Without Divine Purpose – Identity Crisis

It would be nearly impossible for us to maintain a healthy relationship with people in this world the way we sometimes try to maintain a relationship with God.

    • Our spouse would leave – over and over our marriages would fail.
    • Our children would hate us and ignore us in our old age.
    • No deep friendships would even be made, let alone last.
    • Jobs would come and go, achievements would be few, and hollow.
    • We would only ever rent.
    • No one would have a degree, or expertise in any field, outside of their own imagination. Life would be one big video game.
    • No lasting effect on this world would accumulate at all, from the one, or the many.
    • No one would miss us when we die.
    • No one would be able to say “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matt 25)

Our first purpose is the pursuit of a relationship with our Heavenly Father. That is where we find out who we are, and where we get our best, truest sense of purpose. Identity crises come because we don’t search for divine purpose, but try to discern or build purpose for ourselves. Then, in that same mind set, we decide the value and purpose of others, as if we could possibly get it right.

With God, Grace leads to Grace…in order for us to pursue God and know Him, and ourselves (made in God’s Image), God comes regularly to us, like to mankind in the garden. God wants us to want to see Him, so He comes. We can hide, or we can step out in faith, look for God, greet God, and ask questions – share our lives.

Being made in God’s Image is an incredible statement of purpose and value. Relationship with God gives us the strength, the understanding, and the humility to carry it out. If you were going to take over your parent’s business, wouldn’t you want to be with them regularly so you understood how things worked? Would that time spent keep you from making huge mistakes as you moved forward, in proper timing? Wouldn’t you then know the business schedule, the story of why it started, who it serves, how it grew, where the bank is, who your main lender is, and the identity of their workers, as well as each workers’ strengths and weaknesses? Would that not give you an incredible sense of groundedness and purpose, as opposed to walking into the store after your parents died, and flipping the sign to “Open?”


God is diligent toward us; we must look outside ourselves for answers regarding our divine purpose, and the Creator of our Souls is the one place where Grace waits anxiously to hear from us. God has wonderful things for us, and Created us out of love, not a desire for morbid control. Pursuing God, and being aware of our purpose, is a place of contentment, not of slavery. There is assuredness, soul-peace, and a wonderful understanding that God is waiting to talk to us, to interact with us, to send us on missions, or just sit in the grass and rest with us.

With our divine purpose and value understood, there will still be the occasional life crisis, but the understanding of who we are to someone so important as the Creator of the Universe leaves the door wide open to throw ourselves into the arms of a stronger, more wise and ultimately greater loving being than exists anywhere else, forever. There may be trials, but our pursuit of God will thwart evil’s attempts to lower who we are in our own eyes, because we will deeply understand who we are to Christ.

If we wonder about specifics in our life, we can just reflect on what good things give us a sense of fulfillment. We might even ask a church elder to mentor and pray with us about it; God encourages us to do so. Their prayers will help us understand our giftings, and purposes.

1 Ti 4:14 Don’t neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the elders. WEB

There are many gifts listed in 1 Cor 12 & 13, and it is exciting to consider them, and to identify things God wants to do with us for The Kingdom. With that much purpose in our lives, an identity crisis will be the last thing we think about. God gives us gifts out of love, not a desire to control. There will be hard times, for sure, but knowing the wonderful ways that God thinks about us gives joy, and the ability to hold tight when things are rough.

Ps 20:4

May He grant you according to your heart’s desire,

And fulfill all your purpose. NKJV

Leaona Huston
January 19, 2022

P.S.  I am going to be taking a break from blogging for a while, I look forward to seeing you at church!

Worship Purposefully

In any of the relationships in which we currently participate, where is the happiness? Where is the mutual understanding of how we feel about one another? Are we certain where we stand in their lives – are they certain where they stand in our life???

Do we go days, weeks, even months without telling them how we feel, or letting them know they are appreciated, even desired? Would we admit that WE feel better ourselves, and about our relationships, when we’re letting others know those things?

