Examine me, O Lord, and test me! Evaluate my inner thoughts and motives! Psalm 26:2 (NET) Just Because It Seems to Be Working, It Doesn’t Mean That Everything Is All Right Many of us have had the unpleasant experience of driving in our car when we notice that the Check Engine light has come on.…

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  I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. Philippians 3:13 (NLT). Looking backward can be a great hindrance to moving forward. Regret over past mistakes afflicts many people. Past victories and triumphs can also impede forward progress. 20th-century philosopher George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember…

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When the phrase “who cares” is used, it may either be a statement of indifference or a question inquiring if anyone is concerned. There are times when a statement of indifference is perfectly acceptable because there are so many things of so little consequence, but when it concerns our attitudes toward people, indifference must never…

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They are motivated by love, because they know that I’m put here to give a defense of the gospel; the others preach Christ because of their selfish ambition. Philippians 1:16–17 (CEB) Motives are problematic. They can lead someone to do the right thing for the wrong reason, but they can also result in doing the…

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Jesus told his disciples, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 (NIV). Do we think of mountains as obstacles that stand in our way? Or…

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We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. 1 John 5:20 (NIV) Are you familiar with the expression, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you?” While there may be circumstances where this maxim is proven true, often, it is…

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Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 (NIV) Hearing is essential. Or is it only meaningful when there is something we want to hear? Paul warned Timothy: For a time is coming when people…

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And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes. 2 Kings 6:17 (NIV) There is seeing, and then there is seeing that goes deeper than the surface. It is hard to see things as they really are because of our lack of insight or preconceived…

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‘What shall I do, Lord?’ I asked. Acts 22:10 (NIV) Let us use our imaginations for a moment. We have just been in a terrible accident. The extent of our injuries is not yet known, but we are blind. We are not sure exactly what happened, but we remember hearing a voice and seeing a…

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But let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in God’s presence. Let them be filled with joy. Psalm 68:3 (NLT) Consider with me the relationship between faith and praise. With rare exceptions, we all know people who have “left the faith.” Have you ever heard of someone who has “left the praise?” Although I…

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