As we go forward with faith and purpose, we do so with the mindset that this life is a test. That there is a purpose for our mortal existence, and that we are called and assigned to endure those conflicts and challenges. To live for God through service and obedience, placing our hope and trust on Jesus Christ, and striving to be perfected so that we are able to say with conviction: I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course and now there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.
Day 5 – Our Life is a Test
Our mortality is a test where we are to gain a vision and understanding of who Christ is, thereby gaining understanding of who our Heavenly Father is. Having this vision helps us go forward in faith and purpose because we know who we are and where we are heading.
Premise Three: Having a vision to move forward
In the last three articles, we explored the following: Human authenticity and conscious living; Premise One: Authenticity is essential to the human experience; And, Premise Two: Emotional intelligence and our human experience. In this third installment, the discussion focuses on having a vision in order to move forward. Vision gives us a sense of direction.… Continue reading Premise Three: Having a vision to move forward
Christ brings peace and purpose
This is a lasting and eternal peace that gives us confidence, wisdom, and empowerment to endure. It is different than the false sense of security and peace that the world may offer us. Instead of chasing after our illusion of happiness - let us chase after the reality and truth that is found in Jesus Christ.
Spiritual Impact of the Serenity Prayer
Attend any 12-step based community support group and you will here the ritual chant of the Serenity Prayer. God grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference. It appears this saying is done in an absent-minded form of shallow profession. Something we… Continue reading Spiritual Impact of the Serenity Prayer
In every season there is purpose
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1, ESV ~ Our purpose in life is the very meaning of our existence. Without knowing this, we often suffer because of our own lack of significance. We become disillusioned that our lives do not matter. We have no connection… Continue reading In every season there is purpose
Fulfilling His Promise
Read and meditate on Genesis 21:1-21 Pray and meditate on patience as we wait on the Lord to fulfill His promises Sarah laughed at the prospect of her ability to bear a child this late in life (see Genesis 17:17 and 18:12). However, at the appointed time, the Lord fulfilled his promise. Despite the ridicule… Continue reading Fulfilling His Promise
Happiness: One day at a time
Who doesn’t desire happiness? A peculiar question to ask. Yet, most people may not appear to fully achieve happiness. We may have a desire for happiness, talk about ways we are wanting to achieve a sense happiness; and yet, never seemed to possess happiness. That may be quite shameful. Why is this? Many of us… Continue reading Happiness: One day at a time
Having become meek and humble
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth ~ Matthew 5:5 ~ Many people share their stories of brokenness. How their substance use caused significant loss in their relationships with family, co-workers, loss of employment, loss of health, and even loss of one's freedom. They refer to this moment of awakening to spiritual… Continue reading Having become meek and humble
Be a little better today
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. This simple prayer is recited in the rooms of all sober support meetings. A prayer of peace, courage, and wisdom from one's higher power. For some, it is… Continue reading Be a little better today
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