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Spirit & Body

We have two bodies as such. The physical body and our spiritual body. The Spirit is an important part of both. Giving our hearts to Christ brings that spiritual body into balance and therefore, helps us understand the ups and downs of the physical body – even accept them when others cannot.

Holding on . . . But to What?

I remember the moment my car died—and I had no way of making extra money to pay bills.

I used my car as a transport service for people, which provided a significant amount of supplemental income. But in a moment, it was taken away. I was furious. I hoped the battery was dead—or possibly another cheaper part I could replace myself. I tried to start the car, but to no avail.  

I had the car towed to a mechanic who told me the news I dreaded: “Yeah, you need the engine rebuilt.” At the moment, I was furious with God. I remember sitting in my wife’s car and screaming, “God, how can you do this? I can barely afford to pay my bills, and now You take away a huge part of my income?”

James says, “… be happy for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow.” Easier said than done.

Maybe you’ve asked God the same thing I did. Perhaps it wasn’t your car dying. Maybe you did not get the promotion or raise you expected, or maybe you were fired from your job.

We all go through times when the ground is removed from under our feet. We can respond in one of two ways: yell and curse God or do what James said. To do as James instructs, we must have a mindset change.

After I finished cursing God for taking my car, He let me know my heart was far from Him. I was more obsessed with material things than I was with Him. Sometimes, God takes away those things we hold so that we will hold Him dearer.

Instead of cursing God, try thanking Him. Be happy He took things from you so He could bring you closer to Him.

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Straightening out a Messy Life

Regardless of how much you take on a trip, you have a choice about how to pack it. 

I have a friend who over-packs for every trip. She’s not sure what she needs, so she takes it all. I, on the other hand, pack as little as possible. I choose versatile pieces of clothing and solid colors that go with anything. Khaki, black, and brown are the staple colors of my traveling wardrobe. My friend, however, has been known to pack three pairs of flip-flops for one trip. When we meet up at the same location, I’m amazed at her enormous suitcase, and she’s astounded at my little duffle bag.

If you fold everything neatly, you won’t get as much into your bag. But if you’re willing to roll and squish your clothing, you can get more in the same amount of space. It’s messy—and things could wrinkle—but you’ve got more stuff.

Our relationship with God is similar. If I want my life filled with God, it might look messy. When I’m crammed full of Jesus, the choices I make sometimes don’t make sense to others. I can control my life and make everything look neat and tidy, or I can let God overflow and let go of my desire to impress others and to look like I have everything together.

God’s paths might be confusing or might cause others to look askance at me. And I’d rather have my life in orderly stacks I can understand and control. But having more of God is more important than having a life that looks pretty to others.

Make an effort today to let go of control—even if the result looks messier than you’d like—so you can be filled with the power, justice, and might of the Holy Spirit.

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Sharing the Gospel

During court proceedings, witnesses are more important than onlookers or spectators. They are active participants who help determine a case’s outcome.

Witnesses play an important part in the legal process. In a criminal case, what a person says and how they say it can keep an innocent person from going to jail or ensure that a guilty person is not freed to commit new crimes. In a civil lawsuit, a person’s testimony will not usually send anyone to jail, but it can significantly affect fundamental legal rights.

The same is true of our witness for Christ. Like John, we are active participants in a matter of absolute importance: the truth of Jesus’s death and resurrection.

When John the Baptist told people about Jesus, the light of the world, he declared his knowledge of Jesus. And John the disciple, who recorded the events, testified about his experience with Jesus: “We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). The apostle Paul elaborated on this idea when he told young Timothy, “The things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2).

Christians have been summoned before the courtroom of the world. We are not spectators but active participants. We testify to the truth about Jesus’s death and resurrection. John the Baptist was a voice calling in the desert. Our voices can be heard in our workplace, neighborhood, and church, and among family and friends. We are active witnesses telling others about the reality of Jesus in our lives.

Think of some creative ways you can share the gospel.

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Only God Knows

For six long years, one storm after another hit me. I was strong spiritually, but my mental state reached a climax. I wondered when the storms would let up . . . when I would see the beautiful colors of the fall season change in my life.

When I thought I was going to have a breakdown, I learned about God’s faithfulness. God’s Spirit led me to a quote by Charles Stanley: “Often God demonstrates His faithfulness in adversity by providing for us what we need to survive. He does not change our painful circumstances. He sustains us through them.” That’s when I learned God is faithful in all the seasons we go through by providing us with everything we need.

The phrase microwave society has some truth to it. We want it right now, but when we put our own efforts into trying to make something happen that’s out of God’s divine timing, the result can be loss of spiritual benefits.

God has made everything appropriate in its time—including the natural changing of the seasons and the spiritual seasons in our lives. He doesn’t move like a tortoise or drag His feet like us, but He is faithful in His own divine timing.

Life’s many circumstances that God has purposed are always appropriate seasons. They give us the opportunity to grow spiritually and allow His faithfulness to shine.

No matter what appointed season you’re in, know it has a purpose. God will not allow you to be consumed while you are in the season of testing. His compassions fail not. They are new every morning, and His faithfulness is great.

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Solving the Unsolvable

My faith and health-conscious habits were not enough to shield me from surgery.

I knew the Lord would be with me during the surgery and after, but when a complication arose that pushed my hospital recovery into the seventh day, hope waned. Even my surgeon seemed at a loss to know what to do to help me.

When a candy striper walked into my hospital room, he called her to my bedside, explained my situation briefly, and then asked, “What would you prescribe if she were your patient?” I thought he was joking. I couldn’t believe he would take the advice of a teenage non-medical volunteer. But within the hour, and twice more that day, I found myself relaxing in a tub of hot water, just as she had suggested. The first two times in the tub truly relaxed me and lifted my spirits, but when I stepped into the hot water bath for the third time late that evening, the presence and peace of the Holy Spirit filled the room, immediately flooding my body, mind, and spirit with God’s nearly tangible healing rays.

I’ve always believed God uses only the most talented, educated, and highly esteemed people in this world to usher in His will and plan. Yet on this day, he touched me through a teenage girl who was totally unaware she was being used of the Lord to bring healing to my body, mind, and spirit.

By God’s Word, He has not changed. He is sovereign and is not a respecter of persons. He who ordains strength out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants can use anyone to accomplish His work, even babes and nursing infants. The One who filled the young shepherd David with strength to slay Goliath and chose a young virgin girl to birth the Son of God often brings His will to pass through unsuspecting individuals.

If you have a seemingly unsolvable problem, call out to Jesus. He’ll make a way where there seems to be no way. If you want to be used of God to draw others to Him, call out His name and give your everyday life and words to Him. He’ll use them to bring encouragement and hope to the hopeless.

Let God use you to help solve what appears unsolvable. 

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