What is Joy?

God’s nature includes joy and it resides within you.  Do yourself a favor and let the joy out!Galatians 5:22 (NIV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, JOY, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Joy is the second fruit of the Spirit.  The work which the...

Happiness vs. Joy

Joy (not happiness) is part of God’s prescription for emotional stability. Proverbs 16:20 (AMP) He who deals wisely and heeds [God’s] word and counsel shall find good, and whoever leans on, trusts in, and is confident in the Lord – happy, blessed, and fortunate is he....

God, You, and the Future

Many times when God’s Word uses the word “think,” it is referring to imagination.  A good example of this is found in Ephesians 3:20.Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV) Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that...

Welcome to a World Full of Thorns

The third group (in the parable of the sower) encounters three challenges that every person will have to deal with at some time in their life – worry and anxiety, money and things, pride and selfishness. Mark 4:18-19 (NKJV) 18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns;...

Consistency or Intensity?

The second group (in the parable of the sower) seems eager to receive the truth of God’s Word, but their commitment is superficial. Mark 4:16-17 (NKJV) 16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with...

The Parable of the Sower

Producing positive results in your life requires that you prepare your heart to receive the truth contained in God’s Word.Mark 4:14-15 (NKJV) 14 The sower sows the word. 15 And…the word…was sown in their hearts. The parable of the sower illustrates that after...