In the church, there’s a lot of talk about not being afraid, but I wonder if our language regarding fear is incomplete.
Let’s invite the Holy Spirit in and ask him to reveal those areas where we have drifted or settled for less than his best for us.
This life is a marathon and not a sprint. And we need to pace ourselves accordingly.
Solitude is getting alone with God.
Isolation is getting alone with you.
Nehemiah reminds us that we weren’t made to live in isolation but in a supportive community.
Paul didn’t muster up contentment out of the blue, instead, he learned to rest in the simple and profound truth that God is sufficient.
Before our behavior changes, our beliefs have to change because our actions always follow our beliefs.
By imagining myself in the story, I realize that I am the woman with the issue of blood in desperate need of healing, Peter the know-it-all, and the crowd who followed fickly.
If these nine characteristics are the fruit of the Spirit, the result of his presence and a natural outpouring of his character, that means you can’t pick and choose which ones you want.
Since the beginning of time, God has been after our hearts. Through generations of disobedience and avoidance and apathy, he’s still continued to passionately pursue us. Though we’ve wavered over and over and over again, he hasn’t given up on us.