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Tomorrow never truly comes, it will always be tomorrow. Don’t let the time get away from you. There is a time and season for everything.

Scripture References:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Hosea 10:12
Proverbs 27:1
Mark 13:32-33

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Daily Devo- Conflict Resolution

Conflict is a a normal part of life. No one can escape the pain of broken relationships– it is part of living life in a broken, fallen world. Although pain may not be able to be avoided– becoming bitter over the pain caused can be.

The Bible presents to us the ‘freedom of forgiveness’. It also shows us that Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals, gives each believer the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)

Before we can reconcile any differences- we must first diagnose the condition of our own heart. Checking ourselves against the eight potentially problematic areas.

8 Areas to Examine in Our Heart

  1. Pride- Do I focus on how much I have been wronged?
  2. Faultfinding- Do I search and rehearse the faults of others?
  3. Avoidance- Do I avoid being around those I have conflict with?
  4. Silence- Do I shut down and refuse to share what I am feeling in a healthy way?
  5. Isolation- Do I withdraw emotionally?
  6. Unfaithfulness- Do I share unnecessary information about my opposer?
  7. Hopelessness- Do I lack faith that God can work in any situation?
  8. Resentment- Do I hold on to my anger until it turns into bitterness?

Hebrews 12:14-15

14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled

The Bible tells us to pursue peace with all people.

How to reconcile

The process of mending relationships and reconciliation of conflict can occur when both parties are willing to listen and communicate without interrupting each other. Both need to show respect and acknowledge there are two sides to every story, two sets of feelings, two hearts that need healing, and two different perceptions of what happened.

6 Do’s of reconciliation

  1. See the situation
  2. Repeat back what you heard
  3. Use words that are encouraging
  4. Be open minded and respectful
  5. Accept you only have the power to change yourself
  6. Be at peace

6 Don’ts of Reconciliation

  1. Don’t forget your opposer is also God’s creation
  2. Don’t hold on to resentment, bitterness, or hatred
  3. Don’t use ‘you’ statements. (You should…You made me…You always..etc)
  4. Don’t get drawn into useless arguing
  5. Don’t expect change immediately
  6. Don’t assume every situation can be reconciled

Apologize and Forgive

The healing of two wounded hearts can’t happen if both parties refuse to ask for forgiveness from the other. We must be careful not to further offend or complicate the situation when we are asking for forgiveness.

5 helpful tips when apologizing

  1. Don’t make excuses
  2. Don’t use the blame game or ‘you’ statements
  3. Accept full responsibility (My attitude was inexcusable)
  4. Accept full blame for your part in the situation (No one can make someone else sin- I acknowledge I sinned against you…)
  5. With a humble heart and attitude explain you have tried to see the situation from their point of view….)

All healing takes time– regardless of the type of wound– physical, mental, or emotional. A wound cannot heal if we don’t leave it alone. Forgiveness works in a similar manner– it can not do its’ job if we don’t give it time. God can use us to help the process by taking these practical steps:

  • Recognize that forgiving someone does not mean they are ‘off the hook’. It means you are no longer carrying the offense and have turned it over to God to handle. It transfers it from your hook to God’s hook.
  • Make the decision that you no longer want to bare the pain from the past.
  • Recognize the unmet needs of the one who hurt you and pray for them.
  • Make a list of each offense you are holding unforgiveness about and release each one to God.

Each person has to accept that there is a chance that the end result could be a negative outcome. Sometimes, the relationship just may not work out between two people. The responsibility cannot fall solely on one of them. Effective and freeing reconciliation comes when both parties handle the process in a Godly manner.

Romans 12:18

18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for your forgiveness and guidance on reconciling our differences. We know that conflict is going to happen and we ask that you help us handle it in a Godly manner. Forgive me for not always seeking Your counsel before handling situations in the past. God I hand each offense I carry today over to you. Lord help expose to me my own heart and show me where I need improvement. Guide me in the process of reconciliation and help me to remember the do’s and don’ts. I pray that you would help me to live peaceably with all men and forgive just as you have forgiven me. It is in Jesus name I pray

Amen

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Daily Devo- Can we trust the Bible?

2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Is the Bible fact or fiction?

All scripture is God breathed- God inspired.

God CANNOT lie!

The Bible is historically true.

Psalm 33:4
For the word of the Lord is right,
And all His work is done in truth.

