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"The Evening Wrestle"

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Luke 21:37 “Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening He went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives.”

 

   The simple habit of ending each day by transferring life’s issues (committed sin, anger, challenges, disputes, needed direction, discouragement, sadness, depression, etc.) to Him has not only drawn me closer to God, but also freed me of the world’s junk.  I serve a magnificent God who not only loves me, but also desires to positively affect my life.  “The Evening Wrestle” helped position me for more of God.

 

  How about you?  Does God hold such a position in your life that not only is the morning quiet time indispensable, but also entrusting Him with your burdens is a requisite.  What Scriptures have better equipped you in developing an intimate, passionate relationship with Jesus.  Click here to join in the conversation and share Scripture or thoughts on this area.  (Click here to read the full teaching on Lordship.)


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"Where God Lives"

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Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

 

   God has wrung me through the ringer on this teaching.  This Scripture takes you to the core of living the Christian life.  Do I have faith enough to take paths that are harder not easier in obedience to Christ?  Am I willing to suffer, give up, and lose out, so the kingdom of God is represented and grown?  God does not call us to a life of comfort, but a life available to God for His glory and use.  2 Corinthians 13:4 says, “For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by God's power.  Likewise, we are weak in Him, yet by God's power we will live with Him to serve you.”

 

   How about you?  Where do you need to trust God faith?  What Scriptures have better equipped you to seek only His glory and not what the world craves?  Click here to join in the conversation and share Scripture or thoughts on this area.  (Click here to read the full teaching on Lordship.)


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"Possessed by the Kingdom"

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Luke 17:21 "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you."  The richness of the kingdom of God dwelling in me never hit me until recently.  How powerful this verse is and at the same time how breathtaking.  God fully transporting His life and work in me.  Am I a worthy vessel?  Am I equipped for this?  What will this do to me?  As I pondered these questions I found peace knowing yes I am worthy by the blood of Christ.  Yes I am equipped by the power and work of the Holy Spirit.  And best of all is the growing, illuminating, experience of seeing God’s magnificent work in and through me!!


 How about you?  Where does God need to gain a greater hold on your life?  What Scriptures have better equipped you for God’s kingdom living in you? Click here to join in the conversation and share Scripture or thoughts on this area.  (Click here to read the full teaching on Lordship.)


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"Words"

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Proverbs 12:18 “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” The words we speak bring life or death; havoc or peace; build up or tear down.  Bridling our words is so difficult, but so important.  “Words” offers help in taming the tongue, while challenging the importance of a tongue that inspires the body of Christ to greater Godliness, fruitfulness and effectiveness. 

 

How about you?  Are your words under the control of the Holy Spirit or like a fire out of control?  How is God speaking to you on making your words His instrument for life, growth, and fruitfulness.  What Scriptures have better equipped you to seek only His glory and not what the world craves?  Click here to join in the conversation and share Scripture or thoughts on this area.  (Click here to read the full teaching on Lordship.)


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"In With the Good"

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"Master, Master, we're going to drown!"  He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.  "Where is your faith?" He asked His disciples.” 

 

Why do we let everything, but Christ overwhelm us when troubles attack?  Jesus said the answer was faith.  Looking at the way storms consume our lives indicates we may have a lack of faith.  Where does faith come from and how do we get it?  Jesus’s question challenged me to evaluate my walk of faith for holes in the dike of my life.  Jesus said that troubled times are opportunity for righteousness to rise-up and overcome the situation.  (Matthew 5:10 and Luke 6:21)  Ultimately our faith is buffeted by the extent we have may Jesus Lord of our lives.

 

How about you?  Where does God need to gain a greater hold on your life?  What Scriptures have better equipped you to thrive with God during troubled times?  Click here to join in the conversation and share Scriptures or thoughts on this area.  (Click here to read the full teaching on Lordship.)

 


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"Confronting Sin - Part 1"

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Mark 7:15 “Nothing outside a man can make him 'unclean' by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him 'unclean.’”

 

  “Confronting Sin”  changed my paradigm at how I look at sin.  I now see the battle not with sin itself, but in allowing God to take control.  Instead of focusing on sin or the spiritual activities in my life, I am stepping back, praying, and allowing the Holy Spirit to work.    Instead me manning up to sin, I am stepping down, so that God maintains and produces His righteousness in me.  Romans 6:13 is my battle verse, ‘Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to Him as instruments of righteousness.’

