Though we often don’t understand God’s timing, He always has a plan to work for our good and His glory.
“God of Comfort” can also be translated as “God of Compassion.”
When trouble comes, what is our first reaction? Do we turn to God first, seeking His help?
This is how he designed us to flourish...with a soul rooted in faith and at rest in his plan.
If believers obey Jesus' command to love, they enjoy the intimacy of His friendship.
Seek first the kingdom—not for your gain, but for your good.
Sometimes acting in faith may come naturally for us and other times we may need to borrow our neighbor's faith.
Through prayer, I invite and involve God into my everydayness.
Are our eyes on the stormy sea, on the Son who saves?
A strong work ethic is something to be valued, and is mentioned many times throughout the Scriptures. But what about rest?
There is no more waiting for a yearly ceremony to cleanse us.
We have been given all we need to overcome the world.
We pray that as you study, God’s Word will come alive for you.
The sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Do you ever feel like this? The weight of the world is on your shoulders. What do you do?
We also know we’re not alone because God promised he would never leave us nor forsake us.
The world around us is moving fast, and people seem to be spinning as well. But God instructs us to be still.
So how do you keep from being a stumbling block through your words?
Let’s set aside those tendencies of the old self and put on the new.
You can try and do everything yourself in your own strength, leaving you worn out. Or you can rest and be patient for God.
To say that God is our home means we are totally accepted and safe with God.
Sometimes, like the disciples, we need what we learned during the violent storm for what’s coming on the other side.
Having struggled with anger for many years I can speak to its destruction and the flip side of a life away from it.
Turn your worry into prayers and wait for the Gardener!
Whatever your situation is, you, too, can look right at it and say, “but God.”
Through His blood, we receive forgiveness of sins.
This parable opens with a crystal clear reason why Jesus wants to tell it. It’s a great reminder that every one of Jesus’ stories are delivered with divine purpose.
Next time you're tempted to grumble while serving others, consider it as an opportunity to serve God.
Some of the greatest blessings in this world come from God's power in the midst of trials.
Have you fought all the way through your up look to God?
Time is but a vapor and we can’t get it back. This is the plight and the privilege of motherhood.
Let’s abide, by asking what the vine would have us do to show His love instead.
What does the cross mean to you?
Imagine you receive a sizable inheritance from a rich relative. But despite the wealth, you are still living like you are poor.
God is the only safe place for our anxiety.
Can we get past the affront of accepting a free gift?
Social media can train us to worship the idol of self.
Jude’s warning—written so long ago—still resonates with us today.
What does this scripture really mean?
I found myself chasing things I thought would make me whole.
No matter how dim your circumstances seem, you can walk in the light as He is in the light.
There is no sin that is so evil that it escapes God’s ability to forgive.
Have you ever noticed that however we choose to start our days seems to predict how the rest of the day will go?
Scripture is pretty straightforward in instructing Christians to “Speak the truth to each other."
Today’s key verse reminds us God is with us no matter the situation or moment.
When you study the Word, this pleases God.
What would change in our hearts if we immediately went to God in prayer instead of our neighbor?
Will you take some time to meet with God in nature, or wherever you feel his presence most?
The very same Spirit who raised Jesus, victorious over sin and death, lives in us.
Shame is one of the biggest deterrents of a Christian’s freedom in Christ.
Even when you feel you are in a pit, as the writer of Psalm 88 describes, God is there with you.
It’s easier to become distracted and caught up in what the enemy is doing around us than to keep our eyes steadily focused on the Lord.
Sabbath allows us to “soak in” God’s presence.
As we pray for God’s guidance in our everyday lives, let’s not forget to ask Him to keep our spiritual eyes open.
Paul's charge to Timothy was to remain strong in the battle, steady on the open seas, and faithful in the Lord.
It's easy to jump into "defense" mode. The Spirit guides us to a different path.
Know that God has called you to peace. It’s His will for your life.
These heartbreaking feelings of defeat can shake a person’s faith to the very core.
If we are honest, existence without eternity rubs against the truth we all feel when we stop to examine our own hearts.
By choosing to trust God, you’ll begin to see your anxiety and worry level disappear.
If I did get a yes to every prayer, wouldn’t that make me more of a god than God?
When you feel like the Lord isn’t hearing your prayers, take heart and do this:
If you’re wandering in the desert or heading into a struggle, the song in your heart is there to pull you through.
Look around as the seasons change and you will see beauty upon beauty emerging from its cocoon.
I have a tendency to seek God in prayer to “help me” or “deliver me." But today, he would remind me that we seek God because of who He is.
Sometimes my Bible reading is alive and full – somewhat like a scenic picture bursting with color. And some days I simply don't know what to read or where to start...