Praise of others is a mighty weapon against all the things that happen in our lives that cause bad thoughts and feelings. We have already reminded ourselves over and over that the relationship has value, and that person, or those people, are a blessing. It keeps our focus realistic, rather than skewing totally to the negative.

As we are created in the Image of God, doesn’t it make perfect sense that our relationship with God becomes more vibrant, more fulfilling, more sustainable in hard times if we are purposefully taking time to express our love, our desire – even need, and our commitment to Christ?  We sometimes behave as if worship is only to God, instead of being a way of expressing the beautiful nature of our relationship with someone who has not just created us, but given all to sustain our willing association.

But, maybe we thought that worship was just singing songs on Sunday? How would a marriage work out if there was just one day a week where we expressed appreciation toward one another, then put off any positive communication until the next week, only focusing on a “honey do list” the rest of the time?

I know, we are busy people. But that excuse doesn’t really work if you have hopes of sustaining any relationship for the long-term benefit of yourself, and others. This is common knowledge, but it is also commonly disregarded. Thus, the creation of a “date night” for married folk, to keep the candle of love and relationship burning.

It is so cool – so interesting – that the words on either side of “worship” in the Old Testament (Strong’s #H7812 “shachah”), alphabetically and by Strong’s number mean to donate or reward, or to swim – to inundate oneself in a pool of water. How perfect is that? In the New Testament, #G4352 “proskyneo” has the sense of kissing the hand in reverence, or kneeling, among others.

I remember many years ago in Louisiana where I was stationed in the Air Force, I was involved in a car accident without injury, but it certainly scared the bejabbers out of me! People quickly gathered as we got out of the car, still shaken. I boldly walked up to a young man who was excited to help us out and threw myself into his arms for comfort. I really needed a hug, and I needed to express my deep gratitude to all of them for coming to our aid so quickly and selflessly. He understood, and hugged me back, and then I was at peace. As I recall, we were back on the road quickly and on time for the movie! I never saw them again, but I will always remember their sacrifice, and the help they gave us.

It’s like that for us with God. Whether we sing, or speak, or raise our hands to heaven, or just sit quietly in the splendor of God’s Presence, we’re building on our relationship with Christ, and no one can take that away from us. It gives us peace when things aren’t going well, and it gives us joy when we get to share the good times.

The Psalms speak of worship in several different ways, letting us know that there is more than a single way to show God how we feel, and many things to communicate to God. (For an off-key singer like me, that in itself is good news.) If unsure how to get started, try reading out loud from the Psalms for inspiration, then just keep on going, telling God your own personal feelings and thoughts from there.

Let’s try a few from the Psalms together, then just go to your Blue Letter Bible App and look up the word “worship” on your own if you need more guidance.

Ps 95:1-7  Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
Because the Lord is the great God,
And the great King above all gods.
In His hand are the deep places of the earth;
The heights of the hills are His also.
The sea is His, for He made it;
And His hands formed the dry land.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.

Ps 96:8-10  Give to the Lord the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come into His courts.
Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Tremble before Him, all the earth.
Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns”  NKJV

Once you get started, there are so many reasons to worship, time flies. But, if we ever hit a place where we’re overwhelmed, either by hard circumstances, or just the incredible feeling of God’s Presence, remember Holy Spirit knows everything you’re feeling, and is there to help us pray. It doesn’t have to sound perfect.

Ro 8:26-29 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.  NLT

Let’s worship God purposefully, just like we make efforts to maintain our other relationships, so they don’t falter. There is no better way to enjoy closeness with the Majesty of our Creator.

Leaona Huston
December 29, 2021

What IS our Purpose?

The word “purpose” has a lot of different and related meanings, and most of them we are at least vaguely familiar with. It’s the idea of having a reason for doing something, or for creating something. To have an objective, or a sense of resolve or determination. To be relevant, or useful. We want to understand why we exist, first, and what we’re supposed to do and why, second.

Our first purpose is just being in relationship with God; to walk with God and learn to be like God, and to reflect that likeness in exercised rulership on this earth, as if it were heaven. It’s a large, open circle of creation that comes from the Trinity, to us, the earth, and back again over and over.

