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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.

Don’t expect people to understand your grind when God didn’t give them your vision.

But it so happens that those with hearts of gold appear to be the most cold.

My money didn’t come easy and neither do I

Take the time to tell her what she means to you because as quickly as you feel in love with the way her laugh made you laugh even when something wasn’t funny she could be gone and the sight of her walking away isn’t nearly as beautiful as the one of her walking towards you.

You showed me one important thing that no one else has ever been able to show me before. Not that I’m beautiful, not that I’m smart, not that I’m sweet, none of that. You showed me I was important there’s a reason I’m here.

I want to be your favorite place to go when you’ve had a bad day or a good day.

Don’t say you’ll ‘treat a girl like a princess’ unless you’re prepared to follow up on that shit. If I’m not living in a castle by the sea with diplomatic powers over a small country then you’re a bitch ass liar.

A true friend: doesn’t care when you’re broke, being a bitch, what you weigh, if your house is a mess, what you drive, about your past or if your family is crazy.

Girls like guys to take charge, plan a date, take a hostage, overthrow a government, nuke her ex’s hometown, buy her a kitten.

Like a rose: delicate like the petals but ruthless like the thorns.

I need more money and more sleep.

If they want you in their life they will find a way to put you there period.

I’ll probably come off as mean when you first meet me but after you really get to know me you’ll find out that I’m actually meaner.

Supporting another’s success won’t ever dampen yours.

Don’t waste another second of your thoughts on the ones who didn’t think enough about you to keep you.

I don’t flirt I just talk. It’s not my fault everything I say is smoother than the cream cheese spread on your bagel.

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.

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.

A Lifetime of Second Chances

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Paul used a beautiful phrase to describe the believer’s position in Christ: “We have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand…” This is no puddle of mercy that barely wets the toes, but rather a mighty ocean. The Lord’s kindness wraps around us without regard for our past mistakes and failures.

God’s grace is an essential concept for believers to understand. He freely offers His favor to mankind because Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross purchased forgiveness and salvation for anyone who believes. However, many people think they are enjoying God’s kindness when what they are really trying to do is earn it. If we have to purchase, merit or work for grace then it is not a gift. The Lord is very clear that works can’t save us – in fact, He compares our good deeds to filthy rags.

On the other hand, God’s grace is not license to be lazy, we are called upon to serve the Lord every day. From the outside, it is usually impossible to distinguish between workds and service in someone else’s life. But God knows the motivation of every heart. He is pleased by the things we do to show Him our love and to express appreciation for His countless blessings. Such actions bring glory to His name.

Keep in mind that serving God in order to earn His favor or ensure that He continues blessing you amounts to thwarting grace. You can do nothing to deserve the Lord’s kndness! He pours it upon believers freely, so the only thing you can “do” is receive it.