Reliance on God Equals Serenity

The book of Proverbs reminds us to rely on the Lord instead of ourselves (Proverbs 3:5). A point often overlooked is a dependence upon God brings us an inner serenity and an eternal future with our Savior. Given these points reliance on God calms the storms of life leading to a peaceful existence.

It’s difficult to abandon oneself to God. Everything inside ourselves wants to go it alone. This instinct to rely on our own limited power isn’t new. In fact, it started the moment sin entered humanity.

We understand this truth from Adam and Eve’s fall from God’s grace (Genesis 3). Even though, Satan persuaded them to disobey God (Genesis 3:4) it shows the consequences from relying on oneself.

But God’s mercy provides a way out (2 Peter 3:9).

My Experience With Self-reliance

I know the fruitless results from living life without leaning on Christ. When I use my understanding of how to live in a broken world, the outcome isn’t satisfying. This places me in a position where I collide with God’s word and live in disobedience.

In my experience living a self-searching lifestyle, the courage needed to overcome temptation stays elusive. I find myself unable to meet life’s terms without sin. My inability to live free from the bondage of sin coupled with my powerlessness over it leads me to resentment, fear, and ungodliness.

And I know without Christ’s strength it gets worse.

Every day we come up close with the dangers of separating ourselves from Christ. We live in a world riddled with examples of evil deeds with wicked intentions. These sinful global occurrences give evidence to a life anchored in action unacceptable with God.

Leaving Christ out of our decision making the door to more problems swings open. Even in our Christian walk, this unintentional approach can cause us to stumble.

On the positive side, our experience in trusting God leads us to refocus our efforts and seek Jesus divine wisdom. And once we shift our hearts over to His care a peace unlike any other enters our inner-being.

Glorifying God Comes From Christ-reliance

One of the most favorable actions God looks for is glorifying Him. It doesn’t take much of exertion to praise Christ. The Lord’s recipe for salvation includes the ingredients of humility, sincerity, and willingness to live in Christ. Those three spiritual actions lead to heaven.

On the other hand, self-sufficiency glorifies individuality an act of pride and distasteful to Christ.

The antidote for self-reliance is improving our relationship with Christ. Since God made Jesus His entry into salvation, then it becomes our responsibility to surrender our personal agendas and live in His purpose. It’s important to realize the more we rely on Jesus the greater our ability to live acceptable in God’s eyes.

What are your experiences with reliance on Christ?

 

Unleashing the Power of Prayer

One of the most common stumbling block in unleashing the power of prayer is avoiding alone time with God. It’s easy allowing the demands of family, careers and social events to override my prayer life.

When I become too busy for God, it opens the door for unnecessary troubles. I know this from experience because when I’m not active in embracing Christ, my problems become overwhelming and I take the wrong actions in finding a resolution.

But the moment I show God my undivided attention then He takes my life and eliminates my obstacles. This doesn’t mean it takes place right away. A point often overlooked is God uses a timetable, unlike mine. The emphasis is without Christ as my top priority my prayers stay unanswered.

The Lifeline of Prayer

Think of it this way. When a child’s conception happens, the umbilical cord is its lifeline. And without this essential physical bond between mother and child life doesn’t exist.

Likewise, the same holds true in prayer because failing to speak with the Lord cuts me off from the Light of Christ. And living in spiritual darkness is eternal death.

As we continue looking at the Gospel of Matthew Christ shows how confused the believers are in knowing God’s truths. One problem they experienced is understanding the way God wants a believer to pray.

With this in mind, Jesus delivered them the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13).

Many of us approach prayer with good intentions but lose focus on the way God wants us to speak to Him. No one is perfect in their walk with the Lord (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

In Matthew sixth chapter verses five through fifteen we find Christ’s exceptional lesson for praying. It’s not by accident Jesus first shared on preparing the proper mindset for rightful praying (Matthew 6:5-7).

Our Messiah pointed out two unfavorable approaches for praying and one worthy of receiving God’s grace.

Improper Prayer

Jesus started with a stern message on humility. It’s important to realize God disapproves prideful actions. Here Jesus tells us not to pray intending to show others (Matthew 6:5). And Christ warns us a prayer anchored in self-centeredness is unprofitable in God’s eyes.

Remember the Lord doesn’t find it amusing to live as a hypocrite.

The second key in Christ prayer lesson is avoiding repetitive words. Our Messiah identified prays with long and duplicate words are worthless to God.

Christ said this:

“And when you pray do not use vain repetitions as the heathens do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.” (Matthew 6:7)

No, the Lord prefers a simple and sincere language.

