Devotionals

The Submission of the Believer

You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. —John 13:13Our Lord never insists on having authority over us. He never says, “You will submit to me.” No, He leaves us perfectly free to choose— so free, in fact, that we can spi…

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When Negative Thinking Stands in the Way of Following God’s Call

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (NLT) Several years ago, I went to a summer camp for girls […]

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Finding the Soul-Rest Jesus Offers

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29 (NIV) Rest can feel elusive. That which should make us feel rested […]

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The Miracle of Belief

My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom… —1 Corinthians 2:4Paul was a scholar and an orator of the highest degree; he was not speaking here out of a deep sense of humility, but was saying that when he preached t…

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The Concept of Divine Control

…how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! —Matthew 7:11Jesus is laying down the rules of conduct in this passage for those people who have His Spirit. He urges us to keep our minds filled with the co…

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The Wild Ride of Faith

“… the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:3-4 (NIV) On a recent trip to an amusement park, my boys and I decided to try out a new roller coaster. Well, it was new for them. I’d experienced […]

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Suffering Afflictions and Going the Second Mile

I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. —Matthew 5:39This verse reveals the humiliation of being a Christian. In the natural realm, if a person does not hit back, it is because he …

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How to Create an Uncommon Hunger for God

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6 (NASB) I was about to lose it. We were going around the circle giving updates about the spiritual condition of our hearts — something I usually love to do. As a deep-waters kind of girl, I’m always ready to […]

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The Spiritually Self-Seeking Church

…till we all come…to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ… —Ephesians 4:13Reconciliation means the restoring of the relationship between the entire human race and God, putting it back to what God designed it to be. …

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God Sees Your Tears

“You have taken note of my journey through life, caught each of my tears in Your bottle …” Psalm 56:8a (VOICE) “I can’t see what God’s doing right now,” she admitted as she stared at the pool of cold coffee sitting silent in the bottom of the mug she gripped. Tears began to free-fall down […]

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