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Changing the Way We See

How do you see? Yes, with your eyes. But how do you see the world around you? How do you see the problems that arise and are blocking your path? How do you see the opposition and obstacles that block you from achieving what God has called you to achieve? The truth is our sight starts with our thinking. To fulfill the plans God has for us, we need to be willing to make a big shift in the way we think and perceive the world around us.

A Living Sacrifice

In Romans 12, a portion of Paul’s address to the Roman church, he writes on how they can become living sacrifices. He tells them in Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship.” So, what does Paul mean really by this?

Intentional Inclusivity

In 1838, nearly 15 years prior to the start of the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln delivered his now-famous Lyceum Address. This speech was written to bring attention to the current threat to the American government – the inner division within America.

True Kingdom Culture

How often do we let our earthly culture overshadow the Kingdom culture that God intended for His children? Luke 13:29 (NIV) states the following: “People will come from east and west and north and south and will take their places at the kingdom of God.” If people from all over the world are in God’s Kingdom, shouldn’t it also look like this on earth?

Creating Fertile Soil

The Parable of the Sower is one of the most well-known parables of Jesus Christ. The four different soil types mentioned in Luke 8:4-15 are representative of the hearts of those who hear God’s Word. Of the four soils, only one is fertile enough for God’s Word to take root and subsequently produce fruit.

He is Worthy

When is the best time to worship the Lord? Is it when He blesses us and provides in a way only He can? Or, should we praise His name despite what we are going through? The truth is, no matter what is happening externally in our lives, God is and will always be in complete control. And, more importantly, He is always worthy of our praise.

Overextended

Do you ever feel overextended in what God has called you to do? It might be in your family, in your work, or in your calling, wherever it originates from, you may feel overextended in our responsibilities. When we feel stretched beyond our limits and capabilities we cannot and will not function effectively. When this happens, we need to remember that God is with us in whatever He has called us to do.

God’s Purpose Will Prevail

God has a purpose for you. He has had a purpose for you before you existed. While we may think we have well-thought-out plans and goals, oftentimes they actually inhibit God’s true purpose for us. Other times, we encounter hardships on the way to the destination God called us to, and instead of pushing through them with God’s aid, we back down and even turn around.

Making Time for God’s Word

Romans 10:17 (NKJV) states: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Our intake of God’s Word and our faith go hand in hand. When we are intentional about reading, hearing, and studying God’s Word, we will inevitably gain faith in the Lord, His promises, and His future plans.

An Unbreakable Spirit

If your country’s leader signed a law that banned prayer to God – punishable by death – would you immediately pray and thank the Lord? This is essentially what Daniel did when faced with this dilemma. Despite being faced with death, and death by lions nonetheless, Daniel showed an unbreakable spirit and unmatched faith in his God.

Just Keep Walking

When faced with a storm, where do you turn to? Time and time again in God’s Word, we see Him saving, providing for, and protecting His people. We see Him part the Red Sea for Moses, help David slay Goliath, and even helped Peter to walk on water. Our God is anything but limited by what we expect!