Here is a timely article in light of Hurricane Ian in Florida. From Crosswalk.com…………
The fruit of the Spirit
The fruit of the Spirit simply is the inner character of Jesus himself that is brought about in us through the process of Christian spiritual formation. It is the outcome of spiritual formation. It is “Christ formed in us.” It is called “fruit” because, like the fruit of trees or vines, it is an outgrowth of what we have become, not the result of a special effort to bear fruit. And we have become “fruitful” in this way because we have received the presence of Christ’s Spirit through the process of spiritual formation, and now that Spirit, interacting with us, fills us with love, joy, peace. . . .
From The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’s Essential Teachings on Discipleship. Copyright © 2006 by Dallas Willard. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
The cares of this world, along with our own individual and family struggles, are more than enough to drag anyone down to the pits. But we can find strength and resilience through Christ. From Crosswalk.com……….
This very fine article from the late theologian J.I. Packer makes a very important point: It is possible to know a lot about God, but still not really know God. From Monergism.com……….
What this article is about is whether or not we can “over imagine” what Heaven is like. Answer: We cannot truly imagine how wonderful and peaceful and joyful our existence in Heaven will be! From Eternal Perspectives Ministries………
That doesn’t mean that some parts of Scripture are not more of a challenge to read and receive inspiration, but since the Bible is the living, breathing Word of God, it contains innumerable treasures! From Knowable Word……..
This is an interesting article. The New Testament exhorts believers to bear one another’s burdens, but what responsibility do we have to share our burdens? From Gospel Coalition……
I needed this encouragement today! From Crosswalk.com……..
|Jesus knows the truth|
Our commitment to Jesus can stand on no other foundation than a recognition that he is the one who knows the truth about our lives and our universe. It is not possible to trust Jesus, or anyone else, in matters where we do not believe him to be competent. We cannot pray for his help and rely on his collaboration in dealing with real life matters we suspect might defeat his knowledge or abilities.And can we seriously imagine that Jesus could be Lord if he were not smart? If he were divine, would he be dumb? Or uninformed? Once you stop to think about it, how could he be what we take him to be in all other respects and not be the best-informed and most intelligent person of all, the smartest person who ever lived?
From The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God. Copyright © 1997 by Dallas Willard. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
This is an important truth discussed in this brief devotional: It is universal for all believers that God will occasionally hide Himself from us. And He does this because He loves us! From OpentheBible.org………..