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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Even if He doesn't

Hebrews 11:13 (ESV)
These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.

Hebrews 11 talks about the Heroes of Faith in God’s Word, people like Moses, Abraham, Jacob and Isaac. They are all remembered as people that had great faith, but they did not even see the fullness of what God had promised to them. They had faith even when they were laughed at, thrown in prison, attacked, treated badly and made fun of. Nothing made them give up on their faith.

They had the kind of faith that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had. King Nebuchadnezzar had told them that they had to worship a fake God instead of the real one and only God or they would be put to death in a blazing fire furnace.

Here’s what they said Daniel 3:16-18  “King Nebuchadnezzar, we don’t need to talk about this anymore. We might be thrown into the blazing furnace. But the God we serve is able to bring us out of it alive. He will save us from your powerful hand. “But we want you to know this. Even if we knew that our God wouldn’t save us, we still wouldn’t serve your gods. We wouldn’t worship the gold statue you set up.” They had the kind of faith that said even if God doesn’t save us we will still have faith in Him. We pray that God does give us miracles in our lives but EVEN IF HE DOESN’T we still have faith in Him.

Dear Lord, We have faith in You no matter what happens. Help us to have the kind of faith that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Mustard Seed.

Matthew 17:20 (ESV)
He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

As we trust God our faith will grow. We know that we can trust Him because He will never fail. But how much faith have you got? How much faith do we need to have? That’s what the disciples asked Jesus, they wanted more faith and Jesus said, “Suppose you have faith as small as a mustard seed. Then you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up. Be planted in the sea.’ And it will obey you.” Luke 17:5-6.

Jesus used this mustard seed example again when the disciples asked why they couldn’t perform miracles like Jesus did, He said, “Because your faith is much too small. What I’m about to tell you is true. If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, it is enough. You can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there.’ And it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:21 Faith as small as a mustard seed was all they needed. A mustard seed is tiny especially when compared to the size of a mountain! Imagine something so small having such great power. When our faith is in God and He is working through us it is powerful.

Dear Lord, With You, nothing is impossible! We want to have mountain moving faith because we know You will never fail us. In the Name of Jesus,  Amen.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Measure of Faith

Romans 12:3 (ESV)
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

Thermometers are used to measure temperature. Inside is a liquid, usually mercury, which is held in the round bulb shape at the bottom. There is only a set amount of mercury inside the thermometer. The amount of mercury doesn’t change, more isn’t added or taken away, it stays the same. There is a scientific principle that a liquid changes its volume depending on what temperature it is in.

Liquids take up less space when they are cold and more space when they are warm.  When a thermometer is placed in something warm the mercury expands, sending it up from the bulb showing higher and higher on the small narrow tube. With a guide on the sides showing what measure it’s reaching you can see what the temperature is.

We are each given a measure of faith. How we use that faith and what sort of environment we place our faith in it can grow, like  mercury in a thermometer. When we are placed in different situations, our faith expands, getting bigger and bigger! With faith in God we can face any challenge that we find ourselves in.

Dear Lord, Thank You that You give us a measure of faith. When we face challenges, help our faith grow bigger and bigger! In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Lesson of faith from Jarius

Matthew 9:18-26 (ESV)
A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed
While he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.”  And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples.  And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.”  Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well.  And when Jesus came to the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him.  But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.  And the report of this went through all that district.

Jairus, a church leader, approached Jesus knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus got up and went with Him, and so did his disciples.

When Jesus entered Jairus’ house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes, he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up.

As we trust God our faith will grow, bigger and bigger as we continue to put our trust in Him. We can have faith that God can do the impossible. Jarius knew that Jesus could do the impossible. The crowd at the house thought Jesus was too late, but He was right on time! What areas of your life could you
believe and have faith for God to move?

