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The Flavor of Your Faith
September 8, 2022 by Nancy Ruegg
Many who follow Jesus long for the fulness of blessings he’s promised, like intimacy with God, peace of mind, and life to the fullest (1).
When these blessings aren’t apparent, it’s natural to wonder why. A person might think, I just need to try harder, become more disciplined. Maybe I should severely limit recreation and sacrifice more.
Don’t get me wrong. Self-discipline and sacrifice are part of a dynamic Christian life (2), and actually become delights as we mature in our faith.
But what if:
Intimacy with our Heavenly Father doesn’t require a monk-like lifestyle but stillness and spending time with him in scripture.
“The world applauds achievement; God desires companionship. The world clamors, “Do more! Be all you can be!” But our Father whispers, “Be still and know that I am God.”
Joanna Weaver, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World
If Bible study sounds like a chore, talk to someone who considers it a joy. Learn from them how to experience the same.
Faith doesn’t require long prayers about inadequate faith, but simply resting in what we know about God.
“If you feed your faith, your doubts will starve to death.”
One way to feed your faith is to keep a journal of events that give evidence of God’s work in your life, his guidance, provision, and blessing (3). I promise, you’ll be amazed.
Peace doesn’t come from distracting ourselves with busyness, but from knowing God, focusing on him through worship, and meditating on his attributes.
Reverend Croft M. Pentz expressed it this way:
“No God, no peace. Know God, know peace.”
Croft M. Pentz
And Ruth Bell Graham discovered:
We’d do well to learn from her experience.
Hope isn’t generated by wishful thinking, but by affirming the Word of God.
Some of you will remember the old hymn, “Standing on the Promises.” The second verse offers this encouragement:
Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.
–Russell K. Carter
For every hope—of a problem to be solved, a relationship to be healed, and a need to be met—there are scripture-promises on which to place our hope. To trust God is to trust his promises.
Contentment isn’t the result of having all desires fulfilled, it’s the result of gratitude for what we already have.
When we begin to thank God for such delights as the friendly wave of a neighbor, the worshipful toll of church bells, the bright lady bug on a stem, we soon realize how many gifts he bestows.
Add to his daily delights the assurance that God is with us to support, within us to empower, and going before us to lead the way (4).
Most of our wants pale in comparison to the glories we already enjoy. . .
. . . in creation . . .
. . . in relationships . . .
. . . in usefulness.
A rich and satisfying life doesn’t come through self-centered gratification, but through obedience to God’s ways.
“God’s commands are designed to guide us to life’s very best” (5), including the qualities we’ve considered in this post: delightful intimacy with God, restful peace, constant contentment, and more. That’s a life overflowing with joy.
Pursuing this kind of rich, satisfying life is a bit like making soup! Every ingredient that goes in the pot impacts the flavor of everything else in the pot. In the spiritual realm, everything we do, say, or even think impacts the flavor of our faith.
Gratitude produces contentment but also impacts our worship and quality of life. Faith grows our knowledge of God, but also grows contentment and spiritual strength. Scripture study instills peace, but also nurtures hope and tightens our connection to God. The list could continue but you get the idea.
The bottom line is this:
The question becomes, what actions will we pursue to genuinely impact the flavor of our faith?
1. James 4:8; John 14:27; John 10:10
2. Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:2
3. “Christmas Afterglow” includes several examples.
4. Isaiah 41:10; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Deuteronomy 31:8
5. Henry Blackaby
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To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…
You say you are a “born again” believer… BUT is your soul “ON FIRE” for the Lord ?? If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/
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Thank you, Bruce!