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Join us for short, daily episodes hosted by Loren Hicks to challenge you to go deeper in your Christian faith. This podcast is a journey for those who want to follow Jesus.

Loren Hicks


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    Listener Favorite: Why Can't There Be More Than One Way to God?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 5:19

    With our everyday lives being presented with so many options, it only makes sense that we would have spiritual options as well. Why narrow your beliefs down to one religion, one path, or even one God?Main Points:We like the idea of a path of our own choosing, but this is not something God allows.To reject God's path and to be insistent that you will find your own path is a decision that ends in destruction. Accepting God's invitation and offer of salvation through Jesus requires us to humble ourselves. We lay down our own designs and intentions and submit to God's plan of salvation.Today's Scripture Verses:Matthew 7:13-14 - ““Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    Listener Favorite: How to Pray for your Unsaved Family

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 5:09

    By faith, I believe that when we get to Heaven we will rejoice with our families for the salvation Jesus has given us. With this picture in your heart, pray with sincerity and never give up for the salvation of your family.Main Points:Maybe as you listen to this episode you have one family member in mind. At this point, you are not even sure how to pray anymore. Let me encourage you.Pray for their hearts to be receptive to God. Until their hearts respond to the grace of God, there can be no salvation. Pray for their spiritual eyes to be opened. 2 Corinthians 4:4 says, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ.”Let's commit to praying every day for those in our lives who are lost in their sins. Let's never, never, never give up. Let's pray as long as God gives us breath. May God give us faith to believe that our families will trust Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. No one is beyond God's reach.Today's Scripture Verses:Galatians 6:9 - “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    Listener Favorite: Going the Extra Mile

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 5:12

    As we grow in the character of Christ, it's his love that compels us to do more than expected. Anyone can do the minimum. Anyone can meet the lowest standard of expectation. Jesus is challenging us to serve others with love. He's calling us to give of ourselves and to live with greater generosity.Main Points:It's not natural for us to want to go the second mile. It requires the strength of the Holy Spirit. It is not our natural tendency.  We need God's strength.  Second mile Christians are witnesses to the inward work of Jesus Christ.  We let the world know about Jesus by the life we live.Even your work ethic can be a testimony of your faith in Christ. Many employees tend to do as little as possible, but Jesus changes our character, which impacts the effort with which we approach our employment. It now becomes an integrity issue. When we go the second mile, people will notice and it gives testimony to Christ. Even if they don't notice, God notices, and he keeps a record.Listen today for the voice of the Holy Spirit. He may lead you to go the second mile. As you do, go with a sweet spirit and let your life be a testimony of God's grace.Today's Scripture Verses:Matthew 5:41 - “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    Listener Favorite: Enduring Hardship for Jesus

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 5:11

    It's in times like these that we go back to scripture. What does God ask of us in difficult times? We are called, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to endure. Yes, endure it. Don't quit. Don't give up. Don't throw in the towel. Don't become bitter and angry. Simply endure.Main Points:We can endure because He gives us the power to endure. We can endure and still display the fruit of the Spirit: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.We can endure hardship with the love of Christ in our hearts. We can endure difficulties while maintaining God's peace and the joy of the Lord. As Christians, we don't have to follow the pattern of the world around us that is angry and bitter. We have Jesus in our lives, and that makes all the difference.Today's Scripture Verses:2 Timothy 2:3 - “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    Listener Favorite: God Can Change Anyone

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 5:14

    We hear it said all the time.  People don't change.  Who they are….is who they are.  It seems like a hopeless statement.  But Christianity is about change.  God is in the change business.  Main Points:The Bible is full of stories about messed-up people who were changed by the power of God.  Right now, listening to this podcast episode are many people whose lives have been changed by Jesus.  You probably have a testimony of what God has done in your own life.  God takes what people see as useless, worthless, ruined, and broken and makes them new.The good news is that God doesn't look at us the way the world does or even the way we see ourselves.  God looks at us and sees what He can make of us.  We see our failures, our mistakes, and our sin, but God looks at us and says:  “I see what you can be.”Don't write anyone off. No matter where they are, what they have done, or how lost they may be, they are not beyond God's ability to reach and change them. Let's pray and believe God to restore.Today's Scripture Verses:Joshua 2 - “I know that the Lord has given this land to you and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you.  We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt…..for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.”2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is  a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    Listener Favorite: Only Jesus Satisfies

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 5:11

    We all know what it feels like to be physically hungry.  But our hunger in life is much deeper than our need for the next meal.  Our greatest hunger is spiritual.  This hunger is what drives all of life.  It impacts our search, our ambition, our goals, and our direction in life.  We will do just about anything in our search to satisfy this hunger, and it can get us into a lot of trouble.Main Points:Jesus is saying instead of putting all your focus and energy into the search for temporary fulfillment, and temporary satisfaction, we should focus on the food that endures.In the NT we learn that crowds wildly pursued Jesus because he supplied them with material things.  They like the idea of a Jesus who could give them fish and bread – someone who could give them the material things they wanted.  But they failed to take a step farther and realize that a man who could miraculously supply bread was also the One who could meet the deep spiritual needs of their lives.Jesus came to meet a need in our lives that we cannot meet ourselves.  But oh how we try.  There is not a person here today who hasn't tried to fill this inner hunger and thirst that we all have.  As you look back over your life perhaps you can see how futile your attempts were.  You always came up empty.Jesus doesn't say, “I can give you the bread of life” or “I know where you can find the bread of life” or even “I have the recipe for the bread of life.”  He says, “I AM the bread of life.”  He is what we need.  Jesus said I am the bread of life and this bread satisfies our spiritual search, our spiritual hunger. What bread is to hunger, Jesus claims to be for the soul. Today's Scripture Verses:John 6:27 - “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.”John 6:35 - “Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    Listener Favorite: Battling Unbelief

