If I look back at the seasons of my life since becoming a Christian, there is an absolute correlation between my closeness with God and the quality of my relationships, finances, ministry, career path…pretty much everything else in life. I’m pretty sure my hair grew faster. This shouldn’t come as a shock, of course. We all know life improves when we’re in God’s will, because he not only knows what’s best for us, he desires it. The problem is, even the strongest of Christians can lose...

by School Of Life on 15 August 2018

I think the world would look drastically different if most people knew who God really is, and the nature of his thoughts, intentions, and his heart toward us. So many of us are either raised with no religious upbringing — deriving our concept of God from hearsay — or have experienced a religion full of rules and rituals, instead of love and truth. Of all the many disappointments and injustices life brings, the biggest tragedy just might be for any person to walk this life without knowing God...

by School Of Life on 15 August 2018

What am I going to do with the rest of my life? Where should I go to school? Should I take this job, or is there something better on the horizon? Who should I marry? Life is a never-ending series of choices. Can we know whether we are making the right decisions? Should we consult our horoscope? Maybe we should call the psychic hot-line? Do we go with what the experts are saying or rely on our gut-feeling? Should we look to the stars — or should we seek the Maker of the stars? I recently...

by School Of Life on 15 August 2018

Like others. . .you may have prayed for change. . .about birthing a new habit. . .turning lack into more than enough. . .and accomplishing your goals this year. Suddenly. . .God directed my attention to Daniel 10:12-13 where He drew a direct parallel to what happened to Daniel and what may have happened to you. “Then he said to me, Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your mind and heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have...

by School Of Life on 19 May 2018

When you are living in covenant with God, you can stand on the blessings of Deuteronomy 28. One of them deals specifically with spiritual warfare: “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways” (Deuteronomy 28:7). Let’s go back to the covenant blessing. See, God has promised us that He will cause our enemies who rise against us to be defeated before our faces. He declared that...

by School Of Life on 19 May 2018

“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 NAS “Temptations to sin are sure to come,” Jesus warns. (Luke 17:1 ESV) Recognizing the commonplace nature of temptation, in a previous blog post I outlined eight conditions that weaken us in our ability to resist it. (See...

by School Of Life on 19 May 2018

Anxiety and depression are two words that I desperately wish were not in my personal vocabulary and experience. But, they are. God allowed me to walk through several years in the valley of the shadow of death and now that I’m on the other side of it, I believe He had my good in mind. I believe He taught me things in the valley that I could never have learned on the mountaintop. I believe that He wanted to prove to me that I truly am never alone, though I felt it many times. I believe He wanted...

by School Of Life on 19 May 2018

The word for sin in the Greek language is “amartia” (ha-mar-tia). It means “to miss the mark.” Every time we sin we do miss the mark. God has set high standards for us all because He is just and He is deserving of our obedience. It is because we have all missed the mark that Jesus died. His blood covers every single sin. What happens, though, when we do sin? What are the consequences of sin? Let us see what the Bible has to say. Separation “But your iniquities (sin) have made a...

by School Of Life on 19 May 2018

To be clear, we cannot change the nature of God, because He is unchangeable. Still, God will wait on us to allow Him to work in our lives in many ways – because He respects our free will that much. Here are 5 of the ways we can limit Him coming into our lives, though there are many more. If God is who we say He is, then the problems in our lives that limit God’s power are not on His end…but on our end. 1.We fear what God might ask us to do. Fear is a major limitation to faith. Fear kept...

by School Of Life on 18 May 2018

The Bible tells us, “Look to the LORD and His strength; seek His face always” (1 Chronicles 16:11). As Christians, we know that the all-powerful God of the universe loves us and wants to talk with us, but it doesn’t always seem that way. When we can’t hear His voice, we begin to ask ourselves why prayer is so hard at times and why some of our prayers go unanswered. It’s important that we pray with confidence and joy, approaching God as His beloved child. Here are six ways to reach the...

by School Of Life on 18 May 2018