Hope in the Shadow of the Cross

Hope in the Shadow of the Cross

The cross calls for repentance and faith. It reveals our need for God’s mercy, urging us to turn from sin and trust in Him. We are challenged to surrender to His will and follow His path.

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Be Ready: Living in Expectation of Christ’s Return

Be Ready: Living in Expectation of Christ’s Return

Keeping watch” signifies attentiveness, vigilance, and readiness for Christ’s return. It’s living with anticipation for His glorious arrival, free from worldly distractions, temptations, and complacency.

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Seeing Clearly: Overcoming Self-Righteousness

Seeing Clearly: Overcoming Self-Righteousness

Jesus uses a memorable image: someone trying to remove a speck from another’s eye while having a “plank” in their own. We can’t see clearly to help others if our own issues remain unaddressed.

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Jesus, the Physician of Souls

Jesus, the Physician of Souls

The Bible affirms we’re all sinners in need of God’s grace. God, in His immense love, sent Jesus to die for our sins and offer forgiveness. We are invited to come to Him “as we are,” for He heals, forgives, and transforms us

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Faith and Forgiveness

Faith and Forgiveness

Faith is not simply intellectual assent; it’s complete trust and confidence in God and His promises. It’s the conviction of unseen realities and the assurance of things hoped for.

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Finding Hope and Joy

Finding Hope and Joy

The image of “well-fed calves frolicking” depicts the freedom and happiness God’s people will experience. This joy comes from liberation from bondage, access to God’s provision, and the healing touch of His grace.

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God’s Enduring Word

God’s Enduring Word

God’s word isn’t mere words on a page; it’s alive and active (Hebrews 4:12). It has the power to create, heal, convict, transform, save, and sanctify.

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All In: The Cost and Reward of Following Jesus

All In: The Cost and Reward of Following Jesus

He’s the pearl of great price, the treasure hidden in the field, the bread of life, and the living water. He’s the Way, the Truth, and the Life – our Lord, Savior, Friend, Brother, God, and King.

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Words and Actions: Guarding Your Heart

Words and Actions: Guarding Your Heart

Luke 6:45 “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

This verse highlights a profound truth: our hearts are the wellspring of our words and actions.

The Heart: Source of What We Say and Do

The Bible portrays the heart as more than just a physical organ. It’s the center of our thoughts, emotions, desires, and will.

It shapes who we are – our character and identity. Jesus teaches us that our words reveal our heart’s condition.

A heart brimming with love, joy, peace, and kindness, overflows with words of encouragement, gratitude, and praise.

Conversely, a heart filled with anger, bitterness, or envy manifests in negativity, criticism, and gossip. We cannot hide our true selves; our words eventually betray our hearts.

God’s Work in Transforming Our Hearts

God desires to transform our hearts into His likeness. He wants them filled with His love, grace, and truth.

He accomplishes this through the Holy Spirit working in us via His word, His people, and even life’s circumstances. God convicts us of sin, offers forgiveness, and challenges us to follow His will. He grants us a new heart, a new birth, and a new life in Him.

Our role is to cooperate with God’s work. We open our hearts, listen to His voice, obey His commands, and repent of our wrongdoings. We trust and follow Him, allowing Him to shape us.

The Heart: Reflecting Our Spiritual Growth

The state of our heart, reflects our spiritual growth. It reveals how much we’ve learned from God and His word, how much we love Him and others, and how much we’ve matured as Christians.

Just as a tree is recognized by its fruit, a person is known by their words. Good hearts produce good words, while bad hearts produce bad words.

Examining our words offers a window into our hearts. Are our words pleasing to God and edifying to others? Do they align with our faith?

The Heart: Motivating Our Actions

Our hearts don’t just influence our words; they motivate our actions. What’s in our hearts shapes our choices, behavior, life path, and ultimately, our destiny.

Jesus tells us, “out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks”. This principle extends to actions as well.

A heart filled with good things leads to good deeds, serving others, and glorifying God. Conversely, a heart filled with negativity manifests in harmful actions that dishonor God.

Therefore, guarding our hearts is crucial. We avoid anything that can corrupt them, like sin, temptation, and worldly influences. We seek what nourishes them – prayer, worship, fellowship, and God’s word, which equips us for good works.

The Heart of the Matter

Your heart truly is the matter of the matter. It shapes your words, actions, and spiritual growth. Strive to align your heart with God’s heart.

As the psalmist pleads, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:1).

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Facing Rejection: The Cost of Following Christ

Facing Rejection: The Cost of Following Christ

Choosing Christ comes at a cost. It means embracing values and beliefs that differ from the world’s. It means living differently, loving differently, and serving differently. This difference can make us targets for . . .

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Gift of Living Water

Gift of Living Water

As humans, we crave a sense of fulfillment, happiness, and purpose. Often, we chase after these feelings in the wrong places – material possessions, relationships, or achievements.

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Power of Truthful Living

Power of Truthful Living

Honesty builds trust. When we’re truthful, people see us as reliable and dependable, fostering strong relationships. Dishonesty, however, erodes trust, creating doubt and suspicion. It damages the very foundation of connection.

