“And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and … Continue reading The Discipline of Dying to Self
“Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?” Romans 6:16 ESV https://www.bible.com/59/rom.6.16.esv Whatever you give yourself to, that is what controls you. You are a slave to whatever you yield to. The choice is yours but … Continue reading Yielding
“”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 ESV https://www.bible.com/59/jhn.3.16.esv The reason God sent His son wasn’t just to bring me to Heaven but to bring me to Himself. When my focus becomes my personal holiness then I am focused on the wrong thing. It is God’s … Continue reading Salvation’s Purpose
Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!” Mark 10:28 Peter utters these words to point out his devotion to Jesus. Yet in reality our devotion should not be about drawing any kind of accolades for ourselves. Full surrender to Christ leaves no residue of self. It’s easy to want to look devoted and spiritual but for the those who have fully … Continue reading Surrender?
“Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,” Acts 26:19 God gives us a vision but we are responsible to act on it. People may say they are waiting on God but to the contrary God is waiting on us. The vision we have been given is meant to be lived out every moment of every day; not just when we feel … Continue reading Vision
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction. 2 Timothy 4:2 Preaching the word is different than giving a testimony. A testimony is a story about how God has worked in our lives: it’s our story. Preaching, on the other hand, is telling God’s story. God does this through us when we … Continue reading Preach The Word
“You do not want to leave too, do you?”Jesus asked the Twelve. John 6:67 Following Jesus comes with personal risk. Jesus has many followers at the height of His ministry but with a few statements concerning the personal cost of following Him, most turned away. Jesus asks His closest followers if they too wanted to turn away. This is a question each of us must … Continue reading Risk