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Finding the strength to overcome anxiety

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

- Deuteronomy 31:8

In the mid-1960s, Bill Russell was the star basketball center for the world-champion Boston Celtics. He dominated the boards, and with effortless ease, he seemed to take charge of the whole court once the game got underway. The whole team revolved around his larger-than-life presence. Sports fans watched him from a distance, respecting his command of the sport.

Then, in a radio interview, Russell made a comment that shocked many of his fans. The sports reporter asked the all-pro basketball star if he ever got nervous or anxious before a big game. Russell’s answer was surprising. He said, in his typical style of blunt honesty, “Before every game, I vomit.”

Shocked, the sportscaster asked what he did if they played two games the same day. The unnerved Russell replied, “I vomit twice.”

All people—even the ones who seem larger than life—deal with anxiety at some point in life. And as Christians, we can either allow anxiety to cripple or even paralyze us, or we can stare anxiety in the face just like Bill Russell did and work past it.

Don’t look for things to worry about. Instead, experience freedom from your worries by finding your security in Jesus Christ. With His power, you’ll be able to work through your fears and overcome any anxiety you face!

Prayer Challenge

Ask God to give you the strength to overcome your anxieties and live boldly for Christ!


God’s not done with you!

Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.”

Psalm 71:17-18

The great evangelist George Whitefield was relating the difficulties of ministry to some friends. He said he was weary of the burdens and glad that his work would soon be over so he could depart to be with Christ. The others admitted having similar feelings – all except one, a Mr. Tennant.

Noting this, Whitefield tapped him on the knee and said, "Well, Brother Tennant, you are the oldest among us; do you not rejoice to think that your time is so near at hand when you will be called Home?" 

The old man answered bluntly that he had no wish about it. When pressed for something more definite, he added, "I have nothing to do with death. My business is to live as long as I can, and as well as I can, and serve my Savior as faithfully as I can, until He thinks it's time to call me Home."

Never doubt your usefulness to God or His purposes for your life. Like the elderly Mr. Tennant, remember that you serve Jesus and He commands your destiny even now.

Your experience, wisdom, and knowledge are a blessing. And you have a God-given responsibility to share that blessing with the next generation.

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to give you renewed strength and conviction to serve Him faithfully. Pray for chances to encourage and guide others.

Questions for Thought:

What are some lessons God’s taught you in your life that you think would be especially helpful for people today?

How could you share those lessons with the next generation?


Are you fully available to God?

"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters."

- 1 John 3:16

The famous author Patsy Clairmont was sitting next to a young man on an airplane. She had already observed something remarkable about this young man… he called her “Ma’am.” Concluding he was from either from the south or in the service, she decided the latter was the most likely choice.

“What branch of the service are you in?” she asked.

“The Marines. I’m just coming back from a year and a half tour in Desert Storm. My family will be meeting me at the airport.”

Clairmont commented that he must have thought about returning to his family and home many times while he was in the Middle East.

“Oh, no, Ma’am,” the soldier replied. “We were taught never to think of what might never be, but to be fully available right where we were.”

When it comes to living out God’s calling in your life, are you fully available right where you are? Or, do you play it safe, sitting on the fence and not wanting to be too committed for the fear of looking like a “fanatic”?

God’s calling in your life is of the utmost importance. So just like a soldier, lay down yourself each day and be fully available to accomplish His mission for your life!

Prayer Challenge

Ask God to help you be fully available to His calling, willing to forsake everything you have to fulfill His mission for your life.


Kindness goes a long way

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

Colossians 3:12

Mamie Adams always went to a branch post office in her town because the postal employees there were friendly. She went there to buy stamps just before Christmas one year and the lines were particularly long. Someone pointed out that there was no need to wait in line because there was a stamp machine in the lobby. "I know," said Mamie, 'but the machine won't ask me about my arthritis."

Simple acts of kindness go a long way to brighten someone’s day. Even better, they express God’s love in tangible ways.

