“Firmness of mind supports under many pains and trials. But when the conscience is tortured with remorse, no human fortitude can bear the misery; what then will hell be?” ( Matthew Henry Commentary)
Do we have mind over matter? No matter what comes our way, sickness, destruction, death, etc..,how firm are we in our foundation to handle these things? Only with God can we overcome the trials in life. He is our Strong Tower and Refuge, our Mighty Deliverer!
The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear? Proverbs 18:14
You have probably heard someone talk about what they eat if you around CrossFitters much. Is it an obsession? Our goal in CrossFit is to be fit. What is fit? Greg Glassman states this in his article,”What is fit?”
nearly every measurable value of health can be placed on a continuum that ranges from sickness to wellness to fitness.
Though tougher to measure, we would even add mental health to this observation. Depression is clearly mitigated by proper
diet and exercise, i.e.”
Sometimes we feel stretched beyond our limits. In 1 Corinthians 10:13 it says, There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. When we are stretched, we are tested. Just like an instrument that has to be tuned to sound beautiful, gold and silver have to be refined to get all the impurities out. These events are painful in our life but necessary for us to become a vessel that God can use.
And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as
gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say,
It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.
The trials of this life are a reminder that Earth is not our home. 2 Corinthians 4:18, While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation. Isaiah 25:8-12
This is something that we all struggle with. Where do we start? Luci Swindoll wrote this and I think we can all identify with it.
Do you travel? I do! A lot! And there are certain things I have to take on every trip. I’ve learned first to work on the knowns—cosmetics, underwear, medications, pajamas, and night-light (I never travel without a night-light). Then I move to clothes, shoes, and accessories, depending on the season, engagement, and destination. It finally comes down to a science. Starting with what I know (in any dilemma) is helpful and will ultimately get the job done.
Starting points of any endeavor can be debilitating. We don’t want to start something because it seems too hard, too involved, and too much work. Whether it’s writing a term paper, building a house, saving money, losing weight, or packing for a trip, we don’t know where to begin—so we don’t.
Life’s highway is littered with people who had good intentions but never punched the start button. I know a few people like this, and their questions are always the same: “How did you do that?” “How do you always finish projects?” “How did you plan that far-fetched vacation to that out-of-the-way spot?” The answer to each of these is the same—start. Nobody has the key to the outcome, but we all have the key to possibility. Open the door and walk through it. Excerpted from Life! Celebrate It copyright ©2006 Luci Swindoll
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3
Why is it that we feel like a dog chasing its tail? No matter how hard we work it seems as if we are at the same place we started. How do we measure our success? The Lord’s way and our way are totally different. We typically measure it by worldy gains, but God measures it by His gains. We excel in His eyes when we serve Him by loving others and doing right. God doesn’t care what is in our bank account or what we drive or what street we live on. What matters is, are we living out His commandments? If you feel like your running a rat race, what are you striving for?
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Colossians 3:23
We are searching for new T-shirt slogans for our new order. We have an awesome new style of shirt and are looking forward to making our first order. Post to comments all slogans, sayings, and ideas you can come up with between now and Friday to this post located under the T-shirt ideas section located in the left sidebar of the website between now and Friday. We will vote Friday on the top three and then get them in the works. Look forward to seeing what Adam comes up with! Aprropriate sayings only!