“For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.” (2 Corinthians 4:5)
(Luke 12:13-34) – “Greed” (the pursuit of ‘more’ earthly luxuries) and “Worry” (the preoccupation with ‘enough’ daily necessities) dominates much of our lives. Yet, Jesus teaches that our lives are meant for so much more! Instead of ‘storing up’ or ‘stressing out’ about stuff, He calls us to seek first His Kingdom and trust the Father’s provision for His children.
(Luke 12:4-12) Do we trust and reverence God more than we fear the opinion & opposition of people? The answer we give to that question has huge ramifications for our faith! Jesus modeled for us a life that consistently chose faith over fear – and He call us as His disciples to do the same.
(Luke 11:37-12:3) – When it comes to the spiritual life, hypocrisy is always a potential danger. Jesus warns those who would follow him to guard carefully against it. Doing so means keeping our relationship with the Lord real, pure and simple!
(Luke 11:29-36) – Are you looking for ‘a sign from heaven’ in order to believe in Jesus? Look no further. God gave us the ultimate ‘sign’ when Jesus rose from the dead. This is a great proof and power source for faith. It’s also a great privilege to which we must not close our eyes.
(Matthew 6:9-13)(John 17) – The prayer life that Jesus models for us is one that emphasizes prayer not just for our own needs, but also for the needs of others. Our prayers of intercession for others go up like incense before the Lord, and kindle heaven’s fire upon earth!
(Luke 6:14) – Not a day passes during which we aren’t in need of divine direction and protection in our lives. Whether our need is to be guided through temptations or guarded from evil attacks. God responds to the prayers of His people.
(Matthew 6:12) – We all know what it’s like to need forgiveness. Our many misdeeds weigh heavily upon us like a debt that is far beyond our ability to pay. Yet, Christ came to pay our debt and bring us forgiveness! In prayer, we express our need for forgiveness, experience the Lord’s deep & daily cleansing, and are empowered to extend forgiveness to others.
(Matthew 6:11)(Luke 11:5-13) – Jesus teaches us to ask God for our “daily bread” – the physical & spiritual necessities of life. When we do, we can rest assured that He will answer. What are the deep needs of your life? Let’s learn to ask God to supply for them!
(Matthew 6:9-10) – A great benefit of prayer is the ‘corrective perspective’ that it brings. By focusing first upon the Father, we’ll find ourselves experiencing joyful ‘realignment’ with His perfect plan & purposes for our lives!
(Matthew 6:9) – Prayer is more than ‘a cosmic call’ in the dark with the dim hope that we might get an answer. In Christ, we can actually address the God of Heaven as our ‘Father’ – One whose ears are attentive to our cry!