As our culture grows more technological and people seem increasingly isolated from one another, it’s so important for God’s people to reach out and build relationships through kindness.

Your encouraging words or simple concern for the people you meet throughout the day might be the lifeline of hope they desperately need. And remember, the reason you’re able to love others so well is because you yourself are holy and dearly loved by God.

So be a blessing today and brighten someone’s life with your kindness!

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to fill you with His love. And pray that you’ll have opportunities today to show kindness to others.

Questions for Thought:

In today’s isolated world, how do you think people would respond to genuine acts of kindness?

What are some simple ways you could show kindness to others with your words and actions today?


How to learn Scripture with the right motives

"I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."

Psalm 119:11

A story is told of a village church in Kalonovka, Russia, where attendance at Sunday school picked up after the priest started handing out candy to the peasant children. One of the most faithful was a pug-nosed, pugnacious lad who recited his Scriptures with proper piety, pocketed his reward, then fled into the fields to munch on it.

The priest took a liking to the boy and persuaded him to attend church school by offering other incentives. There, the priest managed to teach the boy the four Gospels. In fact, this little boy won a special prize for learning all four by heart and reciting them nonstop in church!

Fast forward 60 years, and the boy still loved to recite Scriptures, but in a context that would horrify the old priest. For the prized pupil who memorized so much of the Bible is Nikita Khrushchev, the former Communist czar. The same little lad who nimbly mouthed God’s Word as a child later declared God to be nonexistent.

Khrushchev memorized the Scripture for the rewards rather than for the meaning it had for his life. Artificial motivation will produce artificial results. So as you learn the Word of God, keep your motives pure and make it an exercise of both your heart and your mind!

Prayer Challenge

Ask God to keep your motives pure when it comes to learning His Word. Pray that He would help you absorb it into your heart as well as your mind!


Are you living a productive life?

"I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word."

- Psalm 119:15-16

The story goes that the great entrepreneur Henry Ford once hired an efficiency expert to evaluate his company. This man came into his factories and offices to assess the efficiency level of the workers. After a few weeks, the expert made his report, which was highly favorable except for one thing.

“It’s that man down the hall,” said the expert. “Every time I go by his office he’s just sitting there with his feet on his desk. He’s wasting your money!”

Mr. Ford replied, “That man once had an idea that saved us millions of dollars. At the time, I believe his feet were planted right where they are now. He’s staying put!”

In today’s world, our society measures effectiveness by task completion. If you get all your tasks done in a day that were on your list, then the day was productive. But if you’ve fallen short of your task list, then the day was unproductive. It rarely matters what else you accomplished. You’re measured on your tasks.

But think of all the great ideas that have come about very likely because someone just stopped to think. Albert Einstein… Ben Franklin… Leonardo da Vinci… all of these great minds spent significant time simply thinking!

There’s nothing wrong with tasks, but don’t let them run your life. Spend daily time meditating on God and His truth because that’s the path to truly finding wisdom!

Prayer Challenge

Pray that God would release you from letting tasks overtake your life. Ask Him to speak to you as you spend quiet time meditating on Him.


Live what you know!

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

- James 1:22

H.A. Ironside once said, “God forbid that we should traffic in unlived truth.” And these days, there’s nothing the world needs more than Christians who will faithfully live out what they know to be true.

As politics grows more corrupt and our culture seems unrecognizable, it’s tempting to distance ourselves from the struggle and just shout disapproval from the outskirts. But that’s playing right into the enemy’s hands. There’s nothing Satan would like better than to see seasoned saints throw their hands in the air.

You know the truth. God has placed His Word in your heart. He’s proven it in your life through experience. He’s never once left your side, and He never will. Now, He’s calling you to faithfully live out the Gospel so a watching world can experience His love.

Make it a point today to walk in God’s truth. You know it in your heart; now show it to the world.  