Dear Lord, You can do the impossible. No matter what we may be facing we can have faith in You. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Noah's faith

Hebrews 11:7 (ESV)
By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

The Bible is the story of God and His people. It is full of people that lived incredible lives of faith. They didn’t just talk about faith, they lived with faith and did incredible things as they trusted God. Living by faith is what set them apart and is the reason they are recorded in God’s Word. We can see their examples and be encouraged. One of my favorite heroes of faith is Noah. By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn’t see and acted on what he was told. The result? His family was saved. His act of faith drew a sharp line between the evil of the unbelieving world and the rightness of the believing world.  As a result, Noah became close with God.

We can live a life of faith just like the heroes in God’s Word. Our faith grows when we hear other people’s stories of faith. Their faith was shown in how they lived. If Noah never had faith, he wouldn’t have built the Ark. What could God do through you if you live by faith? As we trust God, our faith will grow.

Dear Lord, Help us to grow in our faith. Step by step in obedience to You, having faith in the unseen. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Faith Always Wins

Psalm 34:4 (ESV)
I sought the Lord, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.

If you took faith on one side and fear on the other and set them to do battle, do you know who would win? FAITH! Faith in God defeats fear.
Faith in God defeats fear of the future. Faith in God defeats fear of the unknown. Faith in God defeats fears of any kind. When we focus on God and what He promises us in His word fear begins to retreat and is defeated.

No matter what is causing us to be fearful, faith in God will always win. If you choose to have faith in God over and over again instead of choosing fear, you’ll see that Faith wins every time.

Dear Lord, You are bigger and stronger than any fear, You have power over all of creation. Help our faith be strong in You. Thank You that You have power over our fears. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Our Good Father

Romans 4:25 (ESV)
Who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

What makes a father good? Importantly, it’s being a man the family can trust because he keeps his promises. Unfortunately, many don’t know what a father is, let alone a good father. So not surprisingly some have difficulty with God, our Father. How can God be a good Father if he was willing to send his Son off to die?

The answer: God the Father is good because he keeps his promises. When our first parents, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God and brought upon the world the curse of death, our Father promised a Savior to rescue the world from the condemnation people deserved because of sin.

Throughout history, God kept his promise of a Savior, proving that he is someone we can trust—a good Father. He delivered Noah through a worldwide flood. He granted offspring to an old man named Abraham and his barren wife. He sustained the world wrecked by famine through Joseph, who became second-in-command to Pharaoh of Egypt. He delivered the Israelites from slavery and kept them alive in the wilderness for forty years by his servant Moses. He returned a remnant of Israelites from 70 years in exile, even after they had forsaken him.

And finally, God delivered his Son. Conceived by the Holy Spirit, Jesus was delivered by the virgin Mary. On Palm Sunday, he was delivered into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. On Maundy Thursday, he was delivered into the hands of the authorities by a kiss from Judas. On Good Friday, he was delivered over to death at the hands of Roman soldiers.

All this Jesus did for us. God demands we live a perfect life, but accepts the perfect life that Jesus lived on our behalf. God demands payment for sin but counts Jesus’ innocent death in our place. On the cross, Jesus said, “It is finished” (John 19:30). And to show that he is fully satisfied, God delivered Jesus from death to life. Our Father does not count our sin against us. Because of what Jesus has done, God declares that we are not guilty.

God our Father is good!

Dear Lord, thank you for being our good Father, whom we can trust because You keep Your promises. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Fear Not.

Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)
Fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

When Jesus walked out on the water, in the middle of the storm, what did the disciples do? They were afraid! They thought He was a ghost! Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid...It’s me!” Jesus was with them in the storm. They didn’t have to be full of fear. We may face storms in our life. We might be looking head on into tragedy, we might be walking into a new school where we don’t know anyone, we might be stepping into a new thing and trying something different. You don’t have to be full of fear because God is with you.

Just like Jesus was with the disciples in the storm, He is with you in your life no matter if it’s stormy or clear. All through God’s word, He tells us, “Do not be afraid, I am with you” If we have faith in God, we don’t need to be full of fear.

