SUNDAY NIGHT SEssions
Listen to the Cherishedflight Sunday Night Sessions to help you order your thoughts, prepare for Monday, and get you centered in God's peace for your week.
Selah means "to pause and reflect on the goodness of God". The Selah Blog will offer words of encouragement to help you take a moment to breathe and focus on God's word.
Learn more about Candance, her life journey, developing relationship with God, and her inspiration for Cherishedflight.
I am about to share something very personal with you. For the past year, I have been spiritually dry. By dry, I mean without the fullness of the spirit of God. Please do not get me wrong. I still love God. I make time to appreciate and spend time thanking Him constantly, but I don’t believe that I am full when I leave those postures of praise.
We’ve all been at the crossroad of good versus evil when we have had to choose between doing what’s right and what’s wrong: praying for someone rather than cursing at them; choosing to go home to your spouse instead of that happy hour where you know your ex will be; stepping away from the computer when the urge hits you to look at pornography; refusing to go out with that person that knows you are an alcoholic but encourages you to have “just one drink”. Making the right choice is self-control.
Though we are human, we can aspire to treat others with the goodness of God. It really is simpler than we make it out to be. We give to others with tenderness, with compassion and without expectation. We give with joy, with grace, without complaint. We give because we are here on earth to show others the goodness of God through our actions.
Once we have confidence (faith) in God then we will experience his reliability (faithfulness) to us on multiple levels. This not only deepens relationship with Him, it creates a wealth of trust between you and God.
We are all drawn to gentle people. You know, the ones who always have a kind word to share, a smile to offer, and can calm a tense situation with their presence. Once we encounter people who easily display gentleness we wonder why we can’t be as peaceful.
Kindness. It is the “quality, or state, of being gentle and considerate”, but we live in a world where “being gentle and considerate” seems to be out of the ordinary. We don’t want to be kind enough to let others move in front of us in traffic, we rudely push around others in the grocery store because they’re moving too slow, and we rip each other to shreds on social media. Being kind seems to be the one Fruit of the Spirit that all of us need, but not many of us want to employ.
When we develop a relationship with God, we meet the many sides of Him, including Jehovah Shalom. This literally means “the Lord is Peace”. This means we have personal contact with God who is peace…literally. So, what does this mean for us?
Joy is one of the more elusive Fruit of the Spirit. Many people believe that it is a feeling when, in all actuality, joy is a state-of-being that begins on the inside before it can be expressed on the outside.
I Corinthians 13:4-8 is one of the most direct statements about what love really is. This scripture is God’s roadmap for what love really means and how He wants us to transition from feeling love to living, doing and being love.