As recently discussed, over the past few weeks, I have been going through past blog posts to fix some broken links and such. I’m truly amazed by God’s testimonies and lessons. As I examine these entries, all doubt is erased and I’m fully convinced, God is real. The result is that my soul is anguished –
I am fully convinced that the things which we cannot see are more real than the things we can see. Many testimonies in this blog cannot be ignored or passed off as happenstance. These things are merely the tip of an iceberg, and that iceberg is God. God is real.
With this said, my heart gets very heavy for those that may not believe, or for those that say they believe as to “have an opinion on.” When I contemplate the creations of God that question if He is real, that say He does not exist, and/or those that believe in a “higher power”, but do not have a relationship with Him, I have anguish in my heart for these souls. Why? God is real.
When I consider why I worry, become anxious, get stressed, or even depressed, it’s because I believe in the lies of the enemy instead of the written word of God. This pops into my head many times when such thoughts are running across my mind, “O ye of little faith?”.
I thank God for my Pastor teaching me about this verse. The flesh/pride can roar up when we hear someone say such a thing to us. It sounds like an attack on our character, we don’t like it (at least I don’t!) Why? Probably because it’s true! haha. Our pride surely does not like being told that we may not be where we thought we were. At any rate, a better way to say this verse that I heard from my Pastor.. “underdeveloped faith.” It’s saying the same thing, same meaning.. but “ye of little faith” sounds negative to my flesh.
I decided to look at the situations where Jesus used this phrase..
Last week as I lay down to sleep, I heard as loud as day in my head “August 8th”. No clue where it came from, it just popped into my head. I was like “Um, ok? It must be important.”
Then, over the past couple of days, I’ve been drawing in to the Lord. I’ve been realizing that He’s been guiding me deeper with Him, but I have taken little action. Today, I was reading my Oswald Chambers daily devotion and I decided to skip ahead to August 8th and 9th. Boy, did this speak –
This morning, I woke up and was thinking about this statement. Does God hate sin? Yes, we all know this and agree with it. It is an abomination to the Lord. He cannot face sin. When we get into the “..but loves the sinner” part, we have to be very careful of how it is used.
This comment is, in my opinion, used too loosely nowadays. It is not found any where in the bible, but many believers use the phrase. We have to look at the motive and our personal thoughts behind the reason why this phrase is used. If it’s used in the correct context and explained as it is used, then praise God! If it is used as a justifying statement, something should be reconsidered. Let me explain further –
It’s always been a challenge of mine to give money to very large relief organizations. When I give, it is nice to know that the recipient is a good steward of God’s resources. I know many organizations are good good organizations, and they help tremendously.. but I have a hard time giving $10 while only $6-7 will actually help the people I’m giving for.
Seeking some input here, especially from those that examine life and things around them. Let us reason together… Continue reading: Examining life