Have you ever had one of those, “Woah, wait a minute!” times when reading the Bible? You’re slowly meandering your way through a chapter, trying to clear your sleep-fogged head, when suddenly a verse jumps out and slaps you in the face. I had one of those moments this morning. I was making my way … More POWER THOUGHTS: 4 Words That Change Every Situation
“Let the dead bury their own dead. You go and proclaim the Kingdom of God” (Luke 9:60 GNT). When you become a follower of Christ, God fills you with his Holy Spirit. The proof of the Holy Spirit in you is not some emotional experience. The proof that you have God’s Spirit in you is if … More POWER THOUGHTS: Who Will Be in Heaven Because of You?
“Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith” (2 Corinthians 13:5 NLT). An unexamined experience is worthless. There are people who are 50 years old who haven’t lived 50 years. They’ve lived one year … More MOTIVATE ME: Two Ways to Examine Your Experiences
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22 NIV).Yesterday, we looked at Mark 12:30: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength” (NLT). And one way to look at this verse is to focus on loving God with all … More POWER THOUGHTS: If You Believe It, Then Do It
“We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT). The reason you have value is because of what God says about you, not because of what other people say about you. Many people lack self-esteem. They don’t … More POWER THOUGHTS: You’re Not Just Wanted; You’re Needed!
“Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do” (1 Corinthians 13:5b CEV). There’s a lot of faulty thinking about forgiveness. The act of forgiveness gets watered down. It gets abused. It gets cheapened. What is forgiveness really? Take a quick test by answering “true” or “false” to the … More POWER THOUGHTS: Five Things Forgiveness Is Not
“Jesus [said] … ‘I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of’” (John 10:10 The Message). Jesus did not come to make life perfect for us. Rather, he came to give us a life connected to him, so that no matter what situation we face, we … More POWER THOUGHTS: God Wants You to Really Live
“We will never turn our back on you; breathe life into our lungs so we can shout your name!” (Psalm 80:18 The Message) The Bible says, “We will never turn our back on you; breathe life into our lungs so we can shout your name!” (Psalm 80:18 The Message) Breathing is one of the few functions of your … More MOTIVATE ME: Let God Breathe New Life into Your Healthy Efforts
“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:11-12 NIV). In order to reach your goals, you have to figure out how to maintain your enthusiasm over the long haul. The influential American writer, Ralph Waldo Emerson, said, “Nothing great is … More POWER THOUGHTS: How Can You Maintain Your Enthusiasm?
“But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength” (2 Timothy 4:17a NIV). The Bible encourages us to consider several things when we grapple with loneliness: First, focus on the needs of others. We can choose to turn our eyes toward other people, instead of staying focused on ourselves. And we can look for specific … More MOTIVATE ME: God’s Solution for Loneliness