If we want to be productive in our walk with God, we must follow His directions. In this devotional from Exodus 27, we discuss why it is important to follow God's design and why people don't follow His way.
Refusing to obey the will of God can have devastating consequences. In our study of Exodus 11, we discover that God goes to great lengths to remind us of who is the Boss.
1“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. 3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You … Continue reading Prideful Faith Follower
The air grows colder as night draws near, As the sun sets, the chill becomes greater. Even so, there are people out in the cold, There are those who must brave the chill. The Holy Light shines brightly on these people, These brave souls are the focus in this scene. To keep warm, they gather … Continue reading Advent Day 19- Shepherds
Time flies in an instant in our tale, Light travels quickly in our heavenly drama. For the Holy Spotlight appears over the devout couple, Our attention is again on Elizabeth and Zachariah. The angel's message has been fulfilled, What Gabriel has said has come to pass. Elizabeth has been blessed with a son in her … Continue reading Advent Day 11- Hope Starts
The failures of this life are the reminders to us that we are not the masters of our destiny. That there are things in this life that our outside of our control. In many ways, this is a good thing.
For success can sometimes go to our heads, setting up the belief that we know all and there is nothing that can anyone can say that would convince us otherwise. In the Bible, God warns of the dangers of success, for it produces pride and a selfish love.
In Proverbs 16:18, we learn that pride and arrogance comes before a great fall. The Lord uses failure to humble us from our pride. He does this for our good, because He does not wish to see us make a fool of ourselves into believing that we can provide for ourselves, when in reality we cannot even change the color of our hair by just saying it to be so. He uses failure to reveal to us how much we need Him and when we do fail, He will show important life lessons that will guide us closer to being like Him.
Therefore, let us embrace failure when it comes our way. Let us seek God and understand what it is that the Almighty wishes us to learn from our stumbling. Let us grow strong in this understanding, not in our own abilities, but in the grace that we have in the Lord.
Failure has been my greatest teacher. As it was only when I failed that I finally realized who I was and what I was destined to become.
- The failing grade I received on my first exam in graduate school taught me to ask for support when I needed most. No matter how shameful I felt or embarrassed I was.
- The end of a long-term relationship taught me how to value my time alone and make tough decisions for myself. No matter how weak I felt or lonesome I was.
- The lay off from a job I loved taught me how to let go, look forward, and trust in something so much bigger than myself. No matter how scared I was or irrelevant I felt.
Learning from failure is the ultimate goal. That said, not everyone responds to failure in the same way, at the same time.
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Previously.... Four weeks ago, I began to tell of my experience going to Egypt on mission trip for the first time and what the Lord revealed to me during that adventure. In my previous post, I shared my experiences in the first village I visited which was the third day of my mission trip. Let … Continue reading Serving God on the Nile Part 5
I continue my testimony of what happened on my first mission trip to Egypt. Here I share what happened when we arrived at our midway point: New York City.
Every day I will speak to my Lord, To my King of Kings I will humbly pray daily. To my Savior I will give thanks to Him, All my praise I will offer up to my God. My heart's desires I will make known to Him, To the Almighty, I will pour out my soul. … Continue reading Speaking to God
When we allow God to work in us, we begin to understand the amount of grace that we have been given. How should we respond to His grace? See what Jacob did when he confronted with the threat of death. What can we learn from his story?