A Greater Strength

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Strength should not always be measured by how long we can hang on without losing our grip. Sometimes it takes a greater strength to finally just let go.

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What is Your Sheepdog?

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It is a troubling thing if we always turn our daily inconveniences into “demonic attacks” and pray that they be “cut off” and “taken away”.  The things that bug us, the constant annoyances and the inconvenient circumstances – these things purify our character and should provoke us to turn to God for the grace and patience that we need each day to persevere. Maturity does not attribute every negative thing as from the enemy. Sometimes the things that challenge us, that constantly nip and bite at our heels are the very things that God uses to get us up and and to keep us moving in the right direction for our spiritual growth.

He Made Himself of No Reputation

bird face-off (2) It is sad when the world falsely accuses or seeks to tear down the reputation of honest people doing good things.  We may even experience this to some degree or at some point in our own lives. It is good to clarify a misconception and to speak truth into a lie, but sometimes a wrong can be made more wrong when we invest too much time trying to fix it.  With all the wrongs that need to be made right in this world, let us ask for wisdom  to know how much energy we should expend on trying to recover a tarnished reputation and to know when it is time to just move on.

How Are You Listening?

Communication is so much more than just words and information.  Expression and intonation play an important role. We can wait a long time, miss out on a lot of revelation and possibly miss the point entirely if we think that words are the only way that God whispers in our hearts. Often there is a deeper revelation without words or beyond words if we listen for the glorious weight of His expression or the tender sound of His intonation towards us, full of power, love and mercy. Direction may come from information, but intonation carries transformation.

 

How Much Faith?

bridge 2When we cautiously ask God for every detail up front before we set out on our journey of faith, we greatly diminish our ability to trust in God because we actually end up walking by sight and not by faith. Conversely, launching out blindly and zealously without regard for our current obligations is reckless.
Without faith it is impossible to please God.  Let us ask God for wisdom to live out our faith with just the right amount that we need for every situation.

Confirmed by Scripture

 

Revelation for specific personal direction should always be
weighed and cross-checked in light of scriptures regardless of how many
people confirm it and regardless of how important these people are.  God’s word spoken in the heart will never contradict the principles of God’s word written in the Bible.

A Disciplined Eye

The light of the body is the eye. Like our physical eyes, our spiritual eyes have the capacity to become trained to identify fine details when we fix our gaze and keep looking intently on the object of our affections. If our eye is pure there will be sunshine in our soul.  What are you looking at?