 

   How about you?  How are you making yourself vulnerable to sin?  How are you confronting sin?  Where have you given into sin regularly?  What Scriptures have better equipped you to seek only His glory and not what the world craves?  Click here to join in the conversation and share Scripture or thoughts on this area.  (Click here to read the full teaching on living in righteousness.)


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"Living in God's Favor"

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Psalm 33:18 “But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love.”

 

   The beauty of God’s eyes being on me created a hunger and motivation to seek and know Him as never before.  This verse does not just remind me, but also motivates me to live in total reverence and submission to Christ in all that I do.  I want to uplift God in all that I do so that God’s love and grace is continually poured out on me.  I profess Peter’s words when he said in John 13:9, “Then, Lord," Simon Peter replied, "not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!"

 

How about you?  Is your affection and love for the Lord such that God looks on you with adornment?  Where do you need to place your hope more in the Lord?  Where do you need to die to self, so Christ can flourish in you?  What Scriptures have better equipped you to seek only His glory and not what the world craves?  Click here to join in the conversation and share Scripture or thoughts on this area.  (Click here to read the full teaching on Lordship.)


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"Allow God to be God"

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Luke 9:23 "If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”

I often question and challenge the depth of my belief in God.  Is the depth of my beliefs strong enough to withstand the assaults of the world?  This week’s teaching, “Allow God to be God,” took me a step closer to sharpening my resolve and commitment to follow Christ no matter the circumstances.  It helped me align my priorities to God and not the life I live.  It helped me firm up my convictions to believe regardless of the circumstances.  Start now in developing a trust in God that steps out in faith as Jesus instructed the ruler in Mark 5:36 "Don't be afraid; just believe."

 

How about you?  Where are you not stepping out in faith, so God can be God in your life?  What Scriptures have better equipped you to seek only His glory and not what the world craves?  Click here to join in the conversation and share Scripture or thoughts on this area.  (Click here to read the full teaching on faith and lordship.)


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"Servant Abandonment"

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Matthew 20:28 “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. 


   How do Christians measure success in their relationship with Christ?  How do churches measure their success in being faithful shepherds of their Christian flocks?  Most followers of Christ answer the question of being fruitful for Christ with a bewildered look.  They may relate their service in the church or the sources of Biblical knowledge they are attaining.  “Servant Abandonment” teaches Christ’s desire for fruitfulness.  Out of servant abandonment you discover the opportunities to love, serve, and minister.  It is out of loving, serving, and ministering that opportunities for witnessing, discipling, and larger ministry arises.  I pray that God gives me the eyes, ears, heart, and mind to respond in service, ministry, and love to the people I engage and commune with.  May all my actions reflect Romans 15:2 “Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.”

 

How about you?  Where is your heart in serving with abandonment?  What Scriptures have better equipped you to serve, minister, and love not as the world does, but as Christ does?  Click here to join in the conversation and share Scripture or thoughts on this area.  (Click here to read the full teaching on Servant Abandonment.)


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"A Pure Heart"

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2 Chronicles 1:10-12 “Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people . . . God said to Solomon, "Since this is your heart's desire and you have not asked for wealth, riches or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king . . . "   


   I have always loved the beatitude in Matthew 5:8 that says, “The pure in heart will see God,” but I never pondered what a pure heart looked like.  When reading this passage the Holy Spirit said to me, “This is a pure heart!”  Solomon had anything he wanted and could strive for abundance without limits, but instead he asked for wisdom and knowledge to govern righteously.  This type mindset is so different from our world.  Seeing God’s pleasure in people seeking other interests, motivated me that much more to seek a pure heart that does not seek riches, honor, and revenge, but the good of others.

 

   How about you?  Where is your heart?  What Scriptures have better equipped you to seek a pure heart?  Click here to join in the conversation and share Scripture or thoughts on this area.  (Click here to read the full teaching on Lordship.)


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"A Pure Heart"

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2 Chronicles 1:10-12 “Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people . . . God said to Solomon, "Since this is your heart's desire and you have not asked for wealth, riches or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king . . . " 


I have always loved the beatitude in Matthew 5:8 that says, “The pure in heart will see God,” but I never pondered what a pure heart looked like.  When reading this passage the Holy Spirit said to me, “This is a pure heart!”  Solomon had anything he wanted and could strive for abundance without limits, but instead he asked for wisdom and knowledge to govern righteously.  This type mindset is so different from our world.  Seeing God’s pleasure in seeking other interests, motivated me that much more to seek a pure heart that does not seek riches, honor, and revenge, but the good of others.

