All posts tagged: Spiritual Development

Article ~ The Danger Of Ingratitude & Not Honoring God (The Power & Protection of Thanksgiving & Glorifying God)

“The fool says in his heart, there is no God…” – Psalm 14:1 The Christian’s grateful heart does two things—glorifies God in His majesty and splendor, and thanks Him for His goodness, faithfulness and manifold provision, no matter the circumstance. A person new in faith may think the command to thank God in ALL circumstances to be extreme, or that God is insensitive to people’s pain and is likely narcissistic; but the truth is that beneath every law/command is the foundation of love and all the attributes that come with it; one of those attributes is, love protects (1 Corinthians 13:7). And this flows over, particularly, into the command to glorify and thank God. Am I saying that God will angrily refuse to protect you if you don’t honor Him in these specific ways? No. And that’s not the focus. The essential message here rests on the danger that comes from neglecting to do so. The act of thanksgiving and glorifying God from a genuinely grateful heart protects you from four great evils that most …

God Doesn’t Want You To Hold Your Breath

When you make a request to God, as you wait for an answer or the manifestation of the answer that you’ve received, there’s the tendency to want to put life on hold as you plan the rest of your “living” around this answer that you’re waiting for “to happen.” Many times, this approach leads to much disappointment, and makes the child of God raise questions that s/he ordinarily wouldn’t. It’s important to come to know God as a person, as you would anyone else. In my experience, it is in God’s nature to: Grant a request, but not always, specifically, within the time frame that you want, but rather, in the fullness of time as His wisdom sees fit. Within this period, certain events that He has set to happen, will. Only then will His finished work be revealed. Grant a request, but not necessarily have it come to you in the manner that you hoped or expected. Rather, His answer will manifest in a fashion tailored to suit the good work He is doing …

~ Why I Believe In Christian Fiction ~

Parables. That’s why. And what are parables? Simply defined, they are earthly stories with heavenly/spiritual meanings. Jesus used them most of the time to teach His disciples and the crowd of people that constantly gathered around Him. And it achieved two things: To those who cared to listen and had the heart to obey, it presented the Word of God in a simple and more comprehensive way, so that what was a difficult teaching at the time, became easier to grasp. To those who were rebellious at heart, parables portably kept the meanings of Jesus’ teaching hidden from them so that it became their stumbling block, further confusing, angering and frustrating them. No matter the case, parables always did one thing: speak the truth. By using parables, Jesus put in them the power of the Word so that upon hearing, the heart of a man/woman could be convicted and their spirits healed if they chose the truth. Parables were a mighty vessel that Jesus used to pour out salvation, deliverance and healing. He often used …