Improve your life with insight from the Bible - 2019
We often reject ideas God gives us because they don't seem believable or reasonable. But Mary said yes to God, even though what she heard didn't seem likely. You can, too.
You can be confident that God has heard your prayer - even if nothing seems to be happening. Our prayers set things in motion that are often hidden from view.
God is going to turn all things to the good. As a result, you can rejoice in things that disappoint you, knowing that God will transform them. You can rejoice before it makes sense, knowing that God will turn everything in your life to good.
Discover what Jesus accomplished for you on the cross.
It won't be fair. But you might experience injustice. Jesus was found innocent but he was sentenced to be tortured and then killed. You can talk to him about what you're going through.
Sometimes people want to be protected from hurts and pains that don't last. But Jesus wants us to stay engaged with life. He asks instead that God protect us from the evil one, who wants to cause eternal damage.
God's glory is often invisible to people. Even if people they see it, they usually don't value it.
Even that person you can think of who doesn't deserve it.
The prayers of a righteous person can have a powerful effect.
When we fully understand how much Jesus has done for us, we understand why people are so thankful, generous and loving in response.
Will you trust God when things aren’t working out? That’s probably the toughest question you’ll ever face.
Jesus says in John 12:32, "I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself."
Your life would be better without sin. No doubt about it. But when you sin, Jesus does not condemn you. Jesus came to set you free.
No sin can keep you from God’s mercy. If you see Jesus and believe, you will be saved, no matter what your life has been like.
We will all find ourselves in the same spot as Martha if we hang around Jesus. When we do, will we recognize him?
Martha thought she needed to take care of everyone she'd invited over to her house. Jesus thought she needed to sit down.
Caleb did something few people around him were willing to do: he trusted God in spite of how things looked.
When Jesus spoke to the woman at the well about her biggest failures, she felt accepted rather than condemned.
Worrying won't do you any good. But praying effectively can change the world.
The signs of God's love are all around us.
If you're a Christian, sooner or later someone will ask why you have so much hope. It's worth thinking about your answer in advance.
Jesus said the Holy Spirit will be like a life-giving river flowing out of the heart of believers.
Isaiah says every valley will filled and every mountain brought low. But if he's not talking about the Grand Canyon and the Tetons, what does he mean?
Jesus said if a person wouldn't listen to Moses and the prophets, the person wouldn't be changed even if someone (like Jesus) came back from the dead. In other words, if you don't know the gap between how you're living and what God expects of you, you'll not recognize your need for Jesus. Being open to God's creative direction starts with being open to the pain of seeing how great the possibilities are for your life and how far you're falling short.
Even if you've done something really bad, Jesus doesn't want it to stop you. Move past it. Receive his forgiveness. Start over.
Jesus will contradict facts we think we know. In such situations will we trust our expectations? Or trust Jesus?
Unless God helps you, you're apt to miss Jesus because of how he looks.
When you welcome Jesus into your life, you'll still have problems. But Jesus will help you do things that will have eternal significance.
Jesus did what was best in the moment while also staying focused on his long-term purpose. Jesus set a great example for accomplishing what really matters.
God will guide you away from danger and towards your best. But you have to listen and take action.
God wants to bless you - but only if it would be a blessing.
It's best to work hard. But if you work hard at something that's not worthwhile, that doesn't help much. Ask God for the best path. Then go for it.
Our best posture in life is to go "all in" with God, holding nothing back.
Some people knock on doors that would be bad if they opened. Don't do that! But if you're at the right door, persist. Knock and keep knocking.
If an unjust judge responds to persistent petitions, how much more will God who loves you.
When Peter and John were threatened, they didn't ask for safety. They asked for more boldness to do God's work. Their prayer is worth repeating.
Jesus says you can do things that everyone thinks impossible.
Jesus thinks you can do more than he did. That's a lot! The only way to find out whether he's right or not is to start trying to do things that others think are impossible.
When you stay connected to Jesus, you have power for tasks that would be impossible except for God's help.
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