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No Respecter of Persons

"...but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism." -Romans 2:10-11 Sometimes, rather unintentionally, we as the body of Christ can develop a "superstar" mentality. What I mean by this is that we have had a revelation of our identity in God, but it becomes a little warped. We think we are the best thing that's happened to this planet, and we are the ones who are called to "save the earth". We develop circles around who is the coolest Christian. Others who are not directly in our circle may feel as though we are better than them when they are around us. We may feel that we have something extra special to cont

It's My Problem

"For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God." -Romans 8:19-21 Have you ever been frustrated in your life? When it seems we're not moving forward, or we just can't get to that goal or dream, the resulting frustration can leave us feeling like we don't matter, or we don't have what's necessary to change what bothers us. Perhaps another person stands in the way of what we'd like to see happen. Politics, church issues, child poverty and family struggles cause loads of frustration. Not onl

The Eye of a Needle

"Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." -Matthew 19:24 Once I had a coworker friend when I was a server at a restaurant. We'll call him Rob. He was a big, tall lumberjack type of fellow with wit and intelligence as sharp as a knife. He had a photographic memory and he never had to write down any of his orders. That was quite a feat for a restaurant of that type with a wine list a mile long and three different dinner specials a night. Rob was working on his Masters degree at the time. Something really struck me about Rob. He never really needed anybody. He was a pleasant guy, and you could tell he

In the Zone

"So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want." -Galatians 5:16, 17 As human beings, we have 3 parts. We are spirit, soul, and body. When we become born again, our spirit becomes alive in Jesus, meaning that when our physical bodies die, our spirits will experience eternal life in heaven. But, even though our spirit is reborn, our soul is in the process of being reborn. This part of our being is our mind, will and emotions. It is here that the enemy can get a foothold in our li

Finding God in the Midst

"Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm..." -Job 40:6 We live really busy lives. With work, school, church, social activities, hobbies and family time it becomes more and more difficult to schedule quality time with God. Even if we do have a quiet time, it's short at the most! On top of all of this, things happen in our lives that discourage us, and may cause us to feel troubled or want to give up on our pursuits. Perhaps we have challenges in our lives such as an illness, workplace obstacle, relational conflict, or maybe service in church has become difficult. Whatever it is, we can find God in the midst of the storm. The point at which we say, "God, take this cup from me," is the mome

Getting Rid of Judgments

"As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." -Ephesians 4:1-3 As human beings, we are naturally wired to make assessments about things. We like to make up our minds about things or people; we like categorizing and putting things into boxes. "She sounds like a singer I like," we may say, or, "He reminds me of 'so and so'." But the problem arises when we make negative assessments (judgments) about people, institutions, churches, businesses, or whatever it may be. When our judgment be

Crowd Approval

"Your approval means nothing to Me, because I know you don't have God's love within you. For I have come to you in My Father' name, and you have rejected Me. Yet if others come in their own name, you gladly welcome them. No wonder you can't believe! For you gladly honor each other, but you don't care about the honor that comes from the one who alone is God." -John 5:41-44 Have you ever noticed how counterculture Jesus was? He wasn't interested in being buddy-buddy with the religious leaders of the day; he wasn't interested in politics. Jesus was only interested in the redemption of His people. "Then Jesus said to the woman, 'I was sent only to help God's lost sheep - the people of Israel.'"

God is Good

"Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question: 'Good Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?' 'Why do you call me good?' Jesus asked him. 'Only God is truly good.'" -Luke 18:18 & 19 Have you ever said about someone, "She's such a good person," or "He's a good person"? I've found myself saying this many times, admiring people who do right by others. But when I read the verse above, I was completely taken aback! How can anyone be good, if Jesus Himself said He wasn't good - that only the Father was good? Though it is a figure of speech, "being good" brings up an important point. You might have heard it said before: No matter how admirable it is, good doesn't get us into heaven.

Keeping the Sabbath

"Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy." -Exodus 20:8 What is a Sabbath? The Israelites in Biblical times were religious about the Sabbath - and for good reason! A Sabbath was a "rest day", a day of remembering God and honoring Him in that day. It was a day that was set apart for that purpose. "Keep the Sabbath day holy. Don't pursue your own interests on that day, but enjoy the Sabbath and speak of it with delight as the Lord's holy day. Honor the Sabbath in everything you do on that day, and don't follow your own desires or talk idly." -Isaiah 58:13 The Jews took the day so serious, in fact, that when Jesus arrived on the scene, they denounced Him for working miracles on

Finding Favor with God

"But the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.'" -Luke 1:30 What does it mean to be favored by God? How do we find favor (preference) with Him? In order to birth God's plans, we need to be people He can trust. Does God pick and choose His favorites to birth His plans on the earth? He is not a respecter of persons, but each of us is uniquely called to an assignment custom-tailored for us. The Bible says when we seek God with all of our hearts we will find Him. (Deuteronomy 4:29) It also says David was a man after God's own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). When we incline our heart to God and seek after Him in righteousness and truth, God sees that He can entrust

