Our Proper Response

Romans 12:1 says, “Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? To surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship” (TPT).  The question - “What should be our proper response to … Continue reading Our Proper Response

Spiritual Realities

Yesterday, we looked at the motivation of the flesh from Romans 8:5. Today, we continue with the same verse, looking at the impulses of the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:5 says: “Those who are motivated by the flesh only pursue what benefits themselves. But those who live by the impulses of the Holy Spirit are motivated … Continue reading Spiritual Realities

What Benefits You

Today and tomorrow, we are going to look at the two different motivations we read about in Romans 8:5 — “Those who are motivated by the flesh only pursue what benefits themselves. But those who live by the impulses of the Holy Spirit are motivated to pursue spiritual realities” (TPT). Today, we focus on how … Continue reading What Benefits You

Greater Than Friendship

As a child, one of the most important things for me was my friendship with Jesus. Today’s verse speaks about something greater than friendship. It’s important that we remember both that Jesus is our friend, but also remember too, that we have something greater than friendship with Him. First, let us look at this friendship. … Continue reading Greater Than Friendship

Permanent Access

Today’s verse is a great reminder for us all. Romans 5:2 says, “Our faith guarantees us permanent access into this marvelous kindness that has given us a perfect relationship with God. What incredible joy bursts forth within us as we keep on celebrating our hope of experiencing God’s glory! (TPT). Grace. How amazing?!? We have … Continue reading Permanent Access

The Merit of Observing

Many of us learn from our parents, our teachers, and society in general that if you do good things, you earn good things. This is somewhat true. I know that I have earned good grades for doing homework. I know I have a decent driving record for following the rules. I have had many opportunities … Continue reading The Merit of Observing

Peripheral Issues

Today I’m wearing a shirt that says, “Keep moving forward.” I purchased this shirt because I often would write or preach the phrase, “Keep pressing forward,” so this shirt was destined to be worn by me. The concept of moving forward, pressing forward, is all about direction and movement. The direction is straight ahead. Despite … Continue reading Peripheral Issues