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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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  • Everyday Relationship

    Posted on November 16, 2011 by Family Christian

    "I am the good shepherd; I know My sheep and My sheep know Me— just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father—and I lay down My life for the sheep.” (John 10:14, 15 NIV)

     

    Jesus desires an everyday relationship with those He has given eternal life. Like a sensitive shepherd individually cares for his sheep, so Christ cares for His flock of followers. Daily a wise sheep herder looks to keep the sheep from harm and leads them into green pastures. Similarly, the Lord watches out each day for the interests of His children whom He protects and provides. 

    If we wander away from the influence of our Great Shepherd Jesus, we risk exposure to evil elements. However, as we remain in the shadow of His long supportive staff, we benefit from His benevolence and His capacity for good.  Each day we have the opportunity to engage eternal resources for His Kingdom purposes. So, pray that everyday with Jesus is sweeter than the day before.

    "Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway" (Proverbs 8:34).

    Listen for the Lord’s voice and He will speak truth that you can treasure in your heart. He initiates marching orders daily so His disciples know where to go, what to say and how to behave. As your body calls out three times a day for food’s nourishment, so your soul’s appetite growls for God with a hungry heart. Feed it by faith and enjoy its fullness.

    What competing voices vex your mind and emotions? Is it a voice of fear from within, a voice of criticism from without or a voice of disbelief from below? Indeed, it is the voice of assurance and affirmation from above that provides everyday encouragement to your life. The voice of the Lord vows to be your delight and bold advocate. So, listen intently to the one voice that is guaranteed to give you life and hope.

    “Love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life” (Deuteronomy 30:20a).

    Daily you have the opportunity to rest in the Lord or get worked up. He longs to walk with you and talk with you. As you face big decisions and create future plans, Jesus is ever ready to grow in a loving relationship with you. Perhaps you slow down and see Him for who He is: holy, wise and joyful. He speaks through His word, His creation, His children, His circumstances and His Spirit. Everyday with Jesus is sweet and satisfying.

    “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens” (Psalm 68:19).

    How can I let the Lord love me each day, so I can in turn love others with His love?

    Related Readings: Job 37:5; Psalm 95:7; Luke 9:23; Hebrews 3:13

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  • The Lords Servant

    Posted on November 14, 2011 by Family Christian

    “Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord…” Psalm 134:1a

     

    Servants of the Lord have one goal, and that is to serve at the pleasure of their Master Jesus Christ. It is an honor to represent the vision, mission and values of heaven. Servants of God are quick to praise Him. They show respect by blessing His name, and loathe the thought of disrespect in cursing His name. Followers of Jesus think well and speak well of Him. He is the object of their affection, the adoration of their worship. 

    Servants of the Lord bless the one from whom all blessings flow. They speak well of their Master. Wise servants understand that the purpose of serving God is not just accomplishing the work, but representing Him in their work. Therefore, toil in trust and do not give up for Christ’s sake. You are a servant of the Most High, so hold your head high and your heart low. He keeps His covenant of love for those who long for Him.

    “He said: “LORD, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way” (2 Chronicles 6:14).

    Servants of the Lord also serve those their Master loves and accepts. There is alignment around the Almighty’s interest in people and their needs. He feeds and clothes the poor, so you feed and clothe the poor. He forgives and frees those who sin against Him, so you forgive and free those who sin against you. He seeks and saves the lost with the glory of the gospel, so you seek and save the lost with the glory of the gospel.

    Unrecognized service seems insignificant, but it is the most significant. What others don’t see, God does, and He rewards accordingly. The Lord blesses those who bless others on His behalf. Servants of the Lord are significant Kingdom builders, so stay put in your service on His behalf. The best service leads others to understand the way to be saved.

    May others see you in this same way, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved” (Acts 16:17b).

    How can I serve the Lord with gladness, and bless Him and others in the process?

    Related Readings: Nehemiah 1:11; Psalm 85:8; Isaiah 56:6; Acts 4:29; Revelation 22:6

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  • Patient Perseverance

    Posted on November 13, 2011 by Family Christian

    “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  Galatians 6:9

     

    Patient perseverance is required to see the fruit of your labors. It takes time to penetrate hard hearts and to influence those outside the faith. Family members can be especially difficult to love. This is why you have the family of God to serve and to love. Sometimes you feel closer to your family in Christ than you do your biological family. 

    This can be discouraging, but do not take it that way. Rather, accept the fact that blind people grope in the darkness and need special attention. They are very limited and may be incapable of giving any direction or unselfish leadership. This is the nature of their condition. You will be continually disappointed if you expect non-Christian family members to bend toward your interests and desires.

    For instance, you have an event that means the world to you, such as the graduation, birthday or marriage of a child. Do not expect an unbelieving relative to care. They are self-centered by nature. This is how they live life every day. It is a chore and a burden for them to give. They are oblivious to the need for celebration of this momentous occasion for you and your loved ones.

