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Daily Devotion

  • God’s Plan

    Posted on August 31, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    “‘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’” (Jeremiah 29:11).

    God’s plan is what is best. It is a good plan. It may not seem like a good plan right now, but God’s plan is good. This apparent contradiction is where it gets confusing. A messy life is not always a fun life. Currently you may be experiencing heartache and hard times. His plan does not seem good in your current circumstance, but God is still good.

    Perhaps your spouse has been unfaithful. God’s plan seems to have taken a detour down a road of disappointment. You lost your home. God’s plan seems wrong. You were asked to resign. God’s plan does not seem fair. Your health is withering away. God’s plan seems premature with its invitation for your homecoming. Every step you take, every choice you make, and every place you go seem to lead toward more confusion and chaos.

    So how can God’s plan be good, prosperous, and not harmful? This is a fair question. To answer this question accurately and fairly, we need to consider God’s long-term plan. To walk wisely today requires a reminder of hope tomorrow. It is our future hope with God that inspires us to live for Him today. Wherever Jesus is, there hope resides. When we have Jesus, we have hope. Hope is heaven’s righteous rope that lifts us out of our despair.

    “Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for” (Job 6:8).

    Therefore, you can look forward to a better day. But do not miss what God is teaching you today. Hope for tomorrow does not preclude learning from the Lord today. This is all a part of God’s big plan. In the big scheme of God’s plan, there is suffering. Your suffering may even last a lifetime, but this does not cancel out the goodness of God’s plan. Suffering is our springboard into the depths of God’s love and grace.

    “Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9).

    Current challenges are preparation for His prosperity, His hope, and His future for you. On the other hand, you may be living large right now. Life looks good. God feels good. His plans seem to be rolling out flawlessly. Use this time to go deeper with Him, because the realities of His plan for you go much deeper than a surface, spiritual sentimentality.

    His plan is robust and challenging. You can acquiesce to a plan of lesser consequence and miss His best. Or you can trust the Lord and follow hard after Him, even when His plan seems to have gone awry. Indeed, this is not your home. You are on assignment from heaven; so explore and enjoy His eternal exit plan. It is full of prosperity, hope, and a future. You can trust God’s providential plan works out for the purpose of His will.

    “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will” (Ephesians 1:11).

    Prayer: Is His plan what is best for me? Am I aligned with the Almighty’s plan for my life?

    Related Readings: Proverbs 21:30; Isaiah 14:24; 2 Corinthians 1:17; Hebrews 11:40

    Post/Tweet: To walk wisely today requires a reminder of hope tomorrow. #God’splan

    © 2013 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.
    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com


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  • Own A Passport

    Posted on August 30, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20

    Christ commands Christians to go into all the world and make disciples. The Lord’s vision is for all nations to come to know Him through faith in Jesus. There is a divine burden for the burden of sin to be lifted from those who need forgiveness. Our Heavenly Father wants all people around the globe to hear the good news of Jesus and to grow in a personal relationship with Him. Disciples are made by hearing the gospel, believing, and obeying Christ’s commands.

    Is your faith expression land locked for fear of leaving your comfort zone? Have you experienced the joy of taking Jesus to other shores outside your homeland security? Jesus states very clearly that He accompanies us as we go forth by faith to share His love. He energizes. He empowers. He engages. His Spirit invites the lost to Himself. His overseas mission mobilization is not limited to the few “navy seals” of the faith. All disciples are called to make disciples.

    I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth. Isaiah 49:6

    Yes, there is spiritual preparation before you experience cross cultural missions. Make sure you are ministering to those in your home before you export your faith to foreign families. The Lord’s first opportunity to live out what you believe is with those who know you the best. Furthermore, unpack emotional baggage here before you attempt to make disciples over there, so you do not carry a weight of guilt or shame. Emotional health frees you to serve in the Spirit.

    Moreover, manage your money well, so debt is not an obstacle to obeying God. Be free from the shackles of financial entrapment, so you are free to serve the Lord in different time zones. Perhaps you start with a short-term mission trip to “test the waters.” In fact, most will not be called to a permanent overseas assignment in disciple making, but many can travel temporarily. Own a passport, so you are ready to follow Christ’s command and make disciples of all nations.

    But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, grow me into a faithful disciple, so I can make disciples of all nations.

