Archive for May 2012

Healing Our Faith

Romans15:13: Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Have you lost hope? Maybe you lost a job, a relationship or you just feel a little lost. Christ is our hope, yet it takes faith to know that. He is the master of the unseen promises that He offers us. We accept the grace of salvation by faith and it is our hope for eternal life with God in Heaven.

But what about today, right now, does God care about the mundane or not-so-mundane events of our lives? Healing our faith is about truly believing that God is divinely guiding and involved in our lives. It takes a step of faith to ask and hear God’s directions to us, then do what He says.

If you’ve lost your hope, God knows it, and wants to help. I believe He wants to show you how much he cares for you. He does have the hairs on your head numbered.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing . . .

Renewal with God’s Blessings

In Psalms 103 David speaks, “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name.” He goes on to expound on how God pardons our iniquities and heals all our diseases. In verse 5 David proclaims, “Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”

What a great gift of blessing, healing and renewal we have from our Lord! It’s a gift He gives because of His deep, deep love for us. We don’t have to do anything to deserve it, because it is His gift freely given.

Some friends of mine have recently gone through some difficult times and I have seen how they feel beaten down by life’s challenges. Our lives as Christians aren’t always easy, yet in those times He sees our every pain, He sees our hearts.

Even if you don’t feel like it, I suggest reading the Psalms of inspiration to lift your spirits and your eyes to a loving heavenly Father. Sometimes it is difficult to face life’s challenges, yet our God is always there to guide us through when we ask Him.

 

 

Healing Your Mouth

My pastor is delivering a sermon series right now called, “Words, Life or Death.” It’s based on Proverbs 18:21. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

The most recent sermon was called “Bridling the Tongue.” In it he makes three points about how we use our mouth: Pause, Ponder, Pray.

How often do we say something, then regret it later. The point of Pause is to stop before we speak. Sometimes we don’t even need to say anything. Proverbs 21:23 says: “He who guards his mouth and his tongue, guards his soul from troubles.” Before you react to what someone says or to a situation, pause for a moment.

Ponder means to think about what you intend to say. In that Pause moment you can ask yourself these questions about what you intended to say. Does it glorify God? Will it help the situation or the person you are talking to? Does it demonstrate God’s grace?

Pray, and ask God to heal your tongue. Think about what is broken or “sick” in your life. What are you saying about it? If you are you saying, “I’m always broke,” that might be part of the problem.

Ask God to heal your tongue, then, pay attention to everything you say! Speak blessing over yourself, every situation and everyone you care about.

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