Choose Short-Term Pain for Long-term Gain

“[Moses] chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin” (Hebrews 11:25 NIV).   Yesterday we learned that, in order to be all that God wants us to be, we have to make this first resolution: “I resolve that I will no longer let other people press... Continue Reading →

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Your Commitments Shape Your Life

“Since everything around us is going to melt away, what holy, godly lives we should be living!” (2 Peter 3:11 TLB). You don’t have to understand all the implications of your decision when you choose to follow Jesus. You simply need to respond to his invitation and make a commitment to follow him.Your commitments shape your... Continue Reading →

Your First Step of Discipleship

“God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love — like Christ in everything” (Ephesians 4:15 The Message). God wants you to grow up: “We are not meant to remain as children” (Ephesians 4:14 Phillips).Your heavenly Father’s goal for you is to mature and develop the characteristics of Jesus Christ, living... Continue Reading →

God Grows Us One Step at a Time

“So get rid of your old self, which made you live as you used to — the old self that was being destroyed by its deceitful desires. Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, and you must put on the new self, which is created in God’s likeness and reveals itself in the... Continue Reading →

Surrender What Jesus Uncovers

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (Philippians 1:6 NLT). It takes years for us to grow to adulthood, and it takes a full season for fruit to mature and ripen. The same is... Continue Reading →

Your Choices Control Your Calendar

We are each responsible for our own conduct” (Galatians 6:5 NLT). Your choices are far more powerful than your circumstances. You may not like how complicated your life has become. But with few exceptions, no one is forcing you to keep your life complicated.You have the power to simplify your life. In fact, God expects us... Continue Reading →

Comparing Always Leads to Coveting

“It is better to be satisfied with what you have than to be always wanting something else” (Ecclesiastes 6:9 GNT). The first step in becoming a contented person is to stop comparing yourself to others. The problem is that comparing is America’s favorite indoor sport! We naturally do it all the time.You walk into somebody’s house,... Continue Reading →

Nothing Worthwhile Is Ever Easy

Let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up” (Galatians 6:9 NLT). There are many things that work to keep us from completing our life missions. Over the years, I’ve debated whether the worst enemy is procrastination or discouragement.... Continue Reading →

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