Devotional

Wiersbe: Life Is a Pilgrimage

By |October 28th, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

…”when we become mature adults, we realize that life is not a prison or a party. It’s a pilgrimage. We make this pilgrimage in obedience to God’s Word. I don’t know where I would have been during all these years of my life without the guidance of the Bible. God’s Word is not a burden; it’s a blessing. Duty becomes delight when you are yielded to the will of God” (https://ref.ly/o/pryrprsprmswiersbe/538779?length=361)

Zacharias: The Truth about Politics

Pilate may well be the quintessential example of what politics has come to mean. He knew what was right but succumbed to the seduction of his position. In life’s most severe tests of motives, there is a politician in each and every one of us. While Pilate was ignorant of the role he was playing, the priests justified their heinous deed, quoting Scripture in support of their cause. Divine purpose, political maneuvering, and religious fervor met in the plan of redemption. -Ravi Zacharias, Jesus Among Other Gods

Wiersbe: True Holiness Is Beautiful

By |August 25th, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

True holiness is beautiful, and this beauty comes from worship. Did you know that you become like what you worship? If your god is selfish, you become selfish. If your god is ugly, you become ugly. The person who worships money becomes hard. The person who worships pleasure becomes soft. But the person who worships the true and living God becomes beautiful—more and more like Christ. – Warren Wiersbe

Zacharias: Three Realities

By |August 25th, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

…for the Christian, evil is real, this world is real, and time is real. Jesus recognized all three realities with reference to the blind man. He pointed out that this world has built into it the component of time. And upon the anvil of time beats the hammer of eternity until time ultimately reflects the values of the eternal and will be shed as a shell, from within which ultimate truths will be freely embraced. When we enter that stage, we will find out that the real anvil was eternity, that time provided the hammers, and that God’s glory and purpose will be what remains. – Ravi Zacharias, Jesus Among Other Gods

Wiersbe: Life Is Short

By |August 12th, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

God did not make us in vain. Sometimes we receive His grace in vain. Sometimes what He does for us is in vain. But that’s our fault, not His. Life is short. That’s good to remember the next time you are tempted to sin. Why waste time disobeying God? – Warren Wiersbe

Elliot: Doubt and Faith 

By |June 26th, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

“You must not dig up in doubt what you have planted in faith.” – Elisabeth Elliot

Zacharias: Prayer and Faith

Prayer teaches us faith. It is not a guarantor of getting what we want. It is the assurance that our Lord superintends over our lives in our needs and our dependencies, in our successes and accomplishments. Faith is that sublime hourly dependence on God—our conviction that even though we may not get what we want or think we need, we know and love the One who denies us in this instance for his good reason and for our ultimate good. – from Has Christianity Failed You?  by Ravi Zacharias 

Wiersbe: God Sees Our Tears

“You have taken account of my wanderings; put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?”1

God sees when we weep. He sees and records our tears and files them for future reference. Among the Semitic peoples, mourners often catch their tears in a little bottle, a symbol of their sorrow. Then they place the bottle in a tomb or casket. One day God will show you the book and the bottle. He’s going to say, “I knew when your heart was broken. I knew what you were going through. I’ve kept a record of it. Now, that sorrow shall be turned into joy.” And every one of your tears will become a jewel of beauty to the glory of God. – Warren Wiersbe 

  1. Psalm 56.8 []

Zacharias: “Hallowed be Thy Name”

The failure to recognize that our prayers carry his name has brought much disaster to many Christians. His name is quite “unhallowed” in the way we see God in relation to ourselves, if the contemporary expressions of worship that we often engage in are any indication. This vacuous understanding of the sacred may be part of the reason for the collapsing foundation of Christianity in the West.

“Hallowed be your name” is the opening line of the prayer recognizing both the sovereignty of God and the character of God—a character that is holy and will not lie or deceive, in contrast to our own deceitful hearts. “Father” brings him near, while “hallowed be your name” creates the legitimate distance between a holy God and his creation. His love for us is balanced by his protection of us from that which will make us less than what God intends us to be. That is the pivotal first half of “the equation” of prayer: God is love and God is holy. – from “Has Christianity Failed You?” by Ravi Zacharias

Zacharias: The True Unity in Diversity

“Christian message has the only answer to the greatest question in philosophy, a question that has been asked since the time of the early Greeks: How does one find unity in diversity? Academics and cultures have both pursued an answer. But with the concept of three in one within the very person of God, we find that three individual wills aligned in one essence is precisely how God has disclosed himself—unity in diversity. And as we have been created in God’s image, it is precisely this relationship within the Godhead that provides the possibility of relationship among us.” from “Has Christianity Failed You?” by Ravi Zacharias

A. B. Simpson: The Pressures of Hard Places

“The pressure of hard places makes us value life. Every time our life is given back to us from such a trial, it is like a new beginning, and we learn better how much it is worth, and make more of it for God and man. The pressure helps us to understand the trials of others, and fits us to help and sympathize with them.”

  • “Pressed out of measure and pressed to all length;
  • Pressed so intensely it seems, beyond strength;
  • Pressed in the body and pressed in the soul,
  • Pressed in the mind till the dark surges roll.
  • Pressure by foes, and a pressure from friends.
  • Pressure on pressure, till life nearly ends. 
  • Pressed into knowing no helper but God;
  • Pressed into loving the staff and the rod.
  • Pressed into liberty where nothing clings;
  • Pressed into faith for impossible things.
  • Pressed into living a life in the Lord,
  • Pressed into living a Christ-life outpoured.”

-From Steams in the Desert

Zacharias: Prayer’s Burden & Blessing (Part 2)

“On the heels of the Lord’s Prayer and as his conclusion to it, Jesus tells us that God will give the Holy Spirit, his indwelling presence, to those who ask for it. That is the whole point of the prayer. It is not spoken in the form of a question—it ends with an exclamation point. God will give the gift of the indwelling presence of the holy God to any who ask for it—this is an absolute certainty! You can count on it…

“…We hear so little of this today. In its efforts to make God relevant to modern men and women, the emergent church seldom emphasizes to its audiences that the ultimate result of prayer is that Jesus intends to make his home within the life of the supplicant. We have turned prayer into a means to our ends and seldom wait on God’s response long enough to think about what he wants for us in that very moment. By reducing the evidence of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to one particular gift, we have robbed people of the Holy Presence that prompts us in prayer, prays for us when we don’t have the words to pray for ourselves, and comforts us in our times of need.

The paramount need in the church today and in the individual Christian is the indwelling presence of God. In an incredible twist, this indwelling presence of God, the Holy Spirit, makes God both the enabler of our prayers and the provider of answers to those prayers.” from “Has Christianity Failed You?” by Ravi Zacharias