Balancing Humility in a Noisy World

I know the results living in the world without humility. Let me tell you it’s not pleasant. It’s filled with bitterness, resentment, and self-destruction. My prideful existence led to a selfish way of life preventing me from seeing the needs of others.

But God saved me and showed me the fruits of humble life. I no longer live for myself because Christ changed my sinful ways.

One of God’s greatest gift is freedom of choice. He loved Adam and Eve enough to give them the opportunity to choose Him after their disobedience (Genesis 3:22). This was when He gave birth to humility.

Humility and Peace

The world can’t understand a humble existence. Because pride is at, its center. So, it’s not surprising the problems this causes throughout the planet.

As a Christian humility is a powerful spiritual principle leading to a life anchored in God’s word with eternal rewards. The Lord promises the devil will flee from us when we live a humble way (James 4:7-10).

And Satan knows a real child of God is off limits. Wow, knowing Christ protects us from the Lord’s enemy. How awesome is that?

I think you’ll agree with me when I say humility is a tough way of life but when lived brings astonishing results. For example, when we humble ourselves to Christ then God sees our faith and blesses us with spiritual treasures. Here we discover meekness unlocks God’s Spirit, and He radiates His presence inside our soul.

 

Humility and God

I’m sure you’re with me on this one, nothing compares to experiencing the Holy Spirit. God always makes His presence standout.

In Jesus’s sermon on the mount He shared this:

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

                                                                           Matthew 5:5

The first part of Christ’s message is easy to digest. He shares humility as a favorable virtue. His opening word shows God’s approval through a blessing.

But the end of Jesus’s reality is harder to comprehend.

The first thing to remember, God’s meanings differ from man’s interpretations. Man’s definition of “inherit the earth” is prestige and power. But, the Lord’s version sees the world through Christ’s eyes.

Here’s what I mean. First, God created everything with love and goodness (Genesis 1:1-31). And Christ shared in this amazing transformation (John 1:3). So, inheriting the earth is connecting with its goodness. Not from human experience but through a spiritual awakening anchored in Christ Deity.

 

Humility and Love

 

Humility captures Christ’s attention because it shows Him our willingness to live a spiritual life. And a spiritual life means denying oneself for the love of God. It’s in sacrificing the lust of the flesh humility emerges. So, surrendering our wills shows an act of modesty.

A characteristic of modesty is showing thankfulness for what we have and avoiding an outlook of ingratitude. And in God’s eyes, this pleases Him.

Given these points, humility paves the way to a meaningful and purposeful life. It derives from a dedicated life where Christ is the focal point and giving to others without expecting a return becomes second nature. So it’s in those actions humility takes on a crucial role in our Christian lives.

Humility and Grace

How to overcome Loneliness

Have you ever experience an emptiness inside yourself?  You’re not alone. I understand because loneliness is a familiar foe.

Most of my life I’ve chased after experiences in finding satisfaction. Alcohol, drugs, and sex didn’t stop my loneliness. In fact, they became self-destructive activities that caused me trouble with the law and cost me my family affection.

Everything I tried to put to rest that feeling of alienation failed.

Humility over takes loneliness

Nothing the world offers has the tools needed to overcome loneliness. The problem in searching the planet for an inner-satisfaction is everything it gives is short-lived. Money, power, and prestige can’t fill the hole inside the human spirit because their demands are relentless.

So, what’s the solution?

Christ.

Loneliness is God’s invitation for me to pause and spend time in His presence. So, when I’m alone, it’s my responsibility to pray and ask for guidance. And when I reach out to Him with humility, then He embraces me with love.

Overcoming Loneliness

Facing lonely times is unavoidable. For example, when a loved one passes away it’s a natural reaction to experience loneliness. Divorce is another circumstance that brings on isolation. Christ understands those life terms will cause us to drift away.

But, by drawing closer to Jesus, we place ourselves in God’s hand leading us out of the lonely trap and into a life full of grace.

Victory over Loneliness

What if my loneliness continues to plague me even when I ask God for relief?

The first thing to remember is God’s timing is different. When God has yet to respond, I need to continue devoting myself to Christ. It’s my willingness to stay faithful that God takes notice and releases me from loneliness.

Another excellent action to take when waiting on Christ’s intercession is to help others. God wants us to take the focus off ourselves and give to those in need. And when we do this our renewed spirit is well worth, the time spent because it leads us away from loneliness.

