Daily Devotional

Faith Works?

“By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear; prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.”
Hebrews 11:7, NKJV

We  live in an extremely work-conscious, work-oriented society. It seems as though the inevitable question that follows a name introduction is, “What do you do?” We derive our identity from our work. Our work says something about our gifts, interests, and our contribution to society. At the same time, we have seen that God is not nearly as concerned about our work as He is about our faith.

Real faith is evidenced in work. Although faith allows us to see the invisible,

Faith Works?2010-06-16T17:52:31+00:00

Humility and Gratitude

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. . . Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise….”
1 Peter 5:5 and Psalm 100:4a, NIV

Muhammad Ali was in his prime and on a cross-country flight. As they got underway, the flight attendant asked him to buckle-up. Ali curtly replied, “Superman don’t need no seatbelt.” Not missing a beat, the flight attendant responded, “Sir, Superman don’t need no plane!” Perhaps he got a lesson in humility.

Humility and gratitude are partner virtues. They are exercised in tandem. Our gratitude to God is heightened by our understanding of His majesty and greatness. That awareness is designed to humble us. When Isaiah had his famous encounter with God, his immediate reaction was humility. (Isaiah 6:5) That humility came from

Humility and Gratitude2010-05-04T18:10:19+00:00

Cause or Effect

“In everything give thanks for this is the will of God concerning you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV

Do you know how to be thankful? Could you immediately experience a state of thanksgiving whenever you want or need to? Could you obey today’s verse? If
you said, “no,” then you perhaps do not know what the cause of thanksgiving
is. You may not even realize thanksgiving is an effect not a cause.

The cause of personal thanksgiving is awareness of good done toward us. If we are
truly aware of good being done toward us, then thanksgiving comes naturally. He created
this thanksgiving ability just as surely as He created our reaction to temperature
changes through the sensation of heat or cold on our skin. We were created to automatically
react with thanksgiving to goodness.

Have

Cause or Effect2010-05-05T17:12:22+00:00

It is good to dazzle the Queen

“When the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon… she came to test him with hard questions… When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon…. She said to the king, ‘The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true…not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard…How happy your men must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and has placed you on the throne of Israel. Because the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king, to maintain justice and righteousness.’ “
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It is good to dazzle the Queen2007-11-26T11:40:04+00:00

Choosing Servanthood

“Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master; neither is one
who is sent greater than the one who sent him.”

John 13:16, NAS

Following Jesus was anything but predictable. The disciples never knew what
He was going to do next. On the last night before He was arrested, Jesus
surprised them by taking a basin of water and a towel and began to wash the
disciples’ feet. No one had figured Jesus out yet, but they did know that He was too
important a person to stoop to such a lowly task, a job usually reserved for household
servants.

It was shocking for Him to wash their feet. The initial protests of the disciples grew silent and one by one, He took the low

Choosing Servanthood2007-11-26T10:55:15+00:00

MAKING A FRESH START

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV

We equate new beginnings with January each year. We tend to always make New Year’s resolutions, turn over a new leaf, etc. But we can make a new start anytime. I am not talking about in the physical sense, as in a new commitment to exercise, although that is not a bad idea.

Have you ever noticed everyone that wants to change our bodies for us? They have all these exercise gadgets from “Body By Jake” to Suzanne Sommers’ exercise all-inone machines. I admit I even bought into the Ab-Slide! If you could see it,

MAKING A FRESH START2006-12-21T12:13:05+00:00

WITNESSES

“‘You are My witnesses,’ says the LORD….”
Isaiah 43:10, NKJV

We can be a witness of God’s healing power or staying power; of God’s ability to bring victory in battle, or endurance in battle; of God’s answers to prayer, or of His presence in the midst of silence.

God calls us to walk by faith, yet we seem to always drag Him into our physical world. When we are healed, we testify of God’s goodness. When we have victory, we share our joy with everyone. When the prodigal returns home, we proclaim God’s faithfulness to answer prayer. But where are the accolades when we are not, when we do not and when it does not?

WITNESSES2006-12-21T12:09:49+00:00

LIVE FOR ONE

“…that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.”
1 Corinthians 2:5, NAS

During my first year of college, the Lord unmistakably called me into full-time vocational ministry. The above verse was what the Lord used to get my attention. During a two-week period I kept coming across it in different places and from different people. I knew that I was no longer destined to be an accountant (for which the accounting world is forever grateful) but rather that the call of God was on my life.

What about you? Who are you trying to impress? This verse helped me to understand the only one I need to live

LIVE FOR ONE2006-12-21T12:06:46+00:00

PEACE

“…we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Romans 5:1b, NIV

We all want peace in our minds and our hearts. The old song says: “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” God certainly wants us to experience peace and to share it with others.

Jesus proclaims in John 14:27, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. A relationship with Jesus brings peace!

When I think of peace, I often think of holding my children when they were small in my arms and they were soundly

PEACE2006-12-21T12:04:16+00:00

NO FEAR

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV

No fear is more than a slogan – it is a glorious truth. I laughed but smiled when our two-year old son, Evan, said, “Hallelulu.” Our child-like faith turns hurts into hallelujahs as we live, not by explanations of trials, but promises from God. When I preached my second sermon from 2 Timothy 1:7 at age sixteen, a woman who apparently had the gift of discouragement said, “When you are older, you will understand more about worry and fear.” I have certainly learned more but not found a better God!

God has given us

NO FEAR2006-12-21T11:58:36+00:00