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How to Miss What You Were Made For - #6006
There comes this day in your life when Jesus goes by, offering Himself to you to be your personal Savior from your personal sin. There comes this day when He moves your heart to care about the sin in your life, to see that it will cost you heaven, and to understand that His dying on that cross was to pay the awful price for your sin.
Strange Words For a New Mom - #5991
So you've had your Christmases, you've celebrated Jesus' coming. Have you ever had your Good Friday where you stand at the foot of that cross and say the two words that are the difference between heaven and hell, "For me. Jesus, what You did here was for me. And I'm giving me to You." That is the only way you can receive the gift of eternal life that He died to give you.
The Illusion of Being Covered - #5980
So many of us are thinking we're going to be okay with God, that we'll make it into heaven because of all our religion, all the good we've done - fig leaves. The best we can do, but nowhere near enough to satisfy a perfect God. Hebrews 9:22 says, "Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness." It took the shedding of the blood of the sinless Son of God to cover your sin and mine. And your only hope is putting all your trust in Him.
The Wave and the Warning - #5973
The people who survived the tsunami were the people who ran to the higher ground where the waves couldn't come. The only way you can be safe and beyond the reach of God's judgment is to go to the high ground of a place called Skull Hill where God's judgment for your sin already fell on His Son. The judgment of God can't reach you there; but only there. No other ground is high enough.
The Forever Stormy Sea - #5961
We've gotten away from the God who made us, and the God we were made for. And there's no peace there. Our soul is missing the only One who can remove the things that keep that sea in our soul so turbulent; our guilt over the mistakes we've made, our regrets over things we never should have done, the restless searching for what will give life real meaning, the uneasiness about what's going to happen to us when we die.
"Boast" in the Bible: Ephesians 2:8-9
If we had the ability to save ourselves, we could boast that we don't need God. But the truth is that we're helpless before sin, and our own good works aren't enough to save us, so any such boasting is foolishness. It is grace that saves us through faith.
Cutting the Cord That Slows You Down - #3494
The ironic thing about not forgiving someone is that our grudge actually ties us to them emotionally. We think about them a lot; they are a main character in what replays in our mind all the time. The very person you don't want to be tied to you are tied to by your bitterness toward them. That's why you haven't been able to run emotionally.
Throwing Out Goodies - #3736
You can keep giving out to other people because God is always going to give you back more than you gave out. You shovel out, God shovels in, and God has a much bigger shovel. And what are we giving out ultimately? Grace. Undeserved favor - just like we've received from God.
The Maestro at His Best - #5889
Maybe most of your strings have broken and you're down to one string. That's the moment when the Maestro is at His very best. He lovingly holds you in His arms and He says, "Almighty God and one string." He's about to play something beautiful, something unforgettable, something amazing through your life.
Peace In Daddy's Arms - #5884
The search for peace will not end until you are safe in your Father's arms; that's your Heavenly Father. You weren't made to navigate life's white water alone. You were made for an intimate, trusting love relationship with the God who created you. The peace we need so badly is exactly what Jesus Christ promised to every person who belongs to Him.