In the Old Testament we read that the prophet Isaiah spoke a message from God to His people, “Do not be afraid. I am with you. Do not be terrified. I am your God. I will make you strong and help you. My powerful right hand will take good care of you. I always do what is right.” Jesus had the same message to His disciples and God has the same message for us today, fear not, I am with you.

Dear Lord, Thank You that You are with us and we are never alone. We don’t have to live with fear because You can calm any storm. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Friday, June 15, 2018

God’s Word Says.

Joshua 1:9 (ESV)
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

There are around 774,746 words in the Bible. It is said that the
Bible says not to fear 365 times, one for every day of the week. This may be true depending on which translation of the Bible you’re reading.

In the average Bible, phrases like “Don’t be afraid, do not fear, be not afraid and fear not” found 119 times! That’s a bit less than 365, but how many times does God need to say “Do not fear” for it to be true? ONCE!

Even if it was only mentioned once in the Bible, it’s true and God means it! Faith in God defeats fear! We weren’t made to be full of fear, we were made to be full of faith.

Dear Lord, Your word tells us, not to be afraid. We have faith in You and believe Your word that we don’t need to fear because You are with us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Calming The Storms.

Matthew 14:22-27 (ESV)
22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.“

Jesus said to His disciples “Go, now, to the other side of the lake.” Meanwhile Jesus went by himself up a mountainside to pray. As the disciples made their journey across the water a storm filled the skies and the waves rocked their boat. The disciples were afraid.

“What is that?” Said Peter. John was confused...”What are you talking about?”  “Look.. Out there on the water!”  It was Jesus! He was walking out towards them. Walking ON THE WATER!  He called out to them “Be brave, it’s me! Don’t be afraid.”  Peter called out to Jesus “Lord.. If it really is you, tell me to come out to you on the water”

“Come.” Jesus said. Peter stepped out of the boat and began walking on the water out to where Jesus was. Peter took his eyes off Jesus and began to sink. His fear got the best of him and he called to Jesus “Lord, save me!”  Jesus quickly reached out His hand and caught him. “Peter, why did you doubt me? Your faith is so small.” As they climbed into the boat the storm calmed. We will surely face storms in our life, with faith in Jesus we don’t have to be overcome, we can walk above the storms of fear! Remember Jesus’ words “Be brave, don’t be afraid!”

Dear Lord, You have control over the winds and waves. We trust in you to calm the storms in life and we choose to have faith instead of fear. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Fear or Faith.

2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

There are some crazy fears that people have. Octophobia - Fear of the figure eight. Porphyrophobia- Fear of the color purple. Alektorophobia- Fear of chickens (I do not have this one). Chronomentrophobia- Fear of clocks. Arachibutyrophobia- fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth. Hylophobia-fear of wood. Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia- fear of long words. Homilophobia- Fear of sermons. Lutraphobia- Fear of otters. And the list goes on and on.

These strange fears might seem funny to some of us but fear is a very real thing for people to deal with. Fear can grip hold of a person and hold them back from living the life God has planned for them. You may be facing fears of your own, fear of the future, of a new school year or fear of the dark. With God on our side we don’t need to live in fear. He hasn’t given us a fearful spirit on the inside, he’s given us a spirit of power and love!

The antidote to fear is faith. Fear and faith can’t be in the same place at the same time. Faith in God defeats fear!

Dear Lord, Thank You that You put in us a spirit of faith not fear. Help us to live with boldness and love. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Doing Faith.

James 2:26 (ESV)
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

Faith changes how we live our lives. Faith in action is living a life that is based on our Faith in God. Faith is demonstrated in what we do. Saying you have faith in God to take care of you is one thing but putting that faith into action is when things happen!

If someone says they have faith in God but never really trust in Him to provide for them they won’t ever give. If someone says they have faith that God will help them make friends when they go to a new school but never speak to anyone and hide, then they are not putting that faith into action! Faith is shown in our actions. DOING faith means that faith isn’t just something we say but it’s something we do. Put it into action and see God work in your life.

