A Radiant Life

Our face is where our soul is displayed. The way you see the condition of a person’s soul is by looking at their face. So if Jesus is filling my soul, people will look at me and see the light of Christ! My face will shine with the radiance of His presence!
And God has uniquely placed you and me in specific places, at this specific time to be His light in this dark world! And no one else is going to take your place. This is your day! This is your time! Don’t say, “I’ll do it tomorrow.” Jesus didn’t say, “You will be the light of the world,” He said, “You are.” So, are you living a radiant life?

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Practicing the Presence of God

Do you live with a regular sense of the presence of God? A presence you actually feel? A presence others around you recognize? We talk in the church about being full of the Spirit, about Jesus always being with us, but I’m not sure we really understand what it would mean to walk around with the second person of the Trinity by our side and the third person of the Trinity filling us up. Do you think anything as tremendous as the Holy Spirit could be in you and go unnoticed?
As I read through the Scriptures I find that when a people is inhabited by God you can see it, you can hear it, and at times you can even feel it. When this presence comes into the midst, the fire breaks out and people are changed. And I have decided that I want this presence in my life. Because I believe God stands ready to fill our lives in such a way that others who are willing to see will recognize it as the manifest presence of Jesus and His Spirit in our bodies

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And God Changed His Mind

Our passage today speaks of the rampant sin of God’s people. It’s so bad that God plans to destroy them all and start over with Moses. But Moses decides to intercede on behalf of his people. He goes to God and asks Him to change His mind. He prays, “Don’t destroy these people! Forgive their sins! Lead them to a good future!” And because of one man’s intercession, because of one man’s prayers, the fate of many is changed.

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Changing Habits

Our habits actually shape our brains. The more we engage in certain acts, the deeper the neural pathways in our brains associated with those acts become – like making deeper tire tracks in the road. So that eventually our brains naturally go to those thoughts and actions over and over again. That’s incredibly good news if we have good habits! But it can be so debilitating if we have bad habits. And if that’s us, we need to know that as deep as those tracks might be in our brain, they can be changed! We can develop new tracks in our brains by changing our habits. And this is where we must work as Christians. God has given us a path to freedom and transformation. He has designed our bodies in such a way that it is possible to replace our habits of sin with habits of righteousness, our habits of fear with habits of peace, our habits of worry with habits of joy! So that we actually take on the mind and character of Christ!
But are we willing to change our habits

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