Surrendering to Get Strong

“Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time He said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” (2 Corinthians 12:8-9 NLT) Weakness is something weContinue reading “Surrendering to Get Strong”

I AM For Your Every Need

“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘I am El-Shaddai – “God Almighty,” serve Me faithfully and live a blameless life.’” (Genesis 17:1 NLT) *The Lord is the answer to our every need. There’s never a need He won’t supply. Sylvia Gunter has put together a very interesting “tool”Continue reading “I AM For Your Every Need”

Lies We Believe

“Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. (1 Timothy 4:2 NLT) What lies do you believe about yourself that are keeping you from being all the Lord desires you to become? Things like: “I’m not good enough” orContinue reading “Lies We Believe”

The “Couples” of the Bible

“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” (Ephesians 6:18 NLT) As we begin a new year, I’d like to point our attention to several “couples” in the Bible. No, these aren’t literal married couples, rather couples of words thatContinue reading “The “Couples” of the Bible”

What Is Spiritual Rest?

“Indeed, He who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The Lord Himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.” (Psalm 121:4-5 NLT) In Genesis chapter 2 the Bible says: “So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day GodContinue reading “What Is Spiritual Rest?”

A Closer Look at Gentleness

“Seek the Lord, all who are humble, and follow His commands. Seek to do what is right and to live humbly. Perhaps even yet the Lord will protect you – protect you from His anger on that day of destruction.” (Zephaniah 2:3 NLT) What picture comes to mind when you hear the word “gentleness?” ThisContinue reading “A Closer Look at Gentleness”

Offense or Defense?

“So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.” (1 Corinthians 9:26 NLT) My dad boxed in a Y.M.C.A. league when he was in his teens and taught me the fundamentals of boxing when I was a boy. A common expression used in a boxing match is: “styles make fights.” WhatContinue reading “Offense or Defense?”

God Is Able – To Establish You!

“Now all glory to God, who is able to make your strong, just as my Good News says.” (Romans 16:25a NLT) There have been times in my life as a believer that I was so burdened by my inability to be strong enough, in the sense of being able to keep my focus on Jesus,Continue reading “God Is Able – To Establish You!

When You Reach the End of Yourself

“The commander of the Lord’s army replied, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.’ And Joshua did as he was told.” (Joshua 5:15 NLT) Joshua was the man God chose to lead the children of Israel into their promised land after the death of Moses. There were two predominantContinue reading “When You Reach the End of Yourself”

Are You Amazed?

“From His abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.” (John 1:16 NLT) What amazes you? “Amaze” is a word we use often, yet I’m not sure we understand what it means. According to Merriam-Webster it means: “to overwhelm with wonder; astound; astonish, surprise.” Philip Yancey’s book entitled What’s So Amazing About Grace?Continue reading “Are You Amazed?”