Ge 1:26-29 Then God said, “Let Us make mankind in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created mankind in His own image; in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

A “closed circle” understanding of purpose, is within ourselves, and for ourselves. In other words, we move and have our being to please ourself, and if that does something for other people, or humanity, then great; but first we need to be self-satisfied. “Greater purpose” takes a back seat to self-awareness, and to pleasure based on our own desires, whether it be expressing our talents, or being served in some way by others.

This tight knit, closed circle takes less effort, and does good for others, if that happens, as a consequence, rather than a goal. If it touches others’ lives, it is because that is what we personally wanted to do. While what we do in that tight circle shows who we are as a person, and while it may also do good for others, the reflection of any good that happens shines back on us personally – it is our own inspiration and “glory.”

In each of our own beginnings, the reason we were born is that someone decided to bring us into the world. Whether it was done well, or poorly, our existence was not our own decision, so finding our purpose is an immediate and long-term goal. At 2 years of age, that purpose doesn’t go much beyond the dinner table or receiving the attention of our family. Change occurs as we begin to understand what actually pleases us beyond our belly and a hug. Relevance is measured in pleasure, and what is not pleasing is dropped on the floor as we search for the next thing that gives us pleasure. In children, this cycle happens about 1,000 times a day. No wonder they wear us out!

For a pre-Christian, it is amazing to find out that God’s Purpose is toward us! Jesus could have stayed in heaven if He just wanted people to please Him, and could have made us little robots doing the bidding of their god, all the while thinking themselves quite fulfilled and without needs. Jesus, then, would certainly not have to exert Himself on anyone’s behalf, and would look a lot like the other gods and goddesses listed in many myths that people follow even today.

I think a big thing that people miss about Christianity is that we can find our ultimate purpose in Christ, through Holy Spirit, after first seeing that Christ came to earth to sacrifice Himself for us, and left behind Holy Spirit so we don’t have to be alone, or ask for purpose without answer. We know that Jesus Christ wanted us – crazy loved us. Because of this, there is an incredible, overwhelming beauty inside of us that rises up and gives us a desire to help others without consideration for self every day. It exudes love and grace not just in the moment, but in our lives. It pours out gratitude and humility, not just in a moment, but as we walk every hour. We are steeped in a purpose so outrageously, overwhelmingly beautiful we sometimes grapple for a way to explain it.

And when we do have times of despair, our fellow believers have great capacity to heal and renew our spirits, with what has also been given to them, so that when one hurts or falters, others can pick them up and carry them until they’re well. When someone asks “where is your God?” all we have to do is look at our fellow Christians and we know God is all around us with more than we need. Oh, would that they could see it, too!

That is our first, outward, divine purpose – to reflect the image of God to whoever is around us by letting Holy Spirit guide us to show the proper grace in someone else’s life. When we listen, and move according to God’s Will, rather than just our own, heaven happens on earth, and that large, open circle encompasses the love of God for others, and the earth, as well as ourselves. God’s Will given in Gen 1:26 is actualized in the kind of rulership that God intended us to humbly and submissively exercise. We point to heaven, not ourselves. Yet, there is great satisfaction in this mechanism.

Jesus’ whole life was lived inside this large circle, filling Himself with God’s wonderous presence, then pouring that love out on the world as He walked, then going back to God in prayer and study to be refilled and renewed. It was never an accident that Christ went off on His own regularly. It is our huge privilege to do the same.

Everything Jesus did was to our benefit; to bring us inside that large circle of love, so our purpose was first to be covered in the love of Christ, then to pour love out in God’s Name as His reflection here on earth, just like Jesus speaks of in the book of John.

Jn 17:19-26 “And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.”

“I do not pray for these (few people) alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:  I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.  O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”  NKJV

Soak up the love of God, then pour out that love on others as Jesus would have done, then go soak up more from the unending pool of the love of Christ Jesus!

Blessings and Merry Christmas!
Leaona Huston
December 22, 2021

Seeking Humility with Superiority

This is the 3rd in the series we are going to be walking through on humility and purpose in God. If you haven’t read the other 2 yet, you might want to skip back and do so, as this one takes off in the middle.

