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“Are You Allowing Uncertainty To Crush Your Heart And Rob You?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Allowing Uncertainty To Crush Your Heart And Rob You?”

On different occasions doubt, uncertainty, skepticism, indecision, insecurity or instability has arisen in the hearts and minds of God’s people to trouble or perplex them regarding God’s power and His promises during  difficult times.

But, nothing should be allowed to give us such a lack of assurance or separate us from the love, grace and the promises of Our Living Savior & Lord, Jesus Christ.  No, not even death itself.

To help us be reminded of this, let’s reconsider the story in Matthew 14: 22-36 of Peter walking upon the water.  After struggling and exhausting themselves to keep their boat afloat on the sea during a turbulent storm, Jesus goes to their rescue by the means of walking on the water.  But when they see Him coming, they’re even more afraid believing him to be a ghost.

So Jesus calls out to them, identifying Himself and tells them not to fear.  Peter responses, “If it is you then permit me to come to you.”  Jesus said, “Come” and Peter began to walk on the water towards Christ.

Then Matthew 14: 30-31 says, “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” He said, “Why did you doubt?”

In this familiar story Peter, being upheld by the power of Christ, walked upon the water not for any personal gain but to go to Jesus. As long as his full focus remained on Jesus, he was wonderfully borne up.  But when Peter saw and felt the strong hard wind blowing against him and the violent waves of the sea increasing to rise, his eyes became distracted and his attention diverted away from Jesus, who initially was empowering him to walk on top of those opposing conditions.

Even in our worst or most severe stormy days, HE IS OUR VERY PRESENT HELP.  Our dependence should be on Christ.  For He’s far greater and more superior than any hard time, negative situation , painful condition or demonic activity that you could ever encounter or experience. 

To show the greatness of His love, mercy, power and grace, various adversities will arise in our lives to often tempt, discourage, oppose, defeat and even try to destroy us but special promises and grace have been given to all, whose eyes remain focused on Christ.

It was through FAITH in Jesus that Peter was being supernaturally and divinely upheld, but when that faith wavered, the laws of gravitation were re-activated during his supernatural walk and then he began to quickly sink.  The violent winds and raging sea may have distracted his attention away, but it was the reduction of his faith that caused him to quickly sink and endanger his life.

After saving his life, The Lord rebuked Peter for his weakness of faith in allowing doubt to prevail to rob him of blessing.  For there is no good reason why Christ’s believers today should be of a doubtful mind when we’ve been given so great a salvation with so many assurances.

According to the Word of God, we should always expect our Lord’s divine intervention into our lives and affairs through faith.  We should trust that His almighty outstretched arms will rescue and deliver us in every situation. 

Satan will speak to your heart and minds in an attempt to distract, divert, discourage and depress your mind and crush your spirit as you face the circumstances in your life.  But don’t allow doubt and unbelief to rob you of the blessings and victory God wants you to experience through Christ.

Know that the cure for doubt and unbelief in all situations is to keep your mind  and heart renewed in The Word and Promises of God.  Learn God’s Word, renew it in your heart, recite it daily, meditate on it day and night, never let it depart from you and your life will be descriptive of Psalm 1: 3, which says “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Are You In It To Win It?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

 

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Are You In It To Win It?”

 

Problems don’t change who you are, they reveal what’s inside of you. So regardless if you find yourself in the severe winter storm or blistering summer heat of life, you must adopt the mentality of an athlete and continue to persevere onward your journey.

 

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

 

While observing the ancient Grecian games, which exercises or events consisted of running, wrestling, hand to hand combat and fighting, The Apostle Paul presented the allusion of the athletes in these games to believers on their Christian Journey.

 

In view of these events, the athletes had to take an oath that they had been in ten months of disciplined training and wouldn’t violate any of the regulations. Then they lived enduring rigorous exercise while experiencing painful exertion through cold and heat. Then they followed a strict diet of refraining from wine and certain foods, and lived a life of self-denial, so that nothing could be left undone and prevent the winning of the crown.