Loneliness Enemy

Here’s something we both can agree on Christ never abandons us. And in lonely times when I trust in Him, it shows faith and captures God’s eyes.

It all boils down to this, reliance on Christ under every circumstance including loneliness gives us the strength to overcome problems. Here’s the interesting part of faith, it releases the power of God leading to eternal hope. Remember without Jesus help life is overwhelming.

And the best part is committing to God’s word brings an inner-peace so incredible it removes loneliness. How awesome is that?

How do you overcome Loneliness?

God smashes loneliness

2 Keys to a Powerful Devotion

Devotion is an action that gets God’s attention. Nothing pleases Christ more than to give God veneration. And the two keys that capture a powerful devotion are prayer and selfless service.

When God embraces us with His grace, then we become united with Christ. As a result, from this connection, the Holy Spirit emerges, and God’s presence enters our souls. It’s in the Trinity our lives shift from darkness into eternal light. With this in mind, it’s easy to understand the need to devote ourselves to God.

Prayer and Devotion

Prayer is the first key to unlocking the power of devotion. Each of us can attest to the undeniable proof of how prayer provides us the strength to move past problems. This resolution is not by accident but comes from God’s faithfulness.

You must wonder how prayer relates to devotion.

The answer lies in Christ. Jesus devoted Himself to God and used prayer as the means to do so. Each of the Gospels gives testimony to Christ’s loyalty through prayer. He spent time away from everyone and humbled Himself before God.

 

I’m sure you’re with me on this one that abiding in Christ never leads us away from God. And since Jesus is God’s way using prayer will draw us closer to the Lord.

Besides the evidence Christ shows in the power of devoted prayer (John 17: 20-26), our revelation to its effectiveness supports this truth. In fact, God designed prayer to improve our consciousness with His Spirit. And by devoting ourselves through prayer, our connectedness with Him increases.

Given these points, it becomes my responsibility to use prayer in my devotion to God.

Devotion and Selfless Service

One of the most rewarding experiences Christ offers is selfless service. His death on the cross exemplifies unselfishness. It’s in His crucifixion the real meaning of selflessness emerges. Remember, He sacrificed His life so everyone could find salvation.

Before Jesus faced death, He devoted Himself to serving others. On one of those occasions, He washed the Disciples feet (John 13:12-17). This shows Christ’s compassion towards humanity.

Even God shows altruism, first He created life and again in redemption. Now if that’s not enough evidence for me to extend my selfless services to others then I need to examine myself.

Here’s the interesting part of selfless services. The more I’m willing to give without expecting a return the greater my connection with God grows. And in return, my trust in Christ strengthens.

Service is where devotion takes on the form of giving. Here we spread Christ’s message through acts of generosity. It’s easy to help those I love.

But the challenge is showing selflessness to those I dislike. And when I reach out and serve difficult people the Holy Spirit brings an inner-peace so incredible it keeps me motivated to help them.

As shown above, it takes devotion to serve others. With Christ’s examples of giving coupled with our faith, we become eager to better serve those in need.

We have discussed two Christian principles that bring the power of God into our lives. You will discover many throughout the Bible. Here’s something we both can agree on is devotion unveils a strong bond with Christ.

God’s Unshakable Love

Love is one of the most cherished experiences on the planet. People pursue intimacy to find comfort. They try their best to unite themselves with a perfect mate.

Who doesn’t want others affection?

Finding lasting love is challenging.

Why is that?

A point often overlooked is love comes from God and is an invisible attribute everyone encounters (Romans 1:20).

We can trace back love’s elusiveness to original sin. When Adam and Eve fell from God’s grace, it separated humanity from the Lord’s love. And from that point forward sin continues to block His affection.

Here’s the interesting part of God.

He never stops caring for us (John 3:16). This truth holds true throughout history.

In fact, both the Old and New Testament attest to His loving nature.

For example, His love for Abraham spared the sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22). Let’s not forget His affection for Noah (Genesis 6:9). And Ruth a Moabite whose country God rejected (Deuteronomy 23:3-6) gave her compassion (Ruth).

As if that’s not enough…

The sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ best exemplifies God’s unshakable love.

