“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not […]
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of […]
What’s the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning? For most of us, the first and most natural things that flood our minds when the alarm goes off do not […]
One of the most dangerous qualities of pride is that it sneaks into places in our hearts where other sins once lived. We begin to conquer some sinful attitude, or habit, or addiction with God’s […]
“But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person” (Matthew 15:18, ESV). The world is a cold place, and life on this earth can lend itself naturally to miserable attitudes. […]
Life is hard. No matter who we are, we all experience difficulty. To be sure, the degree of life’s severity differs from person to person. As I write this, many around the world are experiencing […]
Becoming diligent is hard work, but diligence is not synonymous with working hard. I know from personal experience one can get up early and go to bed late, and expend a lot of energy, and […]
We are, for the most part, troubled people. We are troubled within, and troubled without. We are troubled in our bodies, and in our families. We are troubled in our workplaces, and in our churches. […]
Many of the burdens I bear in life are made far heavier by adding on top of them an oversized image of myself. I simply have a tendency to think more often about and more highly of myself than […]
Understanding the relationship between God’s sovereignty and human responsibility used to be simply an intellectual pursuit for me — just a stunning puzzle of philosophical ideas. Not anymore. The bitter fruit of laziness, anxiety, and […]
Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence (Psalm 139:7, ESV)? To hear us justify it in our own heads, it sounds like all we’re doing is innocently trying to […]
I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned […]
When God chooses not to tell us everything, he shows us more mercy than we realize. On the Mount of Olives with Jesus, just before his ascension to the Father, one of the disciples asked […]
Anxiety is a species of fear. It’s the paralyzing fear of “what if.” It’s the fear that something we dread might possibly come true. There’s only one solution to anxiety: the assurance everything is going […]
Too many Christians live daily with literally no sense of the spiritual energy and potential residing in us. We’re far more aware of our weaknesses and wanderings and inabilities. God himself lives in us, and […]
Fear for tomorrow kills our faith for today. So, having faith for today often means killing fear for tomorrow.
Think about your first breath after death. That moment has everything to do with this one (and every moment between now and then) — that first newborn inhale in heaven. Why will that gasp of […]
If we are always concerned with what people think about us, we will always be reluctant to tell them about Jesus.
We are living in the last days, the rulership of man will soon come to an end and the day of the Lord will soon commence.
Today is a new day. Yesterday is gone, what’s done is done. Today you can begin again. God can make all things new.