Some believe if you ask God once, you don’t need to ask Him again. However, Jesus taught His disciples to always pray and not give up.
God promises us that when we suffer we learn endurance. And when we learn endurance, we produce character. And that character gives us hope!
So what is the “day” that Psalm 118 makes reference to?
Revelation tells the end of our earthly story, but it also gives us a glimpse into eternity.
Interestingly enough, Jesus’s last words to Peter match His first.
Worship is more than music.
When we feel afraid, we can let God’s Spirit remind us of what God says in his Word.
It doesn't matter if you can't run toward God, or even walk by faith. You can crawl by faith.
If you’re having trouble finding reasons to give thanks but want to follow God’s will for you life, how do you go about changing your outlook?
Here are two ways Hannah’s faith can help strengthen ours today.
How could someone love another person, especially a stranger, so sacrificially?
Do you realize by doing good, you are defeating evil?
What a seemingly simple, but overwhelmingly complicated verse!
Do you ever feel like you have to pray just right, or it won’t work?
Malachi is special to us now, as we wait for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ the second time.
I’ve thought about it a lot, and read about love and the meanings of love.
Because Heaven is our future destination, how can we prepare on earth for living there?
God gave us a formula in His Word to help us stop the worry.
He longs for us to spend time with Him…no matter how busy life gets!
How are you at bringing peace to situations?
I would like to suggest four questions we should consider when seeking the voice of God.
Everyone has errant thoughts from time to time. If we handle them well and send them on their way, in no way should we feel shame or guilt.
The trumpeting Spirit of God beckons speak to us all.
For most of us, it isn’t easy to be corrected. And whether we receive it or not in the end it’s really up to us.
If our hearts are aligned with God, then our hearts will break for the things that break God’s heart.
Immerse yourself in the Scriptures and see what He brings next.
Are you worried about your future? If so, you’re not alone.
Here’s the thing about comparison: you’ll never come out pride-free.
Just because the world says ungodly living is ok doesn’t mean the Lord says it’s ok.
If you call yourself a sincere disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, there is no excuse for not becoming a devoted student of His Word.
Our minds will never be fully capable of comprehending Jesus.
If you have negative or fearful thoughts weighing you down, speak these verses.
When God sees His people, He doesn’t see our sin. Instead, He sees us clothed in the righteousness of Christ.
Our source of life is the light that mankind needs to break us free from the lies that keep us bound up.
When you are in a season of suffering, bring it all to Jesus.
What do we do during the spiritually dry periods of life when we don’t hear clearly the voice of God?
When I am fearful about what I’m facing, the Holy Spirit reminds me of times God helped me in the past.
Our God is available and he graciously tells us to call on him.
Come. Drink. Rest.
Sometimes I think we make studying the Bible more complicated than it has to be.
Will we be people who work till they drop, or people who will take the time for needed rest?
Like Abram, I am learning lessons as I walk through my journey. Three lessons that God is teaching me are...
If you're going to do anything for the Lord, know that you are going to experience spiritual warfare.
Sharing the Gospel is something all Christians are encouraged to do, but what about praying the Gospel?
God’s goodness shows up in our lives every single day.
How do we imitate Christ in our everyday life? Here are three ways Jesus lived a selfless faith on earth.
While the upheaval around the world is causing troubled hearts to be driven by fear, Jesus assures us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”
The thought of God commanding angel armies to fight for us, yet reaching down in sweet fellowship with us, is awe-inspiring and humbling.
What words are you putting out into the world? Do they hurt or heal?
Are you keeping first things, first?
Instead of giving time and energy to the what-ifs, we can remind ourselves that an unsure outcome opens the door for God to be glorified in our situation.
Have you heard of God’s indestructible hammer as described in Jeremiah 23? If not, you may never have thought of God’s Word being like a powerful hammer.
Conviction was instant. What would change if we were addicted to helping the lost find Jesus?
What's the difference between the biblical concept of reaping and sowing, and karma?
You were made for this time and this place in history! What comfort we gain in knowing God has not placed us in our current circumstances by accident.
Once there were two missionaries named Paul and Silas. Life didn't turn out as they imagined. What they did with second best changed the world.
Last words have power. And often, deep meaning and significance.
We miss our own planks while pointing out the dust someone else is dealing with.
If Jesus is your Savior, no matter what you are facing in your life, you can set your face like a flint.
The wonderful thing about God’s word is that it is so powerful in changing everything about our lives!
We can start by asking to God help us to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in praying for one another.
We’re living in a topsy-turvy world people are more concerned about what they eat than what they say.
