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Mark 8:36 (ESV) For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? “When we stand before God – He won’t ask if we’ve been successful. He will ask if we have been faithful.” – Elizabeth Wood I am a believer. I study God’s Word every day. I pray…

Stripped

Genesis 37:19-20 (NIV)  “Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.” Genesis 37:23-24 (NIV) So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the ornate robe he…

Focus

Philippians 3:12-14 (NLT) I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the…

Hidden Heart

Psalm 51:6 (AMP) Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part [of my heart] You will make me know wisdom. What is God’s Will for my life? Have you ever wondered if you are in God’s Will? Or like many, including myself, once thought that you missed it completely? Like…

A Place for You

Romans 12:3-5 (TLB) As God’s messenger I give each of you God’s warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you. Just as there are many parts to our bodies, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of it, and it takes…

Stop Overanalyzing

Philippians 4:4-7 (TLB)  Always be full of joy in the Lord; I say it again, rejoice! Let everyone see that you are unselfish and considerate in all you do. Remember that the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers….

Double-Sided Sticky Tape

Proverbs 19:21 (AMP) Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s Purpose for him that will stand (be carried out). It happens every time. God will give me a glimpse and I create a vivid picture. He will point me in a certain direction and I plot the destination. He speaks…

Fear of Greatness

Proverbs 22:4 (AMP) The reward of humility [that is, having a realistic view of one’s importance] and the [reverent, worshipful] fear of the Lord is riches, honor, and life. “The enemy is subtle and warps truth into lies for us. He tells us we are being humble, responsible, and selfless, while we are killing the things…

Unfolding Glory

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (AMP)  For our momentary, light distress [this passing trouble] is producing for us an eternal weight of glory [a fullness] beyond all measure [surpassing all comparisons, a transcendent splendor and an endless blessedness]! So we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen; for the…

Not-So-Original Thought

Romans 11:34-36 (AMP) Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and decisions and how unfathomable and untraceable are His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor? Or who has first given to Him that it would be paid back to him? For from Him…