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Monday, February 26, 2024 10:58 AM

Breaking Strongholds

Monday, February 26, 2024 10:58 AM
Monday, February 26, 2024 10:58 AM

Breaking strongholds to leave one's old life behind and follow God is a transformative journey that requires deep self-reflection, steadfast faith, and a commitment to change. Strongholds, often manifesting as deeply ingrained habits, thoughts, or behaviors that keep us from fully embracing God's path, can be formidable barriers to spiritual growth. Overcoming these requires not just recognition of their existence but a sincere desire to lay them at God's feet. This process often begins with prayer, asking for divine guidance and strength to break free from the chains of the past. It's about opening one’s heart to God’s transformative power, allowing His grace to renew one’s mind and spirit.

The path to breaking strongholds and following God is also one of community and scripture. Surrounding oneself with a community of faith can provide the support and encouragement needed to navigate this challenging journey. Engaging deeply with scripture offers wisdom and insight, acting as a mirror that reflects both our imperfections and God's perfect love and forgiveness. It is in the context of scripture that people find the strength to confront and dismantle the strongholds in their lives, drawing closer to God with each step. This journey is not about achieving perfection but about striving to align one's life more closely with God's will, acknowledging that we are works in progress, dependent on God's grace.

Ultimately, leaving one's old life behind and following God is an act of surrender and faith. It involves trusting in God's plan for our lives, even when the path is unclear. This journey is marked by moments of vulnerability, where letting go of control and allowing God to lead becomes the source of true strength and freedom. As strongholds break and fall away, what emerges is a life transformed by God's love, a testament to the power of faith to change us from the inside out. This transformation is not instantaneous but a continual process of growth and renewal, where each day offers a new opportunity to live more fully in the light of God's grace.

Ephesians 4:21-24

 

Just a thought,

PSS

Monday, February 19, 2024 10:53 AM

Making a Real Difference in a Desperate World

Monday, February 19, 2024 10:53 AM
Monday, February 19, 2024 10:53 AM
 
Diving into the Bible isn't merely an act of faith; it's an adventure into the depths of God's heart, a roadmap for navigating life with wisdom, purpose, and strength. This isn't just an ancient book; it's God's living word, as relevant today as it ever was, breathing life into our daily struggles and joys, guiding us with timeless truths that apply to every decision and challenge we face. It's there in those pages that we find the courage to stand strong, the wisdom to make righteous choices, and the hope that lifts us above our circumstances. As we immerse ourselves in Scripture, we're not just reading — we're engaging in a divine dialogue, hearing from God Himself, learning how to live lives that reflect His love and light.
 
In my journey with the Lord, I've discovered that studying the Bible sharpens us in ways nothing else can. It's not just about filling our heads with knowledge; it's about transforming our hearts and minds, equipping us to face life with faith and confidence. As we delve into its teachings, challenge its mysteries, and embrace its truths, we're honing our ability to discern, to understand deeply, and to love more fully. This process shapes us into the image of Christ, influencing not just our own lives but also those around us, spreading His grace and truth in a world desperate for both.
 
And let's not forget the power of coming together around God's word. When we study the Bible as a church family, we're building something beautiful: a community of faith that stands strong against the tides of change and challenge. This unity, born out of shared discovery and worship, is what the Church is all about. It's here, in the collective seeking and serving, that we find our deepest sense of belonging and purpose. In today's fragmented society, this is the kind of community we're all longing for — one that mirrors the love, grace, and truth of Christ, drawing us closer to each other and to God, empowering us to make a real difference in the world. That's the heart of our mission, and it's at the core of everything we do.
 
Just a thought,
 
PSS
Monday, February 12, 2024 4:08 PM

How to Make Sound Decisions

Monday, February 12, 2024 4:08 PM
Monday, February 12, 2024 4:08 PM

We live in a world where we have so many options.

Choices:

If you want a soda, does that mean Coke, Pepsi, Dr Pepper, Sprite, etc.? If you want a restaurant, do you want steak, Italian food, Mexican food, Chinese food, etc.?  It’s the same thing with buying shoes or clothes. We are presented with so many options that at times it is difficult to make a decision.

Indecision:

Indecision means: the inability to make decisions quickly : a wavering between two or more possible courses of action.

Indecision is paralyzing, and our decisions do determine our destiny. So, we had better make the right ones. There is so much pressure that every decision seems to be life or death. It’s just not true. Sure, some decisions are more important than others, and we won’t get them all right. When we blow it, we are to learn from it and grow. But we have to make decisions every day, and the worst place, most frustrating place, to be is in the place of indecision.

Decision:

So, what are we to do? Firstly, let’s realize as Christians we have the word of God to help lead and guide us, to go to for direction. It is our map to lead us to the right path. It will help us make decisions. Secondly, don’t attempt to make a lot of decisions at once. Deal with one thing at a time and begin limiting your options. This will help you make decisions.

Along with the Bible, believing it enough to do it, act on it, will always be the best guide in making sound decisions — decisions that will bless us.

Just a thought,

PSS

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