    Related Readings: 1 Chronicles 16:8; Psalm 48:10, 67:2; Zechariah 2:11; Luke 24:47; Acts 13:47

    Post/Tweet today: Disciples are made by hearing the gospel, believing the gospel and obeying Christ’s commands. #ownapassport

    © 2013 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.
    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com


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  • If God Does Not Rescue Us

    Posted on August 30, 2013 by Samantha Evilsizer

    Samantha Evilsizer

    "If the God we serve exists, then He can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He can rescue us from the power of you, the king. But even if He does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods ..." Daniel 3:17-18a (HCSB)

    She whisked the tears away fast, like a sailor scooping water from a sinking ship. My friend was trying hard to keep her heart from going under.

    She'd been carrying the joy of what she thought was a new life on the way. But this was a hope to be deferred. It wasn't time. She wasn't sure if it'd ever be time.

    Desperate aches to hold a baby of her own had begun to dictate her thoughts, emotions and actions. And she recognized she had to face a few big questions before they consumed her.

    Would her longing to rest her cheek against a soft head crowd out her praise to God? Might her days be full of trust in Him, even if her womb remained empty? Could she stand in awe of all God had already done ... or would she bow to discontentment and disbelief in His goodness and power?

    As she sat with me, my friend knew it was time to stand and face the music. Much like three young Israelite men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, did in the book of Daniel.

    These Israelites had been captured by the Babylonians. Many years into their captivity, the fanatical King Nebuchadnezzar held a ceremony. To fulfill his craving to be feared and obeyed, he demanded the people bow and worship a 90-foot golden idol when special music was played. If they didn't, death by a scorching furnace was certain.

    Everyone kneeled facedown; everyone but these three men of God. They stood above the crowd and literally faced the music.

    Going against the royal edict had sealed their fate, or so the king thought. Scripture tells the rest of their story: "Then in a furious rage Nebuchadnezzar gave orders to bring in Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. ... 'if you don't worship it, you will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire—and who is the god who can rescue you from my power?'" (v. 13a, 15b HCSB).

    Little did the king realize the depth of confidence these men had in their God. They knew their fate was held by Him, not determined by the king's whims. Listen to how they responded. "If the God we serve exists, then He can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He can rescue us from the power of you, the king.

    But even if He does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods ..." (v. 16b-18a HCSB)

    Their strong rebuttal threw cold water on the king's burning demands. I love their resolute belief. Especially because the word rescue in this context indicates possibility, not certainty.

    They were assured in knowing that God possibly would ... and definitely could ... but He certainly might not save them.

    God miraculously rescuing them from the antics of Nebuchadnezzar wasn't their focus. Instead, they fixed their hearts on the fact God is good and wise and can be trusted, no matter the outcome. They stood against the lure to desire anything—even their lives—more than God.

    Almost a year after our conversation, I spotted my friend at church. I knew it hadn't been an easy year for her. Though her arms still didn't hold a baby, she was clinging tightly to her God—facing the music, remaining faithful. She was worshiping with all her heart.

    God, sometimes I don't understand Your ways. They fly in the face of my desires. Help me recognize doubt, frustration and fear as an indication that I am longing for something more than I long for You. Help me trust and love You. Amen.

    Related Resources:


    A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart and Home to Others by Karen Ehman

    Reflect and Respond:
    Take a moment to feel the gravity of the declaration Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego made: "But even if He does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods ..."

    Is there a desire of your heart that God has not granted? What would change if you actively chose to long for God more than that desire?

    Power Verse:
    Mark 12:30, "And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength." (NLT)

    © 2013 by Samantha Evilsizer. All rights reserved.

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


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  • Mom’s Godly Example

    Posted on August 29, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    Turn to me and have mercy on me; show your strength in behalf of your servant; save me, because I serve you just as my mother did. Psalm 86:16

    Mom’s who serve the Lord are a gift from the Lord. Like a cool breeze over a warm sweaty brow they quietly refresh those under their watch. Instinctively, they discern a wounded heart and offer words of comfort. This sensitive servant of Jesus listens for the real meaning behind the spoken words entrusted to their confidentiality. They have attractive moral authority because they model The Way. Mom’s under the influence of Christ relationally influence others for Christ.

    Are you a mom who loves Jesus? Do you celebrate the fruit of your faithful life? Give yourself permission to enjoy the character of Christ that continues to grow in those you have invested in all these years. Behind most godly leaders, parents, pastors, teachers, diplomats, executive assistants, custodians, chauffeurs, care givers and athletes is a praying mom. Because you model Jesus, your child wants to be like Jesus. God gives strength to those who serve Him like momma.