 

Then once the events began, great multitude of spectators usually occupied the circular seats in the amphitheater, from which they could easily observe all of the athletic events and cheer on their champions. In like manner, he revealed that the “stadium or our race” is our world and that we should be encouraged by the example of the multitudes who have run the same race before us, who are possibly now looking down on us from heaven, observing our conduct and seeing our conflicts and are cheering us on to victory.

 

But then The Apostle places the Christian race in contrast to the games; in those events only one can only receive the prize, though all participated. But in the Christian race, all that run will receive the prize.  So we are to run with purpose, not aimlessly, with such perseverance in the heavenly course to please God and get to heaven just like others did to obtain their earthly prize.

 

Now in order to diligently run, you are further instructed to put aside any type of weight or encumbrances that would slow you down or keep you from finishing or winning the race.

 

There’s always the present danger of yielding to fleshly desires, pampering the body, fulfilling its lusts or satisfying its appetites, dangers of pride, vanity, worldliness, or in having an ungovernable temper, a corrupt imagination, an insensible heart, or an unholy relationship. Or whatever else it could be, we are advised and encouraged to lay it aside or cast it down.

 

So you are to remove anything which can obstruct your progress and keep these dangers from impeding, overburdening, preventing, controlling or weighting you down so that you may win the divine prize.

 

 THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Hurdles, How Should They Be Viewed?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Hurdles, How Should They Be Viewed?

  

Hurdles, we all shall face them, but regardless whether they appear as small bumps in the road or large gaping obstacles, BELIEVERS MUST LEARN TO VIEW THEM as barriers that must be crossed.  Then once leaped over, we should forever remember them as an added testimony or a trophy in our life’s experience.

 

In retrospect, some of the faced hurdles that I originally thought would definitely kill me only increased my faith and stretched or expanded me as I trusted God and continued to press forward.

 

In Isaiah 40:31 NIV God says “but those who trust in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

 

Though The Holy Spirit of God may remain invisible or appear to be silent, He renews, re-invigorates, strengthens and sustains us at times when we feel we’re too tired to run, walk, crawl or even carry on. This verse reveals that God created us to be resilient, but only if we rely on Him as we run forward.

 

Just as a good long distance runner must steady his pace as he moves his body with speed, he must control his breathing by remaining calm and focused as he continues on his journey. Then, just like this athlete, you must keep your head lifted up, back straight, get rid of fear, not worry about the road ahead, feel the wind beneath your wings and soar beyond your expectations.

 

This passage reveals that you are to wait for his help and expect your deliverance through Christ. Now, waiting doesn’t imply inactivity or lack of personal exertion.  No it only implies to trust in our salvation, through Him.

 

The Hebrew word means to change, to alter, to revive, to renew, to cause to flourish again, to increase, and to be restored. It means that the people of God who trust in him shall become strong in faith, able to contend with their spiritual foes, to gain the victory over their sins, and to perform their Christian duties despite the trials in life, all without complaining, fainting or surrendering.

 

Like fresh feathers on a molting eagle, you shall be renewed as if experiencing youthfulness again,and you will rise and ascend to new heights or elevations, throughout your communion with God.

  

Remember, if you go forward in your own strength you shall faint and utterly fall. But as you seek His face and walk in His Grace, you shall OVERCOME, RISE ABOVE AND GO BEYOND all the difficulties you shall face, as you place your confidence in The Lord Jesus Christ.

 

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Are You Experiencing the Opposite Of What You’re Believing God For?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Experiencing the Opposite Of What You’re Believing God For?”

In a world filled with unthankful bosses, unsympathetic relatives, screaming kids, unkind drivers, unfriendly church members, demanding bill collectors, and many other endless problems, what’s the secret to standing in faith and believing The Lord?

In life, you will encounter times when you’ll feel like giving up and throwing in the towel because your present situation may appear as if all hope has eluded you.  Just learn and remember the importance of seeing things the ways God sees them, then arise and take authority over those conditions.

