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June 05, 2017
Weekly Devotional
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Pleasing God… Even in Your Sorrow

In Psalm 69, David shares his innermost thoughts as he cries out to God, afflicted, sorrowful, beaten down, and distressed. David felt like he was sinking in floodwaters, caught in the quicksand of difficulties.


May 29, 2017
Weekly Devotional
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Fitting into God’s “Foolishness”

In 1 Corinthians 1:21, Paul gives us an interesting insight into how you and I please God.

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.


May 22, 2017
Weekly Devotional



A Prosperous Attitude

In our previous devotional, we learned that God is pleased to bless us. But that prosperity must be accompanied by a special attitude…an attitude that is captured in 1 Kings 3.

This passage records God’s appearance to Solomon in a dream at Gibeon. In the dream God said to Solomon, “Ask! What shall I give you?”


May 15, 2017
Weekly Devotional



God’s Pleasure…Your Blessing

In Psalm 35:27 we are told,

Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, “Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”


May 08, 2017
Weekly Devotional

 

Standing in the Gap

Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; and His own righteousness, it sustained Him (Isaiah 59:14-16).


May 01, 2017
Weekly Devotional

 

The Nature of Faith

Faith is not just important, it’s essential, because without it, you and I cannot please God.

The natural question is, “What is faith?”

In Hebrews 11:1, the writer gives us the technical definition of biblical faith,


April 27, 2017
Devotional Video


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In this clip, Bayless takes you behind the scenes of the Answers broadcast production. Find out how it all began, how Bayless' prepares his messages, where the broadcast airs across the globe, and what it takes to make it happen week after week. As always, thanks for your support!
April 24, 2017
Weekly Devotional



Making a Priority of Faith

When we talk about what pleases God, I think we must put faith at the top of the list. Very simply, faith pleases God.

Hebrews 11—often called the faith chapter—makes it very clear how vital faith is to pleasing God. In fact, Hebrews 11:6 tells us,


April 17, 2017
Weekly Devotional



Aiming at God’s Pleasure

In John, chapter 8, Jesus made a statement that I wish I could make. He said, “I always do those things that please the Father.” Wouldn’t it be great if we could all say that?

Paul points us in that direction in 2 Corinthians 5:6-9,


April 13, 2017
Devotional Video


The Hope of Easter

Jesus was rejected by the world He created. His brothers left Him behind. His people shouted for Him to be crucified. And our heavenly Father turned His face away from Jesus as the sin of the world was laid upon Him on the cross. Watch as Bayless shares how Jesus’ rejection – and ultimate resurrection on Easter Sunday – gives you abundant hope today!
April 10, 2017
Weekly Devotional



Through Kindness and Love

In Romans 12:20 we read a startling truth,

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”


April 03, 2017
Weekly Devotional



A Chain Reaction

Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus (John 1:35-37).



March 27, 2017
Weekly Devotional



Two Voices that Cry Out

Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth (James 5:3-4).

These words are written to believers, to Christians who are hoarding up wealth rather than giving to support the spread of the gospel.


March 23, 2017
Article

Am I ever too old or too young to make a Kingdom impact? How do I work alongside older and younger generations in the faith?

By Bayless Conley

God’s plan for His Church is always to have at least three generations doing life and serving Jesus together. We see this pattern throughout the New Testament.


March 20, 2017
Weekly Devotional



Global Harvest

In Mark 16:15 Jesus said,

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

In Matthew 13:38 He said,

“The field is the world…”


March 13, 2017
Weekly Devotional



Inquire of the Lord

1 Samuel 30:8 tells us what David did next as He sought to deal with the troubles that besieged him. After grieving and strengthening himself in the Lord, here is what he did,

So David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”


March 9, 2017
Devotional Video


You can break free

Addiction has the power to cripple your relationships with your friends, your family, and God. But it doesn’t have to rule your life. You can break free. Watch above as Bayless shares a personal story about his battle with addiction – and how you can begin walking in liberty!
March 06, 2017
Weekly Devotional



Strengthen Yourself 

For today’s devotional, I would like you to read 1 Samuel 30:6 again as it contains another truth I want you to see,

Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.


February 27, 2017
Weekly Devotional

 
Taking Responsibility

In our last devotional, we saw how it is okay when we experience loss to weep and to grieve. I want to point you to verse 6 of that same passage to learn another important lesson related to experiencing loss. 1 Samuel 30:6 says,

Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.