Christ’s Vision of Proper Praying

God is faithful to those who follow His commands and Christ reminds us this truth. Jesus left no doubt the greatest approach in praying is private. Nothing pleases God more than facing Him alone. Here Jesus promises if we do this then God will answer our prayer, and our reward becomes noticeable (Matthew 6:6).

Christ’s Prayer Command

Once I get Christ’s recipe for acceptable praying, then the wisdom behind the Lord’s Prayer is at my disposal. It’s in this prayer I find the three ingredients needed in unleashing the power of prayer.

The first action to take is glorifying God (Matthew 6:9). Christ made it known God responds to those who glorify Him. And when we obey our Messiah God steps in and protects from His enemy. Nothing draws us closer to our Creator than honoring His presence. And nothing matches God’s indisputable grace.

Selfless service to God (Matthew 6:10) is a key to finding the full might of prayer and brings us to Jesus’s second point in the Lord’s Prayer. Each of us understands the essence of serving God’s purpose brings us incredible spiritual balance in every circumstance of living. Nothing is more impactful or profound than working for God!

The last three verses of Christ’s lesson on proper praying is asking God for guidance (Matthew 6:11-13). In those scriptures, Jesus commands us to ask God for spiritual food (our daily bread), forgiveness of sin (others included), and removal from temptation and deliverance from evil. Each of those requests is straightforward petitions keeping us focused on fulfilling His will.

Now with Christ’s knowledge of praying and our willingness to apply it then we can unleash its full potential. Every one of us has bear witness to the miracle of prayer both in personal experience and observing others victory. Remember with God everything is possible!

Have you unleashed the power of prayer?

The Irrefutable Proof Of God

God’s proof is irrefutable. No matter how a person tries to deny God, it doesn’t change the fact of His existence. The Lord left His mark on every continent. God designed His awesome creations as a way to notice His creations. God is the creator!

Even unbelievers are amazed by their natural surrounding but fail to give God glory and stay in darkness.

Many scientists use their intelligence to disprove God. They come up with theories to explain how life emerged. But their facts have limitations because they fail to understand the complexity of God’s incredible organized design. The debated Big Bang Theory and Darwinism is flawed. No one gives birth to themselves.

One of my friends shared with me an amazing story attesting to God’s invisible attributes. Chris’s sister sustained a horrific head injury. She fell down a flight of stairs causing severe skull trauma. Her physical condition was serious, and most people don’t recover without major problems.

The doctors shared with Chris and his family her poor prognosis. Those physicians became surprised because she made a full recovery with no speech, cognitive or mobility problems. And because of her miraculous healing, it drew other well-respected doctors to witness her unexplained recovery. These men of medicine marveled over her extraordinary outcome from a devastating accident.

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Here we see how God created the human body with an ability to heal itself. Now if doesn’t prove God as a Creator, then I sorry for you. Scientists find themselves baffled over this unbelievable cleverness of God’s unique planned design.

The greatest experience with God is His remarkable Living Spirit. Once God saves a soul, then He showers the individual with an undeniable love. This astonishing awakening to His presence leaves no doubt since nothing the world offers matches God’s grace.

Connecting with God isn’t our choice. Remember, God saved us by His grace. This is a special privilege not given to everyone. When God opens the door to His kingdom through Christ, then we know He is the sole Creator of everything. Our eyes become full of spiritual light, and we understand the difference between physical and spiritual death. This wisdom isn’t by mistake but from Christ.

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Another impressive God consciousness is the peace we find in Christ. Adam and Eve’s disobedience caused everyone to experience sin. And this real and painful truth can’t be denied.

No one is without sin.

God wants to love His creations and provided faith as a way back into His grace. God designed everyone with the same emotional DNA and Christ relieves us from our darkened souls. Our devotion to Christ gives testimony to God as the Creator because without salvation freedom from the bondage of sin stays elusive. We are blessed to experience God’s mercy!

God makes His existence known. He didn’t limit us to those visible signs where we see His creations. He allows us to experience His Living Spirit. This inner-connectedness makes living in a world riddled with corruption a temporary existence since our spiritual inheritance is in heaven.

It doesn’t matter if you are a new believer or a seasoned veteran; we agree God isn’t dead. He is alive in us with Christ, and our salvation bears witness to God’s creations.

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Worry

Worrying is a human tendency and hard to break. Life terms are full of anxiety. Most people struggle to survive and live. The financial demands imposed by the world are unavoidable. Everyone needs to pay bills.

When I worry, it affects my spiritual equilibrium. I become unbalanced in my Christian walk. This places me in an unsafe place, and I make unwise decisions. Those irrational actions cause my life unnecessary suffering. Every time I fail to rely on Christ the outcome doesn’t turn out fruitful.

