Wednesday, February 28, 2018

That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. -1 Timothy 4:10 (NIV)

I’m finding in my life that it’s easier to work and strive for what’s expected of me then what my faith dreams of. It’s painfully hard for me to continue to dream by faith when faith needs so much structure to support dreams. I guess I was under the impression that faith takes care of the structure, but more is required of dreaming by faith. 

It doesn’t take any effort to dream, but it does take labor to make dreams come true. Don’t stop putting your hope in Jesus because your dreams don’t immediately come true. There are three gains for today.

1. Don’t stop believing.

2. Don’t stop dreaming.

3. Be prepared to labor for a dream.

Remain faithful by putting your hope in Jesus. Let your dreams insp...

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." Matthew 9:36 (NLT)

Jesus didn’t look out on the crowds and say, “Look at all those filthy sinners. I can’t believe I am going to give my life for such an unworthy and ungrateful bunch.” 

If we are honest, we have thought and said similar things about people. We have allowed a critical heart to take the place of a compassionate one. 

Compassion can be summed up in one word - concern. Jesus didn’t criticize the crowd of people, He was concerned for them. He was concerned about their current condition of being lost and hurting. He was concerned about their eternal condition if they remained in their sin without hearing the Good News.

You see, love for others will always translate into compassion and not criticism. 

It’s just easier to be critica...

Monday, February 26, 2018

These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. -Matthew 15:8 (NIV)

This warm weather makes me realize that spring and summer are not far off. Soon school will be out, and seniors will be moving on. This can be life changing only if we allow it be. High school keeps us attached to some form of spiritual engagement, but college brings freedom. Freedom to test the waters so to speak. Going from sexually curious to sexually active, drinking privately to partying publicly. Fleshly pleasure is becoming more of a lifestyle and spiritual effort a past time. 

We did identify that church, youth group, or FCA was right for our lives, but when we go back to church or hear that spiritual leader that has an impact on our lives,  we hear them differently. They aren't speaking negative to us, but our new and different experiences associate positive sp...

Friday, February 23, 2018

“Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy. While he was eating, a woman came in with a beautiful jar of expensive perfume and poured it over his head.” Matthew 26:6-7 (NLT)

We see a stark contrast between different ways of how two people  at one point in their lives followed Jesus. We see the betrayal of Judas and we see the devotion of Mary, the woman who had the perfume in the verse above. Matthew writes a few verses after the scene in which Jesus is anointed, that Judas received 30 pieces of silver as payment to turn Jesus over to the chief priests. 30 pieces of silver during that time was about the price you would expect to pay for a slave.

Then we see Mary enter the scene where Jesus and some of his best friends are enjoying time together and she begins to pour this perfume out, which no doubt cost her a l...

Thursday, February 22, 2018

“You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also. If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too. If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles. Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.”  Matthew 5:38-42 (NLT)

What would this world look like if people who were mistreated didn’t personally retaliate but loved instead? It would look very different, and the news would probably have trouble finding stories to report on. What about your world? What would it look like, if you didn’t retaliate with revenge, but love? What if, when someone else called you a name, you kept silent....

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’  “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’  “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves (justify - make themselves feel and look better) will be humbled, and those who humble (are honest with themselves about their own goodness) themselves will be exalted.” [Emphasis added]. Luke 18:9-14 (NLT)

Two days ago we looked at this very same verse. I believe today, there is more we can learn...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

At last Job spoke, and he cursed the day of his birth. He said: “Let the day of my birth be erased, and the night I was conceived. - Job 3:1-3 (NLT) 

Job faced every feeling and dealt with intense amounts of depression and sadness, guilt, fear, and anxiety. Leaving or losing something or someone can bring us to a place where feelings consume and control us. Job felt feelings so strongly that he cursed his birth, but Job’s story didn’t end at His feelings. 

What’s your story when your feelings get the best of you? Do you throw in the towel and move onto something different or do you hold onto the spiritual things in your life because they are more significant than your feelings? A famous quote from the church that surfaces from time to time is from Nate Carr. “Don’t tell me what you feel, tell me what the Word says.” 

I’m here to tell you today that when you grab...

Monday, February 19, 2018

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’  “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’  “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves (justify - make themselves feel and look better) will be humbled, and those who humble (are honest with themselves about their own goodness) themselves will be exalted.” [Emphasis added]. Luke 18:9-14 (NLT)

Isn’t that just like us, making value judgements on people and we have never even heard the...

Friday, February 16, 2018

"If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead." I John 3:13-14a  (NLT)
 


Do you ever notice that you are treated differently because you live for Christ?  Why do you think that is?  People tend to shy away from things that are different than what they’re accustomed to, or to despise people who have things that they lack.  Christians fit into both of those categories.

We are called to live a life sanctified, or set apart, for The Lord.  One of the most evident ways we live differently is through love.  We are no longer living in death, but we have been given life through the love and grace of Jesus Christ.  We live differently because of that love dwelling within us.  Our love for The Lord changes how we live our lives.  It changes how we treat others.  Si...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. - John 4:35 (ESV)

Farmers wait for their crops to grow, but when harvest time comes, harvesting the crop actually takes work and time. Let me say it like this, you may be in the middle of a blessing, but in order to see the results of it you may have to spend a little time working hard. It’s a blessing to reach a time and place where you see a crop that is ready to be harvested, but the fullness of the blessing is on the other side of the harvest.

I’m excited for you as you read this because chances are if you are reading these devotionals you are spending time with God and being obedient to His will the best you can. You are making an effort to move towards God. When we experience a blessing we don’t stop movi...

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