God’s Tough Love: Wants vs. Needs

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How reassuring it is to have God’s promise to meet our needs! “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 However, many of us are like children when it comes to distinguishing our needs from our wants. A child may think they need a piece of candy but their parent understands it is a desire and cannot always be indulged. A parent knows more about …

Holy Spirit Nudge

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A nudge from the Holy Spirit is more than mere intuition. It’s the voice of God speaking to us through the Holy Spirit. It’s an invitation to join Him in His redemptive work. This spiritual nudge usually starts off as a feeling. Then, a clear thought or action formulates. The nudge remains steady and will not be ignored. Constant, it grows heavier and presses down. Eventually, the nudge becomes a crystal clear instruction. “Do you …

Easter and the Unbeliever

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What do we know about Jesus? What does Scripture say? Historical writings by Tacitus and Josephus validate His existence. Historians called the followers of Jesus, Christians. They believed, as we do, Jesus was the Son of God in flesh. http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/did-jesus-exist/ As believers, we recognize the Bible as the inspired Word of God.  It is a historic record of the Hebrew/Jewish people’s history with God, the life and teachings of Jesus, and the beginning of the …

The Holy Archer And His Quiver Of Arrows

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  An archer must pull back his arrow to make it fly. Before releasing the shaft, it should touch the bowman’s face. With proper aim, the arrow will hit its mark. If God is our archer, we then, are His arrows. And even though His quiver if filled beyond our knowing, every shot is carefully planned before it is lovingly released. When positioned in His mighty bow, we will experience the confusion and pain of …

Do You Trust God Completely?

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God wants our trust. His desire for us is to trust Him completely, not partially. It is all or nothing with God. A lukewarm faith and lukewarm trust are of little value. “So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of My mouth.” Revelation 3:16 (NIV) Every worry, seemingly impossible circumstance, and burning desire is in His control. Unfortunately, fear and doubt creep in when we do not understand …

Spiritual Footholds

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The Bible warns us not to give the devil a foothold. But what is a foothold and why is it so dangerous? “And do not give the devil a foothold.” Ephesians 4:27 (NIV) When I hear the word foothold, I imagine a mountain climber scaling a steep incline. A foothold is a place where a person’s foot can be placed to support them securely, especially while climbing. It is a reliable position from which further …

Are You Honest With God?

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We have the freedom to speak honestly before our King. God already knows what we think, and what we are about to say, so it is foolishness to hide our true feelings from Him. We have permission to be honest, really honest, and need not fear retribution or punishment for our transparency. “Before a word is on my tongue You, LORD, know it completely.” Psalm 139:4 (NIV) Consider Lazarus, Mary, and Martha. Jesus considered all …

Sin & Repentance

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God hates sin because it is contrary to His very nature. Sin is to God as black is to white and darkness is to light. Sinfulness is direct opposition to the purity and righteousness of a perfect God. Our heavenly Father will not look upon it, as we know from Christ’s supreme sacrifice on the cross. “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My …