Prayer Challenge:

Pray that God would give you opportunities and courage to share His truth through your actions.

Questions for Thought:

What are some ways you could live out God’s truth today?

What do you think would happen in America if all God’s people backed up what they professed to believe with how they acted? 


Help reach a $12,000 goal to encourage more seniors in the critical months ahead!

It’s no secret that many people use the summer months to rest and go on much-needed vacations.

But the opposite is often true for seniors. 

Many of them consider the summer months to be the toughest as family and friends go out of town – leaving them alone and feeling more isolated than ever.

That’s why we can’t afford to let these summer months slow our ministry down – because seniors need encouragement now more than ever!

John and his wife understand that, which is why they’ll be spending the coming months ministering to hurting and lonely seniors.

He shares…

“I'm a retired Sheriff Sergeant and volunteer Chaplain. My wife, our therapy dog, and I work with senior citizens. Our duties include a chapel service every Monday at a retirement home where I often share your Daily Living Devotionals.”

Your gift to help reach the $12,000 goal will help equip friends like John and his wife to bring hope to seniors who need it most. And, it’ll help encourage seniors all over the world through our prayer ministry, Daily Living Devotionals, and powerful web resources.

So thank you for your most generous gift today to help reach the $12,000 goal and encourage more seniors to embrace the life God intends!



Exposing the misconception of meekness

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”

Matthew 5:5

So often today, the Christian value of meekness is overlooked, and often times completely disregarded. Much of this attitude has come about as a result of Christians who misunderstand what meekness really is.

On this subject, the great author A. W. Tozer wrote,

“The meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority. Rather he may be in his moral life as bold as a lion and as strong as Samson; but he has stopped being fooled about himself. He has accepted God’s estimate of his own life. He knows he is as weak and helpless as God declared him to be, but paradoxically, he knows at the same time that he is in the sight of God of more importance than angels. In himself, nothing; in God, everything. That is his motto.”

A meek person is not one with an inferiority complex. He is quite the opposite. Meekness is a characteristic within a person which creates boldness and strength, yet at the same time causes that person to humbly understand that everything good in him comes from God, not himself.

Jesus only gave the promise to inherit the earth to one group of people: the meek. So as you live your life, be both bold and strong in your faith while also humble and quiet in your boasting. Be meek… because the reward is great!

Prayer Challenge

Pray that God would give you boldness in your faith while at the same time giving you a humble heart. Pray for meekness, and you’ll inherit the earth!


How healthy is your soil?

As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.”

Luke 8:15

The Magnolia is widely considered one of the most beautiful and fragrant trees of the South. Its large white blossoms often dot main streets and gardens across the region. But what many people don’t know is that its soil – when healthy – produces an equally wonderful aroma.

A mix of cinnamon and fresh fruit, the rich smell of a Southern Magnolia’s soil is a sure sign that the tree is in good condition. But the opposite is also true. When diseased or decaying, its soil produces a rancid, putrid smell that’s unmistakable. Like so many other things in creation, it’s the health of what is unseen that allows the tree to flourish.

What about you today? How healthy is the unseen soil of your heart? Are you filled with jealousy, anger, or fear? Are you holding onto a pain in your past that’s poisoning your future?

God wants to produce good fruit in your life – fruit that will bless you and those around you. But fruit can only flourish in healthy soil.

God can till and nurture your heart so it becomes a healthier foundation for spiritual growth. So let Him start to grow something beautiful in your life today!

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to fill your heart and mind with thoughts and ambitions that reflect His character.

Questions for Thought:

What are some things in your heart keeping good fruit from growing in your life? For example, do you harbor an attitude of unforgiveness, pride, or maybe bitterness? 

What steps can you take to move to a place of healing and health?


Becoming great by getting out of your puddle

"The LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.”

- Genesis 12:1-2

You might be surprised to learn that if you catch a small shark and confine it, it will stay a size proportionate to the aquarium you put it in. Sharks can be six inches long yet fully matured. But if you let them loose in the ocean, they will grow to their normal length.

