Devotions

Jesus and Me

May 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by ignite Your Faith What if you knew Jesus as well as you know your best friend? Do People See Jesus in Me? “You don’t think the teacher will hear us, do you?” my lab partner whispered to me. We were watching an extremely boring video on the lifestyle of the cell. Instead of taking notes, we were talking. “Nah, I don’t … ” Before I could finish my sentence, I looked up and saw the teacher standing over us, giving a stern look. “Just kidding!” I blurted out, not sure why I said it. I guess it just seemed to be the best way to lighten up what could turn into a tense situation. “What did you say?” my teacher asked in a tone that seemed more surprised than angry. “Uh, just kidding.” “You know, you sound like the girl who sits in your seat the period earlier. Come to think of it, you two sound a lot alike. I’m sure you must be friends with Lauren.” “Well, yes … we’re very good [...]

Good News for You

May 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

by Sylvia Gunter With all of the negative news in the world, Sylvia Gunter shares some good news: God is still God, and He knows the plans that He has for you! Good News for You With all the negative news in the media, today I want to share with you some good news. God is still God, and he knows the plans that he has for you. That doesn’t mean that life will get easier. The famous verse in Jeremiah we like to quote was written to people in captivity for seventy years! But it is still true. Regardless of what today brings, God is still God. Hear God’s Word in Jeremiah 29:11. “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Precious one, be blessed with the love of Christ for emotional healing. The psalmist said that his body was troubled, and his soul was greatly troubled (Ps. 6:2-3). Be blessed with peace and hope being restored to you. The mind may have witnessed [...]

Dealing with Fear

May 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Dr Charles Stanley Dr. Charles Stanley shares four steps that will help you overcome fear and anxiety. Dealing with Fear Philippians 4:6 Not only is anxiety an uncomfortable feeling; it also leads to negative consequences. For example, reasoning becomes cloudy when permeated with worry. So an anxious person will have trouble making wise decisions. Fear of failure may also lead to procrastination or a lack of productivity. Apprehensions can devastate personal and spiritual growth, relationships, and work. So conquering fear is important. Four steps can help: 1. Identify the fear. Ask yourself, What are the circumstances surrounding my feelings? What triggered them? What message am I telling myself? 2. Turn to the Lord. Remember that God loves you and desires a close relationship with you. He is in sovereign control of your situation, so bring your apprehension to Him. 3. Rebuke the fear before God. You have the authority and power in Jesus’ name to reject what isn’t from [...]

Pride Humility

May 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Rick Warren Pride destroys relationships, but humility builds them. If you want to have more humility, then spend time with Jesus Christ. Pride Destroys, Humility Builds Up “Be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3bNCV)Pride destroys relationships. It shows up in a lot of different ways — like criticism, competition, stubbornness, and superficiality. The problem with pride is that it’s self-deceiving. Everybody else can see it in us but us. When you have a problem with pride, you don’t see it in your life. Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride leads to destruction; a proud attitude brings ruin” (NCV). I love this verse in the Message paraphrase: “First pride, then the crash — the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.” Pride destroys relationships, but humility is the antidote to pride. Humility builds relationships. The Bible says in 1 Peter 3:8, “Live in harmony, be sympathetic, love each other, have compassion, and be [...]

Glory Follows Suffering

May 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

by Anne Graham lotz Glory follows suffering, and life follows death. Would you look forward to the glory that IS coming?! Glory Follows Suffering I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18, NKJV Bad things do happen to those Jesus loves. But remember this spiritual principle: Glory follows suffering, and life follows death. Miss Audrey Wetherell Johnson was a woman greatly beloved of God. Born in England, educated in Europe, delivered from agnosticism, and transformed by God’s grace into a gifted Bible teacher and preacher, she answered God’s call to the mission field in China during the 1930’s. After years of teaching pastors and church leaders in a theological seminary in Beijing, Miss Johnson was scooped up with other missionaries and placed in a Japanese concentration camp for three years of intolerable and unmentionable suffering. Yet, once again, we glimpse God’s glory [...]

