You'll find it difficult to grow and develop as a disciple of Jesus if you aren’t intentionally cultivating humility. Augustine says: “If you try to build a tall house of virtues you must first of all lay a deep foundation of humility.”* He’s talking about the castle of your character. Without a “deep foundation of … Continue reading Humility: Your first thought of the day
Hello! After a week away, the ‘Up!’ devotional is back to your email inbox and social media feeds. James 4:6 says, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” God OPPOSES the proud, but shows FAVOUR to the humble. Would you rather God oppose you, or show you favour? Yeah, me too! Here's … Continue reading A soul rooted in humility
The word “minister” isn’t just a noun—it’s a verb. To “minister” to someone is to serve someone, or to care for someone, especially in a spiritual context. In the past month I’ve heard people say that someone “ministered” to them through a friendly conversation. Another person felt that someone “ministered” to them when they prayed … Continue reading Sing the truth into your heart
There are a lot of good ideas out there. But a lot of these good ideas are told to us by flawed people or by flawed organizations. Let me tell you what I mean and then what it means for you. Some people discount your ideas simply because you’ve been inconsistent with how you live … Continue reading Judging an idea on its abuse
When I was learning how to drive a car, the instructor didn’t just teach me what was in the driver’s manual. He taught me other tips too. One of those tips was to go “with the speed of traffic.” ‘When you’re driving on the highway,' he explained, ‘and everyone is going a bit faster than … Continue reading Even if everyone is doing it
When you hear "medicine" you probably think about being sick. Here's a way to think about medicine from God. It's deceptively simple, but incredibly effective.