“Do Right…Love Mercy…Walk Humbly”

“What does the Lord require of you? To act justly…love mercy and…walk humbly with your God.” Mic 6:8 NIV The prophet Micah asks: “With what shall I come before the Lord…Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings…with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for…the sin of my soul?” (vv. 6-7 NIV). Do you feel like you can never be good enough to please God? Does religion look to you like a set of impossible, guilt-inducing demands designed to appease … [Read more...]

A Statement of Purpose to Live By

“Always give yourselves fully.” 1Co 15:58 NIV Next time you pass a McDonald’s, think about this statement from the founder Ray Kroc. “Press on! Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: Nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not: Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” As you read about the heroes of faith listed in … [Read more...]

Spiritual Yet Still Carnal

“Until Christ is formed in you.” Gal 4:19 NIV When you become a Christian you discover that part of you wants to walk “in newness of life” (Ro 6:4), while another part wants to walk “after the flesh” (Ro 8:5). And you would, if it weren’t for God’s Spirit who lives in your divided house and “groans” when you do certain things, challenging you with God’s Word (See Jn 16:7-14). The truth is, your new heart is still living in your old body. One author writes: “When I first came to Christ I thought … [Read more...]

Do You Really Want God’s Blessing?

“Jacob…wrestled with [God] until the breaking of the day.” Ge 32:24 Some of your toughest battles in life will be with God. That’s because there’s a “Jacob nature” in each of us that resists the will of God, and it has to be dealt with. The same God who asked Jacob, “What is your name?” will ask you to identify yourself too. And until you’re willing to do an honest evaluation and answer truthfully, your life can’t change for the better. God had to break Jacob by dislocating his hip, the thing … [Read more...]

You’ll Be Rewarded

“Your labor is not in vain.” 1Co 15:58 NKJV It’s easy to forget that this world isn’t your home, that you’re going to spend eternity with Christ in a home specially prepared for you, and when you get to heaven you’ll be rewarded for how well you fulfilled your God-given assignment here on earth. The Bible not only teaches this, it spells out the specifics. Here are three you need to keep in mind. (1) Your greatest reward will be in heaven, not on earth. Yes, there are earthly rewards (See Mk … [Read more...]

Get Some Rest

“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mk 6:31 NIV Why did Jesus take time out to rest? So that when He worked, He’d be at His best. And today He wants you to know that if you don’t take a break, you won’t get one. He wants you to survive the long haul, not just the short sprint. And the first obstacle you need to overcome is guilt. That’s what makes us workaholics. We feel guilty and tell ourselves, “There’s just so much to do.” Jesus handled life differently: … [Read more...]

Let Jesus, “tell you who you…really are.”

“Now I’m going to tell you who you…really are.” Mt 16:17 MSG Peter the apostle started out as Peter the fisherman. His father owned a fleet of fishing boats, and Peter probably thought that one day he’d end up running the family business when his dad was gone. But when the Lord has a plan for your life, He will come looking for you! Think about this fascinating interaction between Jesus and Peter: “He pressed them, ‘And how about you? Who do you say I am?’ Simon Peter said, ‘You’re the Christ, … [Read more...]

To This You Were Called

“To this you were called…that you should follow in his steps.” In the midst of his problems, Job said, “He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10 NKJV). Gold is hidden deep in the earth, and it takes hours of backbreaking work removing tons of dirt scoop by scoop to bring it to the surface. Likewise, crucifying the flesh is excruciating and time-consuming, and when you follow Jesus, you give Him “digging rights.” Satan tries to bury your … [Read more...]

What is Godliness?

“My soul thirsts for God.” Ps 42:2 NIV What comes to mind when you think of the word godliness? Religious rules and regulations? Christians who point fingers and say, “Thou shalt not”? Little wonder so many people avoid us! Is godliness even possible in an age of interstate drivers and internet shoppers? Or do we need to return to the days of Little House on the Prairie in order to be godly? The fact is godliness isn’t a culture, it’s an attitude of the heart. It has little to do with how a … [Read more...]

Your God is Unlimited

“Nothing is too hard for you.” Jer 32:17 NIV God can solve any problem because He is not bound by human limitations: (1) He is not limited by time. God can do in an instant what would normally take years. “He sends his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly” (Ps 147:15 NIV). He can speed up the natural process of your healing; He can accelerate your harvest of blessing so that you’ll be sowing with one hand and reaping with the other (See Amos 9:13). (2) He is not limited by lack. When the … [Read more...]