The word “experience” in religious and spiritual settings is dangerous. For so many it means emotionally charged moments — moments that have nothing to do with God in reality, or with his coming into one’s life. But we’ll not let the danger keep us from the necessity of addressing the need for experiencing God.
Often, in Scripture the idea of experience is found in the verb “to know” and the noun “knowledge.” Many metaphors are also used in describing relationship with God, such as “walk.” The language of Scripture is rich to describe how we experience God.
What is it exactly that we need to experience in terms of God? Continue reading
We count only on those resources that we are able to see and handle. The tendency is human, and universal, over millennia, to fail to depend on the power of God. Continue reading
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I read a prayer yesterday that asked, “Teach me to recognise your presence in others.” While there might be a danger lurking behind this request, thinking that God is in everyone regardless of their disobedience, it is a wonderful request when turned toward the body of Christ. Continue reading
What distinguishes the people who belong to the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Is it not this, which was true also when he was known as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? Continue reading
The Brazilian economy has grown, providing its citizens with greater buying power and access to technology and life options. It is good to have such options, but we need to have a vision of reducing life to its essentials, just as King David did, when he asked for a single thing. Continue reading
We fail to appreciate many things until they’re gone. Ethan, the author of Psalm 89, possibly a Levite, writing after the nation of Judah had been desolated and the temple destroyed, remembers. Continue reading
Remember the ire of the Jews when Jesus spoke of destroying the temple, and they thought he was referring to the physical temple in Jerusalem?
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If someone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, which is what you are.
1 Corinthians 3.16-17 NET Continue reading
My God. Pagans mouth the words in vain. Christians find in these two words their greatest joy. No greater thought has ever been entertained than this, that God is mine, and I am his.
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD;
I will be overjoyed because of my God.
Isaiah 61:10 NET Continue reading
In order to have simplicity, it is necessary to have faith in God’s care. The desire to have more arises, at least, in part, from insecurity.
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:5 ESV
The key to simplicity is contentment with what one has. Continue reading