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Intercession Is More Than Prayer

This summer, I’ve gotten a lot of people who’ve sent in questions regarding the topic of intercession, and most of those questions feature the same problem. It seems that across the board, many Christians struggle to believe that prayer actually has any effect. To use common phrases taken from these conversations, it can be hard to see prayer as much more than “talking to a wall” or at best, a “hollow, self-help routine.”

Prayer is a concept that can be hard to grasp for sure, and I think that we are prone to feelings of hopelessness and futility when we are faced with the heavy problems we see in our world today. We look at the brokenness and pain in our world, from an international scale to a personal scale, and we struggle to believe if those times of lifting up our requests to the Lord actually make much of a difference. Continue reading “Intercession Is More Than Prayer”

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What Happens When We Minimize Our Sin – Authenticity Pt. 2

In the first part of our series on Authenticity, we looked at the reality that righteous living cannot exist apart from authentic living. We cannot pay God worship with our lips while neglecting him with our motivations and lifestyles.

When we try and patch up our lives to look righteous without working with the Holy Spirit to actually live righteously, we end up with a growing divide between our hearts and our lives.

The secrecy of our sinful hearts contributes to an unavoidable moral deterioration; when we keep our sin secretive out of shame, we set ourselves up for failure.

But authentic, transparent living is absolutely essential to righteous living. If we are to love the Lord with our hearts, they must be brought to the light despite the ugliness of their sin. We may fear, and fear deeply, the exposure of sin in our lives, but our cancerous sin must be seen in the light if it is to be worked on, changed, and ultimately, sanctified.

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The Challenge of Hidden Sin and Painful Authenticity – Authenticity Pt. 1

This post is the first of a series I will be doing on authenticity. This post addresses the need for authenticity, but to those of you with concerns over authenticity culture, I’d love to hear your feedback. Those posts are coming next!

There’s a word that you are likely to hear at some point in every Christian school, youth group, college ministry, or any other gathering that involves Christian teenagers and young adults. It’s a word held in high regard, given as a compliment and seen as the standard to be strived for.

That word is authenticity.

The topic of authenticity has become a trend of sorts, filling pages of books, blog after blog (irony, I’m aware), and sermon after sermon. I guess it should be no surprise that this word has received such attention in the Church today. After all, few groups get criticized as frauds so frequently and intensely as the Church.

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How To Respond When Someone Judges You

I would be shocked if you have never found yourself in a situation in which you thought someone was being judgmental.

I would be shocked partially because condescending arrogance is one of the hallmarks of our social and political culture, but also because the “judgmental” accusation has become one of the most common in responses to any form of disagreement or correction. It’s use is extensive because it reflects our view of others significantly.

I would suggest though that what you do when you are feeling judged is actually more revealing of you than the judgment is of the person offending you.

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To Anyone Else Who Has Said “I love you” Too Soon

Have you ever said, “I love you,” then come to regret it?

Have you ever said it, fully meaning it, and then watch the relationship dissolve (or explode), feeling like it may have never meant anything at all?

I know I have. And I know I’m not the only one who has.

I know this because I see it, and you probably do to, all over Facebook, Instagram, college coffee shops, and the rest. Everyone likes to make a joke out of the couples who started dating last Thursday and are already confessing their deep love for each other every chance they get. (If that’s you, don’t feel too bad. It took me 3 days once.)

But right now, I want to speak to those of you who are like me; the one’s who have said it and have had it said to you, only to have that word add to the pain of the relationship breaking off. 

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The Painful Gift of Inadequacy

Over the course of the last year, I found myself rather consistently in the same situation. Whether it was things I had committed to or things I could have foreseen, I regularly found myself in places where anything I had to offer was so drastically less than what needed for the situation. It was overwhelming one day, discouraging the next, bringing a variety of struggles and frustrations with each new place where my inadequacy was put on display.

Each situation revealed a new sort of inadequacy. Some days, I just didn’t have enough hours in the day to do everything that needed to be done. Other days, I might have had the time, but I was straight out of energy (usually social energy… shout out to my introverts in ministry). Some days, I was just entirely lacking motivation, and discipline that kept my world steady and manageable started to falter.

In short, whether it was my job, my ministries, or my school, it became a very regular occurrence that I was laughably inadequate to meet every request and requirement asked of me. Continue reading “The Painful Gift of Inadequacy”

No Cost Too Great

“Who do you say I am?”

When it comes to matters faith, this is the do-or-die question upon which all things rest. When you put your faith in someone, having the right answer to this question is indispensable. Unless you know the person’s character and capability, how can you know if your faith will lead you where you need to go? The strength and legitimacy of our faith will always rest on the answer to this question.

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Defining and Defending Beauty

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The idea of beauty has been abused and degraded as severely as its sisters truth and goodness in the post-modern era. Beauty, like its sisters, has fallen prey to socially constructed economy of meaning prevalent in post-modern thought.

This is for this reason that the same word that some may use to describe Handel’s Messiah is thrown around during exciting sports plays and lewd, lustful remarks towards shameless sex icons.

This desecration of beauty in the mind of man rests on the foundational fault of postmodernism: man has celebrated his own limited reasoning over the immovable reality of God’s truth.

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Letting Go of Your Sword – Learning to Live Vulnerably

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This morning, the Bible study I attend continued its journey through II Samuel. Today, we discussed the Mighty Men of David. One fellow in particular caught my attention.

Flip with me to the tale of Eleazar, the Mighty Man of David.

“And next to him among the three mighty men was Eleazar . . . He was with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there for battle, and the men of Israel withdrew. He rose and struck down the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clung to the sword. And the Lord brought about a great victory that day, and the men returned after him only to strip the slain.”

II Samuel 23:9-10

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