American believers are limited in their religion to Sunday morning worship and huddling together for Bible study. They retreat into the four walls of the church and enjoy materialistic pleasures while their society regresses into ancient paganism.
Work was never meant to be the source of a person’s identity, but rather, flowing from it. It was a manifestation of—a cooperation with—a result of—inner peace and joy, not the cause of it.
In these last days, it is especially important that we stay alert. 1 Peter 4:7 says, “The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.” We need to have a sound mind so that we can discern God’s voice, do His will, and stay out of the traps of the enemy.
Jesus is our Rock, our living stone, our Cornerstone. There is no other way to build a life that produces fruit except upon Him.
But Jesus is just the first living stone. We are the rest of them.
When our souls are still, the words we speak, the things we do, and the way in which we serve others will be prudent, kind, and full of His beauty.
(Luke 24:27) is one of my favorite verses because it highlights a fact we often overlook, especially regarding the Old Testament: all the Scriptures point back to Jesus.
When we realize that we are not serving ourselves but instead the Creator of the universe, acting selflessly and loving everyone comes naturally.
For a variety of reasons I fear that the past year has increased the prevalence of emotionalism—an idolatry that often manifests itself in my life, and likely in yours.
If God wants us to wait for what is ultimately the better reward at His set time, or take a certain step at a particular moment, we must do so in faith, knowing that He holds the times and seasons in His hands and knowing that He has the best intentions towards us.
Be honorable beyond your capabilities for fortitude, be kinder than your temper allows: fail magnificently—for surely you will—but do anything but balk at the vocation to which God has called you.