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In the Scriptures, God’s ear is alert to the poor and oppressed as well as to the righteous. But he can also turn a deaf ear toward people and refuse to listen. Likewise our ears can be open or closed to God. Isaiah wrote: “The Sovereign LORD . . . wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away” (Isaiah 50:4-5). In much of the

The Bible talks about eyes of malice and haughty eyes. The eyes of anger and eyes of love. The eye of sorrow and the eye of desire. We often express what’s going on inside us through our eyes. When someone is speaking to you, listen to what they are saying with their eyes. We give God our eyes. Our eyes can be a channel of temptation, and we guard our eyes against ungodly things. Jesus said, “If your eye causes you to stumble,

If you run a business, you periodically evaluate your productivity. If you own a car, you periodically perform a maintenance check. If you’re concerned about your health, you periodically check your weight. Likewise in our spiritual lives, we periodically assess our “full surrender to God”. One concrete way to do this is by offering our bodies afresh to God. (In the next five devotionals, I’ll explore what this means about our eyes, ears, mouth, hands, and feet.) Many, many Scriptures make references

Though treated shamefully in his death on the cross, God vindicated Jesus by raising him from the dead and lifting him up through his ascension and seating him at the right hand of God. “But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9). “And being found in appearance as a

Paul declared, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole’” (Galatians 3:13). Through his death on the cross, Christ took upon himself our guilt and shame and set us free. No matter what shame we experience, Jesus carried that shame and took it away. He was shamed in every way – physically, emotionally, mentally, socially, spiritually. But he himself refused to be