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Monday, January 2, 2017

Building a Framework of Hope Part 1

Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ
and be taken forward to maturity…” Heb 6:1 NIV

For Christians, deciding to follow Christ—AKA being “saved”—,is the FIRST STEP in a life-long process of maturing into the likeness of Christ.

But some treat salvation as the LAST STEP. They never grow past being a “babe in Christ”. 

Other Christians move forward only to stall out at some point along their journey. 

Neither is how God intended the Christian life to be.

He calls us to mature:  Just like an infant is to become a child, grow into a teenager and then mature into an adult.  

But growth and development don’t end with being an adult. 

Even adults continue to move forward and age. 

They go from young adulthood, to middle aged, and finally into their “golden years”. 

If at any point along this natural progression a person stops developing, there is a problem that must be addressed.

This same principle applies to our Spiritual growth.

God does not call us into Salvation simply for us to “get out of hell”.

He does not like a Luke Warm follower—one who is satisfied with the “status quo” or who treats Christianity as a “to-do” list.

God calls us into a LIFE LONG journey with Him. A relationship.

Sadly, many Christians don’t have a clue about how to mature in Christ. Some even think going to church makes them mature—and it is a good start.

But there is more. So much more.

So how do we build upon the foundation of our Salvation?

In the coming weeks I want to help you mature by building a framework of hope upon that foundation. It is my prayer that this series will inspire you to move beyond where you currently are in Christ and into a deeper, fuller experience with Him. One that will help you withstand the storms of life. 

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower.
Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost
to see if you have enough money to complete it?
For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it,
everyone who sees it will ridicule you,Luke 14:28-29 NIV

You’re saved.

You have the foundation.

Will you join me in building upon it?

For further Bible Verses regarding Maturing in Christ click here.

If you’re not a Christian, or are uncertain, and want more information about becoming a follower of Christ please visit my blog post about Salvation.

I look forward to sharing this journey with you.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Merry Christmas

I pray you all have a very Merry CHRISTmas.

Next year I look forward to sharing how you can build HOPE so that no matter what storms come, you can stand firm in your faith in Christ.

Difficult times will come...some have already arrived.

To survive we must learn to "...fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen..." 2 Cor 4:17-18. Realizing that what we focus on determines how we navigate through challenges.

We must also learn to "Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him..." Psalm 37:7 

As children of the most high God, we are more than conquerors...but do we know how to live as conquerors when the trials of life beat us down? 

In this upcoming series I pray you will be encouraged and strengthened in your walk with Christ and that you can claim this promise in your own life:

" May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13 NIV

Overflowing with HOPE in the mists of the storm is possible. 
Let's learn to trust God together and build our HOPE up so that we can overflow HIS joy and peace to those around us. 

God bless and keep you all.
Merry Christmas,

TC Avey

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Faith Without Borders

Have you ever prayed for something but didn’t really want it answered?

I have.

I’ve prayed for more faith, to trust God more, and to mature in Him.

But I’m guilty of resisting His efforts to see this happen in me.

I want to share my experience with you.

It begins with this song:

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wonder
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior”

I LOVE this song. Since it came out, I have sang and prayed it more times than I can count.

“Lead me where my trust is without borders.”

That’s a powerful prayer. One I’m not always certain I want answered…even if I do want my faith to grow stronger.

You see, I like borders.

They help me feel safe.

They’re predictable.

I know how to navigate within borders.

So if I want to go OUTSIDE my comfort zone, OUTSIDE the borders, if I want my faith to increase, then God has to “take me deeper than my feet could ever wonder”.

I will not go into the unknown on my own.

Fear keeps me back.

But thank God. He orchestrates the waves even when I resist.

Recently, these lyrics reminded me to keep my eyes above the waves that were crashing down on my family.  As I sang this song I heard God whisper that He was answering my prayer. 

He is the one who led me into this "great unknown". 

He led me outside my borders and I needed to trust Him.

You see, my 5 year old son has had a medical problem since he was a baby. We’ve seen specialists and done various treatment plans and still he deals with this painful problem.

My heart aches for him.

Over the years I have cried out to God asking for healing, deliverance, and assurance.

I’ve often asked Him, “WHY?”

That day He answered, “I’m taking you deeper than your feet could wonder. I’m stretching your faith. I’m here. You may not understand ‘why’, but I do. Trust me.” 

And that’s when it hit me: On my own, I NEVER would have picked this storm. I NEVER would have gone beyond the borders where my son is hurting. My feet NEVER would have stepped upon these waters. I would have avoided it at all costs.

And yet, God is answering my prayers. 

He isn’t doing it how I would like. 

But that doesn’t make Him any less good. 

This storm is teaching me and stretching me. (And I believe it’s doing the same for my son and husband too- it’s never just about ME). 

You see, we can’t choose the trails we face or the storms we must go through.

We can’t ask God to grow us and then try and dictate HOW it happens (trust me, I’ve tried).

We are NOT in charge.

God is.

And His ways are higher and perfect.

The chaos we feel at being outside our borders can be scary. But God walks on the waters with us as we go through the waves to reach the shore.

Trust Him.

Your faith (like mine) is being made stronger. 

And that’s worth a little sea sickness. 

If you’ve never heard this song click the link above. I think you’ll be blessed.