    Indeed, they are rejecting you by their absence. But you can let go of this hurt. Like a helium-filled balloon, release it to heaven. Let go of this offense and give it to your heavenly Father, who certainly understands. Non-Christians act like non-Christians. So do not be surprised. But you know better—you will continue to do good because it is the right thing to do. You will reap a harvest, though the reward of its fruit may be stored in heaven!

    So, you still serve even when you are not served. You still love even when you are not loved. You still forgive even when you are not forgiven. You still celebrate important occasions even when your important occasions are ignored. You still listen even when you are not listened to. You still care even when you are not cared for. This can take its toll in wearisome service and giving. But do not give up—the Word of God will make a difference. Your life is making a difference. God is using you in ways that you currently cannot comprehend.

    Others are watching your unselfish acts of kindness. Your children especially are watching. They are defining patient perseverance by the number one influencer in their lives. Stay in the giving process for their sake. Stay in the game for God’s sake. Ultimately it is all about Him. You remain unselfish for Him. You stay others-centered for Him. You give because Christ gave. You forgive because Christ forgave. It is all about being a good citizen in His Kingdom. Patient perseverance has nothing to do with demanding your way in your kingdom.

    Moreover, as you stay the course in good deeds, it leads others to Christ. This is the end game. This is the purpose for patient perseverance, so that others will see your good works and glorify God in heaven. You will probably be taken advantage of, yet it’s all for the praise of our Lord.

    Patient perseverance is for people and God. Do not give up on them. His timing is perfect. There will be a harvest and, for eternity, you will enjoy its fruit. Therefore, stay engaged in patient perseverance. Do not grow weary by depending on and looking to Him!

    Taken from Dose 74 in the 90-day devotional book, Infusion

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  • Patient Love

    Posted on November 12, 2011 by Family Christian

    “Love is patient.”    I Corinthians 13:4

     

    Love, by nature, is patient. This is why those couples who are “in love” exhibit an inordinate amount of patience in the beginning. What is said, what is done or not done has extra grace embedded in the relationship. Lovers believe, “I will let you down. You will let me down. I will act immaturely. You will act immaturely. I will struggle with fear. You will struggle with fear. 

    We both need patience, for love is “patient.” If there is no evidence of patience in a relationship, then there is a love deficiency. Love expresses itself in patience. For example, you serve your children because you love them. They are sometimes silly and prone to foolishness, but you still love them. Because you love them, you are patient with them.

    This may become more of a challenge when you relate this thinking to relationships outside of your family. A work associate, a stranger, or especially someone outside the faith, is harder to love. You barely know them. Therefore, how can you love them? The most difficult to love is someone who has offended you. We tend to lose our patience with those who are offensive. So, here is an important distinction to make.

    You love someone, not because they necessarily deserve it, but because they are created in the image of God. Jesus loved them so much He died for them. You can disapprove of their behavior and still love them. Your willingness to tolerate delay may keep the relationship intact. This is love. This is patience. Your calmness and self-control may be the very thing needed to stabilize the situation. Wake up loving, go to bed loving, and love in between. This environment of love will nurture and produce patience—lots of it.

    God understands this because He is love. Therefore, He is the epitome of patience. If anyone has the right to lose His patience, it is God. Everyday He deals with billions of sinners, many of whom are demanding their way. Some are oblivious to God. Some are harsh and angry toward God. But because of His great love for mankind, His longsuffering endures rejection and apathy.

    He feels compassion, not defiance, toward someone—lost in his or her sins—flailing away in criticism toward Christ. His love expands rather than contracts in the face of your failures. His capacity to love is greater than ours and his propensity for patience is also greater. But followers of Jesus have the Holy Spirit dwelling within them to love through them. The state of an unredeemed sinner is a limited love. The condition of a saved sinner is Christ’s capacity to love.

    Thus, you have the potential for a higher degree of patience. Allow Christ to love through you, and watch your patience grow and expand. Do not fall into the trap of an angry rebuttal. People and situations tend to cool off tomorrow. You still confront, but in the right timing and in the right way. Invest in patience, and the pay off is exponential. Express patience, and everyone is in a better state of mind to discuss the facts. Love the unlovable. Love the undeserving. Love the impatient. Love keeps your motive pure. Love feeds a healthy perspective.

    By your love you can be patient, because love is patient. Jesus patiently loved the unlovely. The Bible says, “Jesus looked at him and loved him…” (Mark 10:21a).

    Taken from the November 11th reading in the 365-day devotional book, Seeking Daily the Heart of God

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  • Tidings of Crowder & Joy – An Interview with David Crowder

    Posted on November 11, 2011 by Family Christian

    David Crowder

    Family Christian Stores: This is the band’s first Christmas CD. What inspired you to create one after all these years together?

