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Motivation

Motivation

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58 The Corinthian church in Paul’s day was quite dysfunctional. They were very active in the gifts of the Spirit, yet they were allowing sin and false teaching to go unchecked. Paul’s letter was one of instruction and reproof.  In 1 Cor. 15:58 Paul gives us a great truth: “knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”  What awesome motivation...

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Are you content to be His?

Are you content to be His?

What is it about our flesh that wants to earn our way to heaven?  Why do we sometimes believe the notion that our favor with God can be increased or diminished by good works?  What a snare it is when we get our eyes off of Jesus, and on to anything else. If our enemy can get us distracted from our source of hope, faith, comfort, love, and strength; then we become easy targets for his attacks.  The Bible says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great...

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Citizen or Captive?

Citizen or Captive?

How many times do you feel distant from God?  Maybe you have been obstinate, or even rebellious. Or perhaps you just haven’t felt as connected to your Heavenly Father as times past – not over as a particular sin as much as life and circumstance just getting in the way.  There can be a tendency to think we need to “make things right” with the Lord before we can worship Him.  This is a subtle lie of our enemy to keep us from devotion. In Psalm 68:18, David writes, “you led a...

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How can this be?

How can this be?

You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.- Ephesians 2:19-21 (NLT) How can I be a citizen of heaven, who was once an enemy of God?  This question is a doubt that plagues many of God’s children. Innate within us is a tendency to believe anything...

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