God always answers the prayers of his believing children, but his answer is not always yes. When our request is wrong, even if we are right, he answers no. I have discovered that some of God’s greatest demonstrations of love for me occurred when he said no to a request that he knew was not the best for me. I realize now that when he says no to something we ask for it is that he may say yes to something even better.
Such was the case in 1986, when I was praying for a particular job after completing college. I did everything I knew to do spiritually to get the job, but Read More
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind me and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Paul had a drive to win. He said, “I forget the things that are behind; I am straining; I am like a runner; I am pressing because I intend to win.” When you are focused on one thing, you have a drive to win in life. You refuse to come to the end of your life as a failure. At the end of your life, you want to be able to say, Read More
The Bible says you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free (John 8:32). I pray that you will spend enough time with the truth of God’s Word so that you will know it – not in your head, but in your heart. If you know it, the Spirit will wake you up at two o’clock in the morning and you will know it is true. Or if you are in a ship and the winds and waves are raging and threatening to sink the ship — you will still know that God’s Word is true. No matter what circumstances you are going through or how loud the enemy shouts, there are things you need to know about God, and your heart needs to be able to rest in those things. Anchor your heart in them. Lay hold of them until they produce the kind of change that God wants you to have in your life.
Jesus gave a parable and talked about the Word going forth. There were different types of responses to the Word. One type was those who heard the Word but didn’t understand it. They didn’t spend any time trying to understand it, so it didn’t do them any good. There was another group who heard the Word and got excited for a while, but they wanted things to happen very quickly and when things did not happen quickly, they pursued other interests. Others heard the Word, but persecution and difficulties caused them not to produce any fruit either.
But there was a group of people who, when they heard the Word of God, spent the time necessary to understand it. They held on to it and refused to let go. They kept holding on and as a result of their perseverance and tenacity, Jesus said, eventually the truth changed them and they brought forth some thirty-fold, some sixty-fold and some a hundred-fold.
That is how you have to be towards the Word of God. Be tenacious. When you hear the truth, do not let it go in one ear and out the other ear. Lay hold of it. Refuse to let it go until it makes the changes God wants to happen in your life, and changes not only you but empowers you to change your environment.
Are you spending time in the truth of God’s Word? Are you allowing it to set you free?
Hebrews 4 says that God gave a powerful promise to Israel after He delivered them out of Egypt. While in Egypt, if they applied the blood as they were supposed to, they were protected. But when they got into the wilderness they stopped believing God and stopped using their faith. They stopped trusting His word and stopped relying upon what He had said. Because they did not mix their faith with the Word of God, they did not enter the Promised Land. They died in the wilderness. Only two persons entered the Promised Land. Read More
You may be familiar with the Olympics for the handicapped, the Special Olympics. In one race in the Special Olympics held a few years ago, the number of runners had been reduced to five finalists. They stood at the starting line, the gun was fired, and they began running. They ran as fast as they could; getting to the finished line first was each runner’s goal. Then one of them tripped and fell. He tried to get up but could not. Then another runner—one of his competitors—stopped, reached down, and picked him up! Hand in hand, they crossed the finished line. Read More
So many of you are responding to my new blog. I am pleased that I can be a blessing and encouragement to you. We will continue to send these articles out regularly, at least once a week. So keep looking for them and if you are particularly blessed by any of them, we would sure love to hear from you.
Paul said, forget the things that are behind. Forget what happened to you. Forget what people said about you. Forget what people did to you. Forget the wonderful things you had before you became a Christian. You had all those things, but you were going to hell. Forget them! Forget what happened yesterday. To focus on Christ today, you have to turn your eyes from what happened yesterday. You can’t change your past, so don’t live in it. Besides, your past does not determine your future. Forget! The sooner you forget the past, the quicker you can get to the future that God has for you. You’ll never lay hold of the prize until you forget. Read More
I am pleased to announce the launch of my first Blog, A Moment of Grace! My desire is to share with you practical insights that will fuel your walk with Christ, and foster personal growth and spiritual maturity.
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