So I really have to admit, I just don’t understand this whole “political correctness” thing in regards to the traditional Christmas greeting. For 30 years I lived in a world of non-Christians who cheerfully celebrated this holiday with open arms. Nobody I knew really professed any great faith, but we all looked forward to this time of year, giving and accepting gifts, and enjoying the […]
I am free. I have been freed from the chains of the law. When I try to uphold the law and live according to the law — for the purposes of accomplishing the law — it leads to death (Romans 6:23). The Apostle Paul spoke of this, and explained that it is through knowing the law that we are aware of our sin (Romans 7:7). […]
I approached God this morning on my knees. As my king, I approach the throne as his servant. Humbly requesting attendance with him. And I asked him to hold his blessings and his instructions for me until I confessed my sins to him.
I often wrestle with accepting my identity in Christ. While many characteristics have been given to me, and have transformed me into a new creation, I often find myself “held back” by seeing me as I have always been.
Mankind was charged with leadership and dominion of all the animal kingdom. He was not just given authority and power, but responsibility. Many may mention, if not too casually, that freewill — the human ability to choose right and wrong — was part of the package. I agree, it sounds too “convenient” for Christians to simply say that freewill is the reason for evil and […]
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” — Galatians 5:19, 22-23
Have you ever wondered why you never seem to have an abundance of the aforementioned “fruits?”…
“I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.” — Psalm 119:32
So many demand freedom, but don’t understand its meaning. Freedom means to be at “liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint; exemption from external control, interference, regulation; the power to determine action without restraint.” — Dictionary.com
When the founding fathers spoke of freedom, and carved it into parchment, their freedom was from the control, interference and regulation of the throne of England. They were not slaves, but already free men, who wanted to govern their own lives and families. But in their success, they formed a government that now intrudes in the lives of its citizens. But whose fault is that?
The answer to the question, “Does God ever give us more than we can handle?”, is YES.
We are constantly dealing with one trial or another, whether great or small. As was stated recently by Pastor Greg Laurie, “We are either in the midst of a trial, just coming out of one, or are just about to enter one.”
In any training activity, whether running, weight-lifting, or whatever, the one in training has no upward growth unless obstacles or challenges exist. The “raising of the bar” (that’s a pole-vaulting term), or increasing the weight must come BEFORE the growth.
Every day I find myself at odds with… myself. As I grow in my discipleship, I look back to see all of the things of my old self that no longer remain. Old habits and attitudes, and ways of thinking. And while my life is no longer a habitual personification of ungodliness – no longer leading a sinful life – it continues to be pot-marked with the remains of what once was…
In reading some comments recently in Rick Warren’s re-tooled book, A Purpose Driven Life, I was pointed to a time in the prophet Hezekiah’s life when God withdrew from his presence so that Hezekiah was forced to contend with it on his own, to test his character and his faith.
“He succeeded in everything he undertook. But when envoys were sent by the rulers of Babylon to ask him about the miraculous sign that had occurred in the land, God left him to test him and to know everything that was in his heart.” — 2 Chronicles 32:30-31
And once again, God highlights my own relationship with him, and shows me how…