I remember a professor of mine who hated when her students answered questions sheepishly.  She wanted us to speak our answers boldly and with confidence, sure in what we were saying.  That is how God wants us to represent him.  When it becomes difficult to speak up for God, He will give us the courage to proclaim his truth proudly and with confidence.

The good shepherd

It is critical for us to discern whether the shepherds who lead us here on Earth lead us in Spirit and in truth.  We can look at the example of our good shepherd as our measuring rod.  Those who are led by him will lead like him.

The wolves are out!

Test the fruit you see and hear.  Seek the Lord in his word for direction and correction, because we are not above being misled.  He tells us how we can know when a sheep is indeed a wolf seeking to deceive and mislead.  We are accountable for testing what comes our way before we choose to receive and believe it. 

Still we rise

Maybe victory is not exactly how we think it looks.  Maybe it's enough just to get back up.  Maybe it's enough just to take another blow and keep going.  Maybe just facing the day is its own victory.

Hurts, pains, wounds, scars.  They can serve a great purpose in this Christian walk, but they also can be unpleasant and uncomfortable, experiences we do not wish to relive and reminders we want to turn off.  The greatest thing about those wounds and their scars is that God promises that one day they will be no more.  They will fade beyond memory, outside the bounds of recollection and never to be revisited again.

God has removed the scales from our eyes so that we can see the world around us with spiritual clarity.  One area in which this is crucial is that of life's trials.  Let us ask for wisdom and strength that we would see those storms for what they are and address them confidently in the power and authority we have in the Spirit. 

Both sides now

We cannot know life until we know both sides of it, the good and the bad, the light and the dark.  The trying side of life sometimes can seem like all there is, but our faith tells us otherwise.  There will be bright times as well as dark times, and we should remain hopeful that there is value in both.

 

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In our search for truth and wisdom, we must be careful to find these in God and his word first.  It is too easy to get caught up in Christian culture trends, in the new greatest message or messenger.  They might be good learning tools, but they are not our source.  Do not let yourself be led astray for lack of true knowledge and wisdom gained directly from the Lord through his Spirit.

 

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Let us learn a lesson from Judah.  There will come a day when repentance no longer is available.  Our Lord will come like a thief in the night, so we must be ready today.  Make today the day you change.

The only question is whether we live as if we believe what we say when we say that He is our all in all.

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