The word is true and right. It has passed the history test many times. Peter, Moses, Mark, Luke- they were all there. Their stories are eye witness accounts.

There are rules to ensure extreme care when the Bible was copied and continues to hold these same rules today.

The Dead Sea scrolls were written 100 years before Jesus.

Archeology proves that the places and events happened. These sites can still be seen today.

Many have tried to disprove the Bible, however, it always ends the same- the Bible is proved to right. It is scientifically accurate.

Science constantly changes but the Bible does NOT.

God’s word is factual and alive!

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for giving us Your inspired scripture for correction, reproof, and instruction in righteousness. Lord forgive me for anytime I have doubted Your Word or its’ accuracy. Lord I pray that each person would have discernment when reading the Bible. Give them Your guidance and help them to understand what we read and how to apply it to our life. I pray those who question Your word or existence would see the proof and know Your word is factual and alive. It is in Jesus name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo- Trust Fall

When I was a child in elementary school our school had a program called, ‘Challenge Ed’. Challenge education is a complex synthesis of a variety of therapeutic, educational, recreational, rehabilitative, and enrichment strategies. It was one of the best parts of every year.

We would take a field trip to a place that was set up in an obstacle coarse style. Each station had a goal to achieve as a class or individually. Each station was designed to help strengthen different strategies for approaching and solving tough obstacles.

One of the main lessons I remember that was consistently practiced and a lot of emphasis was given to is the trust fall. For those of you who may not know what the trust fall exercise is– let me explain.

It was a safety exercise that each person had to complete before each station was attempted.

The students were broke into groups of two– one as a spotter– one as the ‘faller’. The idea was to build trust with our classmates and learn that we all need someone reliable to catch us if we fall. The exercise went like this:

Faller asks: Spotter ready?

Spotter says: Ready.

Faller asks: Ready to fall?

Spotter says: Fall.

Faller says: Falling.

Then the faller– with arms crossed on their chest– falls back. The spotter is behind and catches the faller as they begin to fall back and help them stand back up. After that, the faller and spotter switch positions and the challenge repeats.

Once the trust fall challenge was complete– each student took their turn at attempting to complete the obstacle. The one completing the obstacle was the ‘faller’ in the trust fall example. Each spotter than surrounded the obstacle and would encourage and assist the faller in navigating their way through the obstacle– warning before missteps, and nearby to catch them if they fall.

The trust fall we did in elementary school reminds me a lot about the reality of life and the need we have for a spotter (a Savior) on a daily basis.

We navigate our way through life’s obstacles daily– some are easy– while others are rather difficult. Navigating through day to day life is a lot like navigating through a new challenge on the obstacle course– we are going to misstep, slip, or even fall off and have to start over.

The importance lies in our safety net– who or what is your ‘spotter’. When you slip, misstep, or fall off the wagon completely in your daily life– who is there to catch you? It is called a ‘trust fall’ are you putting your trust into unreliable people or things?

The Call of Wisdom

Proverbs 1:20-21 NKJV

20 Wisdom calls aloud outside;
She raises her voice in the open squares.
21 She cries out in the chief concourses,
At the openings of the gates in the city
She speaks her words:

The Excellence of Wisdom

Proverbs 8:1-4 NKJV

Does not wisdom cry out,
And understanding lift up her voice?
She takes her stand on the top of the high hill,
Beside the way, where the paths meet.
She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city,
At the entrance of the doors:
“To you, O men, I call,
And my voice is to the sons of men.

The Way of Folly

Proverbs 9:3-15 NKJV

13 A foolish woman is clamorous;
She is simple, and knows nothing.
14 For she sits at the door of her house,
On a seat by the highest places of the city,
15 To call to those who pass by,
Who go straight on their way:

Hearts inclined to God hear wisdom. Hearts with little depth and no desire for God hear folly (lack of good sense; foolishness).

The tongue contains the power of life and death. (Proverbs 18:21) A good ‘spotter’ in life will always speak life and wisdom with the power of their tongue. The Bible tells us wise words bring healing (Proverbs 12:18), and a soft answers turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up strife. (Proverbs 15:1)

Choosing the Ultimate Spotter

We can choose a spotter that is of the world– people like friends, family, spouses– and they may be a ‘good safety net’ 50 percent of the time. Meaning half of the time or more– when you misstep or fall– there will be no one there to catch you and stand you back upright.

