Tag Archive | God is faithful

It Doesn’t All Depend on Us

Sometimes we get all stressed out and can even make ourselves sick because we live as if everything depends on us. While we certainly have a part to play,  (get off our duffs and do what we know to do), the outcome does not depend solely on us. Whew! That’s a stress breaker right there. The final outcome is God’s business. Today’s devotional by Holley Gerth shouts this message loud and clear if we will open our hearts and ears a listen.

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“…This makes a difference because we don’t have to carry the weight of what ultimately happens. We also don’t claim it as our identity. The “failure” isn’t proof that we’re inadequate and the praise isn’t proof that we’re to be worshipped. Both are too much for us to carry. Instead we can release all the criticism and praise to God and simply do the next thing He asks. Whew.

And here’s the promise we can read more

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Move Forward

Today’s devotional by Christine Caine is short and sweet and gets right down where the proverbial rubber meets the road. As one of my minister friends is fond of saying “that’ll preach!”

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… I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me (Philippians 3:12)

You will not make any progress while obsessively ruminating over things you can do nothing about.

In other words, replaying the past in your head will not produce a different present. But if you stop living in the past and take responsibility for the present, you can ensure a different future.

And I know you can do it. I believe in you. I’m cheering you on. I’ve been at that place so often in my life, and I’m certain I will be again. But this I also know and want to encourage you with …

God is faithful, and what is ahead is so much better than what was behind. Keep moving forward!”

(c) 2016 Christine Caine http://christinecaine.com/cmspage.php?intid=643&intversion=2083   Used with Permission

 

You Can Trust God’s Timing

I’ve never liked waiting. I don’t know very many people who do. But God’s timing and His ways aren’t always in sync with what we want when we want it. Today’s devotional, reposted from Holley Gerth, reminds us that God’s timing is  perfect and we shouldn’t despair when there’s a delay.

 

“Jesus doesn’t offer answers. He doesn’t try to dry her tears. He doesn’t spout off a spiritual cliché. Instead He weeps along with her. The tears of a compassionate friend. The tears of a tender God. The tears of someone who understands the pain of death. Then He asks a simple question: “Where have you laid him?” (John 11:33).

Jesus does come. And He does see. With eyes that stretch beyond humanity and into eternity. As a quote by Gracie Allen hanging on my mama’s refrigerator says, “Never place a period where God read more

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(c) 2016 Holley Gerth holleygerth.com

Advent and Hope

Today’s devotional brings a glimmer of  hope to our dark, troubled world as we journey through Advent this year in the midst of the strife and chaos all around us.

“The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.'” Jeremiah 33:14-16 (NRSV)

Advent is about hope.

When Jeremiah heard these words from God, the yawning chasm of hopelessness was already opening up to swallow his world. Jeremiah was in chains, a political prisoner because King Zedekiah disapproved of Jeremiah’s message of God’s coming judgment. However, even while Jeremiah was imprisoned, the prophecy that had run him afoul of the king began to come true, as the armies of Babylon approached Jerusalem. By the time these words above came to Jeremiah (verses 1-13 tell us), the streets of the city were desolate, as many of the townspeople had already fled. The city itself was in ruins, as many of the houses had been pulled down in a desperate attempt to make defense-works against the imminent invasion. And Jeremiah knew that further waves of death and destruction were about to strike; he had already prophesied that the Babylonians would fill the city with the bodies of the dead.

And yet… in the midst of a world falling apart, God promised that someday–and the days are surely coming–everything would be made right. Justice and righteousness would be established in the land, and safety and peace would replace the horrors of violence and war.

And this is still the hope for which we wait. So many years after Jeremiah, in Advent in the Year of our Lord 2015, our world, too, shows many signs of falling apart. I write this devotion in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Bamako, while entire continue reading

 

(c) Andrew K. Lee    SFTS/GTU MA 2015; GTU Ph.D. Student    Used with permission    San Francisco Theological Seminary      

What Have You Got to Lose?

woman-with-the-issue-of-blood1Gravity is a pretty well established fact – what goes up  must come down, right? Most every human being has no doubts about gravity. It’s a sure thing that we don’t even really think about it. Yet how often do we find ourselves doubting the power of the God who brought gravity into being? Surely the One who created the gravity that we trust in is able to not only keep the promises that He made but also along with it have the power to do way beyond what we could ask or think. Click on the link below to listen to Sunday’s message by Chi Alpha leader Steve Pavek and ask God to grant you faith to believe in the power of our Capable, Concerned, Competent Savior.

 

 

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