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.
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!
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.
Of all the miracles of Jesus recorded in Scripture, the one that seems most unusual to me is when Jesus walked on water. All His other miracles have intrinsic value—healing the sick, feeding the multitudes, casting out demons, even turning water into wine at a wedding. Forgive me for saying so but walking on the lake to His disciples almost sounds like—well—showing off! But of course, showing off doesn’t sound like Jesus at all. So, what was going on?
In Scripture the Lord invites us to call upon Him. Don’t ever think that your issue is too insignificant or trivial for the Lord to address. He wants us to “cast all our cares on Him.” (1 Peter 5:7) And He delights in coming to our rescue.
Astronaut Col. Michael Anderson died in the Columbia space shuttle tragedy. Mike’s death was a great loss to His family, friends, and this nation. His family has not only been comforted, but over the years, they have used this tragedy and their great faith to comfort others. Tragedy is inevitable in our broken, sin-sick world. But God uses tragedy to draw us to Himself and He offers us comfort and encouragement.
On what basis do we live our lives, conduct business, or engage in ministry? Do we live as though we’re confined and limited by our circumstances or by others? Or do we live and work knowing that our Lord possesses all authority and all resources? When I write about “living large,” I’m not writing about a prosperity gospel. I’m writing about trusting a BIG God for BIG results.
On a hike with his grandson, Jim’s friend Rob Fischer realized an important lesson: We can become so weighed down by all our stuff, and stressed-out our over-booked schedules that we become distracted and unfruitful. Read his insightful story.