It may be surprising to some, but the Bible actually has a diet plan as well.
At first glance, this verse might seem depressing. But I’d like to encourage us to view it as a verse of great hope.
The joy God brings is able to take away the deepest sorrow.
Because we hear these words recited so often, we can lose the awe that God would bless so extravagantly.
If your plans have been disrupted, instead of turning to fear, choose to trust God, believing He will help you.
Take time to sing in celebration! Jesus was born to save us.
John 3:16 assures us that in the history of the world, not one person ever, has been unloved by God.
Hope is available for the world to receive.
Have you ever had a time when your peace seemed to slip out of you?
When God says no, He’s not trying to harm us.
This instruction from the Lord implies endless times. Endless grace—like God gives to us.
Even if your prayers don’t release you from the situation, they can strengthen your resolve.
Do you remember the first heard time you heard about Jesus?
Sometimes it really is a sacrifice to offer praise.
We need to always remember this brevity and uncertainty.
When you pray today, remember Psalm 37:4. Open your heart and ask the Lord to fill you with a fresh delight in Him.
Like Jesus, God was overseeing your life before you were born.
When was the last time you or I held fast to the words of Jesus?
The Bible says we are completely new creations – we aren’t simply reformed or refurbished. We’re brand new.
Everlasting life for trusting Jesus with ours. That’s a birthday worth celebrating in merry jubilee.
Although life on earth is brief, our future is bright because God has a much better life ahead for us.
Having a quiet time isn’t about perfectly following a list of rules or expectations, it’s about connecting with your Savior.
So how do you ask God to forgive you? Is there anything too horrible for God to forgive?
All around the prophet Jeremiah, the whole world seemed to be falling apart. But right in the midst of this dark time, God gave a promise that still fills us with hope today.
How does the reality of heaven help us in the day to day of life’s struggles? How can it offer us real hope and strength right now?
As I get older, I’m finding that wisdom goes both ways. There is just as much to glean from the “young’uns” as there is to be gathered from the aged.
Waiting and hoping in the Lord is something we grow into.
How many things have we poured our time and attention into that are choking out the spiritual fruit we are trying to grow?
Ever increasing lawsuits are evidence of a world of unfairness. Yet as a Christian, what is your response? Have you adapted the ways and methods of the culture or do you trust God in these types of matters?
Here are three questions to help you evaluate your present heart condition, along with three ways to bring it back in tune.
Does it ever seem like the world is getting so steeped in darkness that it’s becoming harder and harder for people to walk faithfully with God?
Remembering that my feelings aren't my reality is hard for me.
Scripture offers three directives in how to prepare my heart towards an attitude of gratefulness.
It’s not easy to admit we’re wrong. Truth is more difficult to execute than it seems.
The great mystery about the Kingdom of God is that it is something we should anticipate and also something that we have current access to in the here and now.
I always found it interesting that Jesus thanked God for hearing his prayer before Lazarus took one step.
A prayerful life is a powerful life.
Most never seek God because of ongoing and unconfessed sin.
We each can take this charge to care for the church to heart.
Jesus died to give us grace, and we are called to extend it to others.
Without a doubt, God speaks to us through His creation.
While the Bible holds no information about specific job offers, it does give insight into judging our circumstances.
In an unprecedented year of viruses and mandates and masks, of political outrage, social issues, riots, and intense national division, the Lord reigns with all wisdom and knowledge.
Lord, thank you that what is happening in my life right now did not take you by surprise.
I want to share with you my favorite psalms to read to help me surrender to rest.
Devotion to prayer begins when I make it my priority in responding to everything and anything.
Sometimes we believe if the person who hurt us passes away, their death will bring peace to our lives. However, in reality, it usually brings more sorrow and regret.
Let’s take a look at our friend, Joshua, in order to gain fuel for our journey in overcoming discouragement.
Jesus showed us how to love those who don't love us, by loving us before we loved Him.
David's prayer gives us three practical steps to follow in decluttering our hearts.
It’s too easy to feel hopeless and fearful believing there is no one around to help you.
When we fill our minds with the Word of God, we’re less likely to sin.
God desires for us to experience deep happiness. So, how do receive this happiness from God?
We must never stop relying on God’s goodness.
The imagery that David uses in this passage gives us believers a great sense of security and hope.
How can we combat thoughts that who we are and what we have is not enough?
Unlike those first disciples, we are hesitant to drop what we’re so invested in.
Daniel trusted the sovereign God even when he could not see what the outcome would be. In an out-of-control world, that same God is the one secure anchor we have.
My own strength, be it physical, mental, or emotional, simply doesn’t last.
Once we accept Jesus as our Savior, everything God sees in Him, He now sees in us, too.
