Archive for July 2014

“When Is God’s Grace Sufficient To Help You?”


Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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When Is God’s Grace Sufficient To Help You?”

While God’s grace is always available, for many of us, it’s when you look around and discover there’s nothing else left but THE GRACE OF GOD.  It’s when you run out of places to turn to, people to count on and your ingenuity is all gone.

In 2 Corinthians 12:9 God’s answer to The Apostle Paul was “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

After Paul had earnestly sought The Lord three times for a divine miraculous deliverance, God revealed that He would support him and not allow him to be destroyed by that pressing trial.  And that His Amazing Grace and Favor would be shown to him and in that GRACE he would find his ample support and strength as he continued onwards.

It doesn’t matter if Christ personally appeared to him or if he received this revelation from “the still small voice” of The Holy Spirit of God. Paul was use to communion with Christ and was accustomed to receiving revelations and answers from his prayers from The Lord.  But instead of his request being granted in the exact form in which he prayed, he received the assurance of God’s grace which was more than enough to support him in his trial and still is a great assurance and comfort to us today.

While an instantaneous removal or resolve of any problem can definitely appear to be a great blessing, The Lord is more interested in maturing you in faith, building a stronger relationship with Him and training you in the area of spiritual warfare than just your mere survival or receiving a temporary blessing.

Be it known that through standing on His Word and depending on His Wonderful Grace that Christ has developed some of His greatest spiritual traits within our inner character.

Christianity is not “your ticket out,” it’s Christ ALIVE in you and your way through this world.”  Christianity is God seeking for people that He can provide His grace, strength and wisdom through.   So, whenever there seems to be no hope, start believing that THERE’S ALWAYS HIS GRACE.

Through this passage of scripture, The Lord is revealing that so often He can’t do anything great in your life until you’ve realized that you’ve come to the end of your rope, are weak and become submissive.  It’s truly a shame that that’s when our natural minds realize the need for His divine or supernatural aid.  But, again we will rejoice in His Everlasting Love and Wonderful Grace.

So listen very carefully!  You may not be all that you think you ought to be, but thank God, you’re not what you used to be.  And if God could get you from where you were to where you now are, don’t you think He can take you from where you are now to where you should be?

I’ve personally discovered that no matter how wounded a person’s past might have been, only The Lord can impact your life and give you a promising future.  Therefore, be filled with The Holy Spirit and get your mind renewed in God’s Word and Promises.  

It has been said that “You don’t drown by falling into the water; you drown by remaining there.”  

So, don’t allow Satan to steal the Word out of your heart through the various pressures of life.  Stop feeling sorry for yourself and believe that Christ has called you to soar with the eagles instead of running with the turkeys.  Realize that Christ has called you to be an overcomer and instead of being overwhelmed.

Stop allowing previous incidents to continue to hold you hostage.  Don’t permit past rejections, needs for approval, and shame to keep you discouraged.  So, instead of breaking down, BREAKOUT AND BREAKTHROUGH by faith in Jesus Christ.



“Why Did David Say God’s Word Is Sweeter Than Honey In The Honeycomb?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills


Why Did David Say God’s Word Is Sweeter Than Honey In The Honeycomb?”

Have you ever experienced the soothing and reassuring still small voice of The Holy Spirit in the midst of a troubling situation?  Have you ever been overwhelmed by His greatness as you were awestruck by a beautiful sunrise or sunset?  Have you ever experienced His amazing grace as you struggled through a tough circumstance?

Listen to the psalmist’s heart as recorded in Psalms 19:10 NIV, which says, “They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.”

David revealed that The Holy Scriptures should be more desirable, valuable, highly prized and of a far greater benefit to us than the air we breathe, the light from the sun or any earthly treasure that you run after.

The Word of God is what God uses to save the lost from their fallen state and it’s what The Holy Spirit uses to enlighten the eyes of every believer.

No doubt as David often hid or ran through the forests, he remembered how the droppings of honey from a honeycomb often sustained, refreshed and re-invigorated him.  But he also remembered how he longed for, was renewed from, and found deliverance and inspiration by The Word of God.