Sadly, this is what happens spiritually to many Christians today. They grow up in church, never get out of the “culture of Christianity”, and they live their whole lives never being challenged in their faith. This leads to stunted growth… resulting in generations of Christians who never reach their full potential!

Yes, the world is filled with little six-inch Christians who swim around in their puddle. You can look at them and comment on how fine they are. But if you were to put them out into a larger arena into the broad view of a whole creation, much like God did to Abram in today’s passage, they might become so much greater.

God will help us not to be confined to a little puddle out of fear or insecurity, but instead to see that Jesus Christ is Lord of all. If we will have internal integrity and relate to the larger world in the ways He has ordained, we will be able to grow and serve Him in ways we’ve never imagined!

Prayer Challenge

Pray and ask God to show you where you can step out of your puddle and become great for Christ!


The power of loving your enemies

"But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked."

Luke 6:35

In his book, The Grace of Giving, Stephen Olford tells of a Baptist pastor during the American Revolution named Peter Miller who lived in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.

In the same town also lived an evil-minded man who did all he could to oppose and humiliate the pastor whenever he had the chance. One day, this man was arrested for treason and sentenced to die. So Peter Miller traveled seventy miles on foot to Philadelphia to plead for General George Washington to spare the life of the traitor.

“No, Peter,” General Washington said. “I cannot grant you the life of your friend.”

“My friend?” exclaimed the old preacher. “He’s the bitterest enemy I have!”

“What?” cried Washington. “You’ve walked seventy miles to save the life of an enemy? That puts the matter in different light. I’ll grant your pardon.”

Peter Miller took his long-time enemy back home to Ephrata—but now he was a friend.

So often today, Christians miss out on the blessings that can come with loving their enemies. They don’t like this or that group of people because their behavior is sinful, so they treat them as outcasts. But what if instead of condemning them, we showed them who God is by loving them despite their actions?

God loved us when we were His enemies. So love others the same way and just watch how He’ll change lives through you!

Prayer Challenge

Ask God to show you “enemies” you can love today. Pray that He would transform their hearts as they see the kind of God you serve!


God hears you!

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

- 1 John 5:14

A man was being pursued by a roaring, hungry lion. Feeling the beast’s hot breath on his neck and knowing his time was short, he prayed frantically as he ran, “O Lord, please make this lion a Christian.”

Within seconds, the frightened man became aware the lion had stopped. When he looked behind him, he found the lion kneeling, lips moving in obvious prayer. Greatly relieved at this turn of events, and now eager to join the newly converted lion in prayer, he approached the mighty beast. 

As he drew near, he heard the lion praying, “And bless, O Lord, this food for which I am exceedingly grateful.”

We often have a very specific vision of how we expect God to answer our prayers. But prayer isn’t about the fulfillment of our will – it’s about seeking and trusting in the fulfillment of God’s will.

You’re probably carrying concerns today that you need to bring before the Lord. Maybe it’s a personal illness or a sick family member. Perhaps you’re lonely, tired, or confused about what’s next in your life.

God promises in His Word that He hears your prayers. And you can trust that He will answer them in the absolute best way possible – according to His will and your greatest good!

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to help you trust in His goodness, wisdom, and love as you bring your requests before Him. Pray that you’ll long to see His will accomplished in your life.

Questions for Thought:

What are some prayers in your past that God answered in ways you didn’t expect?

How can you pray today in a way that reflects your trust in His will?


The greatest gift you could ever receive

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Romans 6:23

On May 2, 1962, a dramatic advertisement appeared in the San Francisco examiner that said,

I don’t want my husband to die in the gas chamber for a crime he did not commit. I will therefore offer my services for 10 years as a cook, maid, or housekeeper to any leading attorney who will defend him and bring about his vindication.

