The obstacles in our path are not hindrances, they literally are the way. I don’t get to sail through life without things that must be overcome.
An insistent pursuit is not a common position for even the average believer. Many slink towards God with hopes that He might possibly answer.
The centurion knew where his answer would be found and with great faith entreated Jesus for His Answer. Faith powers our insistence, not our desire or will or desperation.
Jesus commended the Canaanite woman for her faith – not her prayer, not her will, not her volume, but her faith. She connected faith to her desperation and shameless persistence and Jesus answered.
I believed Stoicism was negative. But it might be valuable and actually Godly. Living as a stoic that's a reflection of our faith in God.
When the Word of God declares a paradox (two things that appear to contradict), what do I do? Following authorities blindly or in faith?
In our current reality everything is suspect. I know our faith is tested through uncertainty, but I want to live unshaken in shaky times.
Nothing riled up Jesus more than fear in His followers. He tolerated ambition, presumption, and even competition, all self-serving traits, but never FEAR.
Psalm 91 says, The Lord is my Shepherd! He protects me and saves me from the deadly pestilence. In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, are we safe?
To walk with God, we quickly learn that comprehensive understanding is unattainable. In the mystery of God, I experience great expanse, not limitation.
If you look at the stories of the men of faith in the Bible, each of them had to embrace God and His Word as He defined it to them.
If we define our reality by our current circumstances, we are set up to be offended. Faith trusts that God is good, regardless of my circumstances.