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2022 5:16

    Most of us have had those moments when we struggled with our faith in Jesus. The moments of difficulty usually aren't about our belief in God's ability. They are about God's willingness. In other words, we know he can help us, we are just not sure if he will.Main Points:I wish I could say I have never struggled with my faith, but that would not be true. Sometimes we are weary. We are tired. Sometimes it's hard to hold on. Sometimes we don't see God's hand at work.  Sometimes we hear the lie of the enemy telling us God is not there. He doesn't care. Many people think struggling with God means we lack faith, but that is not true. Struggling with God is a sure sign that we do have faith. If we never struggle, our faith will never grow stronger. Strong faith is tested faith. There is no other way to grow.=My encouragement for you today is to not only believe that God can but believe that he will.Today's Scripture Verses:“You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”  So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. (Mark 9:19-20)“…if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” (Mark 9:22)  ““If you can'?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” (Mark 9:23). “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    Listener Favorite: God's Voice in our Pain

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 5:09

    Isn't it true that we grow the most in the hard times? When going through a struggle or a difficult season, I often ask myself, “What is God saying to me? What can I learn from this?” I don't want to miss the lesson.Main Points:Sufferings can lead us to God, cause us to pay more attention to his Word, and lead us to open our ears to his voice.  So many people have the testimony of finding God and surrendering their lives to God during times of adversity.It's here, if we are listening, we hear his voice of reassurance. He promises to never leave us or forsake us. He speaks peace, comfort, strength, and even joy in the midst of our sorrow.If you are in a season of pain, suffering, or adversity, be sure to listen for God's voice because He is speaking. Press into Him, draw closer to him during this difficult time. You are about to experience God in a way you never have before.Today's Scripture Verses:Job 36:15 says “He delivers the afflicted by their affliction and opens their ear by adversity”.2 Corinthians 12:9-10 - “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    Listener Favorite: The Question of Suffering

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 5:09

    If we were to go out to a local street corner and ask people what their questions of God would be, there is no doubt the question of suffering is at the top of everyone's list. You've struggled with this, haven't you? I mean, why would a good God allow suffering? Why do bad things happen to good people?Main Points:We have to start with the recognition that we there are some things we don't know. We have finite minds. We can't see what God sees, know what God knows, or understand what He understands. This is why we have faith. If we knew it all, we wouldn't need faith. We would simply know it all. But with faith, we trust a God who sees and knows what we can't.The question of suffering is a huge question and one we can't completely answer in only five minutes, but let me give you a few things to think about. First, suffering is universal. While it may seem like some people have it easier than others, the truth is everyone suffers in one way or another. It comes to all of us because of our fallen, sinful world.While we all experience some kind of human suffering, we need to recognize that God is not immune to our suffering. Some people think of God is distant and immune to suffering. But the God of the Bible is not above suffering Himself.So, God understands suffering from our perspective because he experienced it. When we suffer God has empathy. As a loving Heavenly Father, he cares when his children are suffering.No matter what happens to us in this life, God will use it all to help us grow to be more like Jesus. Sometimes it's true that we grow more in the hard times than the good times.Today's Scripture Verses:Romans 5:12 - “Just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.”Psalms 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:29 says, (God) “predestined us to be conformed to the image of his Son.” Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    Listener Favorite: Until Christ Returns

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 5:38

    As believers, we are waiting for Christ's return, but our waiting is not passive. It is an active waiting. I believe there are three primary things we are to do as we wait for the return of Christ.Main Points:1. God gives each of us opportunities to represent him and to tell of his saving grace. As we wait for his appearance, we take advantage of these opportunities. We don't ignore them. We don't neglect them. We must be intentional about telling others about Jesus because time is short.2. Christ is coming. That is a certainty. He will appear. It very well could be today. Are you ready for his return? Are you watching and waiting with anticipation? Are you staying busy doing his will so that when he returns he will find you being faithful?3. In your prayer time today, ask God to give you a new awareness of his soon return. Ask him to help you to be busy doing his will and to give you opportunities to share his message with others.Today's Scripture Verses:Revelation 22:20 - “He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”Titus 2:13 says, “we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”Matthew 24:44 - “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    Listener Favorite: Peace in the Midst of the Storm

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 5:37

    As I record this podcast episode, I know that many of you find yourselves in the midst of a storm. Some of you are facing storms in your relationships. Some are facing heath storms or financial storms. Others are facing storms in your work or even your ministry.Main Points:1. Remember this, we serve a God who can bring peace in the midst of the fiercest storm. He's never faced a storm he couldn't calm. With just a word, Jesus can calm your storm.  All we have to do is be like the disciples and turn to him. Cry out to him today. He will either calm the storm in our outward circumstances, or he will calm the storm inside you. Either way, there is peace in the midst of the storm.2. Instead of focusing on the size of your storm, focus on the size of your God. He is fully capable of handling anything you are facing. You are not alone in your storm. He is in your boat. Look to him today for the peace you need.Today's Scripture Verses:Mark 4:38-41 - “The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don't you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    Listener Favorite: The Cure for Anxiety

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 5:09

    Anxiety is something we all face. It's likely that this week you have been anxious about something. Maybe it's your health, your family, your finances, or your job, but anxiety is something we are all familiar with.Main Points:1. Present your request to God through prayer. God is inviting us to bring our needs to him. He says in every situation, prayer is the answer. This is something all of us can do. It's not complicated. There are no correct words. If you can talk you can pray. Tell God about it.2. It's very hard to be anxious while you are praising and worshipping God. As you remember his past faithfulness, your heart becomes calm. What once caused anxiety no longer caused you to fear.3. As anxious feelings come over you, follow the biblical pattern Paul offers us. Bring your needs to God in prayer, but don't forget the thanksgiving part. It's a critical step. I believe you'll experience this supernatural peace God offers.Today's Scripture Verses:Philippians 4:6-7 - “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #644: Is Money a Spiritual Issue?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2022 5:41

