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Enhance each day with verses from the Bible, reflections from Pastor Chris and others on our teaching team, and prayer. You will build your relationship with God, walk with Christ, and find peace and joy, even in correction.

Quiet time and fellowship with God—such an important part of the day. Use these devotionals to help you focus on God every day.

TODAY’S READ:

Get Out of the Boat

DailyRead-Art-wlogoReading:  Matthew 14:28
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”  29  “Come,” he said.Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

 

Simon was probably more comfortable than the others. He was no stranger to the sudden squalls that angered the sea of Galilee.

Deepwater fishermen make an early peace with the sea, but imagine the terrors that gripped the tax collector, or the zealot, or the other landlubbers who followed Jesus’ command to take the boat to the other side. Simon knew boats through and through. You can be sure that he had inspected the planking, the sails, the oarlocks, and rudder. I would guess that Simon was firmly established at the rudder, shouting instruction and encouragement as the winds rose and waves began to break over the bow. Simon was in his element – his comfort zone.

Then Jesus came like some apparition, walking on the water. Here we find one of the great lessons on faith. God’s miraculous power is rarely revealed to us in our comfort zones. The one place Simon felt secure had to be abandoned so that new wonders could be experienced. Simon got out of the boat.

This morning I leave you with a Bible challenge. Search Scripture and see if you can find God revealing some new dimension of power or grace in someone’s comfort zone. Then get out of your boat!

 

Reposted with permission from onehope.net.


The Battleground of the Mind

DailyRead-Art-wlogoReading:  Philippians 2:5
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

 

The mind is the battleground on which victory is secured, or defeat is insured.

Attitudes grow quickly in the fertile soil of the mind. We must weed our gardens constantly, or suffer the loss of the harvest. Attitudes require a firm hand. If we don’t govern our attitudes, they will rule and ruin our lives. Good government establishes boundaries for society. Good parents establish boundaries for their children. Good employers define boundaries for employees. Governance is all about perimeters.

The mind needs clear borderlines. An unbounded thought life will soon wander the paths of destruction, far removed from safety. Thoughts and attitudes grow into words and actions. Hidden things are ultimately revealed.

We often find ourselves far removed from the highest and best. How did I get here? Where did I go wrong? How could I stray so far? It all starts in the thought life. We need to follow in Jesus’ footsteps and feed our minds with God’s Word. Jesus’ example will always produce light.

The Word of God guards our hearts against corruption, our thoughts from confusion, and our feet from destruction.

 

Reposted with permission from onehope.net.


The Inspector

DailyRead-Art-wlogoReading:  1 Chronicles 28:9
“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.”

 

Carpet cleaners, electricians, landscapers, painters, sound technicians, computer consultants, copier repairmen, plumbers, carpenters, and pest control; they’re like a second family when a church has multiple buildings.

If you build it, you had better be ready to maintain it, lest you lose it to fire, termites, flooding, or disrepair. Life can be just like that. We scratch and claw to obtain, only to fail to maintain. Satisfied with escaping the fires of hell, we slack off on spiritual growth. We’re happy to have a spiritual experience every so often to pump us up, rather than digging in the Word, and taking in our daily bread. We’re like spoiled children who leave their new toys out to rust.

Salvation is the starting line, not the finish line. Spiritual growth is a conscientious process, rather than a spiritual byproduct. When the house is falling apart, we need to fix it fast, and fix it right. Small oversights spell disaster.

The Holy Spirit is our Heavenly Building Inspector. He is the consummate professional – never missing the tiniest detail. He’ll come at a moment’s notice, if only we will ask. Are you past due for inspection?

 

Reposted with permission from onehope.net.


Trust

DailyRead-Art-wlogoReading:  Jeremiah 17:7
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,whose confidence is in him.

 

Did Abraham understand what God was doing on Mount Moriah? Did Moses understand what God was doing when He led the people to a waterless desert? Did Gideon understand what God was doing when He reduced his army to 300? Did David understand what God was doing when his son seized his throne? Did Jehoshaphat understand what God was doing when He commanded that the choir march first into battle? Did the widow at Zerapath understand what God was doing when Elijah demanded her last meal?

Did Paul understand what God was doing when He left him in jail for years on end? Did Mary and Martha understand what God was doing when Lazarus died? Did the servants understand what Jesus was doing when He commanded them to fill six water pots with water? What of the martyred legions of Hebrews 11? Did they understand what God was doing when they were flogged, imprisoned, stoned, sawn in two, and put to death by the sword?

Do you understand what God is doing right now in your circumstances? In seeking to understand, we are missing the very heart of the Christian faith. It’s not about complete understanding; it’s about trust!

 

Reposted with permission from onehope.net.


Choose Your Words

DailyRead-Art-wlogoReading:  Colossians 4:6
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

 

What a waste we make of words.

They gush out of us like a torrent, void of redeeming qualities. We speak before we think. We wound people carelessly. Though we curse not, we fail to bless; and therein we lose the opportunity to demonstrate grace and instigate healing. Words are weapons against our adversary. We should use them skillfully to rebuke him. But words are also tools with which to build one another up in faith. Are our tools sharp and well-maintained, or are our toolboxes cluttered with rusty tools? Are we using words for the advantage of the Kingdom of God, or are we wasting our breath on idle chatter? Who can estimate the value of a word of encouragement? What price can be placed on a word of sympathy?

How we underestimate the simple words of recognition, spoken in passing. If you could only speak one hundred words per week, what words would you speak? If time was running out, and you were given opportunity to speak the last word into someone’s life, what would you say? Time is running out. Tomorrow may be cancelled at any moment.

Choose words that save, and love, and heal. Decrease volume and increase value. A word is a terrible thing to waste.

 

Reposted with permission from onehope.net.