February 20, 2017
Weekly Devotional

 
Weeping

In 1 Samuel 30:1-4 we read,

Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire, and had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way. So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.


February 13, 2017
Weekly Devotional

 
Intimacy with God

Paul, in Philippians 3:10-12, gives us the other principle for discovering your purpose,

That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.


February 9, 2017
Devotional Video


What’s the greatest challenge in ministry?

Watch as Bayless shares how you can overcome one of the biggest challenges that those who are focused on advancing God’s Kingdom will face. Discover how God will give you the strength and resolve to stay pure, stay humble, and stay strong in your walk with Him! For more information, and to sign up for regular free content from Bayless, please visit us at: http://www.answersbc.org/ SHOW MORE
February 06, 2017
Weekly Devotional



The Signpost of a Provoked Heart

Without a doubt, God has plans for you. Your life is no accident. You have a purpose. In today’s devotional, we will discover an important key to help you understand your calling.

Let’s look first at Acts 17:16-17,

Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols. Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the Gentile worshipers, and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to be there.


January 31, 2017
Article


What’s the secret to a more effective prayer life?

By Bayless Conley

Most Christians know they’re supposed to pray. But many of God’s people, if they’re completely honest, would have to admit their prayer life is lacking.

So I want to share a simple pattern with you—using “P-R-A-Y” as an acrostic—to help make your prayer life more consistent… and more effective too!


January 30, 2017
Weekly Devotional



The Place of Blessing

In Genesis 12:1-3 we read,

Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”


January 23, 2017
Weekly Devotional



Your Purpose

Today I want to speak to you about your destiny and purpose. First, read Ephesians 2:10,

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.


January 16, 2017
Devotional Video


How Do You Get Your Edge Back?

You may be reading this right now, and you’ve lost the sensitivity to God’s Spirit you once had. You’ve lost your joy. You’ve ceased to grow in God. Basically you’ve lost your cutting edge. I want to encourage you. Watch as I share how you can go forward into the things of God once again.
January 16, 2017
Weekly Devotional



Great Faith

In today’s devotional, I want to look at the third level of faith. It is found in Matthew 8:5-10,

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!”


January 09, 2017
Weekly Devotional



Little Faith

In our last devotional, we looked at the first level of faith: no faith. We learned that no faith is based on the belief that God does not care, and that such a belief is completely false. God does indeed care for you!

Today we are going to look at the second level of faith. It is found in what Jesus says in Matthew 6:30-34,

“Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”



January 02, 2017
Weekly Devotional



God Does Care

In our last devotional, I told you about the three levels of faith Jesus talks about. The first of these levels is found in Mark 4:37-40,

And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”


December 26, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Your Professional Trainer

As we continue to look at faith, I want you to read Hebrews 12:1-2,

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.



December 19, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Understanding Faith

In the last two devotionals, we have been talking about faith and the importance of both the proper diet of God’s Word, and exercising our faith if we are to see it grow.

The natural question is, “What is faith?” Most Christians probably know the technical definition for faith from Hebrews 11:1,

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.


December 12, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Exercising the Muscle of Faith

In our last devotional we looked at the importance of God’s Word to strengthen our faith. Yet there is something more we need to do to see our faith grow. We must use it.

In 1 Timothy 6:12, Paul says this about faith,

Fight the good fight of faith.


December 05, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Strengthening Your Faith

Romans 10:17 is the verse I would like for you to read today. It says,

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

To fully understand this verse, you need to know that if you are saved, faith has already been deposited in your heart. It is part of your spiritual DNA. Romans 12:3 says that, God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. Faith is something He has already given.


November 28, 2016
Weekly Devotional



The Reward of Godliness

In today’s devotional, I want to draw your attention to the importance of the pursuit of godliness. Let’s look at 1 Timothy 6:6,

Now godliness with contentment is great gain.


November 22, 2016
Article



By Bayless Conley

I have a friend who pastored a large church, and he would often organize pastors’ meetings—bringing in various speakers to encourage his fellow church leaders.


November 21, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Sowing Righteousness

The Bible says in Galatians 6:7,

Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

And in Proverbs 11:18 it says,

The wicked man does deceptive work, but he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward.