    According to Jesus, money is a spiritual issue.  Loving money is a root cause for many kinds of sin. Greed and materialism can consume our hearts.  The ambition and drive for more and more and more can turn into idolatry and can lead us away from the Lord. Jesus is not saying wealth is bad in and of itself.  There were many wealthy people in the Bible.  He is not pushing poverty as a way to godliness.  But he does want us to consider where we are investing our treasure.Main Points:1. When we begin to lay up treasures in heaven, we gain an eternal perspective.  Our heart changes, what we love changes, and our passions change.2. When we invest our finances in the Kingdom of God, and when we give to the work of the Lord, it keeps our heart and our priorities focused on God. Everything in this life is temporary and will pass away, but the Kingdom of God is eternal. When we give financially to God's Work it has an eternal impact.3. This is a question every Christ-follower must ask: Where am I investing the finances God has given me?Today's Scripture Verses:Matthew 6:21 - “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”Matthew 6:19-20 - “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #643: How We Develop Character

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 5:30

    Character is never built in a classroom. Character is built in the circumstances of life.  God builds character in our lives by allowing us to experience situations where we are tempted to do the exact opposite of the character quality. Character development always involves a choice. When we make the right choice, our character grows more like Christ.  Main Points:1. We don't know why tragic circumstances happen in our lives. We don't know why accidents happen. We don't know why people receive bad news from the doctor. Life and its difficulties comes to us all. Live long enough and you will experience suffering.2. God will use every circumstance of our lives to help us be more like Jesus. If you think back over your life you'll realize that you have grown through the things you suffered. 3. Christ-like character is the goal of the Christian life.  To settle for anything less is to miss the point of spiritual growth.Today's Scripture Verses:Isaiah 43:2 - “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”Hebrews 5:8  - “Even though Jesus was God's Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered.”Romans 8:28 - “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”Romans 8:29 - “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son.”Ephesians 4:13 - We are to “become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #642: An All-Seeing and All-Knowing God

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 5:35

    Our relationship with God is like no other. In our relationships with people, there may be a thousand things they don't know about you, especially as it is related to the heart. Your friend doesn't know your thoughts, your desires, your motives, and your feelings, but God does.Main Points:1. Think about this truth: God knows absolutely everything about you and he loves you. You are fully and completely known, and yet you are loved.2. Because God know everything about us, he can guide and direct our steps. In life, we are often confused and disoriented. We don't know the best way forward. We don't know which steps to take, but since God already knows, he can carefully guide us to the right decisions. 3. The truth that God sees and knows everything reminds us to live in a way that honors the Lord. If we can be conscious to the reality that God is always watching, we will want to be careful with our thoughts, words, attitudes, and actions because we know God has called us to be holy like our Savior.Today's Scripture Verses:Proverbs 15:3 - “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”Hebrews 4:13 - “And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”Jeremiah 23:24 - “Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord.”Matthew 6:8, Jesus said, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #641: Trusting God's Plan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 5:01

    Do you ever wonder what God is up to? When there is a path forward that seems to be logical, rational, and reasonable, yet God takes another path? What is God' doing? Where is He taking us? These are questions we all ask. But here is a better question for  us to consider: Will we trust God's plan? Will we trust our lives to a sovereign God who sees and knows all things?Main Points:1.Our decision to trust God comes down to our belief in his goodness. If you truly believe God is good, that his is loving, and that what he does is always right, you are more likely to trust him.2. The longer you serve God, the more you realize that God's ways don't always make sense to us. He knows and sees what what we do not. If you are waiting for God to make sense to you, it's not likely you will trust Him. This is a faith journey. Will you believe? Will you put your complete trust in him? 3. Whatever you are facing today remember that God knows and that He has a plan. Decide to trust Him. Let His plan for your life unfold. Today's Scripture Verses:Mark 4:37-38 - “A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.  Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don't you care if we drown?”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #640: God Will Provide

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 6:08

    Be assured of this truth: Whatever you need, God can supply. He never runs out of provision. He never runs out of anything. Today you can ask him for more wisdom, strength, peace, comfort, guidance, protection, financial provision, spiritual power, and more.Main Points:1. Since there is no lack in God's riches in glory, we should anticipate that there would be no lack in God's supply.2. God has not promised to provide for all of our wants, but he has promised to meet all of our needs. Like any good parent, God would never give us what He knows would harm us. His intent is to help us develop Christlikeness.  Some of the things we want are not good for us. They may not be God's will for us. So, out of his infinite knowledge, God knows what to provide and what not to provide.3. There are at least 169 verses in the Bible that refer to the ways God provides for us. These verses give us great confidence that God will meet our need. But there is one more truth that gives us complete assurance of God's provision. Our Heavenly Father has held nothing back, He has even given us his son, Jesus.Today's Scripture Verses:Philippians 4:19 - “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”Psalm 37:25 - “Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.”Romans 8:32 - “Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won't he also give us everything else?”Psalm 34:10 - “…those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #639: Being Prepared to Give an Answer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 5:36

    When we live out our faith in public, it naturally produces questions in the minds of unbelievers. We'll likely hear questions such as: Why are you a Christian? What do you believe about God? Do you believe the Bible is the Word of God? Why did Jesus die on the cross? Where is God in this messed up world? Why do you go to church on Sundays?Main Points:1. We need to reject the cultural pressure to keep our beliefs to ourselves. This is the strategy of Satan, to intimidate believers into keeping their mouths shut and not speaking up for our savior. Remember, we have good news! Good news is to be shared with others.2. Over the years, I've heard Christian say they don't share their faith because they don't feel prepared to answer these questions. This is exactly why the Apostle Peter says we are to “get ready.” We can prepare ourselves by thinking though how we would share our testimony. Write down why you believe in Jesus. Discuss with a friend or family member how you would answer basic questions.3. We must pray and ask God to use us. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill your heart and mind with the words to say. Trust that He will enable you to speak beyond your natural ability. Believe that God will use your words to speak to the hearts of the listener. Today's Scripture Verses:1 Peter 3:15 - "“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #638: Remembering the Persecuted Church

