“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” [John 6:51]
How can we really know Jesus if we never hear His words? How can we live like He did if we don’t know how He lived? And how can we follow Him if we don’t know where He’s going? It’s imperative that we stay close to Him so that we don’t lose our way. But how can we stay close to Him if we’re not even watching Him or listening to Him?
Have we indeed resigned ourselves only to follow our church leaders, speakers, authors, and other believers, and trusting everything they tell us all the time, instead of reading and learning and asking God Himself to reveal His truths to us? […]
Ultimately, those who are successful don’t make resolutions for success. They find success because of the resolve they establish before they begin. They set their hearts and minds on something greater and they pursue that change for that greater purpose. They do not waver. Instead, they sacrifice. They put their wants and desires behind them and do all the hard things until they get through the change, the circumstance, or the ordeal. They persevere, relentlessly, until it has been achieved or overcome.
If you intend to make a change in your life[…]
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.
We so often believe that if we could only say the right thing, we could change others’ hearts, minds, or attitudes. How arrogant we are! Did not Jesus walk the earth? Did he not speak the words of truth to everyone? If, then, his direct words of love and truth did not always affect a change, why are we so convinced that our words can […]
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 […]
Jesus, the Man While Jesus was unquestionably “fully human” and “fully God”, we must recognize that being fully human did, in fact, bring significant limitations. While Jesus was clearly connected to God, it was also a requirement of his humanity to be disconnected from God at the same time. Jesus received his power from the Father, but Jesus admitted that there were things the Father […]
Children seek not independence, but “the freedom to act according to emotion without fear of consequence.”
Independence is the freedom, or capability, to make your own intelligent, informed decisions. This ability, however, is neither innate nor learned, as no one has the right perspective to know what’s best for themselves. This ability requires input, advice, and direction from others who understand our purpose and station; others who are trustworthy and who have proven to have our interests at heart.
True independence comes from hearing the truth.
“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 term “sin” has often been commonly related to an archaic archery term that meant to miss the mark [target]. But this term is more effectively translated as falling short of the target. However, when we casualize sin in this way, we blind ourselves to the truth of how God defines sin. It is certainly written in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fall […]