We need the Holy Spirit in our life to enable us to grow into all that God created us to be – without him we are lifeless and powerless.
1. He is our Helper – …it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you [John 16:7]: When you feel like you’re failing at life, you can start each day knowing that you’re not alone. The Holy Spirit is `God with us’ who helps us to live a flourishing life that radiates the goodness of God. Read more
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come [John 16:13].
One of the greatest privileges of being a child of God is that we don’t have to wonder how he feels about us – whether he loves us or cares about us or if he will guide us ad help us. The Holy Spirit dwelling inside Christ-followers is our gateway to the heart of God. It’s through him that we can know the will of the Father, and through him that we encounter God’s presence and have continued free access to the heart of God. Read more
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil [Eph 4:26-27]
When people do wrong or behave badly the natural response is to be angry, and that is okay…! Jesus was often angry with those who claimed to know God and took advantage of others. Nothing angered Jesus more than hypocritical religious leaders. But rather than allowing anger to fester inside of him, Jesus poured his life out for the very people who hated and killed him. Read more
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [Psa 147:3].
We live in an imperfect world with imperfect humans. There are no perfect parents, no perfect friends, and no perfect siblings or spouses. As a result, all of experience trial and pain and go through life wounded and scarred. Without healing and forgiveness, we allow other people’s sinful actions to impact our future. We lash out and hurt others because we are broken and in need of healing. And unless we learn to let God heal our wounds and scars we will never move ahead in our walk with God. Read more
- Their walk with God was just a bunch of rituals done to get a ‘yes’ to their prayers!
- Their personal lives were self-centered and flirtatious!
- Their society was in shambles because each one lived for themselves!
When Jesus walked this earth, one time he asked his disciples this question: Who do people say the Son of Man is? The disciples gave their answers but the one that Jesus commented about was Peter’s answer…Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16).
When Peter called Jesus “THE CHRIST,” he was calling Jesus, “the Messiah.” All Israel was looking for the Messiah, i.e., the Deliverer who would defeat the Romans and drive them out…the nation of Israel wanted a Deliverer like David who would drive out the heathen and rule over them.
The title Christ, or Messiah, means “the anointed One.” Read more
1. They keep their lives de-compartmentalized. They are the same man, husband and father regardless of where and when. This directly connects to the character of these men. None are perfect, but I would trust everyone of them with my kids.
2. They realize that their manhood and fatherhood are directly tied to their relationship with God. This means time in God’s Word, time in prayer and time with God’s people are essential parts of their lives.
3. They uphold their wives as their number one friend and co-worker in life. They realize that loving their wives is one of the greatest things they could ever give their kids, and they protect their marriage like it’s their life. Read more
For all things were created by him, and all things exist through him and for him. To God be the glory forever! Amen. [Rom 11:36, GNT]
God has created us to do great things with the gifts, resources and opportunities he gives us in this life. But when we seek to achieve greatness for our own fame and reputation, we take upon our shoulders a weight only God can bear. In Isaiah 42:8 God says, “I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.” God alone can bear the burden of glory. With glory comes great responsibility—responsibility you and I will never be able to bear. Living for your own glory will only lead you to a life of dissatisfaction, striving, burdens, and failure. Read more
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure [Heb 6:19]
As this year draws to a close, it’s good to take time to reflect on what God has done and allow him to prepare us for what’s to come. A new year marks a new beginning and God longs to make things new as the new year begins. His powerful love can make all things new for you even as you enter the New Year. Read more