“Don’t Lose What You’ve Got!”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Don’t Lose What You’ve Got!”

Due to a variety of reasons, so many that have started out walking with God have left their first love (Christ Jesus) by allowing their faith to become shipwrecked through disappointments, temptations, deceptions or lies.

The Apostle John encourages believers to remain vigilant, watchful and stay on course against all the different deceptive attempts to distract and lure the heart’s of believers away trusting God.

Trials, tribulations, temptations, sorrows and disappointments are only part of this earthly life, but believers must remember that God has a lengthy and faithful history of saving, delivering, healing, protecting and providing for his people no matter what the temptations, obstacles, challenges or impossibilities.

Our Christian faith is solely predicated on what Christ did on Calvary’s cross and through His Resurrection from the dead.  As believer’s, we are partakers of His Divine Nature because His Spirit resides within us, but we have a responsibility to guard our minds and hearts against Satan and all his devices.

The Apostle John firmly declares in 2 John 1:8 (NLT) which says, “Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward.”

Deceivers come in many different shapes, genders, colors and sizes.  One such deceiver was named Delilah.

Samson was the 13th Judge in Israel, and The Spirit of The Lord mightily used him, empowering him with supernatural physical strength.  As long as Samson remained faithful to the vow of not letting a razor cut his hair, God mightily used him to defeat the enemy of Israel.  Samson’s power was not his hair; IT WAS THE LORD, but his hair only symbolized his commitment or vow to God.

While Samson had the power to conquer the Philistines, he lacked the power to overcome fleshly temptation, so Satan used Delilah’s lap to give Samson a “haircut in the wrong barbershop.”  (Read the entire 16th chapter of Judges)

For 1100 pieces of silver from Israel’s enemies, Delilah seduced and pressed Samson daily until he exposed his heart and revealed his secret to her.  (Judges 16: 16-17) 

Then in the 20th verse it says, “And The Lord departed from him.”  It was not God’s will for Samson’s mission, calling, career and his efforts to end like they tragically did.

The enemy took him, blinded him, enslaved him, ridiculed him, publicly humiliated him and laughed at God.  Even though The Lord was forgiving and gracious enough to allow Samson’s hair to regrow and strength to return for one final victory over the enemy at his death, Samson’s story should inspire believers everywhere to ”be on your guard and don’t throw your confidence away!” 

Don’t lose what you’ve been given and achieved!  Keep you heart secured in Christ and don’t allow yourself to become exposed to dangerous people or deceptive devices and methods.

The way to our reward is to abide in God’s Word and let the love of Christ Jesus abide in and through us.  Clinging to the Word of God not only keeps you in fellowship with Christ but sets faith ablaze within your heart and allows you to operate in the power of The Holy Spirit.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Are You Ready To Leap Into Action?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Ready To Leap Into Action?”

Can you think of anything so valuable or worthwhile that is keeping you from either immediately coming to Christ or doing His Will?

In Mark 10:46-52 we have the wonderful account of Bartimeus, a blind and improvised beggar who after hearing of Jesus and His miracles, learned that He was passing by and hoped to recover his eyesight.

Verses 49-52 NIV says:  Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up!  Get on your feet! He is calling you.”  Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”  “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

In reading verse 50, I began to pause and wonder why that verse did not just say, “And he came to Jesus.”  

The Apostle Peter was an eyewitness to this event and in his recalling this story to Mark to record it down, placed great emphasis on this blind man’s immediate action of throwing off his outer garment and the speed that he came to Jesus.

In his excitement of being noticed and called by Jesus, with full joy at the prospect of being healed, blind Bartimeus quickly threw off any restriction, impediment, bondage, entanglement or weight that would prevent him from running to Jesus.

Not only should this be the manner in which a sinner first comes to Jesus Christ but in every aspect of your life thereafter, from conversion until our translation into eternity, you should continue to put down, cast away or throw aside any weight that would prevent you from walking in obedience to Christ.

Hebrews 12: 1 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.”

