Resource Library

Tuesday
Mar282017

How you can be fulfilled in every way

...in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.

— Colossians 2:10

Boris Becker, the famous tennis star, was at the very top of the tennis world. Yet despite all of his success, he was on the brink of suicide. He was quoted as saying, 

“I was rich. I had all the material possessions I needed. It’s the old song of movie stars and pop stars who commit suicide. They have everything, and yet they are so unhappy. I had no inner peace. I was a puppet on a string.”

You don’t have to read many biographies to find this very same kind of frustration and disappointment. The famous author Jack Higgins, for example, was asked what he would like to have known as a boy. His answer: “That when you get to the top, there’s nothing there.” 

There are so many people today who believe that if they can simply do this or that, then their lives will be fulfilled. Yet they’re sorely disappointed when they reach their goal and discover that the view from the top isn’t as great as they thought it would be. 

Maybe you thought your life at this stage would be better or more exciting than it has been. Many may have even grown cynical about life itself because they’ve decided it’s not what it should be. The solution to this problem is to look to Christ, not the world, to fulfill you. He is the one who gives you fullness and the only remedy to any emptiness you feel inside!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to change your perspective from looking to the world for fulfillment to finding your fullness in Christ alone.

Monday
Mar272017

Serving God in the big and small

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:10

Woodrow Wilson was on his whistle-stop train tour of the U.S. when he was President of the United States. The train stopped in Billings, Montana. As was custom, he was standing at the rear of the last railroad car speaking to a crowd from the platform. 

Two little boys elbowed their way through the crowd to get close to the President. One of them offered Mr. Wilson a small American flag, which he gladly accepted. The other didn’t have a flag, so he reached down in his pocket, took out a dime, and offered it to the President. 

Wilson reached down, took the dime, and thanked the little fellow. 

Five years later, Woodrow Wilson died. As his wife was going through his personal effects, she stumbled across that dime – wrapped in a piece of paper and tucked in the President’s wallet. He treasured that small gift so much that he kept it with him at all times.

That’s how God feels about you. He treasures even what you feel like is the most meager display of love – a simple word of thanks or act of service. That’s because the heart behind your gift of service is far more important than the gift itself.

Don’t ever believe you have nothing to give to God. He loves your faithful service – no matter how big or small!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God how you can serve Him in both large and small ways today.

 

Questions for Thought:

Why do you think God invites us to serve and give even though He already has everything He needs?

What are some practical ways – large and small – that you can serve the Lord?

Sunday
Mar262017

How to stay calm in the midst of stress

A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.

 — Proverbs 15:18

A story is told about a little league coach who pulled one of his young players aside and asked him, “Do you understand what cooperation is?” The boy nodded yes. 

Then the coach asked, “Do you understand that what matters is that we win together or lose together as a team?” The little boy again nodded yes.

“So,” the coach continued, “when a strike is called or you’re out at first, you don’t argue or curse the umpire. Do you understand that?” Again, the little boy nodded. 

“Good,” said the coach. “Now go over there and explain it to your mother.” 

It happens, doesn’t it? In the heat of the moment, when emotions are flying and tempers are hot, it’s tempting to sometimes lose your patience and just unleash on whoever is around you. And what’s really interesting is that quite often, it doesn’t even matter what the issue is! 

But God has a better plan for you when it comes to managing your temper. As today’s verse says, people who are patient and not easily angered don’t just benefit themselves; they calm others around them as well. 

So when you’re tempted to lose it, ask God to give you the patience to react differently. When you do, you’ll notice that your overall stress level will decrease as you foster an environment of patience among those around you!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Pray and ask God to give you the strength to react calmly when stress hits and to foster an environment of patience with those around you.

Thursday
Mar232017

How to live out your faith in front of others

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” 

Matthew 5:16

To curtail petty theft, Soviet authorities put up guards around the factories to search the workers when they left. At one timber works in Leningrad, the guard knew the workers in the factory very well. The first evening, out came Pyotr Petrovich with a wheelbarrow and, in the wheelbarrow, a great bulky sack with a suspicious-looking object inside.

