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Category Archives: Alignment with God

Understanding God’s Definition of Success: Encouragement for Chronic Sinners

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Among Christians, the folks who practice constant repentance tend to be those who shouldn’t be repenting at all.  In other words, they’re overdoing it.  They’re claiming responsibility for soul attitudes that they don’t even have and they are striving to appease a God who isn’t even upset with them.  As harmless as this might sound, it’s actually very damaging to your relationship with God for you to be constantly assuming that He’s irritated with you when He’s not. You simply can’t develop the kind of relaxed confidence that God wants you to have when you’re always projecting anger onto Him that He’s not even feeling towards you.  The purpose of this post is to help you get better at recognizing when you are in a good place with God. Read more of this post

Your Second Chance At Life: How To Use It Well

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God could end your life at any time.  This is true for all of us, but for the most part, we don’t really give much thought to God’s absolute control over life and death.  But when God arranges for us to have some close brush with death, suddenly our perspective changes.  Maybe He healed you from some fatal disease.  Maybe He saved you from dying in some horrible collision.  Maybe He botched your attempt to commit suicide.  Maybe you were impaled by a bullet or a knife that barely missed puncturing some critical organ.  Maybe you almost died on an operating table.  Maybe you’ve lived past the expiration date that medical experts put on you.  Maybe you survived someone’s attempt to have you killed in the womb.  Maybe you were saved from execution at the last second.  Whatever the circumstances, when God does this sort of thing, He’s forcing you to see how easily He could have taken your life.  He’s also making His decision to prolong your life on this planet feel like the very personal, purposeful decision that it is.  The big question now becomes: why?  Why is God keeping you here?  Why didn’t He have you die when it seemed you should have?  Why is He making an exception in your case?  If you’re currently pondering these questions, then you’re definitely on the right track, and helping you stay on the right track is the purpose of this post.  Read more of this post

Returning to the God You Divorced: Guidance for Christians

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When we first begin our relationship with God, we bring a list of ultimatums with us.  That list contains a bunch of behaviors which we won’t tolerate God engaging in.  That list defines the limits our of willingness to be dominated by Him. Sure, we’ll stay as long as God doesn’t engage in some unpardonable sin.  But if He does cross certain lines with us, we’re divorcing Him, and it will be all His fault. Read more of this post

Aligning with a God of Extremes: How should we respond to spiritual rebellion?

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In this world, hating God is a very popular choice and plenty of people are reveling in it quite joyfully.  So how should we as Christians respond to this?  Clearly we should be siding with God whenever sides are being drawn, but what exactly does that look like in the day to day?  Does it mean we’re supposed to go around seething over the fact that a bunch of people are hating God out loud?  Does it mean we’re supposed to organize public protests whenever some law comes out which promotes a reversal of God’s moral code?  Does it mean we should be trying to avoid rubbing our holy elbows with the elbows of snarky sinners?  What exactly does God want from us in this area?  Read more of this post

Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t: Finding Peace in the Midst of Moral Dilemmas

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Life isn’t as simple as we want it to be. Sometimes we find ourselves being forced to choose between two options which each feel very wrong for different reasons. When there are moral issues on both sides, and when we’ve got our flesh screaming at us and our loved ones pressuring us in different directions, what do we do? How do we find peace with God when we’re feeling forced to choose between two evils? What happens when there is no third option that will magically resolve our crisis for us? This is real life: sometimes there is no option available to you that won’t fill your gut with nervous knots and make you feel like you’re being either a major creep or a total fool. But the good news is that even in these moments, there is a way to move forward, and that is what we’ll discuss in this post. Read more of this post

Submission vs. Alignment Q&A

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1. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SUBMISSION AND ALIGNMENT?

Submission is a general term for acknowledging that God is superior to us and taking a subservient position to Him. There are levels of submission. We can submit to God partially or completely. Submission can also be driven by a variety of motivations. We can submit out of love, we can submit out of fear, we can submit as an effort to manipulate, etc.. The kind of submission that pleases God most is total submission which is motivated by reverence, love, and a desire please Him. Read more of this post

What it Means to be Aligned with God

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Staying aligned with God, being in step with His will, being in unity with the Spirit—what do these terms mean exactly? How do we get aligned with God and if we fall out of alignment with Him, how can we fix it? These are the questions we’ll answer in this post.

Alignment is a very simple concept that has to do with your soul’s attitude towards God. At any moment in time, you either sincerely care about pleasing Him or you do not. If you do, then you are in alignment with Him. Alignment is not about behavior, nor is it undone by sin. You can be aligned with God in your soul and still be sinning with your body. In these cases, you will not enjoy sin—your flesh might enjoy it, but inside your soul will be groaning in repulsion. Read more of this post

Confronting Your Convictions: When You Don’t Have the Courage to Obey

Confronting Your Convictions

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This is the moment for some honest soul searching. Some of you sincerely care about pleasing God, but there is one key area of your life where obedience is just not happening and it’s really starting to get in your way with Him. The Holy Spirit keeps telling you that certain things need to change, but you’re pulling out the selective listening skills and acting like you didn’t quite hear Him. Not because you are trying to be a hardcore rebel, but because the particular sin you’re engaging in is solving some other very real problems in your life and if you stopped doing it, you’d end up in three times the mess. “Where would God be then?” you ask yourself fearfully. “Nowhere,” is Satan’s instant reply. He would like you to keep doing what you’re doing because willful disobedience has a wonderfully negative effect on the health of your soul. You realize this and don’t want to help Satan take you down, but you simply don’t have the guts to change. At least in this one area, you’re a total coward. Cowardice is a very real part of the human condition. Even Jesus said a “Please, God, not that,” prayer when it came to being crucified. For the rest of us regular humans, our courage falters long before Gethsemane. Read more of this post