     

    David Crowder: Well, I think when you form a band you know that it is inevitable you make a Christmas album. It only took us 11 years to pull it off! We were actually supposed to start work on our last album in January and instead of making any headway on it, a Christmas album popped out. I would get calls from our label asking how the new recording was coming along and I responded, "Are you feeling festive?" We didn't mean to make this album, but Christmas apparently, was still in the air.

    FCS: Since Christmas music is so regularly covered, how do you find something that hasn’t been done before?

    David: Well, the beautiful part about the Crowder*Band is that we are a collection of six different folks with varying tastes in music, so for us to revisit some of the classic carols would, by default, turn out a bit different than what you've heard previously. It's really something special when you consider it a conversation; that everyone's voice is important. It gives it an eclectic blend that is compelling, I think.

    FCS: Do you have a favorite song on the album? What makes it special to you?

    David: My favorite song on the album is “Silent Night.” I think the reason that I love it so much is because the center is people in the room with us when we were playing. Plus, the outro was a rather spontaneous thing that turned out better than I could ever have hoped for!

    FCS: There’s a very unique bluegrass version of ‘Angels We Have Heard on High’ on the record. What influenced that musical direction?

    David: We became intrigued with the genre a number of years ago. If you could have ever been on tour with us, you would have heard us sitting around in the dressing room together playing old gospel songs or bluegrass tunes. So, this one just sort of popped out. It's rowdy, fun and very unlike any version of this song I've heard. But I think it is completely appropriate, given the subject matter. Christ has come and that is reason to celebrate and throw a hoedown of sorts!

    FCS: Do you have any special holiday traditions as a band?

    David: Actually as a band we have always taken December off so that we could be with family. It's been rather annoying for all of those wonderful people attempting to book us during the holiday season, but we've been careful about keeping those days set aside for family.

    FCS: You’ve been very open that the album you’re currently working on (Give us Rest) will be your last. What can we expect to hear?

    David: It is the last offering we will have as a collective and it's turned into the most ambitious offering we've had since we formed in the year 2,000. It's the most music we've ever put in one place at the same time. We have composed a ‘requiem mass’ that feels like all of our explorations as a band in one place. We absolutely can't wait for people to hear it.

    FCS: So how will everything wrap up?

    David: Our final CD will release January 10th. I couldn't be more pleased with the songs we've collected for it. We will play together as a band for the last time at Passion 2012, a collegiate conference in Atlanta, GA. The album will release shortly thereafter.

    FCS: And finally, are there real Crowder*Band nutcrackers, as seen on the album art?

    David: I wish! We're actually working on that and if it happens, you'll be able to find them on our website.

    FCS: Thanks for such a fun interview! We wish you a wonderful Christmas & a memorable final tour with the band.


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  • Ask with Assurance

    Posted on November 11, 2011 by Family Christian

    “Ezra came up from Babylon. He was a teacher well versed in the Law of Moses, which the Lord, the God of Israel had given. The king had granted him everything he asked, for the hand of the Lord was on him.” Ezra 7:6

     

    You can ask with assurance when the Lord is with you. You can ask for prayer when the Lord is with you. You can ask for money when the Lord is with you. You can ask for protection when the Lord is with you. You can ask for a friend when the Lord is with you. You can ask for wisdom when the Lord is with you. 

    You can ask for understanding when the Lord is with you. You can ask for forgiveness when the Lord is with you. You can ask others to consider Christ when the Lord is with you. You can ask for boldness, wisdom, humility, strength, kindness, and opportunity when the Lord is with you.

    Therefore, do not limit your ‘ask’ to your influence; unleash your ‘ask’ based on His influence. Fear does not lack reasons why you cannot ask. Pride will strangle the life out of your asking every time. The chance of rejection can lead you to postpone your asking for a more convenient time. However, the longer you wait, the harder it can become to simply ask. Asking is not easy, but it is necessary.

    If you don’t propose, you may not marry. If you don’t ask for directions, you may wander around in frustration. Asking is an everyday part of life. Indeed, do not underestimate the power of God in your life, family, and work. His hand is on you for a reason and He has shown you favor for a reason.

    “God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you” (1 Kings 3:5b).

    Yes, it is wise to ask respectfully and responsibly. You are not a ‘bull in a china shop’, but rather a sheep in God’s flock. So ask prayerfully and in a timely manner. Make sure your ‘ask’ has been preceded by proper planning and prayer. You have a finite amount of relational and emotional capital to spend, so budget accordingly.

    Above all else stay immersed in Scripture. A proper perspective provides for a potent petition. It is when we lose perspective that our asking becomes anemic and even non-existent. God’s Word will flush out your fear and replace it with His calm confidence. Seek the Lord and He will show you how and when to ask.