One of San Francisco’s greatest attorneys, Vincent Hallinan, read the ad and contacted Gladys Kidd, the desperate wife who had placed it. Her husband, Robert Lee Kidd, was about to be tried for the slaying of an elderly antique dealer. Kidd’s fingerprints had been found on a bloodstained sword in the victim’s shop.

During the trial, Hallinan proved that the antique dealer had not been killed by the sword, and that Kidd’s fingerprints and blood on the sword got there because Kidd had once toyed with it while playfully dueling with a friend when they were both out shopping. The jury, after 11 hours, found Kidd to be not guilty. And when the trial was over, Attorney Hallinan refused Gladys Kidd’s offer of 10 years servitude.

Unselfish acts like these don’t happen every day. Yet even this act of generosity pales in comparison to what Christ did for you—dying to give you eternal life, knowing that you’d never be able to pay Him back. So thank God today for His wonderful free gift of salvation and live your life to offer that gift to others!

Prayer Challenge

Tell God “thank you” for sending Jesus to die so that you can have the free gift of eternal life. Pray that He would give you the courage to offer this free gift to others as well.


What’s your business?

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Ephesians 2:10

Charles Dickens drives home a profound truth in a scene from his famous novel, A Christmas Carol.

Confronted one night by the ghost of his crooked business partner – and warned to mend his ways – the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge cries out in exasperation, “But you were always a good man of business in life, Jacob!” To which the miserable ghost replies…

“Business! Man-kind was my business… charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”  

The fact is our lives are meant for so much more than chasing our own ambitions. And a life dedicated to making yourself happy will only make you miserable. But a life lived for God and the good of those He puts in your path will bless your heart in a thousand different ways.

Your true business in this life is to be about God’s business. So make today about serving His kingdom – it’s what you were created in Christ Jesus to do!

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to show you ways you can serve Him today. Pray that your eyes, ears, and heart will be open to the needs of those around you.

Questions for Thought:

What are some things in your life that may be taking priority over the Lord?

How could you reprioritize your day so you’re open to opportunities God puts in your path? 


How you can build up the body of Christ

"From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work."

- Ephesians 4:16

There was a team of engineers who did an experiment in a wind tunnel to determine why geese fly in a “V” formation. In the experiment, they discovered that each goose, flapping its wings, creates an uplift for the goose that follows.

Now while this uplift may be minuscule for each goose, the result is that the whole flock gains 71% greater flying range than if they journeyed alone. So to distribute the work among the geese, the leader of the “V” will fall back periodically to let another leader take the point.

This amazing example in God’s creation can show us something very important about working together. You see, when people in a group decide to each sacrifice a little for the sake of the whole, then the group is better able to accomplish its goal. But when a member wanders away, it will be detrimental to the group’s task.

In the body of Christ, the same is true. Each individual Christian is called to sacrifice his- or herself for the betterment of others in the body. They serve at church on Sunday or they give to those in need not for their own good, but for the good of others. So as a Christian, remember to give yourself for the sake of others and build up the body of Christ.

Prayer Challenge

Pray that God would show you ways that you can humble yourself for the sake of building up the body of Christ!


The profound impact of human connection

"Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves."

- Romans 12:10

There was a woman who always went to a certain post office in her town because the postal employees there were just so friendly. One year just before Christmas, she walked in to buy a book of stamps, and the lines were particularly long.

Another customer waiting next to her in line pointed out that there was no need to wait because the post office had installed a stamp machine in the lobby. “I know,” said the woman, “but that machine won’t ask me about my arthritis.”

So often today in our world of mass communication and high-efficiency processes, it’s easy to miss the human connection that’s so badly needed in our lives. And sadly, this has even become the case in many of our churches, where people get in and get out as quickly as they can in order to jump back into their busy schedules.

But what a remarkable change we would see in our world today if we slowed down a step to talk to others. Instead of rushing out of the store, what if you asked the clerk how her day was going? Instead of hurrying to meet a deadline a work, what if you stopped to wish the secretary a good morning?

