“And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward,” Exodus 14:15, KJV
Have you heard of the phrase “two steps forward, one step back?” What if we could erase that end part? What if we could subtract from the equation the minus one step? What would the total sum of one’s life be if all they ever did was progress? If all they ever did was to add without factoring any negatives?
“Two steps forward, one step back.” It’s a phrase that I have used and I know you have, too. But, in reality, I actually think that we get too comfortable with that kind of mentality. Everything is not always going to go off without a hitch, but it’s almost as if we expect to move backward every time we try to advance forward. We are factoring…
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God has been teaching me a lot lately about how I view people. For instance, recently I ordered food at the drive through of a local fast food joint. The voice that came through the microphone was very well-spoken, eloquent and respectful. Pulling up to the window to pay for the meal, before me stood a gentleman with green hair, big fat wooden earrings in his ears, tattoos and so forth. I mentioned to my husband that I would have never identified that voice with that look or persona.
Often we can come across people in our pathway who don’t look the way we feel they should look or don’t carry themselves in a manner approving of our standards, yet in them is a real person with a real soul.
David was judged wrongly by those of his own house. When the prophet Samuel came to Jesse’s house to anoint…
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“If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me,” John 13:8
As humbling as it was, He was doing it anyway, washing the feet of all the disciples in the room. In case you didn’t know, this was a very gross job reserved for the lowest of servants in the house. The roads were not paved but rather dusty and muddy and littered with all types of animal material left behind (if you catch my meaning). Open sandals were the norm of fashion which really didn’t do anything to keep the elements of all that had been stepped on out. Feet stank and were blistered, sore and probably repulsive to us today. No such thing as a pedicure back then.
Yet, here is the Savior, bending below the lowest servant washing the filth away. Is this not a precursor to what He would shortly do on…
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Greater is He that is in me!
The life inside that I cannot see.
Only feel with the passion and the burn
Love from the cross that flows unearned.
Glowing embers His spirit unfolds.
Power inside of stories untold!
Ripping away all the fear and frights;
Layering on His love’s holy light.
The life inside has been swept and cleaned
By the Master who defeats enemies unseen.
Foes tremble, their strength can’t compare,
‘Cause greater is He now resides there.
“Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world,” 1 John 4:4
What people witness in your life resounds more than the words that are coming out of your mouth. Evidence of belief; proof of faith is the visual representation that most want. Many mistake others as not wanting what we have or not wanting the faith, yet they haven’t seen enough of it in action to provoke them to seek after what we say we have.
So, the old phrase still rings true today: “Seeing is believing.” To a world lost, who have not hope, they look for a ring of hope they can grab onto to prevent them from drowning in the deep abyss of the darkness of this world. They want a way out. Many don’t want to sink deeper into despair, deeper into the unknown where there is no light to guide the way. They want to see what you say you see. They want to feel what…
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“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves . . .,” 2 Corinthians 13:5
“What? School just started back!” No, that’s not what I’m talking about. When was the last time we really pushed the envelope with ourselves to see what we have in us? When watching television, I sometimes come across shows where people are doing what seems to be the impossible; people who love the adrenaline of seeing just how far they can go with a particular feat. Some of the things I see just make me want to shake my head, and yet, others are actual, honest assessments of endurance; to see if they have what it takes to make it all the way, or to break some sort of record. It’s a testing of one’s strength and stamina.
Tests, for most people, are not pleasant at all. It…
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“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:because he trusteth in thee,” Isaiah 26:3
Peace is something that seems far out of reach for most. It is greatly desired and sought after yet; many will never lay hold of it. Why is that? The answer is because of where it is found. It is found in a made-up mind centered on who He is and a devoted heart that believes in the promises He has made. “Perfect peace” speaks of the character of God at work. Wherever He operates and whatever He delves into is marked by perfection. That means when He established something that He wants to offer to all mankind He does so without there being anything wrong with it. No fault in it whatsoever. And He does here also. As a matter of fact, the only thing that…
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