    Truly I am your servant, Lord; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains. Psalm 116:16

    There is freedom when you follow the godly example of your mother. She is the Holy Spirit’s emissary for you to emulate. Serve in the power of the Spirit and you empower humility to have its way in your heart. Serve when you are fatigued and God will give you strength. Serve when you are conflicted and Christ will give you clarity. Serve when you don’t feel like it and your emotions will catch up and care. God strengthens those who selflessly serve like a godly mom.

    Moreover, make sure you do not take advantage of the giving heart of your mom. Help her for a change without her having to ask. Anticipate what she might need, rather than waiting for her to meet your needs. Call her before she calls you. Visit her before she visits you. Pray for her before she prays for you. Share scripture with your mother that strengthens her heart.  Most of all, serve Jesus like a godly mom. Continue to be a person worth modeling, because you model Christ.

    Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for godly moms who show us how to serve You.

    Related Readings: 2 Kings 14:3; John 2:5, 13:15; 1 Corinthians 4:16, 11:1; Philippians 3:17

    Post/Tweet today: Moms under the influence of Christ relationally influence others for Christ. #influenceothersforChrist

    © 2013 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.
    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com


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  • The Day My Fragile Identity as a Mom Melted

    Posted on August 29, 2013 by Lysa TerKeurst

    Lysa TerKeurst

    "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

    She had the most angelic sweetheart lips. Eyes blue as the most tranquil oceans. Blonde ringlet curls. Chubby cheeks begging to be kissed over and over. Little hands that instinctively curled around my finger while simultaneously melting my heart.

    Pure sweetness wrapped in a pink blanket.

    And then came the day this little creature pursed those lips, gripped the toy in her hand, tilted her pigtailed head and screamed, "Mine! Mine! Mine!"

    The fuss was over a small red toy my friend had let her borrow. My friend who was much more organized than me. She had brought along toys and baggies of Cheerios to keep the kids entertained during our coffee date. The plan to use this toy as temporary entertainment had worked beautifully. Until it was time to go.

    I could feel a burning flush of embarrassment rush from my chest to my face.

    Of course my friend's child was shining her halo with one hand while happily handing over her yellow toy with the other.

    "Mine! Mine!" My daughter screamed as every eye in the small java joint stared at me.

    I pried the toy from her hand, thanked my friend, and hoisted my kicking and screaming daughter out of the wooden highchair. And then in slow motion, I watched in horror as she knocked my paper coffee cup from my hand and sent it careening across the floor.

    I felt my fragile identity as a mom melt into the puddle of spilled coffee. What happened to my angel? My beautiful daughter was ... not so angelic.

    It's been many years since that day in the coffee shop.

    But oh how I wish I could go back and sit with my little inexperienced mommy self on the drive home.

    I would say, "Your daughter is a child in need of a parent. She needs to be taught. And some of your best teaching opportunities will come when she puts her sin nature on display. Don't fear or fret or feel like this is some sort of failure on your part. Her outside demonstrations are an internal indication of her need for guidance. So guide her. Love her. And always remember to be the parent. Not her friend. Not her buddy. The parent."

    I needed to know what Proverbs 22:6 teaches, "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it."

    That daughter is 19 years old now. And is an absolute delight.

    But growing her up wasn't always easy. There were many more times when she put her sin nature on display. And each time I had to choose to be the parent.

    It's not easy to be the parent. It seems less and less popular to tell kids no.

    As parents, we need to set biblical boundaries. Teach our kids the difference between realistic and unrealistic expectations. Not cater to their every whim. Draw lines between what's appropriate and inappropriate for language, entertainment, and the length of a hemline. Model manners. And what it looks like to seek a life of godliness, not just religious activity.

    Glory knows I've been so imperfect with all this.

    But holding the line on being the parent, even when done imperfectly, is good.

    And will be worth it.

    Even in those seasons where you feel as if they're doing everything the opposite of what you've taught them. All that parenting is in them. And the fruit of that will emerge one day.

    Yes, be the parent. Teach biblical truths. Stand strong in saying no even when it's not the popular choice.

    That's what our kids need so desperately.

    And be encouraged, friend ... you're doing better than you think you are.

    Dear Lord, You know better than all of us that parenting is hard. Help me to see each day as a teaching opportunity to raise up a child who loves You. In Jesus' Name, amen.

    Related Resources:


    A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart and Home to Others by Karen Ehman

    Reflect and Respond:
    Take a moment to think: how and what am I communicating to my children?

