Many times the idea of living for God is cloaked with suffering and sacrifice. However, we see in Psalm 1 that the person who chooses to live all out for God is described as happy and blessed! - Permission To Be Happy? Granted!
We see a story in the Old Testament where David and his men came home to find it burned to the ground. Their wives and children were taken and all seemed lost. However, there was an inflection point of faith, when David chose to encourage himself in the Lord. The Lord told him to rescue their families and everyone was returned home safely. - Inflection Points Of Faith.
Jesus told us that we would receive the Spirit of truth, Who in turn, would guide us into all truth and show us things to come. Sometimes, as we're endeavoring to follow the Spirit's leading we can hear conflicting ideas. Some will say, "I am waiting on God." Others will say, "No! God is waiting on you." So which is it? - God's Timing: Who's Waiting On Who?
Jesus warned us (Luke 21:25-28) that in the last days there would be such distress in nature and among nations so that men's hearts would fail because of fear. However, Jesus also said that when these very same things begin to happen that we are to look up with anticipation. - Courage In The Last Days.
The Word of God repeatedly exhorts us to "follow peace" (Psalm 34:14, Hebrews 12:14, Romans 12:18, Colossians 3:15). Does this mean that we are supposed to avoid conflict at all costs or never confront relevant issues? What does it mean to follow after peace? - Following Peace.
There is a repeated theme throughout the Word of God that exhorts us, "to not give up", "to be diligent", "to resist", and "to keep going". What do all these things have in common? - Godly Stubbornness.
When the Apostle Paul had his conversion experience (Acts 9:1-6), he asked the Lord what He wanted him to do. The Lord replied with a single instruction, "Go into the city (Damascus) and you will be told what you must do." This simple exchange between Paul and the Lord provides us with a profound template on how to navigate direction for our lives. - Navigating Life.
There's an amazing story about a prophet named Jonah who received a call from God to go to a city called Nineveh. As soon as Jonah heard it, he found a boat and sailed in the opposite direction of Nineveh! Why did he do that? Jonah wasn't actually running away from Nineveh, he was running from the mercy of God. - Answering The Call To Nineveh.
The Apostle Paul instructed the church (Ephesians 6:13), "Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day." Have you ever experienced the "Evil Day" where it seems that everything is going wrong at the same time? We have a promise that we can stand in our darkest hour. - Standing In The Evil Day II.
The Apostle Paul instructed the church (Ephesians 6:13), "Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day." Have you ever experienced the "Evil Day" where it seems that everything is going wrong at the same time? We have a promise that we can stand in our darkest hour. - Standing In The Evil Day.
The Psalmist declared (Psalm 91:1), "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the AlmightyI". We also need to know that we have this safe place of shelter in His presence. - Shelter In The Secret Place.
The Apostle Paul lists 9 specific gifts of the Spirit that break out into 3 groups of 3 gifts. The first grouping is the Utterance Gifts that "say something" (Prophecy, Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues). The next grouping is the Revelation Gifts that "reveal something" (Word of Knowledge, Word of Wisdom, Discerning of Spirits). The final grouping is the Power Gifts that "do something" (Faith, Gifts of Healings, Working of Miracles). Let's look at some scriptural examples of these gifts. - The Gifts of the Spirit II.