Evening Prayer

I pray that you will always be in faith. May you be excited about all that God has promised you. Even at times when situations do not go your way, may you not waver through unbelief regarding the promises of God. May your faith continuously strengthen you. May you be fully persuaded that God has the power to do what He has promised. I pray that you will have the faith of Abraham, for this too will be credited to you as righteousness. May God bless you with unwavering faith in His promises today.

In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Jesus Calling

WORSHIP ME ONLY. Whatever occupies your mind the most becomes your god. Worries, if indulged, develop into idols. Anxiety gains a life of its own, parasitically infesting your mind. Break free from this bondage by affirming your trust in Me and refreshing yourself in My Presence. What goes on in your mind is invisible, undetectable to other people. But I read your thoughts continually, searching for evidence of trust in Me. I rejoice when your mind turns toward Me. Guard your thoughts diligently; good thought-choices will keep you close to Me.

PSALM 112:7; 1 CORINTHIANS 13:11; PSALM 139:23-24

~ Sarah Young ~

Evening Devotional

Discovering Truth

…and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

[JOHN 8:32]

Dr. E. Stanley Jones has said that mankind is on the verge of a spiritual renewal ushered in by the scientific method. What is the scientific method? In pedestrian terms, it is the belief that truth is revealed by experiment. In other words, it is proven deductively. Prior to the age of science, truth was determined philosophically—by debate. But the scientific method has brought the search for truth out of the lecture hall and into the laboratory. I happen to agree with Dr. Jones that this turn of events is conducive to revival. Why? Because we have a God whose presence and precepts stand up to investigation and experiment. Our God became flesh. And the Lord Jesus invited (and still invites!) men and women to take Him into the laboratory of life and prove Him.

When we do, we will discover that Christianity is real. It is true. Chesterton said, “If there is a story….then there is a storyteller.” The Gospel is the truest story ever told. And God Himself is the storyteller. Are you a skeptic? Trust Christ. Try Him. Prove Him. He can withstand the fiercest intellectual investigation you can muster. But be warned: Some of the most powerful apologists this world has ever known discovered truth by experience, and began the journey as doubters.

~ Dr. Ed Young ~

Live Loved

Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.

[Psalm 119:89]

Unchanging Truth

God’s truth never wavers.

Would that we could say the same. We’ve learned to season our words with salt, we eat them so often. Our opinions change like Rodeo Drive fashion trends. (Weren’t your convictions about child rearing stronger before you had kids? Do you know any Republicans who used to be Democrats and vice versa?) Our convictions tend to change.

Good to know God’s don’t. His view of right and wrong is the same with you and me as it was with Adam and Eve. “The word of our God shall stand for ever” (Isaiah 40:8). “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven… All thy commandments are truth… Thou hast founded them for ever” (Psalm 119:89, 151–152).

Your outlook may change. My convictions may sway, but “the Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35). And since it can’t, since his truth will not waver, God’s ways will never alter.

He will always hate sin and love sinners, despise the proud and exalt the humble. He will always convict the evildoer and comfort the heavyhearted. He never changes direction midstream, recalibrates the course midway home, or amends the heavenly Constitution.

[It’s Not About Me]

Blessed Father,

Your words are the light we need to see how to walk on the path of life. Your words are a place of quiet retreat where we find rest and renewal. Your words are permanent and unchanging. Your truth is always the same; it is eternally right. We can rely on it and trust it as the pattern for our convictions and our decisions. Thank you for giving us this firm foundation for our faith,

Amen.

“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”

[John 14:23]

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

[Ephesians 6:11]

“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me.”

[John 14:21]

~ Max Lucado ~

Morning Devotional

Love in Spite Of

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

[Romans 5:8]

Recommended Reading

John 15:13

The British Victorian poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, published her Sonnets from the Portuguese in 1850—a collection of 44 love sonnets. Number 43 is the most famous and opens with one of the most well-known lines in all of love poetry: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” The sonnet goes on to enumerate powerful ways in which the poet loves the beloved. But there is one way to love—perhaps the most important—that is missing. The poet never says, “I love you unconditionally.”

The most heart-wrenching question about love is not, “Do you love me?” but, “Do you love me in spite of what I have done?” Loving others when things are easy is not the true test of love. Rather, unconditional love is demonstrated in the face of sin. Fortunately, we have assurance from the apostle Paul that God’s unconditional love for us is not to be doubted. He loved us “while we were still sinners” by sending Christ to die for us. God doesn’t love us because we are good, but in spite of the fact that we are sinners.

Thank God today for His never-failing, unconditional love. And let His love be an example for how you can love others (Ephesians 4:32).

God’s love for his people is infinite and unconditional.

[John Blanchard]

~ Dr. David Jeremiah ~

Morning Prayer

“We will do whatever you command us, and we will go wherever you send us.”

[Joshua 1:16]

Father God,

Yesterday, You told me to take a leap of faith, and “Go”. I was scared, unsure of what lie ahead. Today Lord, I have decided to follow Your command to do what You ask and go where You want me to go without questioning Your authority.

Amen