We spoke last week about how difficult it is to be humble, as the vast majority of us have elevated perceptions of our own excellence in a number of different subjects, or experiences. With so few exceptions that we must pause and rethink our opinion of ourselves; it is going to require some work, and a genuine effort at re-programming. That means choosing to assault our own habits of thought by vigorously pursuing gratitude to God, but also taking the axe to our own egos and putting up speed bumps. That is what we’ll talk about today. Our egos actually get in the way of us doing the best job or relating to others in the best way possible. Confidence (sureness and optimism, but with correctability) – yes, but arrogance is an unyielding and unreasonable attitude of superiority that tends against correction, and toward control, or steam-rolling others.

Instead of just accepting that we don’t know where our knowledge stops and our egos take over, we must take up the sword of truth, AND – ask others to do so as well on our behalf, paying close attention to our past mistakes, and seeing our own failures as well as the failure of others, as new starting points with a lesson learned, instead of just bad endings.

Last week we talked about the Dunning-Kruger Effect and how “Illusory Superiority” has us in its grip, whether we realize it or not, and, in fact, most often we do not realize it. Professor Dunning has also spoken on ways that we can pursue the “unknown unknowns,” and cut down how often we walk on others (or just look stupid) because of our own elevated self-perceptions.

Let’s look at several ways Professor Dunning advises to cut back on “Illusory Superiority” and its effects. They aren’t difficult. They just need our desire, and motion.

  • Seek Humble Mentors: because of their experiences, they know some of the unknowns, and as they get to know you, could help you identify them. Spend time together, and give them full license to speak – then, engage your listening skills whole heartedly. Stay humble and there will be victory in loving confrontation.
  • Beware of New Situations: steep yourself in books, videos, and sound advice. Move way more carefully than you normally would, just because you know there are lots of unknowns. Say out loud “I don’t have a lot of experience, here.”
  • Establish Buffers: put safety features out there to slow you down in situations where you don’t have a lot of experience. Mentors can help here too, but it is a general rule, like leaving earlier than you think you should when the roads are icy or you’ve never driven there before, or you don’t know the situation you’re walking into. Before moving, seriously ask yourself “how certain am I really?” There are few situations that require immediate movement…take some time. Don’t move too quickly, and don’t judge too quickly. For example, loving parents are keenly aware of whether someone you like could be good for you in the long run, but people tend to shy away from a parent’s advice and pay the price later.

Engaging these things as a practice will help you discern what you know and what you don’t know. They can’t eradicate mistakes, but they will lessen them, and could soften their effects.

In scripture, Paul, Barnabas, and John Mark ring loudly of these principals. In Acts chapter 13, this group of cousins and ministers heads out together. Barnabas, whose name means “Son of Encouragement,” had been the one to bring Paul into mainstream ministry in Acts 9:27 when all the disciples were afraid of him because of his past murderous moves against the new church. He walked Paul into a meeting with the apostles themselves, and stood up for him, using specific facts and circumstances to prove that Paul was no longer the “Saul” they had known. Barnabas spoke into Paul’s life, and for his ministry, with love and conviction, having watched Paul persevere through some really harsh things already on behalf of their Lord, as no man perpetrating a ruse would.  He assured them that “Saul was no more, and that Paul could be trusted, and the apostles accepted Barnabas’ word. The Christians went from rejecting Paul to embracing him, and even hiding him from persecution, based on Barnabas’ interference, and then Paul’s own behavior. Paul is always known as a deeply convicted soul who stood for what he believed was right…but he was not always right.

In Acts 13:13, amidst the travel and active ministry, John Mark left Paul and Barnabas and returned to Jerusalem, where his family resided. The circumstances around this leaving are not given, but it is clear that Paul was really upset by Mark’s withdrawal. When Barnabas spoke up for Mark, as he had done for Paul earlier, Paul refused to allow Mark back into the work, and there was such a fight that Paul and Barnabas went out separately, and Barnabas took Mark with him. Barnabas gave Mark a second chance; he was humble toward Mark and whatever caused his failure. The confidence Barnabas placed in Mark allowed Mark time to grow into a confident minister of God’s Word. If Paul had been heeded, who knows where Mark would have ended up in his faith walk. Mark, for his part, became a humble minister of our Lord, and the first Bishop of Alexandria. Yes, this is the Mark that wrote one of the gospels. And, yes, this is the Mark who died for his faith.

