Desiring Our Triune God

We Believe in God but only walk in his shallows.
We follow Jesus but keep a good distance between him and us.
We speak of the Holy Spirit but do not understand that with which we speak of.

The Holy Trinity is not just something we acknowledge. It involves (but not limited too) a three-point process, we must…

1. Seek to explore at depths we have never seen.
(Reference Proverbs 3:5)
2. Remove all that slows down the speed at which travel so you may walk in light rather darkness.
(Reference John 8:12)
3. Be open and willing to letting the Spirit work.
(Reference Galatians 5:22)

You will never fully understand God while on this earth but the joy is in the journey of that understanding. Exploring the beauty of his creation will lead to discoveries that feel like you are once again a child, as they unwrap anticipated Christmas presents.

These discoveries come quicker when we begin to let go of this world and give more room in our lives to Jesus. He wants to give you more of his love but we need to give him space and invite him in, to the pieces of our heart that currently attach themselves to this broken world.

When we open ourselves up and provide more space for Jesus we receive his gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit takes away much of the emotional baggage we have held onto for our too long. It is our comfort in tribulation and it is our joy in celebration.

Sadly few who will read this, have the Holy Spirit active and present. I pray this changes.

Desiring to know our Triune God is the true meaning of balance. No peace on this earth is greater felt than when in harmony with the wisdom and application of the wisdom we receive from our God in these three forms.

Rejoicing In Hope

Hope is part of the glorious plan God has for our lives that have yet to come. It is a miraculous gift and the cure for most of what ails you.

“For on this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience” – Romans 8:24

As one who has suffered from anxiety and much worry, I can speak first hand that when we lose hope we put our minds at risk of sickness and disease. We desperately need hope.

Hope is hydration for the Spirit

“When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time he asked him “do you want to get well?” – John 5:6

The ugliest part of depression is that it makes us want to “sit” in our state of mind. Compare yourself to the man who was asked if he wanted to get well. How many times have you been asked this (possibly with different words), either to yourself or by a friend, and responding in a way that justifies your feelings or places blame?

We ask again, do you want to get well?

Pain is promised on this earth, not just to you but to all. It’s unavoidable and the ones that try to create a life that avoids it are some of the most depressed people I know.

It’s what we do with that pain that matters. It is how we live in that moment, that we either smile or frown, that makes our steps lighter or heavier, and live life with and without the burden.

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans – 8:18

It’s all temporary anyways, what is to come in eternity is so much more powerful than the microscopic pain we feel now.

Hold tight to hope and rejoice in it daily.

Choice Words

Choice Words

Expressed Opinions Often Lead to Judgment of Others.

If our way of living scrapes the walls of another, we find ourselves being critical of the path they choose when it differs from ours. Damage will be done to all who are involved.

Do not become the opposition of a friend or foe. Instead, if even a hint of hostility enters your heart, retreat, retreat, retreat.

For Jesus says…

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye”? – Matthew 3-4

How can we fight a battle with a log in our eye? Can we honestly see who our opponent is?

Some battles must be left to the only one who sees clearly, and that is God.

If understood and you still must speak I must ask, have you first prayed?

When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent,” – Proverbs 10:19

Without prayer and consideration, words leave our lips and enter the minds of others without spiritual intervention. This is dangerous.

Even when a Christian speaks to the sin of another person of faith, it is a requirement for the Holy Spirit to be considered before advice or commentary is suggested.

Solomon speaks of restraint, which is more common in our language as being “held back”. When we restrain our lips we are not being held back, but being propelled forward.

See, when we push our opinions on others, walls are created, defense mechanisms are activated, and your point is rarely considered.

But through prayer and patience what will remain are the few choice words that open the door to conversation. Your point may now be taken to heart.

For a deeper look on the judgment of others open your Bible and read Romans 2:1-5

Missing The Goal, Wide

In regards to our pattern of thinking, many problems exist in the world today. Few, however, are greater in the current society than the need to take a subject and go wide.

The same is true with faith. Today’s culture teaches us to acknowledge all that is around us and to accept it as truth, often times contradicting one another. Most, unfortunately, miss these contradictions because we lack…depth.

Depth is where much good has come from. In business, we understand this. In medical research, we understand this. But in faith, it is becoming a thing of the past.

“Look beneath the surface”

“Get to the heart of the matter”

“See what lies within”

These are just a few of the common quotes that reference this fact, yet we regularly reject, in our daily thinking.

Believing “in” the Bible differs from believing what lies “within” the Bible and more peace can be found when we go deep into our faith rather than wide.

Opening, understanding, meditating, contemplating, praying, and walking with the Scriptures is the way we bring much good news to our lives.

Alternatively, another way comes through an intervention from God and that usually attaches itself to unexpected and prolonged pain.

So although unrest is and will always be a fact of this falling world, going deep into the word of God will help you make better decisions and bring you more peace in times of trials.

I pray you respond to this and take a single step to go deeper in your faith.

Seeking Clarity

Amongst the overgrowth, just beyond the thorns, but just within your reach, lies a reminder of God’s presence.

“He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20

It is so easy to become blinded of the blessings of God when before our eyes are the problems of the present and the shadows of our past.

But we must look with precision into the future and find our hope. This is the promise of Jesus and we stand firm that one day we will move past our past, past our present, and into the fullness of God.

““Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” – Matthew 6:34

In this life, troubles will not completely dissipate, but with faith, our troubles will become less about our own selfish and prideful ambitions and move towards a greater purpose. A purpose that serves the one who saved us.

Incomparable Pain

Incomparable is the pain of one and another since each is unique in itself.

Not one struggle is greater than the others, yet they are all a top priority and equally important in the eyes of God.

So while they remain incomparable, common ground can be found and used to the Glory of God, to lift his other children out of the rubble.

Comparing your pain to another person will only result in a self-indulgence of pity that prevents you from moving forward in life. Do not become caught in this trap.

Hold on until the difficult season is over, and joy you will receive when providing hope to a friend in time of need.

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” – Romans 12:12

“who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” – 2 Corinthians 1:4