For Faith always has been and will forever be the mark of God’s childrenfrom the beginning of the world through eternity.

In the 17th chapter of 1st Samuel, we read the wonderful story of young David, who after going out to take provisions to the soldiers on the battlefield, he saw them mightily trembling before a massive giant in the opposing army that stood cursing Israel and God.

1st Samuel 17:26 NIV says,David asked the men standing near him, ‘What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?’”

When King Saul and the Israelite soldiers saw Goliath, they believed he was too big to fight, but when young David saw Goliath, he believed he was too big to miss.

There were two things which provoked David, one was the character of that uncircumcised and profane Philistine, and the other was the fearful king and frightened soldiers who represented the armies of the living God.  So David rose up in faith and believed that God would take authority of those conditions.

So challenges, problems, pressures, and troubles, “How Do You See Them When They’re In Front Of You?”

Hebrews 11:1 NIV saysNow faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

There is scarcely any verse in the New Testament more important than this, for it reveals the true nature of faith, and it’s the only definition or description given in the Scriptures that Faith gives reality or substance to the things hoped for.

Regardless of any opposing or contrary being seen or heard, under the influence of faith, a believer allows God’s promises to impact our thinking and control our mind throughout all various situations.  Then, that faith enables us to act in ways to exert authority in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.   Faith gives us ability or force to continue to believe, stand, and move forward despite what we physically see or are experiencing.  Eternal life depends on the existence and the exercise of faith.

Are you aware that God always does great and mighty things through believers that others consider insignificant or unimportant? One person yielded to God’s Word and Holy Spirit through faith can accomplish more than 100 people without God.

Believers today have never seen God, never seen heaven, never seen Jesus physically and never seen a body raised from the grave after being dead 3 days.  But all the evidence is more than satisfactory to his or her mind and heart through God’s spoken word on these subjects, and along with the indwelling Holy Spirit, are more than enough proof that our SAVIOR LIVES and has the power to enable us through all the circumstances we face in our lives.

Continue to trust in His name, rise up and look beyond your mountains, stand on His Word, and step out in faith and know thatHis Grace will always meet you there.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Does Asking God For A Sign Imply A Lack Of Faith?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Does Asking God For A Sign Imply A Lack Of Faith?”

Is it asking for a sign or confirmation evidence of doubt or unbelief in a person’s heart?  It appears that Gideon’s requests, in Judges Chapters 6 & 7, for signs weren’t because God responded to them and according to Hebrews 11:6, God never responses to unbelief. 

The Lord looked down on Israel and once again they had fallen into sin and turned away from The Lord.   With a new generation now on the scene, “the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord.”  So by refusing to follow God, God allowed an enemy to rise up against them. 

God allowed the Midianites to afflict, oppose and enslave Israel.  They were unmerciful nomads that invaded the land to ravage it.  They plundered the land, caused great destruction and made life unbearable for the nation of Israel.  In order for the Israelites to survive, they fled and hid in mountain clefts, caves and strongholds and there they began to call on the name of The Lord and God began to go to work on a man who would become Israel’s answer to prayer.

The Angel of The Lord came and personally appeared to Gideon, who was actually hiding and trying to cover up what he was doing in a winepress.  Then The Lord greeted him by saying, “The Lord is with you, mighty man of valor.”  

Now from every natural standpoint, Gideon did not appear to be a deliverer, a judge, a strong man of any quality to lead Israel into victory.  It was quite the contrary.  Gideon was a weak man, full of doubt and fear, living in a pagan home, which had ceased looking to God and was now filled with idolatry. 

But God came into his situation and began to move in his life, calling him by name and then referring to him as  “a man of great valor.”  God saw in him what he couldn’t see in himself.

While Gideon’s response began to imply reasons why he felt that he wasn’t suited for this leadership role, The Angel of The Lord told him that he was because, “I will be with you.”  God’s presence is more than enough and makes all the difference in any task, position, or work than we are called to do. 