“When Mark returned to Alexandria, the idolators of the city resented his efforts to turn the Alexandrians away from the worship of their traditional gods. In AD 68 they placed a rope around his neck and dragged him through the streets until he was dead.” (TaylorMarshall.com)

This type of death was shared by one of Paul’s disciples, Timothy, in Ephesus, for the same reasons. Did Mark have trouble knowing Jesus’ fate, and seeing the hatred held toward the apostles as they went out? I wonder.

When Mark failed on that first journey, Paul saw it as an impasse and turned him away when he tried to repent and return. Barnabas lacked the Illusory Superiority that was blinding Paul in this situation (in my opinion), and did for Mark what he had done for Paul earlier. Mark responded and grew into the minister who wrote one of the gospels and died for his faith in Alexandria.  Barnabas was a humble mentor and saw the problems with putting a new person in a new situation without grace. He didn’t force Mark to come back but accepted him when he did. What did they do to assure Mark would succeed in the future? Scripture doesn’t say, but Mark did flourish and succeed, in the end, when he was tested with his life.

Later as Paul is in prison and dying, and beckons Timothy to come to him, he asks for Mark, and compliments Mark as well. It took Paul time, but his understanding of his own superiority, through study and hardships, was broken, and he loved Mark, saw him as useful in ministry, and called for him personally.

2 Ti 4:6-7  For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. NKJV

2 Ti 4:11-12  Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry. NKJV

Watching Paul graduate through hardships and thank those who he openly calls out as having spoken into his life, I believe there is hope for me, you, and absolutely everybody else, to shake off our delusions of excellence, embrace our short comings or weaknesses, and to flourish in whatever God has for us to do.

There’s a saying – God equips the called, He doesn’t call the equipped. Let’s answer Holy Spirit’s calls on our lives without thinking ourselves “perfected,” but rather “graced.” It makes us a better canvas for a more beautiful painting.

That huge portion of grace in our lives gives us peace to move when called or challenges us if we don’t feel peace when we’re called. God help us to be more like Barnabas!

Leaona Huston
December 16, 2021

Dunning-Kruger Effect

Mike Phillips, a wonderful pastor I had decades ago once shared 1 of his greatest fears in a conversation we had about scripture. He greatly feared that people would take his word on things, and not look them up for themselves. He was aware that his humanity made him weak, and he couldn’t possibly know everything about everything. As a young Christian, this warning had a lasting impact on me. I have not always carried it out perfectly, but I continue to get better, and it does make a difference!

In the last few weeks, some interesting words I haven’t heard before have rung out in my studies. I did just a bit of looking so I understood the concepts well enough to rattle them off. But they came again from a 2nd source, actually a source in another country, many hours away. When you hear something twice close together, it is often that Holy Spirit is speaking to you with great intent. It’s a Kingdom Opportunity.

What we’re going to talk about is human-general. We’ve all got this problem, and we don’t see it when it manifests. Me, you, and absolutely everybody else. It’s not that we make a conscious choice, but that it is a common stumbling block for mankind that we may see in others, but don’t usually see in ourselves, at least at the time, and without a lot of practice – the kind of practice we haven’t been doing, because we didn’t know.

Our “Illusory Superiority” comes from what was named the “Dunning – Kruger Effect” which, Professor Dunning assured, was not their choice for a name, but it stuck. We all manifest illusory superiority without thinking about it, and without accuracy. On any given subject of interest, most of us believe ourselves much more proficient and/or knowledgeable than we, in fact, are. We actively live in an illusion regarding our own level of expertise, as opposed to that of others in the same area.

