How To Hear God

Jeff Spiritual Growth 1 Comment

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” – Jesus Christ What a strange thing for us to hear the Savior say. He was talking to believers. Jesus was telling His committed followers that there was so much more that He had the ability to reveal to them, but they were not yet …

Needing To Know

Jeff Spiritual Growth, Worship

Jesus Christ made an amazing statement in one of the most profound recording of His words in Scripture.  He was praying to the Father in the most intimate of ways, revealing a communion and oneness with Him that is difficult for us to soak in. Amazingly, Jesus begins to speak in this prayer of those who would carry on the …

Your Gift-Muscle

Jeff Spiritual Gifts, Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized

You may not have noticed, but we are subtly walking through a blog mini-series over the last four posts (including today’s). God honors the intentional communication of what His word says, and we are always helped to think about how we apply what He has written to our present-day realities.  Thus far in this little series we have covered: The …

Does My Behavior Really Matter?

Jeff Church Life, FAITH, Spiritual Growth

In my last post, I shared from the Apostle Paul’s words to the young pastor, timothy, concerning Timothy’s need to rise above some of the stereotypical pitfalls of young people, specifically, young men, even more specifically, young male zealots. As we move farther into looking at what else Paul wrote to Timothy, the field of applying his words to everyday …

An Encouragement Burger

Jeff FAITH, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare, Uncategorized

Finishing up this three-installment blog series today, I want to ask you a very simple question: do you believe in your heart that God is for you, that He wants you to win? Please linger over that question a few moments before you answer. Your response is actually a big deal, and both the trajectory and the quality of your …

When God Takes His Time

Jeff Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare, Uncategorized

In my last post, I began to unpack an explanation of why your breakthrough sometimes lingers longer than we desire. If you did not read it, please take a few minutes and do so before reading today’s post. Most of us have a hard time waiting on God to move when we sense that the pressure is rising while the …

Why He Makes Us Wait

Jeff Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare, Victory

Recently, we finished up a 6-message Wednesday night series that focused on worship scenes which take place in the Book of Revelation. That series (along with all other series & sermons) can be accessed in the free Transforming Truth App for anyone who wishes to watch or listen to them. This morning, I solidified our next midweek series, and I got …

The Hook In Your Mouth

Jeff FAITH, Spiritual Growth

Occasionally I have to conclude that God is purposefully endeavoring to get His point across to me.  It is likely that He works this way in your life also from time to time.  It often includes a repetitive message that follows you from various, unconnected sources.  Maybe it’s a sermon you heard in church followed a few days later by …

The Fine Art Of Tuning People Out

Jeff joy, Relationships, Spiritual Growth

A great danger for us is to spend time wondering what people think of us.  Let me declare how people think of us:  INACCURATELY. No matter whether they think more of us than they should or less of us than they should, they never hit the bulls-eye.  A very common affliction for many is the preoccupation with how other people …

Honest Thoughts On Growing Pains

Jeff Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized

“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Herein we find the reason for so much of life’s poundings.  Those three words, “sanctify you completely” reflect the determination of God for every one of …

The Bible Verse That Messes With Our Heads

Jeff Fear, Legalism, Spiritual Growth

With Springtime here and the Summer quickly approaching, the atmosphere is beginning to change in the Lyle household. While we typically enjoy all the seasons during a calendar year, the warm weather really seems to be a better friend to us than the darker, colder and rainy days of Fall and Winter.  We downsized from our former home last August …

Someone On The Outside Needs To Tell You…

Jeff Spiritual Growth

It usually has to come from somebody on the outside looking in. They are on your side, in your corner and observing what is happening in your life.  They have listened to you in a single conversation when you poured out your heart, or they lent an ear over an extended period during which you have shared some of the …

Swapping Lenses For Better Focus

Jeff grace, Prayer, Spiritual Growth

There are days in life when you arise to find the surprising pleasure that nothing is troubling you.  For me, those days are the exception rather than the rule, but I will take as many of those easy mornings as God chooses to give.  Confession time: I like my life over-easy, my challenges well-done, and my final results with no …

