God Believes in You

What an encouraging way to master life’s issues by allowing yourself to get caught up in praise. We can be entangled and distracted by all the unjust ways people treat us, or we can allow praise to bring us back to see through a different eye.

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Rip the Heavens - The strange gift of our doubts and questions

When the healing didn’t come, the life that seemed to make so much sense completely fell apart. My confidence was replaced with doubts and questions - Had I done something wrong? Was God punishing me for some hidden sin in my life? Maybe a wrong attitude in my heart, or priorities that were wrong? Did he really still love me? If God did love me, why would he allow me to suffer like this? How could this much pain have any meaning or purpose?

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Overcoming Shame

Shame is such a horrific thing to have and yet this is what David prayed for his enemies. I am so thankful David decided not to take matters in his own hands, but trusted God could take care of those who were gloating over him. Many of these same people were once close to David’s heart yet now they looked at him in laughter.

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The Battle of the Mind

The goal of the enemy was to overpower David and get at him to win the battle in his mind. They wanted to get under his skin and irritate him and they wanted to push him to a place where they knew he was being swallowed up. However, instead of allowing their ways to determine David’s actions, he prayed for God to expose their ways.

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We Are Family - The joy of unity in the body of Christ

So when I joined my first church “Life Group” 15 years ago, it was a much needed breath of fresh air, as well as a place I would find comfort, healing, and rest. What sticks out most was the trust I was able to put in my brothers and sisters in Christ; I could bring my deepest hurts and wounds before them, confident they would lift me up instead of tearing me down (like many of my non-Christian friends were doing at the time).

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Trying to Impress - God sees what's on the inside (and I'm so thankful!)

The KCWN studio is located in Pella, a town famous for its “Dutch Fronts.” God is all about tearing down facades and helping us walk in truth. Do you feel like you have to try to be someone you’re not so you can be loved and accepted? It’s a terrible burden to carry. Let Jesus carry that burden; let his love tear down the facades. He loves the real you, and longs to help you become the real you.

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Getting God's Attention

David’s confidence did not rest in man or his own strength but exclusively in who God is. He knew God would contend for him and he didn’t need to fret the opinions of his accusers. He rested in God and desired God to become active in his request, but he waited on God’s timing. He needed God’s attention and appealed for Him to rise to his defense and its interesting how much he desired God to contend for him, not others.

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Courteous Conduct - Sharing Jesus through how we live (and speak)

We’ve all heard it said - “Actions speak louder than words.” I totally agree with this statement, but we all know our words can build up or tear down and destroy. Especially in this Internet age often our words are the only thing people will hear or see - so let’s take Paul’s words in Colossians 4:5-6 to heart:

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

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Does Your Heart Know

David knew God as the One who sees all his situations and hears all that is happening to him. David knew the deep insurance in His heart that God was watching over him even though life had misfortune. The fortunate thing is David was secure in his relationship and knew God had his best interest. He needed God’s help and didn’t hesitate to bring his heart before God −David was needy.

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His Sovereign Hand - God is working in 10,000 ways (and we might see three)

At the age of 18 I considered myself mature in the faith (particularly when I compared myself with most of my peers - never a good idea!); at the age of 45 I’m increasingly aware of just how little I really know, especially when it comes to God and his sovereign plan and wisdom. I’m so, so thankful for the life God has given me - getting me back to work, helping me cope with chronic pain, enabling me to take an active role as a husband and father, and filling my life with meaning and purpose. Never in a million years would I have thought debilitating pain, disability, and depression would be some of the tools God would use to get me to this point!

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Malice

An evil heart sees what it wants such as images of their enemy. If not true, they begin to believe what evil has brewed up in the mind. The pictures of the heart of an evil man are what they determine, it's not based on truth, but rather malice. The intentions of the enemies of David were to do evil regardless of the proof of innocence.

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The Good We Never Ask For: What God Does for Us in Suffering

How many times in my life have I asked God to make me more like Jesus? Too many to count! What is the means God often uses to accomplish that goal? Ease? Convenience? Pleasure? Nope. I think we all know the answer - hardship. Pain. Suffering. Loss. The very things Jesus experienced when he was on this earth are the same tools our Heavenly Father uses to send us through his refining fire. Easy? Not at all! What I would choose? Not a chance! God using all things for good? Absolutely.

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Remaining Unbreakable

The enemies of David made a career of trying to get him to falter. They were after his heart trying to get him to participate in their schemes. They didn’t like living at peace because they fed themselves off of conflict or drama and they came after those who were living quietly in the land.

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A True Disciple - Walking with Jesus is serious business

When my hair began to turn gray, and it was evident I’d been around a long time, people began asking me, “How are Christians today different from Christians when you came to Christ?” My answer is always the same: Today’s Christians are far better trained to serve the Lord. There are conferences, seminars, and workshops available today that were unheard of in my early years. There’s also one thing lacking: the intense hunger for holiness that was in the lives of Christians a few decades ago.

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The Innocent

David is innocent and yet hated which is a strong word the psalmist uses to describe how others viewed him. Could it be David’s righteous living brought enemies despising his nature? The unrighteous don’t have to have a reason to hate those who walk according to the ways of God but often is the case.

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