“Tip it out,” the guard said. So he did, and out came nothing but sawdust and shavings. He was allowed to put it all back again and go home. When the same thing happened every night of the week the guard became frustrated. Finally, his curiosity overcame his frustration.

“Petrovich,” he said, “I know you. Tell me what you’re smuggling out of here and I’ll let you go.” 

“Wheelbarrows, my friend.”

Sometimes what’s most obvious in life takes time to realize, doesn’t it? The very same is true as you honor God with your life so that others will know Him. You can do good works faithfully for days, weeks, and even years before people say, “Tell me what you have because I want it!” 

It’s then that these people are perfectly primed to hear about the gospel of Jesus Christ—that He died for them, and they can have eternal life through faith. But it first takes Christians who will live faithfully, show Christ’s example, and admit when they fall short. So live each day to show God’s love through your good works and watch for opportunities to share His truth!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to give you opportunities to share your faith after living it out through good works. Pray that He would remind you that you may be the only example of Jesus others see!

Wednesday
Mar222017

The one who gave it all

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Ephesians 5:1-2

Shel Silverstein is known for his children’s stories that often carry a deep meaning for people of all ages. One of his more popular stories was a poem called The Giving Tree, about a tree who loves a little boy and finds purpose in making the boy happy.

At first the boy desires nothing but to climb on the tree’s branches, eat apples, and lie in the shade.

But as the boy grows, his desires change. So the tree gives him apples to sell for money to have real fun, branches to build a house for a wife and family, and its trunk so he can build a boat and go sailing.

One day, the boy returns. By now, the tree has given him everything – all that remains is an old stump. The boy, now an old man, needs only a quiet place to sit and rest. And the Giving Tree gives once more.

That Giving Tree is a lot like Jesus, who emptied Himself to come to earth and die on the cross to give us new life – because of His great love.

You are the boy in the story, and Jesus is lavishing His love on you at this very moment. He will meet your every need, and will give Himself time and time again to do it!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Thank God for the incredible love of Jesus – that He gives you all you need.

 

Questions for Thought:

How does it make you feel that Jesus laid aside His heavenly majesty to die on the cross for you?

What would it look like for you to love others like that?

Tuesday
Mar212017

Why you need biblical community

For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers. 

Proverbs 11:14

A severe rash prompted a man from a rural area to come to town to be examined by a local doctor. After the usual history-taking followed by a series of tests, the physician advised the patient that he would have to get rid of the dog that was evidently causing the allergic reaction. As the man was preparing to leave the office, the doctor asked him out of curiosity if he planned to sell the animal or give it away.

“Neither one,” the patient replied. “I’m going to get me a second opinion. It’s a lot easier to find a doctor than a good bird dog!” 

It happens all the time, doesn’t it? People go around asking person after person for advice until they hear the opinion that matches theirs. But the reality is that we are the worst judges of our own actions because our opinions of ourselves will always be more favorable than reality. 

That’s why throughout Scripture you’ll find verses like today’s that stress the need to surround yourself with a biblical community who will encourage you with the truth even when you may not want to hear it! 

The Christian life was never meant to be lived alone. There are no “Lone Rangers” of the Christian faith. So if you don’t have a community of others who know you and will help you grow in Christ, join a church Bible study or form a small group that meets weekly. The best kind of spiritual growth you’ll ever experience will come when you have others who’ll give you the “second opinion” you really need!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Pray and ask God to give you a community of believers who will help you grow in your walk with Christ by encouraging you and giving you the “second opinions” you need!

Monday
Mar202017

How to be one in Christ

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.

Philippians 2:1-2

In 1986, remnants of a hurricane dumped more than two feet of water in parts of Oklahoma, causing the Arkansas River to flood and devastating large parts of the city of the Tulsa area.

Many were forced to leave their homes. And when it was all said and done, several had lost their lives. But one local pastor who had been involved in the relief efforts saw something in those days he had never seen before.

He shared… 

“I saw people coming together to fight the rising water – Republicans next to Democrats; Catholics next to Pentecostals; blacks next to whites. They put aside their differences for a greater purpose.” 