Today, you need to listen to His voice when all you’re hearing is an unfavorable diagnosis from a doctor, negative comments from a ruthless employer or co-workers,  rumors of war building on the international scene from the news, and criticism from other family members or friends.

You need to hear His voice when you’re mind is being bombarded with financial worries or you’re being attacked with sickness and pain.  You need to listen and hear His voice when you’re in need of comfort from experiencing division or a grievous loss in your family.

The Word of God, when it’s received by faith and is being used by The Holy Spirit of God, not only is encouraging, but is sweeter than anything else that can be experienced this side of heaven.  It’s just a foretaste of all that awaits us in eternity. 

Have you ever listened to an inspiring message and joy filled your soul?  Have you ever listened to an anointed gospel song and become overwhelmed with the presence of God?  Have you ever just sat alone reading The Word of God and suddenly your soul became filled with joy as you received inspiration, a divine word or revelation from The Lord? 

How sweet is His presence, how glorious is His Word, how wonderful and majestic are the revelations from our Living Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.

HE LIVES!  HE NOT ONLY REIGNS ON HIGH, BUT HE LIVES WITHIN THE HEART OF EVERY BELIEVER.   Do you have an intimate fellowship with Him?  When was the last time you told Him how much you love Him?  Have you given the Word of God that special place in your life and over your circumstances?

Do you hunger to know Him more and more?  No matter what you’re encountering, He’s your way through the wilderness and the way out of that darkness.

Christ is calling you unto HIMSELF.  Will you taste and see how sweet His words can be to you?

You’ll find Him to be more pleasing, refreshing, exciting and more energizing than any type of food you could ever taste.   His words will be medicine deep down beyond your bone marrow which will bring you such unimaginable delight.

He will be your light in every dark or negative situation.  Whenever you think there’s no hope, you’ll then find His Grace.   He will be your refreshing water in those desert places and your source of strength in times of uncertainty and weakness.

Sweeter than honey in the honey comb is Christ and God’s Word.  Rich in flavor and greater than anything else you’ve ever been exposed to.

Will you allow His Word and His Precious Spirit to be life in your heart today?


“Are You Walking With God Until You Can’t Be Seen?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Walking With God Until You Can’t Be Seen?”

Are you an eminent example of faith in Christ so that those around desire to call upon the name of The Lord?  

Walking with God and enjoying His Presence isn’t just an awesome experience in the life of any believer, but it’s also a wonder witness and picture of the Living Christ within and His transforming power.

Genesis 5:24 NIV says that, “Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.”

Upon the birth of his son, Methuselah, Enoch received a revelation of God that so dramatically impacted his life that he not only began to walk with God, but walked with such an intimacy and closeness for the rest of his life. 

His life was so emphatically distinguished by his obedience and intimate fellowship with The Lord that,  “God took him away.”

Now, from a historical perspective, we know that before the judgment of the Flood, Enoch was raptured or “translated that he should not see death” according to Hebrews 11:5.….

But what does this mean to us today?

In the future, while we know that all believers shall be raptured or translated to be with God, today it means that we are to live and walk in such a way that Christ can be seen more in our lives than our very own natural or fleshly character.

So often, the natural, carnal, worldly and fleshly desires and actions of so many Christians clash with the will of God, the person of Christ being seen through them and the leading of The Holy Spirit in their lives.  But God wants less of you and more of Christ to be seen.

Are you allowing His Love to operate through your life and impact those in your surroundings?   Are you allowing the fruit of the Spirit (according to Galatians 5: 22-23) to flow through you and influence others in your regular daily activities?

Walking in meekness is not a sign of weakness.  Being strong in The Lord has absolutely nothing to do with having an arrogant personality or mean character.  Walking in faith and being directed by The Holy Spirit has nothing to do with just using mere human reasoning.   Forgiveness is the first step in recovery, but it’s a small humble step that so filled with pride won’t take.  We all must realize that any “secret sins under any cloak of darkness” are always open scandal in heaven above.

