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  • A Q&A with Capital Kings

    Posted on January 7, 2013 by John van der Veen

    Capital

    There’s no denying much of today’s music has the power to move the masses
    physically. Inventive beats and hooky choruses are the currency of the day. Now
    enter Capital Kings, a talented duo that blends pop, electronic dance music, and
    rap into an intoxicating musical mix that makes audiences want to move, and yet
    there’s a thought-provoking, life-affirming undercurrent. Capital Kings combine
    style with substance and introduce flash with a foundation.

    Jon White and Cole Walowac have parlayed a long-term friendship and shared passion for music into one of the hottest careers in the industry. Despite their young age, the duo’s
    history is a lengthy one. “We were in the nursery in the same church,” Jon says.
    “We moved away to Massachusetts for a few years, Cole and I met back up in
    the same middle school and we started playing in the youth group band. Cole
    would play drums and I would sing and that’s how we started making music.”

    What follows is a brief Q&A with both Jon and Cole:

    1 - What is your background? Where did you guys grow up? What made you interested in music?

    Cole: We both grew up right outside of Washington D.C. We were actually really into sports growing up so if you were to tell us we would one day be in a band making music we wouldn't have believed you. But in high school we started playing for our youth worship band and that sparked an interest for us in doing music. By junior year, we really started to put sports aside and begin focusing on our music.

    2 - Your debut album will be available on 1/8/13. It's not very often that a "freshman" artist get's to work with such big players in the industry. How did you happen to land gigs with such big artists (Mandisa, Group 1 Crew, Britt Nicole, TobyMac)?

    Jon: We have been blessed for sure! God has really been giving us some amazing opportunities these past few years. It all started through remixing some songs on TobyMac’s remix record, Dubbed & Freq'd album. After that, the calls came in to start working with other artists. We really love having different flavors on our tunes and being able to work with all the artists we have up to this point!

    3 - What are your biggest influencers? Musically and spiritually?

    Cole: Our number one influence is God. We are constantly trying to pursue Christ in all that we do because He has had the greatest impact on people by showing love. Musically, we listen to everything from old stuff like Herbie Hancock or Frank Sinatra all the way to current music like Deadmau5 and Radiohead.

    4 - You guys are jumping on the East Coast run of Winter Jam this next year. What does your live show look like?

    Cole: Our live shows are such high energy! Our main goal is to make people feel like they’re part of the show. We want them to feel free to dance and jump up and down and go crazy. But most importantly, we want them to be inspired to love God and love others around them.

    5 - What are you most looking forward to in 2013?

    Jon: We cannot wait for our debut record to drop on January 8th and also to meet all of our fans who come out to our shows! It’s definitely an exciting time for us and we’re looking forward to see what God has in store for us!!

    6 - Red Bull or Starbucks?

    Cole: Depends on what time of day. If it’s an early morning, than definitely a Java Chip from Starbucks. If it’s a late night in the studio, then a Red Bull.

    Jon: Red Bull! I don’t drink coffee, plus, Red Bull gives you wings!

    TobyMac introduces Capital Kings:

    You'll Never Be Alone. (Lyric Video)

    I Feel So Alive (Lyric Video)

    Be There (Lyric Video)

    Tell Me (Lyric Video)

    I Feel So Alive (Telemitry Remix)

  • God, I Don't Understand

    Posted on January 7, 2013 by Glynnis Whitwer

    Glynnis

    "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

    God, I don't understand why my friend has cancer again. She's a young wife and mom. She loves You and her family. Why, Lord?

    Have you ever asked God a question like that? I sure have. In fact, there's lots I don't understand about what happens here on earth. Like why people fight wars for power, leaving innocent children like my two little adopted daughters with life-long scars, inside and out. Like why people cheat and betray each other. And why hard working, honest men and women can't find jobs.

    My list of questions is quite long. And when I focus on the "whys" of life, frustration and fear crowd out faith. It's not wrong to ask God hard questions. He doesn't seem to mind. However, when we don't resolve the seemingly unanswered ones, our faith can get shaken.

    The hard truth is, many times we won't get answers to our "why" questions. And yet we believe we deserve them. Maybe it's because we can answer most questions using Google in under 10 seconds. Do we think God should be just as fast and on demand? Perhaps we are obsessed with trying to understand what we don't need to.

