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Spirit & Body

We have two bodies as such. The physical body and our spiritual body. The Spirit is an important part of both. Giving our hearts to Christ brings that spiritual body into balance and therefore, helps us understand the ups and downs of the physical body – even accept them when others cannot.

Come to a Place of Peace

Although God’s grace is transforming me, I’m not great at communicating.

I don't like talking about things—especially problems or obstacles I face. I once had a "can do it alone" mentality. Maybe that's why when I faced a problem that even seemed above me I believed I could handle it myself. The truth was I could never handle it all by myself—but I tried because I believed I could. 

With a huge burden on my shoulders and a stubborn attitude, I would refuse to talk to anybody about it. Slowly but surely, the burden began to magnify, causing me sleepless nights and at times a changing disposition. I had no peace.

Jesus’ words came like a cold drink of water to a thirsty soul—a soul crying out for help. I believe Jesus is saying when we are faced with a burden—one we may not feel like discussing with those around us, that we have a Father who is saying "Come." He is ready to listen.

Not only does God listen, He also replaces. He replaces the burden with something much lighter and easier to bear. We do not have to be crushed any longer by our burdens. In Him, we have the peace we have been searching for. 

When things in life weigh you down and cause you sleepless nights, respond to Jesus' invitation to “Come.” Receive the peace He is offering freely. 

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River of God

I love a majestic flowing river with cascading waterfalls and misting showers as it powers its way downstream. But as much as I enjoy their thrilling power and soothing beauty, earthly rivers cannot compare to the river of God.

The psalmist David said the river of God is full of water. It is never dry, can never be dammed up or diverted, and is not affected by drought. God’s river flows at His discretion and according to His purpose. In it is fullness, abundance, satisfaction, and fulfillment. Each day, I swim in its reservoir of grace, plunge in its waves of forgiveness, float on its currents of love, bathe in its ripples of mercy, rest in its chilling peace, and drink from its refreshing flow.

Jesus said He is the Living Water that becomes a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life in whomever believes on Him. He also said the Holy Spirit would flow out of every believers’ heart like rivers of living water.

As I drink freely and fully from God’s river, it not only infuses me with its refreshing, everlasting life, but it also becomes a conduit of His likeness flowing in and through me. At my best, I share His river with others, but at my worst I can’t dam or divert it. I am only parched, withered, and weary when I refuse its moisture or wander from its oasis.

John saw a pure river of water of life—as clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. The heavenly throne is the fountain head of God’s magnificent, life-giving river. It flows from Him to us, never from us to Him. We are encouraged to drink from this heavenly wellspring.

When our spirits wither from the dry, scorching winds of life’s adversity, spiritual oppression, and sin’s wilderness, God’s river is our refreshing restoration. God promises to pour water on him who is thirsty. Only His river can quench our deepest and driest thirst; only His water can heal and restore.

If you are thirsty, or if your life is barren and dry, the invitation stands: “Let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17).

God’s abundant, ever-flowing river awaits your refreshing plunge.

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In Love with Jesus

My email read, "It's a wonderful thing to be in love with Jesus and to know you are loved by Jesus."

Last night, I shared an email with some friends. Afterwards, the Holy Spirit quickened me to look again at the words I had written. Sounded simple enough.

I think that was the first time I've ever said I was "in love" with Jesus. It took me by surprise. I knew the Holy Spirit wanted to say something more to me through what I had written.

When asked what the greatest command was, Jesus said to love Him with all one’s heart, soul, and mind.

Many people love Jesus as a friend, provider, healer, king, and Savior. But being "in love" with Jesus as our Bridegroom, to whom we have given our whole heart and soul, is a different story. I have found that’s a deeper and more intimate level. 

On this level, we can't get enough of Jesus, can’t spend enough time with Him, can’t talk enough with Him, and can’t learn enough about Him. We want to know more about Jesus, His character, His ways, and His thinking—just as we do with anybody we’re in love with.

Fall more and more in love with Jesus—your Bridegroom—every day. Delight in Him and in His presence. 

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Relationships Are like Gardens

A pastor’s wife with destroyed eyes came into my practice. She felt her husband didn’t love her anymore. They were strangers living together. They had lost all ability to be intimate.

My heart went out to her as she told her story. I wondered how things had gotten to this point. One thing I noticed from the start was her tone of voice. She sounded like chalk being scraped across a blackboard. Sitting on my hands to keep from putting my fingers into my ears, I tried to look concerned. She felt love was forever, no matter what. She was correct that God’s love is eternal but didn’t understand man’s love is limited by frailty.

Many of God’s children lack a sense of responsivity that grows from not understanding relationships are like gardens—and we are their keepers. A guaranteed way to lose a marriage and other relationships is found in this verse: See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled. Roots of bitterness can spring up overnight.

Weed control is a major part of any lasting and successful relationship. Bitter seeds grow plants with bitter—and sometimes fatal—fruit. Faces that eat bitter fruit are sour and unhappy. Going to sleep angry or resentful can result in a snappy remark or demanding expectation the next morning. Smiles and happiness that come from being friends are replaced by energy from competitors expressing their frustrations.

If Satan could speak through Peter’s mouth (Matthew 16:23), he can speak through ours. The emotions seen in our eyes will often determine how our words and behavior are taken. Hurt eyes can minimize the sting of harsh words on an understanding heart. Burning, cold, or cruel eyes make these words seem true.

After helping this pastor’s wife watch her tongue and listen to the tone she used, her husband came in one day and told me something I’ve never forgotten: “You’ve fixed her, doctor.”

Pay attention to weed control in your gardens. You will be glad you did. 

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Man in the Mirror

An intense drama was played out on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at Comerica Park in Detroit when the Detroit Tigers met the Cleveland Indians.

Armando Galarraga almost became the twenty-first pitcher in Major League history to throw a perfect game. But his bid for that game ended one out short when first base umpire Jim Joyce incorrectly ruled that Indians’ batter Jason Donald reached first base safely. Joyce admitted he erred on what would have been the final out in Detroit, apologizing to Galarraga and hugging him after the Tiger’s win. He then took to the field the next day in tears.

In a classy gesture—meant to show the world the Tigers had moved on from the Wednesday night before—Manager Jim Leyland had Galarraga take the line-up card to Joyce at home-plate. Joyce was emotional. After a brief exchange of line-up cards, he patted Galarraga’s shoulder.

In another classy gesture, Galarraga’s said, “Nobody’s perfect … I have a lot of respect for the man. It takes a lot to say you’re sorry.”

Paul speaks of integrity in his work—a ministry empowered by God and the Holy Spirit’s presence—even though calamities, imprisonments, physical sufferings, and slander followed him.

It’s safe to assume none of us will ever endure what the apostle endured. Yet, in spite of human weakness, his ministry reflected God’s power—illuminating the gospel by his response to suffering and opposition.

The only way we can truly represent Christ with honor and integrity in our words and actions is by reliance on God’s power, through study of the Scriptures, and with the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Believers must consider whether actions hinder or honor our Abba Father. What God says about our representation of Him matters.

We have a daunting, sacred trust, but we can access the same power available to Paul. God’s grace can enable us to extend that same grace to others. We all stand for something, and we should want our stand for Christ to be beautiful, not grimy. It costs to be salt and light.

Rely on the Word—with the Holy Spirit’s guidance—so you can honor being made in the image of God. The world is watching.

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