Worrying takes away my spiritual effectiveness. When I become uneasy over a circumstance out of my control, it prevents me from being useful. I become self-centered and use my will to solve problems reserved for Christ’s intervention. And the more I hold onto the trouble it makes my life miserable.

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God is subtle in the way He corrects my weaknesses. He uses my times of indecisions to show me relying on Christ in my daily affairs is best. When I leave God out of the mix, it doesn’t turn out right. Without Christ, as the centerpiece, I’m lost and exposed to emotional problems. But when I humble myself to Him remarkable results emerge.

Christ is there for us, and God is watching how we react to the circumstances of life. Jesus is our mightiest warrior against anxiety. And when we turn to Him in times of worrisome predicaments, then He brings us inner peace. This serenity in times of distress calms our spirits and uplifts our hearts.

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Times get hard, but our devotion to God gives us the strength to move past trouble. Christ is our greatest asset to the woes of the world. Place your trust in God and find the solutions to your problems. And remember God works on a different timeline so don’t give up before He responds.

Faith in action cures anxiety caused by too much worrying. God takes care of those who trust in Christ. When we rely on Christ at the early stages of troubles, then we are better suited to overcome them quicker. Don’t forget God gave us the gift of salvation and are accountable to the way we handle life.

The power of prayer is indisputable. Our personal experience with building a strong prayer life is proof of God’s faithfulness. And the way of overcoming uncertainty begins with prayer.

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Faith teaches us Christ is the way we adjust our lives to meet every circumstance. The more we give our lives over to God it becomes easier to side-step worry and become better servants to our Messiah.

How do you overcome worry?

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NEW School Prayer:-

My mother passed on this poem written by a 15-year-old Minnesota student, who got an A+ for this entry. I don’t know who the student is or what type of contest. It’s comforting to know “God isn’t dead” and working in the lives of adolescents. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

 

Now I sit me down in school

Where praying is against the rule

For this great nation under God

Finds mention of Him very odd.

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If scripture now the class recites,

It violates the Bill of Rights.

And anytime my head I bow

Becomes a Federal matter now.

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Our hair can be purple, orange or green,

That’s no offense; it’s a freedom scene..

The law is specific, the law is precise.

Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

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For praying in a public hall

Might offend someone with no faith at all..

In silence alone we must meditate,

God’s name is prohibited by the State..

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We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,

And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks…

They’ve outlawed guns, but First the Bible.

To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

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We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,

And the ‘unwed daddy’ our Senior King.

It’s ‘inappropriate’ to teach right from wrong,

We’re taught that such ‘judgments’ do not belong..

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We can get our condoms and birth controls,

Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles…

But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,

No word of God must reach this crowd.

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It’s scary here I must confess,

When chaos reigns the school’s a mess.

So, Lord, this silent plea I make:

Should I be shot; My soul please take!

Amen

I hope you enjoyed this teenager’s faith as much as I. We have an amazing God who is alive and well. God bless you, your family and friends. Have a great day my friend.

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The Power of the Holy Spirit

When God saves a soul by His grace, then He gives the gift of the Holy Spirit. God has blessed us with a strength beyond our own where sin flees, and His love radiates through our hearts. This happened not by our choice but from Christ.

Sin is tough since it destroys our relationship with God. Each of us understands the way sin takes us away from righteousness. God never stops providing us a way out of the original sin (Romans 1:18-21), and the Holy Spirit gives evidence to God’s unconditional compassion.

Jesus Christ supplied the 12 Disciples with God’s Spirit (John 14:15-18). This is how they could carry the Gospels after Christ’s Ascension into heaven. Christ taught the Apostle many spiritual truths. God knew it wasn’t possible for them to remember those and provided them with the Spirit of Truth (John 14:26). And God has given us the same Spirit.

The Holy Spirit guides us in God’s will. We do not remove sin from our lives, but Jesus does, and His death gave life to God’s promise of salvation. Without God’s Spirit, our self-destructive behavior will leave us in eternal darkness.

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Spiritual death is damnation, and the Holy Bible is full of scriptures attesting to those facts. Anyone can deny these truths, but a Spirit-fed life knows the reality of God’s will. God leaves no excuses, and it’s not by accident He has taken your hand.

And the Holy Spirit allows us to avoid the traps keeping us in spiritual blindness.

On the other side of sin is an awesome place where God’s presence comes alive. Nothing matches God’s divine holiness. It’s a unique and extraordinary phase of consciousness. This peaceful, loving and exhilarating connection is the essence of God. Christ holds the key to this path (John 14:6).

The Holy Spirit doesn’t come without personal responsibility. Salvation isn’t a free pass, and we have to be an active participant in living our lives in God’s kingdom. This means we have to repent, and the courage in overcoming sins comes from the Holy Spirit. God inspires us to make amends for our wrongs and live holy.

