Who are we in Christ? In Romans 8:16-17 we read, “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now, if we are God’s children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.” What are the implications of being God’s sons and daughters and co-heirs with Christ? How does the character of our Father God relate to our relationship with Him and with our ministry to others? […]
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There are so many things to discuss when it comes to relationships, so I’ve extended our Creating Healthy Relationships blog to include a Part 2! In this article, we will discuss community and confrontation. […]
Relationships are our greatest treasures in life. When we get to the end of our lives, we won’t be thinking about how much we have in the bank; we’ll be thinking about the people in our lives. Whether we realize it or not, there’s a real desire for community and real authentic relationships. But at the same time, often our wounds come from people. This makes navigating relationships tricky sometimes. […]
Have you been a Christian for a while but you’re struggling to live a transformed life? The truth is, transformation is an ongoing process for Christians until they get to heaven, so we might as well accept that. In the meantime, there are some basic principles that can help us understand transformation and how we can partner with God’s work in us. Transformation is … … a process. In fact, transformation is an inside-out process. It starts with our spirit at the rebirth as we receive the Lord and as we welcome Holy Spirit within us. While we feed our [...]
To wrap up this series, let’s talk about suffering and why God allows it. Notice that I didn’t say that God causes suffering; He allows it. There is a huge difference. And here’s some good news: there is a purpose in suffering. Here is the main verse that we’ve been studying throughout this series: Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only [...]
Wisdom is something that most people want more of in their lives. We understand the importance of making wise decisions today in order to have a better future. But where does wisdom come from? And how do we get it? First, understand that God grants us the spirit of wisdom & revelation. In fact, Proverbs 9:10 says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. So if we want to grow in the characteristic of wisdom, we need to start by honoring and respecting God. Defining Wisdom Many people think that wisdom and understanding are the same things, [...]
Joy is something that everyone wants, but most never find true, deep joy. Joy is not only a fruit of the Spirit; it’s also a spiritual power with a force behind it. It’s more than “happiness” (which is fleeting). The true joy of the Lord is sustaining; we find this to be true especially when our circumstances are not ideal, and we can still have joy. Joy in the Kingdom of God Romans 14:17 tells us, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Let’s break [...]
If you turn on the television or radio or observe social media, much of what you’ll see is trouble, heartache, and fear. Peace is something that people desire to have down deep inside, but it’s not easy to achieve without God. Jesus knew that we would face trouble in this world when He said to His disciples: “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). We can count on His peace to sustain and comfort us during difficulties. [...]
God wants us to mature in our character to become more like Christ, and self-control is an area that people can get the wrong idea about. When you hear the words, “self-control,” don’t hear, “You have to do it all on your own.” That’s not true. We can’t do everything by our own self-will. The key to self-control is having the will to submit and be surrendered to the Spirit of God. Self-Control in the Bible The Bible mentions self-control often and even shares stories of people who either had or lacked the characteristic. In Titus 1:6-9, being self-controlled and temperate [...]
Our loyalty is something that companies are after on a daily basis. Just about every corporation has a customer loyalty program to try to entice us to remain loyal to their products or services. But loyalty didn’t originate in a boardroom or in the mind of man; God came up with the idea. In fact, loyalty is something that characterizes God, and we should strive to be more loyal in our own lives too. Loyalty Defined Loyalty and trustworthiness (or being worthy of trust) are closely intertwined. Integrity and faithfulness are similar concepts as well. They make us think of someone [...]