Just like he cast his outer garment away, you too must “put off the old man” which represents your former conversation,  lifestyle, mentality and fleshly walk.  Then answer to the calling of The Holy God, repent sin, renounce Satan and the works of the flesh,  be robed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, walk in holiness, be filled and led by The Holy Spirit.

You Are Being Summoned By The Holy Spirit of God!   Whatever is a hindrance to your surrender, fellowship, work and service to The Lord, whatever is restraining your heart, a yoke of bondage or preventing your worship, lay it aside or cast it down.  Don’t allow anything that’s useless, unprofitable or full of pride or vainglory to keep you from Christ or doing God’s will.

Are You Ready To Spring Into Action, Draw Closer To God And Surrender To His Will?  

Delays can have long lasting or devastating effects and serious consequences as you are being sought, drawn or led by The Holy Spirit of God.

Is there really anything worth missing out on the fellowship and blessings of Christ Jesus?

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Who Told You That You Can’t When You Can?”

Today’s Daily Devotional From Pastor Andrew Bills

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Who Told You That You Can’t When You Can?”

 

Philippians 4:13 NASB says,

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me..”

With confidence in God’s word and the help of The Holy Spirit, you can bear up under any trial, perform any duty, resist any temptation, pierce through any darkness, overcome any evil, start any dream and accomplish any goals that Christ has placed in your heart.

So, who told you that you can’t when you can!!!

You’re not too old to learn something new or not to young to serve The Lord.   He is the arm that we must lean on and the strength that we must trust in.  He alone is our way of escape through the wilderness journey, the only one that can restore that which has been devoured and our only hope towards victory.

“Yes You Can” for Christ will enable you to begin, conduct and perform all things by having faith and relying on Him.

This is one of the most memorized and quoted verses throughout the Bible, but do you really believe it?  Don’t doubt God in your heart for God still uses the “foolish things in the world to confound the wise and the weak things to confound the mighty.”  (1 Corinthians 1:27)

Even though The Apostle Paul was imprisoned, he wrote this passage of scripture because he knew that The Holy Spirit is almighty and has unrestricted, supernatural and divine authoritative power.

So even while incarcerated, He continued to take care of the churches and to preach the gospel, while bearing afflictions and persecutions. Through the presence of The Holy Spirit, he endured continual slander, cruel  and torturing opposition all for the sake of Christ.   Not in his own strength, for even Paul was aware of his own weaknesses, but in his reliance upon the Spirit of God.

It is only through our spiritual union in Christ Jesus that we are made sufficient.  Through His Word and Holy Spirit, believers are strengthened, unrestricted, enabled and empowered to face and press forward despite the challenges, lack or hindrances.

Consider the other original Apostles and early Church saints, who without the benefits of our modern technology  or transportation, took the gospel of Christ to the world.  No telegraph, telephone, automobiles, jet airplanes or no comfortable ocean liners.   No computers, internet, printing presses, comfortable hotel suites and no credit cards.

Without any of our modern conveniences, while under great persecution and other horrific opposition, they took the message to the world, shaking towns, villages regions and nations with the message of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

How much more are we enabled, with the help of The Holy Spirit of God, to achieve a dream or accomplish a desired goal?

What a privilege it is to be a Christian!  To know and have God as our “Unchanging Father and Friend” in these rapidly changing and very tough times.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Have The Churches Today Forgotten It’s Two Primary Missions On Earth?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Have The Churches Today Forgotten It’s Two Primary Missions On Earth?”

Mark 2: 17 NIV says,  On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

These precious words of Jesus were spoken as a revelation of His love and mission, but also as a rebuke to the scribes and Pharisees.  Matthew, also called Levi, was a Jew, but also was a tax collector for the Romans.  Not being a man of good character with traditional religious values, he was viewed as a “publican” along with the worst of sinners.  However, Christ had just summoned Matthew to  ”Follow Him.”

Later that same evening, as Jesus was dinning at Matthew’s house, the scribes and Pharisees asked His Disciples, “Why is He eating, drinking and keeping company with such wicked and notorious sinners?”

