To some this might seem elementary, but I think it is worth review. What does it really mean to be born again? Even for those of us who claim to be born again, we must know how to define it clearly. If not for ourselves, then we must know for the sake of those who might ask. Some … Continue reading What Does It *Really* Mean to Be Born Again?
Last Updated: July 2, 2020 As people who have taken Christ's name (Christian), we will desire to know Him more. We will want to cultivate relationship with Him, learning how to live in a way that pleases Him. So how can we grow in our walk with God? First, it requires us to set aside … Continue reading Cultivating Relationship with God Through Spiritual Disciplines
There is a preciousness to be discovered in rising early to be with the Lord. I've found this to be the best time to spend with Jesus. Before anything else holds me back, I awaken the day to be with this One who never slumbers nor sleeps. It is probably your quietest time of day. The … Continue reading Seeking God Early
You and I are called to be people of intimacy with God. We were made for a close relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Though distractions abound, we are not alone: God's Spirit is our Help. The Lord is our first love and He loves us extravagantly. Despite life's challenges, our pursuit is this: be rooted in relationship … Continue reading People of Intimacy with Christ
The Lord wants companions and friends, not simply distant acquaintances who just want to feel the good vibes in the room because He is there. Jesus wants to be our Best Friend and Highest Priority, just as we are His. He wants to be with us, and He wants us to be with Him.
In Part 1, I spoke of what having a consecrated heart means. In Part 2, we covered how Jesus sympathizes with us in weaknesses and trials. In Part 3, I want to share some keys walking all this out. Key #1: It's a Choice and Desire Romans 12:1 says, "I appeal to you therefore, brethren, … Continue reading Having a Consecrated Heart, Part 3: Walking It Out
Part 2 of The Consecrated Heart. At times we may struggle with living lives of consecration before the Lord. Our emotions or flesh may want to take us in other directions, or our own desires may not be aligned with God's Word. Nonetheless, as our hearts grow in love for God, we will continue to fight the good fight of faith, wanting God's will and not our own.
Today I want to explain what it means to have a consecrated heart for the Lord. "Consecration is the total abandonment of our will to God's." - Unknown The above quote perfectly defines consecration. Living a life that is consecrated before the Lord means we have no agenda but God's will. It means that we want His will above our own. One who desires to live a life of consecration will find that the above heart posture will greatly affect their relationship with God. It is a posture of humility and love that wants God's desires above one's own which says, "Father, it's about Your heart desires above everything else."
Last Updated: June 15, 2020 Are you afraid of God’s judgment or punishment? You do not have to be scared of God's wrath. He desires to show you His love and mercy, not His wrath. Many believers and unbelievers alike fear that God is an angry entity waiting to strike them down at the first … Continue reading Are You Afraid of God’s Judgment? How God Shows Us Mercy and Love
You may be in a time in which God's presence seems absence and His voice silent. Know that even though things may feel this way, God is working in and around you. You're never alone, and He will never abandon you. Father God is loving on you even still, and drawing you closer to Him in … Continue reading When You Don’t Feel God’s Presence
What will happen to you when you take your last breath? Have you ever wondered? This question must be asked of yourself and you must know whether you can live with the true answer. Will you wish you'd done things differently, everything in your life and destiny? Will you find out who God made you … Continue reading Our Last Breath: Destiny and Love
Relationship with God is so simple compared to what we often make it. Often we make it more complicated than the Lord meant things to be. "But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ." (2 … Continue reading Connecting with Jesus: Simple Devotion