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Contentment

Mae Hilliker, Harvest Barn Church

Mae Hilliker

Contented (happy and at ease) Christians can have powerful, effective testimonies and witnesses that Jesus Christ can provide what the “world” cannot.

But, our enemy loves to see discontentment (dissatisfaction, especially with one’s circumstances) among Christians. It’s a wide open door for him to enter and work his cunning deceptions.

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Life’s Challenges & Trials

Mae Hilliker, Harvest Barn Church

Mae Hilliker

I recently heard it said that challenges and trials don’t make us who we are, they reveal who we are.

As Christians, we are not exempt from trials. In fact, James 1:2 tells us we are to “count it all joy when we fall into various trials.” Developing the right attitude according to God’s Word is essential for when trials come.

Counting it all joy isn’t an emotion, but rather an appraisal (assessment) of the situation according to God’s viewpoint. It’s all about how we choose to face them, and who we place our trust in.

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Narrow Your Field of Vision

Mae Hilliker, Harvest Barn Church

Mae Hilliker

While driving to church one day, I was having a difficult time seeing the road because it was snowing so hard. I was afraid I was going to go off into the ditch, so I started praying in the Spirit.

While I was praying, He said, “Narrow your field of vision.” So, I dropped the sun visor down, and I was then able to see the tracks of the other cars well enough to get me safely to church.

This experience made me think of our relationship with the Lord.

When we take our focus off of Him, we have a difficult time seeing where our life is going. We get caught up in the cares of the world, consumed with everyday life, and before we realize it, our prayer life and time spent with Him have fallen by the wayside.

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His Plan for You

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts,” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

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Mae Hilliker and Lacsey Zumbaugh

Joseph’s brothers couldn’t know what the final outcome of their actions would be when they sold him into slavery – and Joseph had no idea, while in prison, that one day he would govern over Pharaoh’s household and the entire land of Egypt. God’s favor was always with Joseph.

God’s plan was to get Joseph to Egypt and in a position of authority so when famine covered the land, he could save his father and brothers (Genesis 45:5). What appeared to be disastrous for Joseph, in time, turned out to be a tremendous blessing of a family reunited, reconciled and preserved.

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the key to spiritual growth

grandmother and granddaughter portraitWhen a baby is born, biologically, it has everything it needs for adulthood – it just needs to grow into it. The same is true with spiritual growth.

Our spiritual growth is a journey of stages in godly development. As spiritual infants, we feed on the pure milk of the Word. The Bible even says, “As new babies, feed on the pure milk of the Word that you may grow,” 1 Peter 2:2.

Just as a child progresses in natural growth, it is important that we ask ourselves if we are progressing to new levels of spiritual growth. Are we in the Word? Are we doing what the Word says?

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