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Our world and culture is always going to have new things that come up and more than likely, they will be in defiance of Jesus. As believers we should not be surprised by this since Jesus was crucified to begin with, but we need to remember that He rose again. We need to remember that Jesus won.
At my church, 121 Community Church, we sing a song called “Turn Your Eyes (Jesus Won)” which mixes in a popular hymn followed by some powerful lyrics in regards to how Jesus won.
We, as followers of Jesus, need to remind ourselves daily that we are not of this world, we have a new identity, and that we live by faith – not by sight. While we may see the world around us crumbling, our faith is in the One who will never crumble.
Whether it’s abortion, same sex marriage, pluralism, homosexuality, adultery, drunkenness, or anything at all that goes against God’s Word, remember that we are disciples of Jesus. We are called to love because He first loved us (1 John 4:19), not waver in our faith, and share the Gospel, all while remembering…Jesus already won.
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on victory:
Anyone familiar with raising a toddler knows there are moments when the child gets so frustrated they can’t communicate. When this happens at our house, we remind our daughter to be patient and to use her words to express how she is feeling.
The decision by the SCOTUS to legalize same-sex marriage showcases a landmark change worth a lot of discussion. I’m sure you’re aware of the rapid response-rate taking place on social media between opponents and proponents of the ruling. There are many examples of impatience. In large part, communication isn’t happening.
As a Christian, I wanted to jump in the fray when this happened and offer up a response in attempt to make sense of what happened.
But something wasn’t right. My wife sensed this too and I’m thankful for her pointing it out to me. I was being impatient.
So, we prayed for patience. There’s enough impatience at work in our culture today.
An example of this is when a conversation is easily shut down today when a person calls their perceived opponent a “hater”, “bigoted”, “intolerant”, etc. It’s a modern and convenient way to cut the microphone cord from somebody that may have a point worth considering.
To me, that reaction to shut down an opposing view resembles a frustrated toddler unwilling to communicate. Instead of acting out in a rash response, a little patience can go a long way and allow for a bit more reflection that can actually be more helpful.
How many times per day do you go online and search for something? Most of our answers to people these days include “Google it” or “look it up online.” There’s a lot we can learn about ourselves and about our culture by what we are searching for and at the end of the day, those search results reveal our priorities.
You Search For What Interests You
Everyone has various interests and passions and God has wired all of us differently. More than likely, the things we are spending most of our time on and interests we want to fulfill, we are searching for it. We want to learn everything and anything about it and see what other people do with it or how it impacts their lives.
Does Jesus interest you? Is there a passion in you to follow Christ? What about to make disciples?
Sometimes we talk about how hard it is to follow Jesus and that we feel that our relationship is “dry,” but are we even taking an interest in Him?
We can follow a sports team all season long, memorizing statistics and knowing exactly where they stand on any given day because we have taken an interest in them. We won’t be “dry” with our sports team because we are involved each day searching about them, learning about them, and watching them each day.
I’d encourage you to search about Jesus, learn more about Jesus, take an interest in the one who saved you and has forgiven you for all eternity, and watch Jesus and how He lived in the Bible.
You Search For The Questions You Have
We all have questions. No one has figured everything out and anyone who tells you that is fooling themselves. Therefore, what happens is that we find ourselves searching the internet for the answers. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great tool for us to get answers and fairly quickly, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are the correct answers.
What does peace look like for you?
With the summer drawing near, for many it will look like a vacation.
Photos on social media will show a family dressed in color-coordinated gear, maybe against a backdrop of an ocean or the mountains.
Nothing will be mentioned about the crying from a toddler or teen when told to put on a crisp white shirt or dress, the crying from the mother when said white shirt or dress was soon covered in juice (or who-knows-what else), or the crying from the father when he learned he had to dress up in a white shirt on vacation.
Though the photo seems to say “We’ve found peace”, the truth remains.
Life is messy. If it weren’t, we’d enjoy more peace.
Whatever you believe brings you peace today, whether it’s a vacation, a relationship, working out or reading a book – you’ve probably realized that peace is short-lived.
It’s difficult not to reenter the fray of the distracting and the disturbing.
Whether you get your news from social media, television or that old thing called the radio, it doesn’t take long to see how quickly peace can erode.
Each of us longs for everlasting peace, yet we don’t get it when we seek it from the world around us.
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
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I can’t even begin to describe what a wonderful daddy Mike has become over the last 3 years. I always knew that he would be a loving, playful dad but he has completely gone above and beyond any expectation that I could have ever prayed or asked for. I am so blessed by and thankful for the man he is and is always striving to become.
- Thank you for always praying for our children’s salvation and for their hearts to be open and receptive to Jesus. As Christian parents, our goal should be to raise our children to love and serve Jesus but we cannot do it on our own. We need to fervently pray Jesus to call them to Himself (Matthew 19:13–15) and for them to be receptive to His call (2 Peter 3:9).
- Thank you for raising our children based on biblical truths and disciplines. You are always striving to teach and discipline our children based on what the Bible says and how best to shepherd their hearts to be open and receptive to ultimately God’s discipline and truths. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)
- Thank you for showing compassion to our children and not provoking them to anger. You are always striving to not lose your cool with our kids and always trying to train them and looking for the teachable moments. (Ephesians 6:4 and Proverbs 22:6)