Prone to wander, Lord I feel it.

As John closes his letter, he says, “We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.”Continue reading “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it.”

The devil doesn’t care if you know a false Jesus.

“The devil doesn’t care at all if you know Jesus or love Jesus or pray to Jesus – as long as it is a false Jesus, a make-believe Jesus, a Jesus who is not there, and who therefore cannot save.” – David Guzik, Enduring Word App John says in his letter, “Beloved, do not believeContinue reading “The devil doesn’t care if you know a false Jesus.”

Can I be okay if others aren’t okay with me?

John’s short letter is full of powerful truth. He has shared God-inspired wisdom about walking away from sin, forgiving others, and accepting God’s forgiveness so we might walk in freedom. John goes on to say, “Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God”;(1 John 3:21) While we know we can’tContinue reading “Can I be okay if others aren’t okay with me?”

We shouldn’t be shocked when the world hates us as Christians, but….

John has explained the difference between those who are children of God and those who are not, and goes into great detail about the practice of righteousness and the practice of sin (see 1 John 3:4-10 and yesterday’s post about this). BUT THEN, John, inspired by God, adds a short, but tremendously important, phrase “norContinue reading “We shouldn’t be shocked when the world hates us as Christians, but….”

So, are we all children of God?

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us that we should be called children of God. (1 John 3:1) Stop a minute. Don’t just breeze past those words. Behold what God has done for those those who have been saved by the blood of His Son. God didn’t just save us, HeContinue reading “So, are we all children of God?”

Why is that brother even in the story?

Have you wondered why the older brother is even in the story? It’s a curious story. A favorite really. If you’ve sat in church or heard a testimony you’re probably familiar with the Parable of the Prodigal Son. For years, I focused on the prodigal and the father running to Him. It’s a beautiful pictureContinue reading “Why is that brother even in the story?”

THIS is great gain!

Great gain.We want that.We all want that. Paul said, “ Now godliness with contentment is great gain”. (I Tim 6:6) How true. Godliness with contentment. “So, I’ll follow God and be content with where He leads and what He gives.” But, that’s easier said than done for our flesh-filled wandering hearts who are constantly chasingContinue reading “THIS is great gain!”

This has NOT changed.

Yesterday, the words of Hebrews 10:39 kept coming to me-“But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.” We, who have faith, are not of those who shrink back. We are not of those who draw back. We are those who believe.AndContinue reading “This has NOT changed.”

Is God shaking us?

There’s part of me that wants the vote to go the way of conservatives, and values, and religious freedom. But there’s also a part of me (admittedly kind of shaking in her boots), that wants the Lord to do whatever it takes to help us love Him first. And maybe that includes shaking us toContinue reading “Is God shaking us?”

Purpose in Your Heart

Good-looking. Young. Smart. Worldly, evil, Nebuchadnezzar set his sights on these. He endeavored to teach them the ways of his world so they might serve him well. For three years, they would be given the best of the best of the king’s delicacies and wine. But Daniel. He purposed in his heart not to defileContinue reading “Purpose in Your Heart”

Do you know what it is?

Most of you who follow this page aren’t caught up in carousing and drunkenness (see Luke 21:24,NKJV) but there’s this other thing… This other, sneaky thing. Did you read the verse referenced above? Did you see it? The evil one seems to use IT so effectively against us, and it’s effects are often just asContinue reading “Do you know what it is?”

Are these the End of Days?

The disciples wanted to know when the End of Days would come. (Luke 21:7) I want to know, too. In Luke 21, Jesus gives what is commonly called the Olivet Discourse (Jesus was at the Mount of Olives when He said these things. Matthew 24 also records, in greater detail, the Olivet Discourse, and isContinue reading “Are these the End of Days?”

They thought they had trapped Him

Because they had resisted the rule of God in their lives, God’s chosen people found themselves given over to Roman rule and were required to pay taxes to Caesar. Thinking themselves wise, in yet another attempt to trap Jesus, the Jewish scribes asked Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, andContinue reading “They thought they had trapped Him”

Oh friend, hold on in these hard days!

Almost since time began, people have been rejecting the ways of God. They have listened to lies of the evil one and gone their own way. They killed the prophets God sent to warn them of trouble and judgment. Shortly before His death, Jesus tells the parable of the vineyard owner who sent his servantsContinue reading “Oh friend, hold on in these hard days!”