Posts with the tag “believer”
What Are Your Ministry Gifts?
by Curt Dodd on September 18th, 2023
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. – 1 Peter 4:10In Scripture, we learn that there are several ministry gifts that are granted to believers. There is the gift of giving, the gift of helping, the gift of administration (organization), the gift of mercy, the gift of discernment, the gift of prophecy, the g...
by Curt Dodd on September 9th, 2023
Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will. (Romans 12:2) Andrew Murray said many of us need to understand what prayer is. He said, “Prayer is not so much trying to get God to align with you, but rather it helps you align with where God is g...
Forgetting Your First Love
by Curt Dodd on July 7th, 2023
Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. (Revelation 2:4-6) In this passage, we see the problem that the church...
Align with the Lord
by Curt Dodd on July 5th, 2023
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 straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. (Proverbs 3:5-7) Andrew Murray gave us a better understanding of prayer. He said, “Prayer is not so much trying to get God to align with you, but rather it helps you align wit...
The Fullness of Jesus
by Curt Dodd on June 9th, 2023
Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. (John 1:16) Let’s take a closer look at the meaning behind John’s words. The word “fullness” actually means, “that which fills.” Therefore, Christ is the well from which we draw. Everything comes from Him. There is more than enough of Him for each of His followers, so much so that He is overflowing into our national a...
Trust God with Your Finances
by Curt Dodd on May 7th, 2023
One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. (Proverbs 11:24) Years ago, I pastored a church in Houston. We had a family in our church; they were going through a disastrous financial time. They were upside down financially. His business had failed, and he was having a difficult time. They tried to do all kinds of maneuvering to get out o...
Finding Godly Mentors
by Curt Dodd on January 1st, 2023
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) The best spiritual mentors are people who are walking toward purity and godliness. If you need a spiritual mentor, make sure you are learning from people who are living a life that honors the Lord. Find people who can pour wisdom and encouragement into you. Seek godly counsel as you make decisions. People will make a huge differen...
Helping Hurting People
by Curt Dodd on November 7th, 2022
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. This is how we know that we belong to ...
Justifying Your Own Way
by Curt Dodd on October 28th, 2022
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:7-9) It can be difficult to talk about God’s judgment. As a bel...
Get into the Game!
by Curt Dodd on October 16th, 2022
Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle. (Psalm 144:1)Whenever I go to watch a football game, I notice that there are typically three kinds of players on the football team. First of all, there are the players on the field who are engaged in the battle. They are doing everything that they have been trained to do. They received the jersey, and they have ...
by Curt Dodd on September 9th, 2022
Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will. (Romans 12:2) Andrew Murray said many of us need to understand what prayer is. He said, “Prayer is not so much trying to get God to align with you, but rather it helps you align with where God is goin...
Don’t Abuse Your Free Will
by Curt Dodd on December 5th, 2021
“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,” (Matthew 24:12)One gift that God has given you as a human being is free will. Because He has given you free will, God will never make you do something. He will not force you to do something, even if the thing you’re going to do is not what He wants you to do. He will abide by your personal will.However, God allows you to exp...
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