For example, the social psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger questioned a group of professors and found that 94% of them thought themselves more accomplished than their peers.  This is mathematically impossible. But these people honestly believe they are better, it is not a head trip. There are also some interesting studies along the same lines with drivers, who generally, in the U.S., think themselves better than over 90% of other drivers. Again, impossible. There were too many and varied studies to recount. It’s a fact, and it’s a fact about all of us.

While we don’t know what we don’t know; we think we do!

Astoundingly, the exceptions to this rule are generally the people who are most experienced and/or educated in their subject. They become keenly aware of their own short comings by being submerged in the subject or experience over time. Humility shows up when we study hard and realize there is so much to learn, we’ll never totally get there. As Dunning put it “what we know is finite; what we don’t know is infinite.” Unfortunately, we don’t know where our knowledge ends…

Even more astounding is that when we are at incompetent to mid-range levels of knowledge or performance, we believe ourselves quite capable. Arrogance is the human-general default.

Yes, there are real cases of low self-esteem out there, but they tend to be a very low percentile compared to the people who think quite highly of themselves…me, you, and absolutely everybody else.

There’s a really cool graph easily searched out online on the Dunning-Kruger Effect. You should check it out.

So, what are our options? How can we combat an enemy we can’t see? First, we need to remember that just because we don’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there. This lesson is one that we huckleberry pickers in the Northwest take seriously. You don’t see the grizzly if you’re not looking for it. They blend in…until they’re angry. Then it’s usually too late. So, we assume they are there and make lots of noise before we enter their forest. It’s humble; it assumes there is a problem based on location alone, and it creates an atmosphere where everybody is safer.

What does remembering our weakness look like in the spiritual realm?  Bruxy Cavey of The Meeting House in Toronto, Canada, offered some good advice. We need to consider the gifts God has given us. Life is pure grace, not our accomplishments, in 3 wonderful ways.

  • Existence: God gave us breath; we did not imbue ourselves with life, nor did we give ourselves anything that God did not bless us with the ability to achieve. All our giftings come from God.

Col 1:16-18 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. NKJV

Ac 17:26-28 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth…for in Him we live and move and have our being… NKJV

  • Forgiveness: we didn’t earn it – it has been given at great cost.

Eph 1:7-11 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth — in Him. NKJV

  • Renewal: After forgiveness, from baptism and through the many teachings and interventions that Holy Spirit provides on our behalf, we continue to be sanctified, and readied as brides of Christ.

1 Co 6:9-11 But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. NKJV

Bruxy recommended taking just 30 seconds a day to express our gratitude to God for each of them. It is clear that “humility is a disruption to the world’s self-expression…” It will take the world off guard if we are humble instead of displaying Illusory Superiority.

Ro 12:3-16 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another…Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality…Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. NKJV

Humility grows out of regularly practiced gratitude to God quite naturally. When we fail to make gratitude a practice, that old Dunning-Kruger Effect is out there, ready to pounce as a natural (or “fleshy”) response that we don’t always know we are making.

Are we willing to make the above, 3 step, 30 second prayer a part of our regular talks with God?

Are we willing to submit to one another (Eph 5:21) and ask a trusted friend where our weaknesses here are showing? We can trade off – remember, this is a common issue among us all, so we can be humble as we talk with one another about it.

This is some real spiritual work. Let’s roll up our sleeves!

Leaona Huston
December 9, 2021

The Authority Structure of The Kingdom of Heaven


Over the next several weeks, we’re going to be talking about humility and purpose in the lives of Christians. For us to get it right, we have to know who we are, and who God is.

Sound simple? The whole of scripture is dedicated to helping us better understand this, and to showing us how our refusal to accept this was based in a desire to rule over God and one another, rather than ruling under God, and with one another, as God commanded in Genesis 1:26.

We will struggle together with just how “un-humble” we really are, and how it is impeding our purposes under Christ, through Holy Spirit.

Please be praying this week to clear your minds, and ready your hearts to walk together through some rocky ground, as we look in the mirror, and then up, into heaven, and then back at one another – God’s gifts among our community.

Leaona Huston
December 3, 2021