My good friend said the other day: “I always tell people that being in the will of God is actually so much easier than forcing your own way.” It sounds simple, but actually, this is PROFOUND! Why? Because the WORLD is ALWAYS trying to convince us the OPPOSITE is true! Have you ever heard anyone say: “The standards taught in the Bible are impossible for any normal person.” “People who Live that way are too 'hardcore Christian'” “The only people who can be that ‘into’ their fai
Yesterday a dear friend shared an article about the trap of business in our culture. The author highlighted our lack of connection in today’s world because of our obsession with forward motion.
Jesus said: My children, our love should not just be words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action. (1 John 3:18).
Does your life currently reflect this verse? Loving others well doesn’t require us to be superwoman—it just requires us to show up.
There is a BIG difference between believing IN God...and simply...BELIEVING God. Period. To believe in God is to accept that He is the Creator of the universe and that He sent His one and only Son to die for our sins and save us. But to BELIEVE God is to trust Him in the day-by-day...through the #babysteps. Believing God is messy. It's imperfect. It's something we will never have totally perfected here on earth. BUT it is by far the most beautiful experience we will have here
“The world can make you think that love can be picked up at a garage sale or enveloped in a Hallmark card. But the kind of love that God created and demonstrated is a costly one because it involves sacrifice and presence. It’s a love that operates more like a sign language than being spoken outright. What I learned is that it’s more about presence than undertaking a project. It’s a brand that doesn’t just think about good things, or agree with them, or talk about them. Love D
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”—Ephesians 2:10
When you start thinking about your life as something that God wrote and planned years before you were even born, it changes your outlook entirely.
It’s often hard for us to look at our present circumstances and realize this. That’s WHY..
Sometimes we have to look BACK at all of those times when we felt uncertain, when we worried, or when things
We just finished an amazing series at C3 NYC Church called Grace Wins...and it’s ALL about Jesus’s perfect GRACE that has the power to cover all sin, death, and hopelessness in this life.
The story of Jesus is the story that is too good to be true. And yet it IS true!
We learned today in our Armor of God study by Priscilla Shirer that when we accept Jesus, we obtain imputed righteousness...which basically means we receive Jesus’s very own righteousness simply by accepting
ἁπλοῦς haploûs, hap-looce';
properly, folded together, i.e. single (figuratively, clear):—single.
1) simple, single
3) good fulfilling its office, sound
The relationship Jesus offers us is simple. He doesn’t complicate things, WE do. WE put up walls. They look like shame, guilt, fear of rules, fear of judgment. OUR misunderstanding of God's nature is a deception used by the enemy. If he can trick us into thinking we have to EARN our salvation, OF COURSE we
Our Haplous Bible study is currently reading about the Armor of God.
I read this study 3 years ago but as I re-read it now it is an amazing reminder that we can never be TOO aware of the spiritual battle going on around us.
How do we fight back? The word "fight" doesn't usually come to mind when we think of Jesus. I think we see Him as being a peaceful ray of Joy and nothing more. Jesus is multi-faceted beyond our comprehension. He is not only a comforter, friend, and well
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. "--Ephesians 6:12
The best trick the devil ever played is getting us to believe he doesn't exist. If he doesn't exist, then we can can justify the struggles that happen to us as just "part of life."
IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY. When Jesus died for us, He gave us the ab
The Haplous tribe just started our April Bible study ALL about the Armor of God! In the book written by Priscilla Shirer, she points out that one of the main strategies of the enemy (yes, the devil) is to DECEIVE you into believing that there is not a spiritual battle happening in YOUR life. Yeah--there definitely IS a battle going on against you every day. But guess what? When you REALIZE & ADMIT this, the battle is halfway won! We have to understand our weaknesses in order
God not only blessed Esther for her trust and obedience, but the lives of thousands of Jews for years to come.
I wonder, if every person trusted God with their life and made themselves obedient to His directions, how much different and peaceful would our world look today?
We can’t always change the hearts of others, but we can Change our own hearts. Let’s start THERE. Ask God to open your heart to the Holy Spirit’s direction today.
You’ve got to start somewhere—why not star
God is ALWAYS at work trying to bring each and every one of His children home to Him, to discover his love, grace, and peace. Though Lindsay didn't grow up with a religious background, she couldn't help but wonder as she grew older, "What is the point of all of this?" When she asked Jesus to show her if He was real...He amazed her. Watch this video to hear the amazing story of how Jesus brought Lindsay home <3 Xx #haplous #babysteps #thebabystepsblog #haploustribe #haplousnyc
I've been amazed by how many people I've met after starting Haplous who have shared that they lost sight of their faith somewhere along the way while going through the "every-day" routines of life. If YOU are one of those people, I want you to know 1. You are not alone. and 2. Getting back into your relationship with God can start TODAY. It doesn't mean you have to change your entire life right now, it simply means you will be willing to spend time with Him today. Start with
When you feel broken, He is NEAR. If you’re confused or angry about what’s happening in your life, it’s OKAY to look up to God and ask Him WHY? We should be talking to Him, seeking His PURPOSE in the PAIN.
If you’re hurting today, I encourage you to ask Jesus: “what lesson are you trying to teach me, Lord?”
His purpose + our humility and obedience = unimaginable results.
Shut off the music, put your phone down, DROP whatever it is that's distracting you from getting in a
Is God your go-to?
I think we all have that person we go to when we need to VENT—life is hard! We all have our moments. But no matter how great your go-to person’s advice may be, that person can NOT see your future. That person did NOT create you. That person did NOT die, because they thought YOU were worth fighting for. Jesus did.
Wouldn’t it make sense, then, that Jesus should be our go-to? Stop thinking he’s going to judge you for all of your shortcomings. He’s here to
"How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s
"Listen to my words, Lord,consider my lament.Hear my cry for help,my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly.For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome.The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong; you destroy those who tell lies.The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, Lord, detest. But I, by your great love
“Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.” —James 5:13
When is the last time you sang songs of praise? No really. When was the last time you did a happy dance, or smiled up at God, or sang to Him just to say, “THANK YOU, Lord!”
What we do PHYSICALLY affects us SPIRITUALLY. And we all know that life is hard. So girlfriend, when things are going good, you better CELEBRATE! Smile! Dance! Sing! Thank God and praise Him in times of goodness and happiness because every. T
How would you BEHAVE if you really BELIEVED that God is CURRENTLY working on your behalf?
Hey, I know it’s rough. I’m the first one to admit that waiting can seem like the hardest thing at times, especially when we experience pain, suffering, and frustration.
But the truth is, I have never felt closer to Jesus than when I LITERALLY PHYSICALLY got down on my knees and begged for Him to help me through the day, every.single.day.
That season seemed miserable, but God produce
P.R.A.Y. ✨ “I know, I just need to pray about it.” You say this to yourself, but do you really physically DO it? The next time you are tempted by frustration, anxiety, fear, anger, P.R.A.Y.: 🙏🏻 P-Pause R-Remember Jesus’ promises A-Ask Him for help Y-Yield control of the situation to HIM ✨ #babysteps #haplous #thebabystepsblog