If we want to know what God is saying in His Word, our feelings must give way to disciplined and principled study.
God is able to use people, circumstances, and difficulties in ways we cannot even fathom.
We may not always say the right thing to our children. But we can speak life into them here and now.
Sometimes I think we get things backward. We mistakenly think God is good when he answers our prayers.
Call to Him… and He will answer you…
Let us repent and humble our hearts before Him that He might come and heal our land!
“I shall not want” because God, as a good shepherd, will ensure I have everything I need.
More than ever before, we have an amazing opportunity to rekindle an earnestness for the Word of God.
The Bible speaks of the True Light, Jesus Christ, who came to light the way for all of mankind.
No matter what the beginning of our year was like, once the pandemic hit, nothing has been the same. So how do we face each day without worry and fear?
Why did God provide only one way to heaven? Wouldn’t it have been more “user-friendly” to create many paths leading to eternity with Him?
Here are just 10 of the supernatural ways the Holy Spirit wants to empower you today.
Raising kids is unpredictable.
Worry is one way the enemy robs us of enjoying the fruitful life Jesus spoke of.
Suffering can be an extension of God’s goodness when it is viewed from the perspective of God and eternity.
Forgiveness and cleansing are very different things.
Isn’t being chosen by Jesus and belonging to Him worth being hated by the world?
All temptation is common. The Bible promises us that we will be able to withstand temptation through the power of the Holy Spirit.
How then do we take it to the next level and begin to go on the offensive against joy-killing thoughts? By purposefully meditating on the good.
As God is reflected in the face of Jesus, so you can reflect Him, too.
Even though God didn't cause our pain, he will refine us through it.
We may feel like God could never forgive us, but like Abraham, we must believe God’s promise of grace.
Did you know every time you ignore His urging, your heart may be hardening towards the Lord?
God is above time. And when it seems as though He is late, this is what we need to remember: God is never late.
We need wisdom to walk in this world. I find it in First Corinthians chapters 8-10.
We’re not equipped to handle anything on our own. The only true peace in adversity is found in Christ alone.
In listening to Jesus we learn what love is, and how we get to know Love.
If John the Baptist were alive today, his message to the masses would be the same message he preached in the wilderness so long ago.
If genealogies and family histories are fascinating to you, consider looking deeper into Jesus’ timeline.
It's easy to read through the first half of Exodus like a storybook. And then comes the latter half - covenants and law, rules and instruction. It seems so antiquated. What are we to make of all this?
Here and now, in the midst of the “lonely,” the Lord is worthy to be praised.
Do you long to be accepted? Have you struggled with people-pleasing?
Before the Fall, Adam and Eve had a sense of belonging. But after the Fall they felt rejected, experiencing a need to belong.
Show kindness and compassion for all while pursuing justice - this is God’s way.
One of God’s names is Jehovah Jireh which means the Lord will provide, not the Lord might provide.
We can trust God to bless our time of rest and make us effective when we return work.
God became flesh to accomplish your redemption. Have you accepted His gift of salvation?
When our temptations feel overpowering, God provides the way out.
We only see the immediate, but God sees the grander picture.
Leaving a legacy involves far more than handing down a monetary inheritance or passing on a good family name.
Following the Teacher will occasionally run counter to the world around us.
As with any fruit, we won’t see it and enjoy it right away.
The struggle many of us face is how to tote the line between servanthood and bitter martyrdom.
Only God can bring hope to the hopeless, and fearlessness to those who fear.
Here is what truly happens when we practice hospitality: We become the open circuit of God’s grace.
I love how the Lord employed unlikely people to do extraordinary things.
God, in His faithfulness, walks through the wilderness with us.
Trouble will come, but so will refuge for those have set their hearts on Christ.
For Paul, peace was a real and enduring reality in his life, despite his pain.
God allows things to happen in life that don’t make sense to us… but they do make sense to Him.
Proverbs 31:8-9 is a clear mandate to be people who stand up for the defenseless and demand justice.
God's Word tells us Jesus' reaction to being wrongly accused as a model for what we should do.
God's Word is powerful, living, and active.
The thing that God was trying to communicate was that He wanted our dependence to be on Him.
There is a word in the Bible that I’m so glad is there. I’ve come back to it again and again over the years. I have said many times, “Yeah! That’s the word for it. That’s what I’m feeling right now.”
If you, like multitudes of others, believe not choosing God’s way is choosing your own way, you are misinformed.
Like physical fruit needs time to grow, the fruit of the Spirit will not ripen in our lives overnight.
Through His death and resurrection, we know God’s love.
So what is rebellion, where does it come from, and do I need to be concerned?