All believers must learn to say what John The Baptist declared in order to give God the glory, “I must decrease so that He may increase.”

Today, so many are always looking for the negative in people’s lives or in what they’re attempting to do.  The issue is that we’re all “flawed”.  We’ve all made mistakes, sinned and come short.  But, by the grace of God through Jesus Christ, believer’s lives should be so transformed that when others observe us, their lives should be  influenced, impacted and even persuaded to look to Jesus Christ.

Can others see Christ within you?


“Have Things Gotten Worse Since You’ve Called On The Lord?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Have Things Gotten Worse Since You’ve Called On The Lord?”


Does it seem as if your circumstances have escalated since you’ve called on the Lord or have been waiting on God? Often, because of our impatience and demanding immediate answers, people don’t recognize that The Lord is attempting to elevate your faith to another or more mature level as you’re waiting on God.

Many are continuing only to focus on their gloomy situation instead of giving Christ their undivided attention, turning things over to God, standing on His Word and then listening to the voice of The Holy Spirit. 

Sometimes things will even appear to get worse as you stand in faith but don’t let the opposite of what you’re believing The Lord for distract you away from faith in His Word.

It is possible that The Lord is trying to enlarge your testimony as you learn to prevail and pierce through the darkness surrounding you.  So, whatever the passing time period, realize it’s not a time to give up, break down or pass out.  IT’S YOUR HOUR TO BELIEVE HIM!

In Mark 5:21-43 we read the amazing account of two miraculous healings of Jesus while moving among the people.  A synagogue leader named Jairus came and  fell at the feet of Jesus, pleading for Him to come and heal his little daughter who was at the point of death.

As Jesus proceeded with Jairus and His disciples, another event occurred which caused an untimely and unfortunate delay on their journey.  While The Lord was being thronged by the masses of surrounding people, verses 25-34 informs us of the reason for the delay.

Another woman, who had been sick for 12 long years, pressed her frail body through the crowd and touched the hem of His clothes.  For she believed in her heart that if she could just touch the hem of His garment then she would be healed.  Jesus then stopped and made an inquiry, the disciples questioned Jesus, the woman slowly came forward and The Lord had a conversation with the woman of faith. 

While all of this was exciting and indeed miraculous, in the mind of Jairus, it presented further delays towards them proceeding to his home to cure his daughter.

So often, we just like Jairus, believe that “time is of the essence.”  It’s our belief that time is crucial and any delays, interruptions, hesitations or lingering on The Lord’s behalf will worsen our changes, circumstances or conditions.

Then Mark 5: 35-36 says, “While He was still speaking, they came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the Teacher anymore?” But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.”

Now the thing that Jairus feared most now happened.  He received the fatal message of death of his child.  Jairus must have agonized as he entertained the notion that had not The Lord lingered, the life of his dying little daughter could have been spared.  But with her death now being a past event, all hope was abandoned as those from his home tenderly asked him, “Why trouble the Master any further?”

While they knew that Jesus had triumphed over demonic or unclean spirits and that, as a prophet sent by God, he had the power to heal incurable diseases while there remained life, they now believed that everything was hopeless since death had claimed the little girl’s life.

One of our greatest enemies of faith is “Human Reasoning.”  We are a people led by our senses, moved by our feelings and make decisions based upon our emotions.

It’s not that The Lord doesn’t want us to use our minds or have good common sense, it’s just that the mind is “the battlefield” which is constantly under the attack of Satan, the world and even our own flesh.

Christ wants us to “Have Faith and Believe Him” regardless of any adverse, negative or painful circumstances that we are encountering.

Jesus went on Jairus’ home, then despite the unbelief and scorn from others, He miraculously raised his little girl from death and presented her back to her parents.

Therefore, stand in faith, be encouraged, wait on The Lord with great expectation and He will graciously intervene in your life and affairs.


“Has Your Get Up And Go Got Up And Left?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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 Has Your Get Up And Go Got Up And Left?

