Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Working Instead of Waiting

A tourist noticed a man sitting by the ruins of a home that had been blown away by the winds of a tornado. Puzzled he asked, “Was this your home?”

“Yep,” he said.

“Any of your family blown away with it?” the tourist continued.

“Yep. My wife and kids,” came the reply.

“My goodness, why aren’t you out looking for them?” the stranger wondered.

“Well, the wind is due to change in a moment,” he said, “so I might as well wait right here until it brings them back.”

For some, it is easier to wait than to work. It is more convenient to pause than to pursue. It is easier to ponder than to push.

God will not do for us what we can do for ourselves. He will never give His best if we sit and wait when He has given us skills and talents to use to His glory. We must work as though everything depended on us and pray as though everything depended on Him.

Prayer: We pray, Father, that we will take the initiative to use the skills that You have given us to solve our problems, enrich our lives and make Your world a better place: in Your Name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Mark 10:27

Today's video devotional: "Making Dough"

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Lift To Release

Years ago, while riding on a train, I saw a lever with words above it that read: “Lift to release!” It reminded me of the power of prayer and of that Bible verse that challenges us to “pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands.” It was the custom in years gone by that when people prayed they would hold up their hands with their empty palms toward heaven. This action expressed their faith in God. It was as if they were waiting and expecting God to fill them with His blessings. They were actually waiting to receive something from God.

The prayer of a faith-filled person is mightier than any power on earth. It has the unlimited power of God connected to it. Have a problem? Carrying a burden? Faced with uncertainty? Worried about finances? Have an illness? Threatened with a family problem? Take everything to God in prayer and trust in Him. He can do everything. Lift your hands to God in prayer, expecting. And remember the sign that reads, “Lift to release!”

Prayer: Father, I lift my hands to You in prayer today, surrendering my whole heart to You in faith believing that You will hear me and honor my requests. Help me to increase my faith and to trust in You knowing that You will fill me with the desire to do Your will: in Your Name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: John 14: 7-14

Today's video seed: "No Change"

Monday, March 29, 2010

Of Course You Will!

The parents of a small child were killed in an automobile accident. She had no other family members who could care for her, so she was taken to the home of another family where she would live. On her first night in her new home she prayed, “Oh Lord, make these people be as kind to me as my own mother and father were.” Then she paused for a moment and added, “Of course they will be kind to me!” And they were. She had faith and God heard and answered her prayer.

The Bible tells us that “you can pray for anything and if you believe, it will be done for you by your Father in heaven.” Effective Christian living depends on our faith in Christ. We are saved by faith, we are to live by faith and we are to pray in faith believing that with God, all things are possible. It is important that we constantly remind ourselves that “without faith it is impossible to please Him” and that our prayers are the keys that unlock all the treasures of heaven. Faith, however, is the hand that turns the key!

Prayer: Father, I want a faith like the child in this story. I admit that sometimes my faith is smaller than a mustard seed. But that’s not the way I want it to remain. Give me the desire to increase my faith by being close to You and listen as You speak to my heart: in Your Name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Matthew 21:17-22


Today's video seed: "Head, Hands and Heart"

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

No Excuses

A young boy came home from school with his report card. His father studied it and shook his head. “What’s the problem, Pop?” he asked. “Do you think it is heredity or the environment?” Many people, like that boy, go through life looking for an excuse for their failure rather than to struggle for success. They criticize their circumstances rather than conquering their conditions. They would rather spend time looking for a way out than discovering a way up.

It is time to set aside our disabilities and focus on our possibilities. It is time to move from the problem to the solution. And it is time to accept our responsibility and put it with His ability. With faith in God, we can mix toil with trust, and turn our set backs into successes. No excuses. Instead let us excell in all things through His power.

Prayer: Father, I thank You that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, and that with Your power I can become who You want me to be. Help me to turn every trial into a triumph and every problem into a possibility. I want to please You with the gifts You have given me and do my best to honor You in every situation. I give You credit for every success in my life and trust that You will see me through every problem: in Your Name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Luke 16:19

Today's video devotional:

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Only Believe

Holding tightly to the hand of his little girl, Paul Radar was crossing one of Chicago’s busiest streets. Turning to her he asked, “Aren’t you afraid?” “No,” said the four-year-old. “I’m never afraid when you are with me and holding my hand.”