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2022 5:21

    For those of us in the West, suffering, and persecution for our faith are minimal. It might be easy to forget that many of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world are suffering greatly as a result of the gospel. May we “remember their chains.” May we not forget them and may we pray for God's strength, comfort, and help in their time of need.Main Points:1. There are thousands of suffering believers around the world who could say what Paul said, “Remember my chains.” Don't forget about us. Remember us in prayer. Lift us up before the Lord.2. We can pray that persecuted Christians will experience the peace of God in the midst of their suffering. We can only imagine the stress, fear, and anxiety that must accompany such distress.3. We can pray that persecuted Christians remain strong in their faith in Jesus. Let's ask the Lord to enable their faith to grow and that it won't be weakened. Today's Scripture Verses:Colossians 4:18 - “ I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.”Ephesians 6:18-20  - “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people.  Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given to me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #637: The Only Prayer Request Jesus Gave

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 5:29

    As we read the four Gospels, we see Jesus modeling prayer and teaching His disciples to pray, but did you know that Jesus gave us only one prayer request? Yes, Jesus himself asks us to pray for something.Main Points:1. As Jesus speaks about the lost, those who have not put their faith in God, he uses the metaphor of a field of crops that are ripe and ready to be harvested. He said the harvest is plentiful. There are many who would come into the kingdom of God, yet there is one obstacle. The workers are few. Jesus warned us that opportunities to meet human need and bring people into His kingdom may be wasted because of a shortage of laborers.2. It's here that Jesus gives us his prayer request. Since the harvest belongs to the Lord, we are to pray to Him and ask him to send more workers into his harvest field.3. There is an urgency in the heart of Jesus. As he sees the need, he knows that time is of the essence. A harvest will not always be ready. Eventually, a missed harvest will spoil, its fruit will rot. There is a need for laborers and the need is now.Today's Scripture Verses:Matthew 9:37-38 - “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #636: Praying for Patience

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 5:23

    Patience is the ability to accept delay or disappointment graciously. Our default reaction to delay and disappointment is often to respond with frustration and anger. Patience is the ability to allow God's grace to control our personality so we can respond like God.Main Points:1. All of my life I have heard Christians say, “Don't pray for patience! If you do, God will make you go through difficulties in order to get the patience you desire.”2. Patience is one of the character traits of Jesus. If we are to be like Jesus, we must grow in our ability and willingness to be patient. 3. Patience can be developed by two things: prayer and practice. As we pray for this character trait, God is gracious and generous. We then intentionally practice growing to be more like Jesus. Consider today how you can become more patient.Today's Scripture Verses:Psalm 145:8 - “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.”Romans 12:12 - “Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.”1 Corinthians 13:4 - “Love is patient and kind, love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant.”Proverbs 16:32 - “Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #635: The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 5:52

    When we see all God has created, simply by speaking a word, we recognize his existence, his majesty, and his power. I believe there is a natural curiosity in our hearts that cannot be completely satisfied by anything else but a belief in the existence of God.Main Points:1. Listen again to those powerful words: “The heavens proclaim the glory of God.”  David looked to the heavens – not the spiritual heaven where God is enthroned, but the heavens of the blue sky and the night sky – and he clearly saw the glory of God declared.2. I think you have I have experienced what David saw and felt. When you see the serenity of a sunrise or the beauty of a sunset, when we see a sky filled with millions of stars, when we see the radiance of the sun and moon, and when we think of the multitude of galaxies God has created, it all reveals the glory of God.3. The word glory here means that which gives the honor to God - his wisdom, power, skill, faithfulness, benevolence, as seen in the starry worlds above us, and even the silent, movements by day and by night. The idea is, that these convey to the mind a true impression of the greatness and majesty of God. Everyone with physical eyesight can see the glory of God.Today's Scripture Verses:Psalm 19:1-2 - “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known.”Psalm 8:1,3-4 - “O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?”Romans 1:20 - “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #634: Bible Study for Beginners

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 5:28

    Disciples of Jesus are students. They are students of the Word of God. We read God's Word for encouragement, inspiration, peace, and strength, but we must also study the Scripture to know God, to know what we are to believe and to know how we are to live.Main Points:1. The need for careful and diligent study of the Bible has never been more important than it is today. There is an all-out attack on the authority of God's Word and as believers, we need to know what the Word says and how to articulate it to others. This requires the study of God's Word.2. To counter the false teachers who were misapplying and undermining the truth of God's Word, the Apostle Paul urged Timothy to work hard and study diligently when handling the scriptures.3. I've discovered many Christians believe they should study the Bible, they just don't know where to begin. Today's Scripture Verses:2 Timothy 2:15 - “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”Hebrews 4:12 - “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #633: Love is our Motivation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 5:40

    When we recognize how great God's love is for us, the only response is to love him in return. No one has done for us what God has done. No one has given to us what God has given. Jesus laid down his life as a sacrifice for our sins so that we could have forgiveness and eternal life. It is the greatest demonstration of love the world has ever seen.Main Points:1. Loving God is our great motivation to serve. It is not a drudgery to serve God. It is not a burden or an obligation. It is not a problem to serve Him. If Jesus would go to the cross for us, we should willingly and lovingly serve Him in return.2. Having been changed by the love of God, we love him in return. This love compels us to follow, surrender, serve, and obey.3. Join me in asking God to help us to love Him more. I believe this prayer honors the Lord. He will give us a greater capacity to love and it will become the motivation for all we do.Today's Scripture Verses:Romans 5:8 - “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”John 14:15 - “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”2 Corinthians 5:14 - “For the love of Christ compels us…”Matthew 22:37 - “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #632: Be An Encourager

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2022 5:17

    You never know the impact of your kindness, your love, and your words of encouragement. I believe people around you today are desperate for encouragement. Everyone around you is fighting a battle you know nothing about. What a difference you could make in someone's life by encouraging them to trust the Lord, to keep believing, and to not give up.Main Points:1. Have you ever had an encourager in your life, someone that whenever you were around them, you found your spirit lifted? This is the kind of person I want to be. I want to be an encourager. 2. What a difference you could make by encouraging someone to obey God, to step out in faith, and to let God use their lives.3. I believe every believer has a ministry. Don't overlook the importance of being an encourager. It costs you nothing but your love, your kindness, and your time.Today's Scripture Verses:Acts 4:36 - “Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”)1 Thessalonians 5:11 - “encourage one another and build each other up.”Hebrews 10:24-25 - “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #631: The Finished Work of Jesus

