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Losing Your Ship Without Losing Your Soul

Most people have experienced traumatic events in their lives that ended in or were the consequences of some type of personal failure. Today’s devotional throws a lifeline of hope out for the ones who is currently going through or who has gone through such a storm. You may fail and lose it all, but you don’t have to lose you, your soul, or your faith. You may be stripped down, as the author says, but you won’t be lost.

 

 

During that storied final meal Jesus shared with His disciples, only hours away from all the torments that awaited Him, there is an extraordinary exchange between Jesus and Peter. The truly remarkable thing is that this is just before Jesus tells Peter he will disown Him. Sitting at the table, where the peculiar alchemy of wine turning to blood and bread becoming body was already at play, Jesus looks across the table at the fiery, well-intentioned disciple whose face was not yet shadowed by the guilt of betrayal. And He speaks words of heartbreaking tenderness to the man who says he will die for Jesus but will in actuality curse him by morning:

Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.Luke 22:31-32

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Crazy Hunch and a High Hope

There are many article and devotionals devoted to the subject of faith. Some are very scholarly and theological. Others are the tried and true, been-through-the-fire-and-out-the-other-side kind of articles. Today’s devotional from Biblegateway.com by Max Lucado offers a perspective drawn from the experience of a biblical character who persevered in faith and was abundantly rewarded.

 

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“If I can just touch his clothes,” she thinks, “I will be healed.” (Mark 5:28 NCV).

Risky decision. To touch him, she will have to touch the people. If one of them recognizes her … hello rebuke, good-bye cure. But what choice does she have? She has no money, no clout, no friends, no solutions. All she has is a crazy hunch that Jesus can help and a high hope that he will.

Maybe that’s all you have: a crazy hunch and a high hope. You have nothing to give. But you are hurting. And all you have to offer him is your hurt.

Maybe that has kept you from coming to God. Oh, you’ve taken a step or two in his direction. But then you saw the other people around him. They seemed so clean, so neat, so trim and fit in their faith. And when you saw them, they blocked your view of him. So you stepped back.

If that describes you, note carefully, only one person was read more

Source: Biblegateway.com

 

Gospel Identity: Overcoming Fear and Shame – FaithGateway

Todays devotional sheds light and truth into the dark corners where fear and shame like to hide. It points the way out for those who are caught in the sticky web spun by those twin life sucking spiders.

 

One of the things important for any believer to understand is how fear and shame impact our identity.  Whether I could verbalize it or not growing up, too often I envisioned God sitting on the clouds, waiting to throw thunderbolts at my every sin. I looked at my own shortfalls and could only imagine a God who was frustrated with humanity, especially my humanity. Why wouldn’t He punish me or be disappointed in me? That would make total sense.

It’s uncanny how we allow fear to seep in. Fear of failure. Fear of change. Fear of being found out. Fear of being misunderstood. Fear of judgment.

Fear leads to shame. Shame causes us to doubt. We begin to doubt God’s love and we begin to doubt God’s grace. Ultimately, we begin to doubt read more

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Source: Gospel Identity: Overcoming Fear and Shame – FaithGateway

What Was Meant for Evil, God Uses for Good, by Max Lucado

Today’s devotional reminds us of the comforting fact that God is the one who has the final say. It is He who will reverse the curse, turn the tide, and uses something that was intended for our harm to become something that helps us.

 

 

Joseph Son of Jacob Graduate with honors from the University of Hard Knocks Director of Global Effort to Save Humanity Succeeded How? How did he flourish in the midst of tragedy? We don’t have to speculate. Some twenty years later the roles were reversed, Joseph as the strong one and his brothers the weak ones.a href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/what-was-meant-for-evil-god-uses-for-good/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

Source: What Was Meant for Evil, God Uses for Good, by Max Lucado

Qualified

Sometimes we may hesitate to step out in obedience to something God is calling us to do because we honestly don’t feel qualified, and that someone else would be a better choice to get the job done. Other times claiming that we aren’t qualified can be more like an excuse for not being obedient. I’m not qualified therefore I can weasel my way out of this thing I don’t want to do. Today’s devotional blows both of those lines of reasoning out of the water. God is the one who both calls and then qualifies us to follow that call.

 

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Are you more dinghy than cruise ship? More stand-in than movie star? More plumber than executive? More blue jeans than blue blood? Congratulations. God changes the world with folks like you. read more

Do Not Fear Change – FaithGateway

Today’s devotional is a word of encouragement to us all. Each and every one of us will at some point – and probably multiple points – in our lives encounter changes. While change is not necessarily a bad thing it can be a wee bit frightening and sometimes downright uncomfortable. This excerpt from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young will comfort your heart wherever you happen to be on your journey, entering into, in the midst of, or on the other side of change.

 

 

I am the Risen One who shines upon you always. You worship a living Deity, not some idolatrous, man-made image. Your relationship with Me is meant to be vibrant and challenging, as I invade more and more areas of your life. Do not fear change, for I am making you a new creation, with olda href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/not-fear-change-2/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

Source: Do Not Fear Change – FaithGateway

Forgetful Father

Today’s devotional encourages us to reject the slime of condemnation that the enemy seeks to heap on us into the experiential reality of God’s grace and forgiveness.

 

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“As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Ps. 103:12 NIV).

“You can’t teach a Bible class with your background.” … “You, a missionary?” … “How dare you ask him to come to church. What if he finds out about the time you fell away?” … “Who are you to offer help?”

The ghost spews waspish words of accusation, deafening your ears to the promises of the cross. And it flaunts your failures in your face, blocking your vision of the Son and leaving you the shadow of a doubt.

Now, honestly. Do you think God sent that ghost? Do you think God is the voice that reminds you of the putridness of your past? Do you think God was teasing when he said, “I will remember your read more

Source: biblegateway.com