Friday, January 31, 2014

Are You Really Sorry?

A son in a large family resented his youngest brother. Whenever he thought the "baby" of the family was receiving special treatment, he would whack him on the head. Then, as soon as his younger brother started crying, he'd say, "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to hurt you. Please don't tell Mom and Dad." This scenario of hitting him and then saying he was sorry went on for several weeks.

One day the older brother walloped him and followed up with his usual insincere apology. "This time I really mean it. Please don't tell Mom and Dad. I'm really, really sorry." The younger brother said, "I just want to know when you're going to be sorry enough to quit!"

Repentance means to have a change of heart, which changes the way you behave. It doesn’t mean to be sorry, but being sorry enough to quit what you’re doing. Second Corinthians 7:10 says, "For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death." Regret wishes it could change the consequences of past failures. Repentance wants to change future behavior so that past sins won’t be repeated.

Repentance is making a decision in your heart that you want to please God more than yourself, which changes the way you think, speak, and act. Trying to change your behavior without first changing your heart is getting the cart before the horse. You have the order backward. If you try to change your actions without first having a change of heart, it won’t be long before you return to your old ways.

If you have tried to change but are unable to do it, you must surrender to your Higher Power—the God who has more power than you. Only the Holy Spirit can give you the power to live like Him. When you make that decision in your heart to surrender all to Him, you’ve just repented.

Prayer of Repentance: “Lord, I realize that I’m not living in a way that pleases you. I want my life to change but I don’t have the power within myself to do that. Jesus, I surrender my life to you and I ask you to give me the power to change. Fill me with the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for hearing my prayer.”

For a deeper study on repentance, click on this link: What Does It Mean to Repent?
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Four Secrets to Forgiving Others

THIS WEEK'S DEVOTIONAL is a video teaching 4 Secrets to Forgiving Others 
It's hard to forgive those who have hurt us, but this teaching will help you understand how to do it--and why God will reward you both in this life and the next life if you'll do it.
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Kent

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Defeating Doubt

Watch Kent’s 18-minute Video Teaching  Erasing Your Doubts” 
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“DEFEATING DOUBT”
Do you ever experience doubts? After Jesus healed a blind man, the Pharisees questioned him about whether or not Jesus was a sinner. He answered, “Whether or not He is a sinner, I don’t know. One thing I do know: I was blind, and now I see!” (John 9:25) He concentrated on the one fact he knew to be true and not on the question he didn’t know the answer to.

Some people think they cannot believe in God unless they have every question answered. But you don’t need to have every one of your questions answered before you can believe in Him. In a court of law, a jury doesn’t need to have every question answered before it can reach a verdict. The jury is not going to see a video recording of the crime being committed, but they can reach a decision by examining the clues.  

The accused person might claim he was never at the scene of the crime, but if investigators find his DNA there, you can conclude without any doubt that he was there. You might still have questions about how the crime occurred, but the one thing you do know cancels out all your unanswered questions. The jury can reach a decision without any reasonable doubt because of the one fact they know to be true and not because every question has been answered.
The next time you are bewildered, concentrate on what you know to be true. Remember when God answered a prayer or did a miracle for you. Concentrate on the fact that the Bible proves itself to be true through fulfilled Bible prophecies. For more information on turning a double-mind into a single mind, watch the Erasing Your Doubts video.
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NEW Bible studies from Making Life Count Ministries:
Financial Freedom pt. 1—The God Factor  --  Shows how God can intervene in your situation.
The Judgment Seat of Christ – This is not a judgment of our sins, but to reward us for faithful service.
Ten Things That Happen When You are Born Again – 4 lessons for Small Groups to discuss.
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Thursday, January 9, 2014

When You Don't Understand

Have you ever watched a magician levitating a person? You know it must be a trick, but you can’t figure out how he does it. You think, “That’s impossible. He’s defying the law of gravity! How is it possible for him to do that?” You’re baffled because you don’t understand how he did it.
But suppose the magician were to reveal to you the secret to the trick. After he explained how he did it, you’d say, “Oooh! Now I understand! 

We usually start doubting God when we have questions in our minds that don't seem to have an answer. Something bad happens and you don’t understand why He would allow it. It’s an unanswered question. And so you’re left wondering what is going on and why He won’t let you in on the secret.

You might as well get used to it. God doesn’t always let us in on what He’s doing. Deuteronomy 29:29 says, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us.” The “secret things” are those mysteries and unanswered questions that we have in this life. Although we might not get them answered during our lifetime, He promises to answer every one of them after we get to heaven.

First Corinthians 13:12 says, “For now (in this life) we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face (when we stand before Him). Now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.” One day we will stand before God and we will understand all mysteries after He explains His secrets to us. And then we will say, “Oooh! Now I understand! 

Until that day comes, learn to trust in the God who knows the answers and can change circumstances. He doesn’t do magic tricks, but is so wise and powerful that He is able to turn the bad things that happen to you into an incredible blessing (see Romans 8:28). But you won’t be able to figure out how He did it.
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Read studies on EVOLUTION vs. CREATION at www.makinglifecount.net Learn why believing in an Intelligent Designer makes more sense than evolving by chance.

Many Bible study groups and churches are studying Slaying Your Giants. Free Discussion Guide in the Appendix provides up to 20 weeks of discussion.