When you get married most people appropriately assume they will be Number One to their spouse. There’s nothing like the heady days of being in love. Those days make you feel nothing could ever be more important than your marriage.
Your faith is built on something. And you can’t escape the fact that at some point your faith will be shaken. Like Hurricane Michael that recently wreaked such havoc in Florida and other parts of the southeastern United States, the winds will come and threaten to blow you over. When that happens, how you come through will be largely determined by the foundation of your faith.
Do you ever find yourself trudging along as if in a fog? Something’s off and you can’t nail it down. You’re swimming through mud and nothing makes sense. Finally the light-bulb goes off in your mind; you’re under spiritual attack. Stuff is going on in the unseen realm and it’s affecting you.
When I hear my grandchildren recite the Lord’s Prayer I still sometimes get a little emotional. They don’t yet fully understand what they’re praying, but they say it with gusto: “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” What are we praying for when we follow Jesus’ direction to pray for God’s kingdom to come to earth? Is that prayer ever answered? What kind of transformation does the kingdom of God bring?
Growing up in church can be a wonderful thing. It can also be dangerous. The majority of believers would want their children to grow up in church. Even though religion has sometimes become toxic, a Christian heritage has all kinds of benefits. So how does one separate the good from the bad? If you’ve been raised in church, how can you not get stuck in the mess but embrace the transformation God still wants for you?