Nov 1, 2017

Handing It All Over

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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 16, 2017

Churchly Experiences

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It is possible to have a religious experience and never become a Christ follower.  You can enter a religious culture that will get you to jump through some hoops, so that you will be “in” or “accepted”, with the assurance that you have arrived.  You may do great works.  You can then spend your life

Oct 6, 2017

The Spirit And Sanctification

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There is no personal holiness without the Holy Spirit.  Jesus “suffered without the gate to sanctify the people with His own blood” (Heb 13:12).  The Bible also says that we are “sanctified by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ” (I Peter 1:2).  What the blood of Christ provides, the Holy Spirit applies.  Without

Sep 27, 2017

Becoming Is Arriving

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Our spiritual formation is never finished in the same way that our sanctification is an ongoing process.  Perfection in the Greek NT means “completion” or “fulfilling one’s intended purpose”.  Our purpose is to love God with our whole being, expressed by loving our neighbor as ourself.  We are ever in the process of loving more

Sep 16, 2017

Hunger And Holiness

By |Sep 16, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Heart, Holiness, Idolatry, Sanctification|0 Comments

There is a connection between holiness, the hunger for it, and the pursuit of it.  Our passion for holiness is a prerequisite for a life of holiness.  There is little progress without a total consecration to the process.  The hungry run after it (Heb 12:14).  Hunger for holiness is nothing more than hunger for the

Jun 21, 2017

The Heart Throne

By |Jun 21, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Heart, Holiness, Idolatry, Sanctification|0 Comments

The heart has a throne.  The only One who should be on that throne is the Creator Himself.  There are a thousand ways that we can climb up and put ourselves on the throne.  There are a thousand gods that would like for us to empower them to take Him down.  To proclaim Jesus as

May 2, 2017

All The Keys

By |May 2, 2017|Christ, Forgiveness, Grace, Joy, Mercy, Sanctification, Surrender|0 Comments

Jesus became my Savior.  I rejoiced in His forgiveness.  His grace and mercy overwhelmed me.  I walked many days in the joy of that.  Then one day He said, “When are you going to turn over all the keys?”  “Lord”, I said, “You have the key to the front door.  We sit in the living

Jan 4, 2017

Religious Experiences

By |Jan 4, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Sanctification|0 Comments

Past religious experiences cannot bear all the weight of life.  When we think that our religious experiences have failed us, we tend to want to go back and fix them with a new and better experience.  This makes faith about our experience.  This is too often tied to our unreliable emotions and craving for magical

Dec 9, 2016

Sanctification’s Pursuit

By |Dec 9, 2016|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Father, Formation, Growth, Holiness, Sanctification, Spirit|1 Comment

Sanctification is not a pursuit limited to super Christians.  To begin with, there is no such thing as a super Christian.  Sanctification is the daily pursuit of Christlikeness for all believers.  It is not a point of arrival, but a point of departure.  It is not a possession, but is about Who possesses us.