Practice Thanksgiving

“I thank you, Father.” This is something Jesus said a lot. Life is hard. Trials are hard. Service to our Lord, which is to live a God-fearing Christian life first and foremost, can be hard. I’ve been practicing saying, “Thank you, Lord.” It helps a lot. I am prone to complaining, self-pity, fear, and feelingContinue reading “Practice Thanksgiving”

Pray to the Father in Secret

5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and whenContinue reading “Pray to the Father in Secret”

Considering Proverbs 9:10 (Part 2)

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. What does it mean, “knowledge of the holy is understanding?” I looked up different translations of the verse above, and I think we were on the right track yesterday; the best kind of knowledge is the knowledge of HeContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 9:10 (Part 2)”

No Enabling in Love

If we have faith in the love of God towards us, then we know that we can trust in Him without fear of condemnation. However, because God loves us, He will not allow us to continue in destruction. Because He first loved us and we love Him, we will not condone or excuse sin withinContinue reading “No Enabling in Love”

Exhortation Against Projection Accusation

I don’t know how common this is, but I know this is something I have done, and this is also something I have seen and received from others a lot in my life. What I refer to is false accusations that are rooted in projection. What is projection? Projection is when we take something fromContinue reading “Exhortation Against Projection Accusation”

Considering Proverbs 4:24-27

24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. 25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. 26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. 27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot fromContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 4:24-27”

Considering Proverbs 4:20-23

20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issuesContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 4:20-23”

Self-Image Reformation Part 1: Introduction

It is amazing how easy it is for a person to create a false image of themselves and believe in that image. What goes into this image? From our early childhood onward, we develop an idea of who we are and who we should be. Our parents and other family members influence who we thinkContinue reading “Self-Image Reformation Part 1: Introduction”

Chastisement and Suffering Part 2: Should Christians Expect Chastisement?

Should Christians expect chastisement from God? This can be a confusing topic. As Christians, we are counted as righteous before God through the blood of Jesus. Our sins are paid in full and we are forgiven. There is also a scripture in Isaiah 53 stating that Jesus bore our chastisement. Here is an excerpt: 3 HeContinue reading “Chastisement and Suffering Part 2: Should Christians Expect Chastisement?”

Chastisement and Suffering Part 1: Introduction

Do Christians experience chastisement from God? What about suffering? There are different ideas about these topics, and I expect these ideas to come up in the future, so I think it is worth looking into. There are multiple perspectives and teachings about the chastisement of God and suffering in the life of a Christian. IContinue reading “Chastisement and Suffering Part 1: Introduction”