Posted by: Anne | October 6, 2018

The Power of a Clear Conscience

For anyone who struggles with feelings such as guilt and regret, I recommend the MoodyMedia.org series that I’m currently following: The Power of a Clear Conscience.

The audio files are available in the radio programs archive; scroll down to “Previous Programs” and select from the titles listed. (NOTE: the series begins on September 26 with “Living In The Shadows, Part 1.”)

So far for me the biggest takeaway has been the reminder that there truly are “honest mistakes.” With today’s widespread rush to shame-and-blame, we don’t hear that enough!

If you prefer to read – or when months have passed and the audio series is no longer available – Dr. Lutzer’s book on the topic is also available: The Power of a Clear Conscience: Let God Free You from Your Past.

Posted by: Anne | September 29, 2018

faith, in other words: rely on God, not on self!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own understanding;
think about Him in all your ways,
and He will guide you on the right paths.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (HCSB)

See also: commentary on these verses
http://faithisland.org/bible/lean-not-on-your-own-understanding-proverbs-35-6-explained/

Posted by: Anne | September 22, 2018

faith, in other words: trust

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
John 3:16-18 The Message (MSG)

Read more:
https://biblehub.com/john/3-16.htm

Posted by: Anne | September 15, 2018

What Does Faith Look Like?

What Does Faith Look Like?

Faith in God means that we trust in God to keep his promises and we trust in God’s perspective. We believe that God will really rescue us through Jesus Christ. We believe that God will watch over us, and use all the experiences of our lives for our benefit as he says in Romans 8:28.

Read the full article at the source:
http://www.pursuegod.org/what-does-faith-look-like/

Posted by: Anne | September 1, 2018

fighting doubt and fear

QUESTION: I know God is my only hope, but I can’t get free from chains of doubt and fear, and I feel like a useless blob of nothing. What do I do?

ANSWER: You’re doing the right thing by continuing to hope in God.

And the fact that you recognize your stumbling blocks is praiseworthy as well.

Here are a few practical suggestions that I pray will help. First, keep memorizing verses of Scripture. Focus on verses that remind us that we can cast our care upon the Lord, and that we need not be anxious for anything. Psalm 27, where David deals with the issue of fear, is a good place to start.

Now this step may be a little more difficult, but it can be done. Commit your way to God, and genuinely take those burdens and transfer them onto His shoulders. You were not meant to bear those heavy burdens. When doubt enters your mind, immediately pray and give it to the Lord. He’s able to bear what you can’t.


Read the full article at the source:
https://www.moodymedia.org/ask-pastor-lutzer/archives/question-6/

Read more on this topic:
https://finds.life.church/some-simple-words-of-encouragement-for-hard-times-and-dark-days/

https://www.therebelution.com/blog/2017/09/3-steps-to-trusting-god-in-your-confusion/

Posted by: Anne | August 25, 2018

not here but there

“Heaven is not here, it’s There. If we were given all we wanted here, our hearts would settle for this world rather than the next. God is forever luring us up and away from this one, wooing us to Himself and His still invisible Kingdom, where we will certainly find what we so keenly long for.”
~ Elisabeth Elliot in Keep a Quiet Heart

found here:
https://thepetersenpage.wordpress.com/2007/12/06/heaven-is-not-here-its-there-elisabeth-elliot/

Posted by: Anne | August 18, 2018

not what but who!

“Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do — He reveals to you who He is.”
~ Oswald Chambers

Read more:
https://utmost.org/will-you-go-out-without-knowing/

Posted by: Anne | August 11, 2018

Light Shining out of Darkness

Light Shining out of Darkness
by William Cowper

God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill,
He treasures up his bright designs,
And works his sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust him for his grace;
Behind a frowning providence,
He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan his work in vain;
God is his own interpreter,
And he will make it plain.


Found here:
http://www.portablepoetry.com/poems/william_cowper/light_shining_out_of_darkn.html

Posted by: Anne | August 4, 2018

building up to “… not lacking anything”

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
James 1:2-4 New International Version (NIV)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James+1%3A2-4&version=NIV

 

Posted by: Anne | July 28, 2018

beauty in, beauty out

They say time heals—and I think this can be true—but only if that’s truly the goal: healing. Time grows the seeds that are planted, watered, and fertilized.

Plant beauty, grow beauty. Plant thorns, grow thorns. Time will allow for either.

* Read More at Lysa TerKeurst’s official page:
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialLysa/

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