When Jesus heard their words, He responded by declaring the primary reason of His Father’s mission and His coming.  He declared, I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” 

Jesus made it known that redemption, deliverance, forgiveness, healing, prosperity and victory was through, and still is today, by Him.  Therefore, the  first mission or primary goal of the church is to preach Christ to a lost and dying world.

Have the churches forgotten that He is still trying to conduct this mission through us on today?   Many of our programs, methods, platforms and activities have moved away from touching lives and winning souls through Christ Jesus and have the worldly appearance of theatrical events filled with philosophical jargon, political persuasion and even circus antics.

The gospel is not for the all-stars, the piteous or the illustrious,  nor the legendary traditionalists.  While some mocking have declared that it’s for losers, it’s for “learners.”

It’s for the broken, sick, wounded, hungry and the defeated, not the proud and the dominant.    It’s for those who realize they are unable to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders, that there’s a void in their souls and that without God, their lives are completely bankrupted.

It’s for those that have realized that they are not gods, that they recognize that while they are incomplete and lacking, that God is more than sufficient.

If the world were righteous, there would be no need for His coming, either to purchase our redemption,  preach repentance or to offer forgiveness.  But with God, through Christ, there is mercy to pardon the greatest of sins, and grace to change the greatest sinners into holy and righteousness believers in Christ.

He came as the Great Physician, not infected by the disease of the patient, but to die for the sins of the world and to overcome him who had the power over sin, the devil.

The second mission of His Church, through the power of The Holy Spirit, is to teach, disciple, train, educate and edify the saints of God through His Word.

For Ephesians 4: 12-14 NTL says, “Their responsibility (Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers) are to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.”

Therefore, let us forever be about our Lord’s work in impacting lives through Him.

 

“Which Came First – The Chicken Or The Egg?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Which Came FirstThe Chicken Or The Egg?”

Have you ever met self-made “geniuses” who will even try to impress you that they are even smarter than God?

While out in a public place one day, I overheard this man ask that question to another person.  Sensing his spirit of pride, I interjected my humble but unexpected answer.

“According to the Bible, in Genesis chapter 1, God created all the animals.  So obviously the hen and the rooster came first because they were both needed in order to produce eggs.”

I am always seeking for a way of introduction into any conversation or to start a new conversation whenever I am in a line at the post office, supermarket, bank or the Department of Motor Vehicles.  There are so many wonderful ways to share Christ and The Word of God.

“Interesting,” said the man with the spirit of pride.  “But I have another question:  If a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one there to hear it, does it make a noise?”

Immediately, I recognized the arrogant spirit of pride that I was facing as The Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance a verse from The New Testament.

In 2nd Timothy 2:23 NIV, The Apostle Paul said, “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid questions or arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.”

Ignorant here does not mean uneducated.  The word “foolish, ignorant, stupid or unlearned” here simply means “TRIFLING,” or that which does not lead to edification.   Moreover, it reveals those that are arrogant and filled with pride.

Preaching, teaching, witnessing or giving godly counsel is The Lord’s method of sharing and dealing with those in sin, unbelief and error.  The same God, who gives truth by His grace, can open up hearts to acknowledge and receive it unless that individual is dead set in his ways to rebel against it.   However, quarreling or arguing is not God’s way for it will only lead to counteractive results and continued fighting.

Nothing can be more emphatic than The Apostle Paul’s warnings against foolish and silly questions and controversies in this realm as he gives instructions that such ought to be avoided, publicly and privately.  Foolish questions are only aimed at breaking your peace and are a further attempt to hinder the progress of your sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

The Greeks and the Hebrews were greatly given to controversies of various kinds, and many of the questions discussed pertained to points that could not be settled or were of no importance.  Such are to be avoided.

Those that are caught up in themselves are a snare because they belong to the devil and are a slave to him through the spirit of pride.

I encourage you to continue to share and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ but don’t allow yourself to be “side-tracked” by foolish, argumentative or trifling questions straight from the pit of darkness.  Shake the dust off your feet and move on to speak to others about our wonderful Savior and Lord.

HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Are You Trusting Christ No Matter How Difficult Or Impossible It May Seem?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Trusting Christ No Matter How Difficult Or Impossible It May Seem?”

