Trust is hard. It’s easy to say there is trust but actually taking the step – making the leap into mid-air without a visible net is the most difficult thing man can do. But with the Spirit of God our leap lands us safe in His palm.
DEVOTION BY Rusty Lang POSTED 10/17/2017 12:00:01 AM ON 1 John 4:12b NASB
The plane was tossed like a cork in a cyclone.
I was on the last of the four flights required to reach my destination in Kenya. This teaching and speaking trip had been arranged over a period of months, but the invitation had come as a surprise. I had had no communication with this group previously, so I didn’t know what to expect. The strength the Lord gave me to stand and teach, preach and minister, and travel with three African brothers astounded even my companions.
Assessing and reviewing the fruit of this adventure to Kenya and Uganda showed me why it was so successful. We were mature enough to humble ourselves and submit to each another. Without any fuss, we went with the flow. When the itinery changed, we adapted. When one was not well, we made allowances. If we did not agree, we discussed, accepted differences of opinion, and decided the subject was closed.
Having never experienced such harmonious loving as this, I now see it was the love of God at work. Being united commands a blessing (Psalm 133:1). We all benefited from the way we treated each other.
No human love will suffice or accomplish what God’s love accomplished on this trip. His love moved border guards, police at check points, and airport officials to show us favour.
Blessings come when we choose to go with the flow and believe God is in control, not us. Loving one another is only accomplished when we allow God’s Spirit to give us God’s pure unconditional love for other believers.
Spiritual growth comes when the Holy Spirit is allowed to work in tandem with the Word. Perhaps it is time to grow up in the things of God as the time draws near for Jesus’ return.
Let God teach you how to go with the flow.
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DEVOTION BY Christine Henderson POSTED 10/10/2017 12:00:01 AM ON Matthew 6:33 KJV
When God becomes your supplier, you become the consumer.
Divine provision is God supplying our needs. His supplies come with addition, adding more to the blessings than we request. Divine methods and instructions will always work if we depend on them. They will also keep us from loss and disappointment.
God never failed to supply manna and quail for the Israelites as they traveled through the wilderness. He gave them fresh food, new miracles, and new testimonies. God is a specialist in supplying these things. Since the King of kings is the supplier, we can experience seasons of surplus, blessing, and favor.
When God takes over, He restores good things for us. His supply is more than we ask for or think about: “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20). God is also the creator. As supplier and creator, He lacks nothing.
The storehouses of God are for you, and the treasures in His storehouses are for your honor and celebration. When the enemy discourages you, stand firm on the promises of God, and your discouragement will turn into praise.
Having God as your Father and knowing you are His child is a great privilege. Today is the day for your divine supply. Make your order from His storehouses.
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DEVOTION BY Diana Derringer POSTED 10/3/2017 12:00:01 AM ON Galatians 6:10
“Your life, your choice.” Sounds simple enough. However, if we follow Jesus with our actions and words, our choices will collide with the world’s norm.
It’s a dog-eat-dog world! Look out for number one. What can you do for me? “What do you want me to do for you” (Matthew 20:32)?
Straighten up! What’s done is done. Nobody can do anything about it. “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15).
Fight for the top spot! Show them who’s boss. Don’t let anyone stand in your way. “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant” (Matthew 20:26).
I’ve worked hard for what I have. I deserve a little fun. Why should I help others? “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people” (Ephesians 6:7).
Say anything and then do what you want. Do as I say, not as I do. Whatever. “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:18).
You’ve got to be kidding. That task is beneath me. I won’t do it! “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14).
It’s my life. I’ll do as I please. Nobody’s going to tell me what to do. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13).
He’ll never amount to anything. Look at all he gave up—and for what? “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” (Matthew 25:21).
Your life, your choice. Choose well so you won’t have to endure the consequences.
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DEVOTION BY Samara Ashley POSTED 9/26/2017 12:00:01 AM ON Lamentations 3:22-23 NASB
We sat in our home office staring at each other.
My husband and I would soon deliver our little boy. We were emotional, not sure how we were going to make it financially. We had been in this place before and saw God provide, but our human nature kicked in, and we were feeling discouraged.
I cried out to God for help, knowing He already knew our needs. As I sat in silence, I could feel an overwhelming sense of peace rush over me. The Holy Spirit surrounded me with His stillness. My husband came home with tears in his eyes a few hours later and laid a twenty-dollar bill on my desk. God provided not only a divine appointment but also a little glimpse of His faithfulness to our family.
This is one of many stories of God’s faithfulness in our lives. The Lord has taught me so much since then. He has taught me to depend on Him alone rather than things of this world. He knows our needs before we realize them. God has worked ahead and knows where and when to place people in our path to fulfill a need.
God gave me a promise one day: “Be faithful to Me and I will be faithful to you!” All God desires is a personal and intimate relationship with us. He wants our time and attention. He wants us to come to Him with our needs, our victories, our concerns, and our praises. He wants us to read His Word, pray, fellowship with the Holy Spirit, and grow in our walk with Him.
Whatever you’re worrying over or whatever life issue is gripping your heart and causing you anxiety, give it to the One who has all the answers and is waiting for you to lay it at His feet. Don’t let fear cripple your faith.
Move forward with a victorious life, knowing the Lord is always faithful to complete the work He has started in you.
DEVOTION BY Jason Harrison POSTED 9/19/2017 12:00:01 AM ON Philippians 4:7 KJV
We all have trying days. Days when it feels we might break under pressure or sorrow.
Mine was when I woke up and didn’t feel well. I felt as if a spring cold was building in my body, brought on by merciless allergies. It was also going to be a day of mourning. I had to speak at the funeral of a dear lady from our church. The day was heavy.
Evening provided no relief. I was carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders but then came home to disheartening personal news. I was overwhelmed . . . angry. I needed to vent. For an hour, my wife listened to me complain.
When the lull in my complaining finally came, I sat in my easy chair. During a moment of silence, there was a soothing noise outside the window, a hoot owl. Since childhood, owls hooting have calmed my nerves. Somewhat ironic since many cultures view the owl as a bad omen. But I have always loved them.
My complaining was over. I felt peace I couldn't explain. I suppose the owl could have borne a message from God. Maybe it was just a coincidence. Either way, the peace I felt was from God.
If we open ourselves up to God's peace, it will miraculously ease our anxieties. We may not understand it, but we feel it.
Let God’s peace soothe your anxieties.
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