Being Friends with God

“The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.” Ex 33:11 NLT When you talk to a friend, you’re unguarded and relaxed. No need to “mind your P’s and Q’s.” You can say what you think without fear of being judged. That’s how Moses and God talked to each other—like two friends who were trusting and transparent. They said what they felt and thought. The Israelites had just created a golden calf to worship, and God was angry enough to disown them and pick some new friends. … [Read more...]

What Season are You In?

“In season and out of season.” 2Ti 4:2 NIV If you sow your seed at the wrong time, you risk losing your harvest. Why? Because you didn’t recognize what season you were in. Are you in the season of small beginnings? If you are, God says, “Do not despise these small beginnings” (Zec 4:10 NLT). The richness and stability that come from “small beginnings” and gradual success are more lasting than the temperamental theatrics of those who have never learned their own vulnerabilities or developed a … [Read more...]

Go Deeper!

“Launch out into the deep.” Lk 5:4 NKJV The disciples fished all night and caught nothing. Then Jesus said, “‘Launch out into the deep and let down your nets’…And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish” (Lk 5:4, 6 NKJV). Notice three things here: (1) Working harder isn’t necessarily the answer. The disciples “toiled all night” (v. 5). Nobody could have questioned their work ethic. But when you fish in water that’s too shallow, no amount of effort will bring results. (2) You … [Read more...]

Stand Firm!

“By faith…he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.” Heb 11:27 The life of Moses can be summed up in two words: “He endured.” He endured despite the contempt of Pharaoh, the mightiest monarch on earth. He endured despite the stubbornness of the Hebrews, who grumbled, blamed, and rebelled. He endured despite the criticism of Miriam and Aaron, his own family. He endured despite the negative report of the ten spies who came back from the Land of Promise saying, “The giants are too big, and we … [Read more...]

It’s Time to Become Mature

“We must try to become mature.” Heb 6:1 CEV Paul writes: “May God himself…who makes everything holy and whole…put you together—spirit, soul, and body, and keep you fit for the coming of…Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!” (1Th 5:23-24 MSG). Are you growing into spiritual maturity? Before you answer, read these words: “Maturity is the ability to control your anger and settle your differences without violence or resentment. Maturity is … [Read more...]

Getting Through what You’re Going Through

“GOD…WILL…PROVIDE A WAY OUT.” 1CO 10:13 NIV Some people stay in hopeless situations their whole lives without ever making a decision to seek God’s power to get through them. Being “longsuffering” doesn’t mean living in misery any longer than necessary. Paul says, “Be not conformed to this world: but be…transformed by…renewing…your mind, that ye may prove what is that good… acceptable…perfect, will of God” (Ro 12:2). When you renew your mind with God’s Word, He’ll show you His will and … [Read more...]

The Gospel is Exciting

“The gospel…is the power of God unto salvation.” Ro 1:16 One Sunday a lady fell asleep in church. Pointing to the man sitting next to her, the pastor said, “Please wake that lady up.” The man replied, “Sorry, Pastor. You put her to sleep—you wake her up!” Seriously, Paul tells us “the gospel…is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (NKJV). The Greek word for “power” is dunamis, from which we get the word dynamite. Talk about impact! The gospel changes people profoundly. Chuck … [Read more...]

Water Your Seed with God’s Word

“It is the same with my word.” Isa 55:11 NLT Isaiah writes: “The rain and snow come down from the heavens…to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word” (vv. 10-11 NLT). If you want a harvest you must sow a seed: “Whoever sows generously will also reap generously” (2Co 9:6 NIV). But you must also water your seed, and you do that by praying and speaking God’s Word over it! That’s what will “cause the grain to … [Read more...]

Show God’s Love (Part 2)

“If you love only the people who love you…you are no better than other people.” Mt 5:46-47 NCV Jon Walker writes: “Send picture and I’ll reply…it’s a common message in personal ads and it makes sense in this day and age to exercise caution…But when it comes to loving others, do you find yourself saying: Send picture first? We all say it in different ways…‘I have to see if you’re good enough…I’m not sure you’re worthy of my love…You need to act the way I expect before I’ll love you.’” It’s time … [Read more...]

Vengeance is God’s Job, Not Yours

“‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” Ro 12:19 NKJV Vengeance is God’s job, not yours. He will repay—whether on the Day of Judgment or in this life. He can discipline your abusive boss, soften your angry parent, bring your ex to his knees or her senses. Forgiveness doesn’t diminish justice; it entrusts it to God. He guarantees the right amount of retribution. We give too much or too little, but He has the precise prescription. And unlike us, He never gives up on a person. … [Read more...]