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 #3, A Series

This past week in The Prayer Journals’ 6-Week Lenten Series to spiritual awakening with daily fasting, prayer with a prayer journal prompt for personal reflection, there was much to pray upon – kindness, humility, judgement, forgiveness, enemies, and tragedy.
40 DAYS OF LENT - Series #3

A National Day of Prayer: COVID-19

As I draw closer to God so I can now Him better, there are times that I am dismayed. Sometimes it seems the more I get to know Him, the more I do not understand. At this point, I realize the distance between us. The goal of knowing Him better seems further from my reach. What makes these times unfamiliar is when I do not understand the tragedy around me like the current national emergency with the COVID-19 pandemic.

19 DAY - 40 DAYS OF LENT

Many people are naturally fearful of getting sick, fear of dying from this illness, and fear of being isolated from family, friends, and the outside world in their self-quarantine. When I read the entirety of 1 John, chapter 4, I am reassured beginning in verse 14 and ending in verse 19 (GW):

“We have seen and testify to the fact that the Father sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God lives in those who declare that Jesus is the Son of God, and they live in God. We have known and believed that God loves us. God is love. Those who live in God’s love live in God, and God lives in them.

God’s love has reached its goal in us. So, we look ahead with confidence to the day of judgment. While we are in this world, we are exactly like him with regard to love. No fear exists where his love is. Rather, perfect love gets rid of fear, because fear involves punishment. The person who lives in fear doesn’t have perfect love. We love because God loved us first.”

I hold on to my faith in Jesus Christ.

When I give in to something like the bad habit of fear, I soon realize the tremendous control is has over me. Even though I may say, “Oh, I will not give in to it,” I know I can’t when I willingly give in to it.

“Lord, help me to turn off the outside world when it panics and turn to You instead.”

I belong to God. God, who is in me, is greater than anything in this world. Misery comes when tragedy tackles me; and I become fearful. Whatever befalls me, God assures me He loves me. When darkness comes and I am isolated, I endure because I know God is with me. Whether I live another day to love, or die to live forever in love with Christ, everything is possible with God, Mark 10:27 (GW), who loved me first.

“God is not a God of disorder but a God of peace.” 1 Corinthians 14:33 (GW)

On this day, March 15, 2020, may we all turn to the God of peace and “trust the LORD with all (our) heart, and do not rely on (our) own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (GW).

When I pray

I encourage you to periodically refer back to the initial invitation for this 6-week Lenten series, 40 Days of Lent – An Invitation for further journal writing guidance for the daily prayer journal prompts for the reflection topic. Please know that I am praying for you in this spiritual awakening journey toward the Easter celebration. You may reach out to me by email at theprayerjournals.com@gmail.com.

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 during the Lenten season (and beyond) for spiritual growth. 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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