Most of us enjoy feeling in control of our own schedule and grow frustrated when things don't go according to plan. Yet if we truly desire to walk in the center of God's perfect will, we must become willing to cooperate with His time frame.
Consider how you pray about situations in your life. Without realizing it, you may be demanding that God follow the schedule you've constructed according to your very limited human wisdom. Yet if we believe He is who He says He is, how can surrendering to His way not be to our benefit? Think about His unique, praiseworthy qualities:
Submitting to God's timetable requires faith and courage. Believe in the goodness of His heart and His plans--and determine to wait until He gives the signal to move forward. Then, as you follow His schedule, you'll experience the joy of watching Him make all things beautiful in His timing.
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Failure is an excellent learning tool, as Peter could certainly attest.
What do you live for each day?
The crucifixion was the only way to rescue lost humanity.
Great faith begins with little steps.
The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender (Prov. 22:7). Every dollar you borrow costs you a measure of freedom.
Service is no substitute for an intimate relationship, but modern believers continue to fall into this subtle trap.
Glorifying the Lord is not limited to worshipping in church; praise ought to permeate the believer's life.
His presence within us isn't something we have to earn or acquire. Rather, it is a marvelous privilege.
Having the right view of the Lord will allow us to approach Him with absolute confidence
Are you letting the Lord use His character-shaping tools in your life?
When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? (Matt. 25:39). Stop for a moment and consider the purpose of your life. Are you living to pursue your own interests or success?
People are saved when they trust Jesus Christ as Savior and choose to follow Him.
It's probably not possible to fully count all the spiritual seeds that God used to draw you to Him.
It is the Lord's responsibility to equip the chosen for the work He's assigned.
God uses Christians to spread the word that His salvation plan is available to all.
When it comes to serving in the church, people rarely request positions where they will go unnoticed.
If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet (John 13:14). Do you equate success with wealth, acclaim, and power?
Those who reject the Savior are forewarned that they have settled for condemnation.
Obedience to Christ is too difficult for anyone relying on his own strength.
Many people simply can't believe that the Lord loves them.
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly (Rom. 5:6). How do you define "love"?
Disunity is found in marriages, churches, and international alliances. Yet there's one relationship that is sure and permanent.
What causes us to be such reluctant servants?
When we choose to cooperate with God and submit to His way, He will do amazing things in and through us.
The Bible clearly instructs us to keep coming to the Lord with our concerns.
What a privilege to be able to approach the King’s throne, knowing He listens, understands, and cares!
If you’re a believer, you are part of the awesome body of Christ!!
All of us have areas of weakness. God wants these character flaws to show us how totally dependent we are upon Him.
One of our highest callings as believers is to tell others about Christ.
The more we understand what Jesus has accomplished on our behalf, the greater will be our passion to share the gospel.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him (Rom. 15:13). Each new generation has high hopes for reconciliation among people and nations but in the end faces disappointment.
Even in an unbelieving society, people can, as individuals, follow Jesus.
At salvation, you become a part of the body, no matter what your local church's membership rules may be.
The Lord's assuring hand at our shoulder can lead us down right paths to good choices.
The world throws confusing messages at us all day long, and we need to check our course frequently.
When Jesus walked this earth, a vast multitude followed Him. They came for all sorts of reasons—some noble, some selfish. The same is true today.
Although He gives His peace to every believer as a gift, our experience of it is related to our faith in the following truths...
Jesus desires that we be willing to humble ourselves to serve others.
Is there something God has told you to do that seems just too difficult?
On the Christian journey, there will be temptations to stray, falsely promising to satisfy longings. Stay closely connected to Jesus through prayer and Scripture.
The cross is so common in our culture that most people don’t think twice when they see one on a church.
Anyone who thinks of himself as a pretty good person ought to take a look at God’s assessment of humanity. He says we all come into the world spiritually dead and are ruled by Satan, his world system, and our own sin nature, or flesh.
The Lord speaks to believers so that they will comprehend the truth, conform to the truth, and communicate the truth.
A grateful heart is most precious to God when, humanly speaking, our situations don't warrant giving thanks.
Grace builds our confidence in the sovereign Lord.
In a world filled with endless sources of information and opinions, believers need to develop a discerning spirit. Otherwise, how will we know what is true?
A bitter and resentful spirit doesn't fit who we are in Christ.
God's plan for each one of us has our best interest in mind.