    Read today's power verses for a better understanding of just how important it is to raise a child to follow after the Lord.

    Power Verses:
    Isaiah 54:13, "All your children will be taught by the LORD, and great will be their peace. (NIV)

    2 Timothy 3:14-15, "But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus." (NIV)

    © 2013 by Lysa TerKeurst. All rights reserved.

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


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  • Pray Hard

    Posted on August 28, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. Colossians 4:12

    Prayer is not a passive undertaking, but an aggressive engagement with God. It is a labor of love. It is a toil of trust. It is a work of the Holy Spirit through holy intercessors. Indeed, prayer without spiritual perspiration lacks the intensity the Spirit requires. Pray in the face of fatigue and you will find God. Pray proactively as a servant of Jesus for those who are servant’s of Jesus. Pray earnestly for a friend who faces disease to be healed. Pray hardest when it’s hardest to pray.

    We can pray effectively for one another, because we are like one another. Since Epaphras was one of them, his prayers oozed with empathy and emotion. Prayer is much more than a mental interaction with the Truth, it is an intense intimacy with our Heavenly Father motivated by our compassion and fueled by faith. The gift of earnest prayer may be the most valuable asset we have to give to those we love. Who needs to know that you are really lifting them up to the Lord?

    Pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16

    What is the substance of our supplications for those who need our prayers? We fervently petition our Father in Heaven for our friends and family to stand firm in the will of God. We ask Jesus to give them a righteous resolve not to waver from where He has them. Better for our loved ones to be on a stormy sea experiencing God’s will, than on a calm shore outside His will. A firm faith flushes out fear and aligns with the Almighty. Pray hard for a friend under pressure to persevere.

    Lastly, pray hard for those God brings into your life to mature in their faith and be fully assured of Christ’s faithfulness. A mature faith is not easily deceived by sin or Satan. It is on the look out for cheap imitations of intimacy that only lead to disappointment. Pray hard for leaders you know to have a humble dependence on Jesus and to rest secure in Him. You join in another’s struggle as you send forth supplications to heaven. Pray the hardest, when it is hardest to pray!

    I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. Romans 15:30

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, use me to pray hard for those who are having a hard time.

    Related Readings: Matthew 7:7; John 9:31; 2 Corinthains 1:11; James 5:17-18

    Post/Tweet today: Pray hardest when it’s hardest to pray. #prayhard

    © 2013 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.
    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com


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  • Hidden Hardships Behind Closed Doors

    Posted on August 28, 2013 by Sharon Glasgow

    Sharon Glasgow

    "On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul." Psalm 138:3 (NASB)

    Hidden behind the door of many homes is the reality of hardship. A devastated home isn't always apparent on first impressions, is it?

    Take Susanna Wesley's life for instance. A quick glance reveals she was married to a preacher in the late 1600s. They had 10 children, two of which grew up to bring tens of thousands of people to Christ: John and Charles Wesley. Sounds like a sweet story, doesn't it?

    But if we look behind the door of her home, hard conditions were the norm. Her husband, Sam, couldn't (or wouldn't) manage their finances well. They disagreed on everything from money to politics. This couple actually had 19 children; sadly, nine died in infancy. Sam left Susanna for long periods of time—sometimes over something as simple as an argument—leaving the duty of raising their children to her alone.

    One of their children was unable to walk. Another couldn't talk until the age of six. Susanna herself was desperately sick most of her life. Their home burned to the ground twice; everything they owned crumbled to ashes. One of her daughters became pregnant out of wedlock. They had no money for food or necessities. Sam even went to debtor's prison.

    Long before Susanna had an inkling of how difficult her married life would be, she made the Lord a promise. When she was young, Susanna committed that for every hour she spent in entertainment, she would give the same amount of time to Him in prayer and in the Word.

    Taking care of the house and raising so many kids made this commitment nearly impossible to fulfill. She had no time for either entertainment or long hours in prayer! This wife and mother worked the gardens, milked the cow, schooled the children and managed the entire house herself.

    It would have been understandable if Susanna reneged on her promise to the Lord. But she didn't. Instead, she gave the Lord two hours a day in prayer!

    As you can imagine with 10 kids, she struggled to find a quiet place to get away with God. So she advised her children that when her apron was over her head, that meant she was in prayer and couldn't be disturbed.

    Susanna was devoted to her walk with Christ, praying for her children, and growing in the knowledge of the Word ... no matter how hard life was.

