Take today’s next step: Be fully surrendered to Christ.
“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” (John 6:38, NKJV)
“But so the world might know how thoroughly I love the Father, I am carrying out my Father’s instructions right down to the last detail.” (John 14:31, The Message)
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5, NKJV)
Our attitude makes all the difference. As leaders, we sometimes grasp situations with our fists closed tightly, afraid to let go. We are afraid to give up control of our agenda and our desired outcomes. We admit to each other that God’s ways are not our ways. When He asks us to surrender to His will, it is because He may want to provide us with something better!
Leaders tend to have “task oriented” personalities. We want assignments prepared well, and prepared now. We want success. We want to make things happen. We only want to persevere if it is momentary. (What an oxymoron!) We strive; we devote serious effort or energy and struggle for success.
We need to hear Jesus’ instructions and learn from His examples. He also devoted serious effort and energy but with a different attitude.
Jesus didn’t just try harder – striving to do His Father’s will. Jesus submitted to His Father’s will. Jesus prioritized the Father’s will with absolute devotion – regardless of the cost. He recognized and declared that apart from His Father, He could do nothing. Jesus exemplified completely committed, perfect posturing – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually for immediate and obedient response to His Father.
Striving keeps us motivated and driven in our own strength – determined to win – sometimes at any cost. Surrender keeps us humble in spirit – obediently listening for instructions and open to receive grace, strength, help, and power – everything we need to accomplish His will.
Father, my heart’s desire is to desire Your will above my own. I surrender my will to Your will today. Bring my heart into alignment with Yours I pray. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Question: What is the difference between a posture or attitude of striving and surrender? How would you describe your spiritual posture today?
Take today’s next step: Dig deeper into overcoming fear.
“And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life? And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin. Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these.” (Matthew 6:27-29, Amplified Bible)
Recently, I was asked to speak to a job-seekers support group. I trembled at the thought – not because I fear public speaking, for that is how I earn my living. My trembling was due to the fact that my “living” has not been so lucrative of late, as the result of poor economic conditions. After five years of being a full-time writer and speaker, I found I could not make ends meet. Furthermore, the little bit of life insurance my late-husband left me has dwindled away because I’ve had to keep tapping into it to pay my bills.
Therefore, I had also begun to search for a job with a regular paycheck. Yet, in my area of the world, so many people have been laid off from their jobs that, for every advertised employment opportunity, there are an average of 130 people who send in their resumes. In three months, I had received only one nibble in response to more than twenty resumes I had sent with the hope of finding secure and steady work. Things were getting grim.
So as the day approached to speak, I grew increasingly anxious. How could I be an uplifting and positive influence on these job-seekers when I was feeling the same discouragement and deflation they were experiencing? I confided to a prayer warrior friend that this was going to be the hardest speech I had ever given.
On my cell phone, I receive a Bible verse every day. The morning of my speech to the job-seekers, the Scripture verse read as follows: “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Romans 8:15, ESV)
I had let fear slip into my life – fear of the unknown. Yet, at that moment, I knew that God had given me this assignment to speak to myself as much as to them. Like everyone else in that room, I needed to be reminded that the Lord is in control, that He has a plan to prosper me, and that He will meet my needs – just as He does those of the sparrows and the lilies.
So I shared all of these things with the group who gathered to hear me speak. I told them of my fears, my struggles, and my doubts. But I also told them the Good News of Jesus Christ. They responded with a standing ovation. To God be the glory!
Oh, how easily those lying whispers can take hold in the corners of our minds. However, with Christ, we no longer have to be shackled by fear of the unknown. We can trust that all things do work for the good, and that He will be with us, even to the end of the days. Yes, we will have hardships, low times, and struggles we’d prefer not to have to endure. Nevertheless, if we stay strong in our faith and fix our eyes on Jesus, the things of this world will fade away – including the fears that threaten to imprison us.
