There is no condemnation for those who receive Jesus Christ as their Savior.
The rich man in Luke 16 made the tragic choice of living for himself without regard for the Lord. He also made two other mistakes...
God created you for specific tasks to further His kingdom.
Scripture teaches us to tell others about Jesus Christ. And while sharing the gospel is awesome, it is simply not enough. We should continue to encourage and invest in new believers.
Obedience is sometimes hard, but the struggle and sacrifice are worth it.
Time is a gift from God, and He has allotted each of us a measure in which to live and accomplish His purposes.
The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever (Ps. 138:8). The key to David's victorious attitude was his strong faith in the Lord.
The heavenly Father calls us to repent and offers us forgiveness when we turn away from our self-centered ways and move toward godliness (1 John 1:9).
Let's look at God's three goals for communicating with believers...
The Holy Spirit, unlike human companions, is perfectly adequate to meet our every need.
The Lord knows what we really desire--and more importantly, what we need--even when cloudy judgment leads us astray
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us (1 John 5:14). When do I pray? Is it only during emergencies or when I need something?
What would you like to see the Lord do within you?
No one can have intimacy with Christ without daily communication.
God isn't looking for impressive people; He wants willing ones who will bow the knee in humble submission.
Our Father may ask us to do something that seems illogical, but press forward regardless of how impractical the request may appear.
At the moment of salvation, we are transferred from the reign of darkness to the bright authority of Jesus.
Fasting is a spiritual discipline that helps us center our attention on the Lord and discover His will so we may act according to it.
The Christian life is not easy, but there is great reward for living righteously when facing temptation or hardship.
No matter how much money you have, if you're a believer in Jesus, you're extremely wealthy!
Perhaps this seems like a contradiction: Believers will not be judged but will stand before Christ's judgment seat.
A believer's relationship with the Lord is one of complete unity.
Do my children sense a hunger in my heart for God's direction, counsel, and sustenance?
The Father promises that following Him leads to hope and an established future.
Our most powerful tool for shaping the world and lives around us is always available.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Rom. 12:12). Most individuals are not satisfied with their prayer life.
The Lord has a plan for your life. Be wise and ask Him for directions.
No matter what challenges you face, God can help.
The sovereign ruler of this universe is in control of your life. Don't make the mistake of thinking He isn't simply because He does not operate according to your will and schedule.
As Christians, we know that fear should have no place in our lives, but how can we ignore what's going on around us?
Do not abuse His patience with callous disregard for His statutes.
The Father reveals His treasures to us so that we can share them with others.
We, like David, can expect to be blessed when we wait upon the Lord.
Job was a man who certainly knew trouble and temptation.
Focusing on Christ is neither a natural reaction nor an easy one.
To thwart God's purposes, Satan sprinkles obstacles in our path.
We tend to categorize sins, rating some as small and inconsequential, but others as huge and far-reaching in the damage they cause. In reality, no one sins in isolation.
When the Enemy sifts believers today, his goal is for us to become shelved and ineffective for God's kingdom. That's why he goes after our strengths.
Our natural reaction to pain is to run in the opposite direction, and as fast as possible. However...
A trustworthy conscience is programmed with scriptural teaching.
Once the story of Joseph's life was written in full, it was clear that everyone who harmed or neglected the young man contributed to God's plan.
Since spiritual discernment is the ability to see life from God's perspective, it requires that we know how He thinks and acts.
Every challenging call to obedience is a fork in the road of our lives.
If we believe that God is who He says He is and will do what He has promised, why do so many of us habitually waver in our prayers?
If Bible reading is neglected, a prayer life has usually faded as well.
The Word of God assures us that our Father hears our cries and responds.
Discouragement can rob peace, joy, and contentment. But I have great news if you feel disheartened: You’re not stuck!
A faith barrier is made up of attitudes that short-circuit our trust and prevent us from obeying the Lord's will.
Growth is impossible without God, regardless of our efforts.
We cringe at news of vandalism on church buildings. But many of us don't have the same qualms when it comes to harming the temple of the Holy Spirit.
God has a purpose for your life. If that weren't true, He'd have taken you home to heaven at the moment of salvation.
Growing in Christ involves far more than just attending church, tithing, and listening to a sermon.
Waiting on God is an important spiritual discipline in our walk of faith.
It's easy to think our problems are unimportant in the eyes of God, but He doesn't feel that way at all.
In reading through the Scriptures, we see that every time one of God's saints gains a victory, he or she is waiting and trusting in the Lord.
In His Word, God commands us to serve one another.
Followers of Christ should seek a godly response to disappointments they face.
While some rewards will be given in heaven, other blessings can be experienced now.
God has gifted each of us in unique ways with a purpose in mind. His plan involves using these talents to serve Him for the good of others. Satan would like us to believe otherwise.
Jesus commanded that we serve one another, but obeying this mandate in humility is not natural for us.
I want to challenge you this week, when something threatens to steal your contentment, choose to draw from God.
Does it surprise you that Paul wrote about "the secret of being content" when he was in prison, unsure of his future?
When Jesus left His home in heaven, He didn't come to earth to be a superstar. He came to serve.
By using weak, inadequate people, God demonstrates what great things He can do.
Feeling inadequate is not a sin, but using it as an excuse is.
What three goals would you set for your life if you knew that you could achieve them?
How do you respond when someone compliments you?
No one likes criticism, but encountering some is inevitable, so we need to learn how to respond in a godly way.
The United States of America was founded on biblical principles with the intent to guarantee freedom of worship.
Repentance simply means changing your mind and going in a different direction--toward God instead of away from Him.
Prayer is the lifeblood of an intimate relationship with the Father. But believers often have questions about its power and effectiveness.
The Lord has provided a way for Christians to do the impossible.
Life is full of options. Many decisions involve a choice between following God's way or our own.
The most precious thing we can pass down to children is our faith.
To serve others before serving yourself is to practice authentic Christianity.
Motherhood is a great honor and privilege, yet it is also synonymous with servanthood.
We can understand why those without Christ are unable to comprehend biblical concepts, but why do those who know Him struggle?
The Bible clearly defines the following as ministries of the church: worshiping the living God, instructing and edifying believers, making disciples of all nations, and serving the needy.