 

How about you?  Where is your heart?  What Scriptures have better equipped you to seek a pure heart?  Click here to join in the conversation and share Scripture or thoughts on this area.  (Click here to read the full teaching on Lordship.)


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"Vibrancy in Christ"

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Matthew 12:48-50 “He replied to him, ‘Who is My mother, and who are My brothers?’  Pointing to His disciples, He said, ‘Here are My mother and My brothers.  For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.’" (NIV) Seeking and hungering for relationships with fully devoted followers of Christ challenged me.  My criteria often does not lead off with those who are vibrant in Christ, but rather with those who complement my needs.  I find this changes the more I abide and dwell in Christ.  John 15:5 says: "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit. It is out of this deep abiding in Jesus where I reflect more of Christ.

 

How about you?  Where does God desire a closer relationship with you?  What Scriptures have equip you to better seek Him and not the things of this world?  Click here to join in the conversation and share Scripture or thoughts on this area.  Click here to read the full teaching on Lordship. 


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"Three Opportunities For Christ"

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Luke 10:30-36 “In reply Jesus said, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers.  They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.  A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.  So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.  He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.  The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. “Look after him,” he said, “and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.”  Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?’”

 

The parable of the Good Samaritan always challenges me in my belief in God.  The way I relate to people all around me would look totally different if I really believed the way I talk.  The opportunities for loving are inexhaustible beyond what I am capable, but not out of reach for God.  In the Spirit my eyes for witnessing, discipling, and ministry would be far greater than what I do today.  I must believe John 14:12, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing.  He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”  I must pray, see, and respond by stepping by faith into the opportunities to love that God puts before me.

 

   How about you?  Do you believe God enough to be vulnerable to opportunities He puts before you?  Click here to read the full teaching on God’s Three Opportunities for Christ.


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"Repent Much, Love Much"

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“Repent Much, Love Much”

 

Luke 7:44-47 “Then He turned toward the woman and said to Simon, ‘Do you see this woman?  I came into your house. You did not give Me any water for My feet, but she wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give Me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing My feet.  You did not put oil on My head, but she has poured perfume on My feet.  Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven — for she loved much.  But he who has been forgiven little loves little.’” (NIV)

 

This was a hard teaching for me.  I can talk Christ, study Christ, do Christ, but “loving much” is my Achilles heel.  Loving much is being on watch 24/7 for who God has placed me in front of to love.  Love is not a once a quarter small group ministry time, but who God puts in my life every day to love.  I must hear, watch, and obey God’s opportunities to love.  Galatians 5:6 says it well: “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision (sign of being Jewish) nor uncircumcision has any value.  The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”

 

   How about you?  Are you developing a heart of love that sees the hearts, feelings, and wounds of those around you?  How has God led you to respond?  Are there any Scriptures that equip you for the challenge?  Click here to join in the conversation or share a Scripture or thought on this area.  Click here to read the entire teaching.


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"Dying to Live"

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John 13:38 “Then Jesus answered, "Will you really lay down your life for me?  I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times! (NIV)  God stopped me in my tracks during this quiet time Scripture.  I wanted to say “yeeow,” of course I am, where you go, I go, but God just answered, REALLY!  God started the movie reel of my life which caused me to step back and say REALLY?  Really that?  Really what?  But Lord you don’t know how Really good I am.  Lordship is tough, but through God’s sanctifying work it is fabulous.  I must only be willing to hear and see, so I can confess, trust, and step into the empowering work of the Holy Spirit.  It is only then that I will see the wonderment of God’s hand in my life.  Romans 12:1 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.”; Philippians 3:7 “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.”; Colossians 3:3 “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”  Let go and let God. 

 

   Join the conversation.  Where are you clinging to the ways of this world and not God?  How has God led you to respond?  Are there any Scriptures that equip you for the challenge?  Click here to read the entire teaching.


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"Glory Me"

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John 8:50 “I am not seeking glory for Myself; but there is One who seeks it, and He is the judge.”

 

    “Glory Me” is an easy read, but a hard to live teaching.  Every turn of my life naturally craves recognition and success.  This is a natural human trait that appears impossible to change, unless you allow God’s mission to consume your life.  When I wrote my book, I was asked what success would be.   Once I locked into the truth that one person’s salvation or the transformation of one Christian’s life was all that would make it a success, it become more about God and not about me.  I try to pray into all situations and activities to allow God’s work to be performed for His glory.  John 8:54 guides me well in this: “Jesus replied, ‘If I glorify Myself, My glory means nothing.  My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the One who glorifies Me.’” (NIV)

 

   How about you?  Where does God need to gain a greater hold on your life?  What Scriptures have better equipped you to seek only His glory and not what the world craves?  Click here to join in the conversation and share Scripture or thoughts on this area.  (Click here to read entire devotion).