Gideon was full of doubt, skepticism, he was weak, he was afraid.   He didn’t understand the direction from the Lord on how God was leading him.  So out of uncertainty, Gideon then asked for a sign as proof to substantiate this calling and The Lord condescended to his request.

Finally, it appears that after the all the supernatural signs and evidence from God that Gideon finally realized the supremacy of the one that had been speaking to him and it strengthened his heart.

While the Bible has many different historical accounts of miraculous signs, when a person’s heart revealed that they were earnest, God chose to use them to reveal Himself and His Will in different ways.  When a person’s heart was wrong, demanding a sign was always refused by our Lord because of their wickedness.

Now while signs are not essential, God requires us to trust Him without any outward or physical evidence other than placing faith in His Word.  But whenever The Lord deems it necessary to use signs as a means of confirmation or encouragement, He will do what’s necessary to make an impact upon the heart and mind of that individual.

Now it’s important to also know that not all signs are from The Lord.  Just as Pharaoh’s magicians were able to duplicate some of the miracles of Moses in Exodus 7: 20-22, some workers of iniquity are able to produce counterfeit signs today.  Many have been known to try and produce and manipulate signs to prove their anointing or suit their own selfish wishes. 

So believers must study God’s Word, learn to depend upon The Holy Spirit of God for the gift of discerning of spirits, see if it glorifies The Lord Jesus Christ and remain steadfast in the faith.

We must learn and remember that signs are only used to confirm God’s Word and His Will in our lives.  We are only to be led or guided by The Holy Spirit, who uses  God’s Word as the light to direct our pathway and footsteps.

Signs are only a gift of God’s grace as He deems necessary but they lack the power to transform the human heart.  Only God’s Word, being used by our Lord can do that.

So instead of pursing signs, seek Christ Jesus.  Whatever dream, vision or supernatural confirmation that He thinks you might need to assist you, will come only as The Holy Spirit wills.

So devote yourself to The Word of God, get in God’s presence, listen to The Holy Spirit and in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Are You Allowing Christ To Have His Way In Your Life?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Allowing Christ To Have His Way In Your Life?”

It’s totally unbiblical and impractical to think that after receiving Christ in your life you’ll live happily ever after down here on earth.  After conversion, your life should be about learning, growing and maturing, especially as you experience falling down, getting back up, forgiving others, walking in His Spirit, piercing through the darkness and overcoming different obstacles and hurts.

But from day to day, you’ll discover that God’s at work in your life shaping you into the image of His Son, Christ Jesus our Lord.

During the days of The Prophet Jeremiah, Judah was a nation which had forgotten God.  Chaos spread throughout the land, corruption was in the government, morality declined to an all time low, evil had infected the peopleand they had rejected God.

 

So, in Jeremiah 18: 2-6 God said to the prophet, “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.”  So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel.  But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.  Then the word of the LORD came to me He said, “Can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand.”

 

God uses many different things, some of which are visual aids, to mold, shape, instruct and teach His people.  So God sent him to the potter’s house and told him there he would hear His words and direct him on what he should say to the people.

While Jeremiah observed the potter working, God brought two great truths to his mind.  First, that God has the authority and power to form and fashion people, nations and kingdoms as He pleases.  He may choose to mold or even dispose of the clay as He sees fit or form it into another vessel than would better serve His purpose. 

Second, that there is no power in the clay to resist or hinder him.  It’s absurd for us to believe that the clay can quarrel against the potter and make demands on what it should be made into.  Can we as the clay complain to the potter that we don’t like what He’s making us into?  Does the clay have the rights to withstand His mighty force?  Does the clay have the right to demand what it wants to be made into?  Can the clay complain because of how it’s being formed and what it’s being made into?

The true expressions of the clay should be:  “Have thine own way Lord, have thine own way. For thou art the potter, I am the clay.  Mold me and make me, after thy will, while I am waiting, yielding and still.”

