Oct 21, 2017

On Our Knees Or Face

By |Oct 21, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Discipleship, Humility, Kingdom of God, Praise, Prayer, Worship|0 Comments

Some of the words for worship in the NT carry with them the picture of one bowing prostrate on face or knees.  The wise men gave gifts to Jesus on their knees (Mt 2:11).  The leper who was cleansed fell on His knees before Jesus (Luke 11:16).  The disciples were on their faces after Jesus

Oct 11, 2017

Serving With Tears

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Paul’s description of his service in Asia was that He was “serving the Lord with all humility and with tears.”  Tears are a way of expressing our brokenness.  Sometimes they come out as a sobbing from deep within.  They become confessions of hurt, loneliness, disappointment, and inner pain.  They can come forth as prayers and

Oct 1, 2017

The Blessing Of Failure

By |Oct 1, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Encouragement, Growth, Humility, Sin|0 Comments

Failure can be a blessing.  It can keep you humble.  It teaches you what did not work.  It lets you join the rest of the imperfect human family.  Having failed, you can work more diligently, study harder and depend on God more fully.  All of us have had our failures.  We have had times when

Sep 14, 2017

Better Than They Are?

By |Sep 14, 2017|Christ, Church, Devotionals, Humility, Kingdom of God, Pride, Service|0 Comments

What is there in us that makes us feel we are slightly better than other people?  Even those who think of themselves as an outcast sometimes feel it.  Of course it is pride, the seed of narcissism.  It is the source of divisions among the human family and the church.  It values its own opinions

Aug 27, 2017

Speak Creative Words

By |Aug 27, 2017|Christ, Creation, Devotionals, God's Word, Hope, Humility, Word of God|0 Comments

God’s Word creates.  It created the world.  It spoke into existence everything it willed.  It creates a whole new set of realities in our lives as we let it take root in us.  The Word creates new creatures and new creation.  To humbly live with the Word constantly changes us.  The God who speaks makes

Jul 15, 2017

Our Little Worlds

By |Jul 15, 2017|Creation, Devotionals, Father, Humility, Worship|0 Comments

It is easier to live in the little worlds that we have created than the one God created.  In our little world, with its realities, we tend to set the boundaries of what we want to see and do, leaving us in charge. Ours is colorless compared to His.  Ours is a box with exterior

Jul 9, 2017

Loving Self

By |Jul 9, 2017|Devotionals, Humility, Love, Pride|0 Comments

Most of us love ourselves quite well.  We know what the Book says about loving God and others.  Putting ourselves down can be nothing less than pride hiding out as false humility.  Even self-loathing can be a perverted kind of self-love.  The heart can be deceptive to one’s own self.  This is why we need

Jun 24, 2017

The Spirit of Messiah

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If the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Messiah, then we must realize that He is the Spirit of our King, the King of the Kingdom of God.  He is the Messiah who is a servant and wants us to delight in serving.  He is the humble Messiah who came among us incognito, without pomp

Jun 6, 2017

Renewing Energy

By |Jun 6, 2017|Devotionals, Father, Humility, Idolatry, Power, Renewal, Spirit|0 Comments

Power tends to dissipate.  It must be renewed.  A branch must have the vine.  An appliance needs to be plugged into an electrical source.  Batteries have to be recharged.  Energy must be renewed.  We are not self-sufficient.  We are not the source of power.  We are channels through which it flows.  If we seek to

May 24, 2017

Turning The Conversation

By |May 24, 2017|Attentiveness, Devotionals, Healing, Humility, Relationships|0 Comments

We really do know how to turn the conversation back to ourselves.  We know how to get our opinions and preferences into the discussion.  In short, we know how to make a lot of things about us.  There is something else we need to learn.  We need to learn how to listen, how to be