    On a recent airline flight, God used a moment of fear to give me insight into this issue. It had been years since I'd been afraid of flying, so it surprised me. I'm not a pilot, nor do I understand physics or aeronautics. So when the plane took an odd bump, my stomach jumped as well.

    Immediately God brought Proverbs 3:5 to mind: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." With that Word of truth, something shifted inside my heart and mind. I didn't have to know the "why" to have peace. I just had to know "Who" ... and He is completely trustworthy.

    The whys of life can consume me, because I want to know answers. All the time. To big questions and little ones. Like why there is war. And why someone put an empty carton of milk back in the refrigerator. But that's just not always possible. The truth is, my understanding is human, frail, and woefully limited. It's hampered by emotion and colored by fear. It's also incomplete. On the other hand, God's wisdom and knowledge is perfect.

    God doesn't need to explain everything to me. It's hard to accept, but true. I'm learning that I have a choice when I don't get a satisfactory answer to why something happened. I can choose to allow frustration to grow into distrust, or to submit my need to know why.

    I still don't understand lots of what happens here on the earth. But I do know God can be trusted. And when I don't get an answer that makes sense to me, it's an opportunity to gracefully submit my limited understanding to God, and lean on Him.

    Dear Lord, I praise You for being all-knowing. There is nothing that escapes Your eyes. Right now I'm facing some things that don't make sense. And when I lean on my own understanding, I feel shaky. Help me to submit my questions to You, and trust that You have everything under control. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

    Related Resources:
    Let. It. Go.: How to Stop Running the Show and Start Walking in Faith by Karen Ehman

    I Used to Be So Organized by Glynnis Whitwer

    Reflect and Respond:
    How do you tend to react when you don't get answers to your questions from people around you? From God?

    How has God proved Himself faithful in the past in your life? Remind yourself of these times when you feel your faith shaking.

    Power Verses:
    Isaiah 55:8-9, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." (NIV)

    Proverbs 28:26, "He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe." (NIV 1984)

    © 2013 by Glynnis Whitwer. All rights reserved.

    Proverbs 31 Ministries
    616-G Matthews-Mint Hill Road
    Matthews, NC 28105
    www.Proverbs31.org

  • Teach Children Wisdom

    Posted on January 6, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    “Pains as of a woman in childbirth come to him, but he is a child without wisdom; when the time arrives, he does not come to the opening of the womb.” Hosea 13:13

     

    Children need to be taught wisdom. Yes, sometimes it’s hard for them to grasp its meaning because of their age and stage in life. Wisdom comes through understanding and applying God’s Word to life's experiences. Many individuals are limited in their perspective of both, so wisdom guides them away from unwise decision-making. Wisdom is one of the most wonderful gifts you can give your child. Therefore, make its knowledge inviting and practical.

    Tell stories of individuals who made wise decisions and the positive effects that followed. Then contrast these uplifting illustrations with those who chose an unwise path and suffered harm as a result. Stories stir the heart and illuminate the mind. We owe it to our offspring to engage them in conversations about real live people. Otherwise they remain oblivious, in a bubble of unrealistic living. Indeed, wisdom comes by allowing them to spread their wings and begin decision-making while they still live under your roof.

    Start out while they're young by helping them make money decisions. Show them the pattern of “share, save, and spend” from your own financial management. Then lead them to do the same. Watch them smile as they experience the joy of generosity. Be proud as their discipline and patience grows. They will be able to save for something they want, purchasing their prize with cash. Be an example of smart spending, you may become a recipient of its fruit as your child learns how to be a savvy shopper.  Financial wisdom is a practical gift whose principals you can use to train your child (Ephesians 6:4).

    Good judgment in choosing friends is another facet of teaching your child the ways of wisdom. Make sure children understand the propensity to be like the people they “hang out with” (Proverbs 13:20). It’s wise to choose friends whose faith is growing and robust. Go with friends who lift up, instead of those who pull down. It is unwise to flirt with friendships that dilute growth with God. Discuss why they need to avoid friendships that become a wedge between child and parent. Wisdom does not settle for the shallow acceptance of just any friend. Wisdom has a high standard for friendship. Challenge your children to pray for friends who complement their faith, who move them closer to their heavenly Father. Wise friends rub off on your children in wise ways.

    Lastly, discuss with your child regularly the wisdom of God. He gives wisdom (Proverbs 2:6). Read with them from the Bible, and discuss the meanings of particular verses. Make the discussion of Scripture a part of your everyday life. Take your Bible to church. Underline the phrases that leap from the page into your heart and mind. Then discuss its application to your life over lunch. Ask your child to hold you accountable to the truth God is teaching you.