Yes, Christ’s death shows God’s remarkable fondness for humanity. And when He saves a soul His affection becomes magnified with grace, forgiveness, and mercy.

Here’s why that’s important.

Christ is the entry into the Lord’s eternal love (John 14:6). And when Jesus enters your life, He anoints you with the Holy Spirit swinging open the door to God’s endless delivery of love.

The first thing I need to remember is Christ’s death heightens God’s empathy to redeem humans from sin. It’s in His crucifixion God shows a supernatural love. A love paid in blood with everlasting results.

 

I’m not stopping there because God’s love through Jesus’s death is only a start.

To connect with the full picture of Christ Deity, then the next step is grasping His resurrection. This amazing reality ensures us Jesus rose from the dead and sits at God’s right hand (Mark 16:19). And this gives testimony to the Lord’s plan to resurrect us in Christ for our place in His eternal resting place.

And on top of that Christ’s ascension into heaven completes God’s plan to save humanity. This extraordinary event shows us God’s never-ending love manifested through bringing us to Him. It’s in the ascension our reality of heaven emerges.

Here’s something we both can agree with God’s love makes us more loving. The neat thing is receiving His affection changes our hearts and radiates to others the impact it has on our lives.

Without His love, I can’t love others the way Christ teaches me to do so. This reality holds true when I need to show compassion to those people I dislike. But through Jesus, I’m able to love my enemies.

We have discussed a few points on the real truth of love. I think you’ll agree with me when I say nothing matches God’s love.

Remember, when you feel unloved, the Lord embraces you with an everlasting affection. How awesome is that?

 

Rejoicing in Times of Tribulations

The Christian life isn’t easy. Nowhere in the Bible does it say trials and tribulations stop occurring. In fact, God’s teaches us to rejoice in our times of distress. (James 1:2-3).

Adversity is an overwhelming obstacle blocking us from receiving God’s grace. I understand the pain caused by life’s terms. None of us wants to experience uncomfortable predicaments.

No, I want utopia.

But the fact is I can’t avoid trials and tribulations nor can anyone else.

One of the toughest challenges I face is rejoicing in times of despair. Everything inside me wants to blame others or ask God why me.

The problem with that is, accusing others and questioning God gets me nowhere.

How can I find joy in times of emotional turmoil?

The solution begins with trusting Christ.

It’s important to realize a faith in Christ overcomes misfortune. God wants me to turn my life over to Christ’s care. And when I abandon myself to Him I find serenity in all circumstances.

I can almost hear you thinking; I have faith, but the release from my unrest hasn’t arrived. And you may even go further and ask why isn’t God responding to my petition for help.

The answer?

First, I must remember God’s timing comes when He sees fit. This isn’t easy to accept because I want instant relief.

Once I’m able to grasp the way Christ works, then I must continue placing my trust in Him. This takes perseverance. I can’t afford giving up before receiving answered prayers. Remember, God is in charge and will not mislead me. My persistent faith shows God a commitment to His truth.

Likewise, patience is another way of finding happiness during rough times because it gives me an opportunity to redirect my thoughts towards others. And when I help others, my distress melts away.

Another way I find peace in anxiety is meditating on Christ’s death. This captures my heart because He endured suffering incomparable to those I face. Every time I remember His execution it changes my outlook on my tribulations.

Why is this?

Because the anguish Christ went through to deliver salvation; humbles me. It brings tears to my eyes. He paid the price, and this brings joy to my suffering.

And the best part is this:

And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God, Himself will be with them and be their God. 4, And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”                                

Revelation 21:3-4

How awesome is that?

Given these points, we can rejoice in our trying times. Even though it takes considerable effort to discover happiness, under those circumstances, our eternal hope makes it worthwhile. Remember with God everything is possible!

The Unity Between Faith and Works

In the Bible, James Epistle mentions faith without works is dead.

Many people misunderstand the truth behind it.

Why is that?

Because it leads people to believe good deeds are the entry into heaven.

What is James saying?

He isn’t implying good deeds equals salvation.

God is precise on the origin of heaven. He used Apostle Paul to convey salvation as His gift of grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).

In fact, James is expanding on Apostle Paul message that faith produces works.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 ESV

James reminds us to carry out good deeds not for receiving favoritism but to radiate Christ’s loving nature.

Christian works are a byproduct of faith.

