Wednesday, May 15, 2019. When you search for guidance and peace, the best advice I know is to sit down and read in the biblical books. In particular, the New Testament is extremely valuable, but also the Psalms as well as the prophets or the books of Moses are fantastic to read and to be inspired.
Encouraging Words …
This morning, I have been reading the letter of the apostle Paul to Timothy. He is writing to a friend and co-worker to encourage him to move forward in faith. Here is a paragraph of what he writes:
13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. 14 Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. 15 Practice these things, immerse yourself in them,3 so that all may see your progress. 16 Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. (from 1 Timothy 4)
This is arguing on a very mature level of Christian discipleship. He talks to someone who is walking firmly in faith. He has experienced the power of Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit. He is standing on firm ground, rooted in the biblical books and letters.
Your Path …
What is your path when it comes to faith and discipleship? Have you found access to Christ already? Do you trust him? Have you trusted your life into his hands? Do you know, what that means?
And if you have done so, where are you with your spiritual development? Are you still bound by many things, which keep your mind and heart attached to worldly treasures? Or have you started to experience the freedom of Christ, which brings with itself truth, love, freedom and joy?
Indeed, the presence of Christ DOES bring these things. It is not a hope. It is reality! You can experience it, the holy spirit is there, to be with you, to teach, to help, to guide. It is quite a path to go, as a personal development, when you become a Christian. It is a long way, a deep transformation of our heart and mind. But it is worthwile, it is good, it is exciting, it is fantastic. The path with Christ does not mean all challenges would be gone, it does not mean there would no longer be pain. Still, we will experience pain and struggle. But it will be different, from now on. Since he is there, and his guidance and wisdom and power can help so much in all, what we are and what we do! (Roland Potthast) ... further texts