    You cannot improve on the wisdom of the Lord. God’s wisdom will follow them the rest of their lives. It will be with them when you are absent. You can be at peace when you have a child who is wise in the ways of God. You are wise when your goal is to grow a wise child. Wise children become wise adults. 

    Post/Tweet: It is unwise to flirt with friendships that dilute growth with God. #friends

    © 2012 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry

    info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com

  • Mentor Young People

    Posted on January 5, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    “At the window of my house I looked out through the lattice. I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who lacked judgment” (Proverbs 7:6–7).

     

    Most young people yearn for someone to invest time and wisdom into them. They know deep in their hearts they need help to handle heartaches. Their naïve knowledge has yet to graduate them from the school of hard knocks; so they need loving and wise instruction. Who in your circle of influence is a candidate for your caring attention? 

    It may be a son or daughter, a colleague at work, or a friend from church. God places people in our lives for a purpose. Perhaps you prayerfully pursue a mentor relationship with a teachable young person. He or she can learn from your mistakes as much or more than from your wise choices.

    Mentors are not perfect, just wiser from failure and humbled by success. Look around and ask the Lord to lead you to a young person who may be edging toward the wrong direction. Reach out to that young person. By doing so, you will have returned the favor to someone who loved you.

    Indeed, mentors take time for others because they are eternally grateful for those who took time for them. Gratitude to God is a great reason to go the extra mile with someone younger. Read books together, maybe a book a month for a year. Meet over coffee to discuss how the book challenged your thinking and changed your behavior for the better.

    A young leader can preclude problems when she is able to model the wise habits of her mentor. Always invite an older adult into your life who can educate you in the ways of God. Moreover, the mentor process is valuable to both parties. It provides accountability, encouragement, love, and obedience to Christ’s commands. Mentor young people so they follow the right path, and in turn help someone else do the same.

    The Bible says, “Encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children…. Likewise urge the young men to be sensible” (Titus 2:4, 6 nasb).

    Prayer: Who is the young person in my life to whom the Lord is leading me to invest time, wisdom, and resources?

    Related Readings: Job 32:6; Psalm 119:9; Matthew 28:20; Titus 2:1–8

    Post/Tweet: Mentors are not perfect, just wiser from failure and humbled by success. #mentor

    © 2012 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry

    info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com

  • Single Focus

    Posted on January 4, 2013 by Family Christian

    Boyd

    “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.” Philippians 3:13

     

    Almighty God is the focus of the faithful. He is the One Thing who needs the attention from those attentive to Christ’s agenda. This focus of faith writes a beautiful script for a surrendered life--like a sharpened pencil it etches clearly, compared to the illegible scribblings of a dull point. A mind focused on what’s ahead is not encumbered with what’s behind. Single focus creates mental stamina. Indeed, focused thinking on God is not distracted by the world’s allure. 

    Is Christ the central point of your plans? Do you anticipate what lies ahead? Your single focus on your heavenly Father’s heart will embolden your heart. Belief in Jesus is the bull’s eye on the target of trust. Always shoot your arrows of action toward the Almighty’s agenda and you will accomplish His purpose for your life. Take hold of Him and He will guide you by His good light. Take hold of integrity and you will walk securely. Take hold of prayer and you’ll hear His voice.

    “Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous.” Psalm 15:1-2

    We must beware of separating the sacred from the secular. Our life and work are not silos separated from the grain of God’s goodness. Our salvation is an acorn of faith that grows into an oak tree of mature discipleship. However, the pruning of adversity is necessary to keep us growing in grace. Everything we do is meant to move us toward the Lord’s one thing: progress toward perfection in Christ. Momentary affliction is meant to move us into His deeper affections.

    Therefore, do for one what you would like to do for many. Trust God that your single focus at home and work will create quality relationships that lead to a quantity of influence for good. Like a laser, your single focus to love can clear away the cloudy cataracts from another’s eyes of fear. Like courageous military personnel, your single focus on humble service can protect you and your family from pride. Your single focus puts fear in the enemy and faith in your heart.

    “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.” Psalm 27:4

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, make my focus forward on You and Your priorities.

