Wiersbe: Waiting

By |March 14th, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

Waiting is one of the hardest things for me to do. I would rather work than wait. Somehow I always end up in the wrong lane or the wrong line, and I’m forced to wait. My impatience is probably why the Lord reminds me of verse 20: “Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.” Why does God delay in answering prayer? He wants to give us a better blessing. Why does God delay in bringing deliverance or healing? He has something better in store for us. Our times are in His hands.

We must remember that when we wait on the Lord, we are not being idle or careless. Waiting prepares us. God works in us so that He can work for us. He knows what He is doing and has His own schedule. “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some [people] count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish” (2 Pet. 3:9).

–  Warren W. Wiersbe, Prayer, Praise & Promises: A Daily Walk through the Psalms, (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2011), 81.

Wiersbe: The Banner of Faith

By |February 13th, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

Our faith is in Jesus Christ, and we should not be afraid to let people know about it. “We will rejoice in your salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners!” (Ps 20.5). In other words, we do not hesitate to wave the banner of faith because He will not fail us.

God’s name is good. “The name of the God of Jacob defend you” (Ps 20.1). Take time to trust the Lord. Roll your burden on Him. Get your strength from Him. Wave your banner in the name of the Lord, and He will turn your burden into a blessing.

 Warren W. Wiersbe, Prayer, Praise & Promises: A Daily Walk through the Psalms, (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2011), 52.

Faith in the Right Place

Note the following from the book of Daniel, “Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. ”1”“But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.”2
Remember, our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual wickedness in high places. We, who are believers, are in the midst of a spiritual battle. We tend to forget that there is a Devil out there, seeking to destroy people. He is the prince of this world, and many people, willingly or having been blinded by him, are following him to a destiny that, sadly for them, will end in the lake of fire.
You cannot put your trust in human government for deliverance or ultimate happiness. The government process does not save, Jesus, and Jesus alone, saves. I like what Peter stated the book of Acts states, “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”3
In the first century, in the midst of intense opposition, believers had a faith and testimony that turned the world upside down. A few centuries later, under less stressful conditions, believers became spiritually flabby, anemic and weak. As a result, they had lost their spiritual power and impact. I am afraid that we, who are living in the modern western world, are in the same condition. Be honest, how much real influence is modern evangelicalism having on our society? Are we really impacting the spiritual and moral degradation around us for good? Have we not by our inaction and lack of commitment to Jesus actually contributed to the decadence?
Bad days are coming to those who believe and hold on to the Bible. Maybe, just maybe, God is beginning to work. As He allows and makes the oppression of the Devil more painful, I pray that we, who are believers, will become vibrant in faith and real in our commitment to Him. Then and only then will our spiritual power and impact return. And then we, through the power of the Holy Spirit, can turn the world upside down again… – Pastor Stevens

  1. Daniel 10:12–13 []
  2. Daniel 10:12–13 []
  3. Acts 4:12 []

Charnock: The Delight of Trust

By |February 25th, 2016|Devotional|0 Comments

Because people delight in that in which they trust, [turn] from all other objects of delight to God as the true object. “Delight yourself in the Lord”; place all your pleasure and joy in him. Trust is the spring of joy and of supplication. When we trust him for sustenance and preservation, we will receive them; so when we delight in seeking him, we will be answered by him. – Stephen Charnock

Rebecca Van Noord: Trusting God When Life Is Dark

In this life, we’ll go through dark times and struggles that may never end. We may even feel forgotten. But despite what we think or feel, we can’t abandon what we know to be true of God. Even when our state or our emotions are contrary to the desire to worship Him, we are called to trust in Him and in His love.If He was willing to abandon His only son on a cross to redeem you, then He is certainly trustworthy. If you trust in Him, He will not forsake you.

Adrian Rogers: Faith vs Worry

By |September 17th, 2014|Devotional|0 Comments

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” – Philippians 4:6

Do you ever worry? Don’t look around and point your finger at someone else. Do you ever worry—even the least little bit? And yet the Bible so clearly tells us not to worry about anything but to pray about everything.

There are really only two classes of things for which we ought not to worry: those things we cannot do anything about and the things we can do something about. The best thing you can say about worry is that it is useless. The worst thing you can say about it is that it dishonors God.

Worry is the opposite of faith. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” – Love Worth Finding

G. Campbell Morgan: The Lord of Hosts is with Us

By |June 25th, 2014|Devotional|0 Comments

…Oh, you who are conscious of your own weakness, you who are conscious of the evil within you that baffles, beats, and spoils you, “the God of Jacob is our refuge.” When the only pillow we have is a hard, unsympathetic stone, he will open his heaven so that his hosts may teach us that those with us are more than those who are against us, and he will put his hands on us and, it may be, wound us, but the wounding is only for the deeper healing.