We may not know the things that are happening in the supernatural as well as the natural realm.
Jesus’ disciples were way out in the sea, and Jesus was on the shore. But He saw them toiling and rowing. He never took His eyes off them.
God is my portion when I don’t have enough.
When called by God to do hard things, we can cross our arms in defiance, or, we can humbly accept the command.
It is quite easy to fool the world around us, but there is One who knows our hearts. And that is all He is really after in the first place.
Here are 4 verses that undeniably describe the Trinity.
The more we realize how much Jesus has forgiven us, the more we will love him.
Of all the beautiful promises in the Bible, a guarantee of our physical safety isn’t one of them.
Teach your child – no matter how young – to recite Bible verses that reflect who they are and can be in Christ.
How are you making decisions in life? Do you believe it’s all up to you or do you rely on God to direct your steps?
In some ways this verse has become so familiar that people rarely give thought to its meaning anymore.
Not sure what the word 'sanctification' means? It's a big word, but it's meaning is simple.
The Bible text is alive. So why do we settle for being once-removed from the source? Why aren’t we meeting God through His Word?
God’s heart towards you is to pardon you and it isn’t dependent on what you did or didn’t do.
When teaching on a specific passage of Scripture, I consider five questions about the Bible text:
It is a daily challenge to not let our desire to “make it happen” blind us from the path God has for our lives.
When it comes to our prayer life, sometimes we start off passionately praying only to end up with route lifeless prayers or nothing at all.
As you become aware of the depth of God’s love for you, allow that realization to become the driving force in your obedience to Him.
God is able to do far above what we know, expect, and even understand. He did it in Noah’s situation and He can do it in yours.
Maybe like me you have wondered in your own heart, is Proverbs 22:6 a promise or just a proverb?
As you go throughout this day, take time to ponder God’s sovereignty. Meditate on the reality that He is in control of everything.
You were made with a hole in the center of your soul that only one thing fits.
Repentance clears the way for us to enjoy restored relationship with each other.
What we get out of the Bible largely depends on the kinds of questions we ask when reading the text.
We know we will end our lives in His arms in heaven. But on our way home, we unlock glory on this earth when we are executing His will for our lives.
"Another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel."
Jesus has not taken His priestly duties lightly, but rather has carried His love, concern, and ministry to you to the very throne room of God.
If you're wondering how to truly catch God’s eye, His Word gives the key.
Not only is it possible to pray without ceasing, but it’s possible to do so without making any significant changes to your schedule or time commitments.
Journal during the time when you do your daily Bible study.
Have you experienced times in your life where you can't feel God's presence?
Because God is omniscient I can be real. We don't have to pretend with Him.
Who has God brought to your mind recently? Anyone you haven't thought about in years? Take time to consider why you're thinking of them.
Jesus assured them that he would not leave them without comfort. He would send his Holy Spirit to sustain and guide them. And he does the same for us.
What mighty calling from the Lord do we struggle with most?
For Christians, the “end of all things” ushers in the return of Jesus and the culmination of our faith.
Historians tell us the Pharisees started off as revivalists. Eventually, however, they went from being encouragers to harassers, from lovers of God to bullies.
Yes, God will meet and teach us and encourage us, but there is something far greater...
Much like hard times come in seasons, trouble comes in waves. Before we allow our lives to be swayed, it’s wise to determine the direction of the waves.
I admit, there are times when I believe God enjoys bringing pain into my life.
Here are four possible reasons why Jesus was weeping and troubled...
Clearly, we are instructed to hate evil and cling to good. But it is vital to remember this comes directly after we are instructed to love genuinely.
We long for a path free from pain and barriers, but God doesn't always follow the easy trail.
We may never understand the loss that comes with betraying the Lord and turning to idolatry.
We hear them all the time. Something about these oft-repeated claims just does not seem right.
Before you skip over this verse, let’s look at three things most people don’t know about it
If there are no words, there is no faith that comes from hearing, and consequently leads to no salvations.
You, poor in spirit, you feel ill at ease in this world. Jesus sees you, and wants you to know, yours is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Heaven is going to be such an incredible time of unlimited fellowship with people who have lived in all ages that I can’t begin to comprehend it, but I know it’s true.
Do you have a secret place where you regularly go to spend time in prayer with God?
Your success in life is largely determined by how well you adapt to Plan B.
Job could have used all the things happening to him as an excuse to sin.
Though fullness of joy awaits us in heaven, we begin to taste that joy in this life.
When you were dead, He made you alive!
Are these features still alive in churches today?
It is better to be in a storm with Jesus than anywhere else without him.
Remember, we serve a God of hope and miracles!