    This dedicated woman's story may have never been known to anyone but the Lord and her children, except for the fact that her example greatly inspired two of her sons. They both said that their mom influenced them more than any other person.

    John and Charles Wesley became powerhouses for the glory of the Lord. John preached to nearly a million people in the 1700s. He brought revival everywhere he traveled and taught the Word of God! Charles wrote over 9000 hymns, many of which we still sing today.

    In the middle of great hardships, Susanna consistently tapped into her source of strength. She connected intentionally with the Lord every day. It's amazing how her choices influenced not only her family, but also countless individuals, families and worshippers over the years.

    Hidden behind the door of my home, I want my children to see a mom who prays, no matter how busy I am or how hard my circumstances. I'm going to continue letting Susanna's example influence me. How about you?

    Dear Lord, I need Your wisdom, peace and strength. Help me to rely on You and not myself. In Jesus' Name, amen.

    Related Resources:


    A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart and Home to Others by Karen Ehman

    Reflect and Respond:
    How much time are you spending with Jesus every day in prayer and in the Word?

    Make a plan for how you can increase your time with Him. When your kids grow up, how will they describe how you handled hardships?

    Power Verses:
    Proverbs 31:28a, "Her children arise up, and call her blessed ..." (KJV)

    1 Chronicles 16:11, "Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually." (KJV)

    © 2013 by Sharon Glasgow. All rights reserved.

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


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  • Vision Regained

    Posted on August 27, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”? And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal. Romans 11:3-4

    We tend to exaggerate our plight when we feel alone and distant from the Lord and His followers. The half full glass of water looks half empty, when we are empty of the grace and mercy of God. Elijah struggled with spiritual amnesia. He forgot the thousands of faithful believers who had not capitulated to the idol of Baal. His aloneness blurred his judgment. Like the sun’s rays burn away morning mist, so clarity comes from prayer time with God’s son Jesus.

    Those who feel lonely need community and the closeness that comes from another who understands. We are all vulnerable to the trap of fatigue that fuels our fears.  This misguided state of mind fosters a feeling of abandonment, however the truth is many others experience what we experience. We are not alone in our genuine commitment to Christ. Yes, there may be a closet Christian at your work waiting for you to offer them a prayer. Look for other lovers of the Lord!

    Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city. Acts 18:9-10

    Do you need to regain your big vision of God and His extraordinary work in you, through you, around you and across the planet? He has reserved for Himself millions of righteous saints who have not wavered in their love for Jesus. Some suffer from paranoid persecutors with their zealous death threats, yet these humble believers believe: “To live is Christ and to die is gain.” Like a warm blanket of comfort the world is encircled by Christians with a big vision of God.

    Yes, sin abounds, but grace abounds even more. Evil grabs the headlines, but good still seeds the majority of stories less read. For every terrorist who thumps their chest in contempt, thousands bow a humble knee in prayer to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Regain your vision by renouncing a victim mindset and reengage in church. Celebrate ten blessings before you take one concern to Christ. Embrace God’s global vision of hope . Hope in Him!

    I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
    Philippians 1:20

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, keep my focus on You and on the million faithful ones, who have gone before me in the name of Jesus.

    Related Readings: 1 Kings 19:10-14; Matthew 28:20; Philippians 1:21; 1 Peter 1:13

    Post/Tweet today: Embrace God’s vision of hope that is global in scope. Hope in Him! #visionregained

    © 2013 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.
    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com


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  • God's Got You

    Posted on August 27, 2013 by Suzie Eller

    Suzie Eller

    "No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you." Joshua 1:5 (NLT)

    Two-year-old Luke stood at the edge of the pool. Yellow floaties hugged his arms. A swim diaper padded his bathing suit. Sweet little goggles made him look like a frog.

    I stood waist deep in water, my arms open wide. "Come on, buddy. You can do this."

    He edged closer and peered in, then backed away. After several steps back and forth, Luke finally sat on the edge and dipped his toes in the water. I slipped next to him, scooped him up and held him close.

    Into the water we went. "I got you, buddy. I got you," I whispered.

    He could have fought me, but he trusted instead. Over the next two hours, Luke gained courage to go farther and farther. Any time he felt frightened, he whispered under his breath, "I got you, buddy. I got you." It was his assurance that no matter how scary it felt, he was not alone.

    Sometimes knowing we aren't alone gives us the courage to press on. It's what Joshua needed when he was thrust overnight into leadership after the death of Moses. Up until that time, Joshua had served as assistant. But in his new role, Joshua led the nation of Israel, conquering the land God had promised and leading three separate conquests.

