Growth Blog Posts

  • Interceding with God’s Heart (3/5/2020) - Interceding with God’s Heart Jesus shares in Luke 18:1; Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.  This was the introduction to the parable of the widow who would not give up on getting justice from the judge of her town.  God calls us to pray without ceasing … Continued
  • Humility (3/5/2020) - Humility Proverbs 29:23 says; Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.  I like the way the New Living Translations plays on the word humility.  Pride brings us to humiliation while choosing to be humble brings us honor.  Prideful people try to manipulate others into giving them honor and praise.  Pride caused Lucifer to fall from … Continued
  • Run (3/5/2020) - Run Amos 5:13 says; Do what is good and run from evil so that you may live!  Then the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will be your helper, just as you have claimed.  In the classic movie Forest Gump, young forest wore leg braces and was severely taunted by the boys from school.  In one scene, the … Continued
  • Careful Words (3/5/2020) - Careful Words Proverbs 29:20 says; There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking.  James 1:19 comments; My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.  God wants us to be careful with our words.  The old saying “sticks and stones may break my bones … Continued
  • Abiding (3/5/2020) - Abiding John 15:1-2 says; I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. Ellen White comments on this passage in today’s devotional from Reflecting Christ; Then let them be abiding in Christ, and … Continued
  • The Covenant (3/5/2020) - The Covenant Genesis 9:13 reads; I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.  Oswald Chambers comments on this passage by saying; All the great blessings of God are finished and complete, but they are not mine until I enter a relationship with Him … Continued
  • Untouchable (3/5/2020) - Untouchable 1 John 5:18 says; We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them.  Do you believe this today?  We are judged by God and others by our fruits.  Jesus shares in the gospel of John chapter 15 that we … Continued
  • Perfect Love (3/5/2020) - Perfect Love 1 John 4:18-19 says; Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first.  What are you afraid of today?  Is fear … Continued
  • Our Rock of Ages (3/5/2020) - Our Rock of Ages Psalm 34:15 says; The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.  Ellen White comments on this passage in today’s reading of Reflecting Christ by saying; Let us plant our feet upon the Rock of Ages and then we will have abiding support and consolation. Our soul will … Continued
  • Where Does Your Help Come From? (3/5/2020) - Where Does Your Help Come From? Psalm 121:1-2 says; I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!  The psalmist looks out over the expanse of the earth and sees the mighty mountains and asks the question where does help come from?  Nature reveals … Continued
  • A New Heart (11/25/2019) - God says to Israel in Ezekiel 36:26-27; And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.  And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be … Continued
  • Moral Rot (11/25/2019) - November 19’s reading from the One Year Bible Online in Proverbs 28:2 says; When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.  History reveals that moral decay is a precursor to the fall of kingdoms in this world.  What is moral?  Morality is defined in the … Continued
  • Fixed on God (11/25/2019) - Psalm 123:2 says; Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters…, so our eyes look to the Lord our God.  Oswald Chambers comments on this passage by saying; “Our spiritual strength begins to be drained when we stop lifting our eyes to Him. Our stamina is sapped, not so much through external … Continued
  • Our Helper (11/13/2019) - Hebrews 2:18 says; “Since He (Jesus) himself has gone through suffering and testing He is able to help us when we are being tested.”  Jesus was both the Son of God and the Son of Man.  John says in his gospel that the “Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”  Jesus was 100 percent human … Continued
  • Eat His Words (11/13/2019) - Ezekiel 3:1 says; The voice said to me, “Son of man, eat what I am giving you—eat this scroll! Then go and give its message to the people of Israel.”  Ezekiel had just seen the vision of God’s glory and the Spirit of God entered the prophet.  God told Ezekiel to eat the scroll and … Continued
  • Weaned (11/13/2019) - Hebrews 5:12-13 says; You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know … Continued
  • Resentment (11/13/2019) - Proverbs 27:3 says; A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but the resentment caused by a fool is even heavier.  I read this Proverb this morning and realized that I have harbored resentment and it weighed me down like a heavy stone wrapped around my neck.  I did some soul searching with God and asked … Continued
  • Refined in the Fire (11/13/2019) - Ezekiel 21:19 says, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because you are all worthless slag, I will bring you to my crucible in Jerusalem.”  Ezekiel is pointing out all the sins that were happening in Judah and Jerusalem at the time they were placed into exile for 70 years.  Sexual immorality was running rampant, … Continued
  • Faith (11/13/2019) - Hebrews 11:19 says; Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.  The context of this passage is when God told Abraham to go up to Mount Moriah and sacrifice his one and only son of … Continued
  • Denying Self (10/24/2019) - Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13. Ellen White comments on this passage by saying; “It is not only at the beginning of the Christian life that this renunciation … Continued