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Daily Devotion

  • Start Doing

    Posted on January 8, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    I will show you my faith by my deeds. James 2:18

    Sometimes the hardest step is to start. It’s like crawling through traffic at rush hour to get going. However, once we take the first step of faith our Heavenly Father takes it from there. He is waiting for us to begin, so He can continue to work through us. So start the letter, book or blog. Begin the conversation, create a budget or put a date on the calendar. Yes, by God’s grace start a business, ministry or family. One step of faith today leads to God working wonders tomorrow.

    What are you waiting on? The perfect timing? A billboard in the sky? A little encouragement? Whatever the obstacle of your delay give it over to God. What the Lord possesses He positions for success. The Holy Spirit opens and closes doors, but He directs an object on the move, absent of inertia. Yes, apathy is an enemy of faith. It holds back good people with over analysis and a worse case scenario belief. So, get going for God’s glory and He will get it done through you.

    By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. Hebrews 11:8

    A loving activism does accompany our faith in Jesus Christ. Love initiates because it is interested in getting involved with time, money and support. It is unloving to sit still and complain without offering solutions to the problems. However, we only take action after the Lord has taken hold of our heart. He molds our motives into just means that lead to enduring ends. So we feed the poor not to feed our guilt, but for Jesus’ sake. Love compels us to do something now to help out.

    Start today for you have no promise of tomorrow. Each moment is a gift with no assurance of your next breath. So seize the moment for your Savior Jesus and He will show you the way. Show up and the Spirit will guide you on the right path of progress. Take the next step by faith and follow Almighty God in His great adventure. Remain in fear and you will miss God’s best, but be free to obey and you will experience His grace. Start doing and watch the Spirit move!

    We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:3

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, by faith I want to start doing what You would have me to do. Give me the courage to take the next step.

    Related Readings: Deuteronomy 9:23; Galatians 5:6; Hebrews 11:32-40; James 2:14-26

    Post/Tweet today: The Lord molds our motives into just means that lead to enduring ends. #startdoing

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.
    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhunters.com /www.wisdomhunters.com


    This post was posted in Daily Devotion, Wisdom Hunters and was tagged with James

  • Putting Faith in Action - Tony Evans

    Posted on January 8, 2014 by Family Christian



    You can believe in your heart but you need to move with your feet. If you’re believing in your feet but your feet aren’t moving, then your faith isn’t going anywhere. You have a Secret Service kind of faith, a privatized kind of faith, not a public kind of faith. I like to say that everybody else is coming out of the closet. You might as well come out too. Everybody ought to know where you’re coming from. When elections are held, we hold placards in our yards, on our cars. We go door to door to ask people to vote for our candidate. We discuss it around water coolers because we believe in a particular party, a particular candidate.

    We want people to know why we believe what we believe about that particular person or that particular policy that that person holds. If we can do that for human candidates, what about the king of kings and the lord of lords? Doesn’t he deserve to be advertised in our action, not just in our talk, but in our walk, not just in our lips but in our lives? He deserves to be broadcast in our daily conversations. Now I know there’s an appropriate time, an appropriate place and an appropriate way to do it but it shouldn’t be vague. It shouldn’t be hidden. It shouldn’t be unclear. It shouldn’t be fogged over. It shouldn’t be cloudy in our walk, how we related to people, treat people, how we try to serve people, pray for people and most importantly how we seek to share the gospel with people.

    All of that are ways that we put our faith in action. Let me ask you a question. Who are you going to talk to today at home, in work, in your neighborhood, in your family, who are you going to serve today in any of those contexts that will show that you believe in Jesus Christ, that you are a committed Christian and that you want to show the love of Christ while giving people the opportunity to come into a relationship with Christ? You don’t just want to show the love without the relationship but you don’t want to talk about a relationship without showing the love because the two walk hand in hand. It’s called word and deed, not just either or.

    We’re going to join you in putting your faith in action. I don’t think I could be telling you something that I’m not willing to do or that we’re not telling our own church to do. That is to put our faith in action. God bless you as you walk the talk, as you talk the walk, as you put your faith in action.

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    Dr. Tony Evans' newest book is titled, Destiny: Let God Use You Like He Made You. In it Dr. Evans shows us the importance of discovering our own God-given purpose and helps us discover the reasons why we are here.

