Is Life Not Going the Way You Thought It Would?

Lessons from Peter About Crushed Expectations

Are you struggling with unmet expectations?

Is life not going the way you thought it would? How can Christians deal with crushed expectations? Lessons from Peter...

For Example…

You expected your spouse to notice your needs and meet them… but he didn’t, and you are filled with resentment.

You expected to have a successful career… but years of hard work have slipped away unnoticed and you feel like you are at a dead-end.

You expected to be able to lose some weight… but you still haven’t lost it and you feel like a failure.

You expected to have a happy family… but infertility, chronic illness, or divorce have sucked the life out of your dreams, and you wonder if your faith in God has been misplaced.

What can we do with the disappointment, frustration, anger, and resentment of unmet expectations?

Where can we go when life just isn’t going the way we thought it would?

The Extremely Important Question that NO ONE Talks About

I recently came across a fascinating and sobering question asked by Jesus Himself, a question that is of eternal importance.

This question has the power to change the way that we look at our lives. It has the power to search our souls. It offers both hope and conviction.|The Extremely Important Question That NO ONE Talks About

This question has the power to change the way that we look at our lives. It has the power to search our souls. It offers both hope and conviction to Christians.  Yet, I don’t ever hear people talking about it.

The Hole in Our Holiness

A Book Review

Are you taking your growth in holiness seriously?

Is holiness a characteristic that Christians should even be pursuing?

In recent past generations, the concept of holiness was characterized by adherence to certain legalistic “Do’s” and “Don’ts” – “Don’t dance, don’t go to movie theaters, don’t drink alcoholic beverages, do go to church every Sunday…” and you will be OK with God.

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The modern American church has kicked back against this legalistic approach by proclaiming that Christians have “liberties” and that no Christian should judge another Christian for his or her lifestyle choices. The pursuit of holiness is now downplayed in many churches if not condemned as not “politically correct”.

In the book The Hole in Our Holiness, Kevin DeYoung refutes both positions by taking us straight back to the Bible to see what God says about holiness.

Breaking Free by Beth Moore

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Breaking Free: Discover the Victory of Total Surrender

Are you frustrated in your spiritual life because you feel trapped in a cycle of sin? 

Breaking Free: Discover the Victory of Total Surrender by Beth Moore encourages women to break away from the “strongholds” of sin in our lives so that we can lead victorious lives that honor God. Breaking Free relies on key passages from the Bible book of Isaiah to show us how to gain victory over our strongholds.

“Strongholds” are those habitual sins that we continually struggle with. More specifically, strongholds are thought patterns and behaviors that keep us from:

1. Knowing God and believing in Him.
2. Glorifying God
3. Finding satisfaction in God
4. Experiencing God’s peace and
5. Enjoying God’s Presence.

The sins which trap us into these strongholds are:

1. Unbelief
2. Pride
3. Idolatry
4. Prayerlessness and
5. Legalism.

Beth reminds us that God wants us to have victory in each of these areas and shows us how our obedience and His unfailing love can work together to bring about this victory.

Beth uses a study of the ancient kings of Israel as an example of what sin leading to spiritual captivity can look like. She helps us to take a look into our past and our family heritage to see how these strongholds might be passed down through the generations. Some strongholds may be a direct result of childhood heart-breaks and victimization, betrayal and loss.

Beth deals honestly and Biblically with these difficult topics that so many people would rather sweep under the rug with a “just forgive and forget” attitude. If you have experienced childhood trauma, this book is for you. Beth is open and honest about her own childhood trauma and the victory that God has given her.

Beth uses the Bible to show us the ideal life of freedom in Christ. She also addresses some lies that Satan uses to keep us from that ideal, rather than attacking individual sin patterns. Because of this approach, this book is highly applicable to every Christian, no matter what your individual “strongholds” may be.

 

Are you frustrated in your spiritual life because you feel trapped in a cycle of sin? Breaking Free: Discover the Victory of Total Surrender by Beth Moore encourages women to break away from the "strongholds" of sin in our lives so that we can lead victorious lives that honor God.

Beth doesn’t leave us identifying our sins but feeling defeated, though! She uses Scripture to walk us step-by-difficult-step toward the path of victory.

The last chapters of this book include cartoon illustrations so we can visualize the steps to “breaking free”. These steps to breaking free are completely Biblical and practical, though not easy, and include agreeing with God about our sin, replacing Satan’s lies with intentional study and meditation of God’s truth, and bowing our thoughts to God’s truth through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Scripture passages and discussion in Breaking Free not only helped me to identify some strongholds in my life that I wasn’t seeing as being “strongholds”, it also helped me to identify some lies that I have believed about these strongholds.

Satan will always try to convince us that our sin is “not so bad”, “affects only us”, or is “impossible to overcome.”  This study has helped to give me hope that, through God’s strength, mercy and love, I can overcome. I can have victory and become more like Christ. I don’t have to live the rest of my life trapped in a stronghold. I can experience freedom in God!

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