Provision Follows Obedience

"The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy." -Genesis 26:13 During the time that Isaac (the son of Abraham) lived in the Old Testament, there was a famine. Isaac decided to go to the king of the Philistines for help. God spoke to Isaac and said, "Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham." -Genesis 26:2 & 3 So Isaac did what God said. And he was blessed. So blessed, in fact, that the king of the Philistines told them to move away! "Then A

Overlooking Offense

"A person's wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense." -Proverbs 19:11 Has anybody ever made you mad? Like seething, fuming angry? Or has anyone done something to you or someone else that has hurt you? We all have to deal with offenses - we are human! It's been said before about churches, "You need to be a Christian to survive in church." We all have faults and scars. We are all imperfect. The fact of the matter is, none of us are are immune to hurting someone else. But, how do we overlook offense that caused us hurt or harm? I received some good advice from a relationship course I was taking: "The relationship is ALWAYS more important than the issue at hand." With

His One and Only

"And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." -Ephesians 3:17-19 Have you ever wanted to be someone's one and only? I know I have. When I was young, I dreamed of one day being the sole object of one wonderful person's affection, who loved and cherished me completely. (Of course, when I dreamed of such a person, he had no faults, even though I knew I had them!) Before I was married, I longed to feel loved and important. It took a while befor

Guard Your Heart!

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." -Proverbs 4:23 Many of us have heard the phrase "guard your heart" before. But what does this mean? Why does the Bible say to guard our hearts? Is this optional for someone who loves the Lord? I would venture to say that we wouldn't survive long in life without guarding our hearts to some degree. It's interesting to note that Solomon says, "Above all else..." That must mean the guarding of our hearts is really important! Then he goes on to say, "...for everything else you do flows from it." Think about that for a moment. Our hearts are wrapped up in our minds and emotions. These are the places where we begin to make cho

Women in Jesus' Ministry

"So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them." -Genesis 1:27 Women had a special place in the Bible. They also had a special place in Jesus' heart. Consider these encounters Jesus had with women in the Bible: "Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple... She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer. She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem." -Luke 2:36-38 "Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, 'Daughter, b

Avoiding Self-Righteousness

"What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you shut the door of the Kingdom of Heaven in people's faces. You won't go in yourselves, and you don't let others enter either." -Matthew 23:13 Have you ever been around someone who seemed to exude self-righteousness? Often it's difficult to respect or get on the same page with someone with that kind of posture because it's hard to relate. Jesus tells an interesting story about this using the example of a Pharisee and a tax collector: "Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: 'I thank you, God, t

A Time to Pray

"But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer." Luke 5:16 There is no doubt that prayer (or talking with God) is an essential component of a believer's life. But often we can get caught up in the demands and interruptions of life, and we may or may not spend enough time in prayer. How important is prayer? Is it a make or break situation if we don't pray? How much time should we devote to prayer? The truth is, prayer is very important. Talking with God refocuses our minds, gives us peace, and helps us hear from God on important matters that we could otherwise miss if we did not take time to talk to God, and be still and listen. I know of many successful men and women who book a tim

Second Chances

"But He gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: 'God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.' Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." -James 4:6 & 7 Some days I wish I could start my life all over. I feel like I have fallen short. Other days I am immensely grateful for all I've been given, the grace and healing that God has given me, and all of His second chances. When we trust God for our lives and repent for our mistakes, He gives us second chances. This is what I take from the life of David. Even though David made many mistakes, even adultery and murder, God still gave him a second chance. God gave David grace because he had a repen

Reaching for the Gold

"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize." -1 Corinthians 9:24 Several years ago, a lady at my church had given me a CD recording from a women's meeting I had missed the week before. On the way to an evening small group, I popped the CD in my CD player on the drive there. The woman on the CD began to speak about "running the race" of faith. She explained that Olympic runners don't get up at 5am to win the silver or bronze medal - they want to win the gold! At that very moment something struck a chord within me. I had been dating a guy for a couple of years, and our belief systems were very different. He came from

Keep the Faith

"For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline." -2 Timothy 1:6-7 Have you ever noticed the dichotomy between faith and doubt? Doubt is dull, lifeless, and cold. It’s rain on a parade, a needle that pops a balloon, a wet blanket, or a party pooper. Nobody likes a wet blanket or a party pooper, but there are doubters and haters nonetheless. Some people cover up their doubt by saying they're being "realistic.” Sometimes we have to make a conscious effort to diffuse the doubt in our lives - whether it's coming from our enemies, our

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