Spiritual Growth

Die to Your Flesh and Live

In Gethsemane, after agonizing prayer, Jesus came looking for his friends whose prayerful attentiveness would have been such a comfort to him. But he found them sleeping. What he said to them was gracious but firm: “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is… Continue reading Die to Your Flesh and Live

Joy · Life Issues

God Says “No” for Your Joy

The only time God gives us restrictions or prohibitions is for our joy. He never says “no” to us unless “no” will make us ultimately happier. Back in Eden, before the horrible fall, the only prohibition God placed on Adam was this: “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the… Continue reading God Says “No” for Your Joy

Life Issues

Lay Aside the Weight of Thanklessness

“Heavenly Father, please let me know your will. I really need to know what you want me to do about . . .” This is my will for you: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). “Thank you, Lord, for this reminder.… Continue reading Lay Aside the Weight of Thanklessness