When we are in the Potter’s hands, feeling the correction of His once bloodied and nail pierced hands, know that you can trust him.   For our Potter has suffered with us and knows how we feel, but is determined to make us into a vessel fit for the master’s use.

For the inner workings of The Holy Spirit in our lives will become visibly and tangibly seen through our faith, prayers being answered and our obedience which are the outward demonstration from our inner spiritual state.

Such is the way of our lives.  When pressure comes into our lives, often it’s the hand of the great potter just turning us in the right direction.  When repentance and a yielding to His will is achieved, the pressure is relieved and the clay is formed into it’s beautiful image.  But when something in the clay resist or a lump is discovered, the great potter will begin to crush it and begin to reshape it into the vessel He desires.

As clay in the hands of the great potter, don’t spoil the work by murmuring, grumbling, complaining, resisting or feeling resentful and becoming bitter.  Realize and accept the fact that God is taking you from imperfection to something greater that He has in mind that’s in store for you.

Receive what you don’t comprehend, surrender to His will, submit to what you don’t understand, believe over what may appear to be impossible, yield to the moving of His Holy Spirit, walk in faith even if you can’t see what He’s doing , be faithful unto God and watch Him mightily move in your life and affairs.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“How Can God Turn A Bad Situation Around?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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“How Can God Turn A Bad Situation Around?”

Left for dead by his brothers, then sold into slavery, then falsely accused of rape by his boss’s wife, imprisoned for something that he didn’t do, Joseph still never gave up on God and his dream.

Why did he refuse to succumb to his circumstances? How was he able to keep clinging on to the promises of God throughout his various ordeals? What kept him from becoming possessed with rage, anger and blame?

During our times of corporate down-sizing, foreclosure, bankruptcy, divorce, chemical dependency, growing criminal activity, destruction from unforeseen tragedies, and emotional mental anguish, many are asking “Why does life seem more difficult for some while others seem to escape unaffected?”

Many times throughout my earlier personal life and parade of suffering, I remembered the story of Joseph as recorded in Genesis chapters 37-50, and his piercing and inspiring words from Genesis 50:20, “But as for you, you meant evil against me. But God meant it for good in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”

As I remembered his ascent from a prisoner to prime minister or his elevation from the pit to the palace, I finally came to the realization that God is NO respecter of persons. And that The Lord would always move in the life of any individual no matter of his surrounding enemies, persecutors, painful conditions or negative situations, as that person would continually look to Christ in faith.

With relentless tenacity, Joseph chose to believe God under the most horrific circumstances and on a continual or constant basis. Somehow we too must believe that when things seem hopeless, THERE’S ALWAYS GRACE. And just like Joseph, I choose to believe God’s Word and stand against the odds of surrender and defeat.

Now, just going to church on Sundays, is not the answer. You’re going to need a daily dosage of God’s Word, intimate time in prayer in fellowship with Him, listening to some inspiration gospel music and good bible teaching lessons, and then STAND and persevere through your wilderness conditions.

As I look back, I never saw any angelic being appear to me and I never heard any special heavenly musical sound. Many years ago, as I stood homeless and broke on the street corner, I suddenly looked up into the face of God and asked Him, “Can you still take a man from the pit to the palace just like you did Joseph?” “If you can, then prove it to me because I’m not going to let go of your word.”

After I cried out to The Lord and expressed my situation, I then set down and wrote out my prayer or confession. These are the words that I wrote and daily confessed that I believed: “Heavenly Father, I come to you today in the name of Jesus Christ. And I fully believe that I am saved, delivered from, healed, protected from and provided for by you throughout every adverse circumstance, negative situation, painful condition, satanic entrapment and demonic activity. As I stand on your Holy Word, guide me by your Holy Spirit and I thank you for moving mightily in and through my life, in the wonderful precious name of Jesus Christ.”

Over a period of time, God miraculously took me from being homeless and unemployed into being an employee, then a supervisor of a major corporation, then the second manager in charge of another major larger company. Through trusting God, just like Joseph, The Lord Jesus Christ took me from “the pit to the palace to the right hand of the pharaoh in charge.” And now, God has even given me a greater calling and wonderful opportunity to preach Christ, teach His Word and encourage people all over the world to look to Jesus.

