Faith And Presumption

Devotional Thoughts

When we limit ourselves by our own thinking we forget what God can do.

This is my problem. But God’s Word keeps my heartopen to who God is and what He can do. It compels me to seek Him instead of limiting myself to my own plans or my own thoughts or my own abilities.

Still, for all of Jonathan’s faith, he doesn’t presume upon God. He seeks God even as he begins to step out in faith. God’s Word is not a meant to be a book of formulas but of faith.

Let Him expand your vision and continue to guide you as you step out looking to and trusting in Him.

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You’ve Been Set Apart

God... In The Beginning

When you hear the phrase, “You’ve been set apart,” the first tendency is to take it negatively.  You want to be included with everyone else and don’t want to be made different.  Your nature is to fit in and conform with others.  It can feel like you are being neglected, or put on the side line, when you aren’t a part of what everyone else is doing.  But, is this how God feels about you being set apart?

Let’s look at what it means to be set apart in the New Testament when the Apostle Paul shared how we are to live and then let’s look at the Old Testament about what it meant to be set a part as a priest:

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who…

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A Culture of Teachability

Tyler Wayne Hanna


I sat amazed and humbled as people went around and commented on what I had just said. I shared from Colossians 1:13-20 (one of my favorite passages) and I talked about the centrality of the cross in the life of the Christian. I am always dumbfounded when Christians make Christ’s atoning death on the cross out to be “Introductory Christianity”. But that wasn’t this group. They did not treat my message of the gospel as if it was Christianity 101. Instead, they gladly accepted the word that I brought and chewed on it.

Devoured it.

Analyzed it.

Saw if it had any value.

And to them it did.

Tears began to well up in my eyes as I thought, “I don’t deserve to be here. I don’t deserve to be sharing with these people. I don’t deserve any of this, Lord.” But I was wrong because there I was…

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God’s Call: Specific or General?

Several months ago, I made the statement that 2 Timothy was becoming one of my favorite books (click here for article). When I first admitted this, it was for a different reason than I anticipated. At the specific season of life and ministry that I was in, I needed to heed the latter truths Paul wrote to Timothy in chapter 4 regarding the battles he would face in ministry simply because I was facing some battles myself. But now things are a bit different. This time, the Lord directed me there for a sermon. I was asked to preach on a Sunday night and was contemplating something to do with a faithful legacy of spirituality because it was Mother’s Day evening when I was asked to preach.

So I attempted to speak on the text of 2 Timothy 1:3-7, in which Paul reminds Timothy of his faith that was first…

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How Job Learned To See


“My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.”  Job 42:5 (NIV)

Well-known for his staunch belief in God, Job suffered indescribable hardships.  One of his most commendable traits was that he never denied his belief in God; even when he experienced great pain, loss and despair.  God did not run to Job’s side to comfort him, alleviate his pain or answer his many nagging questions.  Our mighty God, who proclaims to be “near to the brokenhearted,” (Ps 34:18) chose instead “not to draw near” to His suffering servant so he might come to “see and know” God rather than just believe He exists.

Rather than responding to our urgent S.O.S. signals and prayers of desperation, God often chooses to veil His glory and remain silent so that we can gain something greater than our healing…an insight into the power and grandeur of our…

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Hope for A Student

I watched you as you grew up, I was in awe as you matured. My heart soared when you succeeded, When you stumbled, my soul fell. When you laughed, I laughed with you, My heart broke for you when you cried. I've never been prouder of you than I am now, You achievements fill me … Continue reading Hope for A Student



📖: 1 Kings 18:45-46

Confession: Deuteronomy 28:2-3

Our God is El-Shaddai, the God who blesses us with all kinds of heavenly blessings. God’s promises and blessings are for those who have relationship with Him, who are obedient to His Word and walk with Him. As Christians, we need to sit back and reflect on all the things God our Heavenly Father has blessed us with physically and spiritually and be able to appreciate His love and care for us. God’s blessings are new everyday and can manifest in the midst of our daily lives.

To overtake is to catch up with and pass, as a race; to move ahead of in achievement, production, or score, or to surpass others.

According to the book of 1 Kings 18:46 says “Then the hand of the Lord came upon Elijah; and he girded up his loins and ran ahead of Ahab to the…

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Safe In His Arms


It’s not by chance that mama bear’s porridge was too cold when Goldilocks tasted it. One thing that I’ve had to learn since I became a mum is the art of eating cool (read: cold) food. It really is an art. For a long time, I preferred my food hot, now I focus on the end goal which is to be full. Hot or cold, I’ma eat it.

The truth is, I wouldn’t trade my lukewarm, mostly cold food for anything. The territory has come with many more blessings and I’m just in awe of the Lord’s sustenance. He has been faithful. I look back at the last couple of months and I can’t help but say ‘ Praise the Lord!’.

psalm 68-19

This verse is a perfect summary of the song in my heart. Sometimes I look back and wonder how I am still standing but the truth is that I…

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