The Church of Jesus Christ has the greatest purpose ever given. Yet so many self-proclaimed members find as many reasons as they can to gripe, complain, and fuss about what others are doing.

How different would Christianity look if the body of Christ stood together to build one another up instead of tearing each other down? Support other believers. Work together with them to accomplish the task the Lord’s given us. Be humble – and be one in Christ!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to show you how you can help unite His people to reach the world for Christ.

 

Questions for Thought:

Why do you think there’s so much division among Christians today?

What can you do to help unite believers in Christ from different walks of life?

Sunday
Mar192017

How to live with a heavenly perspective

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:1-2

Former Senator Dwight W. Morrow was on a train to New York City when the conductor walked by and said, “Excuse me, Mr. Senator, may I see your ticket please?” Mr. Morrow searched and searched in vain to find the ticket he had purchased, but was unsuccessful. “I must find that ticket,” he muttered. 

So the conductor graciously and respectfully said, “Don’t worry about it, Mr. Morrow. We know you had a ticket. Just mail it to the railroad when you find it.”

“That’s not what’s troubling me,” replied Morrow. “I need to find it to know where I’m going!”

How many believers in Christ today are just like that when it comes to their spiritual life? They know they’re on a journey to their destination—heaven—but are either unaware about where they’re going or choose to ignore it completely. And at the very root of their belief is a lack of understanding of the promise of heaven.

Now Scripture says that no one has ever seen what God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9). But you don’t have to see heaven in order to grasp the promise of a glorious eternity with Jesus Christ.

So if you find yourself acting as a simple passenger on the journey of life with no real hope of heaven, fix your eyes on Jesus, knowing that if you love and trust in Him, you have the glorious promise of heaven to anticipate!


Prayer Challenge:

Pray that God would give you a heavenly perspective on life by reminding you of the promise of heaven and reaffirming your faith in Christ as the only way to get there!

Thursday
Mar162017

How to avoid failing into bad doctrine

I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned, keep away from them. 

Romans 16:17

Africa’s Victoria Falls produces a cloud of mist that is often heavy enough to impair visibility. Once a man was walking the path that skirts the giant gorge, and he noticed a sign on the rim but could not make it out. Not wanting to miss whatever it might be noting, he slithered and slid through the mud out to the very brink only to read the message:

“Danger! Crumbling Edge.” 

As Christians, it can sometimes be easy to unwittingly miss the danger you’re in until you’ve gone too far. This is especially true when it comes to right and wrong ideas of God. You flip through the channels on TV at night and come across a preacher whose message sounds great at the beginning. But when you really understand the kind of gospel he’s preaching, you realize it may be very different from what the Bible teaches. 

Sadly, many once-faithful followers of Christ have built their house on this “crumbling edge” of mistaken faith, and their whole spiritual life has fallen out from under them because they forgot to stand on the high ground of biblical truth. 

So if you find yourself tempted to walk out into the heavy mist of dangerous doctrine where things may not seem as they should, watch out for the warning signs! Stay grounded in the truth of Scripture. Recognize when what’s being taught is not what the Bible teaches. When you do that, you can be sure you’ll build your faith on the solid rock of good doctrine and not on the crumbling edge of bad theology.

 

Prayer Challenge: 

Ask God to give you wisdom to discern between biblical and unbiblical teaching. And when you do hear false doctrine, flee from it and cling to the truth of the Bible!

Wednesday
Mar152017

Why no task is menial

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31

A tourist was visiting Italy years ago and decided to take a tour of several old churches. He came across one that was undergoing major renovations. Much of it had been demolished, and was in the process of being rebuilt.

He walked up to three of the masons who were working on the church. In his best Italian, he asked them, “Can you tell me what you are doing?”

The first mason told him, “Yes! I’m cutting stone.” 

The second smiled and said, “I’m making 1,000 lire a day.”

The third joyfully exclaimed, “I’m building a beautiful church!” 

It’s amazing what a difference perspective makes. Many Christians think of their quiet time as just “reading the Bible,” when actually they’re learning what it means to walk more closely with Jesus. It’s a total different perspective! 

