Evening Devotional

Jesus Knows Your Needs and is Ready to Help

When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms.
[ACTS 3:3]

A man was trying to get across a river on foot with little or no success. He spied a man on horseback, took one look at him, and said “Please let me ride over with you on the back of your horse. I need to cross this river.” Sure enough, the rider lifted him up and took him across the river. The man on the horse was named Abraham Lincoln. When they reached the other side, those gathered on the bank who had witnessed this act of kindness said, “You wanted the President to take you across, didn’t you? The rest of us weren’t good enough.” But the man shook his head and said, “No, I didn’t recognize Mr. Lincoln. I didn’t know it was him.” His answer was met with disbelief. “Then why did you single him out, and ask him instead of all the other riders who crossed before him?” Without hesitating, the man replied, “That’s easy. He had a ‘yes’ face, and I saw it right away.”

Do you have a “yes” face? Are you approachable? Do strangers ever ask you for directions? Do friends ask you for help? Peter and John must have had ‘yes’ faces, because the lame beggar at the Beautiful Gate of the temple singled them out to ask for alms. But he got more than he bargained for. Peter and John were willing to help, but not in the way this beggar envisioned. Peter told him he had no gold or silver, but he was willing to give what he did have: healing. “In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene,” he said, “walk!” The truth is, the beggar at the gate had more gold than either Peter or John. But they had something he needed more than money. Jesus has a “yes” face. He is willing to help when we call on Him. But He knows better than we do what our true needs are. The question is, are we willing to call on Him, and to receive what He deems best for us?

~ Dr. Edwin Young ~

Morning Devotional 

Experience True Freedom in God’s Word

Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth.

[JOHN 17:17]

The truth is found in God’s word, and in His Son, Jesus Christ. And there is freedom in knowing the truth. The film Amistad depicted the story of a ship of African slaves who fought for their freedom through the U. S. legal system. Three times their case came to trial, and each trial yielded the same result: three decisions for freedom. In both the factual evidence presented and in the climactic argument before the Supreme Court, one crucial element operated in the Africans’ favor: truth. 

When falsehood triumphs in our lives, we remain enslaved. Besetting sins, addictions and disobedience wreak their tragic consequences. We yearn for freedom, but only God’s truth has the power to set us free. The truth we need to release us from our chains comes from the disciplined study of scripture. Truth about God, ourselves, and the awesome power of the gospel often lies just below a surface reading. Only deep exploration and submission to God’s word yields the truth that explodes falsehoods and frees us from our chains.

~ Dr. Edwin Young ~

Morning Devotional 

The Only Way to Fix Our Broken Society

In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.

[JUDGES 17:6]

We have veered off course as a civilization, as a society, for two reasons: we have refused as a people to look to a transcendent, authoritative God for moral absolutes, and we have depended instead on our own depraved determination of what is right and wrong. God said this same thing to the nation of Israel thousands of years ago: “My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” (Jer 2:13)

Think about it. A hundred and thirty-five thousand students go to school with weapons every day in America. Twenty-one percent of students say they do not go into restrooms in their schools because they are afraid of being molested or attacked. Forty percent of teenage women in America will have been pregnant at least once by the time they are nineteen. Suicide among teenagers has increased three hundred percent in the last thirty years. One third of all teachers are contemplating retirement or career change next year because the conditions under which they must teach are so threatening. Simply put, the evil of our day is so pervasive we cannot live without it touching us somehow, somewhere. What is the answer? Men and women everywhere must look to God and say, “Yes. There are absolutes and immutable laws at work in this world. You have established them. And if we are going to live successfully, we must obey them.” When this happens, America will come to its collective senses. Revival will replace relativism, and we will have hope once again.

~ Dr. Edwin Young ~

Morning Devotional 

God Gives Abundantly to All Who Ask

You do not have because you do not ask.

[JAMES 4:2]

Do you know who prayer intimidates the most? Christians! A lost person who wants to be saved can pray a prayer of repentance and forgiveness without giving much thought to form or style. He or she simply cries out to God, and asks for what is needed. Many Christians do not have because they do not ask. They do not know how to pray because they do not pray. George Beverly Shea told me he had a dream one night that he was in Heaven. As the Lord was showing him around, Bev says they came to a large room filled with seemingly endless compartments, each one bearing a person’s name. Bev asked what the compartments were, and God replied, “These belong to every person who has ever lived and been my servant.” Bev asked the Father to show him his own compartment, and God did so. As they opened it and looked through its contents together, Bev was overwhelmed. It was full of wonderful things. Fabulous things. It was literally a treasure chest of blessings. “I don’t understand,” Bev said. “These things are fantastic, but are you sure they’re mine? I don’t remember having any of them.” God nodded in agreement. “You didn’t have them, Bev. 

