Can You Recognize Your Own Voice?

  “I just can’t tell if this is God, the enemy, or my own voice I’m hearing. I don’t know what to do!” Have you ever said something like this? Have you ever worried that what you thought was God’s voice, wasn’t? And that the decision you made based on what you heard was completely…

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Do You Know Your Enemy?

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” –Sun Tzu, The Art of…

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How Does God Speak to You?

The Bible has all sorts of examples of God speaking to people, from Joseph and Mary to Saul to Moses and beyond. And He spoke in different ways to each. Variety seems to be high on His list!   Sometimes He talks to me like a Jewish grandmother.

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Whose Voice Do You Believe?

The Bible is rife with descriptions of who we are. Not who we might become. Not who we ought to be. But who we are.   For example, we are beloved of the Father. We are joint heirs with Jesus. We are righteous in His sight. We have been sanctified and set apart for His…

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A Living Sacrifice Requires Inner Honesty

Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. (Psalm 51:6 NASB) How do you respond to this verse? Do you figure you’re an honest person and therefore God will give you wisdom? Maybe you acknowledge that God desires inner truth and you have that…

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No Resuscitation!

During my college years, I heard a preacher say, “There’s a problem with living sacrifices—they keep crawling off the altar.”  Yep.   Have you ever offered all of yourself to God and then took it back when it became troublesome or inconvenient? Crawled right off that altar, didn’t you? Paul knew all about this struggle:…

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Save Your Life by Losing It

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:25.NASB)   Has God ever asked you to give up something that you enjoyed? Some might say this can never happen. After all, He promises to give us good things.

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Choose Life by Choosing to Die

  My pastor jokes about getting business cards that say, “We just want to help you die.”   A bit macabre, is it? But it’s true. One main function of the church is to help us die to self. And that dying leads us to true life. God always calls us to choose life. “I…

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A Reassuring View of Life’s Struggles (Guest Post)

Good morning! Today’s post is from an online devotional. I love how Os Hillman brings encouragement to his readers.  (All emphases mine)       Living Forward, Understanding Backward TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman Tuesday, December 01 2015 “The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it.”…

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Be the Priest You are Called to Be in 2016

When Jesus was on the threshold of His ministry, He went into the synagogue and read aloud from the prophet Isaiah: The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty…

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