Complacency leads to oppression; and oppression ultimately leads to captivity.
Elisha knew that if he stayed at Jericho, having seen God move powerfully, he would be living in yesterday’s obedience while expecting tomorrow’s move of God.
“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:11, ESV emphases mine).
“Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit” (John 15:2 ESV). This week will beIf you were to ask some of my friends, they would probably say that I’m a masochist because I set challenging physical... Continue Reading →
"Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, "Why do John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?" And Jesus said to them, "Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom... Continue Reading →
“For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God...” (Ecclesiastes 2:26 ESV). We all have days where we recognize that we are not the best version of ourselves.... Continue Reading →
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalms 127:1 ESV). Yesterday's post was, admittedly, harsh. It was the truth, but it was not easy to hear. God desires for all of us to live holy lives,... Continue Reading →
“But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV). We all have our comfort zones for the variety of activities... Continue Reading →
"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God" (Ephesians 5:1-2 ESV). We often describe the Christian life as a journey, or more specifically a walk. I believe there are good reasons for that. When... Continue Reading →