But I would have given them to you if you had only asked.” We do not have because we do not ask. And we do not ask because we do not know how to ask. In other words, we don’t know how to pray. But the secret to prayer is this: we learn to pray by praying. When Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray, He did not give them a step-by-step, how-to list. He said to them, “Pray, then, in this way…” How do we learn to pray? By praying. Begin today. Begin now. Ask.

~ Dr. Edwin Young ~

Morning Devotional 

God’s People Will Never Be Forgotten

If two of you agree on earth about anything that they ask, it shall be done for them by My father who is in Heaven.

[MATTHEW 18:19]

We live in a news-saturated culture, with easy access to a wider menu of media options than any generation in history. There’s Headline News. CNN. Dateline. Nightline. Add to these a whole host of news “journals” and commentaries, both written and broadcast. If that’s not immediate enough, there’s the Internet…with myriad up-to-the minute sources for the latest breaking stories. But who determines what is news? Who decides what makes the headlines? The first century church was, to my mind, a source of winning news stories. Peter preaches. Two thousand saved. Christians pray. Peter released from prison. Paul shipwrecked. Safe at Malta. But more than likely, these were not the “big stories” circulating among the general public. 

If you were living in the first century A. D., you might have heard of Stephen’s execution, but not Saul’s conversion. You might be familiar with Herod’s death, but not an Ethiopian’s second birth. There is no “scoop” bigger than the story of God’s involvement in the lives of His people, and the growth of His church, one believer at a time. Move the calendar ahead a hundred, two hundred, three hundred years from now, and the things we see in today’s headlines will be forgotten. But in the Lamb’s book of life, no turning, no answered prayer, no sacrifice, no new beginning will be forgotten. And they won’t be footnotes. They’ll be headline news…every single one of them.

~ Dr. Edwin Young ~

Morning Devotional 

Discover Why God is Color Blind
What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.

[ACTS 10:15]

Prejudice is not a twentieth century phenomenon. Why were the Jewish Christians so slow in reaching the “uttermost parts” of their world with the gospel? I can give you the answer in one word: prejudice. The Jews hated the Samaritans. They had no dealings with the Gentiles. But God intended that the way of salvation be made available to all men, regardless of their heritage. Do you know what lies at the root of all prejudice? It’s pride. And pride is something that God absolutely abhors. Many in our world today are prejudiced against those of a different heritage…whose skin is a different color, or whose language is not their own. 

But we are all sons of Adam, made from the dust of the ground. There is no skin color that is better than another; no country of origin that is favored over the rest. When I was growing up in the rural south, I had many occasions to witness prejudice, but I remember one instance where it was confronted, and overcome. The pastor of my home church in Laurel, Mississippi, invited a young woman with an incredible voice to sing for our congregation. The entire church rose up against him because of it, and he survived with his job by the skin of his teeth. Why the opposition? Because this teenaged woman was black. But the invitation stood, and she sang…and the most famous thing about my home church today is that once, years ago, one of the greatest sopranos in all of history sang there. Her name was Leontyne Price.

~ Dr. Edwin Young ~

Morning Devotional

Don’t Stop, Keep Going, Never Quit

For consider Him who has endured… so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

[HEBREWS 12:3]

In the race of life, Jesus Christ is running with us. He is not only the starter of our race, He is our pacesetter, our encourager, and our partner. We live the Christian life not by our own effort, but by His strength. In Him, we are never alone. Without Him, we are easily discouraged, and tempted every day to quit.

When I was a boy, I took piano lessons…but not by choice. My mother made me take them, and I quit as soon as I could. (Maybe you did, too.) But I remember a story about another boy who had real talent. His mother encouraged him to keep on playing when the scales got boring and the work was hard. When a world-renowned pianist came to their city, this mother took her son to see him play. She thought it would inspire him to continue. As the crowd gathered in the concert hall awaiting the performance, the boy wandered up to the stage to see the great, shiny, grand piano. Quietly, he made his way up to it, and very quietly started to play…chopsticks. The murmuring crowd quickly hushed, then began to protest. “Get that kid down. What is he doing up there?” The great pianist heard the commotion, and entered from the wings of the stage, putting his arms around the boy’s from behind. First, he joined in the boy’s simple song, then he began playing beautiful music, fabulous chords, part of a concerto…and it was wonderful. The whole time he played he whispered in the child’s ear, “Don’t stop, keep playing, never quit.”

~ Dr. Edwin Young ~