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Why Jesus Understands You More Than Anyone

Having suffered rejection for years, I found comfort in the reality of God’s presence with me.

But not because I felt as if He was there in the flesh.

I didn’t.

I was comforted because I finally felt understood in all my uniqueness.

Because of what Scripture says, I know that Jesus gets me. (Even if no one else does.)

If you feel lonely or rejected today, I urge you to take a few minutes to tune into this truth I share.

You’ll discover why Jesus understands you more than anyone. And I believe it’ll heal you. …

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Why You Should Change What You Think about Sin

Almost all of the enemy’s accusations revolve around sin.

But the devil doesn’t have the final word on the subject.

God has some things to say about sin:

  • Salvation cleansed you of it (1 John 1:9)
  • Your sin nature was removed (Colossians 2:11)
  • He no longer counts it against you (2 Corinthians 5:19)

This means that Christians are forever forgiven.

I know that begs some questions, though.

“Is this permission to sin?”
“Can Christians be careless about sin?”

In today’s short teaching, I answer these common questions.

Ultimately, I show you why focusing on your forgiveness (not your failures) is the only effective way to sin less. …

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How to Overcome Offense with No Effort

Struggling with taking things too personally?

Story of my life.

Until I learned that the gospel is more than forgiveness of sins. But it’s about the new identity I have in Jesus.

When I determined to be defined by Jesus (not someone’s judgments or my own insecurities), my tendency to be hurt by words diminished significantly.

Don’t get me wrong—it’s not that I don’t feel the sting of careless words anymore.

It’s not that I don’t flinch at the inner voice saying, “You’re too much of this or not enough of that.”

It’s that I don’t accept those words anymore. So they don’t cripple me for days or weeks anymore.

I’d like to show you how to deny offense and become (almost) unoffendable. All with no effort.

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The Only Thing You Have to Do This Year

Happy new year!

This year, like all the years before, it’ll be easy to come up with reasons why you can’t.

You’re human. Insecurities and inadequacies abound in each of us.

Some are real. Some are perceived. But none of them mean anything to God.

I think of His response when Gideon complained that he’s weak. Or His reply when Moses protested that he isn’t good with words.

“Go, I will help you,” God assured (Exodus 4:12; Judges 6:14).

May you hear that for yourself today.

You don’t have to wait to be ready. God has chosen you as you are; He will empower you as you are.

So, this year, like all the years before, all you have to do is depend upon Him.

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3 Definite Gifts to Thank God that You Received This Year

Here we are in the last two weeks of the year.

I know it can be easy to reflect upon what you lost. (Surely, like me, you’ve had a few challenges.)

I encourage you to look deeper, though. You’ll find there are some sure things that you received.

I took out my phone to share 3 huge gifts that I know you received from God this year. (These 3 gifts are the reasons you’re still here today and reasons to be hopeful in the new year.)

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Perfect Love’s Power to Cast Out Fear

It’s one of my favorite promises.

Is it one of yours, too?

Scripture assures that “perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18).

Yet, have you wondered how that works?

  • What is perfect love?
  • And what kind of fear does it remove?

Take a few minutes to explore the biblical truth behind facing life with confidence and peace instead of anxiety and fear.

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3 Big, Biblical Reasons Why God Is Not Mad at You (or Them)

Do you believe that God is mad? Even a little bit?

Studies reveal that the majority of people do.

Sadly, this has contributed to the rise of atheism (and toxic emotions like shame).

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a person or God, when you believe someone is out to get you, you tend to deny them, avoid them or hate them.

But is God angry today?

No!

Here are 3 big, biblical reasons why. …

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Want Freedom from Something? Ask God to Do This ONE Thing.

A stronghold is often built on a lie you picked up when life let you down.

That’s why freedom from a stronghold includes identifying the root lie and replacing it with the truth.

But how do you find the root lie? And how do you know the truth, much less apply it?

Start by asking God to do this one thing. …

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Strongholds: How they are Built and Broken

A stronghold is a vice in your life with a powerful grip.

Toxic emotional routines, destructive habits, and addictions to substances are all examples.

Sadly, people’s attempts to break strongholds often only reinforce them.

Yet, getting free doesn’t have to be complicated. (And it doesn’t have to involve a bunch of spiritual disciplines.)

Having an understanding of how a stronghold is built helps to break it. I’ll show you. …

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Want to Overcome Something? Stop Doing These 2 Things First.

Most people download my Shut Up, Devil app or find this ministry from a search to overcome something.

It’s great to desire freedom. (God wants it for you, too.)

But in talking with many struggling people, I’ve found that most are doing 2 things that may seem good, but make things worse.

Take it from someone who’s been there—your struggle might be related to the way you’re trying to fight it. …

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