Posts with the tag “power”

Embracing Purpose in Pain
by Ed Newton on March 11th, 2024
"But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive." - Genesis 50:20   Life's journey is a winding road, filled with peaks and valleys, victories and defeats. There are moments of joy and moments of pain, times of celebration and times of sorrow. Yet, in the midst of it all, there is a profound truth to hol...  Read More
Valor in the Face of Fear
by Ed Newton on February 15th, 2024
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." - Deuteronomy 31:6    John Wayne's words echo a timeless truth about courage – the ability to press on despite fear. It's not the absence of fear but the decision to move forward despite it, embodying a spirit of valor. As we explore this concept,...  Read More
Exceedingly, Abundantly Beyond
by Ed Newton on February 1st, 2024
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." - Ephesians 3:20   In the grand scheme of God's plans, there exists a truth that surpasses our finite understanding: His intentions for our lives are far greater than anything we could ever imagine or engineer for ourselves. Today, let's reflect on the assurance found in E...  Read More
Short-Term Satisfaction vs. Long-Term Rewards
by Ed Newton on January 6th, 2024
"He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin." - Hebrews 11:25   Life is filled with choices, and one of the most profound choices we face is between short-term satisfaction and long-term rewards. It's a decision that can impact the course of our lives and our relationship with God. In Hebrews 11:25, we read about Moses, who faced a sim...  Read More
Conviction in God's Unfailing Promise
by Ed Newton on December 31st, 2023
"Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." - Philippians 1:6   In the journey of faith, God often calls us to undertake tasks that seem beyond our abilities or expertise. These divine callings can be daunting, and we may question our own capabilities. Yet, in these moments, God reminds us of His unwavering promise—H...  Read More
Questioning God's Power
by Ed Newton on December 12th, 2023
"Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'" - Matthew 19:26   Why do you question the power of God? While we might not say, "I question God's power," we do often act in ways that would suggest we do. So, let's take a moment to dig deeper. The truth is that we sometimes question God's power, not necessarily through our words, but through our...  Read More
Unlimited Potential in God
by Ed Newton on November 11th, 2023
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." - Ephesians 3:20   When we do not limit what God can do in our lives, we open ourselves to a world of unlimited potential. Ephesians 3:20 assures us: "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within u...  Read More
Beyond Our Imagination
by Ed Newton on November 10th, 2023
"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." - Isaiah 43:19   God is the God of the miraculous, the One who can do something we have never seen Him do before in our lives. Isaiah 43:19 declares, "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness a...  Read More
Embracing Humility
by Ed Newton on October 31st, 2023
"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." - Micah 6:8   Humility is a virtue often misunderstood in a world that celebrates self-sufficiency and independence. Yet, a humble heart is at the center of God's transformative work in your life. It is the key to recognizing your dependence on God, a...  Read More
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Purpose
by Ed Newton on October 14th, 2023
"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong." - 1 Corinthians 1:27   Have you ever felt ordinary, believing that your life lacks the extraordinary qualities needed to make a difference? You're not alone. Many great heroes of faith throughout history were ordinary people whom God used to accomplish extraordinary things...  Read More
Redeeming Our Past for a Brighter Future
by Ed Newton on September 24th, 2023
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." - Romans 8:28 (NIV)   As humans, we all carry the weight of mistakes from our past. At times, we might feel burdened by regrets, guilt, or shame. However, our compassionate God can turn even our most significant mistakes into stepping stones for a brighter future. In His in...  Read More
God's Redemption in Our Mistakes
by Ed Newton on September 3rd, 2023
Ephesians 1:7 (NIV) - "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace."  Our mistakes can leave us feeling broken, ashamed, and unworthy. However, in those moments, God's grace and forgiveness shine brightly. He can use our mistakes to reveal the depth of His love and the richness of His grace. It is not about us and our failures;...  Read More
God's Faithfulness: He Did It Once, He Can Do It Again
by Ed Newton on August 30th, 2023
Psalm 77:11 (NIV) - "I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago."   Have you ever faced a situation that seemed insurmountable? Reflect on a time when God helped you through a challenging journey. He was faithful then, and He can do it again. Look for the similarities between the past and present and be encouraged by God's unwavering faithfulness in your ...  Read More
Stepping Beyond Comfort
by Ed Newton on August 14th, 2023
Isaiah 43:19 (NIV) - "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland."   Trusting God requires us to step out of our comfort zones. It beckons us to venture into the unknown, to embrace change, and to believe that God has something extraordinary in store for us. Stepping beyond comfort is not merely a challen...  Read More
Breaking Free
by Ed Newton on August 6th, 2023
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13   Have you ever found yourself trapped in sinful habits that seem impossible to break? The good news is that with God's power and grace, we can overcome any stronghold in our lives. Let's explore how we can break free from sinful habits and the pivotal role God plays in our transformation. Sinful habits can grip our lives ...  Read More
The Transformative Power of Consistent Connection
by Ed Newton on July 26th, 2023
 "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you." - James 4:8a   There are moments when spending time with God feels like an uphill battle. The busyness of life, distractions, and weariness can tempt us to neglect our spiritual connection. However, it's in those moments when we choose to seek God even when we don't feel like it that something beautiful can happen. Let's explore the transformative...  Read More
Pray For Them
by Ed Newton on May 14th, 2023
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” - James 5:16  How much of your prayer life is focused on other people? It’s crazy to think about, but even those that have great prayer lives and are super consistent in prayer still can fill their entire prayer time with their own conce...  Read More
Nothing is Impossible
by Ed Newton on April 29th, 2023
“But he said, ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God.’” - Luke 18:27  When you grow your faith like it’s a muscle, your entire perspective on life changes. What you will realize when you have limitless faith is that nothing is impossible. In fact, Luke 18:27 tells us this, “But he said, ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God.’” But here’s the thing; it’s possible whether you ...  Read More
Are You Looking?
