The burdens we carry come in all shapes, sizes, and varieties. Many are weighty, but there's one load that proves even heavier--and it can be traced back to the garden of Eden.
Our heavenly Father has given each person a conscience as a gift intended to be a tool of the Holy Spirit--our one true Guide. As such, it is designed to protect you from going astray. You can trust it only when the following seven statements are true of you:
The Lord promises to give us the desires of our hearts. But many people take this passage out of context, forgetting that their own mindset plays a vital part in bringing it to fruition. As my mother once said, "Where your mind goes, your feet go, so be careful what you think about."
God warns us against misguided desires, because sinful passions can lead to emptiness, suffering, disappointment, pain, and even death. Wise believers let the Father direct their yearnings--and then make changes if necessary.
Throughout life, we all bear many burdens. Some may concern everyday things like finances or relationships, but we might also feel overwhelmed about future unknowns. These can weigh us down to the point of exhaustion if we do not handle them biblically.
If you've ever been confused about how to intercede for someone, Paul's prayer in Colossians is appropriate for every person and every situation. Because it fits perfectly with God's will, you can ask these requests with great confidence – both for yourself and for others:
What do you think about when you wake up? Are your thoughts instantly focused on the day ahead, or are they centered on the Lord? Although most of us have busy lives that consume much of our time and attention, the most important and time-saving part of each day is that spent in quiet solitude with God.
When God calls you to do something specific, how do you respond? Now, most of us don't raise a fist at Him and yell, "I won't do it!" Instead, we usually struggle with the idea for a while. Sometimes we argue, telling Him all the reasons why it won't work. At other times, we'll begin to doubt we heard Him right and then deny that He's even called us. Or we could react like Jonah and simply run the other direction (Jonah 1:2-3).1 comments
When Jonah ran away from the Lord, he probably thought he'd escaped an undesirable assignment. But rebellion never makes life better--or easier. Before long, he found himself in an even less pleasant situation: taking a wild ride inside a fish. Two things stand out in this story.
An accountability partner is able to perceive what we can't see when blind spots and weaknesses block our vision. Such a person serves as a tool in God's hand to promote spiritual growth, and he or she watches out for our best interest. When choosing this type of confidant, look for these characteristics:1 comments
The head of my seminary once declared that building anything worthwhile requires a firm foundation: a chicken coop may not need much of a base, but a skyscraper is built on several tons of buried steel and concrete. Jesus Christ is the strongest and steadiest foundation upon which a life can be built.
Have you ever evaluated your level of commitment to the Lord? Sadly, many Christians have entered the door of salvation and settled down into their pews, expecting nothing more. But Christ wants us to decide deliberately to let Him be the Lord of our lives. This requires the surrender of all our rights and recognition that He's the one who plots the course. Our responsibility is simply to follow.
Daniel had faithfully been living out his commitment to the Lord from the time he was a teenager. His witness of integrity and godliness was earned over a lifetime, during which he'd been challenged frequently to compromise his faith.