IT is Deceiving

Atherosclerosis is the hardening of the arteries, and it is deadly. There is another hardening of the heart that is even more deadly. This hardening of the heart comes from what Hebrews 3 calls, “the deceitfulness of sin.”

March 13, 2024

We frequently fall into the trap of despair when we contemplate our sin or the evil in the world, but we must remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness in the past so that we can trust Him in the present. Let us follow the path paved by the Psalmist which leads us out of despair to trusting His faithfulness in the present as well.

Duking IT Out

When Jesus declared IT is finished, in that moment, sin, death, and the devil were defeated. But then here’s the question: If sin, death, and the devil are defeated, why does the Bible say we are in a spiritual battle? It’s true, we are in a spiritual battle, but the full victory will not be complete until Jesus returns. Until then, there is a spiritual battle happening all around us. Ephesians encourages us to STAND in the face of IT. That is, we engage the spiritual battle that has already been won. Meaning, we fight FROM victory not FOR victory.

March 6, 2024

“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11. Let us meditate on this truth from God’s Word.

IT Just Happened

“I don’t know what happened….IT just happened.” Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve said those words? Like in the movie, IT lurks in the shadows setting traps for you. So, we must always be on the lookout for IT just as 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be soberminded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

February 28, 2024

When we sin, that guilty feeling is from our conscience, and the Holy Spirit takes that feeling and brings conviction. The work of the Holy Spirit is just as Jesus said, “And when He comes, He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” John 16:8 That feeling of guilt, the conviction when we have done wrong, is an invitation to repentance.

Facing IT Head On

When facing IT, we try so many things. We try to justify IT. We try to explain IT away. We try to ignore IT. More than any other time of year, Lent is a season for us to face IT head on. Call IT out. When we are honest about IT, the Holy Spirit leads us to the place where IT goes to die – the Cross.

February 21, 2024

Forgiveness is most powerful when we’ve done nothing to deserve it. In Daniel 9, the prophet prays that God will forgive His people because of God’s character, not on the basis of their righteousness.

Full of IT

Do you have power over IT or does IT have power over you? Maybe you think you’ve got this, right? Wrong. You’re full of IT. We all are. All of our efforts, all of our attempts will ultimately fail until we finally cry out, “Who will deliver me from this body of death?” Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord who is the only one who has power over IT.

Ash Wednesday (2024)

With some aspects of life, we can just go through the motions. We can pretend to be sincere and serious when in reality, our heart is just not into it. But there is one fact that no one can escape – YOU WILL DIE. “For you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” Genesis 3:19. When it comes to life and death, you cannot fake it till you make it. When it comes to repentance the Lord expects both an internal and external response as He says, “rend your hearts and not (only) your garments,” Joel 2:13. Therefore, this Ash Wednesday, let our external repentance reflect the internal repentance of our heart.

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