It’s easy to get sucked into an argument and try to convince the other side that you’re right. Believe me, it happens to me more than I’d like. But like Tim said, we do not find Jesus or the apostles getting into extended debates about theological matters.
Someone asked us what it takes to become a prayer warrior — to become spiritually strong.
Desiring to be effective in prayer and to be spiritually strong is the starting point. But desire without action is like a dream. It can inspire but it does not bring results.
Often we pray, and we don’t receive an obvious answer. What then? Should we just make our own decision? Should we wait until we have clear direction?
As I was posting this article today, I could literally hear Tim’s voice talking to me. I could see his face and I remembered his life. These words weren’t lip service for him. These words were him. He spoke them, displayed them, lived them.
If you’ve sinned too many times, if you’re feeling hopeless and that you’ve done too much for God to forgive, stop! Trust Him. Trust His promises. Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be white as snow. He wants us to return to Him, forsake our lives of sin then live out a life of faith in His Word.
Recently we received an email from a reader who stated that he was “living in fear every day.” We say that this is no way to live. And we also say that the Bible teaches us that we do not need to be afraid. We should not live under condemnation but in the freedom of Jesus Christ. He has broken our chains of bondage. He has released us from the weight of past sin. Trust His promises.
Debate, debate, debate. It’s all I ever hear. But that’s not what we’re called to do as Christians. We’re called to love. We’re called to serve. We are to be servants. Debates and theological systems mean nothing without love. First and foremost, we love. And unless we do that, hearts will not be won. Remember the calling.
Sin, in all its forms, is enticing. And once we give in to temptation, saying no only becomes more difficult. Having an addictive personality myself, I know how hard it can be to say no when we’re used to saying yes. But it is possible. And it has to do with who or what we love the most.
Do you love Jesus more than anything or anyone? Really?
Have you ever felt hopeless? Empty? Devoid of emotion? Have you ever felt like sin was dragging you so far down into the muck and mire that finding a way out seemed impossible? I have.
And at such times, I wonder. I ponder. I feel like loving God is the most difficult thing in the world. The world pulls me in every direction. My job. Music. Free time. My phone. My computer. Movies. Food. God becomes an afterthought. Loving Him seems nearly impossible. How do you love someone you can’t see or hear?
When we walk away from God and do our own thing, we begin to feel separated from God. And there is a reason – we are separated from Him. God is wholly committed to us but His perfect holiness does not find a willing counterpart in lives of sin. So what does that mean? If we wander too far from God can we still return? Is there hope?
How much sin is too much? Can we sin to the point that God is through with us? If we repent, will God always forgive us? Sometimes the weight of sin can be overwhelming. It can feel like a battle that cannot be won. We can feel beaten. Defeated. Broken.