As an owner of two dogs, occasionally I face the challenge of getting them outside to do their business when it’s pouring down rain. As a resident of Georgia, we experience storms that produce a lot of rain. So much rain that it is similar to the story of me like Noah having to build an ark. But, I digress.
Yesterday was one of those days. We woke up to torrential rain and my oldest dog needed to go out. As a female she squats down to pee and with all the rain she resisted at first. So, I did what any Christian would do. I prayed and asked God for a short break in the rain in order to get my dogs out.
You probably know where I am going with this. God answered my prayer and provided a break long enough for me to get both of my dogs out. I was very thankful and I let God know it.
God listens to and answers all our prayers no matter how big or small they might be. Why does He do that? Because He loves us with every fiber of His being and we should love Him the same way. “Thank you again Father for the break in the rain.”
God has given us faith to make us aware of our spiritual needs and to draw closer to Him. We are aware of our physical needs by nature, but we would never be aware of our spiritual needs unless God, by His Spirit, made us aware. It is a loving gift from Him.
God expects us to think about these needs and ask Him for them. Our very awareness of our needs is a proof that God is working with us. He is unshakable, unchangeable, and always there for us.
Let your faith increase today knowing God loves you, cares about you, and empowers you through His Holy Spirit.
From the first chapter of Scripture, the Bible makes a case for the dependability of God. Without exception when God spoke, something wonderful happened. By divine instruction there was light, land, beaches, and creatures. God consulted no advisers. He needed no assistance. “For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm” (Psalm 33:9).
The same power is seen in Jesus. He is unchanging. He’s never caught off guard by the unexpected. “God never changes or casts a shifting shadow” (James 1:17). God is strong. He does not over-promise and under deliver. “God is able to do whatever he promises” (Romans 4:21).
It is impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18). God will keep his promises! It must happen because of who God is! And because God’s promises are unbreakable our hope is unshakable!
A blocked opportunity or “closed door” can be a useful tool for teaching. God wants to mold us into His image, and He can use anything—including something we desire—to do so.
While you might hear references to closed doors, the real message here is that God opens doors for us, and they lead us in the best possible direction. His path is perfect, and if we stay on it, we will live a life of service, satisfaction, and glory for God.
Revelation, the last book in the Bible, is an end-time book. The overview given in Revelation 2 and 3 is especially significant. It forecasts what things will be like just before Christ returns.
Remember that God is judging us individually. An attitude that we should not allow to grow in us as Christians is to think that we are the only ones who retain a true-church identity.
Embracing a “holier-than-you” attitude is extremely destructive to true brotherhood and proper fellowship and unity. Luke 18:9-14 records this teaching of Christ concerning self-righteousness and its effects on these matters. Those who elevate themselves in their judgment of themselves as compared to their fellow members bring on themselves condemnation. God does not justify them when they make this kind of judgment.
So remember, the next time you are about to judge someone on their looks, how much money they have or don’t have, where they live, or anything else you use to compare yourself take a look at yourself first. Walk in love and fellowship with Christ and let Him direct your judgments.
Solomon’s wisdom is that we must not let pride get the better of us by allowing ourselves to reject correction from a person we know has experience in a difficulty we are going through Ecclesiastes 7:5-6.
If we fail to humble ourselves in such a case, we will likely later regret passing off the correction as nothing more than arrogant interference. That can be a major misjudgment, as Proverbs 11:2 bluntly reminds us, “When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom.”
Our witness does not have to bring about the conversion of others to be effective, because conversion is in God’s hands anyway. However, it still has to be right, and being right in this requires personal sacrifices.
Being right—in addition to keeping God’s commands—means being humble, modest, kindhearted, concerned, sympathetic and more. One must do all of these things, while knowing full well that there is a line of separation across which we cannot allow ourselves to wander in our relationships with those as yet uncalled.
This is quite a plateful, but these are qualities that make God’s way engaging and an attractive witness. God’s involvement in our lives should give us freedom, as well as security against our fears of living and being this way. When combined with the keeping of God’s commandments, it will produce quite a witness and go a long way toward keeping us clean—because we will be using God’s Word as He intends.