That’s the thing about drifting—it never happens consciously. The only way to know you’ve gone off course is to have a fixed reference point. For us, that’s Scripture. If we as the church do not anchor our hearts to the rock of God’s unchanging Word, we will be dragged along by the current of our culture unaware of where we stand in reference to God’s values.
by John Bevere
Joy is the hallmark of true discipleship.
Joy is not a natural reflex to trials. It is a Kingdom response by a disciple of Jesus who sees reality from God’s perspective.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
– James 1:2-4 NIV
“And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants. ””John 3:19-21 NLT
Do I delight in the revelation of God or the ways of the world?