Apps of life

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For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. – 2 Peter 1:5–9

In the changing of my mobile phone plan, I decided to get a Smartphone. It seems like everyone is way ahead of me in their knowledge of this type of phone, so I knew I could ask just about anyone a question if I got stuck. I learned by the videos online and trying new things. My sister has one so she has been able to show me a few things. If I did not seek the information and apply what I learned, I would have a device used only for phone calls. I would be blind to all the functions it offers. It’s the applications (apps) that make a difference.

Our spiritual life is like that, too. If we accept Christ, but don’t take the initiative to learn more and apply what we have gained, then we miss out on the bounty of what Jesus has to offer. It is a journey of learning and growing through life that holds so many possibilities that we cannot fathom them all. Add to your spiritual apps for the full benefit.

Prayer: Lord, you offer so much in life, and I thank you for helping me learn and grow. I pray that I not only continue in the journey learning all that I can, but help others along the way, too. Amen

Faith Tip: What spiritual function does God want you to learn about today? Seek it out and apply it to your life.

 

 

Moving right along

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The Lord isn’t slow about keeping his promises, as some people think he is. In fact, God is patient, because he wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost. – 2 Peter 3:9 CEV

As I watch the train slowly move on the track in front of me, I wonder if there is an end to it. Some people have shut their cars off and wait; I decide to follow suit thinking to myself that as soon as I shut it off, the end will come. I desire to have things perfectly timed for efficiency in use of time and resources. I have already planned out how this could work out the best where the train will get past and I will make it to my appointment. Then I see the train stop on the track and start to go backwards. So much for my plan.

God has a plan of salvation for the lost, and sometimes like watching the cars of a train slowly go by, we become impatient and want things to move quicker. We want to see some action. People for whom we have been praying for many years seem to still be in the same place regarding coming to Christ. Opportunities that seemed perfect for them to accept the gift of Jesus didn’t happen as we thought it would.

 

To hold on to our sanity and peace, we need to let go of trying to control God. He knows exactly what he is doing and has more patience than anyone to carefully work out his plan for those who are lost. He loves them so much, he is willing to wait. Do we love them that much?

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your patience with me. Forgive me when I want my way and not yours. I pray to see with your eyes today and follow your voice of patience. Amen

Faith Tip: Today when you are faced with something that makes you impatient, stop and think about what God is doing in the situation. Pray for insight.

What Will Be Left?

 

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But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. 

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives… – 2 Peter 3:10-11

The season of overabundant marketing has come. Television, email, newspaper, magazines, mailers and more all stating “Buy Our Stuff!” I realize this employs many copywriters and other marketing staff, so the more savvy they are the more successful in the business. As a consumer, I sometimes feel like a target especially at Christmas time with messages that I need a product to have a merry Christmas.

God says all the stuff is going up in smoke. After all the chaff is burned off, what will be left? We will. Who we become in Christ Jesus and what we have done will be the measure of success. The playing field will be leveled where there will be no poor or rich, no popular or unpopular people, just us and God. The relationship is more important than the stuff.

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for the relationship we have together. I know you initiated it and I had the opportunity to respond. I pray I take advantage of the ways we can build on it. Amen

Faith Tip: Attempt to fast from all the media frenzy of the season and focus on the relationship opportunities you have with God.

 

 

We’ve got it!

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His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. – 2 Peter 1:3-4

How can I be a better person? I’m sure there are books and other resources that could help me. I could study more and perhaps volunteer more. What about prayer? I could pray more and maybe even get another spiritual gift…maybe that would make me a better person.

Sounds like a lot of pressure, doesn’t it? We as humans are good at beating ourselves up that we can do better. We believe we need to do and have something more than we already have to accomplish this. The truth is that we are given everything we need…right now…to live a good life because of Jesus. Jesus has given us everything we need to stay away from sinning, but it is our choice. Those evil desires do not have a hold on you unless you allow them. We don’t have to wait until we get to heaven to “participate in the divine nature.” We can do it now.

Prayer: Your promises, Lord, are more valuable than anything on this earth. You told me that I have everything I need to live a pious life, and I believe you. I pray that I can walk in your ways all the days of my life. Amen

Faith Tip: What lie do you believe that causes you to sin? Stomp on it in Jesus’ name. It has no power over you. God is more and has his best for you.

Seeing clearly

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For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. (2 Peter 1:5-9)

Getting the right kind of lenses for my husband’s glasses has been a challenge since having the retina detachment in one eye and an accident causing damage to his other eye. One lens is a lot thicker than the other, plus there are prisms put in. The goal is to see as clear as possible.

Our spiritual lens also needs continual adjustment as we seek to see Jesus with clarity. The lens of faith needs the prisms of goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, and love. As we use these prisms in our life, Jesus will become more in focus. We have the choice to be spiritually nearsighted and blind, which could easily lead us down the wrong path, or we could focus in on Jesus and walk with confidence remembering what he did for us.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you give me what I need to see you clearly. That brings such encouragement to me. I pray that I may look for you using the prisms needed. Amen

Faith tip: Choose to use the prisms of faith to see Jesus clearer.