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The Authority of Our Message

1 Kings 17:1

After encountering the prophet Elijah King Ahab may well have thought, “of all the nerve! Who does this guy think he is?” Bursting onto the scene as if out of nowhere Elijah confronted Israel’s wicked king with a message that would soon disrupt life throughout the region.

The validity of the prophecy rested with the Source not the mouthpiece. Elijah was a man of great faith who spent time alone with the Lord and listened to Him carefully. The prophet could pass the message on with boldness and authority because he knew and trusted the One from whom it came.

We can’t expect our Father to communicate with us in exactly the same way that He spoke to the Old Testament prophets but the process of receiving His message hasn’t changed. It starts with being alone in His presence and listening as He speaks through His word. But it shouldn’t end there.

Prophets had the responsibility of telling the people what the Lord revealed to them. Similarly we’re to share with others what we learn from God’s word. Devotional time with the Lord is not just about our own interests and needs. The Father reveals His truths to us so we can share them with others.

Begin each day alone with God in His word and in prayer listening as He speaks to your heart. Believe what He says in Scripture apply it to your life and then share with someone else what He has revealed. Be bold and remember that the authority of your message comes from Him.

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The Effectiveness of Prayer

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James 5:16-18

When you face a problem, is prayer your first response, or do you spring into action mode? God works powerfully through prayer, yet too often we look at it as a last resort: After we are at the end of our rope, then we start praying.

Using the example of Elijah, James reminds us what the effective prayer of a righteous person can accomplish. In today’s passage, the subject is healing, but that’s not the only prayer God will answer. Every aspect of life can be impacted by the power of prayer.

Temptation. Jesus told His disciples, “Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation” (Mark 14:38).

Praise. After being beaten and thrown into prison, Paul and Silas prayed and praised God, even in the midst of their pain (Acts 16:25).

Spiritual Warfare. Paul teaches us to access God’s power by “pray[ing] without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17).

Anxiety. We aren’t at the mercy of fear if we pray about everything (Phil. 4:6).

Transformation. When we pray according to God’s desires, He transforms our mind, attitudes, character, and actions (Col. 1:9-12).

Witness. Through prayer, we ask that the Lord open doors for us to spread His Word (2 Thess. 3:1).

Protection. God is faithful to answer requests that He strengthen and protect us from the evil one (2 Thess. 3:2-3).

The next time you face a challenging situation, remember that prayer is more powerful than all your self-efforts. Pray, and watch God work.

Unshakeable Faith

Daniel 1:1-20

Daniel had unshakeable faith. His trust in the Lord sustained him when he was uprooted from his home taken into captivity and sent to a foreign country. It strengthened him as he served under several kings and faced many challenges.

Knowing God and trust Him are the 2 key elements of deep faith. Daniel who was part of the Israelite nobility apparently learned about the Lord from a young age. While he was in captivity his words and actions demonstrated that he knew the Scriptures and wanted to obey God. When offered a meal that was incompatible with the dietary laws he took a great risk by requesting other food. In verse 9 of today’s passage we see that God caused the official to show favor to him. Like Daniel we are to spend our lives learning and carrying out what please our heavenly Father.

Not only did this young man know what the Scriptures said but he also trusted the Lord to do as He had promised. Every time Daniel took a stand for godliness he was demonstrating his confidence in the heavenly Father. And his friends had unwavering faith as well. They did not know for sure that the Lord would rescue them from the fiery furnace but they believed He could and trusted that He’d do what was right.

Barriers to unshakeable faith include pride (I won’t admit I need God’s help), arrogance (I know a better way- I don’t have to ask God) and self sufficiency (I can do it myself without His help). Which of these is keeping you from becoming a person of strong faith? Confess it and turn it toward the Lord.

How to Avoid an Empty Life

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In public, most people appear happy and confident. But beneath the surface, many feel empty. In fact, it is possible to be in a large crowd and yet still feel alone.

A lot of men and women see no meaning or purpose in life. Attempting to overcome the emptiness, some become busy, others turn to drugs or alcohol, and still others strive for more money, power or love. Though pleasure exists for them, it is usually short lived.

There’s a reason why life can feel empty: Man was created with a yearning that God alone is able to satisfy. Individuals can’t be fulfilled until they experience His transforming and unconditional love. Jesus said “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” In other words, the Lord wants us to feel complete, which can happen only through a relationship with Him.