As he listened to her words, his mind was flooded with the thought that he would do well to have the same childlike faith in his heavenly Father. It inspired him as he thought about it and compelled him to write the famous hymn, “Only Believe.”

It is always comforting to know that our Lord is always with us, holding our hand and putting His arm around our shoulder. In our weariest times, He will be our strength. In our darkest nights, He will be our light. In our weakest hour, He will become our source of power. As we put our faith in God, we can know without a doubt that all things are possible to those who believe.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to realize all of the time that You will never leave me nor forsake me. Your Word says that there is nothing that can snatch me out of your hand. So, I put my faith in You and believe that with You, all things are possible: in Your Name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Mark 11:22

Today's video devotional: "What's Your God?"

Monday, March 22, 2010

Never Give Up

When he was a small child, Winston Churchill was neglected and abandoned by his family. He was sent to a boarding school for his education. While he was there, he constantly asked for his parents to come visit him. But they never came. His childhood was distressing and his early career disastrous. However, he was able to turn every set back into a success and every trial into a triumph. Late in life he was asked to return to that boarding school and to deliver the commencement address. His address consisted of three words, “Never give up!”

Life can be tough, really tough. But if we place our trust in God, He can and will turn our tragedies into triumphs, our failures into fortunes. Rather than give up, we must go on. We must believe what the Bible says, “I can do all things through Christ!” Not a few things. Not many things. But all things. Behave what you believe!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always remember that there is no problem that is too difficult for You to solve and no burden too big for you to bear. All things are possible if only I believe. Increase my faith and trust in You as I face the issues of life: in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Philippians 4:13

Today's video devotional: "No Food On His Head"

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Diamonds From A Dungeon

His family must have spent a fortune on his education. He studied under the greatest teachers of his day. He was thoroughly trained in law. Became a well-recognized warrior. Traveled extensively. Enjoyed athletic competition so much that he knew all the rules and measures used to evaluate athletes. One day God spoke to him in a dramatic way and his life was changed forever. He put his complete trust in God and decided to follow Him completely. Eventually, things changed. Life did not become easy for him, but difficult. As a result of his obedience, he suffered shipwrecks and stoning. He faced death from maddening mobs and whips that lashed his body. Even though he was thrown into prison, his spirit was never shattered nor his faith flawed.

How did Paul endure these hardships? He turned his dungeon into a mine of diamonds. He wrote some of the world’s finest letters, inspired early church leaders, formed the theological foundation of Christianity and endured hardships as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

While in prison he wrote, “We know that all things work together for good.”

Prayer: Father, help me to find Your comfort in conflict, Your solace in sorrow and Your encouragement in times of discouragement: in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Romans 8:28

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I Believe, Therefore I Expect

A reporter once said to Pete Rose, “You need 78 hits to break Ty Cobb’s record. How many times at bat do you think you’ll need to get 78 hits?” “Seventy-eight,” came the answer. “Come on,” said the reporter, “you don’t expect to get 78 hits in 78 at bats, do you?”

“Every time I step up to the plate,” said Rose, “I expect to get a hit! If I don’t expect to get a hit, I have no right getting in the batter’s box.”

Whenever we pray, we need to have “great expectations.” We need to have that same attitude in prayer that Pete Rose had in hitting. When we go to the Lord in prayer, it is important that we expect an answer. And if we pray according to His will, He will hear us and give us whatever we expect.

Faith for the Christian is believing that we will get what we do not see. The reward of faith is seeing what we believe.

Prayer: Father, I want to have complete confidence that when I pray You will hear me. I know that I can do all things through You when I pray according to Your will and Your Word. Give me a faith that is strong so that when I pray I can expect my prayers to be answered as I wait patiently in Your presence: in Christ’s name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Romans 8:28

Today's video seed: "The Water Bearer"

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Touching Experience

Years ago many people believed that if you touched the beard of a man from whom you desired a favor, it would be granted. The Bible contains the story of a woman who believed that if she touched the robe of Jesus she would be granted healing. For twelve years she had sought a cure to her illness. She had exhausted all of her resources. Then she heard about the miraculous power of Jesus to heal the sick.

Quietly slipping through the crowd, she drew close to Him. When she could, she reached out and touched the hem of His robe believing that she would be well. And she was healed instantly. Jesus realized what had happened and wanted her to have faith in Him, not His robe. Quickly He asked, “Who touched my garments?” The woman came to Jesus with fear in her heart, fell before Him and admitted what she had done. Graciously He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in faith and be healed of your disease.”

