Tag Living in the Truth

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Comfort Zone

(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis) Habitually we choose to dwell in the comfort zone of believing the lie that we can be complete without God. But this self-sufficient delusion only reinforces our bondage of living in servitude to our flesh. Oppression erodes our emotional fortitude and leads to death in all areas of life, because death is the result of living independently of Christ. “Jeremiah, say to the people, ‘This is what the LORD says: “ ‘When people fall down, don’t they get up again? When they discover they’re on the wrong road, don’t they turn back? Then why do these people stay on their self-destructive path? Why do the people of Jerusalem refuse to turn back? They cling tightly to their lies and will not turn around. I listen to their conversations and don’t hear a word of truth. Is anyone sorry for […]

Deception

(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis) The reality is that we live for the purpose of fulfilling our agenda of achieving happiness. It is difficult for us to admit we have an agenda; we want to deny selfish ambition in our decision-making processes. We want to be able to disguise our self-centeredness. Who wants to be labeled as selfish? Even within Christianity we have made room for our own carnality. We want to follow God in a manner that seems interesting and stimulating to our flesh. Our walk becomes infected with selfish ambition and vain conceit, while we wear the garb of the righteous. Because we do not know how to connect to the Holy Spirit, we contrive our own version of His will: “It would make me happy to do what God wants, and I believe God wants me to . . .” As […]

Does This Describe You?

(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis) Does this passage from Jeremiah 5 describe you? Listen, you foolish and senseless people, &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp with eyes that do not see &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp and ears that do not hear. Have you no respect for me? &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp Why don’t you tremble in my presence? I, the LORD, define the ocean’s sandy shoreline &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp as an everlasting boundary that the waters cannot cross. The waves may toss and roar, &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp but they can never pass the boundaries I set. But my people have stubborn and rebellious hearts. &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp They have turned away and abandoned me. They do not say from the heart, &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp ‘Let us live in awe of the LORD our God, for he gives us rain each spring and fall, &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp assuring us of […]