By Way Of The Holy Spirit

This is a guest post by Sophia Reed. “I’m a mother of one and have a Master’s Degree in Human Services specializing in marriage, couples, and family therapy/counseling. I’m a Christian and enjoy meshing my Christian values with my education and experiences.” You can contact Sophia on her blogTwitter, and on Facebook. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here.

By Way Of The Holy Spirit

For nearly all of my life I could technically say I was a Christian. I was brought up to know and believe that Jesus Christ was my Lord and Savior, and He was someone who died for my sins. Throughout my teenage years and young adult life I read the Bible and sought God. During those times, I would have told you that I was a Christian, but I did not know God.

To me, God was some force somewhere out in the universe that I would pray to out of ritual and obligation. Pray to keep my family safe, pray for the things I wanted, and pray the Lord’s Prayer. After all, I felt these things were required of me, these were the things taught in the Bible right? I would openly sin, and felt as long as I asked for forgiveness from God through Jesus Christ, then it was okay and I would go to heaven. Not understanding the concept of true repentance.

I cannot recall the exact date and time, but it was in my early twenties that I somehow noticed there was a voice talking to me in my head. When I was down, I would hear a voice giving me peace. When I was confused, there was a voice giving me clarity. When I was lost, there was a voice giving me direction.

The Lord Will Always Provide

The Lord Will Always Provide

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23

Jesus Christ is our provider. In all circumstances, no matter what is going on, through sickness…health…work…money…wisdom…strength…peace…patience…understanding…wisdom, He provides everything and is in everything (Colossians 1:16).

Let this be an encouragement for you that regardless of the situation you currently find yourself in, that He will take care of you and in whatever way He chooses to do that, it will be so much better for you than anything you could even think of. If you are struggling with this or doubting that the Lord will provide, it’s possible you’re not letting go of something. Maybe that is control, anxiety, or a form of fear. Whatever it is, trust the same God that has provided salvation for you through Jesus to handle whatever the struggle is that you are facing.

Every Knee Will Bow

Every Knee Will Bow

It’s going to happen. For some it will hit like bricks and for others it couldn’t have come soon enough, but guaranteed . . . Jesus Christ will return and heaven and earth will once again be in agreement.

We don’t like to talk about judgment these days. Today, bad behavior usually gets a book deal and with the right public relations director, a bad image can be spun into something manageable and with passing outrage as a weary public becomes more and more desensitized.

I don’t like it any more than you do. Bad doesn’t always get what it deserves and good doesn’t always amount to success.

This will end when Jesus returns.

Can you picture this?

Scripture on Trials

Scripture on Trials

For the believer, it is crucial to understand that following Christ does not mean you won’t face trials in your life. In fact, as you follow Jesus, you’ll probably have an increase of trials. From a worldly standpoint, that sounds like bad news, but if you look at trials from a Biblical perspective, you’ll see there are great opportunities that arise when these come into our lives.

No doubt you are more than likely going through a trial at this very moment. While I personally want to give you my empathy and compassion as much as I possibly can, I also want to encourage you that there is still something to rejoice over, even in the midst of your trial.

There is nothing you’re going through that is out of reach for God to work through and use for His glory. There’s nothing you’re going through that is shocking God in the process. There’s nothing you’re going through that Jesus didn’t already die and pay the price for.

Scripture teaches us not just how many trials we will experience as a sinful person in a sinful and broken world, but how to walk through them as a follower of Christ, giving us the true perspective on what a trial really is VS what our culture teaches us about them.

Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on trials:

Stay In Your Own Lane

Stay In Your Own Lane

The Swerve

Ask a group of Christian guys to confess a sin and usually a safe response is admitting they get angry in traffic and they would like to handle their commute with a little more grace.

I know I would.

One thing that always pulls me offside is when somebody swerves in front of me without signaling.

It appears to be the epitome of rudeness with a vehicle. It seems to say, “I don’t care who you are or where you’re going or when you have to be there, I’m getting in front of you NOW!”

The selfish intrusion occurs and I’m left to try to make a grace sandwich out of it, knowing that any angry reaction would end up hurting me more than the offender.

The Pile-Up

Sometimes, a collision occurs and both drivers and vehicles suffer.

This happens in racing too where it seems more acceptable. How many races have you seen where a runner, biker, jockey or driver tries to gain position and collides with another racer? A pile-up usually occurs and both racers fall behind or get disqualified. It’s a hazard many racers and fans have grown accustomed to.

But these pile-ups can occur in our lives if we aren’t careful.

God has a specific purpose for each of us and too often we can get caught looking into somebody else’s lane and not realize it was never meant for us.

What is The True Definition of Beauty?

This is a guest post by Joelle Mobley. “I’m a sinner in need of a Savior! I love my Savior Jesus Christ, my amazing husband Mike, and our beautiful daughter Peyton Riley and handsome son Matthew Xander!” You can contact her on Twitter and on Facebook. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here.

What is The True Definition of Beauty?

Can I be real and vulnerable with you for a minute? Where did these wrinkles, rolls, grey hairs, and cellulite come from? I mean seriously, I knew you changed as you got older, but I’m not a fan of these changes! Over the last 4 years I’ve had a lot of changes and struggles with them. Who hasn’t struggled with their appearance at some point in their life? Whether it was in middle school, high school, in their twenties, thirties or later (or a little of all of them)? If you haven’t I’d love to know your secret, (as I’m sure others would as well)!

Well, I’ve really been struggling with how I view myself lately. After two babies and 4 years of marriage (let’s just say I embraced the whole letting yourself go a little too well), I’m not liking what I see when I look into the mirror.