Can You Really Count on God?

“Trust the LORD with all your heart, and don’t depend on your own understanding. Remember the LORD in all you do, and he will give you success” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NCV). For most of us, the reason we don’t trust God fully with our lives is because we really don’t know him....

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Looking Beyond Externals

Looking Beyond Externals “My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism” (James 2:1). Your true worth is based on the value of your soul, not on external considerations. Jesus is “our glorious Lord” (James 2:1)—the Sovereign One who rules...

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What Does Following Christ Cost?

Can you recall Jesus’s radical philosophy of being a servant to others? The basis of that statement is tucked away in His words: He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23) Following...

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What You Believe Shapes Your Life

“When the foundations of life are undermined, what can a righteous person do?” (Psalm 11:3 GW) What we believe about the world around us shapes everything about our lives. I’ve shared this with you many times in these devotionals. What you believe determines your behavior. Your behavior then determines what you...

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LEARN TO HEAR AND FOLLOW THE VOICE OF GOD

“For the Lord God does nothing without revealing His secret to His servants the prophets. The lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken; who can but prophesy?” Amos 3:7-8 ESV The Church is in a season of restoration: God is about to revolutionize the world through the prophetic and...

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– Power Versus Authority –

In a football game, the players tower over the referees. The players are bigger, stronger and more powerful than the older, smaller and, often, out-of-shape referees. In a game, the players can use their power to knock you down, but the referees can use their authority to put you out of...

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Entering the Kingdom

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matt. 5:8). There are basically only two kinds of religion in the world: those based on human achievement and those based on divine accomplishment. Religion comes in many forms. Almost every conceivable belief or behavior has been incorporated into...

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Evaluating Your Righteousness

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matt. 5:6). Your relationship with God is the measure of your righteousness. Righteousness means “to be right with God.” When you hunger and thirst for righteousness, you passionately desire an ongoing and ever-maturing relationship with God Himself....

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