5 Signs Sin Has a Powerful Grip on Your Life

As believers, we struggle against sin and temptation. There will never be a time in our lives when we will not be striving against it. However, fighting against sin is one thing; sin having control is quite another. Sin can quickly gain power in our lives if we are not diligent. This is why John … Continue reading 5 Signs Sin Has a Powerful Grip on Your Life

A Pandemic in the Hand of God

The Lord is on my side, I will not fear. – Psalm 118:6 What can illness do to the Christian? Is it not in the sovereign hands of the Lord? Every pain and every distress is under the supreme authority of our God. Even if Satan and his legions are involved, they are only permitted to … Continue reading A Pandemic in the Hand of God

It Was Good For Me That I Was Afflicted

It wasn’t until my world started spinning out of control that my true constant became crystal clear.  I had spent most of my life, including much of my life as a believer, aiming at moving targets. “Happiness is found in this direction” it would say, and then I would get there, and it would redirect, … Continue reading It Was Good For Me That I Was Afflicted

Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy by Mark Vroegop [Book Review]

We live in a fallen world, and many people do not know what to do with their anger, hurt, sorrow, and grief. Much of it is churned into bitterness and spewed out on social media. Unfortunately, cultural Christianity has no place for biblical lament which is a proper response to such things. Even our funeral … Continue reading Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy by Mark Vroegop [Book Review]

No Sin of Man Can Diminish the Perfections of God

Futility. That is what every attempt at rebellion against God entails. Every railing of sin, every shaking of the fist in His face, results in the same thing. Nothing. We serve an unchanging God and nothing can diminish His perfections. For I, the LORD, do not change. - Malachi 3:6 Thomas Brooks once said, "If … Continue reading No Sin of Man Can Diminish the Perfections of God

Utterances of Love in the Desert

Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards. Hosea 2:14-15 "Therefore" has a strangely beautiful connection in this verse. God's people had been grievously backsliding. He had been loading them with mercies; they had been guiltily … Continue reading Utterances of Love in the Desert

Seek the Lord and His Strength

Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His presence continually! - Psalm 105:4 Lord, Your word gives me this invitation, so I come. I came yesterday, and You provided the strength I needed, so here I am again, seeking You. I know Your strength is the result of Your presence, so I seek that first … Continue reading Seek the Lord and His Strength

The Benefits of the Lord

Forget not all his benefits. - Psalm 103:2 Jesus, Your benefits are innumerable. They are as infinite as You. You forgive all our iniquities. They are too numerous for us to count, but where sin abounds, Your grace abounds all the more. The wrath we deserve, You bore on the cross. Oh, Father, You heal … Continue reading The Benefits of the Lord

Keep My Eyes From Worthless Things

I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. - Psalm 101:3 Lord, our days are often spent looking upon worthless things, and this is a great sin. We ask for your forgiveness. This world is continuously setting them before us. From T.V. movies, and billboards, to social media, they seem to be … Continue reading Keep My Eyes From Worthless Things

Every Fear Must Bow

You, O Lord, are my refuge and strength. No matter what fears assail me, they cannot stand before you. Whether my anxieties are based on reality or the result of my doubting heart, you are the calmer of my soul. There is no darkness your light cannot penetrate. You are my peace. Every fear finds … Continue reading Every Fear Must Bow