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"Stagnation or Transformation"

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Ephesians 2:22 “And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.” (NIV)

 

    Is Jesus building you into a dwelling where God lives and flourishes or does your God occasionally come out of hiding to attend church with you?  Is God the Lord of your life, so that your life with Him is constantly experiencing increasing portions of Him?  “Stagnation or Transformation” shares a vital principle for making this happen. 

 

   Becoming God’s dwelling became a powerful reality in my life when I started to not just hear God and make applications, but when I allowed God to change me and use me.  God made little progress in this area until 2 Corinthians 4:10-12 became a living reality in my life: “We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that His life may be revealed in our mortal body.  So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.” 

 

   How about you?  Where does God need to gain a greater hold on your life?  What Scriptures have better equipped you to see as Jesus sees and not as the world sees?  Click here to join in the conversation and share Scripture or thoughts on this area.  (Click here to read entire devotion)


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"Conflicts for Transformation"

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2 Timothy 2:23 “Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.” (NIV)

 

   Conflict is difficult to handle.  There’s a right and a wrong, and by golly I am right!  Right!!  I struggle with conflict because in conflict my eyes move from Jesus to the situation at hand.  The better response in conflict is that my eyes become Jesus’ eyes for what is happening or occurring in the conflict.  Like superman our vision should see the person’s heart, circumstances surrounding the conflict, and the hopes at play in the conflict’s drama.

 

   I pray that God will cultivate more of Jesus’ life in mine.  Let me respond to conflict as Jesus responded to the invalid in John 5:7 who said, “‘Sir,’ the invalid replied, ‘I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred.  While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.’” (NIV)  Jesus could have seen the invalid as a beggar, a lazy man, or someone invisible to society; but instead He gave a helping hand.  I pray that I have the eyes to see, the heart to respond, and the faith and will to obey.

 

   How about you?  How can you see as Jesus sees?  What Scriptures have better equipped you to see as Jesus sees and not as the world sees?  Click here to join in the conversation and share Scripture or thoughts on this area.  (Click here to read entire devotion)


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"Delighting in Afflictions"

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Psalm 119:71 “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.” (NIV)

 

  One of the areas that has been toughest for God’s sanctifying work in my life has been my natural responses to those things I do not want in my life.  Life is good and then out of nowhere I am clobbered with an affliction that is totally unwarranted or unnecessary.  These quickly take me down.  The big afflictions cause me to step back giving God a chance to get a grip on my emotions, while little things just cause me to lose it.

 

   I am trying to allow God to take hold of these areas by more fervently understanding and seeking God’s character.  I am praying and seeking to enjoin God before the battles instead of only when I am in the middle of the battle.  2 Peter 1:5-8 challenges me towards this end, “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

   How about you?  How do you allow Christ to shine during affliction?  How is God taking you above the fray instead of being like a car stuck in snow that is spinning its wheels?  What Scriptures have better equipped you for the afflictions of life?  Click her to join in the conversation and share Scripture or thoughts on this area.  (Click here to read entire devotion)


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"Breath to Eternity"

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2 Corinthians 4:18 “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (NIV)

 

  A common condition with Christians is a pre-occupation with life, which is not necessarily a bad thing to be pre-occupied with!  The challenge is how do you live in this world when we are not of this world?  What should your life look like as a Christian when the grime of life is blinding your ability to see?  God calls you to live with your eyes fixed on Him.  Not looking back or fearing the future, but by faith, trusting God’s promises.

 

   I tend to want to walk away without getting my hands dirty.  I also become pre-occupied with the offense and not the opportunity in God’s kingdom.  I find that when I focus on the person, the needs, and the outside environment I find I can keep my heart and mind in God’s kingdom and not the kingdom of this world.  Hebrews 7:18-19 points me to Jesus and not law, “The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.” (NIV) 

   Join the conversation.  Where is your life being chewed up?  How has God led you to respond?  Are there any Scriptures that equip you for the challenge?  Click here to read the entire teaching.


