Do you feel that you may be addicted to anything? How can you tell? Addiction is any hurtful behavior that is compulsive, that people can’t stop doing even if they want to. People can become addicted to alcohol and drugs, but also to sex, eating, starving, gambling, working, and other things.
Satan wants to keep you as a prisoner of your compulsive behaviors. Jesus Christ wants you to know that Satan’s power over you has been broken.
The Bible says,... Read More
Do you have moments where nothing matters? You can be up one moment and down the next. It could be depression.
Depression is a fog from Satan that keeps people focused on their pain instead of centering on the wonderful freedom and promises of Jesus Christ. Depressed people feel that all is hopeless.
Jesus guarantees that the future of believers is victorious because he is victorious. The Bible promises all believers: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There... Read More
Are you super confident or are you a worrier? You know, it’s one thing to be concerned about your problems, but worry is always bad. Worry is fear—fear that God has stopped loving you, fear that God’s power is insufficient for your needs, and fear that God doesn’t know what he’s doing.
But that’s just Satan whispering lies to you. God is as wise, powerful, and loving as ever. Listen to the wonderful words of Psalm 121:1,2: “I lift up... Read More
Are you angry with anybody right now? One of the human poisons that spoils our joy in life is long-term anger. Each of us has only a limited capacity for emotion, and if there’s lots of anger in our hearts, then there is little room for love, patience, and understanding.
God’s sweet prescription to cure those angry blues is first to let his gentle forgiveness for your own miserable sins wash over you. He loves you and forgives you through... Read More
So tell me, how optimistic are you about your future? Are you dragging around any old baggage? Do you know of someone who could use positive and hopeful news?
One of the heaviest of human weights is guilt. If we don’t deal with it, its miserable load just accumulates and poisons the way we look at everything and everybody. God has a promise for you. He says in Jeremiah 31, “This is the covenant I will make with [you] .... Read More
Some of the most beautiful places and buildings in my city have signs on them restricting admittance. They say, “Members only” or “Authorized personnel only.” Aren’t you glad that at the end of your life you won’t have to face an exclusive heavenly club?
One of the things I love about God is that his love is unconditional and universal. Jesus’ death and resurrection have bought forgiveness for the entire human race and opened up heaven to anyone who believes... Read More
The Union soldiers who fought in the American Civil War experienced some unbelievable hardships. But what sustained them was the knowledge that they were saving the country and helping to end slavery in America.
Have you had a hard life? You know, suffering is bad enough. But what makes pain really unbearable is when it has no point—when no good seems to come of it.
One of the things I love about God is that he makes the sufferings of... Read More
We live in a world where everything is relative. Honesty can be bought and sold, morality is whatever the individual wants it to be, scientific truth lasts only until the next scholarly article, and personal loyalty evaporates like morning mist.
One of the things I love about God is that he has not left us to guess things such as who he is, what is right and wrong, and how we are supposed to act in order to have a... Read More
I am all in favor of people getting what they have coming. When people vandalize my flowers, break my windows, or steal my stuff, I fantasize, just like you, about divine vengeance coming down on them.
I am all for quick and severe justice, but only on other people, of course. One of the things I love about God is his patience with me. I love how his mercy is bigger than my sins against him. King David tells us... Read More
Bob Seger has a song that tells about being a nobody: “I feel like a number, feel like a number.” Do you know that song? Do you know that feeling? The world has many, many ways of making us feel insignificant and unimportant.
One of the things I love about God is that he takes a personal interest in me, little me. And he’s not merely watching me, but he actually intervenes in my life at just the right times... Read More