October 2018

Get Behind Me Satan

When things seem to always be against us, we are tempted to think the demons have taken over. But with God’s constant protection, the demons have no power over us. Without our permission, the demons can, and always will, tempt us and torment us, but can never hurt us, because God is always protecting us.

It Isn’t Too Late for Us

In the Parable of the Sower, we hear of the great opportunity from God that allows us to do the work needed for our heart to the word of God and help it take root in our heart. Whether our hearts are the road, the rocks, the thorns, or the good fertile soil, it will take constant attention and effort for us to keep our hearts rich and fertile for God’s word.

Salvation Requires Time and Effort

In the Gospel we have a rare opportunity to hear Christ directly explain to us a parable He had offered. In the Parable of the Sower, He explains:

“The seed is the Word of God….”

“The wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts…

“The rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root…”

“Thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life…”

Are You Prepared for the Storm?

Having recently relocated (almost two years now) to Florida, I have come to a much better understanding of what it means to prepare for a hurricane. Having grown up in northern climates, I was accustomed to blizzard preparations and tornado drills, but never had the “privilege” of preparing for a hurricane. I’m still learning but getting better, especially after figuring out that waiting until the last minute is almost a guarantee that I won’t get everything finished in need to get finished. But today’s blog post isn’t about hurricanes.

God Knows What we Need

It is no secret that many people do not find joy in their Christian journey. Sometimes during struggle we find ourselves wondering if God is even listening. Maybe we even wonder why God is not answering our prayer. Hearing so many miracle stories in the Holy Scriptures, we ask, “Doesn’t God love me enough? Why can’t I have a miracle?” The truth is that miracles are rare and, when God performs them, He is wanting to show His power and grace to those who need a little extra boost in their faith. If we don’t experience miracles, then maybe we don’t need them.

The Challenge is ON

God offers us many challenges in our Christian journey, but among the most difficult challenges, is the challenge to love our enemies and love those who do not love us in return. The only way we can accomplish this challenge is when we are able to look past the sins and struggles of others. Just as God loves us before we love Him, He challenges us to love others before they love us.