Friday, March 30, 2018

"Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk’? So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!” Mark 2:9-12 (NLT)

In this setting, Jesus is in a house that is surrounded by a huge crowd. One might ask, how was this paralyzed man able to get to Jesus? This man had four great friends who carried him to see Jesus. They even tore off the roof of the house where Jesus was just to get this man to Him. Jesus saw the faith of the paralyzed man’s friends and said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sin...

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!’ Jesus responded, ‘Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!’ Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.” Matthew 8:23-26 (NLT)

What an amazing picture - The disciple's boat is in the middle of great storm and Jesus is sleeping. He is in the middle of a storm and He is at peace. Now don’t be fooled. This isn’t a peace that Jesus simply possessed because He was the Son of God; it was a peace cultivated over years of relationship with His Heavenly Father. A love that was grown through faithful, sacrifical, and consistent time. 

Relationships simp...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” -John 8:12 (ESV)

We hear all the time from our parents that they don’t want us hanging out with certain people. I know that can be annoying, but honestly, so much of life is about who we hang out with, who we surround ourselves with, and who you imitate or acting like. We either lead or follow, but we all are following someone. Few choose to follow Christ. 

Do you want to win at life? Surround yourself with successful people. Do you want to win for eternity? Surround yourself with people who are living out their lives following God’s purpose for them. I want to win forever not just in life here on earth. Success without God doesn’t have an eternal purpose, but success initiated by God and lived out by all who are calle...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

"And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life. 1 John 5:11-13 (NLT)

Anyone who has come to believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior has struggled, at some point, with whether or not they were really saved. For some, this can be a fleeting thought, and for others, it can cause anxiety and sleepless nights. Jesus doesn’t want His children to live in doubt and fear about their salvation. He wants His children to KNOW that they are His, and to walk in the confidence and peace that possessing that knowledge produces. 

In my early twenties, I would struggle, from time to time with if I was saved or not. I struggled because many times my thoughts and actions were still the same from before I gave my life to Jesus. When this would happen I...

Monday, March 26, 2018

For the Lord is the Spirit, and whenever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. - 2 Corinthians 3:17 (NLT)

By trusting in God, we are loved, accepted, forgiven, and freed to live for Him. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” You ever feel trapped by something? Like freedom isn’t even an option for you because you are so deep into a lifestyle or regret that you don’t feel loved, accepted, forgiven, or freed? We disqualify ourselves from experiencing freedom in Christ because of our thoughts about ourselves. We bury ourselves in the world and can’t uncover the freedom of Christ.

What are you trapped by? Pornography, a relationship that is solely based on sex, lying to your parents, anger, that you can’t control, frustration, you blame God for your families problems? Jesus died so you could give your wrong to Him, not bury yourself in it. Whe...

Friday, March 23, 2018

“Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 (NLT)

It is in our nature to worry and plan ahead. We worry about what we’ll wear to school tomorrow or stress about our test that’s next week. We spend so much of our time today worrying about tomorrow, that we didn’t do anything that was right in front of us that day.

Today predicts your tomorrow. God is always standing right in front of you with opportunities to share His word or pour your whole self into something that in the end will glorify Him. We miss these opportunities worrying about something that is not guaranteed. Today is the only thing at this moment that is guaranteed, so pursue every opportunity.

This can be a hard concept to wrap your head around, I know it definitely was for me. This mindset is a change in perspe...

Thursday, March 22, 2018

"Good and upright is the LORD; Therefore He instructs sinners in the way. Psalm 25:8 (ESV

Moving towards Christ reveals our impurities. It’s not that He points out our imperfections to make fun or show us how horrible we are. But God has provided for us the Living example of perfection through His Son Jesus Christ.

Imperfection is recognizable when we are moving towards perfection. Pursuing Christ intentionally means we are moving towards His example consciously aware that changes are made little by little through His provision and grace. Our God is still in the business of deliverance, but most will be tested to the limits because it’s in the testing that our faith grows. It’s such a beautiful thing to advance into the depths of Christ.

Being exposed to His perfection gives way to growth and change. Through His guidance, we receive the love that builds up. His...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

"What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ..." Philippians 3:8 (NLT)

What do you desire most? What is the one thing you think will make you happy? You know, the thing you have asked God for and said, "If You give me this one thing, I will never ask again."

The truth is, God doesn't want you to stop asking Him for things. He loves when You come to Him and ask because you are having a conversation with Him. You are acknowledging His presence, even if it is for the wrong reason at times. He loves to interact with His children. 

Like any good Father, He doesn't always give us what we think we need, but what we most need. And what we most need isn't answers to our questions (even though God is not opposed to you aski...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. - Genesis 12:2 (NIV)

I need to hear from you God. You ever feel like your doing the right thing, but nothing good is happening in your life? You thought God was speaking to you, but doors don’t seem to be opening in your life. You may feel like God told you He was going to do something, but He didn’t tell you when He was going to do it. We want results immediately, but we struggle understanding that God’s timing is perfect. If He spoke something over your life it will come to pass.

Processes are hard to trust when we want destinations and end results with no process. What started as a big dream or exciting to us because we believed God spoke it over our lives, just like Abraham, slow starts to lose it’s power or excitement in our lives because it...

Monday, March 19, 2018

"I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives." John 12:24 (NLT)

Many of us remember being in elementary school, and for science class, putting a seed or seeds in a styrofoam cup filled with garden soil. Then we would water the soil and put the cup on a window sill so the sun's rays could reach it. And then, usually in only a few days, germination would begin, and we would see the sprouting of a new plant. This process was always so exciting.

In order for the plant to come alive, a seed had to be buried and die. It had to allow itself to experience the darkness before there could be new life. 

Jesus was talking to His disciples when He spoke the words from today's scripture. He was letting them know, that in the same way a seed must b...

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