When we are troubled, or weak, or sorrowful, our Heavenly Father is always with us through the Holy Spirit. We must build our lives on the rock that cannot be shaken we must trust in God.
There is this confidence we learn from scripture: God has promised to neither leave us or forsake us. He is with us in all things. His promise is true. He will deliver us in our moments of weak faith and doubt. He will walk with us through the storm.
Our duty, and obligation, is to summon the courage it takes to follow God. Despite the difficulty and fearfulness of the path. When we trust our Heavenly Father and follow His Son, Jesus Christ, we are promised not to be led astray.
How many times have you lived under clouds of uncertainty? How many times have you allowed the cares of this world to bring disappointment into your heart? How often have you found yourself doubting? Christ has overcome the world and brings us peace of mind, wisdom, strength, love, and grace.
Our faith in Christ allows us to partake and participate in the saving grace where we will do the same works the Savior has done. More so, we shall do even greater works in our lives.
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By becoming a man of mighty valor meant that I faced my recovery, my personal journey of healing, and engaged in living a more mindful spiritual life.
The scales fell from my eyes due to the sudden realization of truth about how dysfunctional my father's drinking had impacted me - after a long period of not understanding or being deceived about it. True sight revealed not only the nature of how dysfunction affected me - it also revealed the truth of how lost and abandoned I felt.
The right attitude and behavior rests on the reality of the sacrifices one needs to make to engage in their own recovery program. This may involve being selfish to grow, learn, and discover who you are. People are not going to agree with this process. They may not even like what is happening.
My thoughts turn to Proverbs 9:10 - Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. In the serenity prayer, we seek after acceptance, courage, and wisdom. Acceptance in knowing that there are things in life we are not able to control. Courage to make necessary changes in our lives. And wisdom to understand and know the difference between what we need to accept because we can't change it; and courage to strive and make those changes we are able to make.
We stand a little taller against the growing wave of immorality. We stand a little taller in the spirit of truth and light that is Jesus Christ. We stand with bold and resilient faith and courage to be the light by which those truly seeking refuge and sanctuary are able to come into the fold of God's kingdom. Each one of us, through our faith and commitment to the Gospel Principles established, are able to speak wisdom into those with broken hearts. We are called to serve and minister to those in need. Just as Christ served and ministered to the lowly and broken.
Isn't this idea easy to forget? I tended to approach life with a certain autonomy. Live as though I am an independent individual with a responsibility to acknowledge God in worship and sacrifice. My Heavenly Father wants a deeper worship in my own personal life. Rather than living independently of Him while giving Him my respect, I honor Him by living dependently on Him with mindful awareness that every action, every thought, every impulse is to fit into His purposes. I must never act - or even breathe - without this awareness. I have been bought at a costly price. I am His.
I will keep always in mind that today is my sole concern and that I will make it as good a day as I am able to. This one small span of time is mine, and I will use it to do the things that need doing, and have a little time over for enjoyment and reflection.
The only help I am able to give is to offer grace and compassion. Pray for them. Pray for wisdom and guidance in how I may be able to comfort and support them. Listen and empathize with them. Sit with them in silence. We do not ever want to feel trapped.
James Pack maintains his own website and wrote up quite a profound and honest piece. A very honest and straightforward perception on one's experience with feeling abandoned. And, the most gut-wretched profound insight was this: ...where is everyone else? What happened to all the people who said they cared about me? I claim part of … Continue reading What you may not know
Photo by Download a pic Donate a buck! ^ on Pexels.com Back in 2004, my father was released from Harboview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. A few months prior to this, he was involved in a serious auto accident outside of Yelm, Washington. He had broken the steering wheel of his small 1980's something pick … Continue reading My Question – My Being
Photo by Callum Hilton on Pexels.com ...for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.~ Luke 15:32, KJV ~ There once was a man with two sons. The younger made a request to his father to attain his inheritance. Once he received his allotment he took up his … Continue reading What is Your Prodigal Story?
When we seek God - we seek to live a life that is spiritually abundant and full of grace and truth.
Photo by Garon Piceli on Pexels.com ~ July 6, 2020 -Morning Devotion ~ For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. ~ 2 Timothy 1:7, KJV ~ We are facing grave and uncertain times. Some even wonder if this really is the … Continue reading The Courage to Live a Bold Faith
It is our responsibility to heed those instructions and live by them. There is powerful virtue and value in living out the instructions and guidance of a Sovereign God
We are not exempt from the troubles of the old man. How we may have dealt with adversity and setbacks will hopefully be different. Each season of difficult - there is a choice. A choice between facing those difficult seasons with the confidence and trust in God; or, give into the old man of troubles and sorrow and sink in our frustration, despair, and disappointment.
It is through Christ's infinite and profound atonement that we are able to come to a place where we place our hope and trust in God. This hope and trust provides for us an assurance for whatever challenges may lay ahead in our spiritual journey. We may face desperate circumstances. Personal adversity. And seemingly impossible social upheavals to contend with. Yet, He is faithful toward us because he has called us into a fellowship with his Son - Jesus Christ (See, 1 Corinthians 1:9, paraphrased). And, his promise stands to protect us and strengthen us (See, 2 Thessalonians 3:3).
Attend any 12-step based community support group and you will here the ritual chant of the Serenity Prayer. God grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference. It appears this saying is done in an absent-minded form of shallow profession. Something we … Continue reading Spiritual Impact of the Serenity Prayer
The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught,that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary.Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. ~ Isaiah 50:4, ESV ~ The greatest challenge Christians face is fulfilling their own calling where it so often goes against present … Continue reading Strength comes through fellowship
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. ~ Psalm 27:14, KJV ~ As we deepen our commitment to a strong and mature Christian spiritual experience and life, we see a conflict between our old self and new way of living. When we drop our … Continue reading Being of Good Courage
We all have certain fears. However, when it comes to living authentically, living mindfully, and living out a genuine spiritual life - there is an inherent fear of stepping out in faith and living completely and totally surrendered to God. In fact, one of my biggest resentments I've held against God is asking Him to draw me … Continue reading What is your greatest fear?
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” ~Deuteronomy 31:6, ESV ~ This life is a miracle and an amazing gift for us. Included is the spiritual awakening promised by our recovery program. Yet, there … Continue reading Our Call to be Strong and Courageous
“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ~ John 8:31-32, ESV ~ Our perception of truth deepens through God's sovereign grace. It brought us to face the reality of our present situation. We became honest and relinquished our life and will … Continue reading Truth brings freedom and liberty
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. ~ 2 Timothy 1:7, ESV ~ My favorite Wizard of Oz character is the cowardly lion. We typically do not associate a lion with fear and cowardliness. Yet, he meets Dorothy, Tin Man and Strawman. Together, they are heading toward the … Continue reading The Courage to Live Boldly
If anyone serves , he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. ~ John 12:26, ESV ~ We are set free from the bondage and enslavement substance use has brought upon us because we follow in the footsteps of our … Continue reading In the Footsteps of the Master