November 14, 2016
Weekly Devotional



The Main Pursuit

Ezekiel 33:30-32 provides some pretty direct and challenging words from God,

“As for you, son of man, the children of your people are talking about you beside the walls and in the doors of the houses; and they speak to one another, everyone saying to his brother, ‘Please come and hear what the word is that comes from the LORD.’ So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain. Indeed you are to them as a very lovely song of one who has a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument; for they hear your words, but they do not do them.”


November 07, 2016
Weekly Devotional



The Love of Money

In 1 Timothy 6:9-11, Paul gives us a critical insight,

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.


November 3, 2016
Devotional Video


How Do You Get Your Edge Back?

You may be reading this right now, and you’ve lost the sensitivity to God’s Spirit you once had. You’ve lost your joy. You’ve ceased to grow in God. Basically you’ve lost your cutting edge. I want to encourage you. Watch as I share how you can go forward into the things of God once again.
October 31, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Spiritual Metamorphosis

Romans 12:1-2 says this,

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.


October 24, 2016
Weekly Devotional



The Qualities of Love

For the last number of devotionals, we have focused our attention on how love is such a vital quality to the Christian life. We have seen that unless we love, any of the spiritual gifts are meaningless.

We have also seen that God has deposited His love in us already, and as a result, it is our responsibility to choose to express that love. It is not something we can put on God’s shoulders. We must take on that obligation.


October 17, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Choose to Love

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust’” (Matthew 5:43-45).

These are not suggestions to be considered, they are commands to be obeyed. “A pretty tall order,” you say. Perhaps, but definitely within the realm of possibility.


October 11, 2016
Devotional Video


How do you make God your #1 priority?

As Bayless shares above, living with the right priorities opens the door to God’s abundant provision in your life. He will meet any need you have. So put God first in your life, and all your worries and cares will be provided for in Christ!
October 10, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Releasing God’s Love

We have been talking about pursuing love in the last couple of devotionals. Today I want to go to a passage where Scripture gives us a snapshot of what God’s love looks like. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8


October 03, 2016
Weekly Devotional

 
Pursue Love!

In our last devotional, we talked about how love is “the more excellent way.” We are to pursue love, especially in how we practice the gifts of the Spirit.

In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul presses home the point of just how important love really is. Let’s start with verse 1,

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.


September 27, 2016
Article



Why is God taking me through a rough season? How can I restore my joy?
 
By Bayless Conley

An acquaintance of mine was in Europe conducting ministry, when he got a phone call that no one wants to get. His wife had been tragically killed in a car accident.

He was devastated.


September 26, 2016
Weekly Devotional



A More Excellent Way

In 1 Corinthians 14:1, we are given a foundational truth,

Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

Notice that this verse leads off with a very direct command. We are to pursue love.


September 19, 2016
Weekly Devotional

 
In the Balance

1 Thessalonians 5:15 is a powerful verse that speaks to everyone,

See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.


September 13, 2016
Devotional


Why is unity in the body of Christ so important?

As Bayless shares above, disharmony in the Church tears down the Gospel message. But unity is based on love more than agreement. That means we can disagree and still be united. So be an advocate for unity in the Church today – and you’ll help change the world for Jesus Christ!
September 12, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Pursue Hospitality

Romans 12:9-14 says,

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.


September 05, 2016
Weekly Devotional


Suppressing the Truth

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18).

A truth that is suppressed is a truth that has addressed itself to someone, but they do not want to be confronted by it. They do not want it to force them to change, so they keep it down and refuse to look at or deal with it.


August 29, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Seeing God Through Nature

Hosea 6:3 gives us something we should pursue every day of our lives,

Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth.


August 22, 2016
Weekly Devotional



When Peace Isn’t Possible

Romans 12:18 says,

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.


August 18, 2016
Devotional


Are we saved by faith or works?

The Bible affirms that both faith and works are vital parts of a vibrant Christian life. And in the video above, Bayless shares how these two work together in the spiritual walk of a believer in Christ. We pray these encouraging truths are a blessing to you!
August 15, 2016
Weekly Devotional



The Power of a Gift

Proverbs 19:7 says,

All the brothers of the poor hate him; how much more do his friends go far from him! He may pursue them with words, yet they abandon him.


August 08, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Listen…to Understand

In Proverbs 18:2, we are given an important word of warning,

A fool has no delight in understanding, but in expressing his own heart.


