A person with physical strength is greatly admired. Muscular athletes participating in various Olympic events are magnificent to observe. Years are spent training and learning how best to accomplish a specific skill or technique. These athletes rely on their own strength to attain victory.
Mental strength is also admired. In the face of sudden chaos and danger, those who remain calm and think clearly are extraordinary. These special individuals can set aside personal emotions and react coolly in moments of danger. They process … READ MORE
A nudge from the Holy Spirit is more than mere intuition. It’s the voice of God speaking to us through the Holy Spirit. It’s an invitation to join Him in His redemptive work.
This spiritual nudge usually starts off as a feeling. Then, a clear thought or action formulates. The nudge remains steady and will not be ignored. Constant, it grows heavier and presses down. Eventually, the nudge becomes a crystal clear instruction. “Do you really want me to say/do that, Lord?” God enables us to do the darndest things!
“For it is God who w… READ MORE
St. Augustine once said, “Holding a grudge is like swallowing poison and hoping the other person will die.” We all have reasons to hold a grudge. Situations and people hurt us. God does not always do what we think He should do, so we get angry with Him. When we hold offenses against those who have wronged us, a root of bitterness will set in unless we acknowledge our refusal to forgive and confess our unloving attitude.
God understands His children and knows a grudge will harden a human heart. We have been commanded to love one another; a… READ MORE
Psalm 23 gives us a picture of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. He knows each of us by name. He keeps watch over us and protects us from dangerous predators. Our Shepherd leads his lambs to green pastures where streams of still waters await to quench and refresh thirsty souls. Jesus guides us down every path in life, even those footpaths that lead to the darkest of valleys.
In this psalm, man is compared to sheep. This is not a complimentary comparison since sheep are not known for their smarts. They are slow learners and very forgetful, wil… READ MORE
Is it evil to have money? To answer this question, I will pose still another question. Can good come from having money? If you answered yes, we are in agreement. Wealth and riches can be used to bless others and glorify God. However, our motive and attitude toward money is something we should all take a moment to examine.
“The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory.” 1 Samuel 2:7-8a (… READ MORE
Peace is freedom from all disturbances. Peace is a calm assurance despite the circumstances we face. Tranquility permeates our inner man when we are at peace. Serenity fills the gaps gouged out by adversity. A state of peace forces anxiety to flee and commands worry to retreat. God is our peace.
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from … READ MORE
The Lost and Prodigals Are Never Beyond Hope
Nothing is impossible for God. So why, when adversity strikes, do we struggle with worry and fear? Our creator, the Creator of the Universe, has promised to be our refuge, our strength, and our help.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 (NKJV)
With faith, we remember who is in control. Faith acknowledges that God holds the reins in our spiritual race and that all things work together for the good of those who love Him.
“The mind of man plans his way, bu… READ MORE
A person’s perspective is an attitude and viewpoint. It can be positive or negative. A positive perspective sees the good in even the most painful and darkest of circumstances. A negative perspective will eventually lead to a hard heart, a root of bitterness, and a stagnant spiritual walk.
Perspective is an understanding that events, people, and circumstances are interrelated, and a positive perspective means we have the ability to see things from a larger frame of reference. A positive perspective means we are looking through … READ MORE
How marvelous are the ways of God! What a merciful and gracious King we serve! Although we face challenges and tests every day, we still have a new beginning to look forward to at the end of each day. A new start begins with the sunrise. God is limitless in His love and mercy. He knows our frame and understands how important it is for us to have hope. New beginnings provide that hope.
“Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations … READ MORE
For 281 years, the Israelite’s vacillated in their faithful worship of God. Upon entering the Promised Land, and Joshua’s passing, the Israelites forsook God and served the Baals of the Canaanites and Asherites. The book of Judges tells all about this dark time. A sad cycle of turning from God, doing evil, suffering, then repenting and returning to the Lord, validates how merciful and loving our God really is. God’s chosen people had a very short memory.
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