People fail us because we are human. We make choices daily that have an affect on us one way or another. Having a solid, unfailing safety net that works 100 percent of the time is essential.

So, who is the ultimate spotter- who is the one that we can trust to catch us 100 percent of the time when we fall- and the only one who is perfect- full of wisdom and speaks no folly. Who is the one who will guide you’re every step if you are diligently practicing the trust fall challenge?

Jesus- our one and only true Savior in this world.

Seeking wisdom through His word and exercising your faith- diligently practicing the trust fall challenge.

We are the ‘faller’- He is the ‘spotter’.

We ask Jesus, are You ready?

Jesus says to us: He is always ready.

We ask: are you ready to catch me when I step out in faith?

Jesus says: Step- I will catch you when you fall.

We say: I have stepped out in faith- and I am falling.

Jesus calmly, not phased, or surprised by our misstep– simply set’s us back up and encourages us to step again.

I have heard it said like this before:

It does not matter how many times you fall or misstep- what matters is that you get back up again.

Having the ultimate spotter- Jesus- with each step you take will ensure you have the support and encouragement to rise again.

Fall down seven times- stand up eight.

Proverbs 24:16 NKJV

For a righteous man may fall seven times
And rise again,
But the wicked shall fall by calamity
Note: (calamity is an event causing great and often sudden damage or distress; a disaster)

I encourage you today to evaluate your trust fall. Where does your trust lie- with people or things-or with God?

If you are not consulting God or putting your trust into Him- you will likely face an obstacle in life that knocks you down and you will struggle to get back up again. Leaving you feeling hopeless, helpless, and stuck.

I am writing this to tell you that you do NOT have to stay stuck in a rut. God will be your rope of hope that lifts you out of deep trenches and calmly sets you back on your feet to try again.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for being a God that we can trust. Thank you for being near to us and ready to catch us anytime we misstep or fall. I am thankful you are a God of encouragement and understanding- you take our missteps and use them for good for Your kingdom. Forgive me God, for putting my trust into the wrong things. Forgive me for not turning to you to lift me up and set my feet back upon Your rock of truth. I pray each person who reads this would hear the message You are trying to teach us. I pray each of us would evaluate who we have as our spotter for life’s daily trust fall challenge. I pray that each person’s eyes, ears, and hearts are opened and inclined to hear Your word. I pray that the voices of those who speak folly would be silenced as we seek to rise again in You. It is in Jesus name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo- Imagination

Imagination is define as the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses. There are three classifications of imagination– things we should not imagine– things we can not imagine– and things we should imagine.

Luke 1:51 NKJV
He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

Things we SHOULD NOT imagine:

  • Things evil in nature
  • Worrisome thoughts
  • Fearful thoughts
  • Lustful or perverted thoughts

Did you know?

Worry is a misuse of our imagination and it also activates fear.

Somethings we CANNOT imagine:

  • Heaven
  • Plans God has in store for us
  • Blessings
  • Miracles

Did you know?

Some people do not believe in Heaven, because they can not imagine it.

Things we SHOULD imagine:

To possess and exercise a healthy imagination makes the impossible things–possible.

Imagination is essential to living by faith. Hebrews 11:1 tell us that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Great lives are built around great imagination God’s dreams are bigger than my dreams. Ephesians 3:20

Don’t plan your life and set goals around what you see or your circumstances. Let the size of your God, determine the size of your goals. Remember, God can make the impossible- possible. Let God’s spirit and His word guide you and fuel your imagination.

Satan comes to put doubt in our mind.

Mark 9:23-24 NKJV
23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”


Doubt is meant to be doubted and beliefs are meant to be believed.

– Pastor Phil Willingham Sermon 2017

As believers we have a helper in life– someone who is trustworthy and loyal– someone the world does not have because they do now know Him, and cannot imagine His existence.

John 14:16-17 NKJV
16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

The key to a stronger and healthier imagination is spending daily quiet time with God. Read His word– listen for His voice– study in your areas of weakness– and trust in His promises.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for being our helping hand and guiding as through Your word. Lord, forgive us for our times of doubt and for our misuse of our imagination. Open our eyes so that we can see the wonderful ways of Your law. Help us to understand so that we can meditate on Your works. I pray that you will stir up our spirits so that we will want to seek You more. I pray You will help us as we seek to have a stronger and healthier imagination. Guide our quiet time in Jesus name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo- Eyes of Fear or Eyes of Faith

The gospel teaches us how to get right with God. It starts with faith and ends with faith. Those that study God’s word and seek to be right in His eyes- live their life by trusting in Him and His ways.

