Forgiven and Free

Even though I know I’m forgiven, sometimes I don’t feel forgiven.  Satan loves to bring up the past and try to get us to wallow in shame, condemnation, and self-judgment. Old mindsets try to creep back in and we find ourselves vulnerable to temptations we thought we had overcome. Sin lurks at the door – as either a temptation or as a heavy shadow from the past.  But Jesus has conquered sin! Not only has He redeemed you from the shame of sin; He has freed you from the grip of sin. I… Read More

Extinguishing the Lies of the Enemy

I’m not a smoker, but, based on my observations, I think there must be a training course on the various ways to smoke.  Smoking 101 is all about how to tap on the pack of cigarettes before you open it.  Smoking 102 is all about how to light a cigarette while squinting your eyes, inhaling deeply, and then exhaling slowly.  Smoking 103 is all about how you hold the cigarette – whether between two fingers, or between the thumb and first finger, or by dangling it from your mouth.  And finally, Smoking… Read More

Eternal Investments

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:57-58‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Victory is the promise of God to every believer whose trust and dependency is in Jesus Christ.  Knowing that victory that awaits us, we can be steadfast, immovable, and always abounding in the work of the Lord.  Be steadfast. Remain engaged. Keep pressing on. Don’t give up.  Be… Read More

Jesus’ Last Words Reflected His Greatest Values

“These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭25-27‬ ESV) John’s Gospel is unique from the other three. The Gospels of Matthew,… Read More

Impending Defeat or Certain Victory?

He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:16, 17 ESV) Elisha’s servant went out early in the morning, looked up and saw the enemy’s army surrounding them. Isn’t it true that we all have… Read More