    Ask for His wisdom to marinate in your mind, as it facilitates your freedom to ask. Ask for humility and God will use it to tame your trepidations. Sometimes it is easier to ask God than people, so ask Him so you can ask people. Asking is God’s methodology to accomplish His mission and it is an expression of trust. By faith, ask with assurance and you will be amazed at what you discover about yourself, God and others.

    The Bible says, “You have not because you ask not” (James 4:2b).

    What do I need to first ask of myself, before I ask of God and others?

    Related Readings: 1 Kings 3:5; Matthew 8:5; 21:22; James 1:6; 2 John 1:5

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  • Be Courageous

    Posted on November 10, 2011 by Family Christian

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

     

    Courage is an asset Christ dispenses to His disciples. It is the ability to stand for what’s right in the face of what’s wrong. It is an attitude of hope for someone struck down by illness, who chooses to look up and glorify God in life or death. Courageous Christ followers set boundaries for business or leisure travels and avoid activities that lead them into temptation. Courage is the gumption to get on God’s game plan and not give up. 

    Alertness to courage dismisses dullness to sin and replaces it with energy for eternal matters. Courage from Christ gives confidence in the face of conflict. It provides a quiet assurance that Almighty God is in control and He will carry out His purpose in His time. The Lord gives sufficient courage to stand firm in the faith and remain faithful to 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).

    So, what are you facing that requires you to courageously come through? Is death staring you in the face? Take courage, it is your ticket to transition to be with Christ. Has a financial free fall crushed your net worth? Take courage, Christ is King, not cash. Is there a conflict at work or home that consumes your thoughts? Take courage in your mediator and master Christ Jesus. Courage is a gift from God that gets you through difficulty.

    Courage comes in various forms and functions. It may be a phone call from a trusted friend who listens and affirms your character. A single scripture from the Bible may ring true to your spirit and, in the process, ratchet up your faith. The chorus from a praise song to Jesus can become a capsule of courage, that when ingested in worship soothes your soul. It may be a prayer, a smile, a kind word, a check or a sermon that bolsters belief.

    “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).

    You receive courage so you can give courage. Encouragement is a gift that keeps on giving, not meant to be stored up and ignored. Like manure it can waste away stacked up in a barn or it can be spread around and make things grow. How do you know if someone needs encouragement? You know they need encouragement if they are breathing. Be courageous in Christ and infect others with courage. Indeed, courage creates courage.

    Where do I need to trust Christ for courage? Who do I know who needs my encouraging word and works?

    Related Readings: Joshua 10:25; 2 Samuel 7:27; Mark 6:50; Acts 27:22-25

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  • Connecting People to Christ

    Posted on November 9, 2011 by Family Christian

     

    Dear Fellow Wisdom Hunter,

    We are extremely grateful to God for your faithful readership of the daily devotional. The Lord continues to bless with significant growth from 22,951 readers a year ago to 64,196 readers today. Wisdom Hunters is a non-profit ministry blessed with a prayerful board of directors, who steward well this—the Lord’s ministry. After much prayer and planning we believe He is leading us in the following ways:

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    Connect people to Christ through God’s Word.

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    By the end of 2012 trust God for 200,000 global and U.S. readers of the daily devotional.

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  • Live in Unity

    Posted on November 8, 2011 by Family Christian

    “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity… For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.” Psalm 133:1, 3b

     

    It is good and pleasant to live in unity. It is bad and unpleasant to live in disunity. Unity is Christ-centered. Disunity is man-centered. Unity talks with others. Disunity talks about others. Unity is productive. Disunity is destructive. Unity prays to God. Disunity plays with God. Unity is the place where God’s blessings are bestowed. We are in a position to be blessed by the Lord when we are unified around His will. 

    Envy and agendas are set aside for the greater good of the whole. Fear is marginalized because the focus is on faith in our heavenly Father, not the methods of men. The Holy Spirit is the mediator of diverse perspectives and opinions. There is oneness in Christ when He is the object of our unity. Harmony invites heaven’s blessing.

    “He made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ” (Ephesians 1:9-11).

    You may be battling divisive politics in your church, work, family or school. Do not be persuaded by personalities or emotion, instead wait on the truth. Let the facts forge your faith, and do not allow fear to drive you to feud. Accurate information is your ally, so wait on it to back up your beliefs. Let love lead you through the process of unification. Love overcomes petty politics and personality conflicts.

    God blesses a motivation of love, because He is love. When your relationships are one heart and one spirit you are ready to be blessed. Trust the Lord to lead you, your family, your friends and your team members into unity around common principals, values and behaviors. Unity around Christ causes the world to wake up and watch, wanting what you have. It unleashes the opportunity for the Lord to grow you into an influencer for Him.

    Jesus prays for you, “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17:22-23).

    How can I be a channel of blessing which the Lord can use to bring unity among diversity?

    Related Readings: 2 Chronicles 30:12; 1 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:3, 13; Colossians 3:14

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