Are you well equipped for your faith journey? Do you have enough tools to tend your faith along the way? Is your spiritual arsenal big enough to fight the good fight of faith?
Believe or not these are important questions. If you don’t have adequate faith skills, you are in great danger to wander away when storms rage. We need to build a spiritual arsenal in order to have a healthy spiritual life and stand firm no matter what happens in our lives.
The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. (2 Cor. 10:3-6, MSG, emphasis added)
These faith tools are as important tools as any visible tools we use in our everyday lives. We need farming equipments, kitchen utensils, office supplies. But so do we need these God-tools. What could these faith tools then be?
1) Wonderment. Really. Without experiencing holiness and knowing that God is almighty, amazing, and awesome, we are lost. Learning to acknowledge God all around us is the first step to a profound relationship with God. Cultivating wonderment brings us closer to God.
2) Prayerful approach to life. Everything starts with prayer. First prayer, then work and everything else. When we invite God into our life, we will be blessed. Prayer, of course, connects us with God Almighty and his power. When we have experienced the power of prayer, we will never cease praying. This also includes praising and thanking God in every situation, knowing that God’s will is good.
3) Meditative Scripture-Reading. Reading the Scriptures gives us an arsenal of spiritual truths. When we personally have embraced God’s promises, we will hold on to them even when the going gets tough. Praying the Scriptures activates God’s Word in our lives. When we have learned to prayerfully read the Bible, the Holy Spirit speaks to us while reading. Solitude, silence, listening to God opens our hearts to God’s will.
4) Practicing Compassion. Serving others, sacrificing, sharing grace boomerangs Christ’s love right back to us. We will never be short-changed. God’s economy is amazing. Compassion is its language.
5) Sabbath Keeping. Truly. And this does not just mean going to church. There’s more power to keeping sabbath than we might be ready to acknowledge. Obeying God always pays off. Even when it sounds crazy.
These God-tools are not luxuries, they are necessities for our Christian walk. And it’s not enough to have a real arsenal of God-tools if we don’t use them. We need to use them daily. Then interacting with God becomes the most natural way of being. And then, even without noticing it, we are -by God’s grace – living well.
You truly are wonderful.
The more we get to know you,
the more amazing you become.
Be praised forever and ever.
You are calling us to live closely with you.
What an honor.
Thanks for providing us tools to abide in you.
Teach us to use them well and often.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: What would you add to the list?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you boldly use God-given tools to abide in Christ!
Giving thanks today for
#651 God’s standing invitation to live closely with him.
#652 God providing tools for us to abide in him.
#653 the gift, power, and availability of prayer
#654 the living word of God reading us as we prayerfully read it
#655 the holy, mysterious rest on Sundays
#656 compassion is God’s language
#657 learning to see God everywhere
#658 God is awe-some
#659 being part of the body of Christ
#660 in God we can live well
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