Romans 1:17 NKJV

17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

Those who do not have a relationship with Jesus- live their life by making decisions based off their circumstances and feelings. Which tends to lead to more issues. We can not please God without having faith.

Hebrews 11:6 NKJV

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Faith is seeing the world through God’s point of view. Faith has nothing to do with feelings and is believing in what you can not see. Faith gives us confidence and assurance in what we know will happen because God’s word tells us what to expect and He promises good for those who love Him.

How do you live your life? Do you see with eyes of fear or eyes of faith?

What happens when we see with eyes of fear?

Read Numbers 13-14

  • We can miss what God has planned for our life
  • We exaggerate our difficulties- negative attitudes are contagious
  • We underestimate our own abilities- when we live in fear we project our fears on to those around us.
  • We become discouraged.
  • We start to gripe and complain about all of our lives.
  • We eventually give up and ultimately blame God

Highly critical people are usually insecure within themselves. Each person we come in contact with through-out life will either increase us or decrease us. We must be careful who we allow to influence our life- some people want us to crawl when God created us to soar.

What happens when we see with eyes of faith?

  • Faith shrinks our problems (Genesis 18:14)
  • Faith opens the door for a miracle. (Mark 11:22-24)
    The law of faith- trumps the law of nature. We do not have miracles because we do not believe they can happen. This is because our lack of faith.
  • Faith moves God to act on our behalf. God is not moved by us complaining and seeking to accomplish something in our own power and will. The Bible is clear that God is moved by our faith. (Matthew 9:29)
  • Faith unlocks all the promises of God. (2 Corinthians 1:20)
  • Faith turns our God given dreams into a reality. (Ephesians 3:20)
  • Faith gives us the power and strength to hold on during tough times.
    – Faith does not always remove the problem but the Bible promises that faith will help us through it. Just like faith does not take away the pain you experience in life but it does give you the ability to handle the pain.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for your goodness and faithfulness to those who love and seek You. I confess that I often catch myself seeing through the eyes of fear. I pray that you would help me to keep my focus on you. Help me to set my eyes on You and live by faith in Your promises. I trust in You Lord and pray that Your will be done in my life. In Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo- A Desperate Call in Crisis

Racing thoughts- elevated blood pressure- body sweats- and the sinking feeling in your stomach are common reactions when a crisis strikes in your life. Everything as you know it is about to change- your fearful and overcome with emotion- what am I going to do?

There are two options in this situation- Trust God or Do not trust God. Hand it all over to Him and let Him work it out or frantically start trying to ‘fix’ the situation yourself.

I will give you- a hint one works and one causes a lot more hurt and only further complicates the situation.

In 2 Chronicles 20:20 Jehoshaphat was faced with a serious crisis when he was attacked by enemies on all sides. This was a great moment of desperation for him and he ordered the nation of Israel to worship God and call on Him for deliverance.

Jehoshaphat said, “Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established, believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.”

He knew that he alone could not win the battle- so he focused the nations attention to the only One who really could deliver them- God.

The scripture goes on to explain that the Lord set ambushes against the people who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.

God does not always take us out of a crisis, but He will always see us through it.

If we put our full trust in Him and cry out for His deliverance- He will protect us and bring good to us through the battle. When we put our trust in the Lord- we can not lose- when God is in control we always win the battle.

A few years ago a crisis struck my life and shook my faith like never before! It was an extremely ugly custody battle over my son. I was being attacked on all sides- the court- my family- attorneys- work- and a toxic home life, I had yet to face.

To say it brought me to my knees would be an under statement. My son is my life. How would I go on if he no longer was with on a daily basis. I felt my world begin to crumble around me.

I began seeking and crying out to God like never before. I was a Christian but I did not know God like I do today. He began to expose many chains that had me bound. He exposed my inner self to me- He exposed the toxicity that I was living with daily from my father- He exposed how little trust I actually had in Him.

I have always said I trust and believe in God. That He is my Savior and watches over me. However, saying these things and truly living them with all your heart is two very different things.