Dearest LORD, You know the hairs on our heads and the desires of our hearts. Remind us to turn to You at all times: in those of need, as well as in those of plenty. Let us not shackle ourselves with fear, but cry out to our Daddy, knowing You will care for us each and every day, no matter what life tosses into our path. Thank you for the lesson of the sparrows and the lilies, which You gave when You spoke to those on the hills of Galilee two millennia ago, and which You clearly speak into our hearts today. Thank you for giving us Your Spirit to guide us, correct us, and encourage us. We pray these things in the holy and precious name of Jesus, Amen.
Questions: What fears are shackling you like a slave today? How can trusting in the promises of God set you free from them?
Take today’s next step: This is what sin looks like. Share this video on Facebook and Twitter.
“When I heard this, I tore my tunic and cloak, pulled hair from my head and beard and sat down appalled. Then everyone who trembled at the words of the God of Israel gathered around me because of this unfaithfulness of the exiles. And I sat there appalled until the evening sacrifice.” (Ezra 9:3-4)
Seventy years after the Israelites had been taken captive to Babylon, Ezra—a priest and scribe—returned to Jerusalem with a group of exiles. The leaders told Ezra that the people had intermarried with neighboring nations, peoples with whom God had strictly forbidden marriage because of their detestable practices. Overcome with horror, Ezra pulled out his hair and tore his clothes.
His extreme reaction makes leads me to ask myself, “Am I appalled at sin?” Sure, I know some things are wrong. Certainly, I intellectually agree with the moral code set out in the Bible. But do I hate sin, both in myself and in others? Am I dismayed at evil behavior? Shocked and aghast? do I cry out for forgiveness?
In the above verses from the book of Ezra, we see that “everyone who trembled at the words of God gathered around [the priest].” Perhaps this statement holds the key to understanding Ezra’s behavior. When we tremble at God’s word, when we recognize His power and holiness, sin appalls us. Such knowledge of the Lord leads to true confession and repentance.
Ezra prayed, “I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to lift up my face to you, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens…. What has happened to us is a result of our evil deeds and our great guilt, and yet, our God, you have punished us less than our sins have deserved and have given us a remnant like this.” (Ezra 9:6, 13)
Gracious heavenly Father, thank you for Your word, which says, “A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17) May I be truly appalled at my sin, bringing it all before You with a repentant heart, trusting in You to forgive. In the holy and righteous name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.
Questions: What does it mean to be appalled at sin? What causes us to become comfortable or accustomed to sin, so that it no longer horrifies us?
Take today’s next step: Be filled with the Holy Spirit.
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” (Ephesians 1:17)
Does your heart desire to know God better? The deep longing we all have “for more” is the yearning to know God better. We often don’t recognize it for what it is. We think the answer to our yearning is more stuff, more money, a new place to live, a new relationship, a different job, a new challenge.
Ask God today for His Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know Him better. It’s a gift that God gives willingly to willing recipients. Pay attention to the restless yearning within you today and turn your eyes and your prayers to God and ask for His Spirit of wisdom and revelation.
Ask for it in your circumstances; in your relationships; in the details of your life so that you may see how God is at work; so you know Him better. Let Him meet the need of your heart today. Enjoy getting to know Him better.
I thank you that You are willing and able to give me the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that I may know You better right where I walk today. I ask for Your wisdom and revelation. I want to know you better. Thank you for this gift that You impart to those who ask. May I know you today in a way that yesterday I did not. Thank you that You desire to draw us closer to You and to meet the yearnings of our hearts. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
Questions: What keeps us from wanting to know God better? What are the benefits of leaning in close to Him?
Take today’s next step: Start sharing your faith today. (It’s easier than you think.)
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.” (Matthew 5:14-15, NLT)
When I was growing up, Friday nights were “family nights.” I looked forward to them all week long, never quite knowing what we were going to do.
