#CSLewis – Mere Christianity
The right direction leads not only to peace but to knowledge. When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse he understands his own badness less and less. A moderately bad man knows he is not very good: a thoroughly bad man thinks he is all right. This is common sense, really. You understand sleep when you are awake, not while you are sleeping. You can see mistakes in arithmetic when your mind is working properly: while you are making them you cannot see them. You can understand the nature of drunkenness when you are sober, not when you are drunk. Good people know about both good and evil: bad people do not know about either.
So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of:
Lord help us to plant good seeds that will bear the fruits of the Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Isaiah 12:2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord Himself, is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation.”
Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.
We do live in times that can be rather overwhelming, with many things to balance in our daily schedules. Sometimes one can be left wondering how to split one’s time if not split oneself to be able to get it all done.
The same can be said for our prayer lives. We can often wonder how to pray, what to pray for… Not knowing whether to pray for healing, protection, guidance, restoration, provision…or all of the above.
God understands our nature and has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit to intervene on our behalf at such times.
And in the same way—by our faith—the Holy Spirit helps us with our daily problems and in our praying. For we don’t even know what we should pray for nor how to pray as we should, but the Holy Spirit prays for us with such feeling that it cannot be expressed in words.
God hears us, even when we are silent. Trust in God for He knows your heart, your thoughts and your greatest needs better than you do.
@ourdailybread: Look for God in your difficult place and discover what He’s doing in and through you there.
I should imagine we all like to think that we are in control of our lives. Most of us obsessively more than others. Making sure that we over see to every little thing that goes on. Others might have a more laissez-faire approach, confident in the fact that they have already taken the right measures to ensure that things will turn out as they hope.
We come to rely on our own strength, therefore being very independent. There is nothing wrong with being independent. But how often do you stop to acknowledge that to accomplish certain things it takes more than just your will power. How many diets have been abandoned? How many times have you tried quitting an unhealthy habit? How often have we said that people cannot change? How many times have things turned out different despite your best laid out plans?
We do tend to give over certain aspects of control in our lives to others while holding on tightly to what we term as dear to our lives.
‘Your help will not come from your own strength and power. No, your help will come from My Spirit.’ This is what the Lord All-Powerful says.
Can you surrender control of your life to God? All of it and not just part of it. Acknowledge the power that moves in your life is not your own.
Let us be understanding & gracious to one another. May our week be filled with compassion.
Psalm 103:8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
Psalm 25:4-5 Make Your ways known to me, Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth—teach it to me—because You are the God who saves me. I put my hope in You all day long.