A simple human connection can do amazing things in your life and in the lives of others. So as you go throughout your day, don’t let busyness get in the way of the important task of connecting with others!

Prayer Challenge

Pray that God would remind you to slow down a bit each day and spend quality time connecting with others.


You were made to praise

"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture."

- Psalm 100:1-3

Michael Green tells the story of a young boy trying out for a part in the school play…

His mother knew that he had his heart set on a particular part, though she was afraid he wouldn’t get it. He wasn’t especially gifted in theater, he sang like a cat being strangled, and as for prop work, his artistic talent was really limited to mud pies. On the day the parts were awarded, she drove to school to pick him up. The young boy rushed up to her screaming with excitement. His eyes were shining with pride as he exclaimed, “Momma! Momma! I’ve been chosen to clap and cheer!” 

Everyone has been given different talents to be used for God’s glory. But we’ve all been chosen to clap and cheer. Praising God is part of your spiritual DNA. It’s what you were made to do. And it’s a joy you’ll experience for eternity.

Whatever you do today – make it a worship song to God. Praise Him with your lips, praise Him with your thoughts, and praise Him with your actions. Worship God today, and the people who hear your song will be blessed.

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to give you a heart of praise. Pray that you’ll worship Him in song, prayer, and deeds.

Questions for Thought:

How might the way you worship God minister to others?


Showing God’s love by putting others first 

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

- John 13:34

Despite his busy schedule, Abraham Lincoln often visited wounded Civil War soldiers in hospitals across the Union. On one occasion, he walked in to see a man who was near death. “Is there anything I can do for you?” asked the President.

“Please write a letter to my mother,” the young man replied. Unrecognized by the soldier, the President sat down and transcribed exactly what the soldier told him to write:

“My Dearest Mother, I was badly hurt while doing my duty, and I won’t recover. Don’t sorrow too much for me. May God bless you and Father. Kiss Mary and John for me.”

The young soldier was too weak to continue, so Lincoln signed the letter for him and then added this postscript: “Written for your son by Abraham Lincoln.”

Very often in life, Christians are called to do things outside of their normal roles in order to show kindness to a person in need. Maybe that means stopping your daily routine to help a friend who is in need. Or maybe it’s pulling your car over to help change a tire for a complete stranger.

Don’t let you role or status limit the love you show for others. The greatest love you can give is a love that’s shown even when it isn’t convenient. And when you do, you’ll receive the remarkable blessing that comes with following Christ’s example of putting others first!

Prayer Challenge

Ask God to show you opportunities where you can step out of your daily routine to show the love of Christ to others.


Make today count for eternity. 

"If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames."

- 1 Corinthians 3:15

Chuck Swindoll tells the story of a fighter pilot shot down by enemy fire during World War II…

At treetop level he lost part of his stabilizer, a section of his rudder, a tip of his wing, and the landing gear. Finally, he came down in the top of the trees in his cockpit. He breathed a sigh of relief as he sat there in the cockpit as it rocked precariously back and forth. Enclosed in the cockpit all by itself he was saved, yet so as through fire. He was there intact, but he had very little to show for it.

Too many believers will skid into heaven like this fighter pilot. Preserved by the unwavering grace of God through Jesus Christ, but having very little to show for it. What’s more, they will have suffered the loss of so many experiences and blessings God longed to give them throughout their life. This is the message of today’s passage.

In Christ, you are fully forgiven and forever loved by God. This is about your life today and your legacy tomorrow. If you would glide into heaven as a pilot coming home after a fruitful and satisfying trip, then make today – and each day till then – count for God’s Kingdom.

Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to help you make investments today in people’s lives that will count for eternity.

Questions for Thought:

What would you do differently this week if you knew you would soon step into God’s presence?

What are some ways you could invest in people’s lives today that would make a difference in eternity?