Escaping The Pressure

Jeff grace, Spiritual Growth

You have likely wondered at times why you can’t seem to achieve uninterrupted consistency in your Christian walk.  Maybe you have experienced highs and lows and have learned over time that your feelings tend to impact your level of commitment to God and His Kingdom.  Now that you have journeyed with Jesus for a bit, it is likely that you’ve …

Help For Hearing God

Jeff Spiritual Growth

Coming off a full week away from my normal ministry responsibilities, I struggled for a little bit last night with the idea of leaping back into the current of resuming my commitments. Few things are as refreshing as escaping for uninterrupted time with my family in the Tennessee mountains. This was our fifth year in a row to spend the …

When We Know More Than We Believe

Jeff FAITH, Spiritual Growth

You likely would not be reading these words in on this website if you did not have some degree of faith in Jesus.  Faith is a response to God’s gracious communication to you, trusting as He is sharing His truth about His heart, His will, His love and His Son.  Faith looks to the Lord and says, “I really believe you.” …

Two Seasons For Growth – Part 1

Jeff Endurance, Spiritual Growth

There is a happy woman in Hoschton, Georgia. She has been nearly giddy over the dropping temperatures. She spoke in excited tones when she saw some browned leaves on the ground at the foot of the maple tree in our yard.  Out of nowhere, there has appeared on my front porch a large, ceramic pumpkin with a bible verse painted across …

Finding The Changing Room

Jeff Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized

“…the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…” Isaiah 61:3 What a drudgery life can be when our wardrobe is nothing other than cloaks woven with the threads of a heavy spirit. Sunshine and blue skies seem hollow. The loud laughter of fretless children is irritating to our preoccupied minds. Under the spirit of heaviness, a banquet fit for a …

Forwarding Your Mail Out Of Nazareth

Jeff sovereignty, Spiritual Growth

If God entrusted to me the ability to remove one thing from our hearts as His people, I think I would choose to dislodge our sense of familiarity of Him. For those of us who have been in the Kingdom for many years, there is a very real danger of losing our sense of wonder. For those who have been believers …

Managing That Inner Voice

Jeff Relationships, Spiritual Growth

Following God in life is an incredible adventure.  Christianity is not so much a religion as it is a personal relationship with the unseen God.  No doubt, it is a faith-building process that begins with an instant of surrender and then plays itself out over time as we learn the One to whom we bowed in trust. He leads us …

Refusing Spiritual Sediment

Jeff Spiritual Growth, Vision

In seventh grade I was assigned a project, for which I had little interest, by my science teacher. She gave me two pages of instructions detailing how I was to complete a project on soil erosion. Equipped with a Polaroid instant camera I trekked about a half-mile deep into the woods behind our neighborhood, and walked along the banks of …

How Long Has It Been?

Jeff Spiritual Growth

Most of us have heard more times than we could ever recount how essential bible study is to a Christian’s spiritual health. Every discipleship course ever published highlights the need for God’s Word to be at work in our lives.  We have scores of translations available in the English language. Apps, computer bible study programs and podcasts are available ad …

4 Questions We Must Answer

Jeff FAITH, Spiritual Growth

When our children were very small, and they were moving from milk and baby food into the chewable food stage, one of my occasional tasks was to feed them tiny little bites of food that they could chew and swallow. Whether it was mushy banana or tiny shreds of chicken, Amy and I were careful not to give them more …

Moving Forward From The Potential God

Jeff Bible, FAITH, Spiritual Growth, Victory

Allow me to provoke you to consider something about the Kingdom today.  Most followers of Jesus are clear concerning our mission as the people of God.  We are called to advance the Kingdom of God by proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ, and compelling people to acknowledge His lordship over their lives by faith.  In essence, as followers of …