Surrender

Jesus makes an important and paradoxical statement in Matthew 10:39: "Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." What does it look like to lose your life for his sake? How is it possible to find life as the result of losing it? You and I ar...
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Understanding

For most believers, understanding and experience seem to be mutually exclusive. Theology and spirituality are believed to be separate, and while one might help the other, they don't belong together as one wholehearted pursuit of God. The truth is that understanding and experience couldn't be more...
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Faith and Trust

Where we place our faith and trust is like the currency of our hearts. We have a limited amount of faith and trust to invest and real returns to gain or lose depending on where we choose to invest them. Scripture is clear that we cannot place our faith and trust in both God and the world. We cann...
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Acknowledging Our Need

The greatest place for our hearts to be is in constant acknowledgment of our need for God. Our God never forces his help on us. He never forces us to follow his perfect, pleasing will. And he never forces us into the encounters with him we were created for. But, as soon as we acknowledge our need...
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Honesty before Man

The world is right now in an identity crisis. With the global rise of social media and the Internet, we can now project ourselves to the world as anything we want. We've been given the option of only being partly known by countless people rather than really known by a few. We can attempt to fill ...
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Honesty before God

I've spent countless, exhausting hours in my fleeting life working to portray myself as a person I know I'm not. Whether in relationships with friends, family, my spouse, or God, I find myself consistently creating a facade for myself I hope others will like better than who I actually am. I feare...
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Living Honestly

There is no substitute for the peace and joy of living honestly. When you find courage from the unconditional love of your heavenly Father to truly be yourself, you alleviate yourself of the pressure and stress of keeping up appearances. And when you're free from keeping up appearances you have t...
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Freedom in the Light

The imagery of light and darkness is used throughout Scripture as a metaphor for freedom and sin, and God and that which is without God. Jesus consistently refers to himself as the light. In reference to Jesus, Matthew 4:16 says, "The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and f...
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Fully Loved

The ultimate result of honesty—the reason for being fully known—is that we might be fully loved. You weren't made to live without a continuous, total revelation of God's love for you. His love is the foundation. It's the reason for being. Without his love we have nothing. And without honesty we'l...
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Fully Known

While we absolutely serve an all-knowing, omnipotent, omnipresent God, there is a stark difference between God's knowledge of everything and allowing ourselves to be known by him. To be known by God is a two-way street. It's a conscious decision to open our hearts to this all-knowing God that we ...
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