We had a limited income and, back then, there were no such things as movie rentals, DVD players, or even VCRs, for that matter. (Yikes, that dates me!) Those challenges led to a variety of very clever outings. Some Fridays, my parents would splurge and take us to the local “Pizza and Pipes” restaurant to watch silent black-and-white movies on a big screen. We couldn’t afford the pizza, so we would just get a soda, instead. (Just so you know, we did have color movies and television, and TV shows were in color; I’m not that old!)
One of my favorite family nights was going to Kmart. Dad would give us each a dollar to spend, and we could buy whatever we wanted. I remember walking up and down the aisles, endlessly debating about how I was going to spend that dollar. I usually ended up with a half-gallon carton of malted milk balls. It wasn’t quite one dollar, so, whatever was left over, I would pool with my sister, and we would buy a pack of gum to share.
At that time, Kmart was famous for their “Blue Light Specials.” These were unadvertised sales spontaneously announced in the store. While we’d be walking around shopping, an anonymous voice would come over the loud-speaker and say, “Welcome, Kmart shoppers; we have a Blue Light Special in aisle four. We have just marked tennis racquets down from $20.99 to $15.99; this will only be for the next half-hour, so please hurry and stop by to purchase yours.” Then we would all rush over to aisle four, even if we didn’t need tennis racquets, just to see for ourselves whether or not it was true, and, just maybe, we might be able to get one!
Blue Light Specials were to people what a flame is to a moth. As I read these verses from Matthew 5:14-15, I was reminded of Kmart’s long-ago Blue Light Specials: “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.” (NLT)
As followers of Jesus, we are to be His “Blue Light Special” to the world. We should stand out! We should be different! Christ’s light indwelling our hearts should radiate to those around us.
When we love unreservedly, forgive quickly, give without expecting anything in return and extend grace when it isn’t deserved, we are marked as different from the rest of the world. It is as if we’re standing in aisle four and shouting, “We’ve got the deal of a lifetime, and you’re not going to want to miss it! This deal has transformed my life, and it can change yours too!”
We do have a “deal” that surpasses all deals; truly, it is “the deal of a lifetime!” Let’s not keep it to ourselves!
Lord, I confess that it is easy for me to live day after day in the light of Your love and forget that there are those around me who do not know You. Teach me how to share Your light. Don’t let me hide Your love by covering the light You have given me under a basket of fear: fear of rejection, and fear of what others may think of me should I talk about my love for You. Let me walk in faith, knowing that I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and self-control, so I may courageously share the gift of eternal life I have been granted with those around me. In Your holy and mighty name, I ask these things, Lord Jesus, Amen.
Questions: Is your light shining brightly for others to see, or have you covered it up and kept it to yourself? Do you live like you have “the deal of a lifetime?” If you find it hard to share your faith with those around you, what makes it so difficult for you? What would make it easier for you?
“And so [Jesus] did only a few great miracles there, because of their unbelief.” Matthew 13:58
It was my first visit to Nazareth, and through a series of fortuitous circumstances, I found myself enjoying lunch with one of the city’s prominent leaders. As we talked together in the crowded dining room our conversation turned to Jesus Christ, and ultimately this gentleman bowed his head and began to pray aloud, inviting Christ to be his Savior and Lord.
The change seemed to be immediate and dramatic, and follow – up has proven that God did meet him and change his life. During the course of our conversation, he indicated that what I had shared with him was a new truth. Though he was religious and active in his church, he never had been told that he should receive Christ.
Upon further exploration, I found that, in the entire community of Nazareth, there were but a few in those days who understood the truth of the living Christ indwelling the believer. I was amazed!
Nazareth was the town in which our Lord had spent approximately thirty years of His life. The son of a carpenter, He had walked those winding streets, living, loving and laughing with other young children as they were growing up. He left the town when He entered His public ministry, and went on to perform mighty miracles, die on the cross for our sins and be raised from the dead – and He changed the whole course of history. But 2,000 years have passed since then, and there is still little evidence of the influence of Jesus in the lives of the people of Nazareth.
Then I remembered that it was said of our Lord, He could do no mighty things in Nazareth because of their unbelief. That seems to be true in more than just that city today. Even though there are a billion and a half professing followers of Christ throughout the world, the majority seem to be practical atheists.