    Related Readings: Psalm 105:4; Luke 9:62; 10:42; Acts 2:25; 2 Peter 1:10

    Post/Tweet today: A mind focused on what’s ahead is not encumbered with what’s behind. #focus

    © 2012 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry

    info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com

  • God is Waiting

    Posted on January 4, 2013 by Wendy Blight

    Wendy

    "Listen carefully to my words. Don't lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart; for they bring life to those who find them, and health to their whole body." Proverbs 4:20b-22 (NLT)

    Sometimes I feel like I disappoint God. My days get so busy that I forget to open my Bible. I know I should, but I can't seem to find the time.

    Eventually, when guilt overtakes me, I open it and read some Scripture.

    What do I find? Not what I expect.

    First, let me tell you what I don't find. I don't find condemnation and rebuke. Instead, I find grace and encouragement. In fact, recently, God greeted me tenderly and lovingly with these words, "My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don't lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body." (Proverbs 4:20-22, NLT, emphasis added)

    God lovingly reminded me of what I miss when I fail to open His Word each day.

    Each time we neglect Him, He graciously gives us a fresh start, a new opportunity to come to Him and meet Him in His Word guilt-free.

    When I ignore time in my Bible, I forget how much God desires for me to meet Him there. Not for lessons and lectures, but because He wants to speak to me.

    You see, God wants us to read our Bibles with no agenda, no homework assignment, no check list. He wants us to sit and simply experience Him through His Word. The Lord has secrets to teach us and treasures to unearth for us.

    Paul confirms this in 1 Corinthians 2:6-16. He says that the secret things of God were once hidden from us, but now God has made them available in His Word through His Holy Spirit.

    Years and years ago, only God's chosen heard directly from God. But not anymore! God makes His Word known to you and to me.

    In John 16:13, Jesus promised that through His Holy Spirit, He would guide us into all truth. "To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken from them." (Matthew 13:12, NLT)

    If you have been neglecting the Word, will you join me today and open God's Word? Open it from a place of great confidence! Believe with all your heart and trust God at His Word that you will understand the words you read through the help of His Holy Spirit.

    Ask God to reveal His secrets and unearth those treasures. When you get a taste of God's Holy Spirit speaking to you and teaching you while you read His Word ... you will never want to stop!

    Go for it! Remember, He is waiting for you.

    Dear Lord, help me not to neglect time Your Word. Create in me a hunger to carve out time to be with You. When I meet with You, through the power of Your Holy Spirit, open the eyes of my heart to understand the wonderful treasures tucked away in Your Word. Thank You that You are waiting for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

    Related Resources:

    Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner by Wendy Blight

    Reflect and Respond:
    Read Proverbs 2:1-11.

    Journal what you learn about God's Word and the role God wants it to play in your life.

    Power Verses:
    1 Corinthians 2:6-10, "God's wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of His purposes. You don't find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest - what God determined as the way to bring out His best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene ... No one's ever seen or heard anything like this, never so much as imagined anything quite like it - what God has arranged for those who love Him. But you've seen and heard it because God by His Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you." (MSG)

    © 2012 by Wendy Blight. All rights reserved.

    Proverbs 31 Ministries
    616-G Matthews-Mint Hill Road
    Matthews, NC 28105
    www.Proverbs31.org

  • Promise Land Spirit

    Posted on January 3, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    “But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.” Numbers 14:24

     

    Naysayers suffer the spirit of defeat, while those who take God at His word enter into the promised land of spiritual victory. The giants in the land are made much larger with fear inflicted by Satan’s figments of the imagination. However, those led by the Spirit move forward by faith in search of God-size opportunities. There is no time for the devil’s drama, only determination to trust the Lord. The fulfillment of big ideas flow from a heart wholly committed to Christ. 

    The fearful majority become experts in eloquently explaining why you can’t accomplish extraordinary results with your ordinary faith. Their reasons resound from what man says, not what God has promised. If you listen to faithless voices you will lose faith, however, your confidence to continue overflows in obedience to the Holy Spirit’s leadership. Your eyes of faith are not flawed for God gives you 20/20 vision to see His possibilities. Yes, trust in His promises!

    “Do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.” Numbers 14:9

    If we disbelieve in the promise of God we forfeit the benefit of God. Disbelief leads to disobedience which is rebellion against the Lord. However, when we hid God’s promises in our hearts we can’t help but boldly follow Christ into the unknown. He promises peace that overcomes fear, so we are peaceful. He promises favor with our enemies, so we are trustful. He promises grace in our weakness, so we are energized to work. God’s promises give courage!

    Is the Lord larger than your looming obstacles? Can Christ provide the relational and financial capital for your next big thing for Him? Yes and Yes! Your heavenly Father is waiting to give you advantages and open doors for His glory. Your character and willingness to serve and not sell yourself is a sword of sincerity in the Spirit’s hand. Once He gives you access into the promised land of opportunity, continue in humility. Fulfill His will and receive what He has promised.

    “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” Hebrews 10:36

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, use me to go boldly to places You promised are good.

    Related Readings: Joshua 14:8; Psalm 37:11; Acts 2:39; Hebrews 11:17; James 2:5

    Post/Tweet today: Fulfill His will and receive what He has promised. #promises

    © 2012 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry

    info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com

  • The Best Worst Thing

    Posted on January 3, 2013 by Lysa TerKeurst

    Lysa

    "He replied, 'You of little faith, why are you so afraid?' Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm." Matthew 8:26 (NIV)

     

    I failed at being a wedding planner.

    No one wants a planner who gets so undone by the neurotic mother-of-the-bride that she throws up in the parking lot right beside the guest sidewalk.

    Really, nothing says, "Welcome to my wedding" quite like that.

    I failed at being a kitchen gadget saleswoman.

    No one wants to see the tip of a thumb sliced off into the veggie pizza at the exact moment I was promising how safe this gadget is.

    Awesome.

    I failed at being a cafeteria lady at a private school.

    My assistant decided her arms were so dry she needed to coat herself with our spray butter. When we took the trash out later that day, we both got attacked by bees and forgot about the pizza in the oven.

    Kids don't take kindly to burnt pizza.

    I failed at being a receptionist.

    It's never a good idea to just succumb to those sleepy afternoon feelings and lay your head down on the desk.

    Bosses don't like workers who snore. Even if they are pregnant.

    Yes, I failed at a lot during those years where I was trying to figure out what to do with my life. At the time each of these things felt like the worst that could have happened. Now, I think they were the best worst things.

    Had these things been successful, I would have never discovered the joy of being in the ministry I'm in now.

    I see this same theme woven throughout many stories in the Bible.

    In Matthew 8:23-24 we find Jesus getting into a boat with His disciples. "Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat." Worst thing.

    But in verse 26 Jesus got up and rebuked the winds and waves and things turned completely calm. The disciples were amazed. Best worst thing.

    In Acts 5:18 we find the apostles being arrested and thrown in jail. Worst thing.

    But in Acts 5:19 we find an angel of the Lord opening the doors of the jail and bringing them out. Later we find them with so much confidence they boldly proclaim, "We must obey God rather than men!" (v. 29b) Best worst thing.

    I don't understand why we have to go through cruddy stuff. And I certainly know there are many worse things to go through then what I've mentioned here.

    We live in a broken world full of broken people. But isn't it comforting to know God isn't ever broken? He isn't ever caught off guard, taken by surprise, or shocked by what happens next.

    He can take our worst and add His best. We just have to make the choice to stay with Him and keep following Him through it all.

    Dear Lord, I know You are capable of taking my worst and turning it into Your best. Show me this truth anew today. Refresh my spirit. I want to follow You through it all. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

    Related Resources:
    Check out Lysa's new book, Unglued.

    Reflect and Respond:
    We live in a broken world full of broken people. But isn't it comforting to know God isn't ever broken?

    Ponder the promises He has made in the Bible and how He has been faithful to you.

    Power Verses:
    Psalm 37:23, "If the Lord delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm." (NIV 1984)

    Jeremiah 29:11, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" (NIV 1984)

    © 2012 by Lysa TerKeurst. All rights reserved.

    Proverbs 31 Ministries
    616-G Matthews-Mint Hill Road
    Matthews, NC 28105
    www.Proverbs31.org

  • See Greater Things

    Posted on January 2, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    "Jesus said,  “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.”  John 1:50

     

    Jesus expects His followers to see greater things than they have already experienced. The life of Christ is full of greater graces that come with bolder faith and surrender to the Spirit’s control. Greater things could be children who surpass their parents by influencing the globe with the gospel. Access to the world may come in building orphanages, hospitals and schools---all in Jesus' name. Thus, technology harnessed for the Kingdom sees greater things for God. Think big! 

    Our salvation is just the beginning of beginning to see things from the Lord’s perspective. Not only has Christ saved us from something (sin, hell, self), He has saved us for something (righteousness, heaven, Himself). We’re not to stay stuck in the infancy of our conversion, but move forward fashioned by the Holy Spirit’s plan. Our faith experience may surpass those who influenced our spiritual journey. The student sometimes sees greater things than the teacher.

    “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12

    You may have served in the shadow of someone else, but the Lord is leading you to take a larger leadership role. He is moving you out of your comfort zone into His trust zone. Christ knows that for you to advance to the next level in your faith you need to position your life for His greater things. Perhaps He is calling you to a role in government to use your influence for Kingdom initiatives. Like Joseph, your political platform can be organized for the greater good of God’s greater things.

    God’s greater things are what stretch you toward sacrificial service for His ideals. Are you coasting toward Christ or is your life gaining spiritual momentum with each step of faith? Remember what Jesus told you in your time of intimacy with Him: “Your are special. You are mine. I have greater things for you.” Therefore, take Him at His word. Engraft His word into your heart and seek His greater things: prayer, family Bible study, marketplace ministry and missions.

    “What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, Sovereign Lord. For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant.” 2 Samuel 7:20-21

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to wisely steward the greater things You have for me.

    Related Readings: 1 Samuel 16:7; Isaiah 45:4; Luke 10:17; 2 Timothy 2:19; Galatians 4:9

    Post/Tweet today: Not only has Christ saved us from something, He has saved us for something. #saved

    © 2012 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry

    info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com

  • Someone to Lean On

    Posted on January 2, 2013 by Wendy Pope

    Wendy

    "When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset." Exodus 17:12 (NIV)

     

    Someone very dear to me is in the fight of her life ... she's wrestling with her belief in God and searching to know with certainty that Scripture is true. She's fighting for her faith. Watching from the sidelines is difficult to endure for me. But the battle is one that only she can combat.

    I love her so much and want to jump in the ring with my fighting gloves and slay the enemy. As one who came out victorious from the same struggle of my own, I long to bottle the knowledge I learned and give it to her. Handing my wisdom and faith to her would surely spare her the agony associated with a fight for faith in the Lord.

    Watching the conflict as a bystander is arduous. But while I watch, I pray. And through prayer I am reminded of two men in the Bible who stood by their friend Moses in battle.

    Moses sent Joshua into battle to fight an army of their enemies. While Joshua and the men waged war, Moses stood on top of the mountain holding his staff over the valley. Joshua and his men were victorious as long as Moses held the staff up. When Moses lowered the staff, their enemies gained on them.

    Moses' friends, Aaron and Hur, followed him up the mountain. They saw the pressure and agony Moses experienced as he held the staff. With compassion, these men pushed a large rock under Moses for him to rest upon. Then, in a selfless act of love and friendship, they each held up one of Moses' arms as he held the staff high.

    They could not hold the staff for Moses but they could stand with him through the long battle.

    They filled in the gap created by Moses' weakness with the strength of their faith.

    This story challenged me to change my position from a bystander to that of a gap-stander. A bystander is an onlooker who watches, but does not to get involved.

    A gap-stander has empathy and takes action, using the strength of her faith to help the fighter stand until victory comes. A gap-stander is someone the one in battle can lean on.

    Are you watching someone you care about fight for faith, whether in God, for healing, restoration of a marriage, or something else? Do you feel helpless?

    We cannot give our faith to our loved ones or fight for them, but we can stand with them and support them as they fight to have their own faith.

    The job of the gap-stander isn't easy, but it is a place of honor. Gap-standers are committed to encouragement, prayer, and spiritual and practical support. As we watch the battle rage, we also share in and observe God's great work and their victory. Who can you stand in the gap for today?

    Dear Lord, someone I love is fighting and is tired. Will You show me how I can help? I choose to change positions from a bystander to a gap-stander. Help me have patience and be compassionate as I stand in the gap. I praise You for the victory that awaits for my loved one. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

    Related Resources:

    Jesus Calling devotional from Sarah Young.

    Reflect and Respond:
    Read Moses' story in Exodus 17:8-13.

    Might this be a prayer for you to whisper today? Dear Lord, right now I need some gap-standers. I am weak, weary, and wounded from this fight. Fill me with courage to reach for help. I praise You for the victory that awaits me. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

    Power Verses:
    1 Peter 5:6, "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time." (NIV)

    Isaiah 41:10, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." (NIV)

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