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Your Share of the Load - #6798
God has a part of His load for you to carry. No child of God is exempt. "To whom much is given, much is required." So begin on your knees, "Lord, break my heart for something that breaks Yours." Take some ownership for one of those needs. And what will God do with your willing heart? I don't know, but He'll make your life bigger as you get beyond caring about what just concerns you.
Intent, Not Tentative - #6789
One of Jim Elliott's mottos went like this (you ready?), "Wherever you are, be all there." Somebody may have said to you, "You're not all there." Well, yes, wherever you are, be all there. If you've got something to do anyway, why not do it with all you've got? If you've got to be there, why not be there with all your heart?
A Battlefield Christmas - #6771
Sin is the "all about me" choices that we've all made. Who hasn't? And it's because ultimately, we've hijacked our lives from the God who gave us our life. Where does that take us: Broken relationships, broken promises, broken dreams, broken marriages, broken hearts. And Jesus won when He came and paid our death penalty on that cross.
Spending it All On the One He Loves - #6741
Romans 8:32 says this: "He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He also with Him not freely give us all things?" Delivered up His own Son for us! There was nothing more valuable God had than His Son. How do you know how much He loves you? He spent the best He had. He spent His Son to get you back.
Remove Your Mask Before You Enter - #6733
When you come to God honestly, and you admit your need, and you begin your relationship with Him, well you'll enter His presence lost. But you'll leave found, and you will finally know that you belong to Him for real.
God's Diamond Blades - #6725
Be a person who can be counted on. Be the one who stays with a responsibility even while others come and go; the one who works, whether they feel like it or not; someone who does whatever he does with all his heart; the person who keeps their commitments and keeps their word.
The Trouble With Microwave Believers - #6723
You know, you could be becoming a microwave believer. You might be cold on the inside. And cold on the inside just isn't worth serving to your Lord. That's not what He wants. What He cares about is the warmth inside in your heart.
Extraordinary Ordinary - #6713
You say, "Oh, I'm just a Sunday School teacher. I'm just a helper. I'm just a choir member. I'm just an untrained, simple person who loves Jesus." You're not a "just a..." Stop it! Don't keep saying you're "just a..." You're not that if you open yourself up to letting the Holy Spirit make your ordinary extraordinary.
Feeling Down At the Top - #6672
Life is a series of disappointing views until we give our life to the One who alone can give it eternal meaning.
Your Work and Your Worth - #6664
It's time to dig down deep into where our identity was supposed to be; being God's workmanship, the Bible says; paid for by the blood of God's Son, who thought you were worth dying for.