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When we don't see the good

There's a list of things that we lack, but it would seem that near the top of that great list of lack would be the word consistency.

If you're in need of proof of this, just turn your pages to the book of Exodus. 

Exodus, the book that's packed full of demonstrations of our God's power, and yet the Israelites couldn't seem to make up their mind on whether or not this God who held everything in His hands, was bigger enough to see them safely through.

And how often do we find ourselves living just exactly how the Israelites did?

When things are good and fair with the world, we wake each morning to sing His praise. But then, at the very first signs of some sort of disaster, our hearts are stricken with fear and our world seems ready to fall to pieces.

You see, on the good days in life, you don't find yourself asking God why. You don't find yourself full of worry or anxiety. You don't find yourself questioning your purpose or you safety in this place. 

No, when all seems right with the world, you spend your time on other things. You're too busy living fully and giving life your all, to stop and question why everything is good. 

It's a whole lot easier for each of us to trust when we can see with our human eye that all is going well.

But listen to me friends, does our God ever really change?

I hope you know enough to answer that with a definite no. 

You see, He isn't one bit like you and me. No, He doesn't lack one ounce of consistency, in fact, He doesn't lack at all. 

This great God above, who holds all together in the good, still holds all together when the visible sings of good aren't there for you and I to see anymore.

When you're struggling with the doubts and the fear comes rolling in; when the future looks to be bare and the questions are piling high, remember friends, The Master up above hasn't ever changed from being good.

Yes it's true, the world you live in is going to turn upside down on you a few times in this life. What you thought to be right might turn out to be wrong, and the ground you're standing on might feel like it's pulled out from underneath, but understand me when I say that these physical disasters or visible signs of chaos, have positively no affect on the God who watches over us. 

You and I were never guaranteed an easy way of life. We never got the promise that all would always seem to appear right and good. But you and I have been told in countless ways that we would always be led through. You and I have always, always been told that all things would work together for good in the end. 

Yes, not every chapter may give the appearance of good. But our Master is a redeemer and that's the hope that we hold on to in this world. 

The same God that was good in the easy times of life, is the same God that will always be good in the darkest nights of life. 

Don't let this crazy world, ever pull your gaze away. Don't walk through life like the Israelites, always questioning and doubting, even after His power was clearly displayed. 

Yes, we lack consistency, but it can yet be ours, if we allow the never-changing One to come and dwell in us. 

When living different really makes you free

Everyone around you today is looking for freedom in some sort of way.

They're looking for liberty, a chase for no boundaries. They're desperate to be free of anything that's oppressive.

As sons and daughters of the One true King, you and I posses within ourselves just exactly what this crazy world is desperate for. But have you ever noticed how the freedom we have full access to, begins to look like bondage to some. In fact, maybe somedays it even looks that way to us.

So, how has he done it? How has this crazy enemy of ours gone and found a way to turn the very sweetest thing in the life of a believer, to look like some form of chains?

Why are we so crazy to be free...of our very own freedom. 

We'd better ask ourselves, what exactly is our idea of freedom, and will it bring us what we're wishing for?

Freedom is to do whatever you wish. Without restraint. No need to ever hold back. Living without care. Isn't this right?

Yes, that might sound like freedom to you. But is it freedom to the twisted man down the street who's built up an ugly looking record from all the times he did whatever it is that he wanted?

It might be freedom to you, to do whatever you choose, but is it freedom to the rest of the world when one human life chooses to end another's?

Every one of us ought to see that this way of thinking brings anything but freedom in a twisted ugly world.

(Photo by Bethany Seibel)

See, freedom means to be without bondage, to feel true liberation. And true liberation is found when every past debt, every ungrateful, sinful act has been erased from your past. True freedom is when a human heart that was once controlled by the enemies way of thinking, has come under the power of an altogether perfect God.

If you're amongst the one's who are yet in search of their saving liberation, can I speak to your hurting, broken heart and tell you that your freedom is only found in one Source. Your striving to do it your way and live out your best choices will only take you deeper in to darker pits, because there is an enemy, and his greatest ally is often your own human heart.

If you're amongst the beloved saints of God, can I speak to your restless, wondering heart? This desire to prove to the world that you are free to live like them even with your perfect God, it's only going to lead you into a greater amount of pain.

Yes, freedom can sometimes mean that you have to say no. No to the bad, the wrong, the ugly. But those no's, will eventually pave the way to greater depths of joy; that's a guaranteed fact.

Don't be among those who traded in the beautiful pearl of freedom just to try and hold tight to it while grabbing the worlds counterfeit along with it. 

You're freedom in Christ will make you different. But you freedom in Christ is greater than every worldly treasure you've ever chased after.

*Necklace pictured above can be found at Lovishly - an organization that works hard to liberate those in physical and spiritual bondage.

To become someone with depth

Let's pretend I had anything in the world that I could give you today. There would be a number of things that I would choose, but one of the very top things on my list that I'd like to give to you is the aching desire to be a human being filled with content. 

And no, that might not be something that ranks high on many lists, and you might just be wondering what it is that I'm even saying to you.

So here, let me explain what this whole idea of possessing content really means to me and why it holds such a high ranking on my list of valuable treasures.

To seek to be a person of content means to seek more wisdom than what you've got at this very moment. 

Living in light of the very Greatest Day

This past week has opened my eyes in greater ways to how brief a life we live here on this earth.

Eternity is where our hearts must be-it is our our truest reality. 

How many of our choices are wrapped up in the things here of this world? How many of our pursuits will be left behind when it all comes down to our final day?

You and I, we're made for another realm. We've got a place tucked away for us in our eternal dwelling place, and yet here we strive and try to get our best and make something of ourselves while we're racing through this space of time.

Linger longer, worry less

In the past few weeks I've been able to have face to face conversations with a vast amount of friends coming from different backgrounds and a various life situations.

Each time our conversations seem to flow in the same sort of theme. 

I can't help but notice that deep within our hearts lies much of the same type of pursuits and passions. 

We long to know where it is that we are supposed to go. We're hoping we can get it all right, rather than turning this life into some great, big mess.

It's time to give your all

Paul understood it to be the only way to live out Christianity.

Timothy saw it as something worth following after.

Peter welcomed it as a result of the transformed way of life.

James claimed it as his very own identity.

And what is it, you might ask, that tied all of these legends of the faith together in some common bond? I'll tell you.

It was the way of a bondservant.

You are what you love

They say that your identity is the fact of being who you really are. At the core of your very heart, it's your truest self.

So, who are you really, underneath all of those layers?

We each have our passions, and preferences. We've got things that we like and things that we hate, and somehow they all can find their way into what we are known by.