Dear Lord, help us to put our faith into action. May we speak faith and live by it in the choices we make and the things we do. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Certain of these things

2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV)
For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Can we see God? Do you know what God looks like? Can you see faith? Can you touch it? Remember Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” We might not be able to see God physically, but we can see what He does, we can feel the effects of Him working in our lives.

While we can’t see God in the flesh we have faith in Him. We know we can trust Him. We can see Him throughout His word, The Bible, taking care of His people and keeping His promises to them. We can see Him at work in the lives of our families, people at church and around the world.  Having faith is trusting God to do what only He can do! God can do anything! When we can’t see a way out, when we can’t see the answers to our problems, when we can’t see that miracle coming to pass, we can have assurance that God will take care of it. When we can’t see a way, God makes a way! We can be certain of what we don’t see.

Dear Lord, We live by faith, not by sight. You are faithful and we trust You to do what only You can do, You can do anything! In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

God Is Faithful.

Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Having faith in God isn’t about how good and how well we can trust Him. Our faith in Him is powerful because of WHO God is. HE is trustworthy, faithful and never failing. We trust God because of who He is and what He has done in our lives. He loves you, has a plan for you and is faithful to you. He’s not going to leave at the first sign of trouble, He’s not going to give up when things seem to hard and He’s not going to forget about you. HE is faithful and we can have faith and trust in Him. The One who promised is faithful.

Take a moment to think about who God is.

Now think about some areas of your life that you can trust God to take care of. Pray about these, remembering the One who promised is faithful.

Dear Lord, You are almighty, faithful, holy and loving. We give to You any worries we have, knowing that You are faithful to do what You’ve promised. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Faith In What You Can’t See

Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

When you get in an airplane you trust that it’s going to fly and not drop out of the sky. You can’t see anything holding it in the air, you can’t see the forces that make it take off the ground and climb higher and higher into the sky. There are four forces that make an airplane fly and stop it from falling to the ground. Those are THRUST, DRAG, LIFT and GRAVITY.

We can’t see these forces, but we have trust that they are at work. We have confidence in the aircraft and all of those forces working together that we will be safe when we are in an airplane.

It’s a little bit like our faith in God. We can’t see the forces at work, God is bigger and more powerful than any force we can describe and we can’t see God, but we have to have confidence in Him for us to step out and live our lives. We can have faith and trust in God. Faith isn’t just a faraway wish that God will take care of us, provide for us, protect us and fulfil His promises to us, faith is CONFIDENCE and ASSURANCE in what we don’t see.

Dear Lord, Help us to have confidence in You, faith in what we can’t yet see. We know that You are at work in our lives each day. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Friday, June 8, 2018

That’s impossible

Romans 4:18-21(ESV)
18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. 20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.

 “That’s impossible, there is just no way that it could happen. I’m so, so old!” Said Abraham. God had given Abraham a promise. It was a promise that seemed so outrageous, so beyond belief that Abraham and his wife Sarah thought God must have been joking. God promised Abraham that he would have many many descendants. You see this was a promise that didn’t seem possible at all, for Abraham and Sarah didn’t even have one child, let alone many!

Abraham and Sarah were old. Very old. Older than your grandparents, maybe even older than your great grandparents and God told them that they would have a baby. Now, you don’t see many elderly women walking around pregnant, do you? No! It’s basically impossible!

Faith is trusting God to do what only God can do. We can have faith and trust in God. God keeps His promises, even when they seem impossible! Sure enough, God kept His promise to Abraham and Sarah, they had a son. They named Him Isaac just as God had told them to. We can have faith and trust in God. God keeps His promises.

Dear Lord, help us to live life with bold faith, trusting in Your promises for our lives. We know that we can have faith and trust in You please make it strong. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

What is FAITH?

Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.

Have you ever played a game of trust falls? When you close your eyes and fall backwards, trusting that your friend will catch you. Sometimes we fall and our friend doesn’t catch us as we expected. Hopefully no one gets hurt, but it can be pretty funny!