Whenever we have a need or come to a problem that is beyond us, we need to reach out in faith and “touch the Lord.”

Prayer: Dear God, I want the same kind of faith that this woman had. Give me the faith to reach out to You in such a faith-believing way: In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Mark 5: 25-34

Today's video devotional: "Failure, A Step To Success"

Monday, March 15, 2010

Wait Upon The Lord

Before every battle, Napoleon would spend time in his tent alone. Then he would summon his commanders to come to him one by one. As they approached him, he would look at them and they would look back at him. They would then shake hands and go out to battle to conquer the enemy.

God and Moses had a similar relationship. God had the force and Moses had the faith. What a winning combination – God’s power, our problems! Every time we face any task after we have been in the presence of God and leave with faith in His power, we can be conquerors in His name!

We read in His Word, “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength…they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Teach us Lord to wait in Your presence for Your strength.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to wait upon You and to depend on You for every battle I face in life. I believe that You can make me more than a conqueror, but it is only when I trust completely in You and on You. Increase my faith in Jesus Christ, my Saviour and Lord, in whose name I pray. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Isaiah 40:31.

Today's video seed: "He Maketh Me To Lie Down"

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Mouse Swallower

A biology professor kept a rattlesnake caged in his laboratory. Whenever he fed it in front of his class, the students watched with fascination. One day he said, “I find it interesting that my snake gets more attention than I do.” “You'd get more attention,” said a freshman, “if you swallowed a mouse.” If we read Psalm 23:1, we realize that we do not have to swallow a mouse to get God’s attention.

The Psalmist boldly declared, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” When we ask the Lord to become our Shepherd, our personal Saviour, we enter into a personal relationship with Him and life changes. It is like the small child, who, when quoting this verse said, “The Lord is my shepherd, I have all that I need.” The Great Shepherd has given us His Word that He will give us all that we need – beginning with His attention to the details of our life. As we place ourselves under His care, we have His Word that His “goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives” and someday we will dwell in His house forever.

Prayer: It is good, Father, to know that we have Your attention, and that nothing in our lives escapes Your sight. Fill my life with Your grace and goodness, Your presence and power: in Christ’s name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 23:1,6

Today's video seed: "Faith Or Fear"

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Which Way Is America?

During World War Two, a young boy was sent from England to the United States for safety. While crossing the ocean, the ship he was on was hit by a torpedo and he was thrown into the water. A rescue boat came and lifted him out of the water. As they lifted him to safety, his first question was not “Why?” It was “Which way is America?” What an important lesson!

All of us have dreams that someone has torpedoed. We have all experienced the feelings of being “lost at sea” at one time or another. When events such as these occur, we have a choice. We can look back in bitterness or look ahead in anticipation. With God, no one or nothing is hopeless. During a difficult time in his life, the Apostle Paul said, “We get knocked down.” He quickly added, “But we get up again and again and keep going!” Our faith in God will increase during the storms of life if we look to Him for His help and strength. The events of life that would overwhelm us will be replaced by “the God of all comfort” Who will wrap us gently in His arms.

Prayer: Father, as the storms of life swirl around me, and as frightening waves sweep over me, I pray that the peace of Your presence will assure me that You are with me: in Your name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Matthew 19:16-26

Today's video seed: "The Purpose of the Flag"

Monday, March 8, 2010

Which Way Is America?

During World War Two, a young boy was sent from England to the United States for safety. While crossing the ocean, the ship he was on was hit by a torpedo and he was thrown into the water. A rescue boat came and lifted him out of the water. As they lifted him to safety, his first question was not “Why?” It was “Which way is America?” What an important lesson!

All of us have dreams that someone has torpedoed. We have all experienced the feelings of being “lost at sea” at one time or another. When events such as these occur, we have a choice. We can look back in bitterness or look ahead in anticipation. With God, no one or nothing is hopeless. During a difficult time in his life, the Apostle Paul said, “We get knocked down.” He quickly added, “But we get up again and again and keep going!” Our faith in God will increase during the storms of life if we look to Him for His help and strength. The events of life that would overwhelm us will be replaced by “the God of all comfort” Who will wrap us gently in His arms.