    While the Bible doesn't detail all of Joshua's emotions during this time, we read of numerous instances where God encouraged Joshua to be "strong and courageous." God must have known Joshua needed some reassurance.

    Perhaps Joshua had doubts. Perhaps his confidence waned. Maybe he even asked questions like, God, are You sure? Shouldn't You choose someone more qualified?

    God didn't dismiss Joshua's fears or shame him for having them. Instead He spoke clearly to Joshua, saying, "... I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you" (Joshua 1:5b).

    I got you, buddy. I got you.

    History shows that Joshua took steps of faith and served as a powerful, humble leader, trusting God through war, human frailty and victory.

    Maybe God has been asking you to take a leap into deeper faith, or to serve beyond what you think you are capable. He's asked you to lead. To love like Jesus.

    Perhaps you've come close, but backed away. Maybe you even dipped your toes in, reasoning that was enough.

    Questions linger. What does God see in me that I might not see yet? What if I fail? What if it's too hard or no one is on board with me? What if I don't recognize God's help and miss my opportunity?

    God is aware of your fears. And He whispers the same encouragement to you that He spoke to Joshua. He's got you.

    Not too long ago, I stood in the pool again. Luke wore his floaties. He had on his swim diaper. His cute goggles made him look like a little frog. I held open my arms, and my little guy jumped with glee into my arms.

    And this time, I didn't have to say it, because he knew it. It was ingrained on his heart.

    I got you, buddy. I got you.

    Dear Jesus, I've stood right on the edge, waiting for You to choose someone else, or naming all the reasons I'm not equipped. Today I hear Your voice and I take that step, for You are with me. In Jesus' Name, amen.

    Related Resources:

    A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart and Home to Others by Karen Ehman

    Reflect and Respond:
    Most large dreams or jobs are comprised of many smaller tasks. What is one small step you can take, beginning today?

    Why are you afraid to try? Ask the Lord to release you from that fear and to trust Him.

    Power Verses:
    Joshua 1:9, "This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." (NLT)

    © 2013 by Suzie Eller. All rights reserved.

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


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  • Revived By God

    Posted on August 26, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    Then we will not turn away from you; revive us, and we will call on your name. Restore us, Lord God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.
    Psalm 80:18-19

    A spiritual life can go unconscious for lack of belief in God, prayer to God or worship of God. Like a lifeless body on an emergency room gurney  a sudden shock of the heart is needed to revive the temporarily deceased. A revival is necessary where spiritual life once thrived, but is now  nonexistent or only emits a faint pulse. The Lord loves His children too much to leave them in a disconnected spiritual state. His breath fills a follower's lungs of faith with fresh air.

    Is your Christian life on auto pilot? Do you need a jolt from Jesus to bring your faith alive? One evidence of a revived spiritual life is the desire to turn toward the Lord and to turn away from sin. The compass of your soul is focused true north in Christ. Any deviation in direction is brought back into alignment around Almighty God’s agenda for your life. The tug of well meaning people on your time is kept in check, so you have plenty of margin to praise Jesus.

    For this is what the high and exalted One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
    “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit,
    to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. Isaiah 57:15

    A humble and contrite heart unleashes the life of Christ in a spiritual life. So, we lowly approach holy God, who is high and lifted up and who longs to lift us up with our prayers of repentance and rejoicing. Our Heavenly Father is drawn to our desperate need for Him. He reaches out with both hands, lays them on our head and renews our mind with His truth. We call on His name, because He is worthy of our worship and because we need His face to shine on our face in faith.

    Your faith as a child was a good spiritual starting point, but it is only an appetizer to the feast of faith you have in Jesus Christ. Perhaps your appetite for God is starved and needs an intravenous line of love from the Lord Almighty to restore your spiritual life. His life gives you life. Therefore, engage the Holy Spirit with a humble spirit, and He will revive your spirit. Come before Christ with a contrite heart and He will restore the joy of your salvation. God revives!

    Then that person can pray to God and find favor with him, they will see God’s face and shout for joy; he will restore them to full well-being. Job 33:26

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, revive my spirit to follow Your Spirit, give me spiritual life through Your life.

    Related Readings: Deuteronomy 30:3; Psalm 51:10-12, 85:6; Hosea 6:2; Acts 3:21; 1 Peter 5:10

    Post/Tweet today: Is your appetite for God starved? An intravenous line of His love will revive your spiritual life. #revivedbyGod

    © 2013 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.
    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com


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