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MAKE LIFE MATTER: Desert to Destiny The Life of Jesus

Episode #49 – In this 4-part Series, Angela looks at the lives of Jesus, Elijah, David, and Ruth, and shows us how we can move from desert to destiny. In today’s episode on the life of Jesus and His desert experience, we learn to recognize the ways we are tempted, resist temptation through Scripture, and realize God is propelling us to destiny.

How to Resist Corruption

Day 351 of Bible Reading Plan – One of the most significant battles we will face in this life is the battle of the mind as we war within and try to defeat sin. But next to that chief battle is the need to be wise regarding the influence of people around us that can pull us away from devotion to God.

The Test of Faith: Are You Passing or Failing

Day 302 of Bible Reading Plan – There is a test that we all must go through. The test of faith. There is no fence walking there. We are either in faith or we are not. And we will bear consequences for that choice. It is pass/fail. No in-between.

Luke’s Gospel: Temptations

After Jesus was baptized, the Spirit the Lord led Jesus (Some say He was driven by the Spirit!) into the wilderness.

Mental Purity

Mental purity is protecting your mind against impure thoughts, and in today’s world, it’s difficult.

Mark’s Gospel: Wilderness

This same Jesus who turned away from pride, position, and false worship resides in us by the Spirit to enable our humility, servanthood, and true worship.

Are You Convinced?

What we don’t realize is that, oftentimes, we become victims of financial slavery in this process, heaping on loads of debt and worry.

Is He Enough?

Is He enough? Because if He is, why am I constantly searching for fleeting momentary glimpses of the approval of others?

The Thicket Part 5: Awakening

There is no wiser decision than trusting him. My choice is to follow him, to fully yield my heart and mind, and to place my life and future in his hands.

The Thicket Part 4: Pierced

Could he deliver me from my current state? Surely, it was too late. I was trapped in the thicket, imprisoned by my own choices and, now, destroying others.

A Prayer for Victory Over Worldliness

We’re in the world but not of the world. The problem is when the desire of the world lives in us. But the power of the Holy Spirit can change our desires.

The Thicket Part 3: Thorns

Now I was feeding others the same fruit that I knew had enslaved me. I was helpless to stop it, and part of me delighted in it.

The Thicket Part 2: Downhill

I reached up, and a perfectly ripened fruit seemed to fall into my hand. I hesitated as I considered the gatekeeper’s words: “It will only bring you harm.”

That Day Was A Good Day

We are running out of time daily to get things right. There is no time for regrets or shame. Each decision we make matters.

The Devil’s Snare

We were hooked on the empty promises and the heavenly picture in front of us. Our heads were in a tailspin. We felt like we were staring into the eyes of paradise. “Just sign right here,” he said.

Crazy Amazing Love: 31 Pieces of Love

The concept of sin didn’t even exist yet in the heart or mind of man. Adam was complete. But God gave one simple specification to Adam: do not eat from this particular tree.