Here’s the thing, people aren’t perfect. People make mistakes, get distracted, don’t follow instructions. People mess up and fail. God is perfect. He doesn’t make mistakes, He doesn’t mess up and forget about us while we’re trusting Him to catch us. Life can sometimes feel like we’re falling backwards with our eyes closed. We don’t know what’s ahead, we don’t know what will happen to us but we do know God. God is all knowing, all powerful, all understanding and completely trustworthy. We can have confidence in God and assurance that He will not let us down. Faith is the confidence with have in God, He will never let us down.
We can have faith and trust in God.

Dear Lord, Thank You that we can have faith in You and that You will always be with us. Help us to live with faith and to trust You with every part of our lives. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Quiet Spot

Mark 1:35-39 (ESV)
35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37 and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” 38 And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” 39 And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.

Ever pray on the run? While eating breakfast or on your way to school or work? You are not alone. We all get pretty good at shooting a quick group of words up toward heaven. “Lord, let me pass this test.” “Please let me make it on time.” “Lord help me get a raise.” Or the good old go-to prayer for any situation, “God, help!”

It turns out even Jesus needed to take a break from the busyness of helping people to spend time with his Father. Here he had just finished doing a lot of work: he called a few disciples, battled some demons, and healed lots of people. He woke up the next morning and knew he needed a break. Off he went to a quiet place and talked to God.

If Jesus needed to spend time with his Father, how much more do we need it? It’s impossible to really connect to God when we’re always on the run. When can you steal away for a few minutes with God today? Plan it now.

Maybe your solitary place is in the living room before anyone else gets up. Maybe it’s in the library after classes or out in the yard underneath a tree. Wherever it is and whatever time you do it, take time with God. After Jesus spent time alone with God, he knew exactly what he should do next. When his friends found him, he said, “Let us go somewhere else . . . so I can preach there also”. Not only does time with God build our friendship with him, but it also quiets the noise so we can hear what he wants us to do next.

Dear Lord, help us to take the time to just sit and talk with You. Help us to make it important to talk with You. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Light up the world

Ephesians 4:31-32 (ESV)
31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

If you have ever seen the northern lights, then you know God can put on a light show like no other! The northern lights—or aurora borealis—are brightly colored lights that shimmer and dance across the sky in the areas around the North Pole. They are caused by fast-moving particles from the Sun (called solar wind) hitting the electromagnetic field that surrounds and protects the Earth from the Sun’s most harmful rays. When those particles hit gas atoms in our atmosphere, those gases glow, creating a spectacular light show. The lights are so vivid they can even be seen from space. The colors of the northern lights are created when the solar winds bump into different gases in the atmosphere. Yellow, red, and green come from bumping into oxygen. Violet and blue are created by the solar winds bumping into nitrogen.

Such an amazing show could only be created by an amazing God. And that light show’s chief purpose is to tell us how great and glorious our God is.

But the sky isn’t the only thing God uses to tell about His greatness and glory. God shines the light of His love into our lives and makes us glow with love for Him and for others. He fills us with His light for a great purpose—to shine into the world and show other people the way to follow Him.

How do we shine God’s light? God says it this way: “Do not be bitter or angry or mad. Never shout angrily or say things to hurt others. Never do anything evil. Be kind and loving to each other. Forgive each other just as God forgave you in Christ”. When you live this way, you’ll certainly light up the world!

Dear Lord, light up our life with the light of Your love. Help us shine Your light into the world around us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Packed with power

1 Corinthians 6:20  (ESV)
For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Ants are tiny little creatures, but they can lift up to 50 times their own weight. The rhinoceros beetle can lift something that’s up to 100 times its weight. That would be like a person lifting something that weighs about 9 tons. Or think of it this way—a polar bear weighs about half a ton, so it would be like lifting 18 polar bears. Even more impressive is the dung beetle, which can pull up to 1,141 times its body weight—and you don’t want to think about what that dung beetle is pulling!

God can pack a lot of power and strength into tiny little packages. In fact, He packs an unbelievable amount of power and strength inside you. You see, when you decide to follow God and become one of His children, He packs His Spirit—the Holy Spirit—inside you. Your body becomes a home to the Spirit of God! That is an indescribable gift, but it is also a huge responsibility.

