I’ve never done social media the way I’m “supposed to”. I’m sort of a rebel because I don’t care too much about all the rules. It probably means I’ll never have tons of followers. But thankfully, that’s not my goal anyway. Just let me cling.
This is our final week in the book of James. We have been convicted and challenged, as well as strengthened and encouraged. And hopefully through it all, we have grown closer to God. I pray that we draw near to God continually, knowing that He will draw near to us. May our permanent posture be to cling to Him!
So often we see God changing things up and we wonder, “What is God up to? What is He doing?” That’s me right now. Clinging is a daily lifestyle full of questions. I’m sharing some of that journey in a new Cling Vlog. Are you in a time of wondering what God is up to?
James chapter 4 is packed with truths we need to hold onto. As with all of this book, it’s convicting, calling us to see sin and regard sin rightly. Yet it’s also the chapter that gives us this amazing promise—“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
So much in my heart from my time in Israel. It’ll take a while to unpack it all. But this rose up one morning, and I couldn’t shake it. As I get older sometimes it seems life is passing me by. But I’ve only got one life to live—and I know what I want to do with it.
For some of us James is hitting hard in many areas. Hopefully we’ve been prayerfully examining where our faith is. But if somehow you’ve dodged James’s targeted words thus far, it’ll be impossible this week. We’re dealing with that poisonous instrument that we all own—the tongue.
James asks stirring questions this week, like these:
“. . . have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?” (James 2:4)
“What use it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?” (James 2:14)
I pray we look to the Lord to help us to answer these questions, thankful that He gives grace as we do so.
The first week in James was a lot to take in, let alone walk in. In week 2, James isn’t letting up. He moves right into another hard-hitting topic—temptation.
It’s not easy to “consider it all joy” when we encounter a trial. But always, we can consider it an opportunity to cling to God.
Some of you may remember back in June 2017 I uploaded a video about God giving me a dream to do a web series. (Here’s a link to that video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9-6pqolUtE&t=2s) I thought I might be crazy…..months passed and I heard nothing more. Then earlier this year, He began to move. I’m astounded by how it all came together.
Here’s the teaser trailer! Synopsis: Shiloh ‘Rikki’ Stevens has a thriving ministry inspiring countless women to cling to God. But as her personal life crumbles, she finds herself holding on to God for dear life . . . and sometimes losing a grip. Created and written by Kim Cash Tate. Directed by Will Thomas.
There are not many Christian web series out there. Please pray with us that this series makes an impact for the glory of God!