Thursday, January 31, 2019

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)

We all believe that God is real and exists. Most believe that God can still do great things, like answer prayers, heal the sick, give us wisdom for a future decision, and help us through tough times. We know He will, but we don't always know how He will do it.

Don't limit God’s “how" by our own limitations. Today's verse says, "God can do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever ask or think, according to His power." He is the sovereign God, meaning that He has all authority and is all powerful and all things are controlled by Him. His "how" is unlimited and His ways and thoughts are higher than ours.

Prayer

God, I know You can do anything and that all things are possible with You. I believe you hold all the a...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

"But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil."  Hebrews 5:14 (ESV)

There is a difference between trying and training. trying means to exert effort at your current level of strength and ability. Training is the process of increasing your current level of strength and ability through discipline and repetition.

Jesus never asks us to try harder, but He does invite us to train (Matthew 11:29).  At the beginning of every season, when I wrestled, I would be out of shape. My strength and stamina were less than desirable for what was needed to wrestle an intense 7-minute match. But without fail, in those early season practices, I would try and exert more strength and attempt to get my lungs to supply my body with greater amounts of oxygen (which is impossible) so my musc...

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 1 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)

Have you ever felt like God was trying to tell you something, but you weren’t exactly certain what God was trying to tell you. It can be frustrating because we all want answers and want to know the future before it happens. Seeing is not believing, instead, believing is the ability to have faith in what you can’t see. It's the ability to trust God is at work even when we don't see any evidence. 

You may not know all the answers to your future, but do you trust that God does? Do have faith to believe that He has the best plan for your life and will reveal answers at just the right time? 

One thing is certain, God has an amazing plan for your life and it fits perfectly into His purposes. He knows what is best for u...

Monday, January 28, 2019

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 (NLT)

One of the most asked questions by students is "How can I know God's voice?"

My steady answer has been, "His voice sounds like His WORD (Bible) and looks like Jesus (life)."

Most of the time, when students ask this question, they are looking for direction from God concerning areas of work, dating, college, and the like. While God clearly has a plan for where you should work and go to college, He is more concerned that you are seeking a deepening relationship with Him and looking to live in love toward the people in your home and the people you encounter on a daily basis. This is exactly what Jesus meant when He said, "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."

Jesus expects His disciples to know His voice and to follow H...

Friday, January 25, 2019

“He makes ears cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.” - Psalm 46:9 (NIV)

Have you ever had that feeling that you know, that you know, that you know, that God brought someone into your life so you can share the Gospel with them? When you are so confident that you know it is from God, but when you go and share with that person, they are resistant to hear what you have to say and won’t accept the love that you’re extending to them. That can be discouraging and disheartening. Sometimes this can make us feel like we didn’t hear from God correctly? Or, it can make us feel like we made it up, and that it wasn’t from God at all?

But Psalm 46 is where we can turn to find comfort in situations like these. When it feels like sharing the Good News with others is a fight. The second part of verse 9 says...

Thursday, January 24, 2019

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15 (ESV)

If we love God our response to His love is surrender and obedience. Surrender meaning that we sacrifice our will to honor God's will. Obedience meaning that as a result of my surrender to God's will my actions and deeds are pleasing to God. Jesus Christ is our standard for living, and we carry the Word of God as disciples of Christ to the lost world. 

What do you love? 

Are you obedient to what you love?

I want to challenge you today to read one chapter of the Bible today without looking at your phone. Give yourself completely to the Word of God and be disciplined enough to focus solely on God for the duration of one chapter. I think if you're reading this we would all say we love God, but that doesn't mean we are obedient to Him. We also love our phones, Xbox’s, popularity, and our friends. As a res...

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

"If even a tenth--a remnant--survive, it will be invaded again and burned. But as a terebinth or oak tree leaves a stump when it is cut down, so Israel's stump will be a holy seed.” Isaiah 6:13 (NLT)

Isaiah is considered the greatest prophets and is quoted over 50 times in the New Testament. He was anointed and appointed by God to speak messages to the people of Israel that they wouldn’t receive. Isaiah volunteered for the glory of God to be advanced, but the people God called Him to wouldn’t listen to what he had to say.

Do you ever feel like God is asking you to be a witness for Him in front of people that you know don’t believe in Him? It’s tough, I know sometimes I am very eager to do the work of the Lord as long as it is something I am comfortable doing. Isaiah wasn’t comfortable I’m sure. For me, it’s a pride issue. I care more about what people think a...

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

"Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2 (NIV)

"No one is going to look out for you. You must look out for yourself." This attitude is expressed frequently in our culture. Often, we feel like this is true. We trust and are let down, we believe and are betrayed. The risk of trusting in another person seems too high, but the truth is, we have probably let ourselves down more than others have.

So who can we trust? As believers, we can always trust Jesus, but what about trusting other believers? They are human too, and because of this, they also hurt and disappoint. But the risk of not trusting others is also significant. Not trusting other people causes us to become skeptical. It causes us to close our hearts instead of open them and leaves us looking inward, only at ourselves. Skepticism leaves us in a st...

Monday, January 21, 2019

"Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart." 2 Timothy 2:22 (NIV)

It's not an accident when we go to social media to avoid the realities of life and to escape or to see what we are missing out on. It's not an accident when we find ourselves unable to close our social media apps. They are designed that way. They are designed to create addiction, to exploit our psychology, to convince us they are necessary and that they are a primary means of connection. The truth is Remote Connections fall short of God's design for life-giving human connection. We were created for Real Connection (communion) with God and others, and without it, we are left alone and susceptible to the enemy and his schemes.

God is a Trinity. Three distinct persons, with the same Divine nature, in...

Friday, January 18, 2019

As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’” “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” Mark 10:17-20 (NLT)

If you were to ask people if they were good, most people innately say, "Yes." We all get our sense of goodness by comparing ourselves with people who we usually see as worse than we are. You know murderers, rapists, child abusers, Hitler, Miley Cyrus, (hahaha), etc….

The same is true regarding most of us reading this. Even th...

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