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Our human nature as children is to wait impatiently for Christmas morning and the gifts we hope to receive. As adults, we still tend to wait impatiently for so much in our lives. We live in hope and anticipation for love, family, career advances, health, contentment and so much more.
Wherever you find yourself today in your walk with God, consider that as long as our hearts remain steadfast on Him, He will continue to guide us where He wants us to be. Take great comfort in that when we seek Him & His way for us we will truly find the peace we need to endure through the most difficult times.
It is a strange thing when we like listening to the word of God, yet we do not obey. Herod had an opportunity to listen to what John was telling him and to obey, much like we often have the opportunity to hear what the Spirit of God is telling us and then to obey.
The story of the woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years is a beautiful reminder that when Jesus rescues us, our past is forgiven, and all things are made new. We go from being sick, outcast, ashamed, guilty, and isolated, to being welcomed into His family, forgiven, and made new.
In the Parable of the Lamp, what Jesus is saying is pretty obvious. The purpose of the lamp is to light up the room, and it cannot fulfill its purpose hidden under a basket or a bed. And again He tells us the phrase “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” So let’s dig deeper into the application of this parable.
In Mark chapter 4, Jesus uses a parable to explain the various conditions of a man’s heart that can either encourage or hinder our spiritual growth. Our hearts can go from being ready to let God’s word take root, to the exact opposite, so it is essential to be aware of the current condition of our heart.
We are called to be on mission for Jesus 24/7. That means we should always be looking for opportunities to use our gifting’s no matter what day of the week it is or where we are.
When we face tough decisions or hard battles, we need to learn how to seek strength and counsel from God. God wants to lead us and give us direction. He wants to strengthen us for the hard-fought battles that lie ahead.
The new year is upon us. Hopefully you’re thinking about some goals that you’d like to accomplish in the next year. If you’re not, this is an amazing… and dare I say… Godly habit to start.
Believe it or not, rules, rituals, and religious tradition can give us a false sense of peace. Once you start to rely on anything other than Jesus for your peace and security, you slowly begin to drift apart from your relationship and dependence on Jesus.