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    The Inevitable Penalty

    There is no heaven that has a little corner of hell in it. God is determined to make you pure, holy, and right, and He will not allow you to escape from the scrutiny of the Holy Spirit for even one moment. He urged you to come to judgment immediately when He convicted you, but you did not obey. Then the inevitable process began to work, bringing its inevitable penalty. Now you have been “thrown into prison, [and] . . . you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny” (5:25-26).

    The Habit of Having No Habits

    When we first begin to form a habit, we are fully aware of it. There are times when we are aware of becoming virtuous and godly, but this awareness should only be a stage we quickly pass through as we grow spiritually. If we stop at this stage, we will develop a sense of spiritual pride. The right thing to do with godly habits is to immerse them in the life of the Lord until they become such a spontaneous expression of our lives that we are no longer aware of them. Our spiritual life continually causes us to focus our attention inwardly for the determined purpose of self-examination, because each of us has some qualities we have not yet added to our lives.

    The Surrendered Life

    I have been crucified with Christ… —Galatians 2:20

    To become one with Jesus Christ, a person must be willing not only to give up sin, but also to surrender his whole way of looking at things. Being born again by the Spirit of God means that we must first be willing to let go before we can grasp…

    Is This True of Me?

    None of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself… —Acts 20:24

    It is easier to serve or work for God without a vision and without a call, because then you are not bothered by what He requires. Common sense, covered with a layer of Christian emotion, becomes your guide. You may be more prosperous and successful from the world’s perspective, and…

    Have You Ever Been Alone with God? (1)

    Our Solitude with Him. Jesus doesn’t take us aside and explain things to us all the time; He explains things to us as we are able to understand them. The lives of others are examples for us, but God requires us to examine our own souls. It is slow work— so slow that it takes God all of time and eternity to make a man or woman conform to His purpose. We can only be used by God after we allow Him to show us the deep, hidden areas of our own character. It is astounding how ignorant we are about ourselves!

    The Pitfall of Comparison

    I can’t stop comparing myself to others. “Is he smarter than me? Is she prettier than me? Does she have more friends than I do?” While it can sound like an innocent habit, I ended up being sucked into it, unable to be thankful for whatever I had.

    Am I what I do?

    This was the question that was explored over the pulpit at my church a while ago. We learned that Christians are not defined by their jobs (or lack of), but by their identities in Christ

    Personality

    . . . that they may be one just as We are one . . . —John 17:22

    Personality is the unique, limitless part of our life that makes us distinct from everyone else. It is too vast for us even to comprehend. …

    Individuality

    Jesus said to His disciples, ’If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself . . .’ —Matthew 16:24

    Individuality is the hard outer layer surrounding the inner spiritual life. Individuality shoves others aside, separating and isolating people. We see it as the primary …

    Seeing Masterpieces

    My father creates custom quivers designed for archers to carry their arrows. He carves elaborate wildlife pictures into pieces of genuine leather, before stitching the material together.

    During a visit, I watched him construct one of his works of art. His careful hands applied just the right pressure as he pressed a sharp blade into the supple leather, creating various textures. Then he dipped a rag into crimson dye and covered the leather with even strokes, magnifying the beauty of his creation.

    As I admired my dad’s confident craftsmanship, I realized how often I fail to acknowledge and appreciate my heavenly Father’s…

    Loving God and others through our scars

    They might not be visible, but we all have scars—both physical and emotional. And our natural instinct is to hide them. But today on Discover the Word, the team will offer biblical encouragement and show how we can actually love God and love others with our scars. It’s part of what makes us “Beauty-Full Beings.” […]

    Loving God with our gifts

    Whether you’re an artist or a mathematician, God has built into each of us a creative spark! And today on Discover the Word, we consider the ways in which our creative talents are used by God to love others. Loving God with our craft—it’s part of the series titled “Beauty-Full Beings.” Tune in today for […]

    Discover how our unique personality affects the way we love God

    No two people are the same. And that’s a good thing! But how does our unique personality affect the way we love God? Today on Discover the Word, we will explore how our understanding of what it means to be a “Beauty-Full Being” changes the way we engage with our Creator. Listen today to Discover the […]

    Learning to love God with your entire being

    Today on Discover the Word, Elisa Morgan leads the team in discussion in regard to what it means that God created us as “Beauty-Full Beings.” We’ll learn how loving God isn’t just a mental or emotional state, but something that happens in the physical world! Discover the life-changing wisdom of the Bible when you listen today […]

    Jesus’s love restores

    Fear comes in a lot of different shapes and sizes, but the Bible tells us that perfect love casts out fear! So today on Discover the Word, be part of the group as we look at how Jesus’s love restores the intimacy that fear breaks down. Tune in for another inspiring discussion based on Elisa’s […]

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