As we suffer the effects of a fallen world, the attacks against believers are growing stronger as Satan continues to try to discourage Christians in an attempt to prevent our various acts of faith.

As troubles may seem unending and we often may grow weary, at the very core of our hearts is our expectancy of God’s divine intervention, miraculous grace and even the hope of His soon return.   However until then, you must have the confidence that whatever adverse circumstance, negative situation, the painful condition or demonic activity you are facing, your struggle is under His authority and He is orchestrating in your affairs for His glory and your best.

Having experienced a great parade of heart-wrenching attacks in my personal life over the many years, I have continually gone back to the  Holy Scriptures for answers, insight, help, assurance and strength.

In Exodus chapter 14, we read the familiar story of God leading Moses and the Israelites out of Egypt.  God was leading Moses by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.

As they came to the banks of The Red Sea, Pharaoh and his army were in hot pursuit of them.  Fear gripped the Israelites’ hearts and they began to complain unto Moses.  Upon seeing the rapidly approaching enemy, Moses told the people, “The Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.  The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

Then following God’s instructions, Moses lifted his staff over the waters of The Red Sea and they miraculously divided.  However, notice God’s next move:  Suddenly, the pillar that had been leading them moved to their rear and was now protecting them, keeping the attacking army back from conquering them.  While the pillar continued to provide light to Moses and the Israelites, it provided an impassable thick darkness to Pharaoh and his army.

All of the adverse circumstances were fully “UNDER GOD’S CONTROL AND AUTHORITY.”  Throughout that entire night, Moses and the Israelites walked through the parted waters of The Red Sea on totally dry ground until they reached the other side.

Then “the angel of The Lord,” who was “The Pre-Incarnate Jesus Christ Himself” as the pillar of fire, removed so Pharaoh and his army could then pursue Israel into The Red Sea where they all met their destruction.

The Word of God is our compass or guide towards piercing through, overcoming and breaking out of any difficult circumstance through maintaining faith in Christ and listening to the voice of The Holy Spirit of God.

Will you continue to trust Him even if you can’t see or don’t understand what He’s doing?  He has your best interest in His heart.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Are You Stuck In A Rut And Don’t Know What To Do?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Stuck In A Rut And Don’t Know What To Do?”

God wants to broaden your horizons and take you from the “old and familiar” to a brand new level, but have you become so fearful or so comfortable that you are afraid of change?

The Holy Spirit declared through The Apostle Paul in Romans 12: 2 NASB, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Two of the greatest enemies of believers today are fear of change and conformity to this world.  Fear of stepping out of your familiar or comfort zone or being  overwhelmed with earthly things instead of renewing your mind in God’s Word and walking in the Spirit, keeps you operating in the flesh and prevents you from being effective.

What you need most is to experience the joy of The Lord.  Aren’t you aware that the darkness that surrounds you is not greater than the light that’s within you?

Many have allowed their pessimistic or negative attitude to poison their entire demeanor and outlook, but The Lord desires to change your thinking.

The word “Mind” is used 95 times in The Holy Bible which simply means the place of consciousness, perception, understanding, feeling, judging, reasoning, determining, and choosing.  It’s the place where our thoughts are born, reside, and then become action.  From that point our character is forged, shaped, and outwardly manifested.

Once a sinner has been saved by Christ Jesus, it’s here that God wants to impact, renew, and fill you with His Word that you might not sin against Him, grow in faith, learn to walk in the power of The Holy Spirit of God and impact lives that surround you.

The mind is the heart, soul, and center of your personality, decision making, and your every action.  Again, it is here that Christ wants to influence, but this responsibility is yours because faith comes by hearing and is developed, nurtured, and then becomes stronger through the consistent renewing of your mind in His Word.

The work of The Holy Spirit first begins in the understanding, then His Word affects our will, affections, conversation, and actions until there is a change of the whole being into the image of Christ in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness.  One cannot live godly unless there is a giving up of one’s self to Christ Jesus.

There’s no other way for this to happen.  There are no shortcuts that you can take.  Reading, studying, and meditating in His Word is you spending time in His Presence, receiving inspiration directly from Him.