So, it doesn’t matter how old you are, what you’re going through, how many battles you feel like you’ve lost or even where you are today. You too can change the outcome of your life if you will refuse to give up and every day keep His Word and promises before your face.

His Word must become more real that the physical hardships or dire circumstances that you see. There’s no magic pill to swallow or no magic wand to wave. It’s going to take you giving yourself fully over to the life-changing, invisible yet almighty, powerful, loving and compassionate hand of God. And He Will Be the difference in your life….

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Is Your Shield Up?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

shield 2“Is Your Shield Up?”

Your mind is the battlefield or the playground which Satan targets, bringing thoughts, suggestions and ideas to bring you down. But God has provided you with the necessary equipment not only to withstand our enemy, but to repel and conquer him.

As a believer, your faith MUST BE predicated on what Christ did on the cross, through His Resurrection and on God’s faithfulness to keep His Word. For spiritual strength, tenacious faith and strong courage through The Holy Spirit are needed to be victorious against spiritual warfare today.

Ephesians 6:16 HCSB says, “In every situation take the shield of faith and with it you’ll be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”

The Apostle Paul used “faith” to describe the shield because “faith” is descriptive of every characteristic of a believer’s life. Faith is our security in Christ, it protects all, defends all and makes all things possible as a Christian trusts Christ and stands on the promises of God.

When you come under enemy fire, you only need to take shelter behind faith in God’s word and remain confident in the victory that has been given to you through Calvary. If your shield is up, you can stake your life on the faithfulness of your Heavenly Father as you walk by faith and not by sight.

Your shield must remain lifted high until you are done with this warfare and have finished running your course. Since we are partakers of God’s Divine Image, Satan’s assaults are meant to deface God’s image within our hearts and destroy our faith.

If your shield of faith is up, you’ll be able to sustain the worst assaults that the enemy can bring against you. You accomplish this by applying The Word of God, the name of Jesus and the blood of Jesus, in faith and under the anointing of The Holy Spirit, against all the attacks of the enemy.

The Roman soldier’s shield was a large oblong thick metallic shield, which would cover the greater part of his body when being attacked. It was held with one hand, so the other hand would be free to swing their sword.

The fiery darts were weapons doused in flammable fluids, constructed to explode on fire upon impact. As long as the soldier held his shield, he felt protected, secure and safe.

Today’s “fiery darts” that your upheld shield will repel and conquer are flaming thoughts, malicious accusations, evil temptations, lustful passions and feelings of rage, hatred, revenge, jealousy, guilt and pride.

These fiery darts are launched towards us with the force of a propelled missile, but if your shield is up, they’ll be blocked and extinguished so you won’t become vulnerable to spiritual defeat.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

 

“Can You See The Light At The End Of The Tunnel?”

Today’s Daily Devotional  from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Can You See The Light At The End Of The Tunnel?”

Why does it is easier to see God in the brightness of a beautiful glorious day than it is to trust Him in the darkness of a cold stormy night?  Is He not the same?  Of course He is!

While many begin questioning God and are busy trying to understand why God allows storms and heartache in their lives, our focus should not be on the “WHY” but on Christ Himself, His love, His word, His power and what He can do in our midst.

Although it may appear that you’re being pushed to the limit, the pain, struggles, heartaches and attacks that you’re presently experiencing are in your life to mature your faith and mold you into greatness. For Christ has not forgotten or forsaken you and soon your weeping will turn to joy.

For one of the most comforting verses in all of scripture is found in Matthew 12:20 NIV which says, “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory.”

What is more weak, delicate or feeble than a cracked reed or a wick barely flickering, about to go out?  Even though these characteristics may be used to describe something as useless, it’s more descriptive of His compassion towards us in our weakest hour, state or condition.

