Lifestyle & Faith
I’m sure you’ve heard this line, as Christians we should be in the world and not of it. Well, that’s what the book of Titus is about. It’s about impacting our culture and communities, being in them, but not of them…
In this day everyone is a journalist with their blogs, and everyone seems to be an influencer with their social media accounts. Media is allowing up to stay connected and see what our counterparts around the world are doing. In this social media age, it seems as if we’re all trying to exalt ourselves. I’m not anti-social media. There are many positive aspects of it. Nor am I anti influencer or anti- affluence. God has blessed various people with influence and affluence, and has exalted certain people above others…
As we approach 2017, if we ask God for a sensitivity to see His work in our lives, we will experience some “seeing is believing” moments. We will see Him work in such a way in our lives and the lives of others, where He will remind us of the truth of His presence, His awesomeness and His love.
Even if it’s a season where we feel like everything is going wrong, God showers graces. We can lose sight of these graces because we’re already feeling so down. But, if we look with our spiritual eyes we will see the Father’s love and that He is with us.
Our walk with God boils down to trust- trusting Him with our lives, our loves, our desires, and our sufferings. There are sufferings in this world that are only unique to Christians as followers of Jesus, and there are sufferings that are directly correlated to our appointed gifts that God has called certain people to fill.
We’ve all been called to serve. Jesus came for people, to save us and to heal us. That’s what His ministry was about: people.
A personal mission statement that does not include a mission and aim to uplift others, and to put them before ourselves is a personal mission statement that is weak and lagging character.
If people realize with their hearts and minds that they are (or can be) powerful people of God, then they walk forward with their dreams and desires with more boldness. But we often need a refiners fire (challenges that try us) to light us up so that we can come out as pure gold.
It’s important in life that we be mentally fit for all sorts of situations- to be fit to take on sin and fight the flesh, and to be mentally fit to fight life’s giants. When we’re mentally prepared it shows that we also have great faith in God. And it’s also a big part of knowing who we are so that we can have a stellar personal mission statement.
Who we are a spitting image of shows what’s really going on inside our hearts [our root system]. By heart I mean our emotions, the thing(s) that drives us, the thing(s) that propels us to act or not act, our love for something, the good we do, the evil we do- if we forgive, if we hate, if we surrender our lives to God, if we’re jealous towards other, etc.
There comes a time in life where we have to draw a line in the sand between what has burdened us or once defined us in the past, from, where we’re trying to get to. We can’t move forward if we’re still trying to hold onto the past.
What people know of themselves comes from what they have been told of themselves, and sometimes what they have been told is worldly poor advice. Do you know who you are and what wonderful things you can do in the world- outside of what people are telling you about yourself?
What is the way? For believers it is Jesus and we’ve been put on this earth to glorify God and use our gifts and talents to serve this generation. We’ve been put on this earth to follow “the Way” and to be conscience of Him and not lose sight of His mission for our lives.
God is faithful and He is good. He wants us to enjoy our earthly lives that He has given us. He wants to surprise us, where one day we may walk into something new, thinking it will be the same of what we had before, but maybe slightly better, and BOOM! - God has given us something far more than we could have ever asked for or imagined.
One thing I realized about God is that He’s all about process. More often than not, God, thousands of years ago, and God in 2016 is a God of process. Sometimes He does things quickly, like the waving of a wand- abracadabra and POOF- it’s done and fast. But when He decides to mold and make our characters, the things we want can take weeks, months or years.
Just because we’re in a situation that seems good and that seems ok doesn’t mean it is ok. The Scripture is full of examples where people thought they were ok, despite their unholy living.
In the movie industry the leading roles are few. Only one man and one woman can have these spots. How far we go in life is largely dictated by how big or small our thinking is.
Believe it or not, we have as much access to God as we have the faith receive Him. It can be the most challenging thing in life to make time for God. What is your reaction when the Holy Spirit is prompting you to connect with God? Do you seek God or put Him on the lower end of the list of “things to get to later?”
It’s common to have a lot of people around you in your early 20s, but as you mature in your 20s, you realize that you’d rather have a few quarters around you than lots of pennies.
...try not to worry too much because it’s always going to be ok. Whatever you run up against in the next 10 years, it will somehow work out.
Sometimes you have to work really hard for dreams. Or, they might come to pass in a slightly different form than you planned. And sometimes, you gotta go out on a limb, take a risk, and trust that God is with you to bring that dream to pass.