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FAITH! BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

There's a lot we can't do on our own. Especially as Christians. Stuff like overcoming the world (see 1 John 5:4) can only be done with faith in God. 'Faith' is one of those words that's not often defined for us. But here's a pretty clear definition of what faith looks like:

(a) Being certain of victory. Back to 1 John 5:4. You might not be able to see exactly how things will work out in the future, but with God, it always figures out. St. Thérèse de Lisieux said, 'God would never inspire me with desires which cannot be realised; so in spite of my littleness, I can hope to be a saint.'

(b) Being certain of growing to be like God. Faith isn't a one-time event that starts and finishes the moment you become a Christian. We keep growing in our faith, by learning: 'So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ' (Romans 10:17 ESV). And by doing: 'What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works' (James 2:14 ESV)?

So what now? So much of this 'faith' business is about being ok about the future. This is not easy... if you're struggling to see past things that worry you, ask God to show you that He is there to help you and to give you faith to get through them.

Soulfood : 2 Chr 32-34, Lk 18:1-17, Ps 119:145-160, Prov 22:14-16

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FAITH! BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

 



There's a lot we can't do on our own. Especially as Christians. Stuff like overcoming the world (see 1 John 5:4) can only be done with faith in God. 'Faith' is one of those words that's not often defined for us. But here's a pretty clear definition of what faith looks like:



(a) Being certain of victory. Back to 1 John 5:4. You might not be able to see exactly how things will work out in the future, but with God, it always figures out. St. Thérèse de Lisieux said, 'God would never inspire me with desires which cannot be realised; so in spite of my littleness, I can hope to be a saint.'



(b) Being certain of growing to be like God. Faith isn't a one-time event that starts and finishes the moment you become a Christian. We keep growing in our faith, by learning: 'So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ' (Romans 10:17 ESV). And by doing: 'What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works' (James 2:14 ESV)?



So what now? So much of this 'faith' business is about being ok about the future. This is not easy... if you're struggling to see past things that worry you, ask God to show you that He is there to help you and to give you faith to get through them.

Soulfood : 2 Chr 32-34, Lk 18:1-17, Ps 119:145-160, Prov 22:14-16

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FAITH! BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

 



There's a lot we can't do on our own. Especially as Christians. Stuff like overcoming the world (see 1 John 5:4) can only be done with faith in God. 'Faith' is one of those words that's not often defined for us. But here's a pretty clear definition of what faith looks like:



(a) Being certain of victory. Back to 1 John 5:4. You might not be able to see exactly how things will work out in the future, but with God, it always figures out. St. Thérèse de Lisieux said, 'God would never inspire me with desires which cannot be realised; so in spite of my littleness, I can hope to be a saint.'



(b) Being certain of growing to be like God. Faith isn't a one-time event that starts and finishes the moment you become a Christian. We keep growing in our faith, by learning: 'So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ' (Romans 10:17 ESV). And by doing: 'What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works' (James 2:14 ESV)?



So what now? So much of this 'faith' business is about being ok about the future. This is not easy... if you're struggling to see past things that worry you, ask God to show you that He is there to help you and to give you faith to get through them.

Soulfood : 2 Chr 32-34, Lk 18:1-17, Ps 119:145-160, Prov 22:14-16

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FAITH! BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

 



There's a lot we can't do on our own. Especially as Christians. Stuff like overcoming the world (see 1 John 5:4) can only be done with faith in God. 'Faith' is one of those words that's not often defined for us. But here's a pretty clear definition of what faith looks like:



(a) Being certain of victory. Back to 1 John 5:4. You might not be able to see exactly how things will work out in the future, but with God, it always figures out. St. Thérèse de Lisieux said, 'God would never inspire me with desires which cannot be realised; so in spite of my littleness, I can hope to be a saint.'



(b) Being certain of growing to be like God. Faith isn't a one-time event that starts and finishes the moment you become a Christian. We keep growing in our faith, by learning: 'So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ' (Romans 10:17 ESV). And by doing: 'What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works' (James 2:14 ESV)?