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 5:50

    What Jesus did for us on the cross was a complete work. It is a finished work. While Jesus hung on the cross he said these words, “It is finished.” There is nothing more to do. He obeyed his Father completely. Our debt of sin is paid in full. Main Points:1. How foolish it would be to continue to try and pay for something that has already been paid for, yet that's what many people do with their salvation. Jesus has paid their debt in full with his sacrificial death on the cross, yet they continue to try to pay for their salvation.2. What Jesus had come to do was completed. The justice of a righteous and a holy God was satisfied. The penalty for sin had been given. The price had been paid in full.3. There is nothing we can do to add to our salvation. But it's here that many of us struggle. Surely there must be something for me to do to be saved. But there is not. Not good deeds, not cleaning up your life, not baptism, not religious activity. There is nothing we can do to add to our salvation. Our debt is paid in full.Today's Scripture Verses:Colossians 2:13-14 - “You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.”Revelation 13:8 Jesus…”the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #630: God Will Wipe Away Every Tear

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 5:10

    If today you are dealing with grief, loneliness, sorrow, or pain, let me remind you that your Heavenly Father knows all about it. He is with you, He cares, and, as the scripture says, He is close to the brokenhearted.”  Today we weep, but one day God will wipe away our tears forever.Main Points:1. If you think expressing your emotions through crying is beneath you or a sign of frailty, just remember the scripture tells us that Jesus wept.2. In this life, no one is immune to pain. We all suffer. We all experience loss and grief. Tears are a God-given way to express our emotions and feelings. 3. But what a promise we have! We have this promise from God that a day is coming when sorrow is no more. A day is coming when we will no longer experience grief, pain, loss, or tragedy.Today's Scripture Verses:Psalm 56:8  - “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”Isaiah 25:8 - “He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.”Revelation 21:4 - “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”Psalm 30:5  - “Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #629: The Posture of Prayer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 5:41

    Which physical posture of prayer is the right one for you?  I would say, none of them! Rather than the external posture, the Bible emphasizes the posture of the heart. Whether you are standing, sitting, or lying down, the important thing is that your heart is bowed in submission to the lordship of Christ. Main Points:1. True prayer is characterized by the posture of the heart, not the physical posture of the person praying.2. So, what is the right posture of our hearts as we come to God in prayer. I believe it must include three things: reverence, humility, and gratitude.3. As you pray today, it may be that you'll sense God leading you to a particular posture of prayer. Maybe you'll kneel, stand, or even lift your hands. Whichever posture of prayer you choose, don't forget about the posture of your heart.Today's Scripture Verses:Ephesians 3:14 - “For this reason, I kneel before the Father.” Psalm 95:6 - “Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.”Hebrews 12:28 - “Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.”John 14:13 - “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 - “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #628: Waiting on the Return of Jesus

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 5:20

    Sometimes we find ourselves impatient with God, especially about His return. We wonder, What can He be waiting on? The tragedies around us, the suffering of people we love, and even the stresses of daily life all seem bigger as time goes on. When will Jesus come back?Main Points:1. As believers, we are to wait. We don't like waiting, but as we wait we trust God's timing. God alone knows when the right time is for the return of Jesus. So, we ask God for the patience to wait.2. It's important to see that this “waiting” God asks us to do is not passive. Our waiting on the return of Christ is not the same as waiting in a waiting room. We do not sit idly by, wasting time, waiting for Jesus to come back.3. As we wait, we focus on the mission of Jesus in our world. We have been given a commission by our Savior. We are to share the good news of the gospel and this must be a priority in our lives. The return of Christ is always presented in Scripture as a great motivation to action, not as a reason to cease from action.Today's Scripture Verses:John 14:3 - “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”Philippians 3:20 - “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ…”Titus 2:13 - “…we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”2 Peter 3:11-12 - “You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God.”  Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #627: A Message for the Lonely

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 5:57

    I want to assure you today that no matter what you are experiencing or what you feel, God's face is turned towards you. He does know what you feel and He cares.Main Points:1. Perhaps you feel down today, thinking all your hope is gone, that even God has abandoned you. Yes, you may feel those things, but that doesn't mean your feelings are true. The God of Heaven knows what you are feeling. He understands the pressure you are feeling. Most of all, He is there. He cares and He is with you.2. In your loneliness, stand on this great truth from Scripture. God is with you. In fact, he has promised to always be with you.3. What is it that lifts our spirits when we are lonely? What encourages our hearts? I believe the answer is found in worship. When we worship Jesus we experience a change in perspective. Our focus is no longer on our loneliness, the absence of friends and family, and what we do not have. Our focus now is solely upon Jesus, his comforting presence, his love for us, and his promise to always be with us.Today's Scripture Verses:Genesis 2:18 - “The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.”Hebrews 13:5 - “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”Isaiah 43:2 - “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Psalm 27:10 - "Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close.” Proverbs 18:24 - “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #626: Where is God When we Suffer?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2022 5:16

    One of Satan's temptations is to cause us to believe God has abandoned us in our times of suffering. But it's not true. Right now, wherever you are, whatever you are facing, God is with you.Main Points:1. As a result of sin there is suffering and pain in the world. But many wonder, “Does God care when we suffering? Does he know? Where is He when we go through pain and difficulty? These are normal questions that at some point, everyone asks.2. The answer is that God enters our suffering. He joins us in our pain.3. God can provide what you desperately need. He can give us strength, peace, comfort, guidance, wisdom, protection, provision, rest, and relief. Today's Scripture Verses:Romans 5:12 - “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam's sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.”Hebrews 4:15 - “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.”Hebrews 2:15 - “Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #625: Calculating Your Self Worth

