Tag Archive Growth

ByAngie

Are You Hungry For Revival?

Whether said by ourselves or our mothers, at some point in our lives we have probably all heard the phrase, “If you’re being picky about what you want to eat then you probably aren’t that hungry.” (In my case, I’ve heard it a lot from my husband as we agonize to agree on a decision for dinner. 😉 )

Am I the only person that becomes pickier the more hungry I become? When I am REALLY hungry, I want something that is good and going to calm my appetite for more than a few hours. These are the times that I want to eat some of my favorite homemade from scratch meals, NOT McDonald’s.

The last few years, I have been spiritually hungry for revival. I am at the point that fun little sayings that make me feel good do not do it for me. I want the real presence of God, no matter the cost. If it steps on my toes, so be it. Fast food theology isn’t working here, I’m starving!

Are you hungry enough for your revival to eat the Bread of Life, or would you rather a quick greasy fix?

Bread of Life

As long as we are praying for a revival in this world we are going to have to realize that the “cheap imitation stuff” is not going to work here.

Our world is hurting. People are lost. Unbelievers have experienced enough counterfeits to know that some of what the church is putting out there for them is not going to satisfy their hunger. If they know that… then why don’t we know that as we fatten ourselves up with the junk that isn’t good for us?

Why are we not willing to get in the kitchen and turn up the heat?

We all know that a big delicious Thanksgiving meal takes work. Lots of work. But we all look forward to it and know that in the end it is going to be so worth it. We are craving that meal so badly that we spend days if not weeks planning it. That’s hunger!

We have to be so hungry for the Spirit of God that we are willing to work for it. No more fast food Christianity.

Prayer, fasting, time in the Word of God, witnessing to others… sacrifices!

Get out of the drive thru, unplug the microwave, and get to cooking and cleaning!

While “feel good” sermons and thoughts may help us momentarily, do they help us grow to trust God in the bad times? Do they challenge us to want to live more Christ like?

Fast food theology will leave you sick. Microwave doctrine will be cold in the center and too hot on the edges.

Picking and choosing which scripture to follow, sometimes out of context, while ignoring other important passages can be very dangerous. Beware of food poisoning!

Store bought religion is not healthy and quickly stales. We need the Bread of Life!

Because church fads come and go, but God’s Word lasts forever.

Bottled worship does not bring breakthroughs, leaving us thirsty. We need living water!

Just because something may be working for someone else, it does not mean it works for everyone. Follow your own convictions and have a personal worship experience.

When wanting comfort food, you can’t find it in a can of chili or envelope of gravy powder. You want it made from scratch!

While reading books by wonderful Christian authors can contribute to our revival, we cannot be comforted by them alone. We need to get on our knees, open up the Bible, and experience the comfort that only the Holy Spirit can bring.

With a Biblically sound approach, we are nourished! We are FILLED with the Spirit! The real deal, not the cheap heat lamp substitute, but the gourmet that was given specially to us by our wonderful Father!

How hungry are you for revival? Starving? It’s raining fire in the kitchen!!! Let’s get filled up!

And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. – John 6:35 NKJV

ByEmily

Cut Down But Not Destroyed

Last week I decided to help my husband out by mowing the church yard. To be honest, I enjoyed it. I found it to be quite relaxing. I was able to enjoy the beautiful weather, glance at the clouds only a Master could create (God), and I had the entire time to pray. Needless to say, I decided to help out again today. Well, demanded really. 😉

So there I was, not quite a week later, mowing the church yard and I noticed something. It was not quite a week later, yet that grass was almost as high as it was when I mowed the week before, if not higher.

I know, I know, it’s not that big of an epiphany…grass grows, you mow it. It grows again, and you mow it. A never ending cycle. But there’s more to it than that. I realized that we as Christians need to be like that grass. Yeah, sure, it got cut down, but that doesn’t mean it decided to stay that way. No, it didn’t stay cut. It chose to grow and stand just as tall as it used to be, maybe a little taller. It didn’t choose to stay cut down.

We are living in a world filled with people who are constantly trying to tear us down. Sometimes we deal with this problem even among other Christians, but we have the control over whether or not we stay down or get back up. See, I’m sure the grass has some expectancy to get cut again, but it still chooses to grow. Even if we’re afraid we’ll get cut down again, we must choose to continue to get back up. We may be pressed or struck down, but as long as we stand with Jesus, we’ll never be crushed or destroyed.

“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed–” -2 Corinthians 4:8-9

The enemy longs to tear us down and leave us there to die, but we have to show the enemy that we have the power to rise again in the name of Jesus. So mowing the grass is a silly metaphor, but standing firm in the power of Jesus, no matter what happens is what matters. And it’s just silly not to.

ByKaren

Growing Pains…

Growing Pains aren’t called “Growing Pains” for no reason. No matter what area you are in, in your life, you have to go thru growing pains to get there. It’s not comfortable. Sometimes, you feel like your heart is being ripped out.

Life is not easy. Ours eyes are blinded from the time that we are babes. Whether it’s through happy, go lucky TV shows, cartoons, etc, society and media plant a picture of perfectness. If we are not careful, we easily get sucked into believing a lie about life.

Girls strive for a perfect body. It’s not real. The average size of the American woman, is a size 14. (Though I haven’t worn it in years, ugh!) But some go through the pain and awkwardness of having to try to please others, when God just wants them to grow in Him. There are not many perfect size 2-6. And even those girls/women have conflicts within themselves.

Boys want to be “buff” and “macho” and do not realize how ridiculous they look when trying to impress someone. They will learn eventually, maybe, after being rejected, made fun of for no reason. This hurts. God is always there though, to heal the wounds.

As we strive to achieve the place that God wants us to be in, in life, it hurts getting from one place to the next. There are so many trials and temptations, hurts and pains, etc, that we go thru to try and please God. To be in His will and not in His way. He never said that it would be easy, He said that we would not have to go it alone.

So as the aches and pains of spiritual growth, physical growth, mental growth, hit you, let God be the ice pack or the heating pad. His comfort brings relief.