God often requires that you trust Him without any outward or visible advance sign from Him.  Blessings only come from the heart of God as you trust in The Lord with all your heart and don’t lean on your own understanding of things.  By putting God first, He promises to guide and direct your path because everything God does “hinges on F A I T H.”

Therefore, it’s important to understand that God will not bless what you are not willing to do.  Just having good intentions isn’t faith, but taking the initiative and going forward is.

Taking the initiative will always have productive or better results.  Initiative can be defined as one having the energy, drive, vitality, spunk, zip, life, or the spirit to get up and go forward to accomplish a goal.

Regardless if the initiative is spurned on out of the need for survival or if the motivation is derived from an inward desire to achieve, being assertive, aggressive, and stepping out in faith with perseverance will lead to better results over just sitting around where you are.

In 2nd Kings Chapter 7, we are given the brief dramatic story of four lepers who lived just outside the entry gate of the city of Samaria.  Their city was under siege by their enemy who had completely surrounded them and was preventing aid from coming in.

Famine, poverty, sickness, fear, disease, and depression had now taken over the city of God’s people.  While they were not permitted to mingle with the regular citizens, by living outside the city gates, these four lepers had hoped to obtain daily scraps of relief from those within.  But now due to the severity of the famine, they too were about to die from starvation.

2nd Kings 7:3 NLT says “There were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate and they said one to another, “Why should we sit here waiting to die?”


So by faith, they made their decision to arise and fearlessly walked directly towards the camp of the Syrians in hope of finding grace, but not knowing what to expect.


To their great surprise, they found the enemy camp totally deserted with not a man to be seen or heard.  It was later discovered that the attacking enemy abruptly fled in the darkness when The Lord had apparently and miraculously amplified the sound of the four lepers coming which they believed to be a greater attacking army with horses and chariots.  So, seized with great terror, they quickly fled, leaving all of their cattle, tents, money, garments, food, and other resources behind as thousands of them ran off into the pitch darkness of night.

So the lepers having discovered all of the riches left behind, instead of trying to keep it all for themselves, decided to report the good news to the officials and people in Samaria, which immediately ended their severe famine.

These four lepers would have died if they would’ve continued to sit around waiting for some supernatural sign to appear telling them to get up and go.

God blesses what you do, not what you sit around and just think about doing.  Just having good intentions won’t get you anywhere.  You must learn to make decisions and then move forward in faith.  It’s not enough to just pray for a job.   You must arise, go fill out applications, send out résumés , make telephone calls, and go on interviews if you want to work.

Laziness and indecisiveness are lethal to succeeding or obtaining the victory.  You cannot continue to wait for things to just happen to you.  Never let it be said that your get-up-and-go has got-up-and-left.

Fear, doubt, unbelief, or solely depending upon your own ability to “reason or sort things out” is a mistake.  Sometimes your greatest hindrance is “Yourself.”  Take the initiative, make the effort, remain prayerful, take the step of faith, and believe God to make things happen in your home, business, life, and church.

Then you too will experience the dynamics of The Holy Spirit as you stand on God’s Word and step out in faith, in the mighty name of The Lord Jesus Christ.



“Will The Real Believers Today, Please Stand Up?’

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Will The Real Believers Today, Please Stand Up?’

In a world filled with fake money, phony love, empty promises, folks hopping from one church to another and counterfeit believers, how can people come to know the real thing?

What does it take to stand up in a world that’s fallen down?  What characteristics is The Lord looking for in the lives of people that are called by His Name?  Whenever God is looking for a person to use, He examines their heart because your heart is the point of connection to Him.

Besides faith, The Lord is searching for surrender, submission, commitment and determination in the hearts and lives of those that will truly walk with Him and stand on His word.

Have you made the choice between eternal treasures or worldly pleasures?  Have you made the decision to stand up and be counted for God?