August 01, 2016
Weekly Devotional


Winning an Offended Brother

Proverbs 18:19 tells us,

A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a castle.


July 25, 2016
Weekly Devotional


Pursue Peace

In 1 Peter 3:10-11, Peter provides an important command in our relationships with other people,

For “He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.”


July 21, 2016
Article


What does the Law tell me about myself? How does Jesus overcome sin?

By Bayless Conley

Imagine you are sitting at home one day, and a friend walks in and sets some things on your kitchen table. You don’t think anything of it until he says, “Hey, whatever you do—don’t look in that bag on the table.” What’s the first thing that happens when you hear those words? Of course you want to look in the bag.


July 18, 2016
Weekly Devotional


When God’s Plan Doesn’t Make Sense

In Joshua 6:1-5 we find one of the most bizarre battle plans, but one with an important lesson for you and me,

Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in. And the LORD said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”


July 14, 2016
Devotional


Overcome your worries through God’s grace!

Bayless shares in the video above how so many people today are overloaded with worries – but Jesus invites you to cast your worries on God because He cares for you. And when we have the right priorities and trust in God’s promises, we receive the grace we need to overcome worry today, tomorrow, and forever. Because of Jesus, you can live free from worry!
July 11, 2016
Weekly Devotional


The Most Important Quality

In 1 Samuel 16:6-7, when Samuel came to Jesse’s house to anoint the next king of Israel, we see the criteria God uses to choose people for service to Him,

So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the LORD’S anointed is before Him.” But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”


July 04, 2016
Weekly Devotional


A Seedbed of Faith

In Judges 6:11-15, we read this about Gideon,

Now the Angel of the LORD came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites. And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him, and said to him, “The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor!” Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the LORD has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.” Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”


June 27, 2016
Weekly Devotional



God’s Choice of People

1 Corinthians 1:26 says,

For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.

God does not call a lot of people who our world would consider wise, noble or mighty. He calls a few, but not many. The fact of the matter is, God will use anyone who will yield himself or herself to Him.


June 20, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Confounding the Wise

In 1 Corinthians 1:20, 27-29, the apostle Paul provides a very powerful word,

Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.


June 13, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Obey and Get Unstuck

Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk” (John 5:8).

These words were spoken to a man who had been sick for 38 years! His bed had been carrying him, and now Jesus was telling him to carry his bed!


June 06, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Stop Blaming and Rise Up

When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me” (John 5:6-7).


May 30, 2016
Weekly Devotional



The First Step Toward Freedom

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:2-6).


May 26, 2016
Article


Is God really the One who saves people? If so, where do I fit in the picture?

By Bayless Conley

There was a woman whose life was changed in an undeniable way when she accepted Jesus. Her husband took notice. He wouldn’t go to church with her, but he did begin to consider the claims of the Gospel for himself, watching to see if his wife’s newfound joy and peace would last.


May 23, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Real Goodness

Romans 2:4 declares,

The goodness of God leads you to repentance.

Ephesians 2:4-6 says,

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.


May 16, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Good…All the Time

John 10:10-11 gives us a great truth,

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.


May 09, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Unburdened

Philippians 4:6-7 promises,

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


May 5, 2016
Devotional


Be significant in God’s Kingdom!

As Bayless shares above, history is filled with men and women who served God faithfully, yet they were largely unknown because they did most of their work behind the scenes. But real significance in the Kingdom of God doesn’t come from notoriety. It comes from being faithful to the calling God has placed on your life. Even though you may feel like you’re unknown, God has placed tremendous value on every bit of work you do in obedience to His calling. We pray this truth encourages you!
May 02, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Overcoming Barrenness

I Samuel 1:10-11 says,

And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the LORD and wept in anguish. Then she made a vow and said, “O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”


April 25, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Power in Numbers
by Janet Conley

I believe the Bible teaches us that when we join together the impact is multiplied far beyond just the addition of those who join together. One plus one equals far more than two. Let me show you what I mean.

In Deuteronomy 32:30, it says,

How could one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had surrendered them?


April 18, 2016
Weekly Devotional



What’s Your Motive?

The Bible says in James 4:3,

You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

James says that you ask, but you do not receive, because you ask amiss. The word amiss here comes from the Greek root word that means to harm or to injure. His point is: God will not grant you anything that is going to harm or injure your spiritual life, whether in the short term or in the long term.


