Take a Real Rest

“Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.” Matthew 11:28–30 (MSG)What kind of life has God prepared for us?According to Matthew 11:28–30, it’s not a life of burden, strain and exhaustion. Jesus invites those of us who are tired, worn out and burned out on


The Best Possible Strategy

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)If you’re going through something difficult in your life, you need to know that God is aware of every storm you face. He’s not stumped by the cir


He Will Never Steer You Wrong

For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship)… Ephesians 2:10 (AMPC)Your arrival on this planet was no accident. Even if you felt rejected and unwanted as a child, the fact remains that God is all-knowing and He knew you were coming. God carefully formed you inside your mother’s womb (Psalm 139


Guided Every Step Of The Way

A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV)God wants to guide your every step.It’s easy to get stressed out about big decisions. You may lay awake at night thinking about what you’ll do for a living, who you’ll marry, which direction to take your business or whi


Everything You Need

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33 (NLT)In Matthew 6:33, Jesus tells us to seek His Kingdom first. He wants us to care about what He cares about—bringing more people into relationship with Him. Notice that in this ve


Because Of Love

“Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?…Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. John 21:15 (NLT)Over the past week, we’ve been talking about sacrifice—the act of giving something up that you value because you value something else more.True sacrifice is an expression of love, but some people


Sacrifice Gone Wrong

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. Philippians 2:3–4 (NLT)Sacrifice is the act of giving something up that you value because you value something else


The Power Of Sacrificial Living

It is more blessed (makes one happier and more to be envied) to give than to receive. Acts 20:35 (AMPC)When I turned twelve, I had my worst Christmas ever. I used to get toys, pellet guns and race car tracks for Christmas, but because I was getting older, the gifts changed. Instead, I was given much


Lose Your Life To Find It

“Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self.” Matthew 16:24–26 (MSG)Do you ever ask questions like these: Who am I? What am I going to do for the rest of my life? Am I appreciated here? Is this what I’m supposed to be doing?The more you ask these questions, the more miser


Sacrifice Expects Nothing

His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. Ephesians 5:1–2 (MSG)If people do nice things for others because it’ll get them somewhere down the road, that’s not sacrifice. Now there’s nothing wron


Least Are The Greatest

“Whoever is the least among you is the greatest.” Luke 9:48 (NLT)Jesus said that those in this lifetime who are considered the least are actually the greatest.That’s the direct opposite of what many think. They think that the most important people in church are the ones on stage because they get the


Giving Of Yourself

“For God so loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NLT)‘Sacrifice’ is not a word we use much today. Most magazines and self-help books are about how you can be thinner, richer, look better, have the best, we


Giving A Little, Getting A Lot

“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:12–13 (NLT)Do you make sacrifices in your life for the ones you love? I’m sure you do. But how do you look at those sacrifices?To make a relatio


Don’t Have To Beg, Bug Or Plead

And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for. 1 John 5:14–15 (NLT)For some reason, many Christians think that prayer is all about begging and bugging God


New Picture, New Future

Yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace. 1 Corinthians 15:10 (NLT)When you claim God’s promises over your life, you’re not speaking them to remind God of what He’s promised. He didn’t forget. You also don’t speak them to earn the promises. You speak them as part of the proce


More Like God Every Day

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:17 (KJV)Have you ever described yourself as pessimistic, cynical, angry, easily annoyed, unhappy, unsatisfied or apprehensive? I want you to know that the way you are right now is just a collection of learned habits and beliefs. Thes


Let It Impact You Deeply

For the word of God is alive and powerful. Hebrews 4:12 (NLT)The deepest thoughts of your heart are leading you into your future.If you think of yourself as a loser, a failure or a person who can’t control their anger, those are the thoughts of your heart. These underlying beliefs you hold about you


Holy Spirit Helps You Dream

Now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them. Genesis 11:6 (AMPC)Holy Spirit’s job is to show you things to come. He helps you to dream about your future.Let’s say you struggle with anger. You’re so disappointed with yourself as a parent because you’ve lost your temper wit


God Speaks To You Every Day

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” John 16:13 (NKJV)Sometimes the way we communicate can be misleading. For example, I’ve heard peo


What If I Don’t Like God’s Plans For Me?

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (ESV)Get rid of any thought that God has crummy plans for you. Growing up, I heard teachings from other ministers on God’s will for people’s lives. They spoke abo


What Does God Want For You?

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 (ESV)God wants the best for you.Many people mistakenly think God decides who receives an incredible blessing and who gets just a little dab. That’s not the way God thinks or operat


Are We Pre-Picked By God?

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. Romans 8:29–30 (NKJV)Ev


Believe To Receive

And those whom He predestined, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified [declared free of the guilt of sin]; and those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity.] Romans 8:30 (AMP) The world often portrays Christians as uneducated or crazy because we


More Than Conquerors

Just as it is written…”FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE ARE REGARDED AS SHEEP FOR THE SLAUGHTER.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loves us [so much that He died for us]. Romans 8:36–37 (AMP)Whether it’s in a fight