Your desire for something other than what God wants for you is never about the thing itself. It always points to a deeper need. Jesus submitted His flesh to the ultimate torture and death, to make it so we can live victoriously in ours. But after we've fallen again to the same old temptation, how do we find the motivation to begin the long journey back to wholeness when guilt is telling us it’s hopeless and our flesh is telling us we can’t? Listen now to discover the road to restoration and how to take the first steps toward healing. And when you're finished, visit www.coreradiate.com/blog/setback for a 6-day quiet time guide for crafting your comeback plan. Also mentioned in the podcast is another episode from 10/23/18 entitled "To Seek is Human. To Find is Divine." Listen to that here or visit this link: www.coreradiate.com/blog/seekjesus
On the surface, spiritual laziness may look like not getting up early enough to pray and read your Bible, but not doing those disciplines is only a symptom of another problem buried much deeper in our souls. Even worse, it feeds many strongholds in our lives, like worry, anger, control issues, greed, stubbornness, and other negative habits. While you may think of yourself as a highly productive and motivated individual, spiritual laziness is probably not what you think it is, and it may be lurking in unexpected places in your life. Listen now to learn its true definition, causes, and what you can do about it. After the podcast, visit the blog for a FREE 5-day devotional guide with spiritual journaling prompts on this soul-stirring topic! www.coreradiate.com/blog/spiritual-laziness
No matter what you’ve done or what you’ll do, you can't change God's love for you or His desire for you to walk in close step to a plan He's designed just for you. That truth is often hard to believe, however, when we’ve made stupid mistakes, tangled our lives up in sin, or blazed a trail in the entirely wrong direction. But our glorious Father never gives up on us, constantly designing a plan to use us for His glory that is usually surprising in more ways than one. Listen now to explore the all-encompassing and intensely compassionate nature of God. After the podcast, visit www.coreradiate.com/blog/Plans-of-God for a five-day quiet time and journaling guide.
Despite its shortcomings, the local church is still relevant and essential for every follower of Jesus. Whether you’re a seasoned churchgoer who might be struggling with burnout or you’ve never really attended on a regular basis, you've probably wondered whether being a part of a local congregation is really worth the time, energy, and tolerance of other people that it often takes to stay committed. But no matter how you feel about it, God’s word offers us real encouragement regarding His church and how it’s designed to work, comfort, instruct and heal. Listen now as we explore both the obstacles and the benefits of being a part of the body of Christ. After you listen, visit www.coreradiate.com/blog/church for reflection questions and five days of spiritual journaling prompts.
Sometimes God obscures the light of our coming relief to keep our eyes fixed only on Him. If we could see the light at the end of the tunnel, then we might not turn our eyes to look at the miracles He's working right in front of us... in the midst of the darkness. With a plot twist worthy of the best movie, 2 Kings 6 contains an instructive story on how to see through the lens of trust in order to uncloak the miraculous happening all around us. Visit the blog post for reflection questions to take you deeper into the Word. www.coreradiate.com/blog/see-miracles
Why does God ask us to fear Him and then tell us that we shouldn’t have any fears or doubts because of His perfect love? It sounds like both a contradiction and a tall order. While it may seem impossible to live fearlessly, Jesus gives us a clear roadmap to get there and the tools we’ll need along our journey. But before we can discover the keys to courage, we have to start with who we were created to be from the beginning. Our true identity in Christ. If we are to become more like Jesus… if we are to be known by His name… then we will yield to the Spirit the way He did.
The Bible makes it as clear as the Caribbean ocean that He not only cares about the details and struggles of our lives, He is actively involved in the minutia of our days. Like an invisible pattern on a vast ocean, our Father's hand stretches out over the span of our years from birth to death, orchestrating our steps and encouraging us to simply follow His lead and trust His oversight. When we allow the love of Jesus to collide with our struggles, we will always find peace, purpose, and hope in the pain. Listen now to discover God's redemptive plan for your pain. And visit the blog page for reflective questions that will take you deeper into the Word and prayer. http://bit.ly/lovecollides
Whether you struggle with life’s day to day frustrations or you have deep-seated fears about the future, stress, anxiety, and worries can cripple your productivity, steal joy from your heart, and keep you from experiencing an abundant, spirit-led life. In this week's episode we explore one of the primary reasons why we miss out on one of God’s most helpful and comforting promises: peace. By administering a four-step prescription from Philippians 4, we can experience the kind of supernatural peace, rest, and hope that the world around us will notice and want. Also visit the Glimmers blog for additional resources to end anxiety and worry.
Jesus said that His followers are to be the salt of the earth. But in order to truly make a difference… in order to be valuable for Kingdom work... we must take action and practice the art of being salt, or flavoring, in a world desperately wanting to taste real nourishment and find soul-satisfying truth.
Every situation we encounter is an opportunity for spiritual growth if we have the eyes to see it. Like sandpaper on our souls, Jesus gently smooths out our rough edges and transforms us into His workmanship little by little. If you’re struggling to grow in Jesus, then you probably haven’t yielded some part of your heart, mind, or soul to His careful improvement. By learning to recognize the often hidden opportunities for growth in our everyday lives we can uncover the areas still needing improvement. But even when we do feel we are growing by leaps and bounds, we must acknowledge that the work is never done.