The most effective way to prove the Gospel to this or any other generation is to live it. People want to see that something works before they’ll believe it to be true. Jesus did not say that He came into the world to tell the truth; rather He came to bear witness to the truth. He lived an authentic life where His words, actions, thoughts and deeds all bore the same message.
As Christians, in our homes and churches we must be sure that we are walking our talk, that we are not professing one thing and living another. That’s what a life of integrity is all about; it is a life that is consistent everywhere.
Jesus answered, “... the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth.” (John 18:37)
When Nick and I exchanged our wedding vows, we committed 100 percent of our hearts to one another. If we had entered our marriage only halfheartedly, we would have set ourselves up for inevitable failure. We knew that the only way to make our marriage work was to invest our whole hearts in it.
When we embrace God and His purpose wholeheartedly, it is easier to stay passionate about our faith, our spiritual disciplines and every other aspect of our spiritual walk. All our actions and activities flow from our love relationship with God, rather than from an obligation to fulfill a Christian requirement.
We possess a love for others, for church, for reading our Bibles, for praying and for giving and serving. We love what God loves and desire to do what He does; it is the natural outflow of our hearts.
Today, don’t hold anything back, and choose to love Him wholeheartedly!
“But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.” (Numbers 14:24)
So many people live one life on the outside and have another entirely unused life on the inside. So often, we settle for an existence instead of any abundant life, and because of that we are missing out on the adventure God has called us to live!
At some point we must step out of the boat and take a risk. That’s the only way we can know whether or not something is going to work. Until we take a leap of faith, we will always wonder, “What if?”
I realize it seems daunting to exchange what we know for the great unknown. But we cannot continue to do things the same way and expect a different result. As hard as it is, we must make the decision that we are going to deal with our past, let God heal our wounds, confront our fear and jump into the great unknown.
The faith life is a great mystery and adventure. I’ve learned that if we are willing to lose control so that God can have control, we are in for the ride of our lives!
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Someone once said, “Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future.”
It’s true; we will travel the same path as our friends, so we must choose wisely. Right relationships are the key, not only to success but to actually staying on track with our God-given destinies. The relationships that we nurture either distract us from our calling or launch us toward His plan for our lives.
God has created us for relationship, and friends are His gift to us. Let’s ensure that the relationships we are building are taking us toward our destiny and not away from it.
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. (Proverbs 13:20, ESV)
Do you have a goal or a dream?
There is a real difference between a goal and dream. With natural planning and ability, we can make a goal a reality. A dream, on the other hand, needs God’s supernatural power to bring it to fulfillment.
Dreams take faith.
Don’t just set small goals; dream big, audacious dreams!
“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” (Joel 2:28)