In the Book of Acts, we read about the beginning of the church. Jesus had instructed His disciples to tell the whole world the Good News that He is the Messiah and that through Him they can be saved. Then He sent the Holy Spirit so that they could accomplish that goal. They faced ridicule, … Continue reading Sleep … God is in Control!
For You, God, tested us; You refined us as silver is refined...we went through the fire and water, but You brought us out to abundance. - Psalm 66:10,12 CSB What if we started to think about how the struggles we go through are refining us? In our sin nature, we were born with impurities that … Continue reading Refined by our trials
The first six seals have been opened revealing the beginning of God's judgment on the earth, but before the seventh seal is opened there is a pause. John sees an angel holding the seal of God and proclaiming that it is time for God's servants to be marked with His seal. Those that have acknowledged … Continue reading God’s Seal and a Comforting Promise
It’s exciting to read Jesus’ letter to the church in Philadelphia. Finally, we see a church that was on the right track and Jesus only had good things to say about the way they were living. He had placed before them the open door of salvation and once they walked through it, no one could … Continue reading Be all in for Jesus!
The second church that Jesus addressed in Revelation was the church in Smyrna. The Christians in Smyrna were surrounded by people that were antagonistic to the gospel and they faced constant persecution. Jesus knew the struggles they faced. He acknowledged that they suffered afflictions and lived in poverty. He understood that they were constantly slandered. … Continue reading Faithful to the end
What is your first response when you’re in trouble? I'll admit mine is usually to panic! I start trying to figure out how I can get out of the mess I’m in. I start searching for something or someone that can help me out. Like someone drowning in a raging sea, I thrash around, trying … Continue reading Don’t panic! Turn to God!
Thousands of years before Jesus came to earth to die for the sins of the world, his work as an advocate and an intercessor was already underway. In the midst of his torment, Job acknowledged that he had someone in heaven looking out for him! Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is … Continue reading My Intercessor is my Friend
Picture the scene. The disciples are in a boat with Jesus, the one that spoke the seas into being. Suddenly a treacherous storm hits. The winds are howling and the waves are smashing. I can picture the disciples frantically trying to steady the sail and bail the water out of the boat. I can picture … Continue reading Frantic
Here I am again. Drowning in a cacophony of chaos! It amazes me how I allow this to happen. I'm moving along in life just fine. Remaining in prayer and in the Word of God. Dealing with life's trials as they come. When suddenly it's like there is an onslaught. One thing happens. And then … Continue reading Drowning in chaos
God uses all sorts of ways to display his glory, even though in the midst of it we might not see or understand. When the Israelites had finally been set free from years of slavery in Egypt, they had no idea that God had a plan to show their captors one more time that he … Continue reading God’s Glory Displayed