Whether it's a first name, nickname, maiden name or surname, the proper names we use convey a sense of identity. They are the shorthand we use to acknowledge and interact with one another. Some wish they could have any name besides the one they own, while others don't want to give up their name for anything. In this episode, we open God's word to examine what He says is important in the names of His children.
Everyone wants to be rich. The question is, what kind of rich? The material wealth of this world will not last, but the God and Creator of the cosmos wants to lavish His riches--spiritual riches--upon us. But, we must prove ourselves faithful stewards of what God entrusts us if we are to receive the riches He has prepared for us.
Jesus instructs us in Matthew 6:33 to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. If you goal is spiritual success as God defines it, what can you be doing to ensure you stay on the narrow way that leads to life? We offer three modest suggestions from the word of God.
Through the patriarchs of the Old Testament, God fostered an entire nation of people set apart for devotion to Him. And just as He promised Abraham, one of his offspring would bless the entire world; so now, in Christ, every soul can be grafted in to the spiritual Israel that is the church.
Life can, and often does, change in a moment. We take time for granted, which leads us to take people we spend that time with for granted. We even take God for granted when we are caught up in living our own life. Living for God means living in the present, making the most of every opportunity before us today.
Genesis 2:24-25 outlines pillars of success for marriage: leave the old life, join to a new companion, become one and have no shame in the relationship. As God reveals in Paul's letter to the Ephesians, this relationship unveils the mystery of our relationship to God in Jesus Christ.
God's word talks about His people abiding in Him, as well as Him abiding in His people. What does this mean, practically speaking? By having a day-to-day relationship with the One who made us and sustains us, we thrive in the understanding that He cares for us on an individual level.
You may or may not claim a physical inheritance during the course of your life, but everyone has a spiritual inheritance that God wants them to claim. He has done everything but force us to take it. The question is, will we live for the Lord so as to choose the inheritance prepared for us from the foundation of the world, or will we store up wrath for ourselves instead?
No matter how long you've had a relationship with God, there's always room to grow. We all mature at different rates and in different ways, but the thing that God stresses to His children through His apostle, Paul, is that we keep doing the good works and shining the light He has entrusted to us.
God wants us to call Him Father, implying affection and lovingkindness on the grandest of scales. This relationship also means we will submit to Him as the one who has total authority over our lives. What comes from being a rebelious child, and what are the results when we humbly obey?