When I Think, “I’m Not Strong Enough.”

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A Think This, Not That Post.

I’ve always had a deep desire to become a knight. When I was young (although not as young as one would hope for such a thing), I wrote a letter to the Queen of England asking what deed I might perform to make me worthy of knighthood in her eyes. That was about twenty-five years ago—but the Queen is very busy; I’m sure she’ll get back to me soon. The truth is, I don’t always feel like I have the strength to be me, let alone the strength to be a knight.

There are events in our lives that knock the wind out of us, events that make us feel we don’t have the strength to fight or even stand. The truth is, we probably don’t have enough strength to stand on our own in those moments.

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Heroes of Faith Training: Identity & Purpose

 

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Are you trying to become a Hero of Faith? Join the Bat Pastor as he shares these short and practical training exercises that will help you pursue a relationship with Jesus.

TODAY’S TRAINING: Identity and Purpose

 

1. CONSIDER: Why would any superhero want to call himself The Golden Spoon?

2. READ: 2 Timothy 2:20-21

In a wealthy home, some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work. (2 Timothy 2:20-21 NLT)

3. ASK: Am I living my life as a golden utensil or is it a life of common clay?

4. PRAY: Father, purify me so I might be used for an honorable purpose. Amen.

How have you learned to live a life of purpose for the Kingdom? Comment below.

 

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A Pruning by Any Other Name

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When Gina and I bought our house, we fell in love with the landscaping. The previous owners meticulously designed the property to bloom in cycles. This created a seasonal adventure in our own yard, allowing us to see something new blooming nearly every week. Never having owned a house before, I didn’t know much about gardening. What I can tell you (now that I know what they are) is that the Knock Out Roses in the back were completely out of control.

 

Everything I read told me to prune the rose bushes all the way down—basically to the stubs. But I couldn’t imagine how that could be good for the plant, so I just cut off the excess and made them look pretty. The result was that the bushes were not nearly as healthy. They struggled because I was looking at short-term aesthetics over long-term growth.

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The Most Important Comma in Human History

 

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This week celebrates National Grammar Day, so before you light your punctuation fireworks or fire up a grill to cook those exclamation dogs, let’s take a few minutes to consider what may be the most significant use of grammar in human history—a single comma in the English Bible.

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Choices: Slippery When Wet

After breakfast this morning, Franklin the Pup was anxious to go outside. He sat by the back door ready to run into his fenced-in back yard. He looked up, waiting for me to release him, and then leaped through the door…

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Heroes of Faith Training: Abilities & Wisdom

 

As many of you know, the Bat Pastor leads those who desire Spiritual Growth in the ways of becoming a Hero of Faith.

TODAY’S TRAINING: Abilities and Wisdom

1. CONSIDER: Comic book heroes are known for being overconfident in their own abilities, but Heroes of Faith are confident in God’s abilities alone. Even if you’re called “the world’s greatest detective,” your own wisdom and abilities are limited to your own experiences and imperfection.

2. READ: James 1:5

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5 NIV)

3. ASK: In what areas of my life do I lack wisdom? In what areas of my life am I relying on my own abilities instead of relying on God?

4. PRAY: Father, give me your wisdom over my own and teach me to rely on you. Amen.

 

How have you learned to rely on God as a Hero of Faith? Comment below.

 

 

© 2017 Joshua J. Masters. Please see the Conditions of Use for this blog.
The Bat Pastor leads those who desire Spiritual Growth in the ways of becoming a Hero of Faith. He fights crime and bad theology. Follow him on Twitter.
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How to Pray for a President You Can’t Stand.

Can’t bring yourself to pray for our new president? Perhaps you can, but can’t fathom the idea of praying for the president who just left office?   Today is President’s Day or Washington’s Birthday (observed), a federal holiday celebrating the…

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What Do You Grab in Times of Crisis?

Before I stopped living the life of Jonah and answered God’s call on my life, I had a predictably failed career in the film and theater industries. My first paid roles came sooner than I expected, the summer before college,…

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