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.
There are four ways God answers prayer: 1) No, not yet; 2) No, I love you too much; 3) Yes, I thought you’d never ask; 4) Yes, and here’s more.
Voices of the Faithful – Book 2
Voices of the Faithful is a compilation of devotional writings, 365 to be exact, written by many different missionaries from around the world. This is a daily devotional book, and each day of a particular month is devoted to one theme. For example, every day in January, the devotions are focused on prayer. February’s focus in on God, Our Loving Father. This is a great way to dig dipper into an area of our faith.
What I liked best about this book was the insight it gives us into the challenges and triumphs of missionaries from around the world. Each devotion presents a new understanding of what it means to love our neighbors, and it challenges the reader to look around with new eyes and see the mission field that is all around us. No matter where we live there is work to be done for the kingdom of God.
With that said, I found most of the stories to be inspirational and thought provoking. They are short and succinct, but for the most part, rich with faith building revelations. There were a few that I found to be lacking any real depth or purpose, but those were the exception and not the rule. If you enjoy devotionals and are interested in gaining some insights into missionary work, I would recommend this book. It will help you expand your Christian world-view and maybe… just mayber… inspire you to step out of your pew and become the hands and feet of Jesus in a lost and dying world.I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
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.
“Here, then, is the real problem of our negligence. We fail in our duty to study God’s Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy.” ~ R.C. Sproul
I’m beginning the year with a new bible reading schedule. I am starting in the book of Mark. It is my hope that this category will evolve into my own sort of commentary on the bible, but for now it is a record of what I’ve read. Accountability! Keep coming back. Join me if you like. I would love to share a journey through the Bible with you. Just drop me a comment.
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.
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” ~ Charles Wesley
What excuse are we waiting for to be better people, better Christians?