"Tests are not a plot and conspiracy against you.  A test is to determine what you know, to see if you're ready for the next level (ie - a math test).  Don't moan over tests — count them all joy, and pass them!" — Karen Jensen

Victory is Sweet!

Have you ever felt like you were being treated unfairly, or you were in a “hot spot” where there seemed to be no way out?

I think we’ve all been there. And recently I was reading about just such a situation in the Bible — the story in Daniel chapter 3 where the three Hebrew boys were thrown into a fiery furnace.

The interesting part about this story is that they were thrown into this situation for obeying God! 

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He Grew Up

One of the problems with celebrating Christmas is relegating the Savior of the World to a little manger bed. “Away in a Manger” is a nice little song, but here’s the good news: Jesus didn’t stay a baby, away in a manger and out of our real adult world.

No, HE GREW UP.  And the best part of His message to the world was “I love you” (John 3:16)….I’ll pay a price for you that you could not pay, then I’ll be raised up, sit down at the right hand of Almighty God and remind Him every day of His covenant with you!”

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When the Going Gets Tough

Sometimes, life is hard.  Things get tough.  If someone told you when you got saved that everything would be easy from now on and that you’d skip through life on flowery beds of ease, they lied (sorry!).

Because we have an enemy in the earth (1 Peter 5:8). We live on an earth with a curse – we can’t be surprised when trials and troubles come our way.

But!  As children of the Living God, we are can rise above them!  We can come out on top, and keep our joy all along the way! We have all the power we need to be over comers in the midst of adverse circumstances (Romans 8:37).

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All of Him, How Much of You?

Have you every heard anyone pray, “Lord, I want more of you”?

I have. (In fact, I may have even prayed it myself!). It sounds pretty spiritual, doesn’t it? But really, it’s not right thinking. After all…how much more of Him is there to get?

Think about it. When Jesus came to live in of us, He brought everything with Him. He is the fullness of the Godhead (Col. 2:9), and everything He is, everything He has, everything He’s done came to live in us when we received Him as Lord.

Not only that, but He promised to never leave (Heb. 13:5b).

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