Category: Spiritual Gifts

Purposed Seed

For someone searching today for answers: “Trying to change everything around you but not putting an effort into changing you will result in dysfunction and disappointment.” ~ Michael Johnston Consider the seed. It goes in the ground and gets covered up by soil. Rain, wind, sunshine, and fertilizer influence the seed into what it becomes. The seed doesn’t change anything but itself, only after … Read More Purposed Seed

Faith for the Things of God

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Romans 10:17 | NASB Faith has always intrigued me. It’s both a gift of the Spirit and a fruit of the Spirit. Without it, we cannot please God. With it, we can move mountains. It comes from hearing the good news of the gospel, and the testimony of the death, burial, and … Read More Faith for the Things of God

What Can Separate

​ For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 | NASB The writer compares God’s word with one of the deadliest weapons of their time. But still, the … Read More What Can Separate

Wisdom

​ But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? Job 28:12 | NASB Wisdom, by nature, is supernatural.  It’s birthplace is heaven.  It’s packaged and delivered by God to the just as well as the unjust.  It’s usually acquired with much struggle and pain, called experiences.  Wisdom comes at the end of the life lesson, guiding you in truth … Read More Wisdom

A Word 

​When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill. Matthew 8:16 | NASB “And He cast out the spirits with a word”. This phrase leaped at my spirit this morning. What word? Matthew didn’t say words, or prayer, but simply used “word” as the catalyst for healing … Read More A Word 

Persistence Is Required

​So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. Luke 11:9-10 | NASB I’ve read this verse hundreds of times. It’s used by preachers and teachers quite often. … Read More Persistence Is Required

Oh, the Depth

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! Romans 11:33 | NASB This particular verse is interesting to find in the New Testament.  It’s almost as if Paul just finished with his daily devotional, perhaps reading a Psalm of David.  But for someone to go through and experience the … Read More Oh, the Depth

Let Love Be

​Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9 | NASB  I’ve heard it said on more than one occasion that “you have to love what God loves, and hate what God hates”. Do you believe that? I used to say it myself, but the more I think about it, the more I question the statement. Here’s … Read More Let Love Be

Separate Yourself 

For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you. 1 Thessalonians 4:7-8 | NASB Keep in mind that this letter was written to the church. We often gloss over material and think it doesn’t pertain to us. This is a … Read More Separate Yourself 

Branded for Life

From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus.  ~Apostle Paul | Galatians 6:17 | NASB What apostle Paul is saying here is that all the beatings, the boiling, and imprisonment that he has endured was for the sake of Christ. No evil or hurtful thing will set him back in delivering the … Read More Branded for Life

The Shame of it All

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.  Genesis 3:7 | NASB The very first spiritual battle took place at the forbidden tree. I believe that this was the first recorded murder as well. The serpent was able to convince Eve to commit spiritual suicide … Read More The Shame of it All

Peace Bearer 

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.   Ephesians 4:2-3 The opening statement has several commands that seem to be unreasonable.  Completely humble,  gentle,  patient, and bearing are words we don’t use much.  I for one have trouble!  But the scripture is clear … Read More Peace Bearer