Devotional

With You Always

With You Always

Exodus 3:12

Soon after the death of Joseph and his brothers, the descendants of Israel were forced into Egyptian slavery. For several hundred years, the Egyptians greatly oppressed the Israelites: “But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites and worked them ruthlessly” (Exodus 1:12-13). God […]

Hiding Among The Baggage

Hiding Among The Baggage

1 Samuel 10:22

When Samuel became too old to be an effective judge, the leaders of Israel asked for a new kind of ruler; “Appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have” (1 Samuel 8:5). This request was actually an indication of the sad decline of God’s people. By requesting a king, “as […]

A Greater Love

A Greater Love

John 15:12-13

In one of the last messages Moses gave to the people of Israel, he told them to obey all the commands of God and to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5). About fifteen hundred years later, Jesus referred to this […]

Build According To The Spirit

Build According To The Spirit

Haggai 2:4-5

When the armies of Babylon made their final invasion of Jerusalem, they took many captives into exile and completely destroyed the temple – destroyed God’s dwelling among His chosen people. After many years, a group of Israelites were allowed to return to Jerusalem and rebuild. This group began the work with great excitement: “With praise […]

The Promised Land

The Promised Land

Genesis 12:1

In the message “The Search” we saw how searching for God’s will is a natural step of Christian maturity. As we become more like Christ, we naturally desire to do only those things consistent with the will of our Heavenly Father. We also saw that this can be a frustrating time as we search…and wait! […]

The Search

The Search

Psalm 9:10

We have come to that wonderful place where our only desire is to do God’s will. We have begun to view our time on earth with an eternal perspective and are now in the process of aligning our life with His desires. We truly desire to do the will of God, so we desperately (and […]

Refuse To Be Afraid

Refuse To Be Afraid

Mark 4:39-40

As wars continue around the world, we must remember our true battles are not against flesh and blood – not against terrorism or deceptive governments, not against an oppressive boss or unappreciative spouse, not even against attacks on our health – but “against the spiritual forces of evil in the Heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). The […]

Gifts To Be Returned

Gifts To Be Returned

1 Samuel 1:27-28

After Joshua led the Israelites into the promised land, the nation was governed by a series of judges. The period of the judges lasted several hundred years and ended with the prophet Samuel. Samuel lived his entire life dedicated to God. In fact, Samuel’s mother dedicated him to God before he was even born. For […]

A Taste of Eternity

A Taste of Eternity

Genesis 29:20

In the message “An Eternal Perspective” we saw the need to consider our life on an eternal time scale and to weigh our current burdens against the eternal glory of Heaven. But there are many believers who are unable to gain strength or comfort from this view of life. Although they know the concept, they […]

An Eternal Perspective

An Eternal Perspective

1 Corinthians 15:19

The path of a “successful” Christian walk is one of daily commitment to Christ and submission to the leading of His Spirit. Jesus said, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). Paul understood this commitment when he said, “I die every […]

Be Clean

Be Clean

Matthew 8:2-3

The term leprosy, as used in the Bible, actually refers to a whole variety of skin conditions ranging from rashes, to open sores, to various infectious diseases, and includes true leprosy as we know it today. According to God’s Law given through Moses, a person with leprosy was ceremonially unclean and not allowed to take […]

Immeasurably More

Immeasurably More

Ephesians 3:20

Prayer is a vitally important part of our Christian walk, but it is often greatly misunderstood. Prayer is how we talk with our Heavenly Father. It can never be used to manipulate God or cause Him to do anything outside His perfect will. God is not ours to command; He is not obligated to grant […]