April 14, 2016
Devotional


Discover the key to spiritual refreshment!

Bayless shares in the video above about how important it is to meditate, read, and get alone with God. And as we follow Jesus’ example of withdrawing and refreshing in quietness, we find spiritual renewal and strength to face every day!
April 11, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Remember

Titus 3:1-7 says,

Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.


April 04, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Sour, Angry, and Negative

We are looking at how we make the gospel unattractive. I believe one of the main ways this occurs is when Christians are sour, angry and negative.

Some people live right but they always look like they have spent the night in a bottle of lemon juice.


March 28, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Double Standard

I would like for you to read again the Scripture we read last time, Titus 2:9-10,

Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.


March 24, 2016
Weekly Devotional

When our son Harrison was still very small, I used to spend time teaching him how to pray—both speaking and listening to God. We would kneel down together next to his bed and talk to God. We praised and made our requests, and then we would get quiet and listen.

One night as we were kneeling together, having just prayed for a number of people and things, I said, “Son, let’s ask God if there is anyone or anything else He wants us to pray for. If anything comes into our hearts after we ask, we will pray.”


March 21, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Attractive…or Unattractive?

Titus 2:9-10 says this,

Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.


March 14, 2016
Weekly Devotional



At Just the Right Time

It is easy for us to get anxious when it seems like God is moving more slowly than we would like. But Scripture is clear, God’s purposes have their appointed times. They are fulfilled in their season.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says,

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.


March 07, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Preparation for Promotion

It is easy for us to be impatient with God’s timeline of blessing, or to wonder why God is not prospering us as we think we should be.

In 1 Samuel 22:1-2, we are given a snapshot of how God prepared David, a little shepherd boy, to be king,

David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.


March 3, 2016
Devotional


God can heal a broken family!

In the video above, Bayless Conley shares about the Old Testament hero Jacob. His family life was marred with infidelity, jealousy, and even murder. And yet before his story was over, God did something amazing. Watch and find out how God can make something beautiful out of even the most broken home!
February 29, 2016
Weekly Devotional



The Way Up May Be Down

It is not unusual for God’s promotion to look like a demotion at first, to feel like you are going backward rather than forward.

There are a couple of great examples of this in the Bible. For instance, do you remember how Joseph in Genesis 37 dreamt he would one day rule over his brothers? That God was going to promote him to a place of prominence?


February 22, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Faithful to Another

Jesus, in Luke 16:12, makes a very interesting statement…one that provides a perspective on faithfulness you would not expect,

“And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?”


February 15, 2016
Weekly Devotional




Three Relationships that Make Us Rich

Then one from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But He said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses” (Luke 12:13-15).


February 08, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Not in the Abundance of Things

Then one from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But He said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses” (Luke 12:13-15).


February 2, 2016
Devotional


What’s the greatest commandment?

Loving God and loving others are the greatest commandments in all of Scripture. But of these two, which is the most important? In the video above, Bayless Conley shares about the deep connection that exists between loving God and loving others – and what the way you love others says about your relationship with God.
February 01, 2016
Weekly Devotional


Faithfulness and Open Doors

In 1 Timothy 1:12 Paul writes,

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.


January 28, 2016
Article

Never give up on what God has called you to do in life

By Bayless Conley


If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you have a place of service in God’s Kingdom. He has both called and equipped you for good works. (Ephesians 2:10). But at the same time, you have an adversary that wants to keep you from finishing whatever course God has called you to. He will try and hinder your forward progress and do all he can to get you off track.


January 25, 2016
Weekly Devotional


Humpty Dumpty?


Proverbs 27:2 gives us very wise words of advice,

Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth.

There are so many people, including Christians, who think God cannot get along without them. They think they are the reason they experience so much success.


January 18, 2016
Weekly Devotional



Let God Do His Job

Philippians 2:8-11 shows us how humility precedes honor,

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


January 11, 2016
Weekly Devotional


It’s All Mapped Out

One of the great truths revealed in Scripture is that the end is determined from the beginning. What I mean by that is God sees the end from the beginning. He already has a plan for you. He has already got the whole thing worked out.

Consider what God told Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:5,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”


January 7, 2016
Devotional


Become a great doer of God’s Word!

