If you grew up being told that you had to achieve certain objectives or obey a list of rules to be a Christian, your sense of duty or obligation to God may eclipse your desire for Him… just to be with Him, just to know Him. I know, because I’ve been in that place too. Rather than hungering for Him, in the past, I have denied myself to please Him. Being a true follower of Jesus is not about obligations, burdensome disciplines, or formulas, but rather living each day with an aim of finding satisfaction in Him and pleasure in His presence. After struggling with legalism for years and even walking away from God for a season, I found freedom in choosing desire over duty. It has been 33 years since John Piper first released his groundbreaking book Desiring God, and like so many other believers, that book has changed the trajectory of my life and helped me find freedom from the chains of legalism. So whether you’re in a season of deep satisfaction or wandering in a passionless desert right now, I think there’s something in this message for everyone because we can never get too close to Jesus. We can never exhaust our hunger for Him. So I invite you to listen now as we explore what it means to desire God, how to cultivate our desire even when we don’t feel it, and why it is more important than anything else in life. After listening, visit the blog for free devotional content and a list of resources. www.coreradiate.com/blog/desire-over-duty
One of the most difficult and least practiced things God asks every believer to do is to love each other completely. Fully. Not just a half-way, happy, feel-good, social love. Gritty, down-in-the-trenches love is what Jesus practiced, and He wants us to go there with Him. Even when it’s uncomfortable. Complete love requires us to put ourselves, our pride, and our own comfort in jeopardy for the sake of helping another become what God has created him or her to be in His Kingdom. Listen now to explore the need for -- and the keys to -- offering and receiving Godly criticism. And when you're done, visit the blog for a free 5-day devotional and a list of resources. www.coreradiate.com/blog/constructive-criticism
Whether you secretly struggle with envy or simply cannot be still while waiting on God to bring about a much-needed change, discontentment can lurk in every corner of your heart. Yet, Jesus calls us to be at peace — in other words, to be satisfied — in Him in all situations and seasons of life. But how do we cultivate that kind of trust in His timing to bring His best, when our own evaluation of our situation screams for so much more, right now and not in the distant unknown? Fortunately, we have both Scripture and the wisdom of brave believers who have come before us to give us some practical ways to experience more contentment in our hearts. Listen now to discover 10 keys to cultivating a soul-level satisfaction in Jesus. After listening, visit the blog for links to the Scriptures included in the podcast, as well as a free five-day devotional to take you deeper into the Word. www.coreradiate.com/blog/contented-heart
Nothing about us or what we do is small to God. It all matters to Him. But the great news is Jesus will take care of sweating the small stuff for us. Only He can do it the right way. However, we have to stop using excuses to prevent His Spirit from penetrating, revealing, and dealing with any little things that get in the way of being fully used for His glory. So if you’re ready to discover what the Bible has to say about sweating the small stuff and how transformative the answers could be in your life, then listen now to explore one of the most helpful, yet most often misused expressions in our culture today… even among followers of Jesus. After listening, visit the blog post for free five-day devotional guide at www.coreradiate.com/blog/sweat-the-small-stuff.
Desperation of some sort lurks within all of us. We just sometimes cover it up with our own resources, remedies, talents, skills, ambition, and even our dreams. But healing comes when we finally learn to grab ahold of our eternal identity in Christ, versus who and what we are suffering from right now. No matter what you kind of healing you long for, listen now to explore God’s plan for your healing and why your hope for it should never fade. After listening, visit the written version of this podcast for a free 5-day devotional guide with scripture readings and reflection questions. www.coreradiate.com/blog/hope-for-healing
Turning to God in our moments of need is often comprised of spiritual disciplines that feel comfortable in our solitude. Prayer is powerful. Meditating on the Word is life-changing. But we often miss out on one of the most immediately effective weapons in our arsenal — singing praise to God. Contrary to what many of us think, praise is not the icing on the cake following a good sermon. It’s not only a reaction to God’s blessings. And it’s definitely not meant to be a routine on Sundays or mere background music to our lives. Praise is a no-kidding, get-serious weapon to fight a myriad of spiritual problems within our hearts, in the world around us, and against the very forces of evil that want to destroy our souls. If you typically reserve out-loud singing for Sundays or would never dream of bursting into song all by yourself, then listen now to enter a whole new realm of spiritual reality. Once you go there, you’ll never want to live without it again. After listening, visit the blog for a FREE five-day devotional guide to take you further in your walk with Jesus. www.coreradiate.com/blog/sing-praise
Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” When Jesus told the disciples that they needed to become like little children, He was implying far more than having humility and surrendering to God’s authority. We have to be willing to yield the canvas of our lives to the Master Artist Himself to fulfill the promise of Ephesians 2:10, which says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” With childlike faith, our spiritual eyes also become new again, allowing us to see the unseen… and giving us the ability to see the masterpiece He is making of our lives. If you want to draw closer to God, using your imagination in these three ways can help. After listening, visit the bottom of the blog post for a FREE five-day devotional guide to help you engage your imagination and ignite your vision in your quiet time. www.coreradiate.com/blog/draw-closer And if this podcast touches your heart, please become a subscriber and share it with others!
One of the most prevalent commands in all of the Bible is to rejoice, yet choosing to be joyful during times of stress, grief, tragedy, or prolonged difficult circumstances can be one of the hardest things a believer can do. If you could use more joy in your life but don't know how to start or feel too discouraged to pursue it, I invite you to join me now as we explore the pursuit of joy and three powerful motivators that can help you take action today. After listening, visit the blog for a FREE 5-day devotional guide to take you deeper into the Word. www.coreradiate.com/blog/more-joy
Most of us struggle to not only be real about our doubts, fears, and struggles with other people, but also be authentically open with God and even ourselves. It's only when we live authentically that the Holy Spirit can move in and address our questions, teach our hearts, and soothe our souls. Listen now as we get real about the need to be transparent, and then visit the bottom of the blog post for a FREE 5-day devotional guide. https://www.coreradiate.com/blog/be-real
The struggles of life have a strange way of clouding or warping our vision, often causing us to rely on our own wisdom, memories, or previous experiences to evaluate what’s happening around us or to speculate what God might be planning to do. In times of struggle, we are also especially vulnerable to thinking more or less about ourselves than we should. But God sees us just as we are — created in His image for His glory, no matter what the circumstance. Listen now to learn more about God's plan for recalibrating our vision and comforting our hearts in any season of life. After listening, visit the blog for a FREE 5-day devotional guide on this topic. www.coreradiate.com/blog/God-Sees-You