You see, this gift of the Holy Spirit wasn’t free. “You were bought by God for a price”, and God paid that price when Jesus suffered and died on the cross. As a result, God expects you to take extra good care of your body. That means eating good foods, exercising, and getting plenty of rest. It means not hurting yourself with drugs, alcohol, or smoking. But it’s not enough just to watch what you put into your body. Honoring God means not using your body to sin. This means avoiding things like using your mouth to gossip or letting your eyes watch things you shouldn’t.

As a child of God, your body is packed with the power, strength, and presence of God’s Spirit. Ask Him to help you use your body to honor Him and do what He wants you to do!

Dear Lord, we know that no matter our size You still can use us in powerfully big ways. Help us to do great things for You today. I the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Created uniquely

Matthew 22:37-40 (ESV)
37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

You probably know that a kitten grows up to be a cat, a puppy grows up to be a dog, and a duckling grows up to be a duck. But did you know that a kit grows up to be a fox? A puggle grows up to be a platypus? A flapper becomes a swan? Or a fry grows up to be a fish?

But the real question is what will you grow up to be? Will you become the person God designed you to be? God has given you special gifts and talents—things you can do that no one else can do in the same wonderful way. He wants you to use your gifts to love Him and love others. Loving God and loving others are the two greatest commandments, and you can find them in today's verse.

The great news is you don’t have to wait until you’re all grown up to start using your gifts and following God’s Word. You can start right now. But I’m just a kid, you might say. That’s okay—just check out what one kid in the Bible did. Josiah was only eight years old when he became king and led the people back to God.

Now, you don’t have to be a king to do what’s right and to lead people to God. You can be a teacher, a firefighter, the president—or a kid. Just love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and love others—and you’ll grow up doing great things!

Dear Lord, thank You for creating us uniquely and with a purpose. Help use see all the ways—big and small—we can show Your love to others today. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

No bones about it

Isaiah 66:14 (ESV)
You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice;
    your bones shall flourish like the grass;
and the hand of the Lord shall be known to his servants,
    and he shall show his indignation against his enemies.

Bones—they’re what separate us from the jellyfish. Well . . . bones, intelligence, souls, and a few other things. But the point is that bones are hugely important. You were actually born with 300 bones in your body, but as adults we have only 206. What happened? Did you lose some? No, but some of them did grow together. For example, when babies are born, the bones in their skull are still separate. They’re connected only by tough membranes called fontanelles—these create the “soft spot” on a baby’s head. Over time, the bones grow together and become solid. In the adult body of 206 bones—more than half of them are in your hands and feet. The femur (thighbone) is the longest, while the stapes (which is in your middle ear) is the smallest.

Bones do many things for your body. For example, bones keep you standing tall. They make up your skeleton and give your body its shape. Bones provide a frame for your muscles so you can move, and they protect your soft tissues and organs. They also store minerals your body needs—like calcium. And bone marrow—the stuff inside your bones—is actually a factory for your blood cells. So, yes, the bones of your skeleton are pretty important, but they aren’t the only bones you have.

You also need to have healthy “bones of faith.” You keep these bones healthy by praying to God, praising Him, studying His Word, and being with His people. The bones of faith are some of the most important bones you need to shape your life. They help keep you moving in the right direction as you follow God’s will. They protect the soft insides of your heart and soul. And they store up the power of God in your spirit, so it’s there when you need it. If you keep your bones of faith healthy, these bones will keep you standing tall when temptations and tough times come. Make no bones about it—these bones of faith are hugely important!

Dear Lord, show us how to keep our “bones of faith” strong—so we can always stand tall for You! In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Faster than the speed of light.

Psalm 33:6 (ESV)
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
    and by the breath of his mouth all their host.

Have you ever wished you’d been there to see God create the world? I mean, how amazing would it have been to see how He did it all?