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2022 5:28

    I started this episode talking about how the world calculates self-worth, but the truth is, you can't calculate your self-worth. It's already been determined. Your self-worth was set by Jesus. You are so valuable Jesus laid down his life for you. Paul said, “I live by faith in the Son of God who loves me and gave himself for me.”Main Points:1. So, don't buy into the lies that your value is determined by your performance. Don't accept the labels others put on your life. Don't let the rejection you have received from others keep you from receiving acceptance from Jesus.2. The opinion of others makes no difference in your self-worth.  Because who you are, with Jesus, matters more than what other people tell you about yourself.  Because you are made in His image, He is the one who determines your self-worth. 3. Rest in this truth: Your life has value. God has established your worth.Today's Scripture Verses:Galatians 2:20 - “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #624: What is Morality?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 5:29

    Some of the basic questions of life are what is right, and what is wrong? What is good? And what is bad? What is morality, and do you, as a person, have morals?”  Is there a code of ethics for everyone to ascribe to? Morality in its simplest definition is “the distinction between right and wrong, but should we all define what is moral the same way? Main Points:1. Throughout history people, society, and culture have wrestled with these questions. For the Christian, we live with a biblical worldview. We believe the Bible is God's Word to us. It is the final authority for belief, life, and practice. It is our compass and our roadmap. It shows us how to live and how to please God.2. Without a belief in the authority of the Bible, we are left to our own thoughts, ideas, and opinions. We make ourselves the god and authority over our own lives. Morality then becomes relative. Right and wrong become inventions of our own minds. After all, who are you to tell me what is moral, and what is not?3. As Christians, our worldview, which is how we see and interpret the world, comes from the Bible. The Christian worldview is founded upon two principles: God exists, and he has spoken to us in his word. The Bible, which contains God's revealed moral will in His law and commandments, is His revelation to His people. As such, the Bible becomes our source of definition of right and wrong.Today's Scripture Verses:2 Timothy 3:16 - “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”2 Peter 1:21 - “For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #623: God Never Changes

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 5:31

    In a world of mistrust, God can be trusted. He can be counted upon. He keeps his promises, he fulfills his word, and he does what he says he will do. God is worthy of your trust, your faith, and your confidence.Main Points:1. The Bible teaches us that God is faithful. This means God is always reliable, all of the time.  He does not fail or forget.  He always keeps his word.  His character is consistent and He never changes.2. Think about the implications of this wonderful truth. If God never changes, his love never changes. His grace never changes. His forgiveness never changes. His power and his presence never change. His ability never changes.3. If you are struggling to trust God, be assured of his character. There is no one like God. He does not change. He will be faithful in your life. Today's Scripture Verses:Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”Psalm 119:89-90 - “Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. Your faithfulness endures to all generations.”Malachi 3:6, "I the Lord do not change." James 1:17 - “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #622: Keeping our Spiritual Zeal

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 5:19

    Zeal is defined as “great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective.” Wow! Does this describe your relationship with God? Can you say you are pursuing Jesus with great energy and enthusiasm?Main Points:1. As we look at scripture, we discover that having a zeal for the Lord is a heart issue. It's not so much about personality or family background as it is the focus and priority of our hearts. 2. I want you to know that you don't have to lose your spiritual zeal.  Your relationship with God can be as real, as relevant, and as exciting as you want it to be.  It's a matter of where you focus your heart and how you set your priorities.3. If your spiritual tank is leaning towards empty, know there is a gracious God who desires a close relationship with you. He's waiting. Take a step towards him today and regain your zeal for Jesus. Today's Scripture Verses:Romans 12:11 - “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”Matthew 22:37 - “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”Matthew 6:33 - “seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #621: The Hard Sayings of Jesus

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 5:55

    I love the words of Jesus. I've discovered that most people do, even non-believers. You can even purchase Bibles that only have the words of Jesus printed. It's been said that no one speaks like Jesus and I would agree. His words have power and they have life. These truths are encouraging, uplifting, inspiring, and challenging. They changed people's lives in the first century, and they are still changing lives today.  But you would have to agree that as much as we love the words of Jesus, we also recognize that Jesus said some hard things, some very hard things.Main Points:1. Today, as Christians, we view the cross as a symbol of forgiveness, grace, and love. But in Jesus' day, the cross represented nothing but torturous death. The Romans forced convicted criminals to carry their own crosses to the place of crucifixion.2. For the followers of Jesus, taking up our cross means “dying to self.” It's a call to absolute surrender. It means choosing Jesus above all things. It means putting him first and dying to our desires, ambitions, and worldly pleasures. Jesus said if we “lose our life, we will find it.” The reward for choosing Christ over everything else is matchless.3. We carry our cross and die to ourselves because Jesus alone is worthy. Today's Scripture Verses:Luke 9:23 - “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #620: Why People Don't Respond to the Gospel

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 5:27

    Our enemy will do everything he can to prevent people from seeing Jesus and experience his love and grace. He will cause them to believe lies. He will attempt to prevent them from believing the truth. He will distract people by causing them to focus on other things, rather than the gospel.Main Points:1. In the darkness of sin and the isolation of a relationship with God, our Heavenly Father wants to let his light shine. His light wants to remove our darkness so we can see the glory of Jesus and the joy of knowing Him.2. This spiritual blindness explains why people, many of whom we know and love, have not responded to the gospel. This explains why they have rejected Christ. They simply cannot see.3. Thankfully, there is still hope. This is why Jesus came. Luke 4:18 - God sent Jesus to bring “deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind.” This is not just referring to the healing of physical blindness, but more importantly, the healing of the “spiritual blindness” that everyone has apart from Christ. Today's Scripture Verses:2 Corinthians 4:4 - “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”2 Corinthians 4:6 - “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness, made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory displayed in the face of Christ.”John 3:19 - “Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #619: The Blessing of Being a Peacemaker

