Resist It

Put on the full armor of God so that you can fight against the devil’s evil tricks. Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world. That is why you need to put…

Hate It

Let those who love the Lord hate evil… Psalm 97:10 (NIV) God is love (1 John 4:8).  He has called us to show His love to the people around us, but it’s not enough to love people.  We also need to hate evil.  We need to stand up and speak out against evil.  We need…

Expose It and Confess It

Expose It “Take no part in the worthless pleasures of evil and darkness, but instead, rebuke and expose them.” Ephesians 5:11 (LB) It is easy to take for granted that bad things happen to people every day.  The world is full of violence and hate, but it is easy to become desensitized to it.  It…

Never Stop Learning

Intelligent people want to learn, but stupid people are satisfied with ignorance.  Proverbs 15:14 (GNT) As adults, we encourage the children around us to learn new things.  We want them to be curious about how life and the things around them work.  We encourage them to study as they are progressing through school and into…

Never Make Excuses

The lazy man is full of excuses. “I can’t go to work!” he says. “If I go outside, I might meet a lion in the street and be killed!”  Proverbs 22:13 (TLB) It is easy to make excuses for why you can’t do something.  And sometimes our excuses aren’t even realistic. Think of how the…

Insist on Integrity

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. Proverbs 10:9 (NIV) Integrity is defined as being honest and having strong moral principles or moral uprightness.  It is doing the right thing even when people aren’t watching.  Integrity is standing on Godly principles even when it isn’t popular.  When…

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles. Here are their names: Simon (whom he named Peter), Andrew (Peter’s brother), James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James…

Take in God’s Truth

Earlier this week we spoke about spending time reading God’s Word (the Bible), but why is it so important?  Let’s use a water bottle for this example.  If you were stranded in the desert, would it be better to already have water in your water bottle or to search for water in the barren environment? …

Walk the Talk

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. James 1:8 (KJV) If you want to be a faithful father (or mother) you need to focus on proximity (overcome the distance between you and your family), transparency (your faith should be visible to your family), and integrity (walk the talk).  For more information on…

Be Transparent

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of…

Salt of the Earth

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people…

Identity

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14 (NIV) You are a masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10).  You are the work of God’s hands (Isaiah 64:8).  You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).  You were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). …

Every Detail

Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.  Colossians 3:17 (MSG) Every choice you make is an act of worship.  Worship to God is not just about our actions, but is about our attitude.  You can choose to…

Delight

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4 (NLT) Did you know that God delights in you and sings over you?  Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV) says, “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.  He will take great delight in you; in his love he…