Posted on March 19, 2021
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads” (Deuteronomy 11:18).
It’s worth the pursuit to find a way to internalize God’s Truth. The Bible mentions the importance of remembering God’s word several times. Internalizing exactly what God’s Word says is important, because there are many false prophets, incorrect interpretations and swaying temptations lurking in our daily lives. We need to know, in full confidence, what God’s Word says.
“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart” (Proverbs 3:3).
Memorizing Scripture equips us for the obstacles we will face and helps us to recognize God’s blessings in our daily lives. Much like preparing for the day in prayer, time in God’s Word readies us with what we may not even know we will need for the hours ahead. Memorized Scripture powerfully pulls us back into focus.
Moses wrote, “This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that this law of the LORD is to be on your lips. For the LORD brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand” (Exodus 13:9). Having God’s Word written our hearts aids us in remembering who God is, and what He says is true – about us, our faith, and the surrounding world. John Piper wrote, “Storing texts in our minds about God helps us relate to him as he really is.”
Be assured, no matter what leads us to memorize a passage or verse of Scripture, the purpose is divinely driven. Our God is not a God of coincidence. He purposefully places His alive and active Word within in our everyday lives. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
When unversed in God’s Word, we leave our hearts susceptible to the all-consuming worry in the world. His Truth, alone, allows us to stand firm.
Posted on March 5, 2021
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Coincidental meetings and strings of connection illuminate God’s sovereign movement to fulfill His good purpose for our lives. He is active in our everyday lives, personally connected to the unique language of our hearts and minds, and surrounding us in creation as we walk throughout our days.“By grace you have been saved by faith” expresses God’s omnipotent plan for our lives, purposed to bring glory to His name through Christ Jesus.
Grace is all-inclusive and free for all. Faith is activated by the one who knit us together in the womb and has chosen us as His own. “Faith is the act of our soul that turns away from our own insufficiency to the free and all-sufficient resources of God,” John Piper wrote. “Whatever goodness faith sees, it sees as the fruit of grace.”
Posted on February 12, 2021
Prayer is personal. God hears our voice as distinctly as we call out to Him. 1 John 5:14 says,“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” But more important than what we say, is the frequency in which we pray that matters to God.
Paul explicitly tells us that continual prayer is part of God’s will for us (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). That’s because continual, committed communication with God is vital for our spiritual growth.
How often do you pray? Is prayer a spiritual discipline you want to grow in? The following fifteen questions touch on four specific aspects of prayer. Use them to take stock of your own prayer life and what you can be doing to strengthen your communication with God.
Posted on January 18, 2021
Doubt is an inevitable part of our humanity. It can steal our victories before we’ve had time to enjoy them, and rob our sense of self-worth. Doubt can attack us even on our best days, and pummel us into a dark corner on the bad ones. But Christ wants us to walk confidently through life, not be paralyzed by doubt.
He is our strength when we are weak.
He is our rock when we feel the avalanche of worry and anxiety in our lives.
The world is pushing in on us from all directions, with every kind of threat. But our great God is more powerful than your doubt! When we submit our doubts to Him, we remind ourselves who he is and who we are in him. And through the power of the Holy Spirit, we become unstoppable in accomplishing God’s will for our lives. The journey will not be easy, or pain-free… but it is possible to kick doubt out.
Posted on September 3, 2019
“The world is chaotic and out of control, because people refuse to trust God.” Ray Comfort, “Faith is for Weak People.”
Ray Comfort tackles 20 of the biggest objections to the Gospel in his book, “Faith is for Weak People, Responding to the Top 20 Objections to the Gospel.” Prefaced by an introduction and reflective commentary on fear and apologetics, Comfort then tackles each issue one at a time, dedicating a chapter to each with study questions throughout. The study questions beg readers to ensure they’ve digested the factual answer, and then digs at the soul for a status update.
“Those who look for dirt will find it,” Comfort boldly states, “God gives the proud just enough soil to bury themselves.” Many are too timid to answer these popular questions to faith in such confidence. I appreciated the direct approach as a “how to” guide, and the encouragement not to shy away from tough conversations. Comfort’s personal experience and real life conversations provide good ground for readers to stand firm in a society often offended by those who so boldly defend their faith.
“When people say that Christians aren’t better than anyone else, what they’re revealing is that they don’t have an understanding of salvation. You need to tell them that salvation isn’t what you do, it’s who you place your trust in. That’s what makes Christians different from all other people in the world.” Ray Comfort, “Faith is for Weak People, Responding to the Top 20 Objections to the Gospel.”
I highly recommend this book to all Christians, and anyone wondering what Christianity is. If you’re wondering what faith is, this book is for you. If we all took one giant leap forward to understand each other, it would make a world of difference. Without giving up an inch of ground, Comfort is able to ask good questions that spark brilliant conversations.
(I received a copy of this book in exchanged for my honest review.)
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