Can you find yourself on the spectrum between fear and devotion? It is my hope that you have committed to obeying God and that you are reading His Word daily to learn how to keep your promise.
There is no condemnation for those who receive Jesus Christ as their Savior.
So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God (Rom. 14:12). The Bible repeatedly warns us to pay attention to spiritual matters—the Lord is to have first place in our lives and be the center of our affections.
Scripture teaches us to tell others about Jesus Christ. And while sharing the gospel is awesome, it is simply not enough. We should continue to encourage and invest in new believers.
Obedience is sometimes hard, but the struggle and sacrifice are worth it.
Time is a gift from God, and He has allotted each of us a measure in which to live and accomplish His purposes.
The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever (Ps. 138:8). The key to David's victorious attitude was his strong faith in the Lord.
The heavenly Father calls us to repent and offers us forgiveness when we turn away from our self-centered ways and move toward godliness (1 John 1:9).
The Holy Spirit, unlike human companions, is perfectly adequate to meet our every need.
The Lord knows what we really desire--and more importantly, what we need--even when cloudy judgment leads us astray
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them (Ps. 145:19). If you could have anything in the world, what would it be? Your answer reveals a lot about who you are.
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us (1 John 5:14). When do I pray? Is it only during emergencies or when I need something?
No one can have intimacy with Christ without daily communication.
God isn't looking for impressive people; He wants willing ones who will bow the knee in humble submission.
At the moment of salvation, we are transferred from the reign of darkness to the bright authority of Jesus.
I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven (Nehemiah 1:4). Fasting is a spiritual discipline that helps us center our attention on the Lord and discover His will so we may act according to it.
The Christian life is not easy, but there is great reward for living righteously when facing temptation or hardship.
No matter how much money you have, if you're a believer in Jesus, you're extremely wealthy!
We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ (2 Cor. 5:10). What we'll be judged on is the quality of our work.
A believer's relationship with the Lord is one of complete unity.
The Father promises that following Him leads to hope and an established future.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Rom. 12:12). Most individuals are not satisfied with their prayer life.
The Lord has a plan for your life. Be wise and ask Him for directions.
Fear hinders us from becoming the people God wants us to be.
As Christians, we know that fear should have no place in our lives, but how can we ignore what's going on around us?
Job was a man who certainly knew trouble and temptation.
God loves us, and He gracefully and gently builds our confidence in Him.
Can you see how something as subtle as a lack of confidence can have a debilitating effect on one's life?
God is always at work in our lives.
Once the story of Joseph's life was written in full, it was clear that everyone who harmed or neglected the young man contributed to God's plan.
...able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Heb. 4:12). Since spiritual discernment is the ability to see life from God's perspective, it requires that we know how He thinks and acts.
Every challenging call to obedience is a fork in the road of our lives.
As the writer of Hebrews warned, if we do not pay attention to what we have heard, we will drift away from it.
A faith barrier is made up of attitudes that short-circuit our trust and prevent us from obeying the Lord's will.
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works (Matt. 5:16). On this Independence Day, consider the question: how do you use the gift of freedom?
Growing in Christ involves far more than just attending church, tithing, and listening to a sermon.
In reading through the Scriptures, we see that every time one of God's saints gains a victory, he or she is waiting and trusting in the Lord.
In His Word, God commands us to serve one another.
Jesus commanded that we serve one another, but obeying this mandate in humility is not natural for us.
"Grace provides us with everything we need to live in perfect freedom." ~Charles Stanley
When Jesus left His home in heaven, He didn't come to earth to be a superstar. He came to serve.
Feeling inadequate is not a sin, but using it as an excuse is.
What three goals would you set for your life if you knew that you could achieve them?
No one likes criticism, but encountering some is inevitable, so we need to learn how to respond in a godly way.
When they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense (Luke 12:11). We don't have to react to criticism with anger and self-protection the way the world does.
One of our responsibilities as part of God's household is to come alongside a brother or sister who has stumbled.
As mothers and fathers, we are given a momentous task: to model and teach how to live according to God's Word.
To serve others before serving yourself is to practice authentic Christianity.
"For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16). We can understand why those without Christ are unable to comprehend biblical concepts, but why do those who know Him struggle?
Jesus made it clear that we would endure hardship in this life.
The testing of your faith produces endurance (James 1:3). Think of patience as a muscle that you have to use in order to see it build. To that end, believers should recognize difficulty as an opportunity to flex their patience.