The Messenger – June 2022
A Life of Faith
He went out, not knowing where He was going (Heb. 11:8)
Living a life of faith means never knowing where you are being led. But it does mean loving and knowing the One who is leading. It is literally a life of faith, not of understanding and reason – a life of knowing Him who calls us to go. Faith is rooted in the knowledge of a Person, and one of the biggest traps that we fall into is the belief that if we have faith, God will surely lead us to success in the world.
The Messenger – March 2022
Fix Your Eyes on Jesus
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
When we are born again, the Holy Spirit begins to work His new creation in us, and there will come a time when there is nothing remaining of the old life. Our old gloomy outlook disappears, as does our old attitude toward things, and “all things are of God” (2 Corinthians 5:18). How are we going to get a life that has no lust, no self-interest, and is not sensitive to the ridicule of others? How will we have the type of love that “is kind…is not provoked, [and] thinks no evil”? (1 Corinthians 13:4-5). The only way is by allowing nothing of the old life to remain, and by having only simple, perfect trust in God— such a trust that we no longer want God’s blessings, but only want God Himself. Have we come to the point where God can withdraw His blessings from us without our trust in Him being affected? Once we truly see God at work, we will never be concerned again about the things that happen, because we are actually trusting in our Father in heaven, whom the world cannot see.
(Utmost For His Highest)
The Messenger – April 2021
Bloom Where You Are Planted
“Each of you should
continue to live in whatever situation the Lord has placed you, and remain as you were when God first called you.” 1 Corinthians 7:17
Like a flower that grows through a crack in the concrete, sometimes we have to just make the best of our situations and bloom right where we have been planted. You see, not all of us are where we want to be in life quite yet. Not everyone can just quit their 9 to 5 job to chase their dream. Most of the time achieving a dream takes time, perseverance and a lot of hard work. We may not be exactly where we want to be or even where God wants us to be, but instead of becoming bitter or frustrated with our progress, why not make the best of our situation.