In the video above, Bayless Conley shows you how great men and women of God don’t wait for supernatural inspiration – they simply do what the Bible says. Watch as Bayless shares how you can experience the incredible joy of giving, loving, and forgiving like the Bible teaches… starting right now!
January 04, 2016
Weekly Devotional


Who Made the Sun Shine?

Look again at Luke 12:16-21,

Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”


December 28, 2015
Weekly Devotional

Life’s Proper Focus

Read Luke 12:16-21, Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”


December 21, 2015
Weekly Devotional

He Has Said, So We May Say

In our last few devotionals, we have been talking about fear, and how to be free from it. Today, I want to give you a final thought to consider on fear. It is based on Hebrews 13:5-6,

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”


December 14, 2015
Weekly Devotional

Your New Nature

As human beings, we are constantly confronted with opportunities to fear. People have fears concerning their health, their finances, terrorism, relationships, their jobs…the list is almost endless.

I want to challenge you with a thought today, and it is simply this: Realize who you are. If you are born again, you are a new creature in Christ Jesus, and it is not in your nature to be afraid.

Consider what the Bible says in 2 Timothy 1:7,


December 07, 2015
Weekly Devotional



I trust that these words from Isaiah will encourage you today. Read carefully what God has to say, “

I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you should be afraid of a man who will die, and of the son of a man who will be made like grass? And you forget the LORD your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth; You have feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, when he has prepared to destroy. And where is the fury of the oppressor?... But I am the LORD your God, who divided the sea whose waves roared—the LORD of hosts is His name” (Isaiah 51:12-13 and 15).


November 30, 2015
Weekly Devotional

Not Ashamed

I have a question to ask you today. Has there ever been a time when you were afraid to confess the name of Jesus? In John 9:20-23, we have the example of the parents whose son had been born blind but was healed by Jesus.

Look at their response when asked who healed their son,

His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.” His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”


November 23, 2015
Weekly Devotional

Don’t Lose Out

In 1 Samuel 15:18-19, 24-26, Samuel, the prophet, comes to King Saul, and this is what he says,

“Now the LORD sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go, and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’ Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD? Why did you swoop down on the spoil, and do evil in the sight of the LORD?”… Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. Now therefore, please pardon my sin, and return with me, that I may worship the LORD.” But Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you, for you have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel.”


November 16, 2015
Weekly Devotional

The Snare of Fear

Proverbs 29:25 tells us,

The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.

A snare is a noose used for catching an animal. Fear will cause you to be snared or trapped, just like an animal.


November 09, 2015
Weekly Devotional

Power

In Acts 9:32-35, we are given the fifth and final “P” of evangelism, and that is power,

Now it came to pass, as Peter went through all parts of the country, that he also came down to the saints who dwelt in Lydda. There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.” Then he arose immediately. So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.


November 3, 2015
Devotional


What happens to women when the Gospel shines?

From its beginnings, the Gospel has been preached by men and women alike. Watch as Bayless Conley shares how the power of the Gospel raises women up!
November 02, 2015
Weekly Devotional

Persuasion

Acts 28:23-24 provides us a great example of the next “P” of evangelism,

So when they had appointed him a day, many came to him at his lodging, to whom he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets, from morning till evening. And some were persuaded by the things which were spoken, and some disbelieved.


October 26, 2015
Weekly Devotional


In our last few devotionals, we have seen we are to pray for the unsaved and live lives that shine the gospel.

But there does come a time to speak up. Look at Romans 10:13-14,

For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?


October 19, 2015
Weekly Devotional

The Power of Your Presence

Jesus said in Matthew 5:16,

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”


October 12, 2015
Weekly Devotional

How to Pray for the Unsaved

In the last two devotionals, I have stressed the importance of praying for the unsaved people in our lives to be saved. Today, I want to give you four ways you can pray for them:


October 8, 2015
Devotional


What’s the secret to becoming a ruler over much?

God often observes us in the little things to see our attitude, our work ethic, and our faith in those arenas before he gives us much. We pray that as you watch the video above, you’re encouraged to see how your faithfulness today can open the door to the abundance God wants to give you tomorrow!
October 05, 2015
Weekly Devotional

Turning Desire into Prayer

I want to follow up our last devotional by turning your attention to something I believe is very profound. It is Romans 10:1, where Paul states,

Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved.


September 28, 2015
Weekly Devotional

The Prerequisite of Prayer

In our last devotional, I shared that God’s priority is to see people come to know Him. Today, I want to give you the first of the five “P”s of evangelism, which I hope will encourage you as you seek to share your faith.

