The Christian Heart

For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

Romans 8:13-14 ESV

I recently went on a run in when it was 27 degrees outside.

I got a lot of “You’re crazy lady” looks; but as I said before and I’ll say it again- a runner runs no matter what the circumstances.

She runs when it’s hot and when it’s cold. She runs when it’s rainy and when it’s sunny. She runs when she’s sick and when she’s healthy and she always runs through the pain.

You won’t see the runner walking up the hill, she runs; and she doesn’t stop and rest at the stop light, she runs in place.

The greatest way you can tell a true runner, one who lives and breathes running, is inside- her cardiovascular system.

A runner’s bp is 120/60, cholesterol is 143 and her resting heart rate is 40-50 beats a minute.

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Psalms 34:17-19 – When You Are Discouraged

Daily Devotional Bible Verses

“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.” (Psalms 34:17-19 NKJV)

Ever get discouraged?

I sure do. In fact I woke up this morning feeling discouraged. It feels like the world is against me, and I’m overcome with feelings of “nobody really likes me.” Sometimes I get discouraged because of my past regrets, and sometimes I get discouraged because God so clearly has not answered my prayers and cries for help, when and the way I want Him to. I get discouraged when I put too much trust in people and expect them to do or say something that I’ve been longing to hear.

Discouragement is a real feeling, and it’s a real tool of the enemy to come against the child of God. If you let it sink in, discouragement will press you down, and it can hinder you from doing what the Lord has called you to do.

What do you do?

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Romans 6:7-8 – Dead Man Walking

Daily Devotional Bible Verses

For we know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that sin’s dominion over the body may be abolished, so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin, since a person who has died is freed from sin’s claims. (Romans 6:7-8 CSB)

The born again believer has a union with Christ in both His death and His life. Therefore, if you are a true believer, you have died, and you need to reckon this fact as true.

You are a dead man walking. You freely gave up your life to become a bondservant of Christ when you surrendered at the cross. You freely gave up your life when you died to self in the waters of baptism. And now, you are His.

“What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” Romans 8:31. I quoted that verse for someone, and they answered

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