Our feelings are extremely unreliable, yet it is amazing to me how often we rely on them. I believe that feelings are often a Christian's number one enemy, and they can keep us from truly living in the perfect will of God because the enemy can so easily use them against us. Now, I'm not saying that our feelings are evil; they just dwell in a part of us that is so easily attacked by the enemy – our soul. So it's vitally important for us to learn how to manage them.
If there's one thing I've realized in life, it's that we can never ask God for too much grace. And we all need it – every day, for everything we need to do in life. Because God loves us so much, He gave His only begotten Son to die for our sins so we can receive His grace, both for our salvation and then to help us walk out our life in Christ with His power.
God's grace is amazing but sometimes I wonder if we have forgotten how truly amazing it is. The word "grace" is often so common in church or other religious settings that it can become familiar, causing us to forget its true value. Romans 5:8 (AMP) says, "But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us." God sent His Son to die for us before we were even following Him, which is amazing! I believe that when we have a true revelation of all God has done for us, we can overcome any frustration in our lives.
In Luke 18:27, we're encouraged to trust that "what is impossible with man is possible with God." Basically, this is saying that what we cannot do in our lives through our own strength… God can. This is especially encouraging when it comes to trying to change things about ourselves.
When we enter into a relationship with God, we experience a divine exchange where He takes our sin and gives us His righteousness. He also puts the seed of the Fruit of the Spirit in us (see Galatians 5:22-23). But in order for this fruit to grow in our lives, we have to study the Word and spend time with God so He can do this work in our soul.
Everyone needs to be loved. It's God's will for us to know and experience His unconditional love and have a personal relationship with Him (see John 3:16 and 1 John 4:16). He created us for acceptance, not rejection, and connection, not separation and abandonment.
It seems we have an epidemic of insecure people in our society today. People have an identity crisis because they don't know who they are. They try to find their identity in who they know, their position at work, their academic degrees, what they own, the clothes they wear…and the list goes on.
Worry and I used to be very close companions. We spent a lot of time together and back then, I thought that was a normal way to live. But through the years, God has helped me end my relationship with worry. And He did it with the help of my husband, Dave.
Are you bugged by a guilty conscience? Are you carrying around baggage from a certain mistake or bad decision that produces feelings of regret and self-loathing? If so, God wants you to know it's okay to let it go.
So what's the key to living in God's power? The anointing. The anointing is God's ability in you to enable you to do something with ease, without it being a struggle. Much like a car's engine eventually won't run very well without motor oil; trying to do life without the anointing will leave us with some issues.
The greatest gift you can give to someone is to let them be who they are. People just want to know they are loved and accepted for who they are. And we have the power to do that for each other, either by our verbal communication or by our actions toward one another.
Nehemiah 8:10 is an encouraging scripture that says, "…Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength" (AMP). God wants us to stay joyful no matter what difficulties we face in life, because His joy is our strength. Simply put, it's the fruit of joy that strengthens us to go through whatever we have to deal with and make it to the end result. That's why, as Christians, joy should be our normal mood.
God has good plans for us, and He wants us to be filled with hope for the abundant life He wants to give us. Yet a lot of believers are trying to have faith when they're feeling hopeless. But Jesus didn't die so His people could live depressed, hopeless lives. He wants us to live with the happy, confident expectation of the good things He will do in us and through us.
I once heard a story about a little boy named Johnny who was visiting his grandparents. Johnny had just received his first slingshot and practiced in the woods nearby, but just couldn't hit a target. When he came back to his grandma's backyard, he noticed her pet duck. On an impulse he took aim and shot a rock. The stone hit – and killed – the duck. Of course, he panicked. His sister saw the whole thing, but said nothing.
God's grace is amazing! We're saved by grace – God's undeserved favor – and we live by grace, which is also God's power in our lives to do what we could never do in our own strength. And it's all because God is love, and He loves us unconditionally, constantly and completely.
I grew up in an angry, unstable home. My father was very angry most of the time, and I didn't always understand what he was angry about. When I accepted Christ as my Savior, I took this experience with my father into my relationship with God. I believed God loved me and forgave me of my sin, but I still had this vague feeling that He wasn't pleased with me and He was just a little bit angry with me most of the time. I lived this way for years until I finally realized the truth: God is not mad at me!
Peace is one of the most precious gifts God has promised His children. I know, because for many years my life was not peaceful, and I was miserable. So, to now have this peace and live in God's rest is a treasure to me. And it is a gift that He wants all of us to have.
Most people would probably admit they'd like a little more peace in their lives. The question is, What will you do for it? Are you willing to change? Because that's what it may take to have a truly peaceful life.
We tend to shake our heads and think, "What was their problem? How could they miss it?" But the reality is, many Christians today are wandering in their own wilderness, rather than living the abundant life Jesus died to give them.
For many years I went to church faithfully, week after week, but I wasn't living a victorious Christian life. I read my Bible every day, served on the evangelism board and went door-to-door telling people about Jesus because I really wanted to serve God. But even though I was doing those things, I was still miserable most of the time.
If you've been a Christian for any amount of time, chances are you have struggled with frustrating habits or been disappointed by failures or just couldn't do "it." But once you have a revelation of God's grace in your life, you'll know just how amazing it is!
We all face storms in life. Some are more difficult than others, but we all go through trials and tribulation. That's why we have the gift of faith. Doubt is a type of "flaming arrow" that the enemy uses to attack our faith.
If we're going to really live the Christian life, we need to decide to surrender all of our heart and let God have access to every room in our "house." And when God asks us to surrender the things in the rooms of our heart, we need to get excited, because something greater is coming.
It seems many people are stressed-out, worn-out, overwhelmed and weary because of the demands of life. But in Christ, it's possible to live in God's rest and find relief from the burden of stress and worry. Jesus shows us how
Have you ever heard someone say, "Something needs to change!" Or maybe you've said it yourself. It's easy to feel this way when life gets stressful and we're overwhelmed. Change is a process, and it's often a lengthy one. It usually doesn't happen overnight