Oh, dear heart, tried as by fire, sing while the fire burns, sing while the pain is hot. If you trust him, he breaks to make, he cripples to crown. By God’s grace we go on, not thinking of resigning or giving this fight or anything up except sin. “The Lord of hosts,” marshaling all for our making, “is with us.” We will follow, we will trust, we will fight—God helping us.

Adrian Rogers: Trusting at the End of Your Rope

“Who is among you that fears the Lord, that obeys the voice of His servant… let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.”1

I have always been amazed at the advice worldly people give to someone who is hurting. “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on!” Can you see someone dangling over a cliff, holding on to a rope, and trying to tie a knot? It takes two hands to do that!
The first thing we need to remember is “don’t demand to understand.” There are some things in life you and I just will never understand. When God allows darkness to overshadow your life, don’t set about lighting your own fire. That’s a recipe for heartache.
Trust that His light will come and wait for it. He will come. Believe it. – Love Word Finding

  1. Isaiah 50:10 []

A Trusting Heart in Pain

“For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead.”1

Ministry does not prevent a person from getting discouraged. In my own life, there is pain in my body, pain in my soul, pain in my heart and pain in my family. And pain can do funny things to a person. Apart from the really drastic results, it does lead to discouragement and even to the point of despair.

Paul knew all about pain: from circumstances, from people and from his physical ailments. There was a point that he even despaired of life. What did he do with his pain? Simply stated, but difficult to apply, he trusted the God who raises the dead. No one is more powerful than God. No one help like God can.

In my pain, I need to do what Paul wrote,

“Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”2

  1. 2 Corinthians 1:8–9 []
  2. 2 Corinthians 12:7–9 []

Adrian Rogers: The Deceitfulness of Money

By |March 31st, 2014|Devotional|0 Comments

There are many misconceptions and illusions about money. Money can buy some things but not others. It can buy marriage, but it can’t buy love. It can buy four years in college, but it can’t buy an education. Money can hire a doctor, but it can’t make you well. Money can take you almost anywhere except to heaven. It can buy almost anything except happiness. Some people think money means security. But there’s no security in money. It fades away. 

The Bible speaks of the deceitfulness of riches because earthly treasures can be wiped away so easily. Are you putting your trust and hope in things of eternal value? – LWF

Charles Spurgeon: Suffering is God’s Will

By |March 29th, 2014|Devotional|0 Comments

We are told that the Captain of our salvation was made perfect through suffering, therefore we who are sinful, and who are far from being perfect, must not wonder if we are called to pass through suffering too. Shall the head be crowned with thorns, and shall the other members of the body be rocked upon the dainty lap of ease? Must Christ pass through seas of his own blood to win the crown, and are we to walk to heaven dryshod in silver slippers? No, our Master’s experience teaches us that suffering is necessary, and the true-born child of God must not, would not, escape it if he might. But there is one very comforting thought in the fact of Christ’s “being made perfect through suffering”—it is, that he can have complete sympathy with us. “He is not an high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities.” In this sympathy of Christ we find a sustaining power.

But I’ve Already Done That!

“When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “ Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”  But Simon answered and said to Him, “ Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.1

We’ve already done everything humanly possible, but now as the Word of the Lord has commanded, we will do as You say.

Sometimes it seems that God asks of us that which we cannot do and which we’ve already exceeded all human possibilities. How could He ask us to do this one more thing? But like Simon Peter, we need to relent and say, ok Lord, I’ve already tried without success, but at your Word I will try yet again! That’s when the abundance came. When we’ve worked exceedingly hard and been faithful and yet give it another go, because God said to, then we recognize His divine hand working on our behalf when we bring in our nets full and overflowing. Maybe this is why God allows us to serve in what seems interminably fruitless situations, that we might recognize the exceeding abundance of His power when the nets overflow. When the rain finally comes after a long drought, when the fruit begins to grow again on what we thought were withered vines, when we begin catching more fish than we ever had before, we will like Peter, fall to our knees before the God of Gods who has done this great thing! We will realize our sinfulness of self sufficiency, pride and human wisdom and see that we can do nothing except by the hand of God and His Spirit which is working through us and using us to do His will as He deems best. May we like Peter have a heart that says, “nevertheless, at your Word, I will let down the net.”

  1. Luke 5:4-6 NKJV []
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