Category Archives: There Is A God

He Knows How Temptation Feels


It’s one of the worst lies we’ve been told.

Too many of us believe it.

Too many good people have been hurt by it.


It goes something like this:  God, if He is real, is too big, too holy, to perfect to ever understand someone like me.

He’s way out there somewhere, being pure, being a judge, not having any idea how tough it is to make right choices in a world going all wrong.

And I’m down here, in the middle of this crazy mess, surrounded by people and systems that just keep getting worse. No one seems to care about doing what’s right because its so much easier to just go with the flow of doing wrong.

He’s too perfect, He’ll never understand me.


The truth is so completely different.


Oh, He is certainly good. And Holy. And perfect.

He is also deeply aware of how temptation feels.


How strong it pulls, how hard it is to resist.

How much it takes to say ‘no’ to all the stuff that everyone else is saying ‘yes’ to.

And, to everything that seems like the quickest way to get rid of the hurt you feel.


He was here.

He lived it.

He felt it.


And, most importantly:  HE  CONQUERED IT!


Whatever the temptation, He felt it. Just like you do.







Whatever the negative choices your mind & heart want to make, He honestly knows how it feels.

And He wants to help you resist.

To break the cycle of hurt, regret, fall, hurt, regret, fall…..

He wants to help you win.

He wants to show you how to become all the very strong, safe, good, right, and true things you’ve always dreamed about.


Because He felt the same temptation, He is the only one who knows how to show you the right kind of grace, mercy, and truth to help you when you need Him most.


There is a God, and He knows how temptation feels.


Hebrews 4:15 & 16




He Gave His Best For You


We all have that one friend.


They make tons of promises, keep very few.


Promise to help, are hard to find when you need them most.


Act like they’re sacrificing the world when they give you what feels like crumbs from their sandwich.


And it wasn’t even a sandwich they really like.


Drama king, or queen. Unstable and unreliable.


There is one friend who is dramatically different.


Not only does He not offer you crumbs, He offers you the best of everything He has. The finest, most valuable, most precious.


“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life”


He doesn’t want you to go through this life without Him.


He certainly doesn’t want you to enter the next life without Him.


He knew that this life would be tough, the path rough, and the way to the other side sometimes hard to find.  That’s why He came to this world, gave His best, opened the door to true and full life in Him.


All other ‘gods’ and religions make you do the work, make you earn your keep, make you go through all the effort to earn their favor.


Not this God. He knew the distance from us to Him was  –  and is  –  too high, too great, too far for us to ever make it on our own.


So He came to us, showed us how to live, showed us how to love.


Showed us that true love gives its best.


He gave the most valuable, most important gift ever given in all of eternity  –  the life of Jesus.


And He gave it, for you.


Forget the crumbs.


Stop trying to please people & religions that only pretend to care.


Spend some time thinking about, and getting to know, the one who gave His very best, long before you even knew you needed Him.


There is a God, and He gave His best for you.


John 3:16




He Wants You To Find Him


Some people think its a game they cannot win.

In fact, it is a basic principle that God intends all of us to discover, and be successful in:  finding Him.


Truth be told, most who accuse God of being hard to find are really not wanting to know Him, know His way, know His heart. The amazing thing about God is He allows them, and us, the freedom to determine just how much of Him we’ll have access to.


God said: “If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find Me.”  If we honestly, with all our heart, want to find God, He promises we will be successful.


He knows when we’re just posing, just making statements to appear to want to find God, when in reality we just want to do things our own way.


He also knows when things & people & life have beat us down so much that we can barely make the effort to find anything, especially Him.


Just, get real.



Hurt, angry, frustrated, broken.


Full of mistakes, still bleeding from woulds of others. Sometimes wounded by those claiming to be Christ followers who really aren’t anything more than religious bullies.


Hiding yourself, away from the light of truth. Away from authority, away from anything that messes with your desire to do what you want when you want.


However you got into the dark corner, whatever caused you to hide there, know that there is a caring God who does not want you to be alone.


Wherever you find yourself, God wants to find you.


There is a God, and He wants you to find Him.


Jeremiah 29:13

He’s Looking For You


He knows all the reasons you’ve been running from Him.


He sees all the things & people that have hurt, betrayed, messed with you, that make you think He isn’t real   –  and if He is, that He doesn’t care.


He gets it.


He’s not going to sell short your hurt, or downplay the pain & doubt.

He’s simply going to keep looking for you.

However long it takes, wherever you choose to run and hide.

To the ends of the earth, to the end of your rope.


He’s going to keep looking for you.

His desire is to show you how much He values you.

To show you His strength and ability to help you.

To save you.

To heal your heart.


If even a tiny corner of your heart is looking for Him, He’s going to find you.

The more faithful you are to Him, the stronger He will be for you.


Imagine the most powerful set of binoculars. Magnify that about a bazillion times.  That’s how powerful God’s vision is, when He searches for you. He’s looking back and forth, all across the world, seeking hearts that want to be found by Him.


He is looking, even right now.

You can come out from hiding.

Let Him find you, heal you, restore you.


There is a God, and He’s looking for you.



2 Chronicles 16:9a



He Is Praying For You


Seriously, right now Jesus is saying a prayer for you.


Praying healing, for your hurt.


Praying peace, for the chaos that invades your mind & heart.


Praying for all the things and people that mean the most to you.


Praying very specifically, for you.



In His letter to you, it says that He lives forever to intercede with God on your behalf.



Try to get a picture of that.


Every moment of every day, no matter what you’re doing, no matter where you are.


He is praying for you.


Jesus is kneeling right now, asking God to take care of you.


To help you make the right decisions.


To heal the hurt you feel in your heart.


To show Himself to you, so you know He is real.



Ever want someone to personally ask God to watch over you?


Whether you realize it or not, the most powerful prayer person in all the universe is doing that for you.


Right now.


And He’ll never stop.



There is a God, and He is praying for you.


Hebrews 7:25

He Cares About You



Right where you are, right now.


In the silence, in the dark.


In the middle of your mess, hear His message of hope. He has not forgotten you.


His care, His love, His grace for you is without limit. His forgiveness won’t run out, you won’t have made ‘one too many’ mistakes for Him.


Others, maybe.  Friends might walk away. Family might abandon.


But not Him. His promise to you is “Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.”


He promises “I will never leave you, I will never abandon you.”


Best part about those promises is they don’t have anything to do with how good you are, how clean, how much you have earned it.


They have everything to do with how much He loves you, cares about you, promises to be near you no matter what you do or where you go. Or who else walks away.


He hears you.


He gets it.


He knows.


The anger. The heartache. The heart break.


The times you cried, the day you prayed.


The times you vowed never to pray again…


He’s still listening. He’s still promising.


He still cares.


If you will allow just one corner of your blackened, broken heart to listen.


Just one glance His way, just one breath of hope to consider it might be true.


He might be true.


Because there is a God, and He cares deeply about you.


Psalm 27:10, Hebrews 13:5