Nothing is menial in God’s Kingdom. Every task we accomplish ultimately points to a greater purpose. So whether you’re reading your Bible, talking with a friend, or praying, remember that you’re doing much more than a simple task. You’re serving the Most High God! 

 

Prayer Challenge:

Pray and ask God to help you glorify Him even in your daily routine.

 

Questions for Thought:

What are some tasks you sometimes find menial that really point to a higher purpose?

How can you change your perspective on your daily routine so you can better see God’s plan in it?

Tuesday
Mar142017

The importance of dealing with bitterness

See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

— Hebrews 12:15

Underneath the ground of Belgium’s Flanders Field, one of the deadliest battlefields of World War I, a very dangerous and deadly secret lies. It’s so deadly, in fact, that it’s caused a very big problem for the Belgian government.

You see, all across this field, artillery shells are surfacing more than 90 years after they were fired. Still unexploded, many are still very capable of killing. Some are unearthed by farmers and construction workers, while others simply work their way up through the soil. Dozens of full-time workers cannot keep up with them. And even worse, thousands of these projectiles contain poisonous gas.

It’s one thing to recognize something that can cause immense damage when it’s obvious. I’m sure you didn’t have to tell the soldiers fighting in World War I to avoid those artillery shells at all costs! However, when things such as these lie dormant for so long, they become all the more precarious because they are an unseen danger. 

In much the same way, many Christians today hold on to bitterness for years, even decades, before it finally comes up to the surface or is unearthed by a particular situation. And when that happens, it can often be damaging, and even deadly, for relationships between friends and family.

So if you have any “unearthed” bitterness in your heart, be sure you deal with it by forgiving the person it concerns and even talking with them about it. Don’t let buried feelings of contempt harm your relationships with friends and family because those relationships are some of God’s greatest gifts!

  

Prayer Challenge:

Pray and ask God to reveal to you any “unearthed” bitterness, no matter how old, you might have in your heart toward another person. If you find you do carry buried resentment, forgive that person and let them know you’ve let it go.

Monday
Mar132017

Are you loving others well?

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Matthew 22:37-40

Douglas MacArthur II, nephew of the great General Douglas MacArthur, was an American statesman who served as Counselor to the State Department under Secretary of State John Foster Dulles.

MacArthur was known for being a particularly hard worker. Once when Secretary Foster called his home asking for Douglas, Mrs. MacArthur mistook him for an aide and snapped at him. She said, “Mr. MacArthur is where he always is – weekdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and nights – at his office!”

Within minutes, MacArthur got a telephone call at his office from Dulles, who told him, “Go home at once, boy. Your home front is crumbling!”

The most important part of our earthly lives is the relationships we have with those we love – our friends and our family. Yet too often, life distracts us from investing in those relationships. And when that happens, we miss out on the love and support from those God has placed in our lives.

Don’t let life distract you from loving others. Make it a point to connect with those whom God has placed in your life regularly. It’s one of life’s greatest blessings! 

 

Prayer Challenge:

Pray that God would help you stay connected with those whom He’s placed in your life – and to love them well!

 

Questions for Thought:

Why do you think many relationships with friends and family tend to degrade over time?

What are some practical steps you can take to maintain healthy relationships with others?

Sunday
Mar122017

How to avoid playing the blame game

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

Matthew 7:3-5

There was once a manager of a minor league baseball team who was so disgusted with his center fielder’s performance that he ordered him to the dugout and assumed the position himself. The first ball that came into center field took a bad hop and hit the manager in the mouth. The next one was a high fly ball, which he lost in the glare of the sun—until it bounced off his forehead. 

The third was a hard line drive that he charged with outstretched arms; unfortunately, it flew between his hands and smacked his eye. Furious, he ran back to the dugout, grabbed the center fielder by the uniform, and shouted, “You’ve got center field so messed up that even I can’t do a thing with it!”

It’s easy for some people to blame others when things aren’t going their way, isn’t it? They try and try to figure out just what someone else did wrong to put them in their predicament, all the while the real blame should be put on themselves. 