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"Dealing with Conflict"

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Psalm 37:3a “Trust in the LORD and do good.” (NIV)

 

   Christians often miss out on God by their expectations.  Are your expectations from God that He is there to serve you and meet your needs?  Do you expect God to get you out of every type of trouble?  Is your God like a vending machine at your beckon call?  Do not get me wrong, God does answer prayers, performs miracles, heals, and desires to take you into an abundant, fruitful life, but within a vibrant relationship with Christ as Lord of your life.  Matthew 6:33 says it this way, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

 

   Think about parents with children.  They certainly do provide for kids needs, often lavish undeserved gifts, and provide opportunities for great joy.  This is great, but a parents’ focus is more concerned about their development, health, character, salvation, spiritual growth, and how they contribute to this world and the kingdom of God.  This focus does not make you a bad parent, but a parent that is providing what is best for your children.  The same is true for God.  God’s family is all in this world with you as His instruments for growing the kingdom of God.  As Christians we must learn to look beyond ourselves to God’s work and desires for all around you.

 

How about you?  Where does God need to gain a greater hold on your life?  What Scriptures have better equipped you to see as Jesus sees and not as the world sees?  Click here to join in the conversation and share Scripture or thoughts on this area.  (Click here to read entire devotion)


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A Changed Lens

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John 9:2-3 “His disciples asked Him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"  "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” (NIV)

 

   As this man in this week’s devotion had the wrong lens, so many Christians have the wrong spiritual lens.  A Christian is described in 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”  If that is who we are, then why do we live the way we do?  When asking that question of myself I find doing things contrary to God reflect my belief in God.  In other words the way I act reflects what I believe.  They saw a sinner in need of healing, while Jesus saw an opportunity for God to touch a man’s heart.  One of the things that has been most effective for me in changing my spiritual lens is to ask God to show me in my daily quiet time one area in Scripture where I fall short, and then pray for God’s work in that area.  Psalm 118:19 says, “Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.”

 

   What are some of the things you do to see through the lens of Jesus and not the lens of the world?  Click her to join in the conversation and share Scripture or thoughts on this area.  (Click here to read entire devotion)


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Changed Lens

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Genesis 50:19-20 “But Joseph said to them (his brothers), ‘Don't be afraid.  Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.’” (NIV) 

 

   Joseph’s life is an amazing testimony of forgiveness.  He had so many reasons to be bitter, revengeful, slothful, and rebellious, yet he forgave, performed his best under poor situations, made no effort to get even, and went the extra mile to finish well.  What an example of Godly living.  What are some practical ways in Christ that help you respond correctly to bad conditions?  One way is to dwell on what God is doing and not on what has happened to you.  How about you.  How do you respond in God’s way instead of the flesh? 

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"Alive to Christ"

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John 3:29 "He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice.  And so this joy of mine has been made full.” (NASB)

 

   John 3:29 challenged my desires and my faith.  I want all Christ has to offer while tightly holding onto everything I have.  My unwillingness to trust Christ reflects the very core of my belief in God.  My ability to follow Christ is bound in shackles as His life is run through the meat grinder of my life: My routines, responsibilities, family, work, money, time, activities, Facebook, smartphone, Instagram, hobbies, television, entertainment, sports, politics, etc. 

 

   If I want to be the friend that has full joy, then I must begin by not just hearing the Bridegroom’s voice, but making Him Lord through my obedience.  If I truly want that joy then I will consistently expose my life to Jesus’ truth in His Word and prayer, so He can confront all that is not of Him. 

 

   Where are you?  Each one of us has the same 1,440 minutes each day, yet we seem overwhelmed at giving 10 dedicated minutes to God each day (.007% of our day) much less a greater amount.  Does not our time reflect what we love, adore, worship, and follow?   Is God a pastime or your passion?  Is God an intruder in your life or your mover and shaker?  Do you end each day smiling at God’s work in you, or are you cutting more of God out of your life, so you can make more room for your things?  Let’s be Joshua 24:15 Christians, “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . .  But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."  Let God strip me bare, so I can be vulnerable to who He is, so I can experience all of Him.

 

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Introducing Growing in Christ Blog

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Greetings in the Lord,

 

   For ten years Growing in Christ has published a weekly devotion to challenge Christians to be faithful in their daily walk with Christ.  The devotions teach in a way that will help every believer take greater steps towards making Jesus Lord over every area of their life.

 

   Our devotions have been a one way conversation.  Our new blog concisely asks the questions each follower of Christ should be asking from the devotional teaching.  This will give followers the opportunity to enter the conversation by adding how following Jesus in this area can be better done, achieved, or just sharing Jesus stories of what God has done in those areas.  Come join the conversation to encourage all Christians in their walk with Christ!

 

Hebrew 10:24-25 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (NIV)  


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