Lord, help me to enjoy my faith

A prayer….

Father, there is no doubt that it is you that gave me the gift of faith. The measure of my faith is a reflection of the gift of giving me the amount of faith that I not only can handle but also the faith I can feel reflecting the presence of your spirit.

It is through your spirit, Lord, that I feel your understanding that I can only somewhat articulate. You are Majesty, and with you are all things wonderful, exciting and wonderfully created for us to enjoy. You are the Most of all things that we are ever to see as we contemplate your beauty. You are beautiful, Lord, and wonderfully existenant within our existence. Lord, only you know the depths of our hearts and know what kind of faith we need in these days.

You, Lord, are the Almighty and powerful above all things. When we recognize these things and fall at your feet, all things fall before us, fore they know that we are adopted sons and daughters of the Most High God.

Lord, if only my words could be enough to create a word picture great enough for someone who doesn’t know you to understand. Oh, how wonderful you are.

You hold my heart. You are the love of my life. You are forever. You are more than I could ever ask for. You are my faith, and you help me to enjoy every monument of faith that I am given.

Lord, Jesus, it is you that is after my heart, but I thought it was me after yours. You have been so good to me that there are no words to describe it. You are a light unto my feet and a lamp unto my path. How could I ever be persuaded to be against you. With such love, you are my all. You are my forever. You are my Saviour. Thank you, Jesus.

Dear friends, it is my prayer that this prayer will be yours as well.

Go forth and be blessed my friends.

A calling of humility

This morning, I am reading from Philipians 2, and, to be honest, it can be a bit hard to swallow if you don’t take the time to pray about what is being said.

Verses 5 through 8 says,

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus; who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!

This passage is not saying that we are to be slaves, but we are to consider ourselves slaves worthy as servants in the kingdom of God. When we consider ourselves better than others, we have exalted ourselves above others, even God. This is not about position, but, rather, about who we worship.

We will always have authority to be accountable to, but how must we respond? The earthly realm might seek to force us to be slaves, but we are servants to God. As children of God, we belong to God. It is God that we worship, not man. It is the difference between our flesh and our soul. For Jesus, man took his flesh on the cross, but they couldn’t take his spirit. Our spirit is the one thing that the devil cannot take without our permission. It is with our spirits that we wage war and become victorious.

Verse 3 and 4 says,

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility considers others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

This does not mean that you aren’t good at anything or that you are not worthy of anything. This is a state of mind that you set for yourself so that you don’t cross the line and begin to worship something that is not God the Almighty.

Sometimes it will be necessary to place someone else above yourself, but it should never be all about you. This is about balancing our hearts between loving ourselves and loving others. Ultimately, God has other children, and God wants us to love them just as much. If we are always focused on ourselves, we completely disobey Gods command to love others. We don’t always get the choice on who we get to love. We must be open to who that might be, because, ultimately, we are servants of God through Christ Jesus.

I want to challenge you to read Philipians 2 on your own as it is a chapter that I cannot fully do it justice. Ask God what his message is for you.

Go forth and be blessed, my friend.