So what now? So much of this 'faith' business is about being ok about the future. This is not easy... if you're struggling to see past things that worry you, ask God to show you that He is there to help you and to give you faith to get through them.

Soulfood : 2 Chr 32-34, Lk 18:1-17, Ps 119:145-160, Prov 22:14-16

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SHADOW OPS

What is the 'shadow of the Almighty'? Isn't it a bit of a gloomy metaphor? Sometimes it rains for a long time and we get a bit tired of 'the shadows'. But if you'd been living in the blistering heat of a desert for the last 40 years or so - which is exactly what God's people did for a fair chunk of the Old Testament - then 'shadow' is very appealing.

So the Israelites, as you can imagine, liked a good shadow or two. It meant shelter, comfort, and lots of other life-saving things in a very hot climate.

But what does it mean for us as followers of Jesus? We know that God's personality isn't all-guns-blazing, He's also our place of safety. We can read 'shadow' as 'safety'. In the blistering heat of life's battles, temptations and worries, God is our life-saving shadow we can always come back to. Yes, we have to go on the offensive sometimes, and withstand the attacks of Satan, and fight back with Scripture. But, in reality, as humans, we aren't set up to feel like world-beaters all the time. We need to rest in God.

So what now? Wherever you go today, where you can, try this: walk in the shadow of the person next to you. Think, how close do you have to stay to them to be able to manage it? And do you have to change the rhythm you walk in to stay there? What does this tell you about 'being in God's shadow'?

Soulfood : 2 Chr 29-31, Lk 17:20-37, Ps 119:137-144, Prov 22:11-13

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SHADOW OPS

 



What is the 'shadow of the Almighty'? Isn't it a bit of a gloomy metaphor? Sometimes it rains for a long time and we get a bit tired of 'the shadows'. But if you'd been living in the blistering heat of a desert for the last 40 years or so - which is exactly what God's people did for a fair chunk of the Old Testament - then 'shadow' is very appealing.



So the Israelites, as you can imagine, liked a good shadow or two. It meant shelter, comfort, and lots of other life-saving things in a very hot climate.



But what does it mean for us as followers of Jesus? We know that God's personality isn't all-guns-blazing, He's also our place of safety. We can read 'shadow' as 'safety'. In the blistering heat of life's battles, temptations and worries, God is our life-saving shadow we can always come back to. Yes, we have to go on the offensive sometimes, and withstand the attacks of Satan, and fight back with Scripture. But, in reality, as humans, we aren't set up to feel like world-beaters all the time. We need to rest in God.



So what now? Wherever you go today, where you can, try this: walk in the shadow of the person next to you. Think, how close do you have to stay to them to be able to manage it? And do you have to change the rhythm you walk in to stay there? What does this tell you about 'being in God's shadow'?

Soulfood : 2 Chr 29-31, Lk 17:20-37, Ps 119:137-144, Prov 22:11-13

Read more...

SHADOW OPS

 



What is the 'shadow of the Almighty'? Isn't it a bit of a gloomy metaphor? Sometimes it rains for a long time and we get a bit tired of 'the shadows'. But if you'd been living in the blistering heat of a desert for the last 40 years or so - which is exactly what God's people did for a fair chunk of the Old Testament - then 'shadow' is very appealing.



So the Israelites, as you can imagine, liked a good shadow or two. It meant shelter, comfort, and lots of other life-saving things in a very hot climate.



But what does it mean for us as followers of Jesus? We know that God's personality isn't all-guns-blazing, He's also our place of safety. We can read 'shadow' as 'safety'. In the blistering heat of life's battles, temptations and worries, God is our life-saving shadow we can always come back to. Yes, we have to go on the offensive sometimes, and withstand the attacks of Satan, and fight back with Scripture. But, in reality, as humans, we aren't set up to feel like world-beaters all the time. We need to rest in God.



So what now? Wherever you go today, where you can, try this: walk in the shadow of the person next to you. Think, how close do you have to stay to them to be able to manage it? And do you have to change the rhythm you walk in to stay there? What does this tell you about 'being in God's shadow'?

Soulfood : 2 Chr 29-31, Lk 17:20-37, Ps 119:137-144, Prov 22:11-13

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