In the Christian life, God wants you to take responsibility for your own actions. It’s easy to look at others and find faults with them. But remember that every time you point a finger, you have three more pointing right back at you. So examine yourself before you blame others. Be quick to confess when you might be in the wrong. A humble heart is the key to maintaining good, godly relationships with others.

  

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to show you areas where you’ve been too judgmental toward others. If you need to, confess how you’ve unfairly blamed them, and accept responsibility when it’s yours.

Thursday
Mar092017

Discovering real life in God’s Word

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. 

Psalm 119:105

Anatoly Shcharansky, a dissident Soviet Jew, kissed his wife goodbye as she left Russia for freedom in Israel. His parting words to her were, “I’ll see you soon in Jerusalem.” But Anatoly was detained and finally imprisoned. Their reunion in Jerusalem would not be postponed, it might never occur. 

During long years in Russian prisons and work camps, Anatoly was stripped of his personal belongings, with the exception of a miniature copy of the Psalms. Once during his imprisonment, his refusal to release the book to the authorities cost him 130 days in solitary confinement.

Finally, twelve years after parting with his wife, Anatoly was offered his freedom. In February 1986, as the world watched, Shcharansky was allowed to walk away from Russian guards toward those who would take him to Jerusalem. But in the final moments of captivity, the guards tried again to confiscate the Psalms book. So Anatoly threw himself face down in the snow and refused to walk on to freedom without it because it was those words that had kept him alive during imprisonment.

Do you love the Word of God? Do you cherish His precepts so much that you would suffer for them? God’s Word is more precious than any earthly possession. So as you live your life, keep the Bible as the light to your path because in it you’ll find the way to the life God wants for you!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Pray and ask God to help you to walk the path of life with His Word as your light!

Wednesday
Mar082017

Make your age an asset

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

2 Corinthians 4:16

Henry Durbanville wrote a book several years ago called The Best Is Yet To Be. In it, he argued that growing older isn’t something that should be dreaded, but embraced – that our senior years can be the best of our lives.

Here’s one particularly powerful point he made…

"I feel so sorry for folks who don’t like to grow old... I revel in my years. They enrich me... I would not exchange... the abiding rest of soul, the measure of wisdom I have gained from the sweet and bitter and perplexing experiences of life; nor the confirmed faith I now have in the... love of God, for all the bright and uncertain hopes and tumultuous joys of youth.

“These are the best years of my life... The way grows brighter; the birds sing sweeter; the winds blow softer; the sun shines more radiantly than ever before. I suppose 'my outward man’ is perishing, but 'my inward man’ is being joyously renewed day by day.” 

So many see age as a liability in life – that growing older means they’re less useful. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Your age is a great asset to your ministry to others! 

Don’t ever let age discourage you from making a difference in others’ lives. Use your wisdom and experience to share truth with others!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to remind you of the wisdom and life experience He’s given you – and to guide you as you pass it on to others.

 

Questions for Thought:

In what way do you generally think about getting older? Is it an asset or a liability in your mind? 

How might your life and ministry look differently if you saw getting older as an advantage?

Tuesday
Mar072017

How to deal with feelings of betrayal

Do your best to come to me quickly, for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. 

2 Timothy 4:9-10

No treachery is worse than betrayal by a family member or friend. Julius Caesar knew such treachery. Among the conspirators who assassinated the Roman leader on March 156, 44 BC, was Marcus Junius Brutus. Caesar not only trusted Brutus, but he favored him as a son.

According to Roman historians, Caesar first resisted the onslaught of his assassins. But when he saw Brutus among them with his dagger drawn, Caesar ceased to struggle and, pulling the top part of his robe over his face, asked the famous question, “You too, Brutus?”

Dealing with betrayal is never easy. The bitterness and anguish that betrayal creates can last for years, decades, and even a lifetime. The apostle Paul understood this well. One of his closest disciples, Demas, who traveled with him extensively, deserted him. And after his other disciples had gone to other areas to minister, Paul was left alone with the sadness of Demas’ betrayal.

