grace

In the Midst of the Mess

In the Midst of the Mess

God is in the business of life renovation. “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness;  For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith.”  2 Peter 1:3 and 5 A popular television…

Grace Makes Life Not Fair

Grace Makes Life Not Fair

We are all equally undeserving, and we are all equally given this gift of GRACE. Praise God that grace is “not fair”! “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one…

Acquiring Spiritual Discernment

Acquiring Spiritual Discernment

“For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16 With so much deception in the world, every believer needs spiritual discernment. Although we have access to God’s wisdom, it’s not something we automatically possess. Rather, it must be diligently sought….

Focus

Focus

“We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith.”  Hebrews 12:2 (GW) Focus: Not on the winds of opposition, but on the setting of the sail; Not on the howling of the storm, but on the voice of the Captain; Not on the darkness of the sea, but on the lighthouse on…

Take Out Your Thought Trash

Take Out Your Thought Trash

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24 I struggle with intrusive thoughts on a daily basis. I could be walking outside of my home enjoying the fresh air when suddenly,…

A Real Friend

A Real Friend

“A real friend will be more loyal than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 (NCV) To others, Jesus was a miracle worker.  To others, Jesus was a master teacher.  To others, Jesus was the hope of Israel.  But to John, he was all of these and more.  To John, Jesus was a friend. You don’t abandon a…

To Boldly Go

To Boldly Go

What is my purpose (“for such a time as this”) in the place God has positioned me? “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position…

When Inadequacy Slips In

When Inadequacy Slips In

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8 There is a contemporary hymn that asks, “Here I am Lord, Is it I, Lord?” I’ve felt that way at times. Wanting eagerly to do God’s…

Our Confidence

Our Confidence

“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to think anything as of ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God.” 2 Corinthians 3:4-5 Our trust is in God. There is much failure in self-assurance. We must not rest upon anything that’s human. God has promised to be with us at all times, and to make the…

There is a Place

There is a Place

There is a Place There is a place of quiet rest, a place where you can have peace where all its beauty is yet to be seen. A place of refuge for the oppressed, a place where the Savior makes intercessions for all of your needs, and God your Father will provide. A place where…