And so, our Lord cannot do mighty things in Nazareth, or throughout the world, because of unbelief. The key to releasing His power to accomplish revolutionary, supernatural things in the world – and in individual lives – is faith. “According to your faith be it unto you” (Matthew 9:29, KJV). “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Romans 14:23, KJV). “The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17, KJV).
Questions: Why is it that, although many people claim to be Christians, they are living as practical atheists. How is your life characterized by supernatural living? Please read Mark 6:1-6
Take today’s next step: The fruit of the Spirit is easier than it looks.
“Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.” (1 Timothy 4:12-13, NKJV)
These verses often serve as reminders and encouragement to us but we tend to focus on the “youth” part of this passage, and neglect the rest of it.
First, here’s a little background. The books of Timothy were not written by him, but rather to him. The Apostle Paul led Timothy to Christ, and Timothy had accompanied Paul for 15-20 years, traveling, ministering, all in service to God. At the time of the above verses, though, Timothy was pastor of a church, and Paul was telling him to not let the people of the church look down on him because he was in his 30′s – which was YOUNG in Greek culture. He was telling Timothy to be an example (to his elders, mind you!) in WORD – the manner in which he spoke to people; in CONDUCT – his righteous lifestyle; in LOVE – his selfless service to others; in SPIRIT – his demeanor; in FAITH – faithfulness to God; and in PURITY – most especially sexual purity.
In verse 13, Paul is challenging Timothy to be diligent in his practice of reading the Bible. He is also saying to him that he must challenge others (exhortation) who hear God’s word to apply it in their daily lives.
So what’s in it for us?
We don’t want others to look down on us, do we? Of course not. But sometimes I think that this “don’t judge me” attitude is simply the feeling we all have at one time or another. It’s hard for us to admit that we are young, because we want to be older. I can remember as a child having to throw in that “and a half” to whatever my age was at the time. In junior high school, I couldn’t wait to get to high school. Then I couldn’t wait to get out. Too often, we rush through our lives without taking the time to put into practice all the things that we’ve learned along the way.
Take the time to examine – really, deep down, examine – the things listed in 1 Timothy 4. How are you doing in word, conduct, love, spirit, faith, and purity? What example are you setting in these areas? Write them down if you need to. Talk to God about it. Are you selflessly serving others? Are you speaking to others – or about them – in a manner that is glorifying God? What about your conduct? Your faith? Are you keeping your body pure? We will all fall short and it’s not too late to start, or to start over.
Think about it, pray about it, and put it into practice! Choose an area to get started on today and ask someone you trust to keep you accountable.
Father, I want to reflect You to everyone I meet. Show me the areas where I need to work. I trust that You will work with me and that with Your strength and guidance I can improve. Thank you for loving me so much, just as I am, and for loving me far too much to let me stay as I am. Teach me to follow Your example closely so that people will see my life and be drawn to You. In Your name I pray, Amen
Questions: Which of the five areas do find easy? Which ones are challenging? Why is your example so important?
Take today’s next step: Take this lesson on prayer.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
My church has decided to read through the entire New Testament in eight weeks. When I first heard about this challenge, I confess I was a bit overwhelmed at the idea. How was I ever going to accomplish such an endeavor during the busiest season of my life? It seemed like such a huge amount of reading in such a short amount of time! However, it is turning into one of the biggest blessings that I have ever experienced.
We began reading this past Monday. What makes this adventure unique, other than the fact that we’re reading the New Testament in eight very short weeks, is that the Bible from which we are reading has been altered a bit. (Before you start gasping for air and wondering what heresy we are committing, let me explain.)
We are using the New International Version, but the chapter and verse markers have been removed, so it reads like a story, rather than like an intellectual book. The books have also been rearranged by author, instead of in their traditional order. We are starting with the Gospel of Luke, followed by the book of Acts, since both were written by Luke. Next, we move into the writings of Paul, which are arranged in chronological order. Nothing has been taken from the Scriptures and nothing has been added; however, reading in this new format has allowed me to see the word of God in a fresh and new way.
