Most of us would prefer life to be clean and simple. We like it when everything is going according to plan. But sometimes, our plan is not God’s plan. The Bible says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’ (Isaiah 55:8-9) Sometimes God’s plan for our life is something much greater than anything we could imagine.
Are you a fighter? That may sound like a silly question, but according to God’s Word, it’s not. Many of us have a brawling disposition and perhaps do not know it.
Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. (Titus 3:1-2)
Over the last decade or so, gravity seems to have a stronger pull on my body; therefore, physical exercise has become a part of my daily routine. Though I enjoy exercising and believe that it is very beneficial, the Bible teaches us that there is another form of exercise that is even more important.
“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8 NLT)
Have you ever made a promise with your fingers crossed behind your back? No doubt many of us did when we were kids. I’m not sure when this practice began, but somewhere along the way, someone came up with the idea that crossing our fingers behind our back allows us to be dishonest.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Christ wants to give to us abundant life. The word ‘abundant’ means something that is exceedingly beyond measure; something superior and surpassing. We might say that it’s Christianity with an exclamation point!
How different that is from what many seem to experience. For many church-members, their Christianity is anything but life with an exclamation point. Why is that?