I Am With You

i am with you

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. … Read moreI Am With You

If You Want to Hear God, Get Still and Listen

“Pause a moment, Job, and listen; consider the wonderful things God does” Job 37:14 (GNT). Sometimes as adults we get spiritual wiggles. We cannot get still and be quiet. But you have to be quiet in order to hear God speak. If you want to hear God’s vision, then you’re going to have to turn … Read moreIf You Want to Hear God, Get Still and Listen

I Will be With You

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your … Read moreI Will be With You

Obedience Releases the Power

“For the Lord says, ‘Because he loves me, I will rescue him; I will make him great because he trusts in My name. When he calls on Me I will answer, I will be with him in trouble, and rescue him and honor him’” Psalm 91:14-15 Pete was the playboy type. He believed that Christ … Read moreObedience Releases the Power

Come to God Just as You Are

“God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” Romans 5:8 (NLT). Everything that Jesus did for you, he did out of love. The Bible says that God made you to love you. The only reason you’re alive is because you were made to be … Read moreCome to God Just as You Are

Gratitude

Gratitude gets us through the hard stuff! To reflect on your blessings is to rehearse God’s accomplishments. To rehearse God’s accomplishments is to discover his heart! To discover his heart is to discover not just good gifts but the Good Giver. Gratitude always leaves us looking at God and away from dread. The apostle Paul … Read moreGratitude

My Foot is Slipping

“When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul” Psalm 94:18-19 Thoughts on today’s verse While we are amazed at the vastness of God’s reach and the awesome breadth of his power and the glorious sweep of his … Read moreMy Foot is Slipping

He is My Helper

“That is why we can say without any doubt or fear, ‘The Lord is my Helper and I am not afraid of anything that mere man can do to me‘” Hebrews 13:6 Do you and I really exercise perfect confidence that God will help us in our times of need? The writer to the Hebrews … Read moreHe is My Helper

The God Who Stoops… And Stands

“Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, ‘Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?’ — ‘No, Lord,‘ she said. And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I. Go and sin no more.’” John 8:10-11 (NLT)) Condemnation – the preferred commodity of Satan. He will repeat the adulterous woman scenario as … Read moreThe God Who Stoops… And Stands

Anxiety

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 ThoughtSo often our worries are so heavy because we refuse to put them down. Let’s cast our burdens on the Lord. Let’s consciously put our future in his hands. Let’s trust our worrisome fears to his care. We know he loves … Read moreAnxiety

Loving the Truth

“No lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless” (Revelation 14:5). To become blameless is to be free from falsehood; it is to be delivered from sin and the deception that protects sin. Yet this process is not attained if we are only casually committed to the Lord Jesus. We must be dedicated to … Read moreLoving the Truth

Will You Join Jesus in His Work?

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:36–38 (NIV) There … Read moreWill You Join Jesus in His Work?

Open Your Ears and Sympathize

“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us”2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT, 2ndedition). Jesus gives us a great model for demonstrating mercy in the story of the Good Samaritan. We can draw out … Read moreOpen Your Ears and Sympathize

Easter Shows Us God’s Amazing Love

“God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners Romans 5:8 (NLT). Everything that Jesus did for you He did out of love. The Bible says that God made you to love you. The only reason you’re alive is because you were made to be … Read moreEaster Shows Us God’s Amazing Love

The Believer’s Journey to the Cross

“And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.  Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone:  but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  He who loves his life loses it, and he who … Read moreThe Believer’s Journey to the Cross

Jesus Prays for You

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message.” John 17:20 (NIV) During the Last Supper, Jesus prayed for himself and then he prayed for the disciples. And then, with the hour of his death approaching, he took time to pray for you. He … Read moreJesus Prays for You

He Knew His Future

“Jesus answered and said unto them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up’” John 2:19 (KJV) A missionary in Turkey sought to teach the truth of the resurrection of Christ to a group of people. “I am traveling, and I have reached a place where the road branches off in … Read moreHe Knew His Future