Prayer: Father, as the storms of life swirl around me, and as frightening waves sweep over me, I pray that the peace of Your presence will assure me that You are with me: in Your name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Matthew 19:16-26

Friday, March 5, 2010

From Fear To Fortune

Several years ago a magazine reported that an organization offered $5000 to anyone who could capture a wolf alive and bring it to them. Reading about this opportunity, Sam and Jed decided to go on a wolf hunt! The first night, they put up their tent, got into their sleeping bags and went to sleep. Sam was suddenly awakened by the sound of wolves howling nearby. “Wake up, Jed,” he cried. “We’re rich!” What an attitude.

At one time or another, it seems as though the “wolves of life” surround us. We hear their cries and sense their presence. But that which would frighten us and bring fear into our lives can be captured and brought under God’s control. There are times when we must look to the One who will bring us victory over the circumstances that surround us, protection from the fears that would beset us and peace when the storms of life would destroy us. We will always be victorious when we put our trust in a God Who loves us and will deliver us from all evil. In Him, we will find the riches of life.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, help me to think thoughts that enable me to see that which brings the riches of Your promises into my life. May I look to You to find that which is eternal, important, significant and purposeful: in Your name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Philippians 4:8

Thursday, March 4, 2010

A Leap of Faith

The African impala is an interesting animal. It can jump ten feet high and a distance of thirty feet. But if it is in a zoo, enclosed within a wall that is three feet high, it will remain there. It will not jump if it cannot see where its feet
will land. Unfortunately, there are many who believe in a god who behaves just like that: they are fenced in by fear and will not take the leap of faith to the freedom that God provides.

God is calling men and women to trust in Him and to become willing to make a complete commitment
to Him. His desire is that we make a reckless abandonment to Him and say, “Lord Jesus,
have Your way with me. I want to be who You want me to be. I want to do what You want me to do. I want to go where You want me to go. And I will do whatever You want me to do no matter what it costs me. I belong to You and that is all that matters.”

Prayer: Father, there are times when my faith is not the size of a mustard seed. It seems small and insignificant. I would ask that You give me the faith that I do not have that I may learn to trust You in all things. May I never allow my faith to fence me in so that I will not attempt great things for You. Help me to believe that all things are possible through You: in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Scripture for Today:
Hebrews 11: 8-9

Today's video seed: "Powder Marks"

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Seeing What You Have

Charley Boswell was an outstanding football player for the University of Alabama. He also excelled in baseball and dreamed of one day becoming a professional baseball player. Unfortunately, he lost his eyesight during the Second World War. However, losing his eyesight did not destroy him, it drove him onward. He became the National Blind Golf Champion seventeen times!

One day he said, “I never count what I have lost, I only count what I have.” When we enter a time of difficulty and distress we can rise to the challenge and become a champion or we can cringe and become a coward. When we face hardships and heartaches, we can become better if we have faith and believe that God is at work in our lives. Having faith in God will enable us to turn what could be a tragedy into a triumph, a problem into a solution and what seems to be the end into a new beginning.

Prayer: Father, please help me to see the best in everything. I want to become thankful for all that You have blessed me with and for everything that You bring into my life. I know that You will bring good out of everything that comes into my life if I trust in You: in Your name. Amen.
Scripture for Today: Mark 11:22
Today's video seed: "A Good Wife"

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Never Too Old

As the Countess of Huntington lay dying, she said, “My work is completed, and I have nothing to do but to go to my Father.” Sarah, a woman of faith and courage whose story is found in the Old Testament, believed that her work was nearing completion. One day God spoke to her husband who was 100 years old and said to him, “Sarah will give you a son!” When Sarah heard this, she laughed because she was 90 years old. God had a very special plan for her in her old age even if she did not think it possible. God knew that her work was not done. And just as God said, she gave birth to a son and named him Isaac. Sarah is an example of someone who trusted God, and became known as a woman of great faith.

There are days when each of us comes to the conclusion that our best days have passed us by. But God never comes to that conclusion. His Word reminds us that the best is always in front of us and that we can always do more for Him and through Him. Our age does not matter. What matters is for us to always believe that God has something great for us to do.

Prayer: Father, I want to accomplish all that You have called me to do. Give me a Sarah-like faith to believe that each day brings a new beginning to serve You: in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Hebrews 11:8-11

Today's video seed: "Have You Seen God?"