Challenged – Messages For The Journey

I have a hope for God.  We are constantly being challenged. Yet to truly know The Way in heart and mind is to live it in heart and mind. To love God and love others as self is The Way. Together, along this way, we all are both the other and the self. Along this way we can expect to be challenged because the world gives us every opportunity to choose another way to live. But our hope means that we journey on, along The Way until we get where we are destined to be with God. Until then, along The Way we expect to be defended and we expect to be upheld according to God’s mercy; according to God’s grace and according to God’s love.

Consider The Cost

No doubt this spiritual journey is met with many physical challenges. When things are particularly tough I recall the divine nature of the Lord; the healing and comforting presence of my God. There is no one, not mother, father, sister or brother who can do what my God can do. At all times I consider God’s cost. Let us pray the strength for what we began in Christ we will also finish in Christ.  For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it (Luke 14:25-35)?

No Debate Necessary

If anyone says anything to you, just say this, “The Lord needs them.”  Matthew 21:1-11  I love it! No debate necessary. Everything Jesus has asked of his disciples is to fulfill the scriptures. Our first challenge with the question of “why” is usually brought on by our children. Often we start out trying to explain and out of frustration we end up saying “Because I said so.” We sometimes forget that we ask our children to do things because we know that it will protect or benefit them in some way. In our spiritual journey we will be challenged as to the life we’ve chosen in Christ. I like the purpose behind that non-debateable answer that Jesus gives. So next time anyone asks I’ll just say this; “I’m living out my life in faith, according to the scriptures in which I was called.

God’s Absolute Faith

Learning to simply rest in the stern of the boat amidst a storm, I believe is all part of the risk that God is willing to take with us. Perhaps the challenges we confront both great and small provide us with opportunities to  discipline our hearts to the spirit of faith that God has given us. If we accept the gifts of God (Isa. 11:2-3′ 1 Cor. 12:1-11) without respect to its power and authority that we may discipline our lives in faith, we diminish our own fulfillment and restrict the fruit (Gal. 5:22-23) that it bears. Thus, we risk becoming like a loose canon crashing the sides of our own boat given to self-destruction. Storms may come suddenly, they may make us lose direction, they may even paralyze us with fear, but they are never insurmountable. Through Christ, God has already defeated the storms and in faith we have only to rest in God’s peace believing that absolute faith always protects absolutely.

Mark 4: 35-41 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace Be Still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid?”

2 Corinthians 6:1-13 As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain…There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. In return… open wide your hearts also.

Psalm 9:10 Those who know your Name will put their trust in you, for you never forsake those who seek you O Lord.