It would’ve been breathtaking and overwhelming. Why? Because when God said, “Let there be light!” there wasn’t just the flick of a universal light switch. Oh no! This was more like a light explosion that would have been way more than your eyes could handle.

The Bible tells us in Psalm 33:6 that the heavens were made by the word of God. He breathed out the universe and everything in it. So when God said He wanted light—that light came flying out of His mouth at 186,000 miles per second! That’s how fast light travels, so we call it the “speed of light.” God’s light streaked across the heavens, chased back the darkness, and lit up the entire universe in a blaze of brilliant glory.

Only one object can move faster than the speed of light—and that’s the speed of God. When you call out to God in prayer, He’s instantly right there to listen—and He starts working on His answer right away. The thing is, though, God may not give you that answer right away. Sometimes He asks you to wait for it, and sometimes He might not give the answer you want. But you can trust that God will always give you the exact, right answer—at just the right moment and in just the right way. He’s always working faster than the speed of light!

Dear Lord, we can’t even begin to imagine how fast light really is. And to know that You hear our prayers even faster than that is amazing to us. Thank You, Lord, for rushing to listen to us! In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Hold it together

Romans 1:20  (ESV)
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

Have you ever seen workers build a brick building? They don’t just stack the bricks on top of each other. They need some sort of glue to hold all those bricks together. The glue for bricks is called mortar.

In the same way, your body is made up of 37.2 trillion little bricks called cells. And like a building, those cells need some sort of glue to hold them all together. The glue for cells is called laminin.

Laminin holds your body together.Why is that important? Because it’s another reminder that we are God’s own creation. You see, God left His fingerprints all throughout His creation. The Bible tells us that even though we can’t see the invisible qualities of God—like His awesome power and His holiness—we can see His creation and know He is real. Jesus was with God at creation, and “in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. . . . In him all things hold together”.

Laminin is a picture of what Jesus tells us in His Word—He is the glue that holds our bodies, our souls, and everything—together. So when you’re feeling overwhelmed and having the absolute worst day ever, think about laminin—and remember that Jesus holds you—and all things—together.

Dear Lord, when we start to worry about all the things happening in our life and around us, help us to stop and remember You are Lord of all—and You hold everything, together including us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Sound of silence

Luke 5:16 (ESV)
But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.

Did you know that you could be right next to someone in space, shouting at the top of your lungs, and that person wouldn’t hear a thing? That’s not because those space helmets get in the way. It’s because voices travel as sound waves, and sound waves need something to travel on—like the atmosphere on Earth. Since there’s no atmosphere in space, sound waves have nothing to travel on. So astronauts have to talk to each other using a different kind of wave: radio waves, which don’t need atmosphere to carry them.

But God doesn’t need sound waves or even radio waves to hear us. That’s because prayers carry our voices to God. So if the God who created the entire universe is ready to listen to whatever we have to say—why don’t we pray more?

At least part of the answer is that we get distracted and busy. The busyness of school, job, church, sports, family, friends, and a zillion other things gets in the way. Then there’s texting and video games and TV shows and movies and computer work. On average, we spend almost eight hours a day staring at some sort of screen, like a TV, computer, or phone—that’s almost sixty hours every week!

In the middle of all of these fun, cool, and exciting things, God calls us to “be still” and pray to Him. Praying is when we praise God for who He is, thank Him for all He’s given us, and ask Him for what we need.

Try it today. Find a special place where you can be alone with God. In a treehouse, in a corner of your room, in your chicken coop or even in a bubble bath. Be still, talk to God, and listen for Him to answer. And, remember, God usually speaks with a still, small voice—so be sure to listen closely.

Dear Lord, thank You for wanting to spend time with us. Thank You for always listening to us and answering our prayers. In the Name of Jesus.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Perfect mistakes

Philippians 4:19 (ESV)
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

There was a carpenter building some crates for the clothes his church was sending to orphanages in China. On his way home, he reached into his shirt pocket to find his glasses, but they were gone. When he mentally replayed his earlier actions, he realized what had happened; the glasses had slipped out of his pocket unnoticed and fallen into one of the crates, which he had nailed shut. His brand new glasses were heading for China!

