God Himself, as a human baby, cried in the manger. What could the tears of God be for? Cries for Redemption drawing near. Cries for Salvation becoming a reality. Tears for the souls of millions of sinners who would be made right, and tears for millions who would refuse. Did baby Jesus cry because He knew the cross was His reason for living, and for dying?
Intimate worship. There is simply no better place to be than in His presence, continually washed by His grace. Swimming in His sea of redemption. Being surrounded by His protection. Feeling His embrace and seeking His comfort. Knowing the security of being engulfed in His sanctification. What passion needs to awaken inside your soul that will enable you to worship God more intimately?
Yes, it was just an ordinary, simple farm garden, but it was there I learned God loves just the ordinary, authentic me. I have a heart that is just like my garden. A little bit fancy on the outside and a whole lot of weeds on the inside. It is pleasantly productive and particularly pitiful all at the same time. That is just how my life is sometimes. I live in the flesh, and it is a mess, yet God still chooses to use me and produce fruit from which others benefit. I am thankful He faithfully deals with the sinful weeds choking the life out of me by pulling them out by the root and not just mowing them off the surface.
The world tells us our security is in the temporary. Money, achievement, a house, and family all tell us how we can gain and measure our worth and social status. It is a dark veil that the world puts over our eyes to dictate who we think we are and how good we are at being ourselves. Somehow we traded innocence for the insecurity and our lives are falling apart. How can I find security?
I was in the middle of cruising through a good Bible study, bee-bopping in time with the sunshine when God ran me into a brick wall. It was just a simple exercise in the workbook but it wrecked me. The assignment? “If God would write you a letter about your fear, what would He say?” The day God sent me a letter about my fear changed me forever.
What do I do when the weight of my burdens crush in on me and I can't let it go?? What do I do when I am knee deep in the mire of my burdens, and anxiety is making me sink? How do I let go and let God be God? How do I cast my cares on Him? Let's take at look at 4 Biblical steps you can use to climb out of the mud!
I was reminded the other day of how faithless I truly am. Have you ever done a Spiritual face-plant?
He is ever FAITHFUL even when I am not. That is my God and I am forever thankful that He graciously picks me up from every spiritual face-plant, brushes off the dust, and sets me back on the right path. Here are Here are 5 Bible verses that will remind you of His faithfulness when you find yourself face down.