We have a natural tendency to compare ourselves to others. And sometimes that filters into our spiritual lives . . . “She’s more involved at church than I am. . . He doesn’t give as much as I do” . . . etcetera. Feeling pressure to follow the crowd?
It’s difficult to wait for God to answer our heartfelt prayers. And when they seem to go unanswered . . . it’s downright troubling. Haven’t received the answer you’re looking for from God?
Think of a conversation you’ve had with a close friend or loved one . . . what characteristics do you see? Were you laughing together, arguing over something, discussing the details of your day? Having difficulty with your prayer life?
Just like gold is refined in a fire, our faith is refined through testing. Perhaps you’re going through a difficult time right now . . . a testing of your faith.
A well-written story has us sitting on the edge of our seat. We connect with the main characters, are gripped by the trials they face, and sigh in relief when all ends well.
The Christian life isn’t a spectator sport . . . viewed from the grandstands. It’s an active life . . . played on the field of God’s choosing. But the game of life has a way of delivering joy in victory . . . and agony in defeat. Going through a tough situation right now?
When you’re going through a tough time, are there particular Bible verses that come to your rescue? Promises from Scripture that carry you through the darkness?
Sometimes God asks us to step out on faith in ways we would never imagine. Perhaps you’ve had to place your trust in God’s provision during a financial struggle, or you’ve sought God’s healing during a major battle with your health.
Sometimes having faith in God means living in uncertainty. Trusting Him when the canvas of our future is blank. Having difficulty entrusting everything to God?
Living by faith. It’s not an easy road to travel. We aren’t given a road map showing exactly which choices to make and which paths to follow.
Whether we’re nineteen, forty-two or seventy-eight . . . we’ll all be on death’s doorstep one day. For many, that fact is terrifying to consider.