As I began to seek Him for answers to the catastrophe of a life I was living- He answered! It was not the answer I wanted, nor the one I thought I would receive, but in the end it was exactly what I had been praying and begging God for.

He knows the desires of our heart and He hears every prayer- it is our job to listen to Him and trust in His response.

I thought I would share with you the battle prayer I wrote when going through some of the darkest- most difficult- times of my life.

My Battle Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Listen to me cry out for I am in desperate need. (Psalm 142:6) Lord God when they plot against me, they figure out how they can take my life, But I trust in you O Lord I declare “You are my God” you determine my destiny rescue me from the power of my enemies and those who chase me. (Psalm 31:13-15) Remind me you have not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7) Indeed Lord God you are my rock and my fortress for the sake of your name lead me and guide me. (Psalm 31:3) Lord Jesus when I am surrounded by trouble you keep me safe you oppose my angry enemies and save me by your power, you will do everything you have promised. (Psalm 138:7) For when I am afraid I will trust in you, I praise God for his word I trust God so I am not afraid. What can human beings do to me?(Psalm 56:3-4) Lord God I pray for the blessing you promised of giving words of wisdom that none of my enemies will be able to prove wrong. (Luke 21:15) Lord you are there and know what I should do when I am ready to give up. (Psalm 142:3) Lord help us to remember the weapons of our warfare is not of the flesh but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. (2 Corinthians 10:4) Lord you said “the captives of warriors will be released and the tyrants will be retrieved for I will fight those who fight you and I will save your children” (Isaiah 49:25) and I pray this to be true over my life and my family. Lord God I pray you remind me of what you said in Isaiah 41 “Fear not, for I am with you, Be not dismayed for I am your God I will strengthen you, Yes I will help you , I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” “For I , the Lord your God will hold your right hand saying to you fear not I will help you” God I thank you for the blessing and power of prayer for Jesus answered and said, “Have faith in God, for assuredly I say to you whoever says to this mountain “Be removed and be cast in the sea” and does NOT doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you whatever things you ask when you pray believe that you receive them and you will have them. (Mark 11:22-24) I pray this to be true over my family and my current troubles Lord God. I pray you use this situation to turn bad into good to glorify your name and your kingdom. When we are feeling overwhelmed by all going on give us encouragement, when we’re running out of strength give us endurance. In spite of everything help us know your peace and joy. (Romans 15:5 14:7)If god is with us, no one can defeat us. But in all things we have full victory through God who showed his love for us. (Romans 8) Lord Jesus I pray you dress me in the armor of God having “girded my waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness and having shod my feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace, above all taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit which is the word of God’ (Ephesians 6:14-17) and stop all evil and allow your will to be done. Lord Jesus thank you for all these promises and all the guidance you provide. I pray this unto you in the name of Jesus.

– Amen

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Daily Devo- Stop Fighting God

Attitudes some are positive- some are negative- but all of them have consequences. People who do not have a close relationship, or any relationship for that matter, with God tend to fight against His will while chasing their own.

God is in control- nothing anyone says or does can change that. This world is His creation and we are His children. God will attempt to correct us- He will petition us to leave the darkness behind- and He will reach into the depths of our despair to rescue us.

However, God will NOT take control of our free will of choice and He will NOT force Himself into anyone’s life. God’s plans and ways are always higher than ours and His plans always prevail. Trying to be steps ahead of God- or trying to ‘outrun’ Him so that you do not have to be obedient to Him- will NEVER work.

In Exodus 9:12 the scripture talks about how God hardened the Pharaohs heart- God did NOT take control of the Pharaoh’s will and force his decisions. The pharaoh was still responsible for his own choices and actions.

As God appealed to Pharaoh to release the Israelites- it seemed as if he was becoming even more determined to keep them in bondage. This led to a conflict between the Pharaoh’s will and God’s will.

Eventually God won- and Pharaoh’s will was broken.

Spoiler Alert!!

God ALWAYS wins!

Fighting against God’s will and instruction is a recipe for failure. Having an ‘I don’t need God’ or ‘I can do it myself’ attitude is a losing proposition. Fighting God’s will only leads to exhaustion, depletion of your energy/finances/etc., and will certainly mess up your life and lead to self-destruction- further complicating your situation.

It is time to have an attitude for God– NOT against Him.

