Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Wilderness: A Time of Spiritual Growth

by Gregory A. Johnson

Cedar Mnt Wilderness By BLM [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsThe longer I live, the more convinced I become that there are God designed and defined periods of our life that are carved out with the specific purpose of preparing us. These periods of time can be considered wilderness experiences.

In these wilderness experiences, we encounter spiritual drought, loneliness, and temptation as we learn to deal with our faults and our doubts. We confront our weaknesses in the wilderness, and they eventually make way to strength as more of our flesh is crucified, facilitating growth in our dependence upon the Lord.

In the wilderness, our faith is stretched and, as a result, it is enlarged. We come out of the wilderness better people with more faith, ready to accomplish the task at hand, until we come to the next wilderness experience, where we will, once again, be fine-tuned to traverse another level on our journey, as we live in service to the Lord.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Answer to Hardships

by Gregory A. Johnson
By Public Domain Images [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

There is one thing that I’m certain of today—life is full of the unexpected. Difficulty often comes in hours
when we are least prepared, taking us entirely by surprise.

Some respond to these hardships saying, “This is an attack of Satan. The devil is out to get me.” Some question saying, “Where did I go wrong? Is there sin in my life? Is God mad at me?” Some ask, “Why me? I’m doing everything God has asked me to do. I’m obedient to the Bible. Why is this happening to me?”