producing good fruit.
We often feel far to comfortable thinking in narrow, black-and-white categories in regard to our fellow human brothers and sisters, and this kind of thinking can lead us to miss some very important things - mainly that there exists a stunning and spectacular variety of people in this world, each with something very special to offer. Conversely, in an effort to be universally inclusive, we can abandon all reason and truth and find ourselves intellectually and morally bankrupt. Jesus demonstrates a perfect balance of both and calls us to walk the narrow line between the extremes.
Most don't think of covetousness as a major problem in society or even personally. While we would all certainly consider murder and adultery serious evils, covetousness, while undesirable, is really not that big of a deal. We rarely pause to consider the cumulative effects of covetousness in a culture until it is too late. Are we there yet?
Do you struggle to persevere in prayer? Do you fear that God is wither uncaring or unwilling to answer your prayer for any reason? Prayer can be difficult work and because of our perception of God's delay in answering, we can jump to the conclusion that He isn't interested. Jesus teaches us that we should carefully avoid falling for such temptation, refuse to loose heart in prayer, and instead, demonstrate our faith through prayer until He comes.