Paul the Apostle wrote a letter to a group of faith people he didn’t know, in a city where he wouldn’t visit, and wanted to encourage them in their faith. He wanted them to remember their purpose in Jesus, not getting caught up in superstitious practices of mysticism and emotional faith. Paul wants us to know, in our present culture, that we don’t need to fall victim to relativism of truth. Today, everyone’s truth is relative to their social culture and “their perspective” while missing the person of Jesus Christ. This truth comes from the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is displayed in transformation of the soul while bearing fruit in spiritual maturity of faith. Don’t be dismayed by the distractions in the world, the politics that lead us into angry arguments, or taking sides on issues that divide people. Place your faith in Jesus Christ and trust that Jesus is enough for complete salvation. Our purpose is to share this Gospel with others. Don’t forget your purpose.
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Crossroads Church of Greeley, Colorado
Numbers 6:22-27 speaks of the blessing that God’s priests would say over the people every day. The blessing was given to Moses, from God, for the people to receive and walk in God’s favor. Do you have God’s favor in your life? Do you know the peace of God, not as the world gives, but as only Jesus can give peace? God is gracious and forgiving, kind and compassionate, willing to keep his face toward us, even when we sin. God is the kind of God who gives a blessing before we even deserve it. You can receive the blessing of God on your life today.
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The culture says to “go with the flow”, “let it ride”, “don’t ruffle feathers”. When it comes to living like the culture, the enemy wrote the book on how to “fit in” without making waves. Wouldn’t the enemy of our soul just love to see us not be different from the world? He’s a jerk. God, however, calls us to live differently from the culture. We have a calling to live HOLY and wholly different from society.
We are being transformed into the image and likeness of Jesus, so therefore, we are called to not emulate the behavior of the world. It’s important to get the order of things right, however. We don’t act with ethical and moral values to earn God’s favor, we already have God limitless favor, therefore we act in accordance to God’s Holy Standard. “But I’m not like other people,” you may say. Well, the standard isn’t “other people”, the standard is God’s holiness.
God has called His people to a different kind of life than the world. The Apostle Peter tells us throughout 1 Peter, that we are foreigners living in a world that is not our home. How do you look at trials differently than the world looks at trials? We all face terrible things in our lives, but as followers of Jesus, we are called to respond differently. How is your faith being proved genuine?
What is it like to fast from food for a meal, for a few meals, for a few days? What’s the purpose of fasting? What are people supposed to accomplish through this ancient practice of spiritual growth? Some people skip a meal in the week because they are too busy to eat. Some skip a meal because they’re trying to lose weight. Some skip meals because of lack of income, or lack of convenience, but skipping a meal on purpose for the sake of godliness is an entirely different reason. Join us this week as we look at the benefits of fasting in order to grow your faith.
As I pulled into the Pancake House parking lot, I thought to myself… “What are people going to think of me walking out to this lot near the on ramp of 520?” It must have been a fleeting thought because as soon as I grabbed my camera bag and tripod, locked the hatch of my car and slammed the door, I didn’t care what people might think.
I crossed the street at the crosswalk as busy commuters were traversing home after a long day at their keyboards. I jogged into the field near the on ramp and set my backpack in the grass, unzipped the camera portion and ripped the velcro from the tripod straps and went to work.
These are some of the prettiest batches of poppies I’ve seen in quite some time, and they are artistically smattered by the hand of our Creator God all over this field near the highway. I drive onto this on ramp a few times a week and pass this batch of flowers each time and wonder how God is so consistently gracious to each of us, and reminds us of his beauty with wildflowers once in a while.
Each time a car drove past this field, that day, I thought to myself behind the lens as I kneeled in the dirt, “Are they looking at the flowers, their cell phones, or maybe they’re looking at me taking pictures of God’s art.” What do you think of how people look at you? Did you know that you are more beautiful than the flowers in a field. God cares for you more than he cares for flowers. Not to say that God doesn’t care for his creation, for we know that he does, but God can have relationship with you as a person within which can dwell his Holy Spirit. A flower can’t experience the life changing powerful grace of the Holy Spirit.
As I continue to ponder “trust in God” by not worrying about the future, I am captured by Jesus’ words in Matthew 6 that we are not to worry. “vs.28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” God is really sovereign. He knows what He’s doing and remains in control.
I walked back to my car, I noticed that the red stop light, correlated to the red brake lights and the red poppies all over the field. I stopped for a moment on the Hwy on-ramp to take in a moment of God’s creation, in the middle of the bustle of life, managed to pause to hold my breath behind my camera lens and make some photos that remind me of God’s beauty in the makings of our life.
May you come to find that you don’t have to worry. Really, you don’t. Take time to look at your surroundings, even fields of flowers on the on-ramps of life. I’m still learning to trust God for his wonder in my life as I anticipate the next ministry on-ramp after a summer of wonder. Please join me as we pray for God’s call.