Experiencing the Unexperienced with Christ


We are undeniably people of habit. We are comfortable with repetition. We find security in the predictable. What if God directs us to places unknown? What if we are to experience the unexperienced? Will we discover our security is in frequently attended mind-sets, attitudes, and beliefs? Will we realize happily that our security is in God?

It is the hardest to trust in seasons of unknowing, so we often try and make them into a familiar situation previously experienced to attempt to deny we are on a new path in our journey. We will soon realize that this is impossible and we must throw our whole life into the trusting arms of God. His love for us will take us places where we will journey toward our wholeness in Christ which is our ultimate destination, isn’t it? New seasons are required. They cannot be optional, they must not be avoided.

Contemplative questions

  • Is God dealing with you about a “new” area of life He is leading you?
  • What is Christ teaching you in this unexperienced season?
  • Do you know, all things are to make us whole in Christ and like Christ?
  • Is surrender to God’s plan part of your thinking?
  • Must you have control always?
  • Spend some time in Lectio Divina for the following verses. (Click here on how to do Lection Divina)

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:1–5, NASB95)

Let’s Face it, We Have Limits


I have observed so many people living their lives and  how decisions are made based on their mind, will, desires, and understandings. I wrestle with this constantly also.  Making decisions based on our own knowledge and wisdom sounds noble, but can be catastrophic. Why?  We all have boundaries on our what we understand.  We only have learned so much.  We have only experienced so much. We have limits.  Our will can also manipulate our mind into making decisions we think we are good, but our desires, deceive our mind, and the decisions are really about us, and can impact others with pain, grief, and sorrow.

When we trust the Lord’s ways, we enter in to a life of faith and dependence on the One who has no boundaries.  God knows the past, present, and the future.  The Lord also loves us and has a will for our life, if we will but trust Him daily.  He knows what our heart and character need, to shore up our integrity, goodness, and holiness.  He isn’t tricked by our fancy prayers, deals, or justifications.

This verse in Proverbs 3 says it all:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5,6

We are encouraged to Trust in the Lord. His ways, his word, his will.  We are cautioned  about leaning on our own understanding.  Our intellect, our will, and our experiences, can threaten God ways in our lives we sweep Him aside, and trust in our own limited self.

Life is about so many decisions. Maybe today you have some heavy ones weighing on your mind and heart.  Can I encourage you to take the wisdom of Proverbs and apply them to your situation?  I mean, who wants a crooked life, and a rough path?  Surrender your will, and desires, and trust the one who know all, and loves you completely.

I have never heard anyone confess they regret trusting God.  I have heard regrets of the opposite countless times.  Live without regrets, and trust the Lord. He will direct your paths.

Struggles with Insecurity


I was thinking yesterday about the insecurity of our world compared to 20 years ago.  It seems like everything is so volatile and fragile.  This causes stress, uneasiness, and worry in our society.  We are worried and stressed out about the insecurity in the economy, gas prices, government, Iran, trade with China, presidential elections,  local issues, personal finances, safety, health, and on and on.  In   our every increasing insecure world, the security of Christ is truly not optional.  It is necessary for inner well-being, wholeness,  and even sanity. If we put our trust in things that are not absolute and stable, we will be insecure and our lives will reflect the instability of what we have trusted in.  Where is our greatest trust?  Where is your security based?  If is not Jesus than I am sure you have been powerfully disappointed.   To truly be secure and confident in the future, we have to put our life in the hands of the Lord who is the one who hold the future.  We have to have hope for this life and for eternity.  We must fully trust in God, to truly be secure and to walk in the faith-filled life God intends for us.  Here is a verse that comes to mind.  I love this verse from Psalms, so read this over a couple of times, and evaluate in your own life about where your trust is, and where your security lies.  It only take a minute in prayer, exercising faith, to alter the security of our soul.

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses,  but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. ” Psalm 20:7

The New International Version. 2011 (Ps 20:7). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

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