If you lost all that you hold dear; your home, security, wealth, loved ones, community, church, and possessions, would you still walk such a path in faith? Job walked this path. Jesus walked this path. Many have and will walk this path. Could you?
It is no secret that these last several years have been a raging storm for me. I have walked through many trials, fires, and storms that I felt in some moments were going to destroy me. However, here I am... Still fighting and persevering. If you find yourself in a similar season, there is hope! Here’s how I, with God’s grace and help, endured the fire and came out not smelling like smoke.
Recently I experienced a moment that has been all to familiar during the course of my ministry and service to God. It is something that everyone deals with. No matter where you are in your faith and walk with Jesus, this sin will rear its ugly head and wreak havoc on you and those around you.
During my time in New Orleans, in the summer of 2016, God allowed me to witness firsthand the depravity of our world. I have always known in the back of my mind that this world is truly messed up, but I never expected to see its depths in my own country. This experience broke my heart in a way that I will never forget.
I was talking to a trusted friend the other day about life after divorce and whether or not getting married again was an adventure I was going to consider. From my current perspective the trials and mountains that would need to be overcome for that to happen seems more trouble than it’s worth. However, I do not know the will of God in this, so I guess I should be open to it.
Talking about my sin is very difficult. I would bet that I am not the only one in this boat. Admitting my sin is something that is contrary to my nature. By nature I am referring to my sinful nature or flesh. That part of my inner being that rebels against the authority of God. We all struggle with sin on a daily basis. More often than not, that sin becomes a deep hinderance to living a missional life.
Fear is something that we all face whether or not we like to admit it. I find myself in this present season of life, full of fear. I am standing on the edge of several life transitions that are all very frightening. It's at times like these I find that I have two choices to make. Which choice I make entirely depends on which of my natures, flesh or spirit, that I am walking in.