    God has ordained a custom-designed life for every believer that leads to the expansion of His kingdom. Until people discover the reason why they were uniquely created, they will be empty and frustrated. But a clear understanding of their personal assignment from God brings about their deepest satisfaction, God's greatest glory and the greatest benefit to others.


    This post was posted in Daily Devotion, Books and was tagged with Featured, Dr. Tony Evans

  • When the Dog Eats Your Company's Dinner

    Posted on January 8, 2014 by Sharon Glasgow

    Sharon Glasgow

    "If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen." 1 Peter 4:11b (NIV)

    I prayed weeks for this dinner. The couple we invited needed Jesus. I wanted to roll out the red carpet and treat them like royalty; God knew they needed a big dose of His love.

    But time got away from me—cleaning the house, making the dessert and all. I still had to run to the store to get the filet mignons. I know they're expensive, but I wasn't going to spare any cost for my guests—it would be a feast!

    I sat the grocery bags inside the front door and headed back out to light the fire in the grill. Our company would be there in less than half an hour! I ran back inside and reached for the steaks, only to pull out an empty package. Puzzled, I pulled out the other packages, all empty. What in the world??

    About that time my dog walked around the corner with his head cowered. He wouldn't look at me but took off to hide behind the couch. I followed him and didn't find a trace of a steak—just one shamefaced dog. He had done this kind of thing before, eaten entire pizzas, cakes, and whole plates of fried chicken without a crumb left. Yep, "guilty" was written all over his face.

    As I stood there shaking my head, I heard knocking at my front door. Our guests were early! Thankfully I remembered a chicken and dumpling casserole in the freezer. I turned the oven on and popped it in, then excused myself to the restroom, closed the door and prayed, remembering the words of 1 Peter 4:11b, "If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen" (NIV).

    "Jesus, help me. Help me get over my own expectations of what tonight would look like. I've asked You for weeks to lavish this couple with Your love. You don't need steaks to do that. Come and fill this place with Your presence. Give me Your ability to love and serve. Help me love like You do. Give me words to speak and Your strength to do it. I give this night to You. May it glorify You. Thank You Jesus."

    As I walked back to join my visitors, I realized once again hospitality isn't about the perfect meal, beautiful decorations, a clean house, or our hostess skills—it's about loving people the way Jesus loves them—wholeheartedly. When people feel loved, they don't care what you feed them or what your house looks like.

    That night turned out to be absolutely wonderful. Not because the chicken and dumplings tasted good. Or because my living room was tidy. But because God's love is powerful.

    When we take our eyes off of ourselves and focus on loving our guests, it takes the stress out of entertaining. Even when we feel inadequate, Jesus gives us His ability to love others when we ask Him. It's not about our efforts; it's about Him.

    Dear Lord, help me to invite others to my house. Keep my heart focused on loving people and not on my home or my cooking skills. Use me for Your glory. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

    Related Resources


    Reflect and Respond:
    What hinders you from inviting guests to your home?

    How can you show love to someone this week through your home or homemaking talents?

    Power Verse:
    2 Corinthians 12:9a, "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness...'" (NIV)

    © 2014 by Sharon Glasgow. All rights reserved.

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


    This post was posted in Daily Devotion, Proverbs 31 and was tagged with 1 Peter

  • Stop Doing

    Posted on January 7, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42

    American culture is plagued by hyperactivity without productivity. We think being busy equals importance or a frantic pace is a path to success. Like a pack mule loaded down with an overabundance of supplies, we pack our calendar to the breaking point. We play mind games with ourselves that busyness is what’s best for our family, but the real outcomes are: relational emptiness, health challenges and irritable emotions. We even justify being over active for Jesus.

    Perhaps a wiser start to the year is a stop doing list. As Jesus instructed Martha, we need to take an inventory of our activities and ask what is really needed. What has served its purpose for a season, but is now unnecessary, even an obstacle to what’s best? Let go of emotional attachments and embrace margin for meaningful relationships. Is it time to stop a sports program, a long commute or a tired volunteer role? Become better with contemplation and strategic availability.

