Friday, January 29, 2016

 “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 Romans 8:28 

The enemy will do anything and everything he can to keep us from believing that God has a great purpose for all of us.  When we show our love for God by being completely surrendered to Him, we then recognize how much He loves us and that He has been looking out for us even before we were born. So many times we allow the devil or our own thoughts to dictate worries in our life.  My mom use to tell me worrying solves nothing.  We worry about so many things, but pray about very few things. If we love God and are surrendered to Him, He makes everything work together for our good and uses us for His purpose. God has the greatest intentions for our lives.  If we love Him, there is no longer a reason for wo...

Thursday, January 28, 2016

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” - NLT Matthew 6:33

We seek money for security, stuff for happiness, sex outside of marriage to feel loved, popularity and accomplishments for self-worth, and the list goes on.  But Jesus turns the tables on his listeners and us, when He challenges them to stop seeking after “things” and instead, to seek and pursue the King and His way of living.  In the verses just prior, He shares with His audience an extraordinary way to relate to God.  He calls God their “heavenly Father.”  This was a totally foreign concept to them and the same holds true for us today.  We struggle and worry about many things.  One of the main reasons is because we relate to God wrongly.  We see Him as distant and uninvolved in the details of our lives.  We see Him as someone who is ve...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

 "Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. - NIV Proverbs 3:5-6 

Many times in our lives, we stress about things that we can’t control. That stress is something we create because of our lack of trust in God and our earthly flesh. The enemy whispers in our ear and tries to knock us down and create anxiety that isn’t needed. This is a battle that can be won. We are told to trust in the Lord with ALL our heart. It’s often hard for us to give God our all, to lean not on our own understanding. We have all tried to do things on our own and, more times than not, we fail miserably. Lean into God and He will give you understanding. In ALL your ways acknowledge Him. Start a relationship with Him and give Him your ALL. When we do that, He makes our paths straig...

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” - NLT Phil. 4:6-7

My 5 year old son Rylan is continuously afraid of the dark.  Night after night as he makes his way to our room, I hear him in a full out sprint down the hallway.  Often he will turn on every light between his bedroom and ours along the way.  In the morning, when I ask him why he is running and why he must turn on every light, he answers, “I’m afraid.”  I then begin to reassure him that there is nothing to be afraid of and even though it is dark, His mom, brother, and myself are the only ones in the house.  Like my son Rylan, we too are afraid (worried), but not necessarily...

Monday, January 25, 2016

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. - NLT 1 Peter 5:7

We all stress or worry at some point in our lives, and often it leaves us in fear or broken down. The enemy wants us to worry and try to do things on our own because in those moments the devil see’s us as weak. God makes it clear that we don’t have to allow fear or worry control our lives. His Word tells us to give up those worries and fears for Him to handle because He cares about us and He loves us. How awesome is that? We can give up our worries and let God have His way in our lives and He will answer with peace and love. We have to be willing and trusting that He will do what His word proclaims. You see, most people believe that verse, but they are unwilling to truly rest in God and give Him the freedom to relieve them of their fears and worries. God cares about you and is p...

Friday, January 22, 2016

 “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia…” - NKJV 1 Peter 1:1

Peter identifies himself, not with family, nor with friends, or with a team, but with Jesus.  Paul learned something all Jesus followers must learn so we don’t identify ourselves with temporal affiliations.  “What” or “who” we identify with becomes the filter for our life choices.  When I wrestled in college, I identified myself as a WVU wrestler.  All my decisions, including diet, social interactions, and schedule, were made based on affirming and enhancing my wrestler identity.  Like Paul, believers are identified with Christ as apostles, which means “sent ones.”  We must now filter all of our choices based on enhancing and affirming our Identity in Christ.  As a “sent one” for Jesus, we affirm our identity in Christ...

Thursday, January 21, 2016

For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. - NLT 2 Timothy 3:2 

     The enemy wants us to love ourselves and be prideful, lust for flesh, and lust with our eyes, but our Father in Heaven longs for our hearts to be committed to Him. At the end of the day it will be said, “all gave some, but some gave all.” Giving some is like living two different lives and that leads to frustration and destruction.  Those that give all will find peace and will ultimately rest in eternity with Jesus Christ. We will always live in a sinful nation, but we are to be the light in the darkness and set an example worth following because Christ is the difference maker. He wants your all today not some your all. The Savoir gave His life and He is...

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

 Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you.  Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you:  A prophet to the nations—that’s what I had in mind for you.” - MSG Jeremiah 1:5

Have you ever been chosen last for a playground game.  It feels so humiliating and you feel purposeless.  According to this verse God has no last picks. For God, no one is an “only one left” pick.  God tells us, like Jeremiah, that we were all born in the heart and mind of God first.  Each one of us chosen, appointed, gifted, fashioned, to be who we are and where we are, so that, we could be someone who speaks and acts (prophet) on God’s behalf.  I know sometimes the world makes us feel like we are an accident, something that fell off of the cosmic craft table as scraps.  If you have ever imagined something in your mind for a specific function and purpose...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

 You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. - NLT Matthew 7:13

     We live in a world that accepts mediocrity and very few people live for and desire to follow Christ. The path that leads to heaven is the path that has fewer travelers, but the reward is indescribable and worth pursuing. Many times when we hear that the path and gate to Heaven is narrow it scares us. Like it’s a tight rope that we have to walk on and if we fall off we are going to hell. We will all make mistakes and if we ask for forgiveness God is more than willing to forgive us. You see the reason the path and gate to Heaven is narrow is because not many will choose the path that leads to Christ. In other words, there is no need for a wide path or wide gate when there are not very many people...

Monday, January 18, 2016

 “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” - NLT Romans 12:2

When you ask people, "how do people become bad?" they will usually answer, “culture.”  Even the world recognizes that it is more of a negative influence than a positive one.  In this way, people agree with the Bible when it says, don’t be squeezed into the mold of this world.  When a substance is poured into a mould, it naturally assumes the mold’s shape.  You and I have been placed (poured) into this world, and if we are not proactive, we will naturally take the shape of the culture we are in.  Deep sea vessels must be filled with a mixture of helium and oxygen, or else they will implode under the tremendous weight of the deep s...

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