God’s Answer for Your Fear

“We know the love that God has for us, and we trust that love . . . because God’s perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:16, 18 NCV). I’ve talked to thousands of people about why they don’t fully trust God. Usually it’s one of three things: People are afraid that if they give their... Continue Reading →

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When You Make Idols, You End Up Like Them

“Those who make idols end up like them. So does everyone who trusts them (Psalm 115:8 GW). I mentioned in yesterday’s devotional that everyone trusts in something. We can even make good things — like our marriages, our families, or even our ministries in the church — into idols. But trusting in things other than God... Continue Reading →

Can You Really Count on God?

“Trust the LORD with all your heart, and don’t depend on your own understanding. Remember the LORD in all you do, and he will give you success” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NCV). For most of us, the reason we don’t trust God fully with our lives is because we really don’t know him. We usually don’t trust people... Continue Reading →

Why We Should Respond with Grace

“A fool expresses all his emotions, but a wise person controls them” (Proverbs 29:11 GW). You can’t control much of what happens to you in life. Like I mentioned a few days ago in these devotionals, you can’t control who your parents are, where you were born, and a variety of other factors that have a... Continue Reading →

Why Do I Procrastinate?

The Bible says you procrastinate for one of five reasons. Indecision. "A double minded man is unstable in all he does." (James 1:8 LB) Indecision causes you to postpone buying a car, choosing a college, getting married, buying new clothes, changing a job. Perfectionism. "If you wait for perfect conditions, you'll never get anything done!"... Continue Reading →

Prayers Have an Impact

Do you ever wonder if prayer really works? You're praying about something and Satan whispers to you, "This is a waste of time. Forget it! Who do you think you are? What do you think you're doing? God is not listening. Don't waste your time." Prayer works because God is in control. The basis of... Continue Reading →

Pray for Others

The quickest way to change a relationship from bad to good is to start thanking God in prayer for people. Praying for them will do two things -- change your attitude and change them. Positive praying is much more powerful than positive thinking. People may resist our help, spurn our appeals, and reject our suggestions,... Continue Reading →

The Six Phases of Faith

God takes our belief, and he blesses us through it, and that makes life a great adventure. It is critical that we cooperate with God as he builds faith within us. Here are the six phases of faith God always takes our dreams through. Phase 1 - Dream: Do I have a dream planted in... Continue Reading →

You Can Know Truth By Looking at God

“I“[God] shows how to distinguish right from wrong, how to find the right decision every time” (Proverbs 2:9 TLB). Like I mentioned yesterday, three philosophies — individualism, secularism, and relativism —  have devastated our society’s moral thermometer over the past few decades. The consequences have been dramatic on society in general and on each of us... Continue Reading →

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