Posts by Matthew Shorack (Page 2)

Posts by Matthew Shorack (Page 2)

Do You Struggle With Fear, Loneliness, Or Depression?

Deuteronomy 31:6 Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Fear, loneliness, and depression are the symptoms, not the disease. Genesis 3:23-24 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim…

Don’t Let Rage Become Your Identity

Ephesians 4:29-32 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving…

We Only Get One Time Around

Ephesians 5:15-17                                                                                   15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.  I would hate to hear at the end of my life that I had a lot of potential. We all want to have an impact on our loved ones and communities, but it doesn’t happen by accident. What we spend our time…

Dealing With Suffering And Doubt

Dealing With Suffering And Doubt   Hebrews 11:1   Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. We will also be blessed if we trust in the goodness of the Lord, not the tranquility of the journey. Know that our greatest challenges and wounds, don’t take us out of God’s plan for our future. That’s what faith looks like when experienced. The world of God isn’t just nice ideas, but the truth that we hold…

Stronger Together

Stronger Together Philippians 2:1-5      Therefore, if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ     if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being       like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.   3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your…

The Power Of Prayer

The Power Of Prayer 1 John 5:14-15   This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have what we asked of him.                 Prayer isn’t about making selfish requests of God for our current desires; it’s about realigning our will to His. When we desire the things that God desires, we start praying…

Don’t Growl Be Grateful

Don’t Growl Be Grateful Many of us will soon be sitting around a table with our families sharing with each other what we are thankful for in our lives. For some this will be easy, but others will find this impossible because their joy tank is empty. John 16:24  24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. Focusing on what has gone wrong or what could go…

Your Pain Doesn’t Need To Become Your Identity

Your Pain Doesn’t Need To Become Your Identity Proverbs 14:29   Whoever is patient has great understanding,but one who is quick-tempered displays folly. If you hold onto your pain, you will become quick-tempered, and resentment will poison your mind and you will become gifted at wounding others. Then you will be part of the madness that wounds others to survive. Wounds that are picked at never heal, but wounds that are tended to by Christ’s love become scars that remind us…

Why Church? (Series)

Why Church? (Series) Is it really that important to be a part of a local church? Can’t I just have a personal faith and that’s enough? We jokingly call these Christians, “Bedside Baptists” when I was growing up. I did my best growing up to always be sick on Sunday mornings. Sometimes my mom would buy it but usually I would end up having to with my mom and my brothers. Before I received Jesus I didn’t like going to…

Justified For A Purpose

Romans 4:4-5  4 Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. The justified believer is declared to be free of the demands of the law since they have been fulfilled in Christ and they are no longer subject to the penalty of the law. They are justified, set right by God, and placed…

Dont Settle For Isolation And Loneliness

Don’t Settle For Isolation And Loneliness 2 Timothy 4:16-18  At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. 17 But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed, and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be…

Leverage Used At Our Expense

Leverage Used At Our Expense Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the Lord with all your heart    and lean not on your own understanding;6 in all your ways submit to him,    and he will make your paths straight. What are the negative emotions that regularly leave you exposed to Satan’s attacks? Anxiety, fear, guilt, lust, or anger. If he can just find a foothold into your life, he will exploit it in every way possible and then heap guilt on you, so you beat yourself up. The enemy…

God Will Anoint You For What He Asks Of You

Luke 4:18  The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, God thoroughly equips and empowers us through faith to complete every task in His will, before He ever asks us to do things for Him. This anointing through the Holy Spirit allows us the ability to accomplish…

Are You On The Right Path?

What is it that causes you to get a little stuck in life, unable to make decisions and weighed down by stress? Indecision can cause anxiety and frustration so it’s important to have clarity of thought as we are moving forward on the right path that God has for us, but that requires that we trust Him more than we trust ourselves. Proverbs 3:5-6     Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.…

Preparing To Launch (Series)

Preparing To Launch (Series)   (The Upper Room Discourse) When a parent has that last week before they take their daughter or son to university, they are so full of emotion and love. They have conversations that help their teenager prepare for the challenges ahead. They also know that all their experiences together, both good and bad, have been a training ground for a successful launch. Jesus has spent the last three years with the disciples preparing them to become church…

How We Live Affects Our Prayer Life

How We Live Affects Our Prayer Life When we add prayer to our recovery process, our habits and hurts start to heal. The truth is true recovery requires prayer. Still many people try to change their lives in their own strength, but lasting recovery requires prayer. So why is it that so many people’s lives start to change and then they hit a wall and start going back to their old ways again?   Why do some people seem to…