Our Faith is Not a Test

“Be careful not to let anyone rob you of this faith through shallow and misleading philosophy. Such a person follows human traditions and the world’s way of doing things rather than following Christ.” Colossians 2:6-8 GW

An Easter Reflection

As the deadly coronavirus wages on and I am safely inside my home, I have taken the time to reflect on my Lenten experience through the glory of the resurrection of Easter Sunday. As I sit here day after day, I wonder of what use am I?

What is happening in my life and around me that is fitting into His big picture?

How can I see things from His perspective?

Will I be a child of God or will I go back to having a meaner, common sense attitude of this world?

I am not responsible for the circumstances that I am in or in this current pandemic. I am responsible for the way I allow any circumstance to affect me. I can either allow them to overwhelm me, or I can allow them to transform me into what God wants me to be.

Am I sinking my roots into Jesus Christ to build on Him?

God engineers everything. He has engineered me for a specific purpose. Wherever he puts me even if it is safely inside my physical home, my one great aim is to be wholeheartedly devoted to Him in whatever that specific work might be.

Am I totally unemployable in spirit?

Am I so spiritually weak that I refuse to do anything unless I am spiritually inspired?

A person’s character determines how one interprets God’s will. The determination and devotion to remain true to God’s will in my life is not to be true to my own convictions and traditional worldly beliefs, but to remain true to God and obey Him.

The proof of my relationship is right with God when I do my best whether I feel like it or not. I refrain from declaring my faith by saying I will do anything or go anywhere as Peter said to Jesus. I will not ask God to test my faith in that way. Instead, I will remain true to God as Abraham did in the Old Testament. I will ask God to lead me into the knowledge and heart of Himself. If I remain true to God, I know God will take me through any circumstance to a better understanding of my specific purpose.

“Come to me, all who are tired from carrying a heavy load, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 GW

How can I stay in lockstep with God?

How can I perpetually look in the face of God and know that I am moving in the right direction?

 “We must become prayer: prayer incarnate. It is not enough to have moments of praise; our whole life, every act, every gesture, even a smile must become a hymn of adoration, an offering, a prayer. We must not offer what we have but what we are.” ~ Paul Evdokimov

“The more you know the Bible, the more effective your prayers will be.” ~ Rick Warren

What is the standard I use when I decide whether something is true?

What’s in my attitude then that needs to change toward those who disagree with me?

“Let Christ’s word teach and instruct yourselves about God’s kindness. Sing to God in your hearts. Everything you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:16-17 GW

“Blessed is the person who does not
follow the advice of wicked people,
take the path of sinners,
or join the company of mockers.

Rather, he delights in the teachings of the Lord
and reflects on his teachings day and night. 

He is like a tree planted beside streams—
a tree that produces fruit in season
and whose leaves do not wither.
He succeeds in everything he does.”
Psalm 1:1-3 GW

Trusting God

My Prayer

Dear Lord, I give you all the praise and glory. If sincerity means that the appearance and the reality are exactly the same, may others see my appearance and reality be exactly the same as being true to You. I pray Lord that I am not just an empty husk blowing across a barren field but bearing fruit from Your living water. I pray Lord for all essential workers and those who in sincerity are healing and comforting the world in this global pandemic. Put me to use Lord in whatever capacity that people may see Your healing hand for all that hurts a fallen world. May I be true to the light that sacrificed all for eternal life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen

Getting to know God

I have been writing in a journal since I was a young girl. I have kept a prayer journal over the last ten years to draw closer to God. Are you waiting for answers? Draw closer to God. 

The Prayer Journals Facebook page provides prayer journal prompts and inspiration. Please join me there or on Twitter @prayerprompts. If you have a specific prayer request, please email me in confidence at theprayerjournals.com@gmail.com.

God’s Blessings to You,

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Sheri

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40 Days of Lent–Reflections #4, A Series

On February 23, 2020, I invited all to join me for a “40 Days of Lent, 6-Week Daily Event”of fasting, prayer with a prayer journal reflection prompt beginning on Ash Wednesday on The Prayer Journals’ Facebook page.

Each day as I reflected on the daily Bible verse and prayer, journal reflection prompt, I asked the following questions:

“When I pray, am I prepared to be intensely focused on God’s point of view?” (Ephesians 5:16-17)

“Am I prepared for I prepared for God to perform with me everything in which He separated me?” (James 1:5)

“After He has done his work with me, am I prepared to separate myself from God just as Jesus did?” (Revelations 1:8)

“Have I made myself one with Jesus so that what controls Christ controls me too?” (Hebrews 4:11-13)

“Am I prepared for what this will cost me?” (Hebrews 4:14-16)

“Am I prepared to set myself apart from the Holy Spirit’s work in me?” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)

40 DAYS OF LENT

Hosanna!

As I come to this day, Palm Sunday, I realize more than before the beginning of Lent that my faith is real, but it is not permanent. God has been pointing out to me that I am only interested in His blessings instead of God Himself. If I am to be prepared for God for what He wants of me, then I must water the seeds of the last 40 days reflections to cultivate a permanent faith. Until I have and know Jesus Christ truly as my Lord, my goals are my own and not the fruit of His evident blessings. His providential care is not only for me, but for those with whom He places with me – instructing me to share and grow in the light of His mercy and grace.

The Exchange

“Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!”

Now, as Holy Week begins waving palm branches, I see the King of Peace. I will pray following in the steps of Jesus Christ to His crucifixion – carrying the cross. May I fully understand Christ’s anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane?  May I fully feel the lashes and scourging of Christ’s body, my sins that drew blood and agonizing pain that he endured all for my behalf? May I experience the weight of the cross so I may continue to grow a permanent faith made real in the death of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? God sacrificed His only Son so I would not have to feel the weight of my sin, but life everlasting through a ‘permanent’ faith in Him.

Do I see God at work in my circumstances?

“… The Lord is near. Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks. Then God’s peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:5-7 GW

Getting to know God

I have been writing in a journal since I was a young girl. In the last ten years I have kept a prayer journal to draw closer to God. Are you waiting for answers? Draw closer to God.

I hope you will join me daily on The Prayer Journals Facebook page as we enter Holy Week  with the Celebration of Easter next Sunday. May I also ask that you share this blog post on your Facebook page and other social media, as well as, the daily Prayer Journals Facebook posts?

I appreciate your participation and value your prayers.

I am praying for you!

The Prayer Journals Facebook page provides prayer journal prompts and inspiration. Please join me there or on Twitter @prayerprompts. If you have a specific prayer request, please email me in confidence at theprayerjournals.com@gmail.com.

God’s Blessings to You,

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Sheri

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