Beyond The Surface Level

SIN. These controversial 3 letters so capable of exposing hearts and motives, and the very thoughts that drive the actions that follow. It's like a cancer; aiming to control even the deepest parts of us to the point of destruction. So natural and familiar, yet so crippling and evil. "Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious): they are immorality, impurity, indecency, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissen...
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Not Our Strength. HIS.

Our prayers, as it pertains to strength, are usually that God grants us the ability to exert some sort of effort relevant to our daily lives. For example, one might pray, "Give us the strength to make it through the day", or "Help us to complete this task to the best of our abilities". Sometimes, we find ourselves praying for things like love, patience, and more faith...at least until we get the strength and ability we prayed so fervently for. Because our prayers are so focused on God giving ...
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What We Can Learn From The Law

The Law. Romans 7:12 and 1 Timothy 1:8, when describing the Law, calls it good. In fact, it was hope to the Israelites; a chosen people so sinful in their nature. Not because they deserved hope, but because God made a promise to Abram (Abraham) that he would have descendants as numerous as the stars (Genesis 15:1-5), and that his descendants would belong to God, and be His chosen people. Because of God's faithfulness to His own covenant, God granted a way for the Israelites to r...
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The Goodness of God

  Before we can answer the question about why God is good, we first have to define what good is. Good simply put is defined to a standard of morality. Morality speaks volumes in our culture today, but is very limited to one realm, as we are (in our finite state, in human form). There is an end to morality, and it changes based on how we define its standard. What is moral to me is not defined the same way for others, and vice versa. Now that we know what man's "good" looks like, it ...
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Transformation and Holiness

  The gospel provides a means of salvation (deliverance from sin and its consequences, brought about by faith in Christ). 1. Romans 10:4,8-10 "For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. But what does it say? 'The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart' (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with t...
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Perfected Peace

We're going to just dive right in.

Everywhere God mentions peace in His word, it's connected to both surrender and prayer/thanksgiving/supplication (request). For example:

  • 1 Peter 5:6-7: "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, ...
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What It Means To Trust God

Why do we have trouble trusting God? What does trusting God look like?

Observe the actions of those that commit to trusting God:
  • Romans 15:13: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."
  • Psalm 28:7: "The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and w...
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Ironic Love

What is love?

Scripture we often use when we think about love:

1 Corinthians 13: Click  to read the chapters.

The Bible explicitly states what Godly (agape) love is and how it (agape love) works in 1 John 4:7-12.

"7Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of Go...
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The Power Of Words

So, each time, before I get started with studying God's word, I pray. Your prayer is whatever you want it to be, but if you're having trouble finding the words, a prayer of faith and expectation to know more of God is what helps us be open to the word of God. After all, it's His business to reveal more of Himself to us, and our business to listen! Here's something you can use that I use on a daily basis. I am not the originator. I just liked what I heard one day, and made it personable to my tim...
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