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True Riches: God’s Grace and Inheritance

True Riches: God’s Grace and Inheritance

The world measures wealth by possessions, status, and power. It focuses on acquiring more and surpassing expectations.

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Unrivaled Glory

Unrivaled Glory

God isn’t insecure or seeking praise. He’s the source of all good, beauty, and truth, the creator of everything. As the most glorious being, He deserves all the credit.

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Power of Christ’s Blood: Eternal Redemption

Power of Christ’s Blood: Eternal Redemption

The Bible verse emphasizes the need for blood in redemption. Blood symbolizes life, forfeited by sin but restored by God’s grace. It represents the price paid – our debt to God settled by His sacrifice.

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Entering God’s Rest

Entering God’s Rest

God offers us rest – His salvation and presence. He warns against missing it, teaches us to enter through faith, and invites us to experience the peace and joy of resting in Him.

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No Longer Slaves, But Heirs

No Longer Slaves, But Heirs

By grace, God has made us His children and heirs. He freed us from slavery and calls us to live by faith. Let us embrace our freedom and dignity as His children, loving, praising, serving, and glorifying Him as our Father.

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From Stealing to Sharing

From Stealing to Sharing

God wants us to live as his children, who are transformed by his grace and empowered by his Spirit. He wants us to stop stealing and start working, so that we may have something to share with those in need. He wants us to experience his blessing and be a blessing to others.

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The Rock of Our Salvation

The Rock of Our Salvation

In this devotional, we quickly explore four aspects of God’s character that are revealed in this verse: His sovereignty, His righteousness, His faithfulness, and His justice.

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Hatred vs Rabies

Hatred vs Rabies

Hate begins and ends in much the same way. It usually starts with nips and bites from infected people, and if left untreated, ultimately it will destroy the host, leading to frothing of the mouth and death of the heart.

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Shining Brightly in a Dark World

Shining Brightly in a Dark World

Through our wisdom, our righteousness, and our commitment to leading others to the truth, we can shine brightly like the stars in the night sky.

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Affirming Your Calling

Affirming Your Calling

While our calling and election are gifts from God, we have a responsibility to confirm them through our actions and our lives.

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Embracing God’s Perfect Timing

Embracing God’s Perfect Timing

In life, timing is everything. Whether it’s catching a flight, meeting a deadline, or taking advantage of an opportunity, the right timing can make all the difference.

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Power of Prayerful Hands

Power of Prayerful Hands

In his wisdom, God has chosen to involve us in his work through prayer, inviting us to participate in the unfolding of his plan.

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Sufficient Grace of God

Sufficient Grace of God

As we walk in obedience to God’s commands and follow the example of Christ, we can live a life that is increasingly free from the influence of sin.

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Clothed in Christ

Clothed in Christ

When we clothe ourselves in Christ, we begin to live a life of righteousness. We no longer focus on gratifying the desires of the flesh but instead seek to honor God in our thoughts, words, and actions.

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Fulfillment of God’s Law

Fulfillment of God’s Law

The law, given by God to the Israelites, outlined a path to righteousness, but it ultimately proved insufficient.

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True Transformation

True Transformation

Adam’s sin brought about a fallen world where disobedience became the norm. As a result, all humanity inherited a sinful nature, prone to rebellion against God’s will.

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Harvest Time

Harvest Time

The angel’s words, “for the harvest of the earth is ripe,” convey a sense of urgency. The time to reap the spiritual harvest is now.

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Overcoming the Dragon

Overcoming the Dragon

This passage is a stark reminder that as followers of Christ, we are engaged in a spiritual battle against forces that seek to undermine our faith and cause us to stumble.

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Encountering the Risen Christ

Encountering the Risen Christ

Fear is a common human experience, one that can paralyze us and prevent us from experiencing the fullness of God’s presence.

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Guided by God’s Wisdom

Guided by God’s Wisdom

As we walk in obedience and faith, God will illuminate the path before us, step by step, leading us into the fullness of His plan.

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Embracing Wisdom – Guide to a Fruitful Life

Embracing Wisdom – Guide to a Fruitful Life

By walking in obedience to God’s wisdom, we are promised the rewards of a prolonged life, peace, and prosperity.

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Keeping Calm in Chaos

Keeping Calm in Chaos

We may feel overwhelmed by the chaos, uncertain of what the future holds, and tempted to give in to panic or despair.

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Overflow of the Heart: Guarding Our Speech

Overflow of the Heart: Guarding Our Speech

Our words have the power to build up or tear down, to bring life or to inflict harm. But they are merely symptoms of a deeper reality – the state of our inner being.

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Empowered Witnesses

Empowered Witnesses

These signs were not mere spectacles or displays of power for their own sake. They served a specific purpose – to confirm the truth of the gospel message being preached.

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Embracing Accountability

Embracing Accountability

Jesus warns that those who have a clear understanding of what is expected of them, yet fail to act accordingly, will face greater consequences.

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Facing Fear with Faith

Facing Fear with Faith

Fear is a natural human response, but Jesus challenges us to shift our perspective. Instead of fearing those who can only harm the body, we are called to fear God, who has authority over our eternal destiny.

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Finishing the Work

Finishing the Work

He came to earth not merely to teach or perform miracles, but to fulfill a specific work – the redemption of humanity through His death and resurrection.

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