Devotional Thoughts for the Day 13: Inside and Outside

Devotional Thoughts for the Day 13: Inside and Outside “Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16, CSB) Our inner and outer persons are, interestingly, moving in opposite directions. This is something I’ve never really given much thought to, but our inner person is getting ready for abundant living, and our outer body is…

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Devotional Thoughts for the Day 12: I Need Some Help, Please

Devotional Thoughts for the Day 12: I Need Some Help, Please “I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13, CSB) I am often guilty of thinking I can do it all myself. I really don’t like asking for help, and when I think about my “help,” I often question if it’s just going to end up being more work. I’ll then have to give specific directions,…

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Devotional Thoughts for the Day 11: Impossibilities

Devotional Thoughts for the Day 11: Impossibilities “Then the Lord said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh and say, “Will I really have a child now that I am old?” Is anything too hard for the Lord?’” (Genesis 18:13,14, NIV) In Genesis 18, we read about Sarah laughing at God’s promise regarding a son promised to her in her old age. As humans, we see how impossible this seems. How can a woman of…

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Devotional Thoughts for the Day 10: Appearances

Devotional Thoughts for the Day 10: Appearances “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or his stature because I have rejected him. Humans do not see what the Lord sees, for humans see what is visible, but the Lord sees the heart.’” (1 Samuel 16:7, CSB) Today we are looking at the topic of our appearance. How much of our time and energy is consumed with how…

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Devotional Thoughts for the Day 9: The People Pleaser

Devotional Thoughts for the Day 9: The People Pleaser “If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10b) People pleasing is certainly not a new thing. There are many ways in which this may be manifested, but we see it more in the areas in which we’re most insecure. The way we look, the way we are perceived at work, the way our…

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Devotional Thoughts for the Day 8: Limitless

Devotional Thoughts for the Day 8: Limitless “Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think…” (Ephesians 3:20a, CSB) We are humans, so we have our limitations, don’t we? These limitations can really frustrate us sometimes. Setting out to accomplish a task can be very challenging at times, and I know for me, I have a lot more patience with people than I do…

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The Holy Spirit Study 12: Misconceptions of Being Spirit-Filled

The Holy Spirit Today Day 12 - Misconceptions of Being Spirit-Filled These days, speaking of being Spirit-filled can bring to mind many different ideas. Some churches label themselves with words such as “holiness” or “Spirit-filled.” While all believers are to be both holy and filled with the Spirit, these terms are based on beliefs that are actually contrary to what the Bible teaches us about being Spirit-filled. There are some that claim…

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The Holy Spirit Study 11: Our Friend

The Holy Spirit Today Day 11 - Our Friend “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15, ESV) “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs…

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The Holy Spirit Study 9: Our Teacher and Guide

The Holy Spirit Today Day 9 - Our Teacher and Guide “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26, ESV) “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he…

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The Holy Spirit Study 8: Convicts Us of Sin

The Holy Spirit Today Day 8 - Convicts Us of Sin “And when he [the Spirit] comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” (John 16:8, ESV) You did it again. As much as you tried not to, you found yourself in the same position you were in last week. And now you feel guilty about it and your conscience is bothering you. You vow to yourself that…

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