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It's hard to explain where inspiration comes from. A great book, a hard-hitting speech, insight about a scientific breakthrough - they often come from out of nowhere. Or so it seems.

Coming to a new understanding about God is inspirational too, by definition. Prepare your heart to follow the Spirit's leading.

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"Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life."

John 3:11-15

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Have you ever tried to describe an experience to someone, and they just scrunched up their face and stared at you with a puzzled look? You tried again, hoping they might make a connection with what you were saying, but you finally had to give up and say, “You had to be there!”

If you’ve ever sat in church or read your Bible and felt like you “just don’t get it,” you’re in good company. Wise old Nicodemus didn’t understand heavenly things and the disciples always seemed to need private explanations of parables, so don’t feel so bad when faith isn’t always easy. Just keep following the example of Nicodemus and the others who continued seeking answers from “the One who descended from heaven,” and so knows about heavenly things.

Steve Cothran

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Lord, when I just don’t get it, help me not to give up. Help me to ask, knowing that you love to answer. Amen.

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Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!

Romans 15:13 (The Message)

Steve Cothran

Steve Cothran serves with a terrific staff at First Baptist Church, Greensboro, North Carolina, where he is associate pastor for youth/families. His wife, Nancy, is also a minister. They are blessed with three unique children, Marina, Raleigh, and Robyn.

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