Do You Hate Your Sin?

“’Rabbi,’ His disciples asked Him, ‘Why was this man born blind? Was it because of His own sins or His parents’ sins?’” (John 9:2 NLT) Too often when we see someone in a debilitating condition or circumstance, we’re quick to assume there’s sin lurking somewhere. And the truth is, there is, but it may notContinue reading “Do You Hate Your Sin?”

Who or What Do You Worship?

“Next the devil took Him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. ‘I will give it all to You,’ he said, ‘if you will kneel down and worship me.’” (Matthew 4:8-9 NLT) We often read Scripture so quickly we miss important words.Continue reading “Who or What Do You Worship?”

How Do We Honor God?

“So the Word became human and made His home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen His glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.” (John 1:14 NLT) How did Jesus most effectively honor His Father in heaven? He allowed the Father to pour Himself intoContinue reading “How Do We Honor God?”

Pleasures Never Lie

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.” (Philippians 2:13 NLT) Pleasure can be the playground of the devil or the canvas upon which God’s presence is painted more clearly on our heart. Physical pleasure is fleeting yet can become intoxicating for those who seekContinue reading “Pleasures Never Lie”

Your Race of Faith?

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1 NLT) Outside magazine ranContinue reading “Your Race of Faith?”

Are You Clinging to the Cross?

“Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, ‘One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.’” (Mark 10:21 NKJV) There’s a story that Mark shares in chapter 10Continue reading “Are You Clinging to the Cross?”

The Hope of Glory

“For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing His glory.” (Colossians 1:27 NLT) As you think about what you’re hoping to achieve in this life, what, for you, would beContinue reading “The Hope of Glory”

Created for His Glory

“As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died.” (Galatians 6:14 NLT) Why do you believe you were born? As the population of the world surpassesContinue reading “Created for His Glory”

What Is the Object of Your Praise?

“For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.” (John 12:43 NLT) One of the clearest pictures of a person who loves Jesus more than they love themselves, is their reaction to praise. That’s something with which I’ve wrestled for many years, and still do on some levels. For example, when I wasContinue reading “What Is the Object of Your Praise?”

The Glory of God

“For God, who said, ‘Let there be light in the darkness,’ has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6 NLT) Human beings fail to recognize the glory of God in direct proportion to their unwillingnessContinue reading “The Glory of God”