The Great Depression was at its height and Grandpahe had six children. He had spent $20 for those glasses that very morning. He was really upset by the thought of having to buy another pair. "It's not fair," he told God as he drove home in frustration. "I've been very faithful in giving of my time and money to your work, and now this."

Months later, the director of the orphanage was on furlough in the United States. He wanted to visit all the churches that supported him in China, so he came to speak one Sunday at the man’s small church in Chicago.

The missionary began by thanking the people for their faithfulness in supporting the orphanage. "But most of all," he said, "I must thank you for the glasses you sent last year. You see, the Communists had just swept through the orphanage, destroying everything, including my glasses. I was desperate. Even if I had the money, there was simply no way of replacing those glasses. Along with not being able to see well, I experienced headaches every day, so my coworkers and I were much in prayer about this. Then your crates arrived. When my staff removed the covers, they found a pair of glasses wedged between two blankets.

The missionary paused long enough to let his words sink in. Then, still gripped with the wonder of it all, he continued: "Folks, when I tried on the glasses, it was as though they had been custom made just for me! I want to thank you for being a part of that."

The people listened, happy for the miraculous glasses. But the missionary surely must have confused their church with another, they thought. There were no glasses on their list of items to be sent overseas. But sitting quietly in the back, with tears streaming down his face, an ordinary carpenter realized the Master Carpenter had used him in an extraordinary way.

There are times we want to blame God instead of thanking Him! Perhaps it is something we ought to try more often, "Thank you, God, for not allowing my car to start this morning." He may have been saving your life from a car accident. "Lord Jesus, thank you for letting me lose my glasses; I'm sure they'll be put to good use or there is a lesson to be learned."

Always look for the "perfect mistakes."

Dear Lord, help us to look at the good in things. Help us to learn the lessons we can learn from the things that happen to us in life. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Thank you all that gave for our freedom.

John 15:13 (ESV)
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Imagine taking a walk from New York City to Chicago. That’s about an 800-mile trek, and it would take about two weeks of non-stop walking to complete it – a lot longer if you stopped to rest.

Now, imagine that all throughout your walk there were a continuous line of people standing shoulder to shoulder, one after another through the streets of New York City, into the back roads of New Jersey, over each rolling hill in Pennsylvania – people as far as the eye can see. It continues through Ohio and Indiana into Illinois. Finally, you arrive in Chicago after having walked past 1,321,612 people.

That’s a LOT of people. It also happens to be the same number of people who have died in combat while serving this country.

It’s sobering to think of all those faces. Each face has a story – a soldier whose life was cut down in its prime and likely left behind a spouse or a child or both. Most (625,000) died during the bloody, gruesome close quarter combat of the Civil War. Another 405,399 died in World War II, and 116,516 died in World War I. There have been many different wars, and they’ve stretched across many different eras, but one thing has remained constant: The amazing courage and willingness of the American soldier to lay down his or her own life for the cause of liberty.

It’s hard to put into words just how incredible a sacrifice that is. Jesus said there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Think about that for a second – no greater love. If you have lost a loved one in battle, you can rest a little easier knowing the life was not lost in vain. They may have left it all on the battle field, but these men and women have given the greatest gift a human can possibly give – their life – so we may live.

From the tattered, starving patriots who met their end battling the British during the American Revolution to the highly trained modern day soldiers who succumbed to barbaric terrorists in the Middle East, each and every fallen American soldier will forever share this incredible distinction and hold a special place of honor among all people who have benefited from their service.

Today ion this Memorial Day let’s honor the fallen with hearts of gratitude and a spirit of awe, for they gave us the gift to which there is none greater. There’s no possible way to repay them or their families – but each and every one of us can do the next best thing: Dedicate our lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to preserving the freedom so many died to keep alive.

Dear Lord, we thank You for the many that have given their all so that we may enjoy our freedoms. We pray for the families that have lost their loved ones. We pray for their comfort. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.