A Spirit-filled life wants to live free from the bondage of sin. One of the greatest gifts from the Lord is the ability to pause when sin enters the mind and surrender that thought over to Christ. Here a courage beyond our human one stops those thoughts and redirects our minds. Then, as the result of the Holy Spirit, we find ourselves united with God and Christ. We act in holiness instead of reacting to life’s terms in sin.

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Before God saved me, my life was full of deception, immorality, and selfish motives. I was unaware of the ways sin caused me to hurt others. My behaviors weren’t spiritual since I didn’t have compassion for anyone. Pride kept me away from selflessness and always took credit for God’s attributes.

I defiled myself since my tongue was full of viciousness. My reputation was untrustworthy, and I expected to receive praise for being generous. I became a drunkard, and this caused mental, spiritual and physical problems.

In the midst of this turmoil, God blessed me with His mercy and saved me from evil. Today I’m grateful for His gift of salvation and being chosen to experience His Spirit. My transformed life comes from the Holy Spirit. I no longer have to live a sinful life since Christ’s presence is alive inside my soul.

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God gives faithful believers the same gift. We are united in the Holy Spirit to spread the Gospel of Christ. Our love bonded in God’s Spirit keeps us motivated to live holy. We welcome the opportunities God gives to grow in the image of Christ. God separates Himself from the world and to make this known to His children is the reason he anoints us with the Holy Spirit.

 

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God’s Security in Times of Uncertainty

One of the most profound Christian awakenings is knowing the security God brings in the uncertainty of life. Once the Lord sees the faithfulness of His follower, then He steps in and provides the strength to overcome insecurities. Nothing is greater than God.

God has no competition, and nothing matches His grace. This incredible experience of God’s mighty power leaves no doubt to His existence. Once the Lord anoints you with the Holy Spirit, everything in your life changes.

The first thing to remember is God never leaves a believer guessing (Philippians 4:13). His truths are known to everyone (Romans 1:20), but understanding them is granted to His chosen ones.

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For one thing, everyone faces times of uncertainty. The world is full of inconsistency. This has been true ever since man fell from God’s favor. And the way out of this predicament is trusting God’s eternal plan.

Until a person places God as the source of life, then the world’s lusts will leave him in spiritual darkness. The bondage of sin plagues an unsaved soul, keeping it away from God’s eternal light. God’s enemy uses sin as a tool in destroying the Lord’s creation and unless God shows mercy heaven is out of reach.

But God’s good news is He wants to save everyone (1 Timothy 2:4). And God is found in Christ (John 15:4).

Today, I’m faced with one of those uncertain times. My employer is outsourcing work, and this will end my days on their payroll. I’m powerless over their decision and have to face the reality of the problem. And God has given me an opportunity to respond to this in a holy way (James 1: 2-8).

When the company announced the news of hiring an outside enterprise to take over their warehouse operations, it changed the morale of many workers. Every day rumors spread based on assumptions and not facts. I noticed many of my coworkers were afraid of the unknown.

It was tempting for me to join in and speak negatively of the disturbing news. But my faith in God prevailed, and Christ prevented me from engaging in false accusations.

Before God saved me, my reaction to life’s terms anchored in bitterness, revenge and resentments. Negative news that affected my personal interest fueled my self-righteous indignation.  My behavior caused people to push me away leaving me isolated in misery. This sinful living caused me tremendous loneliness. I hated life and wanted to die.

 

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It brings me great joy to share with you God has freed me from unnecessary sin. When God introduced me to Christ, my life changed. God granted me a way out of my sinful way (repentance), and Christ cleansed my soul. The Holy Spirit provided me the wisdom in knowing the truth about salvation and disbelief. Here God showed me His truth and placed me on the road to heaven. I’m grateful God got my attention.

As the result of trusting God, my loss of employment doesn’t have devastating consequences. The company has offered severance pay to help in the transition. Christ has secured my several options in finding future employment. God has shown me the actions to take in finding work and Christ has provided me the courage to move beyond fear.

Praise-the-Lord-PraiseI know everything will turn out the way God intends. My confidence isn’t wishful thinking, but a reliance on Christ. God teaches me to be diligent in my devotions by relying on Him every day regardless of the circumstances. When I do it God’s way, everything works out. God’s grace blesses me, and I cherish alone time with Him.

Christ will secure you in uncertain times. Sometimes the answers aren’t what we prefer, and this may be hard to accept, but God knows what’s best. The key to finding peace during troubled times is asking Christ for guidance, waiting for His response and acting on the command. Do those three actions and experience the strength of Christ!