To be spiritually healthy is to be thriving in your desire to pursue Jesus and walking in the strength of the Holy Spirit. But spiritual health is tricky. We might be so obsessed with looking good outwardly that we fail to pay attention to what’s going on inside us.
Resources to rest and restore the soul
Saying that Jesus is Lord, implies surrendering to His will over ours. No matter how you frame it, surrender is frightening. When we surrender, we are vulnerable. When we surrender someone else determines our path and can take us where we do not want to go.
Temptation is real. And so is the danger of making sinful choices that displease the Lord of our lives. Fortunately for our sakes, others before us have made unfortunate choices that we can learn from.
When you think of the word authority, what comes to mind? You might think of someone who used their authority to control or manipulate you. If that’s the case, the word authority may cause a negative reaction. But…
Our God is no god that can be out maneuvered, or subtly bent to our own will. For that, I am grateful because what a small god that would be! He and He alone knows the course set for our lives that’s meant to draw us closer into fellowship with Him. He often deposits guide posts into our lives meant to serve as the blinders to the very obvious distractors from His will.
God has given us the chance to talk about what we believe.This week we hear about how when asked, Peter tells others that Jesus is the Messiah. We can talk with our friends and family about what it means to follow God. We can ask questions when there’s something we...
Yet, there are so many prayers I pray that God has not yet answered — the salvation of friends and family members, direction for the next stage in life, peace and unity in the Church. The list could go on and on. But when I’m discouraged by the chaos of life and seemingly unanswered prayers, I cling to these moments of remembrance where God so kindly tells me “I hear you, I love you, and I’ll never fail you.”
Prayer is such a huge part of our training plan.Today we will hear an example from Jesus as to how to pray. Jesus’ prayer gave us the perfect example of the way we can pray to God. We don’t have to just pray about the things we want or need. We can take time to honor...
Sometimes I forget that my words have power. Too often, I’ve said something hurtful because I didn’t fully weigh my words ahead of time. Or, when I could have used my words to give comfort or encouragement, I’ve opted to withhold them because I was afraid of overstepping or was too wrapped up in my own concerns.
Words have the power to influence other people. With our words, we can convince someone of the truth, change a person’s attitude or spur them to action.
LifePoint member Andrea Phillips struggled for a long time to enjoy Mother’s Day, due to the strained relationship she has with her own mentally ill mother. Andrea couldn’t change the relationship she had with her mother, but she could change her mindset towards Mother’s Day, helping her and her family see the day of a celebration of all that God has provided.
A simple change of perspective is often all we need redirect our thoughts to a better place. Here are some things you can do to reset your own mindset this spring.
Make the wise choice.We can hear from God by reading the Bible. As we read the Bible, we can get to know God better. We can find out how to make the wise choice. We can remember what’s most important in life . . . and we can also think about things that we might need...