Friday, May 29, 2015

Unwavering Faith

Romans 4:20 - He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; (KJV)

It took many years for Abraham to realize the promise of God through the birth of Isaac. What has God promised to birth in our lives that we are holding onto by faith? Or, have we wavered, seeking instead to birth something in our own power?

We all have "Ishmaels" that we have tried to give to God in place of our Isaacs. However, God is faithful and will keep His promise even when we sometimes lack faith. Where is the promise of salvation for our children? Where is vision we once had for ministry? What happened to that healing for ourselves or a loved one we were sure God desired? It is not ours to question, only to believe. Like Abraham, we must repent for our Ishmaels and continue to grow strong in faith, giving glory to God. In due season, we will reap the promises of God because He cannot deny Himself.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Roasting Our Prey

Proverbs 12:27 - The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious. (KJV)

The Bushmen of Africa were said to have pursued animals for days, running with endurance until they exhausted an antelope or gazelle. Their diligence and steadfastness meant that eventually they would overtake their fleet-footed quarry. In the same way, God desires us to pursue righteousness (Proverbs 15:9), until we capture it. Often, it will escape us in the short-term, but if we set our eyes on the goal of becoming like Jesus, then we will soon capture His heart and become like Him.

Godliness is the birthright of every Christian. Some just desire it more and will run the race with endurance until the "quarry" is theirs. May we never give up, never give in, until we "roast" our prey and partake of all He desires to give us.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Freedom Through Obeying God’s Truth

John 8:31-32 - Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (KJV)

Understanding God’s word and doing God’s word are related but so different. Jesus understood this reality and it grieved Him deeply. Likewise, we see limited freedom in Christians because of limited obedience. We hang on to our own words and what we think best for our lives rather than continuing in Christ's words.

Beloved, we must surrender all to know true freedom. Then, we must stand against the lies of the enemy and take possession of all Jesus has given us. Obey, trust, and believe. If we continue in these, we will know freedom beyond comprehension.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Eyes to See

John 9:25 - He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. (KJV)

The most powerful convincer we have regarding our faith is our testimony. People can argue theology and apologetics, but it is difficult to argue experience. If we have been set free from alcoholism, or anger, or jealousy, or homosexuality, or adultery, or greed, or any other sin, it is difficult to argue against the power of God.

John the Revelator tells us the testimony of Jesus' work in our lives is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10). May we all prophesy hope into dead lives through what Christ has done in our hearts. In so doing, we will show a blind world the glory of His power.

Monday, May 25, 2015

All Things Work Together for Good

Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (KJV)

Do we love God? Then we can be assured that He is orchestrating all things on our behalf. Will we love God perfectly? That is the promise of eternity. Until then, He only desires that we keep turning our affection toward Him. His response will be a perfect harmony of events resulting in our sanctification. We need only to continue turning to Christ and to rest in Him.

Lord, grant us the wisdom to understand that You are causing Your great love to bring us to the place You desire. May we know You are perfecting us everyday into the image of Your Son as we believe and submit to Your plan. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Overcoming Temptation

Hebrews 2:18 - For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. (KJV)

Compromise is easy, for there is little immediate pain involved – just the ultimate consequences of sin that will require due payment. However, when temptation comes and we suffer through it, we are behaving like our Lord. And, with the temptation comes the same power which Jesus' overcame His temptations.

Don't let the devil lie to you and say that Jesus had it any easier. Philippians chapter two tells us that Jesus emptied Himself of God, taking on a sinless human nature, therefore subjecting Him to the same sufferings that we go through.

May we draw upon Christ's victory over sin in our own lives, knowing we have been identified with Him in His glorious triumph!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Word of Our Testimony

John 4:41-42 - And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. (KJV)

Those of us who have been delivered from desperate lives understand the power of a testimony of God's saving grace. However, testimonials only go so far. Many religions claim converts who have been equally depraved and now are set upon a new course of enlightenment.

The difference is when the Holy Spirit comes in and takes our testimonies, piercing the hearts of those chosen for eternal life. No longer do we need to persuade them, but God Himself has moved upon their hearts and made them born of His Spirit. May we continue to testify to Christ's goodness, but may we also pray that God will have His way with the lives who hear of His amazing grace!