In your time diving into the word how do you analyze the word? In my discipleship classes I have learned to use the SOAP method and for me this has really helped me to do more than just simply read the Bible. I decided to share some from a SOAP of my own from last month. So here it is.
I know we have all faced some type of hardship, difficulty, or obstacle at one point or another. I personally know that it can be difficult to think of what to pray in a time as such. Sometimes you are at a point where you are just lost for words. So what are some of the things I have prayed while I am going through a tough time?
2017 is over and here we are days into 2018. The majority of you have probably already set out goals/new year resolutions for the year. And me well I’ve been sick. But as I was lying in bed I had been wondering what it is I want out of the year. Sure I want the health, happiness, etc as everyone else but what do I want from the year to look back and see growth in myself?
Have you been going through a tough time and don’t really know what to do? Well I have been in the same place before and in this blog I share what I have realized is the best thing to do when you are allowing your situation to distract and or blind you from God’s will over your life.
So Thanksgiving is a day away and although I am thankful for many things on a daily basis the holiday season tends to be a time where I sit and think of what the year has brought. Do you do the same?
When I first accepted Christ in my life I was often worried if I was praying “wrong”. I was told there is no wrong way to pray but I still doubted myself. I doubted that I could pray as “good” as others that grew up in church. I now understand what it means in there is no wrong way to pray. You see as you develop your relationship with Christ you might be at work and find yourself praying as you are working. It becomes like talking to a friend. There is no wrong way to speak to God.
When growing up everyone has someone or something that inspires them. That person or thing they look up to.
In this blog I go into details of why I think the three things I listed in part 1 are important to do to incorporate characteristics of Christ in our lives.
In the previous blog I wrote about five characteristics of Christ so I thought to write on actions we can take to help incorporate these characteristics in our lives. I searched a few definitions of characteristic and according to businessdictionary.com a characteristic is defined as “A distinguishing feature or attribute of an item, person, phenomenon, etc., usually divided into three categories: (1) physical, (2) functional, and (3) operational.” With this said, I would add a characteristics is not something someone only speaks of having. I would say to incorporate the five characteristics of Jesus I previously wrote about in our lives it cannot just be something we speak about having but must be shown in our daily lives and in our actions. If you truly have a characteristic it isn’t something you have to announce rather it is something someone can tell you have just by the way you carry yourself. So let’s start off with three very important things we should do to incorporate these characteristics of Jesus Christ in our lives.
In my last blog I talked of Jesus Christ being love. So I thought, how can I continue to work towards loving as He does? I think in order for me to love as He does I need to incorporate His characteristics in me. You see, it only makes sense if I want to love as He does that I change things in my life that aren’t like Him. I'm not trying to be Him because that I never can. But in my life I know it is important that I am a good example of Him. There are tons of people in this world that you may only come across once in your lifetime, what do you think these people if ever seeing you again would remember about you? Would they remember you for being the angry person honking at them, the person in line complaining, or the person who didn’t hold the door open for them when their hands were full? I’m sure there are many people we have seen and maybe seen again and don’t remember ever coming across us but what if by a small action you could change that and leave a positive impression of yourself in people? It isn’t that you want people to remember you but that you should want to be a great reflection of Christ. So I thought, what are some really important characteristics of Christ I should have. Below are some characteristics I think are very important, don’t use this list as the only characteristics but just as a starting point. (Keep in mind I did not mention love because this is our ultimate goal we are trying to work on so I didn’t include love in the list.)