All posts filed under: Scriptural Principles

God’s Promises & Your Heart Desires Vs Your Dreams

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will grant you your heart desires” (Psalm 37:4). “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all other things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). Careful observation shows that your heart desires are often connected to the talents that are inside of you; that’s because God didn’t just bless you with those talents, but He supplied the heart desires to go along with them. What typically remains to be discovered is the path to take in life, and the direction to follow. Being human, there’s the tendency to pick the obvious sociocultural option that is most popular. For instance, if I love music and I can sing, then God “must” be calling me to be a music artist who will turn superstar someday; if my school’s theater director tells me that I’m a “natural” and excellent in plays, then God “must” be leading me to be a big time actor who will be recognized with accolades across the world someday…and so on. Fortunately for us, …

Article ~ Your Best Days Are Ahead Of You

Some of the most difficult and confusing days to live as individuals are the ones where we believe that we’ve finished living out our purpose; that the best we have to offer has already been given, or that we haven’t even been allowed the chance to do so, but our lives have already been cut short. Typically, people who fit into this category include: those living with a terminal illness, those who’ve had their dreams or desired career prematurely cut short through a painful and catastrophic event, the old and retired…the list could go on. In this new place, you may feel useless and wander into a state of despair and depression, even pondering on why God has kept you alive past the days where you “mattered” to the world. Let me say this: whether you believe it or not, your best days are ahead of you if you let God lead you on this new path. There’s a season for everything under the sun. There’s a season for your glory days and to build, …

Missionary Perspective ~ What Jesus Said About Care & Relationships

Jesus commissioned the disciples to perform three tasks. One task was to preach the gospel to the whole world—the Great Commission—and it’s the most known in the church. The other two are Koinonia and Diakonia, and are not as emphasized as “tasks” in the church. Let’s take a look at why Jesus underscored Koinonia and Diakonia to the disciples. Koinonia Koinonia is a Greek word with its English equivalent as “fellowship,” “communion,” or “friendship.” Koinonia denotes goodwill, or harmonious fellowship of persons who share common interests. Koinonia, in the church, goes horizontally and vertically. Horizontally, koinonia extends to people and community. We stand connected to one another in ways that depict us as members of one family. Vertically, koinonia is experienced with God. Our fellowship should, first, be with God, and then, with people. We cannot have true fellowship with people if we do not have a genuine relationship with God. Vertical fellowship with God grounds the horizontal with people. If our relationship with God breaks down, then the horizontal may not stand. Although some …

Article ~ Your Eyes, Your Lamp

It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that you’re always right, especially when the basis for your argument at a particular moment stems from a principle or philosophy that you’ve abided by over time and you can swear unparalleled success by it. This not only increases pride, it also inhibits opportunities to show love, compassion, and mercy. Through these set of principles that you’ve so meticulously collected for yourself, you see and operate in the world in a certain way that progressively sets you in your ways, so that you become stricter in/by them, and even require others to submit to these principles with a sternness that has zero tolerance for any kind of flexibility. You may, in error, over time, view this as you becoming impressively more disciplined and sound-minded—which may be true to some degree—but dangerously more inclined toward arrogant and negative assertiveness. How do you know which way you’re going? When this “sound-mindedness” is increasingly more legalistic, but less loving, compassionate, forgiving, and merciful, and prefers judgment and the swift …

Busy Signal

When God gives you a call, does He get right through? Or does He get a busy signal? Keeping the line clear takes work sometimes. Decluttering of noise, of distractions and desires, and thoughts vying for our attention. Too often the urgent overtakes the critical. Spiritual triage falls forgotten in the wasteland of looming work deadlines and constant barrage of social media notifications. And our souls shrivel. But Busy Is Good! Western culture reveres busyness as the measure of success. The laws of supply and demand insist that the less time someone has for us, the more it is worth pursuing their attention. The heavier someone’s workload, the better their skills must be. And the more exhausted we are chasing our version of a dream, the more applause we should earn. Because, busy is good! But is it really? Our excuses make sense. I mean, especially in the entertainment and film industry, you gotta hustle. Gigs often present themselves at the last minute, requiring shoving everything else to the side in a sprint to prepare …

Bearing The Marks Of Christ

Every day the world becomes bolder in its rebellion against God and the order in which He created life to exist. It seemingly extends a hand of friendship with the aim to seduce you into its lifestyle, using alluring tactics that promise solidarity, peace and freedom. Sadly, within the world’s version of these very elements lie a web that entangles and causes one to compromise Scriptural principles, and therefore, rebel against God. Galatians 6 exposes the truth of what the world does. Verse 12 says, “Be circumcised that you may not be persecuted.” Back in Paul’s day, being a circumcised Jew meant you truly belonged to society and could be welcomed into the elite group. Today, the rules are different. Christians are required to be more tolerant and receptive of things that Scripture forbids. Refusing to be socio-culturally “circumcised” may put you in a position to be persecuted. According to the second half of verse 17, however, we’re told that we bear the marks of Jesus Christ in our bodies. Yes, so we should be …