The Evil We Face

And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.” (Matthew 6:13 NLT) What is your greatest temptation?  A lustful heart and mind were issues for me for years, but in this season of my life my greatest temptation is to dishonor the Lord by not recognizing His hand on everyContinue reading “The Evil We Face”

When Fear Tries To Stop You

“Serve the Lord with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling.” (Psalm 2:11 NLT) Have you ever been really scared? When I was a boy, I had a clown about four feet tall that stood just inside my bedroom door. It had sand or something in the base so when I hit it, it would bounceContinue reading “When Fear Tries To Stop You”

Pain and Suffering

“What we do see is Jesus, who was given a position ‘a little lower than the angels’; and because He suffered death for us, He is now ‘crowned with glory and honor.’ Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone.” (Hebrews 2:9 NLT) Pain and suffering are the common denominators of each member ofContinue reading “Pain and Suffering”

What Is the Unpardonable Sin?

“I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences.” (Mark 3:28-29 NLT) The context of the above verses is a time early in Jesus’ ministry when He’d been healing people and casting out demons.Continue reading “What Is the Unpardonable Sin?”

What’s the Cost?

“But at a birthday party for Herod, Herodias’s daughter performed a dance that greatly pleased him, so he promised with a vow to give her anything she wanted.” (Matthew 14:6-7 NLT) Have you ever expressed your intent to commit to something before you knew the cost? I have, and it cost me more than IContinue reading “What’s the Cost?”

What Is Forgiveness?

“Then Peter came to Him and asked, ‘Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?’ ‘No, not seven times,’ Jesus replied, ‘but seventy times seven!’” (Matthew 18:21-22 NLT) What is the Lord seeking to teach us about giving and receiving forgiveness? What will we do with that knowledge? How areContinue reading “What Is Forgiveness?”

Prove It!

“Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.” (Matthew 3:8 NLT)  Perhaps you’ve heard the old adage: “The proof is in the pudding.” What does that mean? It means if you’re going to brag about your pudding, it’d better taste good. The same is true ofContinue reading “Prove It!”

Who Are You Playing For?

“And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is My dearly loved Son, who brings Me great joy.’” (Matthew 3:17 NLT) In a recent devotional, Ron Hutchcraft told the story of a young man who was performing his first concert as a pianist. The auditorium was filled with an expectant audience, and at the end theyContinue reading “Who Are You Playing For?”

Keeping Our Focus on Jesus (Part 2)

“…especially the sin that so easily trips us up.” (Hebrews 12:1b NLT) The battlefield on which a follower of Jesus will live and die, is between our ears. The most dangerous mine field of our existence as a believer is our mind. To keep our thoughts focused on Jesus while pursuing the sinful ways ofContinue reading “Keeping Our Focus on Jesus (Part 2)”