God will often allow you to have more than you can handle. Why do people die unexpectedly? Why do we have so many with cancer? Why is there so much pain in the world, right now? God is shaping those who have faith to be like Christ. Stop saying, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” We debunk the myths of spirituality here at Crossroads. Pay attention, so you don’t end up saying the wrong thing to people who are suffering through pain.
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Some people think all roads lead to God. Some people think that since Jesus died, everyone is automatically saved. Some people think all religions are the same and all roads lead to God. Who’s right, and how do we know who is right? If one is right, does that make the others wrong? What happens to people outside the faith? Join us this week as we explore whether all roads lead to God or not.
We take a closer look at what it means to make God’s Name holy, or hallowed, and sanctified. What would it take in your life to make God’s Name more Holy to you? How would your prayer life change if you called on the Holy Name of God the Father, more than just rattling off a grocery list of prayer needs to God? How do you engage in relationship with God the Father?
Why do we give a portion of our money to God through the Church, or missions or philanthropy? There’s a reason that we give of our funds to God. It’s all about trust. Give God your first, so your faith can grow. When we give God our left overs, no faith is required. Anyone can do that.
When we try to take matters in our own hands, rather than submit to God’s authority and give issues back to God, we fall into all kinds of trouble. Sarai and Abram, in Genesis 16, took matters into their own hands when trying to have a family, rather than trust in the plan of God. See where that got them. You don’t have to take the controls away from God in order to have a trusting and loving relationship with Him. You can learn to submit in a loving manner.
Pastor Reid Olson of Crossroads Church of Greeley teaches on the need for Friending.
We all need 3 friendships in our lives; friends who make us better, friends who lift us up spiritually, and friends who tell us the truth. What kind of friends fill your life? Do they support you when you’re down? Do they speak the truth into your life? Do they fill you with spiritual strength? If so, then be that kind of friend in return. If not, then it’s time to re-evaluate your relationship with them.
Sometimes we need to say the right thing at the right time, but there’s a loving and thoughtful way to do it that Daniel the prophet teaches us in Daniel 4. How would you confront a king over a prideful issue in his life?