An excellent example of this can be found in the book of Daniel.  Daniel 1:8 informs us, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”

The Babylonian food, it’s prior usage in idol worship and it unclean preparation did not conform to the Old Testament teachings.  So knowing that the food and wine were connected with idolatry, forbidden by The Law given to Moses, inconsistent with his principles, against his morals, perilous to his welfare and just plain wrong before God, Daniel purposed in his heart and made up his mind to discipline his body, stand up in faith and not defile himself.

True believers know that we are “in the world but not part of this worldly system.”  Daniel may have lived in Babylon, but he took special care to ensure that “the spirit of Babylon” would not take over or control his heart. 

Can the world look at you today and see the difference?  If a believer becomes so worldly, what good is their witness or testimony of God before the unbelievers?

Not willing to  have an attitude of open defiance and provoke harsh opposition, Daniel made a simple but humble request to the jail keeper in charge that he might be permitted for 10 days to eat certain mixed vegetables and drink water. Then be examined after their experiment to see if they appeared healthy and strong as if they had eaten their foods.  And God granted him special favor with the jailor.  Then at the conclusion of the trial period, they were even more healthier and stronger than expected.

When your response is shaped by God’s Word and Holy Spirit, you too will begin to experience the grace and favor of God in your midst when you make the decision to stand up in Christ.

Daniel stood out like an oasis in the desert.  Just like Moses, Daniel and his 3 friends chose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.

It’s extremely vital for people to understand that those who will honor God under any situation, God in return will wonderfully honor them.



“Do You Realize The Victory That You Have Been Given In Jesus?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Do You Realize The Victory That You Have Been Given In Jesus?”


The other night was one of the rare moments in which I was able to sit down and turn on the television.  While searching for a program of interest, I accidentally came across a program called, “The Biggest Loser.”

This woman and her husband were undergoing various excruciating exercises, stressful workouts, physical ordeals and diets to reach weight loss goals as prescribed by the program host and medical physician.

While I was impressed by their successful accomplishments, I sensed The Holy Spirit of God remind me out of His Holy Word just who the “biggest loser” truly is. 

Through the cross and the resurrection of Jesus, the devil not only has been defeated but according to Ephesians 1:22 NTL says, “God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church.”

Satan is a liar, the deceiver and is the “Biggest Loser” in the history of God’s creation and no one has been a greater loser than him.  As the fired ex-employee of Heaven we must recognize the devil’s limitations, his pronounced and sealed future and remember that “Through Christ we are more than conquerors.” (Romans 8:37)

Satan is the “biggest loser” every time a sinner comes to Christ.  For not only does that individual find rest for his / her soul in Jesus but as they begin to walk in the mighty power of God’s Divine Grace and Holy Spirit, they discover the authority they have been given and all of the spiritual blessings that are laid up for them through Christ.

Being a partaker of His Divine Nature, we are filled with the fullness of the grace and glory that’s in Him.  So whenever you feel weakness from the power of the enemy or your flesh, all we need to remember is that the “same power that raised Jesus from the grave now dwells within us, perceive His greatness and rejoice in Him.”

I’ve personally discovered that whenever I’m at your lowest moment, as a believer in Christ Jesus, I’m am still “on top of the devil.”

The universe is under God’s control and direction for the welfare of His people.  All the earthly kings and rulers; kingdoms and nations are under His control. Throughout history Christ has controlled all the wicked rulers of the earth and they have not been able to destroy that church which He redeemed with His own blood.

The angels in heaven are all under his control with reference to the church all the fallen angels, now demonic spirits, are under His control.  All the great powers of heaven, earth, and hell are made subject to Christ Jesus who is the Head and King and no weapon that is formed against it shall prosper.


“Has The Lord Ever Given You A Stone Instead Of Bread?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Has The Lord Ever Given You A Stone Instead Of Bread?”

Have you ever earnestly prayed for something and later greatly regretted that you got it?  There are both biblical and modern day examples in which God eventually granted the persistent yet stubborn and imprudent prayers of his people of which they later lamented or mourned over, repented from or were very sorry about.

