Posts Tagged confession

Lessons from a Purse

Last night I watched a good friend empty her purse trying to find her USB flash drive, and I was amazed at how much she pulled out of that purse before she found it. I know all of us women have found ourselves in this same situation at one time or another. As I stood there watching, I thought about some spiritual lessons I could learn from this. 1. Just as I need to periodically

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Can a Christian Commit Suicide?

I’ve been asked on several occasions if a Christian can commit suicide. The answer is yes. I have personally known two Christians who committed suicide, and there is no question about their salvation. Both suffered from severe depression, and it led them to despair. Both were vibrant in their faith and made a positive impact in the lives of others, including mine. Some Christians feel strongly that a true believer cannot commit suicide. If he does,

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How Do You Measure Spiritual Growth?

How do you measure spiritual growth? What characteristics do you look for? What activities would you be participating in? You may list some of the characteristics that signify spiritual growth as fruit of the Spirit, a repentant heart, sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, consistency in your walk with God, the practice of spiritual disciplines, love for God and for His Word, obedience, fear of God, a changed life, and dependence on God. But to what degree do those

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God, Don’t You Remember?

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by guilt over past sin(s)? You know Jesus died for your sins, but perhaps you still have trouble grasping that you are truly forgiven. Years ago I heard the story of a “conversation” between God and “Sally.” It made such an impact on me that I still remember it vividly to this day.  It went something like this: Sally: God, I feel so bad about what happened a few years ago. I

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Prerequisites for Knowing God’s Will

Are you seeking God’s will in an area of your life? There are two prerequisites that are vital to discerning God’s will and making wise decisions: 1. A clean heart. Are you walking with God, or are you walking in sin? Are you disobeying what God has already clearly shown you to be His will through Scripture? If you’ve been disobedient to His already revealed will, then why would He want to show you more? Confess your

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Spending Time Alone With God

Devotional times or “quiet times” are vital to our spiritual growth. Seek to spend time alone with the Lord each day in His Word and in prayer. There is no one way to do it, and the method may change from day to day and in different seasons of life. The important thing is that you spend time with Him consistently. The purpose of a quiet time is not to do Bible study, although spending

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Am I Really Forgiven?

Am I Really Forgiven?

Is there a past sin in your life that haunts you? Something you hope no one will ever find out about; something you regret deeply. Sometimes you wonder if God could really forgive you for that sin. Or you feel that you need to punish yourself or serve Him even harder to insure that you’re forgiven. You may even be wondering if perhaps you have disqualified yourself from being used by God because of your

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