The Risk of Not Praying

Prayer moves things in heaven to move things on earth. When you don’t pray, you risk missing out on the fullness of all God wants to do.  That’s because you can’t have the full engagement of God unless you’re fully engaged in prayer.

If you’re struggling to pray, ask yourself where else you’re struggling in your faith. Is your belief or your obedience faltering?

Self-Condemnation

Jesus never condemns people. Sin does that to people and Satan condemns.

Condemnation often comes because we’re either listening to other people or listening to the influence of Satan, or we’re not listening solely and first to God.

Sitting in condemnation is often an unrecognized form of pride. For some people, it’s their way of not accepting forgiveness.

We All Need Encouragement

Psychologists say that when you encourage someone, it actually changes their brain chemistry. Fuel is sent to the brain and has a positive effect on their performance.

But long before Neuroscience made that discovery, Scripture taught us in Hebrews 13:3 to encourage each other daily. God knew we needed encouragement and created our bodies to use it as fuel.

 

Feeling Lonely

When you feel lonely, you’re most likely to hit a wall and become vulnerable to the enemy. But remember, in Christ, you’re never truly alone. God Himself has promised He is with you. He said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5), and Jesus said, “I will be with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

You Have a Cheering Section

The Book of Hebrews tells us that we have a “great cloud of witnesses” in heaven, who are cheering for us as we run our race. If you want to hit your stride, remember that every believer who has ever gone before you – from your passed loved ones all the way back to the great heroes of the Bible – is now cheering for you in heaven.

Real Dads Live “Real Trust“

Abraham understood his health, wealth, and family were all rich blessings from God. By trusting God and not questioning Him when He asked Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac, Abraham proved he trusted God – no matter what.

In the end, the story of Abraham and Isaac on Mt. Moriah was not a test of God’s love for Abraham, but a test of Abraham’s love for God.

Fighting To Find Joy

Fighting to find joy is about fighting to have the right perspective.

God has not promised us that our circumstances would be easy. He promised to give us a way and a means to find joy in even the most difficult circumstances.

Very often we’re asking God to change our circumstances, but God is asking us to change our perspective. To grow us in the grit, to find joy in any circumstance. When we have the right perspective, we can find joy in any circumstance just like Paul did.