If hindsight has taught you anything, you should be anxious for nothing and be careful what you’re repeatedly asking from The Lord to give you.  Sometimes God grants to people what they foolishly, selfishly, lustfully and sinfully consistently want and cry out to Him for.

Such was the case of Israel as they began to repeatedly cry out to God for a king. Then in 1 Samuel 8:9 NASB, God gave The Prophet Samuel the following information and instructions, “Now then, listen to their voice; however, you shall solemnly warn them and tell them of the procedure of the king who will reign over them.”

Israel wanted to be like the other nations and relentlessly pressed in on The Prophet Samuel to make God give them a king.  They wanted the pomp &  circumstance, the splendor of the marching army with proud colors and the parades that the other nations exhibited. 

Their pursuit demonstrated their ingratitude towards The Lord that had brought them to where they were and now they believed they were more capable of directing their own affairs from there.

So a tall, humble, handsome, intelligent looking and strong young man named Saul was chosen to be their new king.  But as the years passed and history records, he became evil, hateful, jealous, deceitful, enraged, greedy and deranged as he constantly disobeyed and turned his back on God.  God gave them exactly the type of king they requested but later they totally regretted that decision.

Have You Ever Prayed For Bread And Received A Stone Instead?   I’ve personally counseled women who’s hearts have been crushed from marrying men they requested from God.  Believing that they could change them into a more perfect husband, time only revealed that these women experienced bigger demons. 

There have been some men who believed that a certain business venture or career change was God’s best for them only to encounter a satanic entrapment, financial ruin and years of painful stress as they’ve later attempted to rebuild their lives.

Many couples have invested their financial savings into the hands of an investor only to later discover that he was unscrupulous, a wolf in sheep’s clothing and robbed them of their hard earned savings.

If you’ve made any mistakes in any of these areas, then learn that while experience has become a teacher, you don’t have to let it become your undertaker.  Ask The Lord for forgiveness and allow His Word to renew you and His Holy Spirit to heal, restore, rebuild and lead you onward.

We may not know what is actually the best for us, so be careful what you repeatedly ask of God.  Don’t become over anxious or too quick to jump into anything.  Make sure you’re listening to and following the leading of The Holy Spirit of God.  It’s no harm to seek some godly advice from a spirit filled pastor or even ask other Christians to pray with you before making certain decisions or choices.  

It’s no harm at all to even ask God for a “spiritual confirmation” before making some life changing major decisions.   Another good piece of information is to step back away from it for a brief period and get before The Lord in fasting and prayer, then take another look and see what God is saying to your heart.

Make sure it’s in His best interest because He really is concerned about you. Your welfare means so much to The Lord that He gave His life upon the cross because He always has your best interest in His Eternal Plan.

“Does Your Life Exemplify Faith In Christ Or Are You The Only Person That Knows About It?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Does Your Life Exemplify Faith In Christ Or Are You The Only Person That Knows About It?” 

The Bible stresses the importance of your life demonstrating faith towards God, other believers and even those outside the faith that you come in contact with.  So having faith in Christ should not only have a profound effect on you, but should impact the lives surrounding you as you journey through life. 

So, the main question is: Does your life exemplify faith in Christ or are you the only person that knows about it?” 

In Romans 1:8, The Apostle Paul in writing to the believers in Rome says, “I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.”

The Apostle Paul, in his salutation, begins to congratulate the believers in Rome for the notoriety of their faith.

During the New Testament times, Rome was the metropolis of the world.  People came from all over to buy, sell, and trade their commerce, experience its wicked culture, participate in its immoral entertainment or to be involved in its corrupt political system with its earthly power.

A large church had been established in Rome long before Paul had arrived there. Many turned away from lives filled with idolatry, adultery, and corruption to walking in obedience in Christ, and now their faith was being celebrated by the Apostle, even as he was imprisoned.

Their love for Jesus Christ and other believers, along with their testimonies towards unbelievers, their steadfastness in the face of persecution and their joy, even which Nero’s threats of death couldn’t quench, were spoken of throughout the world.