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2022 5:49

    The children of God are peacemakers.  A peacemaker is someone who intentionally works to help people reconcile with God and others.  Anyone who does the hard work of peacemaking will be blessed by God.Main Points:1. The word “peace” in Matthew 5:9 combines two Greek words.  Together they mean to bring about wholeness, to bring all the essential parts together in wholeness.2. Peace-making requires God's power.  Real and lasting peace is impossible to create without God's help.  You can't make what you don't have.  The only way to have inner peace is to make peace with God through faith in Jesus Christ.3. Peacemaking is such hard work that it's easier to say…. “I'm staying out it.”  We try and fail and get discouraged, so we give up.  But through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can all work to be peacemakers, and in doing so we are a reflection of God's character.  Today's Scripture Verses:Matthew 5:9 - “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”Romans 5:1 - “Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ.”2 Corinthians chapter 5:18 -  “God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #618: Waiting on God's Timing

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 5:09

    Have you ever thought, “Why does God take so long?” If God is all-knowing, then he knows that I need my prayer answered right now. If God is all-powerful, he can do it right now. Why is there a delay?Main Points:1. If God makes you wait, there is a reason. God does nothing by accident. God never gets too busy. God never gets pre-occupied. God is always on time…according to his time.2. God knows what he is doing.  His delays are always purposeful.  When we dare to live by God's timing, great things happen.3. Just because it's not happening now, doesn't mean it won't happen. Just because God hasn't answered the prayer or met the need, doesn't mean it's not going to happen. It may just be a matter of God's timing.  Today's Scripture Verses:Exodus 2:11-15 - "One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?”  The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”  When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #617: The Unity of Believers

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 5:40

    God desires his church to be in tune with himself and with one another. Nothing interrupts the work of God and discredits the church like disunity. A church that is not in unity with God and one another is dysfunctional and ineffective. Disunity prohibits our message from being a beautiful sound to the community. But when a church comes together in unity, our message is compelling and contagious.Main Points:1. The goal is not unity in everything. Being humans, it's normal to have differing ideas and opinions. We won't always see eye to eye, and that's not a bad thing.2. The goal, as Paul tells us in Ephesians 4 is to make every effort to keep the “unity of the Spirit.”  When a group of believers comes together in unity around the scripture, the work of the Spirit, and the great commission, that church will have an impact for Christ.3. Let's unite around the purpose of God, the mission of the church, the inerrancy of scripture, the power of the Holy Spirit, and a prevailing love for one another. If we can commit to this kind of unity, we will be in tune with one another and together we will make beautiful music for the world to hear. Today's Scripture Verses:1 Corinthians 1:10 - “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.”Ephesians 4:2-3 - “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”Psalm 133:1  - “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #616: How to Become a Cheerful Giver

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 5:39

    God loves a cheerful giver. I believe this is because God himself is a giver. God loves to give. Every blessing we have is because God has given them to us. When we give with joy we are being like God.Main Points:1. God blesses those who give. He said if we give sparingly, meaning in a small amount, we will receive a small blessing, but if we give generously, the blessing will be generous.2. Paul goes on to teach us that giving is personal. It is between each person and God. We should give what the Lord puts on our hearts to give. We should be obedient to the Lord in this area. We should not give reluctantly and feel that we are under compulsion or forced to do so. 3. Paul is not teaching us a so-called “prosperity doctrine.” This does not teach us we should give so we can get more for ourselves. We become cheerful givers when we realize that everything we are and everything we have is because of the grace of God. Today's Scripture Verses:2 Corinthians 9:6-8. He said, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #615: Using the Power of the Holy Spirit

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 5:44

    I want you to acknowledge an important truth today. God's purpose for your life is greater than your ability to accomplish it. You need a power greater than your own. You can't fulfill God's purpose without God. You don't have enough strength, wisdom, creativity, or resources to do God's will all by yourself.Main Points:1. If you are a Christ-follower, it's likely you already know God wants to use your life. As you serve him, he has tasks for you to accomplish. Your life has a purpose. As you use the gifts, talents, abilities, time, and resources God has given, your life is on mission for God.2. The God who calls us, is the God who equips us. The God who gives us purpose also gives us power.3. We gain access to this power by praying and asking God to fill us with His Holy Spirit and then stepping out in faith and trusting God to use us with his power. God's power is activated when we are using the gifts God has given us.  Today's Scripture Verses:Acts 1:8 - “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”Ephesians 3:20 - “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,”2 Peter 1:3 - “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #614: Rejoice Anyway

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 5:37

    Anyone can rejoice when life is good, but to rejoice when life is hard is a deliberate act of faith. You are deciding that your trust and confidence in God are not circumstantial. Your faith is rooted in the character of God.Main Points:1. The word "rejoice" means to feel or show great joy or delight. In fact, the word “rejoice” is found in the Bible 154 times. That is a lot of rejoicing.2. The Bible says we are to rejoice in God's goodness. We rejoice over God's strength. We rejoice in his deliverance. We rejoice in his salvation. As for when we are to rejoice, Psalm 89 says we rejoice in God's name all day long. Philippians 4 says we are to rejoice in the Lord always. 3. The reason we can rejoice at all times is because of the object of our rejoicing. Paul says we are to “rejoice in the Lord.” We don't just rejoice. We don't just celebrate. We don't just throw a party. We have a reason to rejoice. We rejoice in the Lord.  Today's Scripture Verses:Habakkuk 3:17-18 - “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #613: Created in the Image of God

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 5:58

    We are not God. We are not little gods, but we were created to be like God in character and lifestyle. Our life should reflect the glory of God to others. When we do this, we are healthy and whole. The Bible describes this as holiness.Main Points:1. Our sin has distorted the image of God within us, and now we can't see ourselves as God sees us. We ascribe to labels the world places on us. We struggle with discovering our true identity.2. It is essential that you hear this message way down deep in your soul. Regardless of the circumstances of your conception, you were created by God. You were created for purpose. Your life has meaning and value.3. To live the life God created and designed you to live, you must embrace the truth that you were created in the image of God. Your life is not an accident, a mistake, or an after-thought. Your life is important and you are here today because of the will of God. Today's Scripture Verses:Genesis 1:26-27 - “Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”  So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”Psalm 139:13-14 - “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #612: How to Bear More Fruit