    When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. Matthew 18:18

    It takes courage to take the route trafficked infrequently, but the ride is less stressful and more enjoyable. Avoid going where everyone else is going, nowhere fast. A fast track is too fast when it starves our faith. We find ourselves with very little left over time for prayer, Bible study, worship and community. Give what’s important first priority on the calendar. Worry works itself out of a job when we work out our bodies, feed our minds, heal our emotions and rest our souls.

    By faith stop doing something each week or month that has passed its prime time. Be patient to not rush and fill a gap in your calendar with crowded appointments. Blocks of discretionary time give you availability for spontaneous service. Yes, take a step back from the myopic trees bunched together, so you can see the imaginative forest of faith. Anyone can be busy, some can be productive, but few walk by faith and watch God do more. So, stop doing good to do better.

    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, give me the faith to let go of the good, so I can enjoy Your best.

    Related Readings: Psalm 61:4; Matthew 6:25-34; Luke 8:41-43; Philippians 3:13

    Post/Tweet today: Let go of emotional attachments and embrace margin for meaningful relationships. #stopdoing

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.
    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhunters.com /www.wisdomhunters.com


    This post was posted in Daily Devotion, Wisdom Hunters and was tagged with Luke

  • The Ministry of Tenth Ave. North

    Posted on January 7, 2014 by John van der Veen



    Of course, fans of Tenth Ave. North know about their great music. For it's built on two foundations - depth in lyrics and musical creativity. For those of use who have seen the band live, have also been exposed to much more. A challenge to live our lives with a great passion for the glory of the Gospel.

    Mike Donehey continues to strike a cord of tension with those who are willing to listen. Some tension in life is truly good if it encourages us to do something. Mike, for the most part, does just that. His talks, whether in a live show or in a video, or an interruption that many of us need. He continues to make those that are comfortable, uncomfortable. Those that are sleepy in faith, awake.

    Below, we have grabbed a few videos that have been released by the band. These highlight what I am mentioning above. Take a few minutes today and see for yourself. Be encouraged. The struggle that God calls us to in the context of the Gospel is real. And good.

    "We really fostered the dance of both the music and they lyric while thematically unpacking the idea of what it means to struggle," says Mike Donehey. "We are free to struggle, but don't need to struggle to be free. It's about the permission to struggle but also a challenge not to stay there."


    This post was posted in Daily Devotion, Music and was tagged with Featured, Tenth Ave. North

  • The God Moment that Changes Everything

    Posted on January 7, 2014 by Kyle Idleman

    Kyle Idleman

    "When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!'" Luke 15:17 (NIV)

    Not long ago, one of my daughters set my phone alarm tone to match that of her favorite animal. It's labeled "Horses Neighing." It should be called "Death by Stampede." At 5:30 in the morning my alarm went off and I shot straight up, wide-awake, a stampede charging through my bedroom.

    While changing it back to my standard alarm, I noticed a wide array of other options. Some of the sounds wouldn't do anything to get me up, like the one labeled "Harp." It trills a soft melody, and just listening to it makes me sleepy.

    The most effective alarm ringtone for me is labeled "Old Car Horn." Think in terms of a house alarm that you can hear on the other side of the neighborhood. Now imagine that you are sleeping inside the speaker. It's highly effective. And the great thing is this alarm has a unique backup system that's almost fail proof – my wife.

    But here's what I've discovered: the effectiveness of any alarm is in direct correlation to how much you don't want to hear it. In other words, until your desire not to hear the alarm outweighs your desire to keep sleeping—you're not going to wake up.

    Similarly, a sudden awakening takes place when God finally gets our attention. The alarm sounds, and this time we hear it. We immediately become aware of our present circumstances and the reality that something must change.

    The Prodigal Son experienced this in Luke 15. After taking his inheritance money from his father, wasting it and reduced to feeding pigs, the Bible tells us the son, "came to his senses ..."

    At this point the son sat straight up and suddenly realized what his life had become. When he ran away, he'd never thought his journey would have that ending. But now life had his attention, and he knew things had to change.

    Have you ever had a moment like this? The Holy Spirit opens your eyes, and you see something that you had somehow missed before. You have a startling realization that changes everything.

    You realize you've been trying to live out the Christian life from your own power and strength rather than out of the power of the Holy Spirit.

    You realize you weren't actually following Jesus; you were just following a list of rules and rituals.

    You realize you spent so much of your life wrestling with guilt and shame, because you thought being good enough would save you.

