Have you ever been accused of being "out there" even by other believers? Sometimes your beliefs are a little too extraordinary for them; they think you need to get a reality check, beam back to earth, or just get realistic! Good thing you serve God because the Bible is clear that God is the one who has established reality. Nothing you believe in the Bible is far-fetched because God has been behind all of it. Yet, the miracles and supernatural power of God cannot be limited to the day of the Bible because God still wants to display His power through His people. Maybe, if we aren't seeing this in our lives, we may be the one's in need of a reality check!
What does it take to be a successful believer? Scripture memorization? Going to church regularly? Live the better than average life? Much of the evidence people seem to point to can help them look the part, but more importantly, we must BE the part. There must be within us the capacity to generate spiritual success. If you've ever wondered why you never seem to succeed consistently in living for Christ, maybe it is time to understand what the real need in you is, and how to satisfy it!
Why does it seem like everything in life is a hassle? A quick trip to the store turns into an hour long event as you get stuck behind slow drivers, people who want to catch up when they see you, and unmotivated cashiers - what a dilemma! Sometimes it seems the little tasks of life present such big challenges which make them more difficult than they should be. Everyday seems like a dilemma, and we wish we could just have an easier life like everyone else has, or so we think. Maybe our perception of events, or even our expectations in life are unrealistic. We need to realize, just because a challenge is present doesn't mean it is dilemma.
The story of Mary reminds each of us of God's desire to involve us in His plans. Each person who chooses to accept His call can be used in a remarkable way for God's use. We admire Mary because we see her as the insignificant girl she is but she was full of faith and trust in God. What about me? Why am I so cautious about being used by God; even fearful? Listen in as we discover how we can be our own worst enemy at certain times, but there is hope for those who want to overcome.
We've all struggled with doubt, but we tend to think we come to a point where we completely grow out of it. Should we not doubt the LORD? YES! The reality is this: we sometimes do. It is a continual battle for us to beat back doubt, so we can have faith in His character, ability, and will. Since this is true, doubt is not something only young believers must overcome, but also seasoned believers too! Listen in as we see in Luke 1 how people of great faith and character are prone to doubt, but there is a way out of doubt. If you want to defeat your doubts, you must understand more about who's you are, where you are, and who He is!
Disappointment comes in many forms, and it is difficult to bear. If you've tried to control the people around you, the lesson you've learned is, you can't. And people often are a source of our disappointment. We may think, "If only everyone else was more like me!" but the issue is more with us than it is with them. We each need to learn how to live above the affects of disappointment, and how to move on from difficulty, so it does not continue to influence us far into our future.
Your sight is an incredible blessing, but sometimes it can lead to more problems than it solves. Sight takes little effort and it reveals little depth. If you live by sight alone, you are missing so much in life because your eyes can only discover the surface of something, and not much else. Our walk with the LORD will be very shallow unless I understand who I am serving. This message is all about the unseen abundance we have in Jesus, and its going to take more than what you can see to comprehend His love for you.
Sometimes we forget life is a journey and not a sprint. You know what else it isn't? A series of sprints. We sometimes have the habit of defining victories and trials as moments of themselves and once we clear them they no longer have any meaning. If this is true, then there is no lessons to learn, and no wisdom to be gained to be used another time. We are on a journey and every moment of it is useful for the road ahead. Each of us must make the decision to go the distance, and we are able when we remain thankful in the journey.
Every parent would agree that when they speak, their children should listen. As a parent, they consider themselves an important voice in their child's life. Yet, there are times when a child doesn't hear a thing: playing a video game, texting a friend, or even listening to music with their earbuds in. They are already preoccupied with something else of importance to them. Maybe none of those examples are more important than their parent, but that's not the issue. The issue is they are maintaining their attention somewhere else. Maybe this is why we don't hear God, at times. When He speaks, do you stop what you are doing and give Him your attention? Like a child, maybe you don't even hear Him. If so, maybe you are just too preoccupied to hear what He has to say.
Even though we all use cellphones to text more than anything, you may remember a time when you actually called someone. If you ever took the time to call, you've probably had to leave a voicemail. You leave the message, and then you wait for a response. Sometimes that response never came simply because the message was never received. Like everything else, God is wanting to speak to us, but we may not be getting the message. It's time to give opportunity for God to speak to your life, and part I of our series deals with solving hearing impairments. Many times we are more willing to compensate for an issue rather than fix it. If you want to hear God clearly, you're going to have to fix the issue rather than try to compensate for not hearing Him.