Posts from March 2014

We Don’t Have To Hide In The Dark Anymore

We don’t have to hide in the dark anymore. Satan wants nothing more from you than to destroy your faith, rob you of joy and satisfaction in God, and to sin against God and then try to hide it from God. John 10:10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and…

Instead of blaming outside influences…

How about we blame ourselves? After all we are our biggest influence. Because outside of what we fill our ears, eyes, hearts, and minds with, our wicked flesh influences us, our sinful nature influences us and it craves evil and rebellion against God. We have to put this to death or it will put us to death.   Desires aren’t bad in…

Setting Yourself Up For Failure

We wouldn’t normally openly admit something like this: “Yes I set myself up for failure, yeah I do it all the time.”   But when we don’t properly set up guardrails in the world pertaining to our spiritual lives, we really are setting ourselves up for failure.   Essentially, we are setting ourselves up with things that truly threaten our lives.  …

Don’t Wait

A funny thing happens when someone starts to follow Christ.   Immediately, they become someone new.   Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!   You are a new person when you begin to follow Jesus. It’s amazing. Your past…

Hazardous Fumes

Ever painted a room? The fumes, at first, are almost too much to bear. After a while, though, you get used to it. You can hardly tell that you’re standing in a room filled with the fumes of paint. This is probably killing your brain cells quite rapidly, but at this point, you’re totally used to it.   But think about the…

Walking in Darkness

Living in darkness is living without Jesus. One who lives in darkness is one who lives in fear. All people have sinful desires, and those who actively choose to live with and act on those desires are living in fear.   Their fear could stem from having to abandon their lifestyle for a godly one, or having to confess their sins to…

Convictions

This month we have been talking about being “in the dark” or living in secret sin.   Something that God has given us in order to fight against an “in the dark” lifestyle is a conviction.   A conviction is a fixed or firm belief. Many convictions are universal in Christianity, such as those against murdering, lying, and blaspheming God.   Some…

Is Faith Enough?

What can you do to defend your light when surrounded by darkness?   There are moments when you feel like you have to answer the tough questions.   Questions like: How can you believe in a god? If god was real, then why do babies die? How can God allow suffering?  How do you know that Christianity is the right faith?  …

Pray, Love, Believe

John Maxwell has said, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” This is a great message…basically, you have to show that you love and care before anyone will listen to you.   Most of us who have a family member or a close friend who is not a Christian. What can you do when you…

Live like that

  If a stranger passed you on a street and followed you for a day—would they know you were a Christ follower?   This is a tough question, but a question that needs asking. The band Sidewalk Prophets wrote a song that touches on this idea. In the song “Live Like That” they pose some big questions:   Sometimes I think, what…