Unoffendable

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh”  Ezekiel 36:26. God has a new heart for us that cannot be offended, an “unoffendable” heart. Beloved, possessing an unoffendable heart is not … Read moreUnoffendable

Dealing with Feelings of Guilt

Read: Ephesians 2: 1-10 Guilt can be like a poison working insidiously on the inside to create havoc in our thoughts and emotions. The antidote is to understand why we feel guilty and to know how to apply scripture teachings on the subject. Misunderstanding grace results in guilty feelings which make us think that in … Read moreDealing with Feelings of Guilt

Time to Tell Yourself the Truth

“The Lord gave us mind and conscience; we cannot hide from ourselves” Proverbs 20:27 TEV). The best way to get off a guilt trip is to first admit your guilt. Don’t bury it, don’t deny it, and don’t ignore it. Just own up to it! Even when we know this truth, we still try to … Read moreTime to Tell Yourself the Truth

Delight Yourself

“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 Thoughts on today’s verse Rather than seeing this as a way to get our wish list granted, let’s see it for what it really is — an invitation to seek a love relationship with God above all other … Read moreDelight Yourself

You Can Live Forgiven

Do you know God’s grace? If you do, you can live boldly, live robustly; his safety net will break your fall. Nothing fosters courage like a clear grasp of grace. And nothing fosters fear like an ignorance of mercy. May I speak candidly? If you haven’t accepted God’s forgiveness, you’re doomed to live in fear. … Read moreYou Can Live Forgiven

Resting in the Faithfulness of God

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed … Read moreResting in the Faithfulness of God

Covenant Keeping God

Put your trust and hope in the Lord.Don’t be discouraged, when things do not seem to go your way.Do not be afraid, but be of good courage.What’s there to fear, if The Lord is always beside you?Trust in the Lord in everything that you do.Be patient, and wait upon Him. The world may think that … Read moreCovenant Keeping God

Joyful in Hope

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12: 12 Thoughts on today’s verse Sometimes the key to survival is simply “setting our jaw” and going on faithfully trusting that God is there helping us, despite the outward circumstances. Choosing joy through hope rather than despair, choosing patient endurance in times of … Read moreJoyful in Hope

A Vast Army

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight … Read moreA Vast Army

The Height of God’s Love

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:38-39 (NIV). There is … Read moreThe Height of God’s Love

Fix Your Eyes on the Future

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”2 Corinthians 4:18 In our Christian journey it is good and proper, at most times and in most circumstances, to be looking forward. Forward lies the crown, and onward … Read moreFix Your Eyes on the Future

Clutter

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” – Proverbs 16:3 Are you weighed down by the clutter in your life? I mean lots of little chores to do sometime in no particular order. If you focus too much on these petty tasks, trying to get them out of the way, … Read moreClutter

How to Get Past Regrets

“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands” Isaiah 43:18-19 (MSG). How often do you play the “If only” game? •    If … Read moreHow to Get Past Regrets

How Much Do Parents Give Up?

“Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother … When Jesus saw [her] there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, ‘Woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.” John 19:25-27 The scriptures share … Read moreHow Much Do Parents Give Up?

Risk Believing

When forced to stand at the crossroads of belief and unbelief, God’s people choose belief! God’s people risk believing! Nowhere is this better exemplified than in Joshua’s story. You could argue that the central message of the book of Joshua is this headline: “God keeps his promises. Trust him.” The three verses of Joshua 21: … Read moreRisk Believing

Deception of the Heart

“Take care lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them.” Deuteronomy 11:16 Our God is so amazing. Majestic. Gracious. Loving. We may think, “I would never serve another.” But tragically, it happens all the time. People who have known and loved God — sometimes for many years … Read moreDeception of the Heart

How to Cry Out to God

“And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Matthew 14:29-30 The phone rings, and you answer. A sullen voice informs you of a tragedy. Your heart … Read moreHow to Cry Out to God

God’s Help

You may think that you are tried more than other people are.If you knew the value of it, you would praise God for the trials that come your way. It is in the trials that you are purified; it is through the fiery furnace of affliction that God gets you in the place where He … Read moreGod’s Help