by Ed Newton on March 12th, 2023
“For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” - Matthew 7:8  Are you looking for the opportunity you have been waiting for? Sometimes, we can get so caught up in “waiting” that we think we do not play a role. The Bible talks a lot about waiting. And there are even times God wants us to sit back and let Him do the work.  In those times, ...  Read More
He Knows Everything
by Ed Newton on January 22nd, 2023
“For whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and He knows everything.” - 1 John 3:20  Why should I obey God? Over the last few days, we have looked at the will of God. Sometimes, God’s will (His plans and purposes for our lives) are in conflict with our own will (what we want for our life).  The question is, when what we want isn’t what God wants for us, what should we do? I...  Read More
Accessing God’s Word
by Ed Newton on January 11th, 2023
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” - Hebrews 4:12  Are you regularly accessing the Word of God? With this question, I am not asking if you just regularly read the Bible. What I am asking is, when life gets difficult and times g...  Read More
Made With Infinity
by Ministry Support on November 10th, 2022
“For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God.” - Hebrews 3:4  As human beings, we were not only made in the image of God, we were not only made intentionally by God, but we were also made with the infinity of God. Hebrews 3:4 says, “For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God.” Do you know what that word means: infinite? You might have heard it...  Read More
Godly Goals
by Ed Newton on October 13th, 2022
“Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” - Proverbs 16:3What are your goals? What are you doing with your life? Where are you going? Do you have a direction? What are you pursuing? All of these are good questions to ask yourself. The answers might just tell you where you are headed. The next question I would ask you is this: Are your goals godly goals or selfish goals?In oth...  Read More
Delight Yourself In Him
by Ed Newton on September 9th, 2022
“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.” - Psalm 37:4   Did you know that you can have the desires of your heart? So many people make the mistake of thinking, “When I give my life to Christ, I have to give up all the things I really want.” But that statement could not be further from the truth.  In fact, God WANTS to give you the desires of your heart. But before He c...  Read More
A Spirit of Self-Discipline
by Ed Newton on August 21st, 2022
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-disciple.” - 2 Timothy 1:7   As we come to a close looking at 2 Timothy 1:7, we see the final element of what God has given us. We know He has not given us a spirit of fear. Instead, He has given us a spirit of POWER, LOVE, and SELF-DISCIPLINE.  We have looked at what it means to live in a spirit of power and lov...  Read More
A Spirit of Power
by Ed Newton on August 19th, 2022
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” - 2 Timothy 1:7   As we stated yesterday, God does not give us a spirit of fear. If we are fearful or lack faith in some area of our life, that is us listening to the enemy and believing that God is not in control and will not take care of us. But instead, we can know He will always provide because t...  Read More
Not By Accident
by Ed Newton on August 11th, 2022
“We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.” - Proverbs 16:33   If you are reading this right now, it is no accident. The circumstances in your life right now are not an accident. What you are currently going through, what you have gone through, and what you will one day go through are no accident. If God’s hand is in it, it is not an accident, coincidence, or happenstance.   Pr...  Read More
The Forgotten God
by Ministry Support on July 28th, 2022
“The heart is free where the Spirit of the Lord is. The Lord is the Spirit.” - 2 Corinthians 3:17   Over the last two days, we have talked about what rests in our hands, and how we do not always realize the value of what is in them. If you are a believer in Christ, you have been given the Holy Spirit, who now lives inside of you, and you have His power in your hands.  The worth and value of the Ho...  Read More
Sufficient Way
by Ministry Support on July 25th, 2022
 “He answered me, ‘I am all you need. I give you My loving-favor. My power works best in weak people.’ I am happy to be weak and have troubles so I can have Christ’s power in me.” - 2 Corinthians 12:9   We have spent time the last two days referencing that Jesus is both the SINGULAR WAY and the SPECIFIC WAY to heaven. He confirms this for us in John 14:6. “Jesus said, ‘I am the Way and the Truth a...  Read More
The Power of Jesus
by Ministry Support on July 20th, 2022
“He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? You have so little faith?’ Then He stood up. He spoke sharp words to the wind and the waves. Then the wind stopped blowing. The men were surprised and wondered about it. They said, ‘What kind of a man is He? Even the winds and the waves obey Him.’” - Matthew 8:26-27   Have you ever grasped the power of the One you serve? The One we worship in church? We call ...  Read More

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