There is never a time when we do not need our faith buttressed by God’s promises for our future. Life is dynamic not static—despite the attempts by some to control everything! Each day we face sin’s troika—the world, the flesh, and the devil. Their assaults are as endless as the ongoing campaigns against Israel by her enemies. Tomorrow’s insecurities and disappointments may quickly unseat today’s triumphs. Therefore, God promises that He will fight for us and deliver us safely as we cling to Him and order our lives under His authority. The ones whose minds are fastened on God’s promises for their future will not act precipitously in the present because they understand that God’s promises have already secured their future today.
How tragic that we live in an age in which many aspire to be spiritual yet deprive themselves of a relational spirituality because they will not be embraced by the God who created us “spiritual.” Our understanding of spirituality is destined to be self-centered when it arises from the created rather than a revelation that comes from our Creator. We learn from Scripture that spirituality is inherently relational, practical, and doable…
There is nothing more heart-breaking than watching someone you love lose their memory. This personal and private treasury contains their knowledge, wisdom, history, sensitivities, and most of all relationships. The slow and relentless decay of one’s memory reduces adult intellect to infancy, vacates wisdom, erases history, neuters joy, and slowly disintegrates one’s most precious relationships. Watching my father lose his mind will forever be etched in my memory unless or until I might lose mine.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s do highlight a simple truth about relationships. We intentionally remember the relationships we value the most. Friendships and marriages that are not intentional and begin to “forget” to share life and time together are in jeopardy. Therefore, it should be no surprise that, because God is relational, He exhorts us to remember. In fact, the vibrancy of our faith will be contingent upon the spiritual discipline of “remembering.”
God is unique.
There is no other.
There is no one like Him. He has no equal.
Everything that exists from the Andromeda to an amoeba,
From black holes to black panthers, was created by Him.
He has enemies but no threats.
He has friends but no peers.
He is God alone. There are no others…God is exclusively God.
We live in an age where exclusivism of any sort is close to being the unpardonable sin. Indulgent tolerance is encouraged so that it is understood that all religions are equally valid as expressions of each worshiper’s personal preference. What is often overlooked is that our confession of faith is based on the exclusive God whose inclusive love embraces all people. If God is NOT exclusive then the tenets we hold dear are, at best, moral aspirations not divine revelation.
How can we cultivate integrity in our lives? Where can we turn to discover a model of integrity which is distinct and inspired by God Himself? I would suggest the Ten Commandments are a good place to start (Exodus 20.1-17)... Here we are challenged and encouraged in 10 crucial areas that are essential to a lifestyle of integrity that pleases the heart of God. (In fact, I think the 10 Commandments could be re-titled, Every Person’s Guide to Integrity).
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith;
(2 Corinthians 13.5)
An equinox and solstice, while frequently associated, are literally poles apart. An equinox is when the equator is closest to the sun and a solstice is when the equator is furthest away. This is not merely a tidbit of science trivia — equinoxes and solstices impact our lives every year because we mark the four seasons from these four events... and with each season comes memories, associations and expectations — both joyful and sorrowful.
On 22 September the Autumnal Equinox will occur marking the first day of the Fall season—a season marked by our equator being closest to the sun. I choose to receive it as a prophetic promise that God intends for this to be a season where we will be brought closer to Him. Therefore, this is a good time to pause and take inventory less we simply let obligation and/or habit dictate what our lives will be filled with.
Everyone who follows Jesus Christ is called to be a person of impact. The Spirit of God forbids you to remain silent or passive while the world, the flesh, and the devil plunder, blind, and confound your “Impact Zone.” Your Impact Zone will include yourself, your friends and/or family, and your co-workers. While their size and scope may vary from person to person mark this: your temperament neither accredits nor disqualifies you. It is your responsiveness to God’s call and your readiness to do His will that certifies you to be a Person of Impact..
In a July 2013 article, Scientific American studied what most people talk about the most and what they discovered surprised me — probably because my emotional intelligence is not high! Here is their observation: on average people spend 60% of their time talking about themselves! This number goes up to 80% when communicating on social media. So what are the implications for Christians if we spend all this “time” communicating and our faith does not or rarely comes up with others?