This week we are reading the Gospel of Luke. The story takes place in Luke 2:41-50: Jesus is twelve years old and has traveled with his parents to Jerusalem. They are on their way home when Mary and Joseph realize that Jesus is not with them. (If you are wondering how this could happen, it is easy to understand when you have several children, a great number of relatives, and multiple caravans. It is not difficult to think that your child is with someone else, only to discover this is not the case; I speak from experience!)
“When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions.” (Luke 2:45-46)
“When his parents saw him they were astonished. His mother said to him, ‘Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.’
“’Why were you searching for me?’ he asked. ‘Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?’ But they did not understand what he was saying to them.” (Luke 2:48-50)
I’ve always struggled with this passage of Scripture because it sounds like Jesus is scolding His parents. At first glance, it seems that He might be somewhat disrespectful. However, after reading these verses again, I saw something that I’d never noticed before: The story tells us that Mary and Joseph returned to Jerusalem, and then it took them another three days before they found Jesus! I had always thought that it took them three days to get back to Jerusalem.
Think about it: They had searched in Jerusalem for three interminable days before it dawned on them to look in the temple! Mary and Joseph had seen the angels, the shepherds, and the wise men. They’d experienced the virgin birth of their Son, but in the ten to twelve years since all of that had happened, they had forgotten who their Son really was, and they went last to the place they should have gone first. No wonder Jesus said what He did!
As I read this, I couldn’t help but wonder if I would have done the same thing? When I have a problem, what is the first thing I do? I get on the phone and talk to a friend; I try to fix it on my own, and, only after that doesn’t work, do I finally bring it to the One I should have turned to first.
Why is prayer always my last resort instead of my first inclination? Could it be that I’ve lost sight of God’s character and all He has done in my life? Could it be that I don’t really know the heart of God?
Lord Jesus, I confess that I have not always been faithful in turning to You and seeing You as my Best Friend. Help me to never take You for granted, but to always give You first place in my life. Grant me a passion for Your word of truth, that I may daily study the Scriptures and come to know You better. For You have assured me that I can count on You in good times and in bad to bring me wisdom to cope with any situation, as well as peace of mind from Your very presence. Thank you for the gift of Your written word, which never gets old, and which brings me guidance and comfort each time that I seek You therein. I pray these things in Your holy and precious name, O Christ Jesus, Amen.
Questions: When you have a problem, do you turn first to God, or do you turn to Him as a last resort? Is God your source of strength in good times, as well as in times of trial?
Take the next step: Learn how to share your faith.
“I have everything I need and am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent me. [They are the] fragrant odor of an offering and sacrifice which God welcomes and in which He delights. And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:18-19, Amplified Bible)
What do you do with leftovers? Do you consume them the next day for lunch, or do they become a science experiment in the back of your fridge until the next time you clean it out?
Most people’s leftovers exist somewhere between these two extremes. Perhaps in your case, it depends on how much you loved the meal the first time around. If it was one of your favorite foods, your mouth may be salivating on the way home in anticipation of finishing it off. Or, it may be that the leftovers are the “good-for-you” veggies that you know you should eat, but, hey – that wedge of chocolate pie in front of them is so tempting!
Some people box up their leftovers and take them to someone they know who needs a meal: an elderly widower, who can barely walk down his driveway; the latch-key kid next door, who would like an afternoon snack; or, the firemen at the station down the street. How do you treat God’s blessings?
Proverbs 28:20 states, “The faithful will abound with blessings.” (NRSV) God always provides us with what we need, but often He gives us so much more than our basic necessities. As a result, we have three choices as to what we can do with the leftovers: First, we can force them down in spiritual gluttony and become bloated and uncomfortable. Second, we can try to store them up, lacking the faith that more will be given to us in the morning, just like the Hebrews did in the wilderness. Or, third, we can choose to share our blessings with others.
