What’s behind every sinful pattern is a failure to believe in the goodness of God. Most people fall into sin because they no longer believe God that God is good. The moment we stop trusting in the goodness of God, we pitch ourselves against him, and anything goes.
When it comes to our confidence, it’s not as complicated as we make it out to be. We have a savior, and he is at work in our lives. He cares more about what we become than what we do for him. He cares enough about us to complete the job he’s started in us.
Each day is a choice we get to live. We can settle for despair or hang on to hope. Sometimes despair feels familiar. But it’s only when we choose to let go of despair that our hearts are able to make room for hope.
Our biggest temptation is the temptation to settle for what will make me happy now instead of striving for what will satisfy me forever.
Do you tend to judge God by your difficult circumstances, or are you hanging on to His goodness for dear life? It's easy to judge God by what we see rather than by what we know about Him, but fatal.
If there is one principle that I’ve learned it’s this: singleness is not a season to get through, but a place you’re meant to thrive.
No matter how hard you try today, you won’t find the victory and strength that you long for until you stop long enough to realize that the power of the Christian is the presence of the Lord.
Do you tend to assume the worst about God or the truth about Him? God is good. His love is steadfast. His plans are perfect. His timing is impeccable. When He calls your name, it’s because he loves me, not because you're in trouble.
While forgiveness is hard, it’s a sign that you believe God’s plans for your life. While forgiveness feels like you’re letting someone off the hook, it’s an acknowledgement that God is still in control, and that His ways are indeed best.
Here’s what I’ve learned from rejection: we must never confuse rejection by men with rejection by God. Men may reject us, they rejected our savior after all, but our Father will never turn his back on us.
A look at your life will reveal what you value most in the world. Do you value God’s presence more than anything else in the world? If so, does your life reflect it?
What if instead of keeping people at bay, we chose to love them instead? God’s Word shows us that we don’t have to give up on people just because we’ve been hurt by people.
Problems are just obstacles used by God to change us into his likeness and remind us of how strong he is, strong enough to help us overcome our problems. Yeah, our God is bigger than our problems. He’s not daunted by the things that scare us.
Some people wonder how I’ve made it so far... the road has been hard at times, and the disappointments abundant. I often wonder how I’ve made it this far. The answer is simple. Jesus is the only reason I’ve made it this far. His love saved me. His grace sustains me. His power protects me. And his word guides me. Do you know this Jesus?
Are you living set apart in a culture that does not believe in God? Or are you confusing the lines between God and culture? Being separated from the world has less to do with being weird and sticking out, though sometimes we will, and more to do with being lights in the darkness.