Faith is intended to give us the wisdom and power to walk through life's hardest times, not just to get rid of those times. Hard times are the canvas upon which God paints a life purpose of victory.God's purpose for life's trials can bring us into our finest hour. But we need to learn to let Him make us before He will send us. The trial is never about the trial. By faith we learn to find something worth dying for, and then we will have found something worth living for.
This story may well be the best part of your day today! America is struggling to come to terms with alleged injustice mingled with the most outrageous corruption that we’ve ever seen in our lives. If we would ever learn how to cope with great hardship, today’s testimony will show that sometimes, great triumph in life can take a lifetime to come to pass.
Today’s Life Journeys podcast is going to be an unsettling one. It is a prophetic call to prepare for what lies ahead. Pastor Hartikka notes that the intention of this podcast was to talk about great grace in the face of a great threat. Instead, the Holy Spirit has sent the following warning.
Just as a young child often fails to listen to mom and dad, so the human dilemma called sin came from one basic failure. Adam and Eve didn’t take God’s Word to them seriously. “Don’t eat from this tree.” They did anyway, and ever since then, man’s fundamental problem has been one of doubting God’s word and then experiencing the consequences.
Today, we’re going to take you on a true and faithful life journey. Pastor Hartikka is going to start with forgiveness, and then we’re going to look at the pathway of faith that goes way beyond merely believing. There is a revelation for you that will help you work with God to get to where He wants you and I to be.
God is getting this nation ready for an awesome encounter with His power. But there is a price that is going to have to be paid. Today, on Life Journeys, Pastor Hartikka talks about the many laps around the mountain that we have taken in our lives, and what God’s intention is behind those valleys.
When God’s promises don’t seem to be unfolding for us, and our faith starts to shake us instead of relieving us, God hasn’t left us. Nor is He against us. He’s taking us deeper into His plan for our lives in many cases. Today, we’re going to take a glimpse of what that looks like.
Today’s life journey’s message strikes at the heart of what we must do to change directions, when we are facing an insurmountable obstacle. Whether it be national, or personal, learning to ask the right question is going to be instrumental. God often doesn’t answer our questions, because they’re the wrong questions.
What is your life like? When asked that, we all may have something to say about our daily routine, our job, our family, and our interests. But today, we’re going to have to have a much better answer than that to get to the root of both our personal problems, and those of our nation.
Someone said that where the suffering is the greatest, there we will see the greatest revival. The most amazing stories we have ever heard have come from the deepest valleys of our history. So it is, that our greatest victory in life will be over our greatest enemy. Today, Pastor Hartikka shares a glimpse of true hope.
What we are living for has everything to do with our sense of identity. Who are we, and what are we doing here? Many people struggle with their identity, and it often manifests in defensiveness, depression, or anger. Settling into the identity that the new birth in Christ gives us is the ultimate answer to this crisis of identity.
The price that so many American soldiers and their families paid for liberty deserves all the gratitude that we can give them. Yet, freedom has a price that must be paid by every generation that would enjoy it. Today, we are being called on to join the ranks of a most honored tradition.
Many people have become spiritually defeated and emotionally discouraged, when they’ve been told that it’s God’s will to heal them, but they aren’t healed. But what Pastor Hartikka reveals today, is that the foundation of faith is not about healing, but is all about resting in the reality that Jesus is Lord.
Too often, people have assumed that if God doesn’t heal them, there must be something wrong with their faith or they must’ve sinned in some way. But God often has a far more complete plan for our lives and our eternity than we realize. Today, we’re going to look at an often-overlooked element necessary for answered prayer.
Today on Life Journeys, Pastor Hartikka talks about the pathway to attain the freedom that comes from emotional control in the storm. It is not the description of a guaranteed formula to joy, no matter what. Rather, it is a simple perspective on one of the many bends in the road – one that accepts the responsibility to receive what we don’t deserve, instead of blaming others or ourselves for what we do deserve.
God’s amazing love is best seen overlaying the backdrop of human failure. Against the dark nights of regret and pain caused by our own sin, the relentless love of God that chases us still, is something that inspired one writer to describe Him as, “The Hound of Heaven”, ever pursuing those He is never willing to forget.
Assumptions about the hard things in our lives, and especially assumptions about God’s will, can prolong our circumstances. Wrong ideas about why can create poor decisions and life-long problems. Instead of developing the mentality of a victim in hard times, there is a way through that will establish us as victors.
Whether it be in warfare for the liberty of a nation, or for a man’s personal rights, the greatest threat to our freedom and happiness lies within the human heart. He is not free who can do what he wants, but who can do what he ought. That kind of liberty that sets a man’s heart free begins with legitimate moral standards and, above all else, the fear of those standards being broken.
God is so much bigger, eternity is so much longer, and heaven is so much more glorious than the temporary hardships that we face. Answers to life's hardest question just won't be answered by our mere human abilities. Today we’ll find that life here can only be defined by the unlimited boundaries of eternity and divine majesty.
Whether it be entire nations, or a single person living to himself, the glory of the Lord is going to call us all to give an account. It is His glory that will be our victory or our sure defeat. The choice is ours, and today on Life Journeys, Pastor Hartikka shares excerpts from a special message that was given concerning our only hope.
The disciples had a 3 year crash course in learning how to handle a crisis by faith alone. Oftentimes, what’s important is not always making the right decisions, but learning how to just trust God. But don’t forget, it’s something we learn how to do, because it doesn’t just happen. It takes experience with others who have been there.
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