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Nov 1, 2017

Handing It All Over

By |Nov 1, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Formation, Growth, Sanctification, Surrender|0 Comments

Some view coming to Christ as handing our sins over and receiving forgiveness.  Sadly, some believers never move past the merciful forgiving Jesus.  Don’t stop there.  The real victory is found in handing our self over to the Lord.  This is the ultimate thing we have to give Him.  If we fully give and consecrate

Oct 29, 2017

The Mark Of Knowing God

By |Oct 29, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Father, Formation, Growth, Holiness, Love, Maturity, Sanctification, Spirit|0 Comments

There is something God-like in all of us when we are born into this world.  It is called the divine image, marred by the fall, but still present in all.  This is meant to be the magnet that draws us to come to know God Himself and to be restored to the divine likeness.  This

Oct 23, 2017

Hospitality To The Spirit

By |Oct 23, 2017|Death, Devotionals, Formation, Growth, Joy, Peace, Spirit, Surrender|0 Comments

The Spirit goes into all kinds of areas where He may not be welcomed or invited.  All space is His space.  Those who would not welcome the Spirit do so that they may retain for themselves that which is not theirs.  Hospitality to the Spirit calls for surrender and is the secret of joy.  He

Oct 18, 2017

Confession, Repentance, Obedience

By |Oct 18, 2017|Confession, Devotionals, Father, Formation, Grace, Growth, Obedience, Repentance, Sin, Spirit, Surrender|0 Comments

Confession of sin should lead to repentance (turning around) and should be followed by obedience.  Confession of sin, which has no intention of amending one’s ways, is an attempt to use grace as a license to sin.  Confession is meant to be an honest statement of where we are in light of where God’s Word

Oct 17, 2017

The Blessing Of Crisis

By |Oct 17, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Formation, Growth, Maturity, Prayer, Relationships, Trials|0 Comments

A life crisis may be a catalyst for needed change.   Think of a crisis that became a positive turning point in your life.  It broke the status quo.  It set you on a new path.  It was the beginning of a new maturity.  It produced a deepening in your relationship with your Lord.  A

Oct 14, 2017

God’s Essence

By |Oct 14, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Formation, Growth, Holiness, Love, Spirit|0 Comments

“God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16).  It is His character.  God does not have to try to love.  Love is the essence of Who He is.  The human problem is that we are not yet like that.  God knows this full well.  So, in love, He laid down his life for us.  That love

Oct 5, 2017

Open My Eyes

By |Oct 5, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Formation, God's Word, Growth, Spirit, Truth, Word of God|0 Comments

Watch how you are being formed.  The way you allow yourself to be shaped will determine how you interpret facts, data, and even the Bible itself.  We see life and all things through the way we have let our eyes develop.  We want to make the way we see things as the ultimate truth, when

Sep 3, 2017

Higher Things

By |Sep 3, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Formation, Growth, Meditation|0 Comments

If you don’t read Christian literature that is sometimes over your head, then your head will never get any higher than it is right now.  As shown below, Peter had a hard time understanding Paul, but he did not reject his writings.  Addition and multiplication facts were above our head until we learned them.  This

Jul 25, 2017

Decision Making

By |Jul 25, 2017|Devotionals, Formation, Guidance, Maturity, Word of God|0 Comments

The Lord does not always give specific guidance when we ask.  Could it be because He is trying to get us to make some decisions based on what we have learned about God through His Word?  Could it be that we cannot develop character without learning to make mature decisions?  When we are forced to

May 31, 2017

Chosen for Christlikeness

By |May 31, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Formation, Growth, Holiness|0 Comments

God has chosen that His people would become like His Son.  If we would be called His people, we should expect Him to be shaping us, not like the dominant culture, but like His Son.  It is our highest calling.  Amazingly, it will not destroy our individuality and personality; instead, it will make it.  It