    And then suddenly you realize a truth. That truth has always been true, but for some reason, you just didn't see it before. Like the Prodigal Son, it was the right time and the right place, and finally realization woke you up and brought you to your senses. AHA!

    This is an "AHA" moment, and within the parable of the Prodigal Son, I discovered there are three ingredients that are present in every AHA experience.

    1. A Sudden Awakening
    2. Brutal Honesty
    3. Immediate Action

    If there is an awakening and honesty, but no action, then AHA doesn't happen. If there is awakening and action, but honesty is overlooked, AHA will be short-lived.

    But when God's Word and the Holy Spirit bring these three things together in your life, you will experience AHA—a God-given moment that changes everything.

    Today if you are finally hearing the alarm and realizing you are far from your Heavenly Father, know you can turn to Him. Luke 15 shows us that God is a loving Father who is merciful, gracious, and caring. No matter how far we wander from God, He wants to do more than just help us—He wants to save us. And it starts with AHA.

    Dear Lord, help me to see the areas of my life that need transformation. Please give me a genuine Awakening, help me to be Honest with myself, and be with me as I take Action. Jesus, I surrender my life to you, and I thank You for the work You're doing in my life! In Jesus' Holy Name I pray. Amen.

    Related Resources:


    Reflect and Respond:
    Search your heart. Consider the areas of your life that need transformation. Identify one area that needs to change.

    Create action steps that will help you change the situation. Pray for God's strength. Then take action!

    Power Verse:
    John 6:35: "Then Jesus declared, 'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.'" (NIV)

    © 2014 by Kyle Idleman. All rights reserved.

    Proverbs 31 Ministries thanks David C. Cook for their sponsorship of today's devotion.

    Proverbs 31 Ministries
    630 Team Rd., Suite 100
    Matthews, NC 28105
    www.Proverbs31.org


    This post was posted in Daily Devotion, Proverbs 31 and was tagged with Luke

  • A Deceitful Lover

    Posted on January 6, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’ Obadiah 1:3

    Pornography is a deceitful lover at best and a destructive one at worse. Its flirtatious images offer hollow intimacy and shallow sensations. Though lewd to the Lord and to those who love Him, it lures in the naive and the narcissistic. Pornography respects no persons: pastors, politicians, athletes, students, managers, mechanics, sales reps and homemakers are all candidates for its control. What may start out as a thrill sets up its consumers for a painful, destructive spill.

    Pride is at the root of pornography. It centers around an infatuation with self that is easily seduced by sensual temptations. When we place ourselves at the center of the universe we are set up for perverted desires. A life with no filter other than what feels good, will soon feel really bad. Job loss, marriage loss, reputation loss, financial loss, health loss and loss of respect for ourselves are all familiar fruits of pornography. So, the first step is to agree we have a severe problem with pride.

    Your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord. Deuteronomy 8:14

    So what is the solution to the problem of pride and its puppet pornography? Our humble heart positions us to receive authentic affection from our Heavenly Father. We embrace the true lover of our soul in confession and repentance. He fills us and frees us with the compelling love of Christ. The lust of pornography cannot co-exist with the love of God. We learn to love ourselves for His sake, because He first loved us. Our selfish love is replaced with our Savior’s love.

    Moreover, in marriage you can avoid pornography by growing in godly contentment and sexual satisfaction with your spouse. Perhaps you engage a sex therapist who can help you establish a healthy process of spiritual, emotional and physical intimacy. Seek accountability from trusted confidents, by inviting them to view what you view on the internet. Above all, guard your heart with God’s love for out of it flows everything you do. Jesus is the real lavish lover of your soul!

    Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I embrace your authentic affection and reject pornography with its pride and pain.

    Related Readings: 2 Kings 10:31; Proverbs 10:31; Luke 6:45; Philippians 4:7

    Post/Tweet today: What may start out as a thrill sets up its consumers for a painful, destructive spill. #pornographysdeceit

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.
    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhunters.com /www.wisdomhunters.com


    This post was posted in Daily Devotion, Wisdom Hunters and was tagged with Obadiah

  • Get a Grip

    Posted on January 6, 2014 by Leah DiPascal

    Leah DiPascal

    "When I said, 'My foot is slipping,' your unfailing love, LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy." Psalm 94:18-19 (NIV)

    We had only been married a couple years when my husband Keith surprised me with a snow skiing trip to the mountains. Although I had never stepped foot in snow, the idea sounded exciting and adventurous.

