April 13, 2012 Comments Off on Vertical or Horizontal?
As we continue to grow into our lives, we have new objectives and new goals each and every day. As we continue to grow in our relationship with others, we get deeper and deeper with our feelings. And as we continue to grow in our relationship with God we continue to grow closer in our communication with Him.
However, sometimes we focus too much on our horizontal life and forget about our vertical one.
Jesus says in Luke 12:34 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Notice that Jesus did not say that we should put our treasures where our own hearts lead us to. So often times we allow our emotions and feelings to lead us into action, whether in a relationship, investment, or decision.
Prayer is our pathway to growing our vertical relationship with God. Becoming closer to Gods heart allows us to follow His perfect plan for our life better by having a better understanding of His will.
Spending too much time in our horizontal relationships trains us to lean on our own understanding; therefore, forgetting about God in general and only seeking what our flesh desires.
Spending too much time in our vertical relationships keeps us from being effective on others. You can never spend too much time with God, but it is possible to neglect the people in our daily lives that need Jesus the most.
Through it all, we serve a God that loves us and created us to spend time with Him- it’s why He created Adam. God wants us to be with Him, God wants us to have a relationship with Him, but a relationship is a two-way street and you have to be willing to make an effort to see your relationship grow with your Heavenly Father.
April 13, 2011 Comments Off on Count it All Joy
We as humans are always faced with troublesome times, disappointments, pain, and utter let downs in our life. But as Christians, aren’t we supposed to be living the good, high live that is sorrow free? No. In all honesty, living the christian life is harder than being a non-christian, but you must understand there is a reason for this- sort of.
God puts us through tough times in our lives for 2 reasons: 1) to test our strength and remind us to rely on him 2) to use our trials and poor circumstances to further our witness to others. Often times we get so down on ourselves and turn our backs from God, but it is in those times that we truly need to seek Him the most. Think about it this way, God gives us harder circumstances because He wants to show his strength to the other people that we come into contact with. The bible tells us that God is in total control and even the devil himself has to ask God to do something bad to us (see the story of Job for further insight).
Therefore, God allows you to go through a job less, financial difficulty, failed relationship, or bad family situation to show his awesome power in your life to you and to others. God is a proud Father of His children, you and I, so He loves to show us off. God is putting you through a tough season in your life to be able to show the non-believers in your life that even in the worst of circumstances you are counting it all joy because you completely and utterly trust God 110%.
So remember this next time something bad happens, don’t get mad or sad the instant the circumstances come upon your life. Instead, look for ways to continually praise God for the things He HAS provided you with in your life in this difficult season because you never know who may be watching your every move to see how you react. God wants to prepare you, not punish you, for what He has in store for another season in your life upcoming. All you have to do is wait, God loves patience! Hang in there!
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. -James 1:2-4