Tag Living in the Truth

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Wayward Children

Do you ever wish your children would just make the right choices? You teach, you beg, you plead, but still they insist on their own way! God teaches, and begs, and pleads too, for His wayward children to stop following after gods that are no help at all. Jeremiah 3:12-25 (NLT) recounts His heartache. Although this passage was written with Israel as the example, it applies to us too! Therefore, go and give this message to Israel. This is what the LORD says: “O Israel, my faithless people, &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp come home to me again, for I am merciful. &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp I will not be angry with you forever. Only acknowledge your guilt. &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp Admit that you rebelled against the LORD your God and committed adultery against him &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp by worshiping idols under every green tree. Confess that you refused to listen to my […]

Which God Will You Choose?

(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis) Those who choose to receive God’s truth and enter into Christ’s redemptive process will move to repentance. Repentance is that place where we turn from our philosophy of self-centeredness to Christ-centeredness. It is opting to live and do life God’s way and giving up our self-sufficiency. Those who continue in deception may attempt a ritual of repentance. With no true heart change, they may go through the motions commonly deemed consistent with repentance such as crying, revealing sinfulness, asking for forgiveness, going to the altar, making promises to be different, or even a renewed religious fervor. But these actions are merely playing “good” as these individuals attempt to feign something they do not possess. They are not actually seeking to be free from the domination of sin, but merely free from the consequences of their sin. Deceptive individuals hope […]

Christ Is Relevant to Control Issues

In Desperate Dependency: Finding Christ Relevant to Every Area of Life, chapter 1, we presented this scenario that we discussed from Diane’s perspective last week. This week we will look at it from George’s perspective. Diane felt out of control in her life. When she met George she knew he was the answer to all her problems. He was a very successful businessman with many people in his employment. After twenty years with the same company, he knew exactly how things needed to be done and how to make sure they got done exactly the way they needed to be done. The employees knew George had a solution to every problem and could tell them step by step how to accomplish the necessary task. His excellence in leadership had been awarded frequently. Since George was so accustomed to running things in an orderly fashion at work, he shared his expertise […]