Two Ways for a Spiritual Breakthrough

Two Ways for a Spiritual Breakthrough

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 If we’re in search of a spiritual breakthrough, we have two options. First, we can choose to be broken. We can say, “Lord, I want a blessing and a breakthrough. Please break me—strip me of my sinfulness and destructive independence. I’m scared, but …

God Is in the Remodeling Business

God Is in the Remodeling Business

We who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. – 2 Corinthians 4:11 The process of remodeling transforms a building in order to update it, make it more modern and effective, and save the cost of buying something new. Remodeling takes what already …

When You Want to Throw a Red Flag on God

When You Want to Throw a Red Flag on God

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? – Romans 8:32 When an NFL coach is convinced that an official made a poor call that went the wrong way, he throws out a red flag. This red flag indicates that the play …

Following Jesus into the Storm

Following Jesus into the Storm

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6 In Mark 6, we read that the disciples got into a boat at night and set out across the sea. They were obeying Jesus’ directive, but they ran directly …

A Faith Check

A Faith Check

When the people of Israel grumbled against Moses, they were really grumbling against God. More than likely, none would admit to this. If asked, they would totally deny it, and so would we. After all, Adam failed to take responsibility in the garden of Eden for his disobedience. When God asked Adam why he had disobeyed, Adam blamed the woman …

Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. – James 1:12 Just as my doctor puts me through a stress test every summer, God allows trials and tests in our lives in order to reveal where we are …

God's Wild Ride

God’s Wild Ride

These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete. – 1 John 1:4 When my wife, Lois, and I started dating, I came up with a strategy to encourage her to fall more in love with me. She was in love with me a lot from the beginning, but I wanted to increase that. I decided to take …

A Pocketful of Miracles

A Pocketful of Miracles

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. – Psalm 147:3 A lot of what God wants to do in your life won’t be accomplished until you do what He has already revealed to you. What He asks you to do isn’t always all that huge, just as Moses’ move at the Red Sea wasn’t all that huge. God simply …

Seeing the Secret

Seeing the Secret

Kings will be your guardians, and their princesses your nurses. They will bow down to you with their faces to the earth and lick the dust of your feet; and you will know that I am the Lord; those who hopefully wait for Me will not be put to shame. – Isaiah 49:23 Today I want to talk to the ladies …

It’s Growing

It’s Growing

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. – Psalm 73:26 The Christian life is a progressive movement toward spiritual maturity. Your experience of following Jesus should be taking you somewhere. The goal of your growth is to be transformed into the image of the glory of God. So what …