Maybe today you’re feeling betrayed by someone you love. Well first, you should take comfort that others who have gone before you, including Jesus Himself, felt that feeling as well. But take heart also in the fact that God is a friend who sticks closer than a brother and will never leave you alone. In Christ, you’ll never be betrayed!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Pray that God would reassure you of His goodness and His presence in times of loneliness and betrayal. Ask that He would give you the grace to forgive others who have betrayed you.

Monday
Mar062017

How are you investing in others?

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

1 John 4:11

A small church congregation in rural Ohio met one Sunday evening to share prayer requests and praises with one another. Toward the end of their time together, a woman in her early 30s stood up and nervously sauntered forward.

She shared… 

“I want to praise God for my grandmother, who died recently. She’s the one who took me to church when I was young and introduced me to Jesus. She was a source of stability in my life when my parent’s divorced – a port in my storm.

“Had it not been for my godly grandmother, I shudder to think how my life would have turned out. Even though I have often failed, her example to me has been my beacon and I thank God for her. To me, she was the epitome of Jesus in the earth.”

It’s often easy to underestimate the impact our lives may have on others – but they really do, even when we don’t hear about it or receive credit immediately.

So make it a point to invest in others’ lives – especially younger people. Though they may not tell you at the time, you are making a difference!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to open your eyes to how you can make a difference in others’ lives.

 

Questions for Thought:

Think about someone who made a real impact in your life. Did you ever tell them the full extent of the difference they made? 

Who is someone in your life today in whom you can invest?

Monday
Mar062017

Help more seniors embrace new life in Christ!

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Sunday
Mar052017

The best way to discover God’s truth

The Israelites are stubborn, like a stubborn heifer. How then can the LORD pasture them like lambs in a meadow?

 Hosea 4:16

Are you strong enough to face how mistaken many of your most cherished beliefs are? Well, here are a few things you may not have known:
1. Marie Antoinette never said, “Let them eat cake.” This phrase was attributed to her but had actually been used by other prominent figures long before.
2. Charles Lindbergh was not the first person to fly nonstop across the Atlantic. He was the 92nd, although he was the first to do it alone. 
3. The centipede doesn’t have a hundred legs. It usually has 21 or 30, though some have more than 100. And the millipede certainly doesn’t have a thousand legs. In fact, very few have more than 200. 
4. A red flag to a bull is meaningless because bulls are colorblind. 
5. The idea that people never use more than 10% of their brain is false.
6. An ostrich never buries its head in the sand. It only looks that way when it lowers its head in fear, to feed itself, or to cover its eggs for protection. 
When it comes to our ideas of God, it’s important that we don’t have a stubborn heart and are willing to accept when we might be wrong. So instead of assuming you have the Christian life all figured out, live your life with a humble and teachable attitude and let God guide you in His truth each day!

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to reveal to you areas where you have been stubborn and unteachable. Pray that He would soften your heart in these areas so that you can grow in His truth!

 

Thursday
Mar022017

The importance of remembering God’s provision

The men of Israel rushed out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, slaughtering them along the way to a point below Beth Car. Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far has the LORD helped us.”

— 1 Samuel 7:11-12 

The American painter, John Sargent, once painted a panel of roses that was highly praised by critics. It was a small picture, but it approached perfection. And although he was offered a high price for it on many occasions, Sargent refused to sell it.

When asked why he would never sell this painting, Sargent said he considered it his best work and was very proud of it. So whenever he was deeply discouraged and doubtful of his abilities as an artist, he would look at it and remind himself, “I painted that.” Then his confidence and ability would come back to him. 

In the spiritual life, it’s important to set up milestones so you can remember where God has come through for you in the past. Maybe that means you start a journal so you can write down how God has blessed you, and then go back and read it. Or perhaps it means you take an old shoebox and put things in it that remind you of God’s faithful provision in your life.

However you do it, God’s blessings are worth being remembered so that you can move forward with full confidence in Him. So find a creative way to continually remember God’s faithfulness in your life. When you do, you’ll be ready to receive and recognize all the blessings He has yet to give you!

 

Prayer Challenge:

Pray and ask God to bring to mind ways He’s blessed you in the past. Reflect on them and find ways to remember them often.