Why Are You Following?
on November 28th, 2023
When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. (Matthew 8:1) Why are you really following Jesus? After the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus amassed a huge crowd. This huge crowd was made up of individuals who were following Christ for different reasons: 1. Some followed out of interest and curiosity. They just showed up because everyone was headed that way, and they were inte...
Having A Spiritual Mindset
on November 27th, 2023
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 6:12Years ago, I was talking to one of my friends and he mentioned that he had a friend whose child was of preschool age. The little boy was overwhelmed with fear every night. H...
Overcoming Fear and Worry
on November 26th, 2023
You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)What are you most afraid of? Do you struggle with feeling anxious and worried all the time? Does fear seem to have a very comfortable seat in your life and seems to refuse to leave?We need to realize that the enemy’s tactic is always fear. He wants nothing more th...
Control Your Heart
on November 25th, 2023
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23) When there is trouble in our lives, we tend to focus on that. We think we can work through it by mental-emotional gyrations. We dream about it, talk to our friends about it, and dwell on it. We devote a lot of verbiage to that trouble. Because we are worrying about it, Jesus is saying, “Don't let your hearts b...
on November 24th, 2023
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. (John 14:1) Do you realize that trouble is simply part of life? You can't avoid it. It is crucial to understand that through Christ we can overcome the trouble, regardless of what it is. Jesus told us, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” (John 15:18) People will not always line up with what you beli...
Wait in Silence
on November 23rd, 2023
Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10) We don't like silence and we don't do very well with silence. Have you noticed that we try to fill silence with activity? It is important for us to realize that there are times when we need to be quiet. This happens to many of us. When there is silence and God doesn't move, we do something. When in doubt, do something. Like Simon Peter, when th...
God Can Defend Himself
on November 22nd, 2023
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9) When we don't understand what God is doing, we try to explain why God would allow something to happen. Many of us think we have to answer all of the “nay-sayers.” We hear people say, “If God is a God of love, w...
on November 21st, 2023
And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me -- she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:11-13) Being free of guilt comes from finding fr...
Pray About Your Anxiety
on November 20th, 2023
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7Yesterday, we talked about anxiety and how the root of anxiousness is a spiritual problem. But now that we’ve identified that reality, what do we do about our anxiety? How do we respond in a godly way when we’re feeling anxious and fearful?Let me give you one big step you can take to overcome your anxiety: Practice letting go of y...
What Are Feeling You Anxious About?
on November 19th, 2023
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7If you want to destroy the curse of anxiety, you need to unmask the spiritual problem in your life. When we experience anxiety, we are ultimately dealing with a spiritual problem. Now don’t get me wrong. Anxiety does have physical repercussions, but at its root, it is a spiritual problem. Do you know what that problem is? It is be...
on November 18th, 2023
But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. (Psalm 33:11) If we are going to be the individuals who the Lord desires us to be, we must learn how to stand firmly in every area of our lives. A solid conviction within our hearts must reveal itself in clear action in our lives. We might stand for an internal commitment or belief, but it needs more...
on November 17th, 2023
Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. They had such a sharp disagreement that they...
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