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 5:38

    God in his sovereignty knows what is keeping us from spiritual growth and bearing fruit. Sometimes there might even be good things in our lives, yet they are occupying our mind, our time, and our resources, and as a result, we are not growing spiritually.Main Points:1. Here's an important spiritual truth: God wants your life to bear fruit. He wants you to be a blessing to others.2. Jesus is our source of life. He is our vine. If we are connected to him we have the life-giving power of God within us that make our lives fruitful. Yet, we also see that our Heavenly Father is the gardener and that he prunes the branches (that's you and me) that bear fruit, so we will produce more fruit.3. God is the gardener who prunes the life of everyone who abides in Christ and bears the fruit of Christ. This pruning enhances spiritual growth by removing whatever hinders our spiritual growth. Today's Scripture Verses:John 15:1-2 - “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn't produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. “Galatians 5:22-23 - “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”James 1:2-4  - “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #611: Pray Without Ceasing

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 5:21

    As Christians, prayer is always a whisper away. Prayer is communication with God, and we can live each minute of the day in a constant, flowing, conversation with God. You don't need a special appointment to talk with God. You can do so, anywhere, and at anytime. Main Points:1. There is significant value in making a specific time for prayer. In fact, I think that if we are not intentional about a time and a place for prayer, it's likely we won't be consistent in our prayer life.2. When you think of God's goodness and his blessings, you can have a spontaneous moment of praise and gratitude towards God. When you see a prayer request posted on Facebook, you can pause and bring that need to the Lord.3. What a blessing it is for you and I to have such access to God. It's truly amazing. The God of the universe, the God who has such power that He spoke and the world came into existence, this God gives you an audience. This God welcomes you into His presence. This God loves you and wants to hear from you. Today's Scripture Verses:1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 - “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”Romans 12:12- “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #610: Paying Attention to the Voice of God

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 5:08

    Of all the things we can pay attention to, we must pay attention to God's voice and what He is doing. You can't afford to miss out on the voice of God.Main Points:1. With so many things calling for our attention, we may find ourselves easily distracted and without focus. To pay attention requires intention. 2. Every day, you can hear the voice of God. We don't just serve a silent deity. We have a relationship with a living God who is involved in the lives of his children. I believe daily we can hear God's voice in our spirit. Every time we open our Bibles we should expect to hear the voice of God.3. Let's take an inventory of the things we are paying attention to. Perhaps you'll discover you've been too distracted. Let's give space and time for the voice of God. We desperately need to hear what He is saying. Today's Scripture Verses:Mark 4:32 - “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”Hebrews 2:1 - “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #609: Surrendering to God

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 5:39

    You and I are going to struggle with our humanity.  Surrender doesn't seem like a good idea to any of us. It feels like we are giving up and losing control, but when we surrender to God we lose things we don't need to gain the things we really do.Main Points:1. Everything you need is on the other side of surrounding your life to God.2. Everything you need God can provide. Yet, often the provision doesn't come until we surrender to God. 3. God's plan is not about depriving us of good things. He delights to give His children good gifts. He also desires, above all else, for us to follow him and delight in him.  Sometimes God will make us sacrifice something we want, to secure our hearts for the greatest good: himself. Today's Scripture Verses:Matthew 26:39 - “Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #608: The Grace to Forgive

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 5:30

    As Christians, we must see that the grace that offers us God's forgiveness, enables us to forgive others when they sin against us.Main Points:1. Our forgiveness of others is a response to the forgiveness we have received. If God can forgive me, he can enable me to forgive others.2. Christianity is a religion of forgiveness and healing. It is about God's forgiveness of us, and our forgiveness of others. Both types of forgiveness are miracles and examples of how Jesus changes lives. Jesus is in the business of healing relationships and restoring families. I believe this is one of our greatest stories and most powerful ways we can witness to our community.3. Forgiveness is a decision you make to refuse to live in the past. It's a conscious choice to relate others from their sins against you, so that you can be set free.Today's Scripture Verses:Matthew 18:21 - “He came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”Ephesians 4:32 - “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #607: A Heart for Worship

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 5:39

    When we have a proper heart for worship we'll see that worship is not for us. Worship is for God. We worship for an audience of ONE!  He is the audience, we are not. As our hearts are directed in praise, adoration, gratitude, and love for God, in return we experience joy.Main Points:1. Worship is the response of all that we are to all that God is.  To worship is to declare God's worth.2. While worshipping together with a group of believers is both biblical and important, we should recognize that worship is not something only to be done on Sundays in a church building. Worship is a lifestyle. As recipients of God's grace and mercy we want to give him worship and praise everyday and throughout the day.3. Do you have a heart for worship? Let me encourage you to include worship in your daily spiritual disciplines. Let it be a part of your daily time with the Lord. As you worship and honor the Lord, he is glorified, and you will be blessed.Today's Scripture Verses:Revelation 4:11 – “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”Psalm 95:6 - Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

    #606: Yes, You Can Change

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 5:44

    The Big Idea: We hear it said all the time.  People don't change.  Who they are….is who they are.  It's seems like a hopeless statement.  But Christianity is about change. The Bible is full of stories about messed up people who changed by the power of God.  God takes what people see as useless, worthless, ruined, and broken and makes them new.Main Points:1. Jesus defeated the curse of sin by his sacrificial death on the cross. He did not die on the cross so we would stay bound to sin. He died on the cross to set us free.2. Do you ever wonder why people can't bring themselves to say yes to Jesus?  It requires faith. It requires courage.  It's so hard for people to believe they can change.  3. True change always begins with faith in God.  I know we make feeble attempts to change our lives, but until the heart is changed we are not truly changed.  Behavior modification is nice, but God's change goes much deeper.Today's Scripture Verses:John 8:44 - “He has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”Joshua 2:9-11 - “I know that the Lord has given this land to you and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you.  We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt…..for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram

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