Here are the action items from the sermon out of 2 Timothy 1:1-7
- Families need to practice “grace, mercy and peace”
- Families need to share “quality time”
- Families need to help each other “grow spiritually”
- Families need to “test the spirits”
Our families should be the place where we recharge, regroup and heal. Whether it is the family that shares our name or the family that shares our faith. Family is worth the struggle. May God bless your family!
To be a hero we must have the vision needed to anticipate what is coming. One important aspect of vision is to understand what is needed financially. The Bible speaks a lot about finances, but here is a great resource that applies God’s Word to our money. Enjoy!
Hurry is the great enemy of the spiritual life, it will destroy your soul and keep you from living well. Stress will squeeze the life out of your soul.
That is why Jesus said in Matthew 11:29 "
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Some of your souls are under stress and you can see that you have let hurry dominate your life. You need to practice solitude. Keeping a day of rest that will heal.
But there are some others here who are feeling a great stress on your soul and you think hurrying or pressing is the answer. You may be experiencing what some call the “dark night of the soul”.
The dark night of the soul may be characterized by when you feel there is a deadening of our senses. There is a sense where you feel like you are trying to follow God, there is no destructive or bad behavior going on, but it just doesn’t seem like much light or direction is coming your way.
The natural temptation is to work harder and try to hurry your life up so God will give you an answer. But you may very well be in a dark night of the soul where God wants you to slow down even more so you can hear what He wants to tell you.
It is during these times we must remember that this is not for our punishment and it won’t be fixed by doing more. It is kind of like someone who needs an operation. But in order to do the operation you have to go under the anesthesia.
Dark nights of the souls don’t happen often in life. But they are when God is wanting to do major surgery on your heart and you will not get better by increasing your activity. You will only learn what God is trying to tell you by slowing down even more.
Hurry hurts, but slowing heals.
(I would like to give credit to Richard Foster for his insight on the Dark Night of the Soul in this book, Celebration of Discipline)