Through disciplined reading, studying, meditating, and praying in the Holy Scriptures, several things will begin to happen within and around you.  You’ll begin to erase Satan’s false and negative programming of your fleshy mind, thereby crushing the devil’s control ability over you and your surroundings.

Through the ongoing studying of The Bible, you’ll increase your ability to obey God.  Obedience is your key to the intimate, supernatural, divine, and miraculous hand of God moving in your life and orchestrating in your affairs.

It’s through the studying of God’s Word that you’ll see yourself being set free from all past guilt and condemnation.  Then you’ll also be able to eliminate the success and effectiveness of their demonic attacks, entrapments and deceptions.

Through the renewing of your mind in God’s Word, you’ll receive guidance and direction for your life and walk in the anointing of The Holy Spirit of God.   There’s just so much more to the heavenly riches that are in Christ Jesus to all that will follow Him.

The Lord desires to flood your heart with His joy and change your outlook on everything around you.  Many desire and want this, but are you first willing to trust Him?

“Are You Resting In The Lord’s Divine Arms?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Resting In The Lord’s Divine Arms?”

Even during the very worst of times, the spiritual lives of those who trust The Lord are divinely watched over and protected by The Grace of our Lord.

Though at times it may physically appear that you’ve been cast down, you shall not be destroyed by the adverse temptations, vicious attacks, negative situations or painful conditions that have been orchestrated and sent by the forces of darkness.

God’s Word and Grace have given and still promises today’s  believers great security in our lives as we go through the midst of dangers, trials and tribulations.

Psalm 46: 1 wonderfully reminds us that, “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”

How wonderful it is to know that His gracious and glorious presence “MAKES THE DIFFERENCE” as we go through the toughest of times.

Whether you’re experiencing painful sickness, heart-wrenching financial lack, dealing with abusiveness, or any other type of tormenting anguish that’s trying your soul, it’s wonderful to know that “GOD IS OUR HELP.”

Through Jesus Christ, we have been made more than conquerors against all attacking enemies sent by Satan’s hand.  We have God’s Divine Assurance that HE IS WITH US, THAT HE WILL NEVER LEAVE US, NEVER FORSAKE US AND HE WILL BE OUR DAILY STRENGTH AND CONSTANT FRIEND.

Can we find one more greater than Him?  Run to Him for comfort and safety.  Take shelter under His Wings.  Allow Him to be your fortress or high tower of protection.  When you’re feeling weak, defenseless, tired and overwhelmed allow Him to be your source of strength.   When you’re feeling confused and uncertain, permit Him to give you wisdom from on high.

For HE IS a very present help, which means HE IS our aid, assistance, helper, savior, deliverer, healer, provider, way-maker, teacher and much more.

Through Him, many battles have been won, the weak have been made strong, the sick have been healed, closed doors have been opened, needs have been supplied and met, as His amazing Grace and loving presence have been the source of many blessings and victorious outcomes.

Our Lord has a proven, faithful and lengthy history of being there and making the difference in the lives of believers when facing troubling anxiety or going through heart breaking sorrow.  Realize that you have not been brought this far on your own nor to be left alone.

Therefore, rely on Him and have faith in Christ Jesus.

“Are You Walking The Walk Or Just Talking The Talk?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Walking The Walk Or Just Talking The Talk?”

Early one Sunday morning, we were awakened by a rapid and hard knocking at our front door.  My neighbor’s wife was crying hysterically, her face was swollen and bleeding and her clothes were torn.  As my wife embraced her and brought her in, thinking about her two young sons and husband being in jeopardy, I quickly jumped into my shoes and prepared to rush over to their home to apprehend the burglar.

Suddenly, she screamed, “there’s no burglar, my husband did this to me again!”  I was now more shocked and overwhelmed because her husband was a “preacher.”

He was an evangelist and had been speaking at numerous churches throughout all the neighboring cities, and not only had visited my church on different occasions, but was even scheduled to preach that very same Sunday morning.

