MOTIVATE ME: How Integrity Blesses You

“A righteous person lives on the basis of his integrity. Blessed are his children after he is gone.” (Proverbs 20:7 GW) The Bible says that God blesses those who have integrity (Matthew 5:8). So what are the blessings you can expect when you live your life with authenticity and a pure heart? Personal Confidence When…

BLOGGING THRU THE BIBLE: What a Large Numbers {Numbers 1-5}

Book of Numbers is not a widely quoted book and it has an important part of the Bible. This week, we studied Numbers 1 – 5. It begins with taking a census. The census was taken when Isreal left Sinai one month after the tabernacle had been erected. The total number of people counted was…

MOTIVATE ME: Integrity: What You Are When You’re Alone With God

“God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8 NLT, second edition) The Bible says in Matthew 5:8, “God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God” (NLT, second edition). To “see God” means to experience the presence of God. Believers who have a pure heart get…

LEADERSHIP: ABUSE OF POWER

“And he wrote in the letter, saying, ‘Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die’.”  2 Samuel 11:15 Pittacus wrote, “The measure of a man is what he does with power.” Second Samuel 11 tells the story of a king who forgot…

POWER THOUGHTS: Seven Ways to Be Merciful

“God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7 NLT, second edition) In yesterday’s devotional, we talked about seven facets of mercy. Today, I want you to consider some personal application questions for each of the aspects. I want to challenge you to commit an act of premeditated mercy in…

MOTIVATE ME: Seven Characteristics of Mercy

“The wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy.” (James 3:17a NLT, second edition) Mercy is like a diamond; it is multi-faceted. Today we’re going to look at seven facets of mercy, because I guarantee…

POWER THOUGHTS: How’s Your Spiritual Appetite?

“You must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment.” (1 Peter 2:2 NLT, second edition) Are you hungry for God? It is possible to maintain a spiritual hunger for God for the rest of your life. Here are five ways to keep…

MOTIVATE ME: God Is Always Present, Regardless of How You Feel

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” (Job 1:21 NIV) When you are a baby Christian, God gives you a lot of confirming emotions and often answers the most immature, self-centered prayers so…