Have you ever come across a difficult person in church, your home group or home church? The honest truth is that we are all work in process, and there are various reasons why a person can be out of character.
Galatians 1: 15- 19
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,
16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.
Many of us have heard of the account in the bible where Moses disobeyed the commandment of the Lord. He was told to strike the rock, but he smote the rock. But if you pay close attention, it was both Moses and Aaron that were instructed and both paid the price for disobedience.
Many of us are familiar with the account of Abraham and his obedience when God asked him to offer up his only son. The account can be found in the 22nd chapter of Genesis. We have heard sermons of how faithful Abraham was in obeying the Lord, however have we ever thought about the impact on Isaac?
How we see God is so critical to our Christian walk. God is good (Psalm 34: 8, Psalm 145:9) and God is love (1 John 4: 8, 1 John 4: 16), these are just two of the many attributes of our loving father.
We need the eyes of our understanding to be enlightened to know who God really is. We need revelation knowledge (Ephesians 1: 18) to perceive and know our father.
Everything created has a purpose. Even when human beings manufacture things, they are always designed for a specific purpose.
As children of God, we all know that the Lord has formed each one of us uniquely for us to display what He has created us for. Isaiah 43: 7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
I recently logged into our energy account to summit readings for electricity and gas. For some reason, the site was very slow in loading. The screen displayed “loading”, for a while, much longer than usual.
Have you ever found yourself in a difficult situation? As time begins to pass , have you ever started questioning yourself?
Yes there are times when we need to allow the Lord to correct us and we make the necessary adjustments. However, we do not need to do everything right before the Lord delivers us.
The soul has a vital part to play in our existence. We are made up of Spirit, Soul and body 1 Thel 5: 23 reads And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Nobody likes the sound of war. War signifies turmoil which nobody would intentionally choose. So how would anyone choose “war” unintentionally?
Do you have a friend that you know very well? You can vouch for the person at any time.
Let’s assume you had an appointment with the person and he/she didn’t show up. By virtual of the knowledge you know of the person, you would be convinced that something out of the persons control must have happened because the trend is “out of character”.
We will not always have the answers or know how things will plan out, but one thing is sure “God is faithful”. When we don’t understand, we must trust God for who He is.
Sacrifice is a step beyond convenience. Bill Johnson