In Isaiah 61:4, God prophesied that the Messiah would fundamentally change who we are and that God would be glorified as we lived more and more like who he would make us. Look at what he says: “So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
Video text from God’s Best-Kept Secret. Copyright 2017 by Mark Maulding. Published by Baker, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Used by permission. For many of us, the attempt to live for God can leave us feeling burdened rather than free. Yet that’s not the kind of life God intends for us to experience.
Like many Christians, I had no idea that Jesus was in me to love me first and foremost. I saw him as demanding perfection in my obedience, my performance and worked really hard at it for years. Though I was unravelling on the inside, I kept trying harder and harder to please him so he
Experiencing God’s love for you can solve most of your problems. How do we know that? First, Romans 8:37 makes it clear that your ability to overcome in this life is tied directly to Jesus’ love for you. Jesus did what he did because he loved you. Then don’t you think he wants you to experience that
Today’s blog post is an excerpt from my new book, “God’s Best-Kept Secret”, which released last week. I wrote this book because over 20 years of counseling and teaching revealed that most Christians don’t realize God never meant for them to try so hard. As a result, they feel defeated, discouraged and even depressed. I
This week we’re celebrating the release of “God’s Best-Kept Secret”. I wrote this book because over 20 years of counseling and teaching revealed that most Christians don’t realize God never meant for them to try so hard. As a result, they feel defeated, discouraged and even depressed. In my book, I explode preconceived notions about
Way back in the garden of Eden, we find two very important trees: the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Genesis 2:9 says, The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the
Inferiority slinks into our lives whispering “I don’t measure up to ______”. Superiority struts into our lives boasting _______ doesn’t measure up to me”. The markers for comparing ourselves to others are: our performance, our possessions, our personality, our position, our appearance, and other’s opinions. Years ago, I used to let it “slip” in conversations
I was teaching about this in our Foundation for Transformation Conference when a guy raised his hand asking if he could share. I asked him to go ahead and his story was quite compelling. Listen to his own words. I became a Christian later in life. I was immediately excited about Jesus and living for
“I wish I had never done that!” “If only I had a redo!” “Every time I think about what I did, my stomach churns!” These are common statements from people who live with regret. All of us, including me, have done things in our lives that we wish we could go back and change.