Peace and pain play against each other on the tennis court of the soul. Which one wins is determined by God's mercy and a person's trust in Him. read more
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Receive all the Lord has for you. Go outside your own camp if you have to. But let's not quench the Holy Spirit. read more
If you don't believe it, just read Matthew 7:22. read more
As Paul wrote to the Philippians near the end of his life, he did not think he had yet attained this crown, but "this one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind, I press on toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:13-14). This was the focus of his life.
As I have shared, I have at times been distracted from this focus, as many others likely have. But the greatest Christian life will be found in pursuit of this calling. If you have been distracted from it and are now drawn again into the greatest race of all, do not hesitate.
Two of the biggest traps for those who run the race for the high calling are pride and delusion. These will trip us up if we start to esteem ourselves better than others because we are doing more for the Lord, or if we begin to think we have attained to all we have been called to.
If the apostle Paul, near the end of such an extraordinary and monumental life, did not consider that he had yet attained to this high calling, it is likely we cannot know if we have attained in this life.
Those who do attain will be so lost in Christ that they are no longer focused on themselves and what they may be attaining. The higher we go in the pursuit of Him, the more we will forget about what we get and be devoted to seeing the Lord receive the reward of His sacrifice.
This is the true Galatians 2:20 life, when, "It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me."
How would we live if every day our main pursuit was not what we could get out of it, but what could we do for Him?
Jesus showed prudence when selecting His disciples. Shouldn't you follow these guidelines as well? read more
If God is that interested in us, isn't it only natural to be that interested in Him? read more
At 15 years old, Tammie Head didn't believe God could want her, considering her past. Here's a powerful story of redemption. read more
Many have been hurt or injured in many ways by the church. How can that trust be regained? read more
Did you know the Bible argues? Catch on to this and five other tips that will help you get more from your devotions. read more
God puts things in our path to build our faith. He also gives us assignments to root the fear out of our lives. How do we accomplish the assignments? read more