Tag Archive | faith

Being Still Doesn’t Mean Doing Nothing

There is debate about what our part is and what God’s part is in living out the Christian life. Are we supposed to be passive and let God do everything or do we have a part to play? Today’s devotional, reposted from biblestudytools.com, presents a clear idea of what our part is in the big picture of our lives.

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“I hear people use this verse for the wrong application:

Exodus 14:14“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

I’ve heard well meaning people use it as an indicator that, because we are on the winning team, we will never face read the rest here

source: bibletools.com

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Peace in the Eye of the Storm

Peace is certainly something that’s in short supply in our world today. The real heart deep peace that Jesus gives is essential to our wellbeing. Today’s devotional, written by Shelia Walsh for Devotions Daily  ((c) 2018 Shelia Walsh) and reposted from faithgateway.com, brings hope for obtaining that peace.

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“Sometimes we get a warning when a storm is about to hit. The national weather service issues storm watches and warnings but not everyone has the time or means to get away from danger. Often the poorest of the poor are the most vulnerable and pay the greatest price but truth is, storms hit read the rest here

source: faithgateway.com

Complaining and Miracles

We all want God to do amazing, miraculous, mind-blowing things for us. Too often, however, we find ourselves complaining about the miracles that God has already done for us instead of being thankful for them. Today’s devotional, written by Mark Batterson and reposted from faithgateway.com, urges us to be aware of and thankful for all of those miracles we’ve already experienced, and to take that big step of faith necessary to see the next thing God wants to do.

“I love miracles, and I love food, so I really love food miracles.

And while there are multiple food miracles in Scripture, the day God provided quail meat in the middle of nowhere may rank as the most amazing. When the Israelites exited Egypt, a quailstorm was definitely not in the forecast.

The people of Israel also began to complain, “Oh, for some meat!” they exclaimed. “We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted. But now our appetites are gone. All we ever see read more

 

source: Devotionals Daily at faithgateway.com

Coping with Contradictions

What do you tell someone who scoffs at your faith because they believe that the Bible contains too many contradictions? Today’s devotional by Lee Strobel, reposted from faithgateway.com, provides some practical answers to help us answer those who are skeptical about Christianity.

Editor’s Note: In this excerpt of The Case for Faith, Lee Strobel is having a theological debate with Norman Geisler, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. What a fantastic discussion to share with a friend who is seeking to know the truth today!

When I asked about alleged contradictions in the Bible, Geisler leaned back in his chair and smiled. It was an issue he had spent a lifetime studying.

“I’ve made a hobby of collecting alleged discrepancies, inaccuracies, and conflicting statements in the Bible,” he said. “I have a list of about eight hundred of them. A few years ago I coauthored a book called When Critics Ask, which devotes nearly six hundred pages to setting the record read more

 

source: Devotions Daily at faithgateway.com

Faith or Fear

Today’s devotional, written by James Goll and reposted from Charisma Magazine, brings the concept of faith into a flesh and blood, user friendly, concrete form that we can really get ahold of. As you read on, let’s agree to choose faith and not fear regardless of what may be going on around us.

Activists burn a U.S. flag with posters of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile as they protest against the police shootings that led to two deaths in Louisiana and Minnesota, respectively, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., July 7, 2016. (Patrick T. Fallon/Reuters )

In today’s global society with violence escalating, rampant shootings, riots, tumultuous economic times, wars and rumors of wars happening on an almost daily basis, we have some basic choices to make.

What guides me? What directs you? Fear or faith? Which way will our nations head?

“Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, ‘Why could we not cast him out?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your unbelief. For truly I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move. And nothing will be impossible for you'” (Matt. 17-19-20). Many people live in read more

source: charisma.com

Getting Past Our Pain

We can often be our own worst critic. Internally we criticize and chastise ourselves for all the stupid things we’ve done. Today’s devotional by Alli Worthington, reposted from faithgateway.com, brings a breath of fresh air to help blow away the condemnation. Let this truth resonate in your heart today: “…we don’t have to stay stuck in a cycle of fear and failure. Failure doesn’t have to be your story.” Alli Worthington

We hold onto the pain of past failures until they become woven into our hearts and minds. But that is not what Jesus has for us. In order to heal from the pain of our past failures and overcome the fear of future failures, we must practice our ABCs: acknowledge our feelings, ban the B’s, and choose to believe Jesus. read more

 

source: faithgateway.com

Crazy Prayers, Crazy Faith

The word crazy isn’t usually a terribly positive one. Being thought of as not quite right in the head or crazy is not the nicest thing in the world. Today’s devotional by Mark Batterson, reposted from faithgateway.com, puts a different spin on that word, however. If you want to see crazy miracles you need crazy faith.


This woman is driving me crazy. – Luke 18:5

I love the parable of the persistent widow. I don’t mean any disrespect, but I think persistent is a nice word for crazy. This woman is crazy, but when the cause is a righteous one, it’s a holy crazy!

We aren’t told what injustice took place, but she was on a mission. Maybe her son was falsely imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Maybe the man who molested her daughter was still on the streets. We don’t know for sure. But whatever it was, she wouldn’t take no for an answer. And the judge knew it. The judge knew she would circle his house until the day she got justice or the day she died. The judge knew there was no quit in the read more

source: faithgateway.com