Self-Deprecation

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One danger to our spiritual lives and growth is self-rejection.  When we grow up or live in, environments with a lot of criticism we tend to turn the criticism into self-rejection.  We will then think if anyone got to know us they would not like or love us.  This is a dark and lonely road. We can tend to think … Read More

The Most Important Thought

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Our view of God is the most important thing about us.  The thoughts we think about God are the foundation of our Christian lives.  If we do not have a good foundation we will not have a solid relationship with God. Some believers have a faulty view of God.  These views have been formed from many things.  They can develop … Read More

Tabernacle Within

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God has formed us, created us, and redeemed us.  He has built us like a tabernacle with an outer court, an inner court, and a place deep within us where God meets with us.  Before we Jesus as Lord and Savior that deep place within us was dead.  We were governed by our emotions, thoughts, and desires.  We did whatever … Read More

Perfect Score

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Are we keeping score of how well we are doing?  Do we strive to keep ourselves on task whether it is managing a business, our family’s lives, or our own?  Do we want to motivate, influence, and be people others want to follow?  When it comes to evaluating our success do we often fall into the trap of thinking that … Read More

Pruning

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If we are honest there are times when we view God as our cosmic provider.  We think if we pray and have faith in a certain way then He will give us what we want.  We all know that is a drastically wrong view of God.  His purpose is not to give us everything we want but to give us … Read More

God’s Training Plan

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High accountability is required when we speak God’s Word to another.  We must be cautious to make sure we are not taking the Lord’s name in vain (Exodus 20:7).  Which means when we speak in His name, when He has not spoken, beware then will discipline follow.  This is a discipline that comes to remove from our hearts any pollution … Read More

Gospel Amnesia

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We can find ourselves start to sink into dark feelings of depression and despair when distressing life circumstances confront us.  In the stresses we can forget the many ways that God has been with us and guided us.  This condition could be named getting gospel amnesia. Gospel amnesia is forgetting that God’s truth stands the test of time in all … Read More

I Don’t Like Change

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Some days the world seems to want to squeeze us all into the same mold.  Do we find ourselves eager to be like everyone else and use the right toothpaste, wear the right clothes, drive the right cars, have the same perspectives on success, and the same desires?  Do we fear to be different?  Are we so afraid of rejection … Read More

Move Toward Serenity

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Our culture is all about competing, performing, and winning.  We can think our value and significance depends on our performance.  We can believe that we are only loved by what we do.  God says our value was bestowed on us prior to our ability to perform.  We can lose sight of the fact that we are not the sole creators … Read More

How to be Content

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We wrestle in our souls to be content.  Our minds race out of control.  The anxiety of the task list alone, can control and steal our sense of peace.  It can seem as if we are running in fear and, in reality, no one is chasing.  We long for a deeper communion with God, to hear His voice more clearly, … Read More