Learn to start giving and see the joy that comes with it. “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
“Mother, Can you give me the definition of sin? Son, whatever weakens your reasoning, impairs the tenderness of your conscious, obscures your sense of God, or takes away your relish for spiritual things.” -Susanna Wesley
If anything increases the authority and the power of the flesh over the spirit, that becomes Sin. However, good – it is in itself.
I found this through the Bible App on one of their bible plans.
Ask – God to connect with you here. In prayer, start by slowing down, inviting God to be present. Begin with focus and openness to see what God has for you.
Read – the selection section of Scripture slowly. Take note of the words and phrases that intrigue you, reading them a second time if necessary.
Reflect – on what grabs you. What connections do you see at this point in your life? How might God be speaking to you through these words? Stop long enough to let this take root and thank God for encouraging you.
Respond – to the scripture. Speak directly to God about what’s on your mind and heart. Look for ways to live out what you’ve uncovered – individually and with your church. And look for ways to bring what you have discovered to others.
Many times in our lives, we face situations that challenge our faith and standing with God. Each of us experience different kinds of these testings and trials.
We all have different weaknesses and strengths so when we face testing and trials, most of the time we fail unless we’re walking by the Spirit.
So why do we fail? Quite simply because most of the time we end up using our own strength to overcome our weaknesses. I’ve heard a lot of times to rely on God’s strength and not our own but I never knew what it meant in practical terms.
We fail because we are using our own will power most of the time to do what we ought to do. We try very hard but still end up losing the fight. It’s because we are using the wrong weapon.
God has given us a defensive weapon when we are thrown into such testings and trials. It is the shield of faith that we ought to hold onto. And how do we increase our faith? Faith comes by hearing and hearing of the word of God.
This probably is the reason behind that verse where it talks about a blessed man (Psalms 1) . It says he meditates on God’s Word day and night. This is what we ought to do. Stand firm in faith. And maybe this what most preachers meant when they talk about relying on God’s strength rather than our own.
Use the right weapon for each battle you face and you will be victorious because your God almighty is on your side. Your father is just a prayer away.