Seeking God’s Perspective on Life’s Journey
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For the past few weeks, we’ve been talking about prayer. Much about prayer is often misunderstood and one of those issues has to do with faith and doubting.
If you’ve ever wondered if you’re praying “right,” let me just state I don’t believe there is a “right” way to pray. Prayer is simply communication, between you and God. Still, Jesus has much to tell us about prayer.
Five or six people shared that morning. They didn’t share anything monumental from the standpoint of the miraculous. But what they did share demonstrated the intimate, loving, trusting relationships that they enjoyed with their heavenly Father.
At various times during my lifetime, spiritual gifts have been in the forefront of teaching. At other times, we hear almost nothing about them. I’ve also recognized that there is a lot of confusion around spiritual gifts — especially with tongues and the other so-called “sign” gifts.
with no visible trail and spending too much time trying to identify a trail, they were five-to-six miles into the loop. It was 105° and they were running low on water. It would’ve been shorter to keep going, but there was no trail!
How we view life is called our perspective. It shapes our outlook, our decisions, and our actions. Whether we’re on the job, shopping, working in the yard, leading a Bible study, or watching a football game, our perspective interprets what we see and experience. Like a pair of glasses, our perspective can either distort or finely tune reality.
If there’s one universal sin that we’re all guilty of it would be pride. Pride is what caused Satan to fall and he used the same ploy to instigate the fall of mankind. He tempted Adam and Eve with the false promise, “You will be like God…” (Genesis 3:5) And ever since the fall, all of mankind has struggled with pride.
The Creator of the universe who made all things has also left His signs for us to follow. The Apostle Paul pointed out that the evidences of God’s presence are so numerous and obvious that everyone knows something about Him. In His creation we see His majesty, His unfathomable wisdom, His power to give life, and His amazing creativity.
Center of Gravity (CG) is a term that applies to various realms such as physics, aerodynamics, warfare, and human anatomy. Much of martial arts is based upon keeping your balance while unbalancing your opponent. If we understand the spiritual warfare application, as taught by Jesus, we will have a clearer understanding of the authority of the Word and the proper exercise of this authority delegated to us for this purpose.
In today’s busy hustle-and-bustle world, genuine appreciation is rare. How often do you write a thank-you card, send flowers to your secretary, wife, or mother — or visit an older relative in a nursing home? Appreciation is something we should endeavor to show regardless of how busy we are or how saggy the economy or circumstances around us.
We are social people and suffer under prolonged isolation. There’s a reason prisons use solitary confinement as a severe form of punishment. But isolation occurs in more insidious ways as well. When we feel hurt, depressed, frustrated, or angry we often act like a wounded animal and crawl off into a hole somewhere by ourselves to lick our wounds. But isolating like this is a dangerous path to walk.
The conscience is an interesting human faculty. It defines the moral code by which a person lives, or at least hopes to live by. As far as I know, everyone has a conscience. But it’s also clear that not everyone lives by the same standard of conscious morality.
Are you struggling with getting older? Someone once said, “As you get older you will understand more and more that it’s not about what you look like or what you own, it’s all about the person you’ve become.”
My feeling is we can’t be afraid of failure. The only way we can grow and mature is to take risks that sometimes end in failure.
Shortly after taking off, the co-pilot guided our craft towards the notorious pass. Within minutes it became very apparent that the limited visibility would not let us proceed. We would’ve been flying blind. Beads of sweat began to pop out on my forehead as the plane became engulfed in clouds.