Climbing the Hill

Climbing the Hill I ran up a hill today. And I didn’t even stop at the top. No, I just kept on running. That’s simply not like me. I do enjoy a nice walk in the morning. But I’m not a huge fan of running up hills while my heart pounds wildly and sweat rolls down my back. That’s just not my favorite thing in life. So as far as I can tell, it must have been the hand of God that started pushing me up that hill because I had no idea my legs were going to kick it into high gear. With an energy I didn’t know I had, I just took off running. After a few seconds of utter shock, I thought to Read More

Is Christ Knocking on the Door of Your Heart?

Is Christ Knocking on the Door of your Heart?  Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:20   Is God knocking at the door of your heart, asking you to let him fully in? How long has he been knocking? For weeks, months, even years? Many of us hear him tap-tapping on our hearts, calling us to a life of complete surrender. Yet we never fully open the door. Cautiously, we crack it open, put one eye up to the opening, and peer toward the Savior of our life. In the depth of our souls, we long to fling the door Read More

What to Lose: My Self-Righteousness

A Series by Jill Holler – Part 7 Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love; Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, Seal it for Thy courts above. –Robert Robinson, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”   Invincible Sometimes as a Christian, I feel invincible. I feel as if nothing can touch me…as if nothing can hinder my faith. When I feel the power of God fall upon me and His presence fills my soul, I feel unstoppable. I start to believe that no scheme of the enemy could ever penetrate my faith. That somehow I am in an untouchable realm, where sin cannot reach me and the temptations of this world could never affect me. As Read More

What to Lose: My Worldly Perspective

A Series by Jill Holler – Part 6 If you died with the Messiah to the elemental forces of this world, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Colossians 2:20 HCSB The message of this verse brings anguish to my heart. It cuts through every ounce of greed, lust, and pride inside of me, laying bare the thoughts and attitudes of my heart (Hebrews 4:12). Like a double-edged sword to my heart and soul, this verse opens up all of the hidden, deceptive thoughts inside of me and reveals them plainly before my eyes. Yes, the word of God has an astounding way of cutting through everything false in me to reveal the corruption of my own heart. Desperately I Read More

What to Lose: The Idol of Common Sense

A Series by Jill Holler – Part 5 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him. Luke 5:27-28 A Radical Response Following Jesus tends to defy common sense. It often requires that we examine the two paths before us and then choose the one that seems most illogical. Most certainly, there was nothing logical about Levi, a wealthy tax collector, walking away from everything he knew in order to follow Jesus Christ. Jesus had no home, no place to sleep, and no earthly riches to offer. Yet when He said, “Follow me,” that is exactly what Levi did. Read More