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“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)

I call it the TEFLON/VELCRO DANCE. Each day, throughout the day, bad things attempt to attach themselves to our hearts — resentment, fear, condemnation, trivia, distraction, etc. And to win this battle, and to successfully dance this dance, we must train our hearts to be like TEFLON with these things — to not embrace or give place to them or rehearse them, but, by the grace He has given us, to move past them and go on with our day.

And in the same way, we need to train our hearts to embrace (and meditate on) the good things that are coming to us throughout our days (to stick to them like VELCRO) — encouragement, kind thoughts towards others, trusting thoughts towards God, Godly correction, opportunities to forgive, etc.

Part of being a DISCIPLE is allowing the Spirit to discipline and train us to respond rightly to these things. And I have found that as we do, it becomes less and less of a battle and more and more of a dance…

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11)

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I’m not into GLOOM-AND-DOOM. I’m not into HAPPY-HAPPY either (as much as I would like to be). I strive to not let a personal philosophy or my own yearnings become a lens through which I define reality. My great desire is to embrace whatever God is actually saying and doing and planning to do, as revealed in His Word and by His Spirit. And I believe that what is coming will be BOTH WONDERFUL AND TRAUMATIC beyond what I can imagine.

“I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals.” (Revelation 6:1)

“…he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Mark 13:13)

“…the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.” (Daniel 11:32)

“I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her Husband.” (Revelation 21:2)

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“Forsaking all other lovers, so long as you both shall live…”

A lot of people equate HOLINESS with purity. And I think purity is marvelous and necessary — but it seems to me that purity, as wonderful as it is, is merely a beautiful symptom of what true holiness really is: radical, exclusive PASSION for Jesus.

I know that there are times when we just have to be militant and war against our fleshly appetites and not let them win, because we know it is the right thing to do. But the BEST times are when we are so in love with Him that other “lovers” just aren’t an option.

Here’s a short video about finding hope in the new year.
Hope it blesses you!

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“God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Cor 10:13)

This is really good news! We have GRACE (Godly empowerment) to win every time temptation comes to us. GRACE to not give in to unforgiveness, GRACE to not look at porn, GRACE to not get drunk or do illicit drugs, GRACE to not have sex outside of a godly marriage covenant, GRACE to not give in to greed or materialism or racism…GRACE to not settle for anything less than God’s best for us!

The key is to not be unbelieving or fatalistic, but to believe that the Beautiful One who created us out of nothing and redeemed us with His own blood is more than able to empower us to pass every test, just as He promised!

You can tell how popular a church is by the Sunday meeting attendance.
You can tell how popular Jesus is by the prayer meeting attendance.

“My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations!” (Isaiah 56:7)

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Here’s a very short vid I made for Christmas —
about slowing down and finding peace during the holidaze!