As we comforted her, he had no idea where she had gone or that she was in my home sharing the horrible details.  My wife kept her safely within our home after I left for church and within two hours he came to church as if nothing had happened.  But I had already prepared for him. 

I had him take a regular seat in the church and I preached that Sunday morning instead.  As church was ending, I privately told him to remain because I had something personal that I needed to share with him and then I asked one of my Deacons to also remain behind with me, as a witness to what I intended to do.

Once I was sure everyone was gone and had locked all the doors, I stood firmly two inches from in front of his face and began rebuking and shouting at him.  After I called him a deceiver and a coward (for any man that beats up on his wife is just that) I challenged him to strike me.  Again, I called him a coward and a profane deceiver and told him I knew he would not attempt to strike me because he only enjoyed beating up on little women.

As he stood there crying, he tried to repent to me. But, I told him that he needed to repent to his wife, to The Lord and to all the other pastors that had supported him.  I told him that unless he  would immediately do so, I was going to call them all up and tell them that he had been “uncovered’” and not to let him into their pulpits.

Within a couple more days, it was additionally revealed that he had been using prostitutes for sex throughout the inner city.  So his wife immediately filed for divorce and within two weeks he ended up in the intensive care of one of the major hospitals.  Not willing to repent, ask forgiveness or seek The Lord, he fell deeper into sin and his two young sons grew up into manhood without their father, but became outstanding men.

This world, which is filled with darkness, is looking for good role models, so are you living a life that’s worth following?

Romans 2: 21-22 NLT says, “Well then, if you teach others, why don’t you teach yourself? You tell others not to steal, but do you steal?  You say it is wrong to commit adultery, but do you commit adultery?  You condemn idolatry, but do you use items stolen from pagan temples?”

How often have you heard someone say, “I would go to church, but there are too many hypocrites there.”  While this is often a mere excuse for many to keep from going to church, it is also a revelation that God is calling all believers to excel in character and conduct.  As partakers of His divine nature, all believers should arise and strive to live a victorious lifestyle that exemplifies a follower of Jesus Christ.

Again, are you living a life that’s worth following?

 

“Where Is God When You Need Him The Most?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Where Is God When You Need Him The Most?”

Have you ever accused The Lord of being absent or unconcerned about your stressful situation and in great distress cried out, Where the hell is The Lord?”

In Mark 4:38 NIV, His disciples experienced this in the midst of a severe storm as Jesus was asleep within the boat during that crisis.  Panic stricken, they awoke Him as they cried out in sheer agony, Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

Their question seemed like a harsh statement, as if they were scolding Him for sleeping during their crisis.  As Christ slept, they believed that he was unconcerned about their dangerous situation and inattentive of their prayers.  But, even though His eyes were closed and He slept soundly, His heart was open and He had not lost his power.

The ship that Christ had once made his pulpit is now in danger of sinking from the severity of the storm.  Their ship became full of water and the other little ships that followed them also shared in the distress and danger.

The great noise of the wind and the raging sea was so threatening and terrifying beyond any measure to them, that they became paralyzed with fear which further resulted in their becoming pessimistic, doubtful, cynical and critical.

Then, in Mark 4:39, “He arose and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still.  And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.”

The storms of life always come to make us forget about Christ, His love for us, His sacrifice on the cross, God’s resurrection  power, His faithfulness to His Word and His amazing grace.  

Even though there may arise causes for alarm, you should never allow fear from any adverse circumstance, negative situation or painful condition  affect you to such a degree to make you forget about His love towards you.   On the contrary, it has been said that, “The teacher is most quiet during your test so that you may discover what you have learned.”

“Peace” is never the absence of suffering or adversity.  Peace is not the cessation of things arising against you.   Peace is taking everything to The Lord and believing He will handle it for His glory and your best.

Peace describes or defines our intimate relationship with God through Christ as we are led by The Holy Spirit.

One of the greatest promises can be found in Hebrews 13:5, where He said, “I will never leave you, and I will never forsake you.”

Though we may sometimes be tossed like that ship on the rough sea, remember that Christ is on board and you cannot sink.  That is His promise to you on today.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!