Lessons From God’s Creatures (Part 1)

“My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Ps 27:8 NIV In his book, Talking Dogs, Sam Mason discusses how God can use our pets to speak to us. Looking back on some dogs he has owned and the lessons he learned from them, he writes: “One such occasion was when Ranger, our eleven-pound Italian greyhound, was sitting on my lap as I relaxed in the recliner. I noticed that familiar, endearing little tilt of the head, as he looked me directly in the face. I found myself … [Read more...]

Depend Completely On God

“Our competence comes from God. He has made us competent.” 2Co 3:5-6 NIV Jesus told His disciples, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mt 26:41 NKJV). What did He mean by that? He meant that without the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit, which He’d just told them they’d soon receive, they weren’t equal to the challenges they were about to face. It wasn’t a matter of His doubting their devotion and willingness to serve Him; … [Read more...]

How to Set Your Goals

“I will give men for you, and people for your life.” Isa 43:4 NKJV Depend on God more than on others. That doesn’t mean you don’t need other people. You do. When God calls someone to do a job, He calls others to stand alongside them. God’s promise is: “I will give men for you, and people for your life.” So ask Him who belongs in your life. In Exodus chapter 17, as long as Moses held his hands up, Israel’s armies prevailed in battle, but when his hands grew tired the battle went the other … [Read more...]

How to Set Your Goals

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Pr 3:5 NIV Trust in God more than in yourself. That doesn’t mean you should go through life doubting and second-guessing yourself, or being afraid to move in case you make a mistake. When you recognize and embrace God’s plan for your life, you tap into the power you need to fulfill it. False humility will handicap you spiritually, mentally, and emotionally, and keep you from moving forward. When God called … [Read more...]

A Spirit or Fear

“God has not given us a spirit of fear.” 2Ti 1:7 NKJV The Bible tells us that fear is a “spirit.” This spirit has a mind that thinks and a voice that speaks, and if you allow it to—it will control you. Today if you’re battling a “spirit of fear,” make this your prayer: “Lord, Your Word says when I seek Your face, You’ll hear me and deliver me from all my fears (See Ps 34:4). So I cast down every anxious thought that rises up against what I know about You and Your power (See 2Co 10:5). I stand on … [Read more...]

When You Can’t Make Ends Meet

“Those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.” Ps 34:10 NLT Have you lost your job? Are you facing the possibility of losing your home or going bankrupt? Are you in the toughest place you’ve ever been? Paul “suffered the loss of all things” (Php 3:8 NAS), but he didn’t stay there. He went on to say, “My God shall supply all your need” (Php 4:19 NKJV). And God can do that for you—with or without a paycheck or some other anticipated source of income. The psalmist said, “Those who … [Read more...]

Hold On to the Word You’ve Received

“As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.” Mk 4:15NIV In the parable of the sower, Jesus said, “Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.” Ever notice how you can sit at home and watch a two-hour, commercial-packed movie without feeling restless or bored, yet when the pastor’s sermon exceeds thirty or forty minutes, you keep glancing at your … [Read more...]

Your Divine Security Detail

“The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.” Ps 34:7 NKJV Just as a president and a prime minister are constantly surrounded by security guards, as a redeemed child of God you are surrounded by angels. You may not be able to see the president or prime minister’s security detail, but just let someone make a threatening move and trained guards instantly form a protective shield around him. Dr. James McConnell, founder of Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in … [Read more...]

Discovering God’s Will (Part 2)

“That you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Ro 12:2 NKJV For a redeemed child of God, nothing in life should be more important than discovering and doing His will. But you have four options: (1) You can remain ignorant of it. Chances are this isn’t you, or you wouldn’t be reading this daily devotional right now. Clearly you have a desire to know God’s will for your life and He will help you find it (See Isa 30:21). (2) You can know it and choose … [Read more...]

Discovering God’s Will (Part 1)

“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Ro 12:2 NKJV The story is told of a man who lived on a beautiful farm. When he died, the property, which had been in the family for over 200 years, was sold to one of the neighbors. One day, the new owner was walking in a field when he noticed an odd-looking rock sticking out of the dirt. He took it home, washed it, and took it to a jewelry store. The jeweler confirmed what the owner already suspected. The old stone, which had been in the field for … [Read more...]