Sometimes our hearts condemn us…

Sometimes our hearts condemn us, and our hearts are just flat-out wrong. John tells us in his letter, “By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything”. (1 John 3:19-20) GodContinue reading “Sometimes our hearts condemn us…”

You can know if you’ve been saved or not.

God is not a god of confusion. I believe He wants to make Himself clear to us. He does not want any of us to be confused as to whether or not we have been saved. God used His servant John to help us know the difference. Let’s read his words: “Everyone who makes aContinue reading “You can know if you’ve been saved or not.”

How can you know if you really know Jesus?

The Apostle John told us we can know if we truly know Jesus. He says, “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps HisContinue reading “How can you know if you really know Jesus?”

When the sin is yours-remember this, forget that.

The Apostle John is making it clear that Christians still sin, but he is writing to us so that we would live with a desire not to do so and to urge us to never to be okay with sin as a lifestyle. God always, always, makes a way out! “No temptation has overtaken youContinue reading “When the sin is yours-remember this, forget that.”

Be motivated by THIS!

BUT… “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 8-9) If we confess our sins, He cleanses us from every ugly thing!Continue reading “Be motivated by THIS!”

I’m having trouble moving past this…

I wrote this a year ago. Still, I just can’t seem to move past this passage without feeling it all over again… The rich young ruler walked away, sorrowful, but unwilling to part with his great possessions to follow Jesus.(Luke 18) I’ve wondered again and again if I’m holding anything too tightly or counting onContinue reading “I’m having trouble moving past this…”

Do You know a Christian Atheist?

It would be easier to never mention this, but it seems there are lots of Christian Atheists these days. Perhaps, you know one? Perhaps, you are one? You may be a Christian Atheist if you say you are a Christian, but you, in fact, live as if you don’t believe God is real (the GodContinue reading “Do You know a Christian Atheist?”

Don’t go your own way!

There’s about to be a plot twist. As we pick up Ruth, chapter three, Ruth has crept in and is laying by Boaz’s feet as he sleeps. He is startled around midnight, and, in the dark, awakens and says “Who are you?” (Ruth 3:9) Can you imagine the lump Ruth must have had in herContinue reading “Don’t go your own way!”

Watch for THIS so you can run your race!

It’s one thing to be sick over the sin in our culture, but it’s entirely another, and necessary, to have times when I’m sick over my own sin. When you ask the Lord to show you your sin, He does. And it is always out of His kindness that God shows us and leads usContinue reading “Watch for THIS so you can run your race!”

Jesus was quick to love those caught up in sin. But….

It has happened again. God seems to be repeating Himself with me a lot lately. I’m not the sharpest nail in the box, but when He says things twice, I tend to pay attention! My daughter, Abi, was recounting a dream she had about John 8 and the woman caught in adultery. She talked aboutContinue reading “Jesus was quick to love those caught up in sin. But….”

One thing I’ve learned that defeats fear

I’m sick of seeing the enemy rob us of so many good things God has planned for us because of fear. The enemy really uses that. But here’s one thing I’ve learned that has disarmed the evil one time and time again in my life: When I hear the enemy telling me all the badContinue reading “One thing I’ve learned that defeats fear”

Let’s Put out the fires of wrong thinking.

Yesterday, we looked at Paul’s description of end time days being full of people who are lovers of themselves and how this self-enthroned living can lead to most of the other characteristics he lists in 2 Tim 3:1-5. I think it is important to be on guard to some of the ways the evil oneContinue reading “Let’s Put out the fires of wrong thinking.”

Too big for our spiritual britches?

Do not share in other people’s sins and keep yourself pure (1 Tim 5:20) The Apostle Paul knew there could be no peace, and no healthy church, where sin was allowed to go unchecked. As we look around us, and even inside our churches, we see sin going unchecked. Paul had seen this too.Especially inContinue reading “Too big for our spiritual britches?”

He walked in on her with another man.

I sat our piping hot soup on the table last night and asked my man if there was anything new from the day. He rattled through some things and then says, “Oh yeah, pretty cool, I got to share with a guy at work how (his first wife) cheated on me. I told him IContinue reading “He walked in on her with another man.”

Questions I’m asking myself

If I’m trying to please men, I can’t walk worthy of the God who calls me. (Read Thessalonians 2:4-12) It’s so easy to want others to affirm us, to like us, to praise us. We long for position and power. And those in ministry are not immune. Book sales, social media likes, twitter followers, speakingContinue reading “Questions I’m asking myself”

Nothing is too hard for God—including same-sex attraction.

Many, in our culture, pick and choose the parts of the Bible they like, they argue certain things “no longer apply”, and apply that to all sorts of things to argue some things that God calls “sin” in the Bible is not really “sin”. They say things like “my god wouldn’t….”, but we have toContinue reading “Nothing is too hard for God—including same-sex attraction.”