Pray

Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.

~ James 5:13-14 [NLT]

God wants to be apart of our daily lives.  He wants to know how you are doing! He instructs us to cry out to Him when things feel hard and to give thanks when things couldn’t be better.  Prayer is our direct line to God. He wants to hear from you.  Make prayer apart of your daily rhythm.

Whisper

And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.

~ 1 Kings 19:12 [NLT]

The story that is being told in 1 Kings is about Elijah running from his enemies.  He is upset with God and meets him in the wilderness.  When God is ready to speak to him there was an earthquake, then a windstorm, and a fire but God was not in these mighty displays.  Next comes a gentle whisper and that was God.  We often look for mighty signs as proof that God is speaking in our lives but we miss it because God is in the whisper.  Quiet your heart and mind and open your ears to hear God’s gentle voice. 

Love Their Lives

And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.
~ Revelation 12:11 [NLT]

What a powerful statement, to not be afraid of dying because you do not place a greater emphasis on your life over your faith. Everyone is dying for something, money, busyness, success, control, etc. However, they key question we need to ask ourselves is what are we dying for?

Daily Treasure

Of a Glorious Body

Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

~ Phil 3:21

My flesh shall slumber, in the ground  
Till the last trumpet’s joyful sound;  
Then burst the chains, with sweet surprise,  
And in my Saviour’s image rise.

Eternal Perspectives

No legitimate activity of life—whether in marriage, family, business, play, friendship, education, politics, etc.—escapes the claims of Christ’s kingship. . . . Certainly those who live and reign with Christ forever will find the diversity and complexity of their worship of God not less, but richer, in the life to come. Every legitimate activity of new creaturely life will be included within the life of worship of God’s people.
~ Cornelius Venema, [The Promise of the Future]

God Hears You

I love the LORD because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy.

~ Psalms 116:1 [NLT]

Knowing the unseen can sometimes feel tricky in a world that relies on the tangible to operate.  God through His word, assures us that He is real and available to us when we pray.  Prayer is the means that God cultivates a real loving relationship with us.  As you pray today, be reminded that God hears you.

Lukewarm Water

“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!”
~ Revelation 3:15-16 [NLT]

What does it look like to be on fire for Christ? Does God see your faith as hot or cold, or worse, lukewarm? Are you thinking of ways you can impact God’s kingdom? Is your day filled with busyness or is it filled with purposefulness? Maybe it’s time to infuse some passion today.

Daily Comfort

“As He was praying, the appearance of His face changed!”

~ Luke 9:29

Artists put a halo around Christ’s face in their pictures–but there was no visible halo on the face men saw, as He walked about and did his works of love. Now, however, for a little while the glory broke through his flesh and the disciples saw it. It must have been an experience of great joy to Jesus. That mountain-top reached into heaven that night; and he climbed up out of the mists and shadows–and stood in his native glory for a little while, to be refreshed by the ministry of the heavenly visitants for his dark way of sorrow.

An Alpine traveler tells of climbing one of the mountains in a dense, dripping fog, and standing at last in the clear air, under a cloudless sky. In the valley below him lay the fog, like an ocean of white vapor, and he could hear the chiming of bells, the lowing of cattle, and the sounds of labor coming up from the villages that were hidden beneath. Now and then a bird would dart up out of the mist, fly about a little while in the joyous sunshine, sing a few notes of sweet song, and then fly down again and disappear.

What this brief time of radiance was to the bird, the transfiguration was to our Lord. His earthly life was spent in the valley, beneath the clouds of suffering and sorrow; now for once he climbed up above the mists into the glory of heaven, bathed his soul in its brightness, heard the converse of messengers from his home.

Daily Treasure

Of an Incorruptible Body

So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

~ 1 Cor 15:54

Where then thy triumph, Grave? and where thy sting,  
O sullen Death? what terror dost thou bring?  
We burst thine iron band, and soar on high ~  
Glory to Christ the Lord, who brings us victory!