God always initiates in His relationship with you. This means that it won’t even occur to you to submit to Him or to change the way you talk to Him until He brings those subjects up with you. God talks to you in many forms. Often God talks to us through things that other people write or say. However God chooses to introduce a new idea to you, you need to realize that He is the One who is inviting you to the next stage of maturity in your relationship with Him. You also need to realize that God is not the least bit disappointed that you’re not already at that next stage. Continue reading Spiritual Maturity: Learning From A God Who Loves To Teach
English speakers have an old saying: “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” To appreciate what this means, you must first imagine that you’re someone who really loves cake. You love cake so much that it thrills you to see a nice big slice of cake sitting on your plate. But as much as you always want cake to be available to you, you also love eating it because it is so very delicious. The problem with eating your cake is that after you eat it all up, you don’t have anymore. Your slice is gone. It is physically impossible for you to still have cake sitting on your plate once you’ve eaten it. Here’s where we get to our old saying: “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” It means there are times in life when you will be forced to choose between two things that you really want because having both of them just won’t be an option. Continue reading The Spiritual Cost of Pursuing Fame
WHAT ARE SOUL ATTITUDES?
Soul attitudes are responses to facts. When our Gods demand certain soul attitudes from us, They’re really telling us to respond to Their revelations in a particular way. The soul attitude of reverence is the correct response to the revelation that our Gods are infinitely more powerful than we are. Submission is the correct response to the fact that Yahweh, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are the Supreme Authorities. Trust is a response to the fact that our Creators are good in Character, and dependency is a response to the fact that we can do absolutely nothing apart from Them. Continue reading Soul Attitudes That Please God: What They Are & How We Develop Them
Fasting. Tithing. Signing the cross. Kneeling when you pray. Honoring a Sabbath day. Daily devotions. Kissing pictures of Jesus. Bowing before crosses. Taking vows of silence. Taking vows of celibacy. Prayer retreats. Setting up prayer closets. Memorizing verses. Attending church. Taking Communion. Using formal language when you pray. Hanging crosses on your wall and around your neck. Going to confession. Praying the rosary. Praying with other believers. Dressing your best on Sunday morning. Attending Bible study. Doing community service. Witnessing. Getting Jesus tattoos. Putting a fish on your car. What is the purpose of doing these things? What does Christianity mean to you? Why are you engaging in Christian rituals? Whose benefit are you doing these things for? Continue reading Rethinking Your Christian Rituals
In life, we experience many kinds of trials, but they don’t all feel like they belong in the same category. There are some trials that seem to just happen to us out of the blue. That flat tire on the road. Our kids falling ill. Then there are the trials that other people stick us with. The jerk who steals your purse, and then starts racking up bills in your name. The boss who is always giving you a hard time at the office. And finally, there are the trials that we seem to bring onto ourselves. You cheat on your man, and he divorces you. You steal from the company and you get caught. These are the three main categories that humans tend to divide their trials into. But how does God see it? Continue reading It’s Personal: Understanding the Divine Perspective of Trials
If God was really pleased with you, you’d be happy, healthy, and financially well off. This is a very common belief among both Christians and non-Christians. It’s an absolute lie, yet it’s also an extremely popular idea and one which is aggressively promoted by many very successful Christian leaders. Whenever we find a lie being promoted by folks who know better, it is because they have found a way to profit by doing so.
Prosperity theology—a system of beliefs which is built on the assumption that God wants us to have happy, carefree lives on earth—is a huge moneymaker. It’s rather like teaching Christians that God commands them to tithe: the folks who teach the lie make bank while the people who sincerely believe in the lie end up in a world of hurt. Unfortunately, many of our leaders in the Church today couldn’t care less about how many souls they trash on the way to lining their own pockets. As an individual Christian, you’re just one more chump who they might be able to make some money off of. If you prove to be reasonably easy to manipulate, they’ll spend effort messing with you. If you aren’t, they’ll kick you aside and find someone else. Welcome to the world of false shepherds in the Church: it’s a merciless scene in which there is no real concern for human souls. This is why it’s so important that you not put your trust in human beings to guide you in life. God Himself must be your Guide, because He is the only One you can really trust. But before you are going to develop strong trust in God, you need to grasp that He is for you in life, and before you can understand what that means, you need to learn a few things about how God operates. Continue reading Soul Before Earthsuit: Understanding God’s Priorities
Suppose you have average math skills. You’re pretty good, but you’re not great. When someone sees you working out a sum in your head, and they say, “Wow! You’re brilliant at math!” If you answer, “No, I’m not. I’m just average,” this is a humble answer. If instead you say, “I am rather a genius, aren’t I?”, that’s boasting. In the world, humility is about accuracy, whereas boasting is a form of exaggeration. The humble man knows the limits of his skills, and he doesn’t accept credit which he knows he doesn’t deserve. The boastful man exaggerates his qualities and takes credit for things which he hasn’t done. Humility has nothing to do with low esteem. It’s not about faking shyness. It’s simply a matter of being honest about one’s limitations. Continue reading Understanding Godly Humility