Does Jesus Rule Your Heart?



And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Colossians 3:15



When we allow the pull of this world to shape our perception of it, we have failed to humble ourselves and see the world as He sees it. The more we make breakthroughs into learning who God is, the more we will see and treat others as He does. We can never forget to be thankful for all God has given us.


A Wrestling Lifelong Match



And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.”

Genesis 32:28



When you’re young, part of growing up is wrestling with your friends. It has been said that following Jesus is an invitation to a lifelong wrestling match. We don’t always do it intentionally, but we’re always struggling with our earthly nature. To know Him more, God invites us to question and dig deeper into who He is. In the end, there are two victors, He has won our hearts and we have gained eternity!

We Are Never Alone



He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

Matthew 4:40



The disciples, out on the water alone while Jesus prayed, faced a furious storm. We will face many in our lifetime. Just as the disciples did, we tend to think that Jesus is far off as we battle through the waves alone. But just as He did with His disciples, He prays for us and shows up at just the right moment.

His timing is always perfect and in Him, we are never alone!

Neither let them be afraid



Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

John 14:27



God’s Word gives us a window into heaven. Through it, we get a glimpse of who God is; His nature, expectations of us, and His overwhelming love for us. We also know that, as believers, we have the promise of eternal life. When worldly pressures allow fear to penetrate your being, remember these things and be comforted. We have an advocate in Jesus Christ, who intercedes for us daily.

When the Answer is Wait



And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.

Exodus 13:21



Have you ever felt that God is far away as you’re going through a time of trials? Take heart, God’s draws near to those facing challenging times. God answers prayers in three ways: yes, no, and wait. If God’s answer is to wait, He is preparing you for things far greater than you can imagine. He’s building your faith so that, when the time comes, you will be fully prepared to take on the responsibilities that He will be placing on you.

Dwelling with the Lord



When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees.

Genesis 3:8



What did we lose because of sin? Though we cannot claim the “original sin”, we are all flawed due by one defect in our character which results in most every sin ever committed, selfishness. Becuase of it, we’ve lost that closeness with God, Him walking among us. Thankfully, Jesus Christ repaired this broken relationship. Now we can all have a hope of dwelling with the Lord for eternity!

God in the Desert



I took care of you in the wilderness, in that dry and thirsty land.

Hosea 13:5



We often refer to those times that we go through trials as our time in the desert. We think of the desert as dry and barren, devoid of life. But God met with Moses there, His people experienced their closest and most intimate time with Him as they made their way to the promised land going through it. As you go through those times where you feel like you’re stranded in the middle of a desert, realize that God is closest in these moments and your opportunity to grow can thrive.