POWER THOUGHTS: To Change How You Act, Change the Way You Think

“Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes” (Ephesians 4:23 NLT, second edition). Change requires new thinking. In order to change, we must learn the truth and start making good choices, but we also must change the way we think. The battle for sin starts in your mind, not in your behavior. The way you…

POWER THOUGHTS: God Can Use Dark Times for Good

“We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:8b-9 NLT, second edition). Did Jesus suffer? Was…

POWER THOUGHTS: Why You Need a Church Family

“[Christ’s] love has the first and last word in everything we do. Our firm decision is to work from this focused center” (2 Corinthians 5:14 MSG). You cannot fulfill the five purposes (worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, evangelism) on your own. Life is not a solo act. You were created for community. The only way you…

POWER THOUGHTS: Fill Your Mind with Truth, Not Poison

“A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash” (Proverbs 15:14 NLT, second edition). If you want to become wise, the first thing you have to do is listen to God’s Word every day. Proverbs 2:6 says, “It is the Lord who gives wisdom; from him come knowledge and understanding” (TEV)….

MOTIVATE ME: Let God Take the Driver’s Seat

“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am” (Matthew 16:24 MSG). How do you let go and let God? First, you have to make Jesus the manager of your life. The problem is, we usually want to be the manager of our own lives,…

POWER THOUGHTS: It’s Time to Redefine Failure

“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe”(Proverbs 29:25 NIV). Satan’s favorite tool to diminish your faith is the fear of failure. But you cannot serve God and be constantly worried about what other people think. You have to move forward. Proverbs 29:25 says, “Fear…

POWER THOUGHTS: To Get God’s Power, Admit You Need His Help

“I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13 NLT, second edition). A right relationship with Jesus is foundational to every area of your life. Your physical health is no exception. Through a secure relationship with Jesus, you can grow and change in ways it’s impossible to do without one. In truth,…

POWER THOUGHTS: Embracing God’s Best for Your Body

“Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him” (Romans 12:1 MSG). Taking care of your body is a spiritual discipline, like prayer, worship, or Bible study. God wants you to succeed at this in 2016. The apostle Paul says, with God helping you,“Take your everyday, ordinary life —…