    I spent weeks preparing - purchasing warm, waterproof clothes, reading "how-to" articles, and daydreaming about us zipping down the slopes effortlessly. It was going to be wonderful. At least that's what I thought.

    As it turned out, my winter wonderland daydreams didn't quite match up to my wonder-less reality.

    Instead of swishing down the mountain together, I struggled in ski school with other beginners while Keith skied alone.

    I spent more time slipping and falling then standing upright. My bruises had bruises, and children were mastering the slopes better than me.

    After my first day of defeat, I opted out of ski school, determined to overcome my fears and do things my way. Anxiety mounted as I reached the top of the mountain and my skis slid onto the icy snow.

    Down to the ground I went–over and over again. Poles, skis, and goggles spewed all over the place. I was frustrated, miserable, and ready to give up.

    As worried tears ran down my face, Keith assured me we would make it down the mountain safely. He stayed close by my side. When I'd start to slip and fall, he was right there to hold me up.

    Slowly and steadily my confidence grew and when we reached the bottom of the mountain, my heart overflowed with joy.

    "Are you ready to go again?" Keith asked. While I wasn't immediately ready to head back up the mountain, my husband's loving faithfulness gave me the courage I needed that day. I knew he wouldn't leave me alone, that he would be there if I fell, and it made all the difference.

    It's been years since that trip, but oftentimes I find myself slipping and sliding along the tough slopes of life. Challenging circumstances can leave me frustrated, miserable, and ready to give up—just like that day on the mountain.

    Maybe you can relate. Are you facing a situation that seems bigger than a mountain? Do "what if" worries make you feel overwhelmed and ready to give up? Has life dealt you a powerful blow causing you to emotionally lose your footing from what was once a solid stance?

    I'm so thankful we have God's promises in Psalm 94:18-19 to securely hold us up when we're unsteady: "When I said, 'My foot is slipping,' your unfailing love, LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy" (NIV).

    When life's circumstances cause us to feel unsteady we can call out to God for help. His love for us is unfailing and He is always there to support us when our feet begin to slip. Challenges and difficult trials can make us feel uncertain but God is faithful to hold us up as we trust in Him.

    Safe within His loving grip we can have the confidence to keep going down the mountain of life. As we pause along the way, let's take time to look back and celebrate how far God has brought us. One faithful moment at a time.

    Dear Lord, thank You for holding me up with Your unfailing love when my feet slip on the slopes of life. Help me trust You will be there to catch me. May Your assuring words comfort my soul when I worry and feel unsteady. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

    Reflect and Respond:
    Write down what is causing you to feel unsteady. Then write down one of the scripture verses listed below and turn it into a personal prayer to God.

    Take small steps each day to trust God more as you remember His promises of holding you tightly no matter what comes your way.

    Power Verses:
    Psalm 121:3, "He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber." (NIV)

    Psalm 37:23-24, "The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand. (NIV)

    © 2014 by Leah DiPascal. All rights reserved.

    Proverbs 31 Ministries
    630 Team Rd., Suite 100
    Matthews, NC 28105
    www.Proverbs31.org


    This post was posted in Daily Devotion, Proverbs 31 and was tagged with Psalm

  • Wise Process

    Posted on January 5, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king.
    He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.”
    1 Kings 3:24-25

    A wise process protects. It protects life; it protects relationships; it protects resources; it protects commitments. The process, on the surface, may not seem smart, but time wins you over with its wisdom. It is tempting to bypass the process. After all, you know what needs to be done, or so you think. It is tempting to barrel ahead into activity because the need is so great and the time seems so short.

    But even if you are confident of the needed outcome, continue to trust the process. At the very least, it will involve others who need the process for understanding around requirements and support of a new role. For example, your work may require a new position to be filled. Will you fill this role with the first interested warm body or will there be a defined process for the protection of the company and the protection of the one being interviewed? The rule of three is normally a wise process to employ. Interview three legitimate and good candidates with the purpose of selecting one.

