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 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 12, 2017

Finding Meaning

By |Oct 12, 2017|Choices, Christ, Devotionals, Father, Surrender|0 Comments

Rational human beings want to know that life and the things that happen in it have meaning, because meaning gives us significance.  It is haunting to think that things are happening for no reason.  God does not order everything that comes into our lives.  It is just the way life works out on this fallen

Sep 8, 2017

The Cross Was Already There

By |Sep 8, 2017|Christ, Cross, Crucifixion, Death, Devotionals, Maturity, Self-denial, Surrender|0 Comments

Jesus did not invent the cross.  The Romans already had them.  They were especially ready for rival kings.  No, Jesus did not devise the cross, He came to it.  There is a cross that is built into life; you come to a cross that is already there, it is called “life-the-way-it-is”.  There is a dying

Sep 6, 2017

They Left Everything

By |Sep 6, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Discipleship, Grace, Surrender|0 Comments

Peter said, “We left everything and followed you.”  We see that as a boast, but it was the fact of what had happened.  Peter needed a perspective that included the end in view, and Christ gave it to him.  In following Jesus we receive more than we left, we gain more than we lost.  The

Jun 11, 2017

A Heart Problem

By |Jun 11, 2017|Believe, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Power, Spirit, Surrender|0 Comments

Simon the magician became a believer and was baptized.  He saw something in the apostles that was real, beyond magic, but his conversion had not yet dealt with his unholy ambitions.  He still wanted to be center stage.  He idolized the kind of power at work in the apostles.  He wanted a franchise for himself. 

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

Apr 25, 2017

God’s Way

By |Apr 25, 2017|Choices, Devotionals, Discipline, Father, Freedom, Mercy, Obedience, Repentance, Surrender|2 Comments

God does not always get His way in the world and in individual lives.  That is the risk He took when He gave us freedom of choice.  And to say that He makes all of our choices for us, taking absolute control, turns rationality on its head.  To say, “Thy will be done on earth

Feb 24, 2017

Unconditional Trust

By |Feb 24, 2017|Commitment, Devotionals, Father, Prayer, Surrender, Trust|0 Comments

In some situations our trust in the Lord may be tentative or partial.  We may find it harder to trust God with some matters than with others.  Yet, we know that we are to trust the Lord with everything and at all times.  Fear keeps us from trust.  Failure to let go hampers reliance.  Prayer