Understanding Anxiety

May 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Dr Charles Stanley The Lord doesn’t want you to live with ongoing anxiety. Don’t take your eyes off the omnipotent God! Understanding Anxiety 2 Timothy 1:7 Throughout Scripture, the Lord gives us evidence that many people deal with anxiety—even those considered pillars of faith. For example, we can deduce that the apostle Paul must have felt fear, since God instructed Him not to be afraid “any longer” (Acts 18:9). The fact that fear is common, however, does not mean it is from God (2 Tim. 1:7). Of course, certain situations—like hearing a loud noise when we are alone—will trigger a frightened response. But the Lord doesn’t want us to live with ongoing anxiety. Common worries include the fear of death, poverty, illness, old age, criticism, and the loss of a loved one or something cherished. Why do we find it so hard to let go of our concerns, even when the Lord clearly states, “Do not fear” (Luke 12:7)? Because worry can be deeply ingrained in the way [...]

Stewardship

May 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Ron Blue Because I’ve worked as an advisor in the Christian world for so many years, I’ve come to know many wealthy believers. Frequently, because I do know so many people with a lot of money, other friends come to me when they are raising money for a ministry or business. They believe that my relationships would be a good place for them to start as they raise funds for what they believe God is calling them to do. When this happens, I frequently have to tell them that the key to raising money is not MY relationships, it is THEIR relationships. People will give money to causes and callings that they see authentically worked out in the lives of those closest to them. My relationships aren’t likely to do them much good at all. Relationship and resources go together; relationship and stewardship go hand in hand. If I am asked to be a steward of a particular set of resources, then it is important to be in relationship with the one who is asking me to handle their resources for [...]

A Second Opinion

May 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Craig McConnell When cancer intrudes into your life, it comes with a boatload of baggage. Some of it you’d expect: anxiety, an in-your-face mortality smack, physical symptoms, warring hell’s vermin, lifestyle changes and a profound desire to live and love as you never have. Some of the luggage catches you off guard. Shame for example, “Why am I so ashamed of myself, my life, my health, and every choice I’ve made in life?” Then there are the waves of confusion; hopelessness and despair that you thought your long-storied walk with God would insulate you from. It didn’t for me. Another piece of cancer’s luggage is the “unknown”. The “unknowns” about your specific cancer’s “personality,” the staging of your disease, the multiple treatment options and ultimately your prognosis. All too soon your cancer seems to metastasize to your marriage, children, finances, plans for Christmas, career and interest in UCLA basketball. Hoping a “second” [...]

Manipulation in the Workplace

May 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Os Hillman Perception is not always reality. However, when it comes to promoting a product or service, you want people’s perception to match the realty of your advertising. “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft…”—(Gal 5:19-20). The envelope arrived in my mailbox with the exciting announcement on the outside: “You’ve just won $1 million!” Of course, like you, I have gotten so many of these over the years that I automatically file it in my nearby deep file—the trash can. The sensational headline is used to get you to open the envelope, only to discover they are trying to sell you magazines with an opportunity to be entered into a sweepstakes drawing that could allow you to win a million dollars. Everyday we are exposed to witchcraft in the workplace. Yes, I said witchcraft. For most of us we think of this ancient term of witchcraft as something that witches do with [...]

Trinity

May 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Dawson McAllister Dear Dawson, What exactly is the Trinity? How can God be three people at once? Which one should I pray to? And what role does each of the three play? I’m confused. Terrific questions! The concept of the Trinity is one of the great mysteries of the Bible. Romans 11:34 says, “Who among us can know the mind of the Lord?” God’s character is so enormous that we, with our limited minds, cannot comprehend all that he is. The Bible is clear that God is three-in-one: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (see Matthew 28:18-20). The three parts are separate personalities. And yet together, they form one being: God. We can try to explain the Trinity with analogies and illustrations, but even these come up short, because God is so great, no illustration really does him justice. For instance, look at an egg, and its three separate, but equal parts—yolk, white and shell. Each has its own identity and purpose, and yet all three make up [...]