    During the process of interviewing, you may discover new issues related to what the job really requires. You may even rewrite the job description. Perhaps this process of employee selection needs to include four or five other interviewers. Their perspective and wisdom is invaluable, as you seek to discern the most qualified person for the position. These “people” processes need not be rushed so that everyone is protected from unwise decision-making. Opportunity evokes emotion. Process channels positive energy into better options.

    Jesus understood this. He spent a 30-year process of preparation before He embarked on a relatively short three years of ministry. In addition, He took his followers through a process of discipleship, teaching, and on-the-job training. His process with people was pregnant with questions, discovery, and hands-on experience. Ultimately, His process culminated in the cross and the Resurrection.

    Therefore, some processes require death before there can be life. The death of a vision may be needed before it can be realized. Hence we are all in a process. We are all learning along the way in preparation for God’s next assignment. Process grooms you for greatness. If you run ahead of the process, you may very well disqualify yourself from greatness. Therefore, it is wise to be patient in the process and enjoy its excursions. Your vision may be dormant at best, or even dead for now. Do not give up on its feasibility. This may be part of God’s bigger process. Process is His protection for your family. Without a prayerful process, you might over-commit to the neglect of those who need you the most.

    You can implement prayer immediately as your number one process component. Make Christ your process consultant. Default to “what does Jesus think?” before you ask Him to bless your “seat-of-the-pants” process. Prayer is your best process. Employ it well and employ it often. Allow prayer to define, initiate, and conclude the process. Prayer that seeks the wisdom of God and the wisdom of godly counselors is guaranteed a great process. Therefore, weave prayer throughout the process, and watch God work. Allow the Holy Spirit to drive the process. Hearts, minds, and spirits align around a prayerful process. You can’t beat a process interwoven with intercession and punctuated by prayer.

    Post/Tweet today: Jesus understood the process of preparation before He embarked on a relatively short three years of ministry. #wiseprocess

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.
    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhunters.com /www.wisdomhunters.com


    This post was posted in Daily Devotion, Wisdom Hunters and was tagged with 1 Kings

  • Well Pleased

    Posted on January 4, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    “And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased’” (Matthew 3:17).

    Am I well pleasing to the Lord? Do I model a life of submission to my Savior? Do I defer all honor and glory to Him? For my heavenly Father to be well pleased with me is the heartbeat of humility. This means at times I displease others to please my Master Jesus. I will choose to embrace beliefs and behaviors that are otherworldly and can cause conflict.

    A Christian pleasing to Christ first learns that to be raised high means to begin low. Jesus did not begin His ministry baptizing, but rather being baptized. He required of Himself everything expected from everyone else. Humble leaders do this; they follow the agreed upon guidelines, realizing no one is above the rules. It is with a humble heart that a leader discerns the Lord’s ways and then lives them out in front of the faithful and faithless.

    Perhaps goodhearted people seek to place you on a pedestal of admiration and honor. It is at this point of recognition that you keep your spirit low, as your reputation is on the rise. The Lord sustains His blessing for those who defer honor back to Him. It pleases your heavenly Father to see you engage in humble acts, especially as your influence grows. The closer you grow to Christ, the more you see the need for His grace and forgiveness.

    You can only deal with the soul of another if Jesus has dealt with your soul. It pleases Him when you first pronounce yourself needy before heaven, before you point out the needs of another. Humility looks inward at the heart before it outwardly observes the issues of another. The Lord is pleased when you take the lead to repent.

    You go public with your faith after you have been private in prayer. This solemn preparation pleases your heavenly Father. Moreover, have you proclaimed your faith publicly in baptism? It pleases God for you to go public for Him. It is an honor and becomes your sacred accountability. Private intimacy with your heavenly Father leads to a public inauguration of your faith. He is well pleased with you when you publicly pronounce Him the Lord over your life. Humility pleases Him. Why? It listens and obeys.

    “Then the Lord spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form; there was only a voice. He declared to you his covenant, the Ten Commandments, which he commanded you to follow” (Deuteronomy 4:12–13).

    Prayer: Have I earned the right to publicly declare my faith because of my private obedience? Does my Savior smile when He sees how I honor Him with my attitudes and actions?

    Related Readings: Job 37:5; Haggai 1:12; John 5:25; Hebrews 4:7

    Post/Tweet today: You go public with your faith after you have been private in prayer. #wellpleased

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