They were thankful for their salvation and deliverance from sin and they rejoiced in God’s wonderful grace that was being demonstrated towards them.

The main lesson for us today is that Paul commended those believers for their faith because faith is the basic virtue in the heart and life of a believer.  For without it, you cannot please God, but by faith, all things are possible to him that believes.  Do you have faith that God can see and is pleased with?

There are many today that testify or claim that they have faith or believe in God, but their actions and deeds clearly prove otherwise.  Many just go to church to fulfill a routine obligation or to perform an outward ritual, but there’s no life of faith.

Faith is not a mere possession or a trophy that you can just point to or sit on a shelf for its display.  Faith is having a heart for God and then allowing Christ to reveal Himself through your life towards everything and everyone you come in contact with.

Faith is being led by The Holy Spirit and doing godly deeds despite all adverse circumstances or evil forces that may attempt to oppose or even persecute you.

Can Christ be seen in your life through the deeds or the works you’re doing?  Is your life an example of the love of God?  What works are you doing towards others that demonstrate the indwelling life of Christ Jesus?

A famous historian declared that the Roman Empire fell, not because of the rise of another attacking foreign power, but due to the preaching of the Gospel and the love of Christ that was exemplified through the lives of the believers.

You too should be impacting and influencing your world for Christ, for in doing so, others will clearly see God touching lives through the love of Jesus Christ.



“Did You Know That Waiting On The Lord Always Reveals What’s Really In Your Heart?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills


Did You Know That Waiting On The Lord Always Reveals What’s Really In Your Heart?”

Saul was the king over the nation Israel. Their enemy, the Philistines, greatly outnumbered them, like the sand on the sea shore, with greater chariots and a multitude of horsemen.  When the people of Israel saw the strength of their enemy, great fear began to overwhelm them and many fled, leaving him exposed with only 600 men.

God had told The Prophet Samuel to inform King Saul to go wait inside the temple for 7 days, and then upon his arrival, he would offer a special sacrifice unto The Lord, which would give Israel God’s grace, favor and strength to subdue the enemy and win the battle.  But late upon the 7th day, Samuel hadn’t yet arrived and Saul grew tired of waiting because the people of Israel were fearful, complaining and even spoke of desertion.  He believed that a few more hours of delay might prove fatal to his plans, so he decided to act without the counsel and the assistance of God and took matters into His own hands.

So, King Saul intruded into the priestly office and performed activities only meant for a prophet and offered a burnt offering unto The Lord.  As soon as Saul had broken God’s commandment, The Prophet Samuel came, rebuking him.

1st Samuel 13: 11-12 NASB says,But Samuel said, “What have you done?” And Saul said, “Because I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the appointed days, and that the Philistines were assembling at Michmash, therefore I said, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not asked the favor of the LORD.’ So I forced myself and offered the burnt offering.”

Many of our problems are gradual or progressive in nature.  They didn’t just appear or happen overnight but were a long time in developing and growing.  Why then do we expect an immediate resolve, solution or a quick fix? 

While none of us like waiting, its God’s method of teaching us endurance, building character, giving us new wisdom and insight, and causing us to mature in faith.  Waiting is the complete opposite of taking matters into your very own hands.  You must learn to make God’s Word your priority in life if you want to experience His mighty and gracious hand moving in your affairs.  And we can get into deep trouble when we don’t train ourselves to wait on The Lord.

Though his excuse seemed sufficient in his judgment, yet because Saul did not obey the word of God and wait for Samuel, his disobedience eventually led to his destruction.  Saul’s character was being tested and regardless of his motives, he should’ve remembered, honored and stood on God’s Word and not have taken steps on his own.

So, don’t jump to conclusions and rush ahead of The Lord.  Don’t bow to the pressures all around you and force doors to try to open yourself.  Listen to The Holy Spirit of God and allow Christ to lead you.  Stay connected with God, recognize His Will, rest in The Lord and faithfully stand on His promises as you’re waiting on Him.