God rewards growth with pruning. Watch the video of Tom.
I’ve wondered for a long time why I couldn’t pray the way I wanted to. Other people would spend hours praying and be consistent about it too. What was wrong with me? Then I realized something – my biggest roadblock in talking to God was that He seemed distant – as if His voice was coming from some far away place. I often sang “come, Jesus come,” at church, assuming that unless I expressly asked Him to come He wouldn’t be there with me. When you think someone is far away, it’s hard to believe they know or care about you.
The world’s view of peace is the absence of conflict, trouble, and having freedom from mental and emotional disturbance. For the believer, peace is a person and that is our faith. Jesus said that in this world we will have trouble, but in Him we may have peace. Our ability to have peace comes from Him. I am going to talk about how, as believers, can live in peace while we are in a conflict and how we can prepare ourselves before a conflict arises.
Children dream—a lot. They imagine impossible scenarios because they let themselves. Parents let them watch movies and read books with fairies, superheroes and far-away worlds. When they play, their reality is a world with their closest neighborhood or school friends as characters from media, or just an imaginative game of cops and robbers.
On the earth we have two basic influences, the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan, there is no grey area. If we want to be people who carry the presence of God, we are called to discern the two kingdoms and act on God’s alone—not only for our sake but also for the sake of others.