A bruised reed depicts those who have been oppressed, beaten up, beaten down, severely wounded and even left for dead by the effects in this sinful world. They are broken by life, damaged in their hearts and minds, and are experiencing helplessness and hopelessness in their present situation.  They are in need of a fresh revelation, a new beginning, with renewed comfort, strength, guidance, stability and victory in their life.

A smoldering wick refers to the wick of an oil lamp or a candle where the flame is exhausted, barely flickering, dying but not yet completely vanquished or dead.

The compassion of Christ is such that He binds up broken hearts, heals wounds, restores and comforts to them back to fullness of life.  For God has promised that He will not neglect, break, be cruel or destroy you, but will forgive, heal, pardon and give new life to all those that trust Him and call on His name.  He will not allow your hope to become extinguished and your faith to become extinct.

Christ will graciously blow His grace upon the smoldering sparks, re-igniting it into a full fiery blaze and never leave you alone until your journey or work has been completed here on earth.   Under the anointing and influence of His Holy Spirit, He will strengthen you onward, making you more than a conqueror over the enemy, until He takes you home.

Yes, not only is there a light at the end of the tunnel for you, but as you look to Jesus, HE IS THE EVER PRESENT LIGHT that is with you no matter how great the darkness surrounding you. And no darkness can or will ever overcome Him.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Why Do Some Find It Easier To Listen To Others Than Take God At His Word?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

 

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Why Do Some Find It Easier To Listen To Others Than Take God At His Word?”

 

Johnny was rushed to the hospital, diagnosed by the attending physician, and given the following definite medication instructions: “Take this medicine without fail three times a day until it’s all gone.” So without giving it a second thought, his parents completely followed his doctor’s orders until he totally recovered.

 

Well, just as it took time for Johnny’s medicine to take effect, you need to give God’s Word in your life time to take effect and render changes in your circumstances. If you’ll give His Word the same opportunity that Johnny gave his doctor’s prescription, then your life too will never be the same again.

 

Why is it that people find it easier to listen and believe their doctors, lawyers, and even their friend’s advice instead of taking God at His Word? Well, some have suggested that waiting on the Lord isn’t easy.  Secondly, many have placed their confidence in something or someone that they can physically see rather than trusting in an invisible or distant god.

 

While waiting on the Lord isn’t easy or at times may even appear to be very uncomfortable, the scriptures are empathically clear that God always hears and answers prayer and what you truly need is a daily dosage of The Word of God into your heart and spirit.  Secondly, if you believe that He’s too distant from you, it’s only because you’ve moved or turned away from Him.  He will be as close to you as you will allow Him to be in your life.

 

Too often people want a quick fix, an immediate remedy cure, or even a magic wand to be waved over them with the special magician’s words, “abracadabra,” without having to change your life and repent from your sins.

 

But having faith, feeding on and learning to take God at His Word is just what’s been divinely prescribed by our Heavenly Father, who is THE GREAT PHYSICIAN.

 

Now, at times our attention can be misdirected, selfish, lustful, or so fixed upon our desire or need so much that our focus actually shifts away from seeking Christ to seeking things.  God IS NOT in the business of just handing out gifts, HE’S IN the business of saving, delivering, and changing lives.  And The Word of God will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Word of God.

 

Remember the words that The Holy Spirit declared in Hebrews 11:6 NIV, “Those that come to God must first believe that He is and that He’s a rewarder of those that diligently seek him.”

 

Some situations may exist where God waits only because the timing isn’t right or when He wants to stretch and mature our faith. While He’s orchestrating in your life and affairs, certain things may need to be rightly positioned or altered. While in some other instances, other people’s thinking may even need to be changed towards you. At other times, many have wrongful, selfish, or impure motives or are persisting in a lifestyle of disobedience or living in habitual sin and God is calling for repentance and turning to Him.

 

While these are just a few reasons for delays, one thing is absolutely certain, that faith in God’s Word and trust in The Lord Jesus Christ are needed. So continue to stand in faith and learn to always take God at His Word.

 

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!