It’s easy to take scripture out of context. The problem is when I do this I’m taking away from the full scope of the message.

I’m not saying it’s wrong to use part of scriptures.

But sometimes, to clarify its lesson the whole section requires attention. And a prime example is faith without works is dead.

Here’s what I mean.

Contained within James’ message is 13 scriptures. Each of them by themselves is helpful but when interwoven together they explain the reason behind his message.

For instance, he begins with heightening the connection between faith and good deeds. He gives examples of the way they work together. And used Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac as an excellent illustration (James 2:21-23).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the interesting part.

James is sharing the same truth spoken by Christ.

Jesus put it this way:

35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

 

37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing?39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’40 “ And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!  Matthew 25:35-40 NLT

 

I think you’ll agree with me when I say Christ word is final. Here is Jesus’s blueprint for the way faith and good deeds work together.

And with Christ as our guide, we can’t go wrong.

 

Unveiling Christ’s Intercession

Our main means of conscious contact with God is praying. Once God places us in His kingdom, then He unlocks the channel of communication. And the key that opens the door is Christ’s intercession.

Remember, everything in God’s promised plan for salvation comes through Jesus. This includes answered prayers. Since Christ is the Lord’s intercessor, it places Him as the primary source of receiving God’s undeniable existence.

Here’s something we both can agree on is without Christ mediation our relationship with God lays dormant. No one can experience God except through a personal and trusting relationship with Jesus. For this reason, we must let go of our personal agendas and dedicate our lives to Christ.

Nothing pleases God more than our willingness to seek Jesus and live a life anchored in His word. And when we abandon ourselves to His truth; the ability to live holy in a troubled world emerges.

In fact, a life absent from Christ’s intervention is one full of darkness and filled with deception.

And the best part is with Christ on your side God provides the best defense against the devil’s greatest tool—temptation.

My Experience with Christ’s Intercession

In my experience with the Lord’s eternal Arbitrator, everything needed to live a Christian life is at my disposal. For example, before my involvement with Jesus my efforts to overcome sin’s stronghold failed. I had no strength to fight the lust of the flesh.

Why is that?

Because I had no understanding the significance Christ has on my eternal destination.

But when our Father shed His grace on my life Christ interceded on my behalf everything changed. My powerless over transgression lost its effectiveness. That’s when I realized the intercession Jesus brings is one with a spiritual courage God’s enemy can’t penetrate.

The Reality of Christ’s Reality

Here’s how we know Christ’s intercession is real. For one thing, we discover the Holy Spirit dwells within us. This separates us from sin and makes His presence a driving force to do God’s will. In return, our conviction to a better devotion to God becomes stronger.

Another dividend this intercession pays is heaven. Indeed, Christ makes this possible.

As shown above, Christ intercession with God shows us a direct path to a life beyond our physical existence. This divine privilege isn’t by accident but from God’s love. And through our faith in Jesus God cleanses our sins and prepares us for heaven. How awesome is that?

God’s Unwavering Resolutions

I know what you are thinking. Another share on New Year’s resolutions. Yes, people express their thoughts on how to avoid breaking those self-made promises. They elaborate on solutions guaranteed for success.

A point often overlooked is personal resolutions are self-centered. They rely on self-will. And this opens the door for failure. Because as humans we have limitations.

Self-reliance causes me problems. Every time I use my resources it doesn’t turn out as planned. Most of the time an unforeseen circumstance alters or prevents me from achieving the goal. As a result of those circumstances frustration sets in and I procrastinate or abandon the project.

Resolutions

So what’s the solution?

God.

Here’s the bottom line, when God brought me into the kingdom my priorities changed. It began with Christ. From that point forward I realized the most important action is picking up my cross and walking in Jesus’s footprints. Then I finally understood God’s eternal resolution—heaven.

Let me clarify this spiritual awakening.

God never fails to keep His promises and the biggest reality He delivers is a resolution from sin (Romans 5:12-21). This isn’t found anywhere else except in Christ. For me to receive this gift I must stay willing to live for Jesus.

Resolutions

The best part is once I surrender to Christ then He makes me a new creation (2 Corinthians 5: 17).  How awesome is that? God wants us new and gave Jesus the power to do so.

But what is a new creation?

And is it true?

