But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
It pleases God when we want to seek Him first in all we do. It shows our trust in Him and His guidance. Having faith means you’re believing in something you can’t see. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that … faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
How is your faith? Is it activated? In order to activate faith we must develop faith. Having a constant relationship with Him in prayer will give us a fresh understanding of who God is and what it means to be in relationship with Him.
When we put our faith in God and diligently seek Him, nothing is impossible. As a matter of fact, faith helps us to desire His will over ours. The word “diligent” means: constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything. When we diligently seek God, we must do it as a “constant” and “attentive” activity.
Do you believe God exists even though you don’t see Him? Are you in constant relationship with Him? Do you pray consistently and diligently? Are you studying the Word of God? By doing these things, you can be assured of an activated faith and develop an intimate relationship with God.
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
Why do we worry when we know we are God’s children? When we know He will take care of us? We know that as His children we live within a circle of His protection. Nothing can touch us without His permission.
When we are in the midst of a terrible storm, we are assured of His protection. When our lives seem dim and dark we can still see the sunshine of His Love – a rainbow of blessings and a peace from within, a peace that will pass all understanding.
The Bible tells us that we need not fear the terror by night, nor the destruction by day, for the Lord is your refuge and place of protection.(Psalm 91:4)
Are you letting God be your rock, your refuge in the storm? He can—and will—protect you from the storm, if you will allow Him to.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
How many times have you heard someone say, “God never gives you more than you can bear”Well, the truth is that, at times He may allow troubles to overwhelm us. However, if we keep our trust in Him we can overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
Love my father and mother
love my sister and my brothers
when the seasons have turned
You are the center of my life
of my life...Center Of My Life by Dion
Have you thought about how many people you impact with your live? (Family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc.) Wouldn’t it be great if they could see God as the center of your life. Just imagine all of the things you could accomplish for Him, and how far you could spread His word.
Psalm 100:1-2 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
The Bible teaches us that worship is our way to give thanks and praise to God. It is an important part of our relationship with Him. Worship can be both public and private, and everyone has their own way to worship. We can worship God through song, dance, lifting our hands, or any number of other ways. No matter how we express our worship, God receives it and loves it.
No matter your circumstances, God has a purpose for you and the ability to help you achieve that purpose. One of my favorite books that teaches on how to live the Christian life is Rick Warren’s, The Purpose Driven Life. Using Scripture as foundation, this book helps the reader find meaning in his life. It helps clarify the real meaning of why God put us on earth. It is extremely helpful to those who are experiencing difficulties in life, who are questioning if God has forgotten them, or if God even cares about them.
I think it is imperative to have your Bible and a notepad next you as you are reading. I had several “Aha!” moments as I went through the chapters. Rick makes connections to scripture and daily living that I either had never thought of or I have forgotten over the years.
The Purpose Driven Life is intended to be read over a 40 day period – one chapter per day. Each chapter takes about 15 minutes to read. I believe the short chapters encourage the reader to spend time throughout the day meditating on what he read and figuring out how it might applied to his life.
This book is for everyone. It helps Christians remember why God put them here on earth, and provides a life changing direction for those seeking answers.
I highly recommend this book. I you haven’t read it, now is the time to discover God’s purpose for your life and stop ‟floundering.”
If you have read this book, how did its message impact your way of life? Did you feel more equipt to face the challenges of day to day living? What encouragement can you give someone who hasn’t read it? Please leave a comment below.
Remember, no matter what happens – He will never change. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me.
As God increases your faith, He sometimes increases the time between your “crisis” and His rescue. By allowing a longer time span between crisis and aid, God helps you believe in, rely on, and depend upon Him.
Although you might occasionally have doubts of God’s faithfulness. I can say that He has never let me down. When I’m feeling insecure about life, He is always there, loving me, protecting me, and guiding me.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
What a comforting verse, assuring us that the gift of eternal life is free. John says that God ‟gave His one and only Son” and all we have to do is ‟believe in Him” and we will live eternally. In Acts we are told that if we believe ‟on the Lord Jesus Christ” we will be saved. (Acts 16:31a)
If you receive Jesus into your heart, believe He is your Savior, you will become a child of God and spend eternity in heaven with Him. We need no longer pay the price for our sins, because He ‟gave Himself for our sins.” (Galatians 1:4a) and paid the full price with His death on the cross.
Have you excepted the ‟free gift” of eternal life God is offering you? If you haven’t, now is a great time to accept Jesus as your Savior and ask Him into your heart. Start out this new year with a new life in Christ. It’s easy to do; pray the following words and know He hears you and welcomes you as one of His own.
Dear God, I know I am a sinner. I’m sorry for my sins and sincerely regret my actions. I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to cleanse me from my sins. I accept Him as my Lord and Savior and invite Him into my heart and into my life. This I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen
Yet, O Lord, You are our Father.
We are the clay, You are the potter;
we are all the work of Your hand.
A potter takes a lump of clay, at first stiff and unyielding, and molds it. Warming it with his hands to loosen it into a mailable piece. He then easily creates something useful, and often beautiful.
When we are new Christians, we are like that stiff, unformed piece of clay. It is through God’s word, His guidance and His commandments we become stewards of His glory–His masterpieces.