Instead of focusing on our self-esteem, let’s rely on Jesus in our inadequacy. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 Our world emphatically proclaims the importance of self-esteem, which is a favorable impression of oneself. It’s not unusual to hear that an individual who values himself will accomplish much. Yet Scripture warns us not to think too highly of … Continue reading Relying on Christ
We must know the truth of Scripture so the Holy Spirit can help us discern how it applies to our life. 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 - God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit "We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who … Continue reading Acquiring Spiritual Discernment
2 Corinthians 5:17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. God opens doors for us, in the hope that we will walk through. Take a moment to imagine a doorway. Perhaps you envision the entrance to a cozy cabin, or maybe you picture a massive entryway fit … Continue reading All Things New, in 2022!
Focusing on God’s endless power puts our problems into perspective. 2 Chronicles 20:1-17 In Scripture, we find examples of people who prayed with spiritual authority, and King Jehoshaphat is one of them. When he heard that a great army was coming against Judah, he immediately turned to the Lord for help. His example teaches us … Continue reading The Power of Prayer
1 Thessalonians 5:18 "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." Many people find it easy to be thankful when things are going well but quite another thing to give thanks when the world seems to be falling apart. The key to maintaining gratefulness in every situation is to … Continue reading Give Thanks In All Things
Psalm 100 - A psalm for giving grateful praise. 1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his[a]; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.5 For … Continue reading Shout for Joy!
Fasting is an opportunity for God to refresh your mind, address sin, and express His will for your life. WHAT IS FASTING? Fasting is a spiritual discipline that is taught in the Bible. Jesus expected His followers to fast, and He said that God rewards fasting. Fasting, according to the Bible, means to voluntarily reduce or … Continue reading God’s Purposes for Fasting
If we find that God is withholding something we need, it’s wise to ask ourselves if we’ve gotten in the way by sinning or failing to act. Psalm 84 The Lord has promised to provide, so why doesn’t He always meet our needs when we ask? In today’s passage, His promise of provision has a … Continue reading The Problem of Unmet Needs
On Earth, Jesus Christ was fully man and also the Son of God, our Savior, and God Himself—so He is worthy of praise. John 1:1-18 While most people are familiar with the name “Jesus,” few truly know who He is. Yet knowing Jesus’ identity and mission are important because the ramifications are eternal. And the … Continue reading Who Is Jesus?
Like Paul in prison, we may go through very difficult times, but if our focus is on God, we will be content and even joyful. Philippians 4:10-13 "I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not … Continue reading Changing Our Focus