The Holy Spirit: Reminder

Pull out a piece of US currency. Bill, coin, anything will do. On the front of every coin and the back of every bill is the same phrase: “In God We Trust.” Why? Because we shouldn’t put our trust in wealth, but it’s easy to forget that. We need a reminder. 1. Read John 14:26 […]

The Holy Spirit in You

Resistance. Let’s face it – nobody likes it. Resistance is uncomfortable. Push-back on your “great idea” is discouraging. The counterpoint to your great political argument is frustrating. When it comes to your spiritual life, though, resistance is a given – and if you find it’s missing, you’re probably unhealthy. 1. Read John 14:16–17 [ESV] “And I will ask the Father, […]

God’s Presence in our Lives

Have you ever tried to do a job with the wrong tool? Or maybe with no tools at all? It’s amazing how difficult an otherwise-easy fix becomes if you go about it the wrong way. The same thing is true for your spiritual life. If you’re trying it on your own, you’re working too hard! 1. Read John […]

Radical Obedience

  We all want to hear God’s voice – and it’s true, He’s speaking all the time – but actually doing what we hear… well, that’s another story. If you want to hear Him better, though, you need to put His words into practice. 1. Read James 1:25 [NLT] “…if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets […]

How God Speaks

  Have you ever been on the receiving end of a surprise party? You didn’t realize it (or maybe you did!), but you were being set up – in a good way – through regular, day to day motions. Sometimes God’s voice speaks in generalities, but He often tailors it to your mind, using the […]

Hearing From God

  “Hearing God’s voice” is a mysterious concept for most people. We all want to receive His direction and wisdom, but some of us don’t know how. Truth is, God is speaking, and it just might be your lifestyle that’s making it hard to listen. The good news is, you can change that! Read on… 1. […]

Jonah: “Enemy”

It’s always refreshing to see the “bad guys” in life get what they deserve, but in the economy of God’s grace, your enemy isn’t who you think it is. 1. Read Jonah 3:10-4:3 [NLT] “When God saw what (the people of Nineveh) had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his […]

Jonah: Lost Cause

Have you ever written someone off as a lost cause? Maybe you wrote yourself off! Let’s be honest – if you look from a human perspective, some people are so far from faith in God it would take a miracle to change them… and that’s exactly what God has in mind. 1. Read Jonah 3:4-5 [NLT] “On the day […]

I’m All In!

Have you ever been the recipient of unfair criticism? Ever been the one to give it? Not all criticism is constructive, and if we’re not careful, a critical spirit can make us miss out on a lot of good around us. 1. Read 2 Samuel 6:15-16 [NLT] “So David and all the people of Israel brought […]

Jonah: Failing God

Have you ever blown it big time? Ever felt like you were a total failure to God and to yourself? No matter how badly you messed up, Jonah probably has you beaten in the “failed God” category. And yet, the moment he had a change of heart, God put him right back to work. 1. Read Jonah […]