The measuring stick for becoming a new creation in God’s eyes is discovering an increase in holy living. This derives from building a one-on-one relationship with Christ. Spending quality time with God is crucial and takes discipline. It’s easy to let other responsibilities take me away from prayer and meditation.

Here’s something we can both agree on is the Holy Spirit gives proof to our new and improved existence. God releases His Spirit inside our innermost self so we internalize Him. Nothing matches the soothing comfort He brings and this profound experience motivates me to keep devoting myself to Christ.

Given these points, God’s unwavering resolutions make living an enjoyable and uplifting experience. Remember, when life’s terms cause problems turn to Christ and find peace. I know you can experience Christ’s impact because God wants to Father you.

Resolutions

The Reality of the Human Conscience

After Adam and Eve’s fall from God’s grace, He activated the human conscience (Genesis 3:9-10).

Why is that?

Because He uses this inner-awareness as a reminder of His presence and to experience the discomfort of disobeying His commands.

The Human Conscience’s Reality

On the positive side, experiencing this unfavorable behavior is an opportunity to draw closer to Christ.  God calls us to recognize our infraction and take corrective actions.

And the first step to making it right with Him is abandoning ourselves to Christ.

Now, this is important because surrendering to Jesus without reservation captures God’s attention. Remember, God made Christ the conqueror over sin and without abiding in Him temptation engulfs our existence.

On the negative side, ignoring the conscience is dangerous. We don’t have to look far to notice the destruction caused by a dead conscience.  Evildoers are everywhere, and the news media with the advancement in technology gives us instant access to wickedness.

My Dead Conscience

I know the outcome from a conscience gone dead. It’s not pleasant. Everything I anchored in selfishness. I wasn’t concerned with others. My tongue was full of vulgar words causing others to turn away in disgust.

This spiritual agony placed me at odds with God. In fact, it left me in the paralyzing grip of His enemy. Yes, Satan is real, and because of his stronghold on my heart, it left me in ruins.

The devil turned me away from God and led me to a life of alcoholism. And let me say, a belly full of booze coupled with a hardened heart brings loneliness.

Another reality of my inactive conscience was the bitterness and resentments I carried inside my inner-spirit. But when I was in this mindset it stayed nonexistence keeping me in darkness.

So what’s my point?

It’s simple. To understand the way the human conscience connects with God’s Spirit. And to share with you this incredible gift from God.

Now, the conscience is a small part of Christ’s eternal plan. To stop here isn’t enough. But I think you will agree with me when I say without a conscience our ability to recognize disobedience stays elusive.

God’s View On Christmas

God’s view on Christmas is salvation through the birth of His Son Christ Jesus. As Christians, He brings us into the powerful reality of His eternal plan. This amazing gift is the cornerstone of salvation and our foundation into heaven (Revelation 21:4).

To the world, Christmas means a time for giving presents. Each December people’s excitement reaches a higher level. They go to extreme measures to create a perfect scene for the season.

 

Here’s something we both can agree on, God shows His love through the deliverance of His Son Jesus Christ. And we need not wait for Christmas to give Him thanks.

It’s essential to realize without Christ our spirits stay empty. I’m familiar with the penalties from living apart from God. My infractions of His rules engulfed me in disappointment and filled my life with regrets.

Before He redeemed me, Christmas had a carnal meaning. It was a time to make amends for wrong behavior (sin) by buying gifts and showing kindness. And when the New Year rolled in the lusts of the flesh overtook the goodness.

It brings me joy to share with you my outlook on Christmas changed and at its center is Christ. When God rescued me from agnosticism that’s when I realized Christ’s birth is crucial.

And the best part is Jesus entrance into the world paves the way to an eternal existence with God.

This transformation is no accident but an act of God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8).

Why is that?

The answer is the Lord promises salvation to those who hear His calling and repent will live with Him forever (2 Peter 3:9).

How awesome is that?

God wants you, and His New Covenant began at Christ’s birth.

Yes, God’s view on Christmas is Christ (Isaiah 7:14), and through the Holy Spirit, we know the truth.

The powerful reality for us is Christmas goes beyond a day set aside for reflection. Our understanding of its significance is a daily experience. And it’s not limited to just the birth of Christ but includes His death, resurrection, and ascension.

Remember, my friend; our bond lies in Christ. I am grateful God crossed our paths, and I wish you a peaceful and enticing Christian Christmas!