Is there any area in your life that you are refusing to fully trust God in?

Maybe, you are aware that your attitude towards God is not a positive one-perhaps, today God is telling you it is time to adjust your outlook and more importantly your attitude.

Remember, NO ONE is too far for God to reach and change from the inside out. Hand it over to Him and allow God to do the rest!

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Lord thank you for always having our best interests at heart. Thank you for being understanding and patient as we learn what Your word says about our attitudes and trusting in you. I pray that You would touch each person that reads this. Help them to analyze their own hearts and see if You are telling them it is time for an attitude adjustment. God forgive us for often trying to do things in our own will and power and not relying on You to guide us. Forgive us for the days we have an attitude like Pharaoh- leading us to further complicate our life. God, I pray that You would draw near to each of us- expose our attitudes to ourselves- and help us to trust in You to change them. In Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo- Got to have faith

To have faith means more than just believing in something. Faith is defined in Hebrews as ‘the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen’. Faith usually starts out certain. When people believe that God will fulfill His promises to us- they are showing true faith. True faith believes even when you can not see any evidence, despite trusting in God and His character.

True faith is believing in God’s promises and that His works are always good for those who love Him.

Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

John 20:29 NKJV

When people have faith in God, they know without a doubt that He will always keep His promises, He will always protect them, and He will never leave them.

Each day people of faith have to make choices in this world- usually doing so based on their unseen reality of their eternity in heaven.

People of faith preserver- despite pain, hardship, and persecution, because they know that God is with them through it all.

People claim to believe in God all the time- but do they really know who He is?

To know God intimately- faith is required. There must be a willingness to believe through the unseen that God exists and that His rewards are certain.

When having faith people discover how to unlock the power of having full trust in God and relying solely on Him. The power of salvation- through a personal relationship with Him.

Do you ‘believe in God’ or do you know God through a personal relationship with Him?

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

I want to thank you for this beautiful day and for Your message on faith. Lord, I confess sometimes it is easy to lose sight of my faith because of the burdensome and painful circumstances that can arise on any given day. Lord I pray that my faith would be increased, that we would keep our eyes on You and Your promises. Remind us Lord that seeing is not believing but believing is seeing. I pray each person would want to come to know You and learn about Your unfailing love and promises kept. I pray that You would increase thee faith of each person reading this in the mighty name of Jesus I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo- Building a Relationship with God

I have written about the importance of understanding religion vs. relationship. God wants to know us intimately and build a strong, trusting, and lasting relationship with Him. God loves each one of us– we are His creation– all children of God.

When two people are in love they are intentional about spending time together. Both making sacrifices and showing discipline and love to one another. The couple needs to work together to achieve the ultimate goal of building their relationship.

This is a great example on how we should be seeking and longing for a relationship with God. He is our Heavenly Father, always near, always reliable, and knows each of us before we were in our mothers womb. (Psalm 139:13)

Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

God loves us long before we choose Him. He longs for the relationship with us and I believe that we need to exercise self-control and learn to discipline ourselves to give God the priority we so easily give to everything else in our life.

In 1 Corinthians 9 Paul uses the imagery of an athlete to illustrate spiritual discipline.

When an athlete says yes to the Olympics they say no to everything else. Rigorous control of diet and exercise is the only way to win. Dedicating each moment leading up to the ultimate goal.

This is similar to making your devotional time a priority. We should be dedicating a set amount of devotional time each day to growing in our relationship with God. When we are giving God our time and prioritizing our relationship with Him– a host of positive habits follow and we begin to see the transformation from the inside out.

A few tips to setting up an effective devotional time.

  • Reserve a time to connect with God daily.
  • Find a quiet, comfortable place.
  • Determine how much time you will spend
  • Set realistic expectations, this will help to encourage you instead of feeling like you have failed to reach an unrealistic expectation set for yourself.
  • Acknowledge there is no wrong way to spend time with God. Everyone’s quiet time will look different based on other factors in life and how we prioritize the time we have.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for choosing me and creating me carefully in my mothers womb. Thank you for calling me to a higher purpose and blessing me with the resources to learn about You. Lord I pray that each individual that reads this article will have a fire in their heart to seek to know You and build the intimate relationship with You that ultimately sets us free. God I pray that each person would dedicate themselves to a daily quiet, devotional time with you– to grow in our faith and our relationship with You, in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen