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  • Protect Children

    Posted on November 28, 2011 by Family Christian

    “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.” Mark 9:42

     

    Parents and other adults in authority are morally responsible to protect children. If grown people neglect or excuse their righteous role it is an offense that Jesus does not take lightly. This faithless infraction brings out an intense consequence that is worse than being drowned in the depths of the sea. Indeed, watchfulness over little ones is huge to God.

    It is worse than scandalous for those who uplift the name of Christ to use their position of influence to inflict emotional, physical, spiritual or sexual abuse on children. A warped affection causes hurt to an adolescent’s heart that may take a lifetime to heal. Offenders invite judgment in this life and the life to come that no man or woman can conceive. Thus, look out for the children that come into your life—look for ways to give them life.

    “Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water” (Exodus 2:9-10).

    Are you cautious with whom you leave your child? Or are you aware of another child who may be at risk and needs you as an advocate to step up to the authorities on their behalf? The sin of omission can cause more harm than the sin of commission. Non-action encourages offenders to extend their predatory practices to other innocent children.

    Children are a gift from Almighty God in need of care by affectionate adults. Their hearts are tender for truth and their minds are moist and ready to be molded by men and women with moral authority. Pray over your circle of influence: children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors, a classmate of your child, a foster child or an orphan. Become the answer to their prayers and protect a little one with your loving presence. Love protects.

    It [love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13:7).

    Protection is a prerequisite for being a responsible parent. It is implied in the job description of any adult with influence over little ones. You are Christ’s representative who safeguards, shields, defends, shelters, keeps and guards God’s children. Your role is to lead a child into the loving arms of Jesus and to avoid sinful stumbling. You are a child’s opportunity to see Christ in flesh and blood. So, let them see Jesus in you.

    “But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear Him, and His righteousness with their children’s children” (Psalm 103:17).

    Related Readings: 1 Samuel 1:24-28; 3:13-14; Judges 13:5-7; Acts 2:39; 1 Timothy 3:12

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  • Extend Kindness

    Posted on November 27, 2011 by Family Christian

    “‘Don’t be afraid,’ David said to him, ‘for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.’” 2 Samuel 9:7

     

    Kindness is a “killer application” for the Christian. It is “killer” in the good sense of the word. Kindness kills fear and replaces it with hope. It kills insecurity and replaces it with security. It kills rejection and replaces it with acceptance. It kills pride and replaces it with humility. Kindness kills the bad so that the good can have room to grow. Like the effect of a powerful herbicide on unwanted weeds, kindness cuts to the root of sin and injects it with grace and love.

    Indeed, the kindness you extend to others springs from a variety of motivations. As a follower of Jesus, what compels you the most is the gargantuan kindness that He has bestowed on you. Undeserving, you were captured by the kindness of God. He captured your mind and in the process flooded it with kind thoughts toward others, even your adversaries. He captured your mouth and filled it with kind words of affirmation and encouragement, extending to those thirsting for verbal kindness. He captured your behavior and converted it to be others centered, so now you are guilty of random acts of kindness.

    Everything about you has the potential to exude kindness, because God is and has been kind to you. You can count on the kindness of God leading you and others to repentance. Kill others with kindness, and watch God bring them alive. It is the uncanny and counterintuitive nature of kindness. We have the capacity to be kind, because we have received His mercy as a “gift in kind.”

    Gratitude to God for His kindness is a sterling reason for us to extend kindness to others. However, gratitude also results from our horizontal relationships. You feel compelled to be kind to a family member or a friend, because of the kindness they extended to your child or your spouse. You can’t help it. Kindness and gratitude are first cousins. When you are grateful, you search for ways to extend kindness to people. It may be a graduation gift, your presence at a wedding, or a handwritten thank-you note. You want to support those who support you and those whom you love.

    Kindness has this powerful effect on people: It makes them care. It is the gift that keeps on giving It seems you cannot pay forward enough with kindness. No one has ever complained of receiving too much kindness. You cannot overdose anyone on kindness. On the contrary, it is healing and wholesome. Kindness is a picture of Christ. It is not only godly, it is God-like. Therefore, diffuse the rumblings of harsh words and replace them with kind ones.

    Otherwise, you may say the right words but in an unkind way and defeat your purpose of being open and honest. People cannot hear what you say if how you say it is unkind. A kind delivery of hard words has a much higher probability of acceptance. Kindness comes from a grateful and prayerful heart that is focused on Christ. You cannot help but be kind when you are captured by divine kindness. Extend the quality of kindness, which has been extended to you. For Christ’s sake, we can be kind to one another. The kindness of God invites an extended stay. This is the kind of kindness we all desire and deserve in Him.   

    Taken from Dose 76 in the 90-day devotional book, Infusion.

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  • Complaint to Christ

    Posted on November 25, 2011 by Family Christian

    “I pour out my complaint before him; before him I tell my trouble.” Psalm 142:2

     

    A heavy heart needs an outlet to express fears and frustrations. If this option is absent there is a loss of perspective and an extended stay in pain. It may be the weight of leadership sapping your joy and testing your trust. The death of a loved one may have sent you into a downward spiral of loneliness and loathing. Maybe you feel unappreciated and ignored to the point of painful rejection. Troubles need a trusted and safe outlet.

    It is in these moments of madness that we need a safe place to share our soul. The more we bring our complaints before Christ, the less we will complain before men. We have permission to complain to God, but not about God. He collates our complaints and files them in our folder of faith. Christ patiently hears our protests like a caring and just judge.

    “I loathe my very life; therefore I will give free rein to my complaint and speak out in the bitterness of my soul” (Job 10:1).

    Your heavenly Father wants to hear your troubles, not for His enlightenment, but for your engagement with Him. You reveal troubles to God, not that He may see them, but that you may see Him. Your trust in the Lord triumphs over troubles, as you proceed in the process of prayer. Persevere in prayer and you will pronounce your troubles insignificant in comparison to intimacy with Christ.

    You will avoid the troubles that come with complaining to people, if you first complain to Christ. Don’t hold back because your complaint to Christ is your relief and recognition of Him. Christ’s care and love will move you from chronic complaining to authentic thanksgiving. Offer your complaints as a sacrifice to Christ, and He will burn away the dross of fear and anger, and replace them with His gift of peace and joy.

    “Hear me, O God, as I voice my complaint; protect my life from the threat of the enemy” (Psalm 64:1).

    Indeed, look to the Lord as you linger in uncertain days. It is better to vent your frustrations to your heavenly Father, than for your soul to stew in bitterness. Complaints to Christ are your opportunity to come clean in your heart and to harness heaven’s hope. He listens, He loves, He understands, He consoles, He encourages and He gives grace. Pour out your heart to Him and He will fill your heart with His Holy Spirit’s comfort.

    Jesus experienced this tension, “He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39, NKJV).

    What complaints do I need to bring before Christ, and trust Him instead of men?

    Related Readings: Job 7:13; 23:2; Jeremiah 12:1; Habakkuk 1:12; Mark 15:34

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  • Thanksgiving to God

    Posted on November 24, 2011 by Family Christian

    “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God… Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”  2 Corinthians 9:11, 15

     

    Gratitude to God is a natural overflow of generosity. For example, the gift of salvation in Christ is indescribable. He gave when we did not deserve. He still gives, even though we are undeserving. His gift of liberty is freeing; His gift of health is healing; His gift of relationship is rich; His gift of peace is calming; His gift of wisdom is confidence; His gift of the Holy Spirit is comforting; His gift of finances is security; His gift of Himself is reassuring and humbling.

    Gratitude explodes from our hearts when we are reminded of His generous gifts. They are incomparable and incomprehensible. Thanksgiving to God is a tremendous opportunity to unleash joy. This is one of the fruits of gratitude. Joy, joy, joy, joy down in our hearts, because He came down to earth and into our hearts. This is an occasion for a raucous but righteous celebration.

    Gratitude to God can be a moment-by-moment expression. Even in the middle of the worst of circumstances, your thanksgiving to God is appropriate and needed. Look beyond your current condition to your heavenly hope. He has prepared a place for you, and His preparations are not lacking. They are just what you need and desire. So, your thanksgiving is for what He has done in the past, His current provision, and what He has prepared for you in the future. God’s generosity is without competition.

    You can be very, very grateful for this. Let thanksgiving escape from your lips often. Use it to put out the fires of fear and worry before they spread too far. Thanks be to God, for you are made rich. Yes, in Christ you are made rich. You have everything needed for this life in Christ. As a consequence of your management of His riches, you can be ridiculously generous. This is the natural result of thanksgiving.

    Because of your deep gratitude to God, you are called and compelled to give. Gratitude invites you to generosity. You cannot experience authentic thanksgiving and not see it birth giving. It is a beautiful process: because God has given to you, you give to others. At the moment you receive the gift of God, generosity is conceived in your heart.

    This is why your heart feels pregnant with thanksgiving. It will explode without the regular birthing of generosity to others. This expression of gratitude results in action. It is tangibly and regularly giving to people for whom Christ died. The poor need food, a job, and Jesus; orphans need parents, a home, and Jesus; divorcees need acceptance, healing, and Jesus; the angry ones need gentleness and Jesus; the confused need clarity and Jesus; the bankrupt need financial wholeness and Jesus.

    Opportunities abound that invite your generous expression of gratitude. Gratitude is one of God’s prescriptions for discontentment. The two cannot comfortably coexist. Thanksgiving gives the credit for your accomplishments to God and others. Without either, you would not be in your current position of influence and success. Gratitude is generous. Gratitude is content. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.

    The Bible says, “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34).

    Taken from the November 24th reading in the 365-day devotional book, Seeking Daily the Heart of God.

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  • Grateful Praise

    Posted on November 23, 2011 by Family Christian

    “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. Psalm 150:6

     

    ‘Praise the Lord’ is not just a celebration of gratitude to God, and reverent worship of our King, it is also a command. Jesus directs us to worship our Heavenly Father in ‘spirit and in truth’ (John 4:23-24). The pinnacle of praise found in this last Psalm is an exhortation to praise Him in His sanctuary. It is with music, instruments, dancing, spiritual songs and hymns that we praise Him.

    The church’s chorus of praise to Christ rises high above to the courts of heaven. In reverence and thanksgiving we praise Him for His mighty acts: His creation for its beauty and majesty, His redemption for its forgiveness and freedom, and His holiness for its purity and power. Praise to the Lord reveals the Lord.

    “Stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at evening” (1 Chronicles 23:30).

    You praise Him for His glory, but in the process you receive the benefit of His blessings. Praise solicits the blessing of His security and peace. It is in the act of adoration of His character that you are comforted by His care and compassion. Praise produces peace that flows from a prayerful and sincere heart for God.

    There is a calm confidence that comes from crying out to Christ in praise and worship. It is the battle cry for believers as they engage the enemy in everyday life. Just as the Lord instructed His children to praise Him in preparation for and during battle, so you are wise to apply the weapon of praise as you encounter the world, the flesh and the devil. Praising the Lord is your pronouncement of His sovereign security in your Savior Jesus. Praise Him while you have breath, and you will bring glory to God.

    “After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever.” (2 Chronicles 20:21).

    Grateful praise to God gets your heart in the right mood and your mind confident in Christ. A transaction of trust takes place when you take time to praise and thank the Lord. Make it your holy agenda to worship your Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, with a grateful heart and His work of grace will transform you into His likeness. Grateful praise brings glory to God and genuine joy to His children. Praise Him and so will other needy men.
    “The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him” (Exodus 15:5).

    What challenge am I encountering that invites me to aggressively praise the Lord?

    Related Readings: Deuteronomy 32:3; Ezra 3:10-11; Psalm 40:3; 103:1-2

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  • Courageous Fathers

    Posted on November 21, 2011 by Family Christian

    “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7-9

     

    Courageous fathers fight for their families. They have the righteous resolve to do whatever it takes to protect them from the direct fire of the enemy’s arrows of discouragement. Precious children are emotionally, physically and spiritually vulnerable without their daddy’s protection. A father’s courage applied to a child’s fear is a remedy for peace and rest. Wise is the dad who does not dismiss, but cares for and comforts their little one’s worries.

    Faithful fathers are called by Christ to intercede with bold prayers for their wives and children. They receive love from their heavenly Father, so they in turn can love well in their own home. Courage from Christ causes loving fathers to spend unhurried time listening to the hurts, dreams and concerns of their children. Courage creates courage for children.

    “LORD Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you” (2 Samuel 7:27).

    Where does your child need you to step up on their behalf? At school, because of a menacing bully? At church, because of a cruel clique? In the neighborhood, because of an immature parent? In your home, because of competing siblings? When we care, we are aware of what our child is facing and what they need from us to remain faithful to Jesus.

    It is your model of obedience to the Lord that lingers long in your lineage. Your child watches your every move and wonders how they can become just like you. So, your courage to say and do the right things greatly influences your child’s growth in integrity. Behavior as defined by the Bible brings consistency to a father’s growing character.

    “Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it” (Ezra 10:4).

    As a courageous father you bring heaven’s hope to your home. It takes courage to symbolically label the entrance to your house with “Love God” and the exit with “Love People”. It takes courage to stand on behalf of your family against a secular and cynical culture and proclaim your 100% allegiance to Almighty God. Lean into the Lord’s courage and stand firm for your family. Your courage is a gift of security for your child.

    “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13).

    How can I courageously stand for my child in their current circumstance?

    Related Readings: Deuteronomy 31:6-7; Joshua 10:25; Acts 27:22-25; Philippians 1:20

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  • Mentor Mentors

    Posted on November 20, 2011 by Family Christian

    “He made him master of his household, ruler over all he possessed, to instruct his princes as he pleased and teach his elders wisdom.”  Psalm 105:21-22

     

    Some are ready to mentor mentors. It is a little scary and you never feel totally qualified, but it is the right thing to do. The timing is right to go for it. You are a leader of leaders. You are a man’s man. You are a woman’s woman. It is time that you became very selective of those into whom you pour your life. You choose to mentor mentors because you know they are serious about developing others into passionate followers of Jesus Christ. These are men and women who serve their families, who build leaders at work and who press hard after God.

    Some already mentor. You are not trying to get them to mentor; instead, you are affirming them and providing them with mentoring resources. Even mentors need encouragement and a fresh perspective. Mentors are on the front lines being shot at. They need another respected leader to assure them it is worth it. They need someone to help bind up their wounds, decorate them with a medal of courage, and commission them back into battle.

    No mentor can survive alone. They need the community of other like-minded mentors. They need someone to look up to, someone they respect and can learn from. Learning is the essence of mentoring. One truth you pass on to budding mentors is the valuable lesson of selectivity. Young mentors need to avoid time wasters. If a man is not faithful in his commitments, do not use God’s good time to chase him down.

    There are too many others who value time with a mentor. Help these “wet behind the ear” mentors hold those in whom they invest to a higher standard criteria. Faithfulness is in the vortex of that qualification, because without faithfulness, they will grow frustrated to the point of giving up. Give them the freedom— even encourage them—to walk away from the unfaithful.

    Time is very precious and life is too short, so it is imperative we spend our time reproducing other mentors. Pray for people who will carry the mentoring torch long after you are gone. Look for people who are already influencers in their circle of relationships. These may be people who are mentoring and are not even aware of their influence. In some ways these oblivious mentors are the best kind to be mentored. They are naturally gifted by God for this role. People automatically go to them for counsel and advice. They already serve as a personal coach for others.

    Your role as a mentor of mentors is to affirm their current role as an informal mentor and to provide them with a little more structure. Help them balance spontaneity with structure. Indeed, both are critical to the mentoring process. Another good relational investment in mentors can be found in a retreat environment. Go away for a night or two and allow participants to discuss what is and what is not working in their current mentoring situations. Keep it to a small group of no more than ten so you can begin building a community of mentors. Retreats provide laser-beam focus on learning and encouraging.

    Lastly, and most importantly, mentors need spiritual discipline. Help them understand and follow the ways of God. The wisdom of God goes a long way in equipping mentors. To the degree you stay fresh and hungry for God, your mentors will stay fresh and hungry for God. Discuss the Word together, memorize the Word together and apply the Word together. Submit to your younger mentor’s accountability and ask them to do the same. Mentor mentors, because they need it. Mentor mentors, because you need it. Mentor mentors for the sake of future mentors. Mentor mentors, and watch God multiply your influence exponentially for His glory!

    Taken from Dose 75 in the 90-day devotional book, Infusion.


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  • Heavenly Heroes

    Posted on November 19, 2011 by Family Christian

    “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”    Hebrews 12:1

     

    Dead heroes inspire you to live life to its fullest. Those who have endured hardship and were treated unfairly inspire us through our current tests and temporary trials. Most of us have not suffered to death because of our faith in Christ. Some have. Others have been down the road that denies earthly wealth, only to receive heaven’s riches.

    Heroes of the faith knew a better way. Theirs was the way of faith in God and obedience to His expectations. No temptation of the world was strong enough to pull them away from the moorings of their walk with God. With some, even on their deathbeds, there was an uncharacteristic unselfishness and generosity.

    Heavenly heroes do not languish without hope on the eve of their homegoing. Instead, they are busy bestowing blessings to those who will be left behind. These heroes of the faith have an eye on heaven in worship, while they quietly wind down for the conclusion of their earthly assignment. “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints” (Psalm 116:15). Look for heavenly heroes who may have lived within your lineage. You may be surprised to discover the faith of former generations was robust and alive.

    Or, you may need to adopt one of heaven’s saints who can represent one of God’s finest heroes. Let them motivate you to live a life worthy of God’s calling. Let their past faithfulness propel you to do the same in the present. We all need heroes who have overcome adversity by faith in God, and who knew how to enjoy Him whether in times of difficulty or peace.

    Your heavenly hero may be a godly grandparent who walked faithfully with the Lord. You watched your grandmother and/or grandfather persevere through adverse conditions. They kept a relationship with God that flourished and grew, up to the very end of their lives on earth. Money was not an issue for them because they learned to be content with a home, food, and clothing. Relationships are what mattered most to them. They always seemed to have time for you. Phone conversations did not seem rushed and their door was always open. In their presence there was a serenity and stability that had heaven as its origin. You experienced a little bit of heaven each time they graced your presence.

    Now is the time to allow the death of your heaven-bound hero to have even more impact on your life. Let their going home galvanize your faith. They remained faithful to the end, even though they did not receive their full reward in this life. Their life of perseverance with God is a tremendous motivation for you to do the same. You worship Christ, but you can still let your heavenly hero facilitate a deeper walk with God. Your hero is dead, but their influence is greater now than when they walked the earth.

    Ask God to graft their passion for His word into your heart and mind. Remember their words of encouragement, and become more secure and confident. They were bigger than life. Now in their death they have heaven’s platform for even greater Kingdom leverage. Your greatest hero is Jesus, but be encouraged to remain true to the faith by these lesser ones who reside in heaven. Because one day you may very well do the same for another.

    Taken from the November 19th reading in the 365-day devotional book, Seeking Daily the Heart of God.


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  • Poisonous Words

    Posted on November 18, 2011 by Family Christian

    “They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s; the poison of vipers is on their lips.” Psalm 140:3

     

    Poisonous words come from a proud heart. In our original state of sin, Satan, the old serpent, infected us with the venom of injurious words. We have to watch what we say, or we may regret what we say. A person in their anger tends to say what their parents said in their anger. It is a vicious cycle of cynicism that only Christ can break.

    Instead of lashing out with language that stings or is even slanderous, there needs to be a cooling down time for calm and clear thinking. Frustration tends to feed judgmental behavior. When our throat is dry and our blood pressure is up, it is not the best time to speak, because poisonous words pronounce judgments driven by anger and emotion.

    “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly” (Proverbs 15:1-2)
    If you have been bitten by bitter words, then apply the balm of first bowing down to Christ. Jesus has just what the wounded soul and hurting heart needs. The Holy Spirit helps you discern how you can become better, and He gives you the patience and humility on when to wait, or when to confront. Victims of poisonous words need the serum of their Savior’s love and forgiveness. When applied liberally and regularly it allows you to handle harsh words with an understanding and non-defensive attitude.

    Followers of Jesus are men and women of ‘no reputation’. It is God who gets the glory and grants a good name. So, go to the Lord when your pride has been punctured by poisonous words, and ask Him for faith to forgive and grace to extend pleasant words. Don’t stew when you have been stung by slander; rather apply the ointment of God’s grace.

    Moreover, pleasant words work out the hurt and replace it with hope. Words like, “I love you, I believe in you, how can I help, how can I pray for you?” bring out the best in those in need of soul nourishment. Emotions venture back out in vulnerability within a safe environment of encouragement. Offer often pleasant words that feed hungry hearts.

    “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones” (Proverbs 16:24).

    What are some pleasant words like, ‘How can I help?’ that I can apply to a wounded relationship?

    Related Readings: Proverbs 12:25; 15:4; Zechariah 1:13; Acts 20:2; 1 Peter 5:12

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  • God Knows

    Posted on November 17, 2011 by Family Christian

    “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me”. Psalm 139:1

     

    God knows everything about us. He knows our dreams, fears and failures. He knows our noble thoughts, and He knows our foolish ones. He knows, but He knows with an eye toward eternity. His motive for the use of this exhaustive information is intimacy with His creation. Indeed, His infinite knowledge is an invitation to know Him.

    He understands our nature and character way beyond our comprehension. He searches the soul for our sakes, not His, for He already knows. We do much better when we sense our Savior is watching. So, our first step in accountability is to daily ask the Almighty to search and diagnose our heart. His sensitive searchlight helps us to see our motives and methods from His perspective.

    “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).

    God knows you need a job, but He wants you to persevere in the process of prayerful networking. God knows you need a spouse, but He wants you to hold high your standards of conduct and character. God knows you need a house, clothes or a car, but He wants your faith focus to stay on Jesus and not stuff. God knows your every want, need and desire, so ask Him to embed His wishes into your wants.

    Through prayer, fasting and godly counsel, invite the Holy Spirit to align your expectations with an eternal agenda. You trust in the Lord even when you are unable to completely comprehend His understanding, because He is God. But in time He reveals just what you need to know. You know that God knows, and that’s all you have to know.

    “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:31-33).

    You can rest in the assurance that the Lord will meet your needs, maybe not your wants, and He knows what’s best. Like a parent’s love for a child, your heavenly Father loves you in spite of your imperfections. When He sees Jesus as your Savior and Lord, He sees the perfection of His son. He knows this is what you need most, for Christ is all you need.

    “God, who knows the heart, showed that He accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as He did to us” (Acts 15:8).

    How does it make me feel to know that God knows everything about me, yet loves and accepts me unconditionally?

    Related Readings: 1 Samuel 2:3; Psalms 44:21; 1 Corinthians 2:11; Philippians 4:10-13

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