Experiences from living the faith

Odds Are…

I’ve been a Christian for about 10 years and I’ve noticed a few things about people and their likelihoods when it comes to spiritual growth.

Odds are your attendance of the worship services is going to look as bad or worse this year as it was last year.

Odds are you’re going to participate in the actual work of the church as much or even less than you did last year.

Odds are your evangelistic zeal will stay the same or decline this year compared to last year.

Odds are you’re going to look for as many excuses this year, if not more than last year, as to why you’re not growing spiritually.

I say defy the odds! Don’t settle for spiritual mediocrity! Start making an effort to walk on the strait and narrow! EA

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

Four Seasons Found in the Bible – Part 1

When I say a season found in the Bible, I’m not talking about salt, pepper, sugar or any herb. And although we’re going to look at a total of four separate seasons by the time we’re finished, I’m not talking about the seasons of Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter either.

The seasons that I’m talking about are the temporary moments of time that will come our way and go away, then come our way and go away again throughout our Christian life (think Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). They are the experiences of the experienced! They are always ending, but they are always around the corner. So let’s briefly consider the first of these four particular seasons found in God’s word that our spiritual life will see sooner or later.

The first season is the season of trials and temptations as Luke described with Jesus and Satan out in the wilderness in Luke 4:13:

And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from [Jesus] for a season.

Trials and temptations don’t hang around forever, but they, like the meteorological seasons, do come back from time to time. We are tried and we triumph, and then we are tried again; thus it goes with trials. A victory may temporarily end the battle, but there’s still a war to fight!

It’s important to keep in mind that each time we are tried it may be a little different, but the root is usually the same; and when the season of trial and temptation comes our way it may not be easy to bear due to a particular weakness, but we need to remember a couple of things as we are going through it:

1) God won’t allow a temptation to be more than we can bear without a way of relief (1 Corinthians 10:13).

2) Trials and temptations produce useful spiritual characteristics that only come from enduring through them (James 1:2-4).

Just like the changing weather outside, every season of life isn’t enjoyable as others, but they’re necessary for several reasons, and such is the condition of the seasonable trials and temptations that we face spiritually speaking. EA

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” (1 Peter 1:6-7 – KJV)

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