Wednesday, October 7, 2015
You should be thankful for the people whom God places in your life.
You should love them dearly. You should treat them with honor and respect. You should do all you can to maintain the unity and peace of your relationship. You should be willing to give generously and serve sacrificially. You should be humble as they speak truth into your life.
BUT ... you cannot look to people to provide for you what only Christ can provide.
There are many, many Christian relationships that are painful...
at Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
I wrote to you last week about one of my favorite verses from the Psalms: "Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." (Psalm 73:25-26, ESV)
As much as I love those words, they're troubling to my soul because I know I don't actually desire the Lord as much as the Psalmist says I should. So today, I want to share another Psalm with you that puts my...
at Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
As much as I love Psalm 73:25-26, I'm deeply troubled by the Psalmist's words. He writes so eloquently:
"Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." (ESV)
These are words written by a Christian who has learned the secret to being content, and I wish I was the author of this Psalm. But honestly, there are days when I desire plenty besides the Lord. Why?...
at Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
There are many things I wish weren't true of me:
I wish I didn't doubt the presence of God, but there are times when I feel as if life is pitting Paul Tripp against The World.
I wish I wasn't restless before bed, but there are nights when I can't fall asleep because I'm concerned with what tomorrow will hold.
I wish I wasn't envious over the possessions of a friend, but I occassionally catch myself thinking that my life would be better if I had what he had.
I wish I didn't struggle...
at Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Do you like the rain?
On a sticky summer day, rain can be a welcomed break from the heat. Rain will water your backyard garden while it gives life to vital crops after a long drought. Rain will give your car a free wash, and it may even cancel your child's sporting event that you didn't want to go to!
But let's be honest: for most normal people, we like to be inside when it rains.
Rain gets in the way of our comfort. It soaks our clothes and messes up our hair and gives us chills. I live...
at Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
You and I are people in desperate need of assistance.
It's hard to admit, but there are subjects we don't understand and skills we can't master. We'll try to defend and excuse our inability, but ultimately, our track record of failure and poor judgement speaks for itself: we could use some help.
But we need help with more than just tasks - we need moral assistance, too. We say things in haste, make decisions without wisdom, and desire things with wrong motives. We need help!
at Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
There's simply nothing you can do to gain God's favor.
You have to accept this and remember it: you will never be righteous enough for long enough to satisfy God's holy requirements.
Your thoughts will never be pure enough. Your desires will never be holy enough. Your words will never be clean enough. Your choices and actions will never be honoring enough. The bar is simply set too high for us to ever reach.
We all live under the same weight of the law, crippled by the inability of sin....
at Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Have you ever noticed that everything in your life wears out?
The jacket you loved so much at the mall is now beaten up, with stains and smudges and frayed ends. The brand new car you drove off the lot doesn't shine like it used to, and now is just a normal old ride with scratches and squeaks like everyone else.
Your smartphone and tablet don't run as flawlessly as they did the first day you turned it on. Your recently delivered furniture, your freshly painted walls, your newly installed...
at Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Well, we've finally made it! This is the ninth and final devotional in my summer-long series on the topic of identity. I pray that God has been using these as a helpful resource in your walk of faith; there's nothing I send to you that I don't desperately need to read first myself.
To recap: in the first first few weeks of the series, we looked at replacement identities - common traps where we try to find meaning and purpose in this life.
Some of us find it in our achievements, or lack...
at Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Last week we looked at Psalm 139, the famous Scripture where David writes, "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." (v. 13-14, ESV)
These two verses remind us of the importance of finding our identity in God as Creator. The Lord never makes a mistake, which means we can rest in our physical body and make the most of the gifts God gave specifically to us.
But Psalm 139 continues. Verse 16: "Your...
at Wednesday, August 5, 2015