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Faith in Action

For the rest of my days may my trust in You, Father, be as it is the first of every morning. I plead that this will always be the case. No matter what day it is or what time You wake me, my first thoughts are of You, “My Father is calling me to join Him.” There is no better way to begin my day.

James 2:14-17 (<<click here)

No matter how many times I read this passage, Lord, it makes me stop and think. As we follow You, truly faith and acting on that faith go hand in hand – one is incomplete without the other.

We can have faith – believing in You as our Savior – but if it doesn’t affect the way we live, if it doesn’t cause us to do certain things and to stop us from doing other things, is it real? Faith must be more than an “intellectual assent” as my study Bible* notes. It has to be more than “agreement with a set of Christian teachings.” Faith must impact how we think about things. Faith kindles a fire in us that causes us to move and do. It is not a stationary thing. We must be about our “Father’s business.” Luke 2:49

We have a problem, too, working solely from the other end. Following You, Lord, is way more than good works, even if they are “spiritual” in nature. If there is no faith in the equation it is just going through the motions. Church attendance, teaching Sunday school, volunteering at a soup kitchen, working at an orphanage, even preaching from a pulpit – these things have minimal impact if not driven by faith.

Help me, Lord, to be faithful to the utmost in all I do for You and the kingdom. Fill my life, fill my actions. Amen.

Aug 27th, Sat, 5:27 am

*Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation

In It, Not of It

Father, it is a morning of thanks. Thank You for the good sleep over the weekend. I am so grateful for Your presence and direction in yesterday’s service. And thank you for the opportunity to be with family. No matter the circumstances, I am grateful that you are by my side. Thank You, Father.

James 1:21 (<<click here)

In this passage, we are admonished to rid ourselves of the filth and evil in our lives.” In the culture in which I live, Lord, this is a great challenge. The world is replete with it. I can’t turn a TV on, walk through a checkout like, flip through Facebook or stand in any given public gathering of people without being exposed to it.

I may be exposed to it on a regular basis, and would have to be a recluse with no access to technology, to avoid it but ultimately it is my choice as to how I respond to it. I see it but that doesn’t mean I have to embrace it or take it in. I don’t have to read it or watch it or even look at it. You enable me to turn the other way – help me to do so.

That can be tough enough but the real challenge is abiding by John 17:14-19. Lord, in this passage You state that we “are not of the world, even as [You are] not of it.” But the challenge comes in living out our commission of being sent into the world.” We cannot simply run and hide. In Your strength alone can we stand strong as we are sent “into the world.”

I cannot impact the world for Your kingdom, Lord, from a distance. I must be in the midst of the fray. It is dangerous. I might get hurt – seriously even. But I cannot shirk my responsibilities. The battles must be fought if the lost are to be reclaimed! Lord, “protect [me] from the evil one” and use me as You will! Amen.

Aug 15th, Mon, 6:06 am

Super Leaders

There is no better place to begin this week, Father, than here at Your feet. May I find the treasure You have in store for me today and once found may I embrace it and live it out.

Hebrews 13:7 (<<click here)

Lord, this verse admonishes me to “remember the leaders who taught me the word of God.” Wow! That’s a lot to remember! There have been so many in my life. Numerous family members, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teachers, Caravan leaders, Bible Quiz volunteers, Camp speakers, denominational and revival speakers, college professors, radio preachers and, oh, so many friends and fellow churchmen over the years. Some names and sometimes just faces come to mind but I can’t even remember them all. I may falter but, Lord, You know every single one of them. Bless those who are still walking this old earth today and hug those who are with You in glory!

It is overwhelming to think of all those who have impacted me for Your kingdom, Lord. May I take the very best of all of them as I walk my pilgrim journey. May I live it out in such a way that You are lifted high, that You are shown for the wonderful Savior that You are. May I lift the standard high so that others may see and “follow the example of my faith,” as well.

July 11th, Mon, 6:32 am

More than an Old Book

When I arrived home last night, Father, I was greeted by a beautiful sight. I was very dark but when I glanced up the night sky was filled with stars. It was absolutely spectacular! What a wonderful God You are! You are so diverse! Thousands of stars visible to the naked eye – and no two alike!

“The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.” Psalm 19:1

Hebrews 4:12 (<<click here)

Lord, I would think many people would raise their eyebrows to hear that the Bible is “alive” and “exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” It’s just a book and an outdated ancient one at that! And it was written mainly by ancient people from an insignificant country on the other side of the world, so how could it have any impact on a modern mind from a much more advanced culture such as mine?
Well believe you me it can impact and it surely does impact!

The greatest reason why the Bible is what it is and does what it does is that it is the very word of God! You used men to write it but Your Spirit inspired and directed every single one of them in their own personal way to communicate what Your people needed to hear.

It is “powerful” in that it is infused with the very power of God. If He can take the dust of the earth and breathe life into it making man, it is no more of a task to breathe life into words on a page no matter how old they may be.

And being old and written by people from another culture on the other side of the world makes no difference. We may think we are so much more advanced but man is still man. We may have more toys and gadgets and believe we are intellectually superior but things and knowledge do not change man at his core. We are still driven by our emotions, we love and hate, we are still controlled by our passions and we are still in need of a Savior in that we still cannot free ourselves from the bondage of sin.

Thank You, Lord – the Living Word of God – for giving us Your Word. May it “expose our innermost thoughts and desires” so that You may help us to overcome, so that You may change us for the better. Amen!

Mar 3rd, Thurs, 6:46 am

What Is Truth?

Father, I’ve let too many things distract me this morning but I am here and I am ready! Help me to focus and to listen to what You have to say.

Titus 2:8 (<<click here)

“Teach the truth…”

The New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible says, “This quality of integrity comes from careful Bible Study and listening before speaking.”

Quoting a key character in the latter days of Your life here on earth, Lord, “What is truth?” (John 18:37-38)

Lord, “truth” is surely a divisive concept. Some of us run from it! Some run to it. Many have spent lifetimes in trying to disprove and/or prove it. The reality, whether we choose to believe or not is proclaimed in Your Word as recorded in John 14:6. You yourself said, “I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life.”

So when we “teach the truth…” we are teaching of You. When we answer the question “What is truth?” the answer is You.

Lord, as I strive to “teach the truth” from the pulpit and in my daily life I truly must immerse myself in reading and studying Your Word – the Bible – and I must spend quality time with You so I may be so accustomed to Your voice that I will hear You speak before I do. Help me to perceive the world as You do so that I may impact it for You.

Jan 26th, Tues, 6:40 am