Do you fully realize what it means to be…
Fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)?
Precious to God (Isaiah 43:4)?
Cared about since your conception (Isaiah 46:3)?
God’s child (John 1:12)?
Jesus’ friend (John 15:15)?
Chosen by Jesus (John 15:16)?
Loved dearly by God (John 16:27)?
Free from condemnation (Romans 8:1)?
A temple—a dwelling place—of God’s Spirit(1 Corinthians 3:16)?
Redeemed and forgiven of all your sins(Colossians 1:14)?
If we can recognize who we are in Christ Jesus, we will never doubt our own worth.
Doubt is the intimate partner to faith. You cannot have a deep thinking faith without having wrestled with doubt. Doubt inspires investigation and examination, and the faith that has never been closely examined, questioned, and investigated is not a faith based on reality. God does not fear our doubts or our questions. He wants His people to be thinkers. He wants us to care enough about Him to look closely at who He is and what He claims. Anything less than that is blind faith. Despite what many may tell you, God does not expect blind faith from us. He makes Himself known to us through His Word and He expects us to be knowledgeable about what He says and what we are to believe. Don’t be an unthinking Christian. It is time we began using the questioning mind that God created us with. He made us curious beings because He wanted us to search Him out. Believe me, a close examination of your faith will not result in disappointment. It will strengthen and solidify your faith for you will find that God’s Word can stand up to the most minute scrutiny.
I am currently reading a book about spiritual disciplines. The book is “With Unveiled Faces” by Keith Drury. Right now I am reading about the spiritual discipline of fasting. It seems that fasting, although commonplace during Jesus’ day and up until recent history, is not very common today. Our Christian culture seems to tell us that Yes, we should pray, and Yes, we should read God’s word, but we are seldom encouraged to fast. How do you feel about this? Do you think that fasting is an important discipline to practice? I challenge each of you today to take a second biblical look at fasting and see what God’s word has to say about it. More on this later.
If you must, wrestle with God until you reach the point of clinging. Wrestle with Him until you’ve worn out every human effort and argument, and all you have left is to cling to the God that loves you. This is submission.
Faith without Works Is Dead
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” James 2:26
When you ask God for something, do you just sit back and do nothing and say, “Well, I’m going to show my faith by doing nothing.” To the contrary, you will show your faith by doing something. For faith without works is what? Dead! (see James 2:20)
Do you want a house? Pray for it. Then say “Amen” with a hammer and saw.
Do you want a wife? Pray for one. Then go shave, put on some cologne, learn some manners, and learn how to be thoughtful and loving.
What have you been praying earnestly about the last week? What is your heart’s desire? Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how you can put feet to that prayer. Then, walk the talk!
Courtesy of Adrian Rogers
Wow! Such a simple but profound thought. Meditate on this for a few moments and just let the truth sink in. We often pray to God for things and then sit back and think our work is done. How ridiculous is that? We need to ask if there is something He wants us to do on our own behalf. After all, how can we expect God to answer our prayers to find a job if we never leave the house, fill out an application, or turn in a resume.
This short devotional was in my inbox this morning and I thought the subject very fitting and worthy of sharing.
The following is from Love Worth Finding Ministries.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18
Helen Keller was born blind, but she had vision. A reporter asked Miss Keller, “Is there anything worse than being born blind?”
“Yes,” she said, “It is to have sight and no vision.”
Do you have a vision for your life at the threshold of a new year? On New Year’s Day, I review the goals for my life. These are spiritual, relational, intellectual, physical, and financial goals. I pray over these and ask for God’s will to be done in each one. I hold them in an open hand and ask that God would give me wisdom as to the direction He wants for my life. I don’t want to be a man without vision. I don’t you to be one, either.
Begin to think about some goals you would like for your life. Pray and seek the Lord’s face as you ponder the future.
What excuse are we waiting for to be better people, better Christians?
As Christians, we are charged with the responsibility of caring for those in need, the poor, the hungry, the widowed… In Matthew 25:34-40, Jesus said,
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
People look around this messed up world we live in and ask, “Where’s God in all of this?” The answer is simple. He’s here, living in the heart of each Christian and it is our job to make a difference for Him in this world. We are to be the hands and feet of Jesus. If we see a wrong and nothing gets done about it, it’s our own fault. If we see a hungry family and no one feeds them, it’s our fault. Christians are here, living in this foreign world (our real home is in heaven) for a reason. To serve God by serving others. We are supposed to make a difference. We are not just supposed to float through our days never having any impact or influence in the world. God has equipped us to serve Him with power and effectiveness. All we need to do is step out in faith and He will supply all of our needs.
Step out today. Make an impact for God and make a difference in someone else’s life. Be the hands and feet of Jesus.
As Thanksgiving approaches, I feel a spirit of joy rising within me. I am blessed abundantly beyond measure and have much to be thankful for. Thank you God for every blessing, not just the obvious ones, but especially the blessings that often come disguised as trials, for those are the ones that shape me into the image of your Son.
Don’t forget to cultivate a spirit of thankfulness to God in all things, not just the things that bring us joy. Be thankful for the trials that come into our lives. Give them to God and He can use them to accomplish great things in us. It is through our trials that we are made more like Jesus. So, if that is your hearts prayer, to be more like Jesus, then rejoice and give thanks when you are being tried and tested.
God loved us enough to save us while we were yet sinners. He took us just as we were. However, once He saves us, He loves us too much to leave us in that state. He sets about the task of changing us, slowly and sometimes painfully, into the image of His Son. Allow God to change you.
Be thankful for God’s love and have a blessed Thanksgiving.
Are there palatable sins? Is one sin more acceptable to God than another? Watch and see.