It is said that many who went through the Great Depression became hoarders because they had a lack of faith in the government. These people feared the same thing just might happen again.
So often, we behave like hoarders: We try to store up the blessings God provides, rather than sharing them with others. We want to hide them under our sweaters, hug them to ourselves like pouty children, and claim them as our own. We treat these blessings as if we will never receive another. We may even consider only taking a few “bites” of our blessings and then wrapping them up and shoving them into our “life-fridge.” Will we then forget they are even there and, like teenagers, stand with the fridge door open while yelling we cannot find anything to eat?
The Scriptures tell us we are to give thanks to God in all things. This truly means all things – even horribly painful events, such as those resulting from others’ sins against us. For God can work to the good for those who have faith in Him, as He promises us in Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
God is working out His purpose, and there are always blessings if we seek them with trusting eyes. At times, however, we can’t see the blessings God has bestowed upon us sitting right there in the fridge. Thus, we look for something else to satisfy our hunger. We go after the tempting stuff: the instant gratification, the “comfort foods” of life, which we know are empty of the spiritual nutrition we need in order to grow in Christ. It may take someone opening our “life-fridge” and saying, “ Oh, look! Did you know you had this wonderfully nutritious and delicious meal in here?”
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow and overflow! When blessings have been abundantly bestowed upon us, will we share them, trusting that, tomorrow, there will be more? Will we offer what our Lord has given us and gladly distribute it to others so that they, too, may know the love of Christ? Let us not cling to our blessings, eventually forgetting the leftover portions are even there, so that they become useless. They were intended for the day we received them, both to bless us and others.
Dearest Lord, You bless us each and every day as we are faithful to seek You; give us the assurance that You will always provide. Help us to overcome our fears, that we may share and not hoard all that with which You bless us in our lives. As we distribute our treasures generously with others, may they also come to know You. Forgive us when we want to gather up all Your gifts for our own selfish use – or even worse – bag them up and then ignore them, leaving them to rot in the back of our lives. In the holy name of Jesus, we ask these things, Amen.
Questions: Do you trust God to supply your every need, as He has promised in Philippians 4:19? Why or why not? How do you most enjoy making use of the blessings God bestows upon you?
Take today’s next step: Lean in close to God. Take the 35 Day Challenge.
“There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, ‘The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.’ So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.” (Ezra 8:21-23)
As a result of their sin, the Israelites had lived as captives in Babylon for 70 years. Then God moved the heart of a king to grant the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem; priests and regular people were allowed to return to their homeland.
When Ezra—a priest and scribe—penned the verses that open this devotional, he had good reason to be afraid of bandits. Ezra and his people transported huge amounts of gold and silver for their construction work; yet, many opposed the idea of rebuilding the temple and repopulating Jerusalem.
However, Ezra’s uncertainty did not necessarily mean he doubted God. He spoke boldly to the king about God’s power, and he knew his Lord could protect them as they travelled.
Ezra didn’t presume God was on Israel’s side; he didn’t take for granted that the Lord would make their plans succeed. Instead, he acknowledged his need for God. He showed reverence for the Lord by proclaiming a fast. All the people joined Ezra in humbling themselves and asking for God’s protection.
Ezra’s words to the king hold true today. Although we may not see God’s pleasure or wrath immediately, let’s not assume that because we live in a “Christian” nation or come from a Christian family that God will bless everything we do. Instead, let us humbly ask for God’s protection. Let us seek our Lord with reverence and awe.
Holy God, You are all-powerful. Your hand is on those who look to You, but Your anger is against all who forsake You. Teach me to humble myself before You. May I not presume Your protection, but humbly seek Your refuge and shelter. I ask these things in the holy and mighty name of Jesus, Amen.
Questions: Why is it dangerous to assume God’s protection? What is the importance of being both bold and humble before the Lord?
What do you fear, and why? Is it holding you back from realizing your full potential?>Watch