Have you ever had a thought just pop into your head that seemingly crops up out of nowhere? Well that is what happened to me. My oldest daughter, Emma Grace, observed me saying hello to a man while at her sister’s gymnastics lesson. When Emma saw me greet him she asked, “Is that your friend, daddy?” No, I told her I just met him here last week. “Then he’s your friend,” Emma Grace replied. Now I’m starting to get a little bit frustrated with my daughter’s persistence. That’s when the thought popped into my head … friend or associate – what’s the difference? Read more »
Last week’s post about promises got me thinking about commitment … and how important it is when it comes to keeping our promises. Since God has shown His commitment to us by being faithful, trustworthy and loving, shouldn’t we also do likewise one to another? God committed His one and only Son Jesus to die on a cross for our sins so that we may have eternal life. Jesus showed his commitment to God the father by obeying God even to his death on the cross. In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed for God’s will to be done. Matthew 26:39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Jesus paid the ultimate price for his commitment to God through the shedding of his blood and the death on the cross. That’s commitment! Have you ever given any thought to a commitment that you would be willing to die for?
I began thinking about marriage and commitment. As a Biblical Counselor, I do a lot of pre-marital and marital counseling. A theme I hear often is a lack of trust. In today’s fast pace world people are seeking instant gratification, wanting results with no work, and gaining benefits with no sacrifice. We jump into relationships too quickly and jump ahead of the stages God wants us to go through to build a healthy foundation for marriage. Not only does “doing relationships our way” typically end in a failed relationship but the baggage we collect as a result often affects our marriage when we finally do get it right. One of the biggest pieces of baggage people bring into a marriage is trust issues.
In my recent posts, I’ve been sharing about “standing on the promises of God” because He is the solid rock on which we should all stand. This got me thinking … How do I know this is true? Why do I believe this? The spirit spoke to me and said it’s by faith.
SO WHERE DOES FAITH COME?
The Word of God tells us in Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Notice that sight, touch, smell and taste aren’t mentioned … just hearing. I often dialog with my wife about my post as I am working on it throughout the week. When I shared with her this insight about “hearing” being the only sense mentioned she said, “Well, you better look that word up in the Greek to make sure you know the full meaning of how that word is being used.” So I did. And guess what it said? Hearing in the Greek means … HEARING! Read more »