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When I think of stepping out in faith the scene of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade comes to mind. You know the one. It’s where Indiana Jones’ father has been mortally wounded and Indy has to find the cup Christ drank out of, fill it with water, and bring it back to heal his father’s wound. His first act of faith is walking on a bridge he can’t see to cross what might as well be a dark bottomless ravine.

Stepping out in faith has little to do with us and what we think we can and cannot achieve. It’s more about our trust in God. Verbally, it’s easy to say “God is trustworthy.” This is a correct fact and statement. But, to act on it can be difficult. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” The more we seek God the more our faith in God will grow. We will start to see His faithfulness more and more. And one day, that leap of faith won’t be as challenging as it once was perceived. (And how we perceive things can be very wrong.)

Today, spend a little more time seeking God. And ask Him to help you trust Him more.

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My husband always jokes about believing in bigfoot or sasquatches. According to him, believing in the Lock Ness Monster is crazy, but bigfoot is real. A neighbor of ours has a silhouette cut out of bigfoot attached to the far back of his fence and my husband points it out every time we pass it. He and his barber (since childhood) joke about this American mystery and those who are… overly curious about bigfoot. And, although science has little evidence to support the bigfoot theory, that doesn’t stop people from believing.

In John 20, Thomas (also known as doubting Thomas), one of Jesus’ disciples was told to touch Jesus’ wounds to help him believe in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. And he did believe. John 20:29 says, “Jesus said, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Those who believe without seeing are blessed.”” I don’t know where I stand on the discussion of bigfoot, not do I really care. But, I know that I am blessed for I do believe in Jesus and His resurrection without seeing or feeling the scars in His hands.

Do you have trouble believing? Then, I would suggest a few books of people who did as well. These books show their research and their conclusions.

Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh & Sean McDowell

A Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace

If you knew the worlds electricity would be turned off for good, would you not research how to survive without it? If you knew you were going to be in a sinking ship, would you not learn how to swim? If you knew that one day you will die, would you not research how to prepare for it? (Wait, this last one is true for everyone.) Or, do you wait, hoping to have enough time before you last few breaths to do some research?

Do you believe in Jesus and His resurrection? If so, type YES into our comments.

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But the fruit of the Spirit is:

Love

Joy

Peace

Patience

Kindness

Goodness

Faithfulness

Gentleness

Self-control

“There is no law against these things!” – Galatians 5:22-23

I once was struggling with my salvation. I was constantly asking God, “Am I saved? Am I one of Your children?” Galatians 5:22-23 was one of the passages that helped me find the answer I was searching for.

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But, before I go any deeper, let me say that questioning your salvation is ok. It is okay to doubt. What is not okay is sitting in that doubt and in those questions and doing nothing about it. When you face doubt don’t be lazy. Get busy and do the research. Read your Bible. Talk to reliable sources. Don’t take anyone’s word as is, but compare it to the scripture. Continuously pray asking for God’s help and guidance. As Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr says, “God gave you a brain and He expects you to use it.”

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In my struggle, my pastor preached on Galatians 5:22-23. I realized that if I had the Spirit then I was saved. And the way to know if I have God’s Spirit was based on my fruit. I remember what my old self was like. So, I compared my old self with what I thought to be my new self, the one lead by God’s Spirt. Was I showing love? Scripture says that “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) I know I was not perfect, but was I trying to show others God’s version of love, or a more selfish, worldly version of love?

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Joy, do I have joy even in tough situations and when I’m stressed? Paul writes to the church at Thessalonica that “for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 1:6) indicating that joy is associated with God the Holy Spirit. So, to have true joy I must have the Holy Spirit.

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Peace, do I have peace in troubling times? And where do I turn when looking for peace? Romans 14:17 says that “righteousness and peace and joy [is] in the Holy Spirit” So, to have real peace I must have the Spirit.

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There is a long list here, so I’m not going to cover them all. But, if you are struggling with doubt and your faith I suggest you do your own research. Find scriptures that explain each fruit of the Spirit and compare your old self with your new self. Ask God for His help and guidance as you do your own research. But, whatever you do, don’t be lazy; don’t put it on the back burner. Get it taken care of asap.

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My mom asked her 4th grade Sunday School class to list things they were afraid of. The one listed by almost every child was fear of the dark. I must admit, the first thing I do when I get home from work is turn on the kitchen light. Even as adults we have a sense of uneasiness when we can’t see. (How many times by habit do you flip the light switch when the electricity is off?!) I think that is why it is so comforting to know that Jesus is the Light of the World. In Him there is no darkness. It’s like having night vision googles when we trust in The Lord. He has made us this promise. All we have to do is follow Him.

How well are you staying in the light? Are you following close enough to see the path He has for you? Are you close enough to Him for others to see The Light in you?

💡💡💡💡Share with us one thing can you do today to shine a bit brighter? 💡💡💡💡

Then Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

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I Want to Think Like You

I say this prayer regularly. And the more I ask this, the more I notice God changing me. #prayerlife #praydaily #Psalm139twentythree24  #Christlike #justlikeJesus #hischild #Godskid #hischilddotcom

My thoughts like your thoughts

What Do You Declare? | HIS-Child.com

Declare your majesty SQ

Everyone declares something. Most people are willing to share their stance on any topic you put before them. Don’t think this is true? Look at any social media site and you will see someone (it’s probably more like almost everyone) stating their views, opinions, and beliefs.

So, what do you declare? Are you a proud republican or democrat? Do you have strong beliefs in the use of oils, exercise or all natural foods? Whatever you declare, make sure that you declare God and who He is much louder and prouder than anything else.

Psalm 145:5 says, “I will speak of Your splendor and glorious majesty and Your wonderful works.” When you start to speak of, or declare, who God is… When you talk of His splendor… When you tell others of His glorious majesty… When you share God’s wonderful works… everything else should shrink in comparison. Because there is NOTHING that can compare to God’s Majesty.

Again, I ask, what do you declare?

Prayer Is Not For God

Praying means caring

Prayer is not for God, it’s for us. He already knows what we need and want. He already knows our situations. Prayer changes us. It keeps our heart inclined toward God. It maintains a willingness in you to grow and be changed. The more we talk to God and listen to Him the more we grow to love Him. The more we pray for others, the more we grow to love others as He does. But, when we stop all communication with Him, or make it very rare, we begin stop growing. And if growth means life, then the lack there of…

Therefore, when we stop praying we stop caring. DON’T STOP PRAYING!

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This blog was inspired by the “Pray Like Jesus” daily devotion found on Bible.com.

 

Week 4: Running for Begginers

Week 4 Running for Begginers

Running for God. Running for me. #exercisefaith #exercisebody #GodGetsAllGlory

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