POWER THOUGHTS: God Wants to Give You Freedom

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36 NIV). The world defines freedom as a life without any restraint: “I can do anything I want to do and say anything I want to say without anybody ordering me around.” Everybody else may get burned by you, but you get to…

POWER THOUGHTS: How These 10 Proverbs Help in Every Day Life

The book of Proverbs in the Bible was written to give you godly wisdom, instruction, and insight, and to help you learn discipline, right behavior, and how to do what is right and just in life (Proverbs 1:1-3). However, if you’ve experienced a disconnection of what a proverb is saying and how to walk it…

POWER THOUGHTS: What Do I Do with These Powerful Feelings?

All of us can experience many feelings in a single day. We can feel depressed or sad or angry or lonely. We can feel happy and hopeful. We can be cheerful one moment then suddenly annoyed at that old guy driving way too slow in front of us. We can feel like we love someone…

POWER THOUGHTS: God’s Plan for Your Pain

“If you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you” (1 Peter 4:19 NLT) Remember what photography was like before everything went digital? When you took a picture, the first thing you’d get was…

BIBLE STUDY: 8 Ways to Beat Temptation

We all face temptations of many kinds. God wants us to beat them. We don’t have to sin, as powerful as temptations feel. Here are 8 ways to gain the victory. 1.  Pray before you are tempted Jesus instructed his disciples to ask God, “Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil.” And as he told…

BIBLE STUDY: Praise God No Matter What

“That night the secret was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven” (Daniel 2:19 NLT). Most of us don’t really know what to do when we’re confronted by an impossible situation. Did you know that a teenage boy from thousands of years ago can help? Over the past few devotionals,…

POWER THOUGHTS: 4 Words That Change Every Situation

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…

POWER THOUGHTS: Who Will Be in Heaven Because of You?

“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…

POWER THOUGHTS: If You Believe It, Then Do It

“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…

POWER THOUGHTS: You’re Not Just Wanted; You’re Needed!

“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…