Many times we shoot up a prayer to God in haste or at meals, neglecting to spend the time alone with the Lord that we need.
Petr suffered unspeakably in prison, and couldn’t understand why he was being so tortured, but then he led twelve other inmates to the Lord.
As Bill prayed, he realized that God wasn’t through with him yet, he was determined to move ahead with life.
The cross, an influential symbol, represents the great lengths to which God went to free this dark and sick world from its sin and despair.
As the year’s pass by I’m more convinced that our major battle in life is not with the aging process but with choosing the right attitude and character to glorify our Lord.
Professed believers become unfruitful when they are spiritually nearsighted. When they focus on self, the worries of life, or all the lures of materialism, the big, eternal issues of life blur and they can’t see the dangers or opportunities right in front of them.
Sometimes when the Holy Spirit nudges us to talk to someone, give a gift, or help, we doubt; next time He nudges, don’t hesitate—act!
The Lord makes it clear that following Him and producing fruit for Him will be a struggle, a challenge requiring perseverance or endurance. But in Christ, we are guaranteed success.
There may be some niggling sin in our life that is annoying, but we try to ignore it and keep going. In our minds we may view our sin to be minor and insignificant, but the longer we tolerate it, the more damage it does.
We become like those with whom we spend time. The character, attitudes, actions, and beliefs of those we associate with rub off on us. And likewise we must be careful to maintain our character and integrity when we’re with others. We want others to follow our example as we follow Christ’s example.
We need the “quiet waters” of life where we can “drink in” the peace and comfort of God. In Psalm 23:2 you’ll notice that it’s only after we have rested and meditated that we can be restored and refreshed. If we have the appropriate time with God to contemplate His majesty and glory, we will experience and notice His goodness and mercy in our lives.
As Christians, even with the best of intentions, we can become distracted and easy prey to temptation. However, when our focus is on God, we can be unstoppable! God’s Word tells us to be single-minded in purpose, focusing our thoughts on what is good, and sticking with it!
As we peered out the window into the blackness of night, we could see the searchlights of a rescue helicopter that responded to our transponder. Once again, I realized that my salvation (both physical and spiritual) is was due to the mercy and grace of God Almighty.
Have you recently had one of those days? You know the kind. A day when it seems like it may have been better to have stayed in bed. These are the times when we feel alone and adrift. And yet we are not alone. Our Heavenly Father is there to help us ride out those tough times.