However, even a person who is saved can feel empty. This could result from disobedience: a slight detour in one’s walk with the Lord can become a way of life, depriving a believer of deep satisfaction. It’s also possible for Christian’s to live according to God’s Word without fully surrendering their desires to Him. For example, many believers still try to fill up their own void with achievements, wealth or relationships. When aspirations like these are given higher priority than the Lord, they are a form of idolatry.

We can live a full live only when we seek God above all else. Pray for His guidance as you search your heart. Confess any sin, and ask God to fill your life as only He can do.

You make me wanna stay..

  • Deaf to the bullshit, blind to the fake. It’s my life I’ll be damned if I waste it!
  • Never apologize for having high standards, people who really want to be in your life will rise up to meet them
  • You may hate me for being a sarcastic bitch but I’m the one who gets exactly what I want while you’re still whining about it
  • When my daughters ask what is marriage I’ll reply it’s a fancy word for adopting an overgrown male child who can’t be handled by his parents anymore
  • A woman who walks in purpose doesn’t have to chase people or opportunities her light causes them to pursue her
  • There’s nothing sweeter than hearing a man say those 3 little words “you were right”
  • Your spouse is the only one whose seen you at your worst, smelled your morning breath, put up with your crazy relatives, endured your quirky habits and still loves you.
  • I really think tossing and turning at night should be considered exercise
  • Rules when I first wake up 1. everyone shut up 2. get out of my way 3. don’t ask me questions
  • don’t worry about the family that ignores and acts like you don’t matter. Love the ones who are always there for you no matter what.
  • What its like to be a parent: it’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but in exchange it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love
  • I fall I rise I make mistakes I live and learn I’ve been hurt but I’m alive I’m human I’m not perfect but I’m thankful
  • Be bold enough to use your voice brave enough to listen to your heart and strong enough to live the life you want
  • I’ve seen better days and I’ve seen worse. I don’t have everything that I want but I do have all I need. I woke up with some aches and pains but I woke up. My life may not be perfect but I am blessed.

Preparation Through Prayer

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ACTS 1:9-14

The book of Acts is an amazing record of how God worked in and through the early church & one of their most important activities was prayer. While Jesus was with His disciples little was recorded of them praying because they could talk directly to Christ. But after His ascension they immediately gathered in the upper room & “devoted themselves to prayer” (Acts 1:14).

Talking to God was their means of preparing for the work He had for them. Jesus had told them the Father would give the Holy Spirit to those who ask (Luke 11:13). Then after the resurrection He instructed them to stay in Jerusalem until they were “clothed with power from on high” (24:29). Without the Spirit they were not adequate for the Great Commission even though they’d spent time with Jesus. & if they needed the Spirit’s power so do we.

To the degree we’re willing to admit our absolute helplessness to do God’s work the Holy Spirit will empower us as we pray. When we are devoted to prayer the Lord begins to work in our heart preparing us for service. He gives us the Spirit’s boldness to speak God’s Word (Acts 4:31) & the courage to face any persecutions that might result (v.29).

God is looking for believers who understand the importance of prayer and realize the only way to fulfill His calling for the church is through His supernatural power. Christ’s church is not grown through programs, seminars and conferences but through the humble prayers of saints who gather together in utter dependence upon Him. That’s when God’s power is released and His will is accomplished.

The Passion to Serve Him

2 Corinthians 11:22-31

In today’s passage, Paul’s description of his suffering is remarkable in 2 ways. First of all he had obviously faced considerable torment for his faith. Second he refused to whine or seek pity.. if this was the price for passionately serving Christ Paul was willing to pay. In our own faith walk we can learn from the apostle’s commitment.

We serve according to God’s will not our own. On the road to Damascus Jesus said to Paul “It will be told you what you must do” (Acts 9:6). We are to see the Lord’s direction and timing instead of choosing the ministry that seems best to us. Committing to do whatever He asks requires courage but anything less amounts to putting limitations on our obedience.

We serve according to our gifts not our talents. A spiritual gift is the special endowment God gives us to serve where he calls. Talents may be useful in His work but His gifts equip us for success. Natural skill wasn’t what made Paul a powerful preacher. In fact he spoke of the uselessness of his abilities and pedigree in comparison with knowing and erving Christ (Phil. 3:4-9).

We are to serve with a focus on God not on the work. Paul excelled at remaining Christ centered but this is where many people fall short. We get caught up in schedul;ing responsibility and accolades which can make us lose sight of the true purpose: reaching the needy and those who need Christ.

Doing “church work” can stroke the ego but drain the body. If we keep focused and serve out of our gifts service will be satisfying even when it is hard or painful.