God has placed a gift in each of us, and His desire is to see us tap into that gift. However, there is a process that takes time to cultivate and prepare us for the birthing of that gift. Travailing is to engage in painful or laborious effort. Just as Christ birthed salvation in the garden, it is our job to birth the gift that Christ has placed in us.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV) it testifies that God's ways and thoughts are not like ours, but His ways and thoughts are higher. Thank goodness!!!! Remember, there is only one living perfect God, and none like Him. He knows the beginning from the end, He knows all, and sees all. As a believer, we are charged to have full faith and trust in God's ways, but as we know this is not always the case. Especially when times get tough. God never promised His ways are easy, but He did say His ways will lead to life.
Happy Father's Day to all the dads! Because of God's immense love and grace for His children, we are able to celebrate together as families. Let's discover how our Father in Heaven saved us and continues to transform us. It is all Because of the one true Father!
In John 3:16 it states "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believeth in Him will have eternal life." In Luke 6:46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?" In the Book of John we see that Salvation comes from God as a gift to humanity, but in Luke, it points out that obedience to God is a choice each person has to make. Through salvation we have become a new creation in Christ, but our obedience to God should be fruit of this transformation. Let's discover together how our obedience is not dependent on us but God in us.
Life is full of so many moving parts, so many situations, so many people, so many tragedies, so many victories, so many _________ (you can fill in the blank). But, through it all, God has a plan and a purpose. In Romans 8:28, it states - all things work together for good to those who love God. Lets see how God gets to work in our lives.
Israel had a brick quota they had to meet as slaves, and if they did not meet it, they would face harsh consequences from the Egyptians. In Exodus, we discovered the Egyptians withheld straw from Israel, which hindered their ability to make bricks. However, Israel realized God did not forsake them, but He had a perfect plan to take care of them. Yes sometimes walking out God's plan can be tough, and MAY appear hopeless. We have to allow those difficult times to mature our character and cultivate a deep unyielding hope. How do you respond when your straw has been taken away?
Two key components of Christianity are faith and the church. This week, we will look at how these two facets are closely entwined and vital in the lives of Christians.
Happy Mother's Day! Today is a day we have set aside to honor and recognize our moms and all they have done in our lives. Let's discover together how the role of moms fit into the perfect plan God has for mankind.
In Revelation 12, it states, "they overcame him (Satan) by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony." This made me reflect on the value and the power of our testimony. Our testimony, in a nutshell, is our lives. How we lived, what we lived for, who we lived for; choices, trials, blessings, victories, failures, the list goes on. Life is not easy, nor is our testimony easy. But in Christ, regardless of the difficulty or suffering we may have endured, through Christ our testimony will always say - "they overcame!"
Too many times, we as people live our lives striving to be first at everything we do. We equate being first as someone who is successful, great, blessed, or favored by God. Especially as Americans, we are conditioned that our personal value is based on how successful we are. Are we first? But this definition is based on worldly standards: work titles, financial status, what we own, etc. All these things will fade away. But only life in Christ can true success be found. Striving after Him and measuring against His standard will bring everlasting life and peace. This is true success; this will make you first.
Jesus is coming back for a glorious church! Listen now as Pastor Ron Hunter defines what this looks like.