The Scripture is 1 Timothy 2:1-6,

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.


September 21, 2015
Article



There is a great story found in 1 Kings about the prophet Elijah. When we pick up his story in chapter 18, we find that the entire nation of Israel had backslidden from God. Ahab, their king, and his wife, Jezebel had led the nation into idolatry. Yet God used Elijah in a mighty way to turn the nation of Israel back to God.

He used Elijah to shut up the heavens. Then God used Elijah to open the heavens. He also used Elijah in a miraculous way to display His power and glory to defeat the false prophets and to bring the nation of Israel back to worshipping God. Elijah had been the tip of the spear to cause all of these things to come to pass. Life was one victory after another!


September 21, 2015
Weekly Devotional

Only Temporary

In Matthew 28:18-20, we have the top priority on God’s list,

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.


September 15, 2015
Devotional


What does it take to be worthy of God’s blessings?

The book of Luke tells an amazing story of a Roman centurion who desperately needed a healing touch from Jesus. But the centurion didn’t feel like he deserved it. In the video above, Bayless Conley shares what it truly means to be worthy of God’s blessings. We pray it’s an encouragement to you!
September 14, 2015
Weekly Devotional



1 Corinthians 8:2 is a short verse, but one that has come to have real meaning in my life,

And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.


September 07, 2015
Weekly Devotional

Liberty!

Look at Isaiah 30:21,

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.


August 31, 2015
Weekly Devotional


Richer Blessings

Jeremiah 23:3-4
says,

“But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the LORD.


August 24, 2015
Weekly Devotional

Exceedingly Great and Precious Promises

2 Peter 1:2-4 says,

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.


August 25, 2015
Article



My church in southern California is in a very unique and famous part of the world. People around the world know about the area because southern California is the heart of the entertainment industry. That’s why a number of people migrate here every year hoping to be discovered, wanting to become a star and become famous.

There are earthly stars, but there are also “stars” in God’s Kingdom… those of us who have placed our faith in Jesus. Yes, if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you can be a “star” in God’s Kingdom, shining brightly for Him. So today I want to share with you some characteristics of being a star in His Kingdom.


August 17, 2015
Weekly Devotional




1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 gives us powerful prophetic words,

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.


August 10, 2015
Weekly Devotional

An Encouraging Word

A while back I ran into a woman who I hadn’t seen in quite some time. Being my friendly self I said, “Hi!”

The moment I said that she replied, “Oh, Bayless!” and proceeded to open her purse and pull out a letter I had written to encourage her three years earlier. She said, “I take this with me everywhere I go.”


August 4, 2015
Impact Report


Your support helps bring a living Jesus to Europe!

As you watch the video above, you’ll see people responding in droves – hands lifted and hearts bowed – to give their lives to Christ! None of this would be possible without the help of friends like you. That’s because the very reason so many people came to our events was because of the impact your support of Answers is having across the region. You planted this seed through your prayers and gifts, and the fruit is staggering – fruit that abounds to your account! Thank you for making stories like these possible – and for bringing a living Jesus to more people across our world!
August 03, 2015
Weekly Devotional


God’s GPS

Hebrews 13:20-21 are two verses that give me great encouragement,

Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.


July 28, 2015
Article



Not long ago, Janet and I were at a ministers’ conference. We were staying in a hotel, and we got up in the morning and wanted to have some tea. But they had only one tea bag. I told Janet, “Okay, babe, I get to go first,” just because I like my tea a lot stronger than she does.

So the tea bag went into the water, and I got a nice dark cup of tea. Then we made a second cup of tea for Janet, but it wasn’t as dark nor as strong as mine.


July 27, 2015
Weekly Devotional

Bearing One Another’s Burdens

In Galatians 6:1-2, Paul admonishes us,

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.


July 21, 2015
Devotional


What will set you free?

In a world where so many people are spiritually and emotionally trapped, how can you find the true freedom that Jesus offers? In the video above, Bayless Conley shares the answer. So press play to discover more!
July 20, 2015
Weekly Devotional


Last time, we talked about how progressing towards spiritual maturity is a process that will never end in this life. There are two things I want to focus your attention on today that will help you in that effort.


July 13, 2015
Weekly Devotional

Not There Yet

In Philippians 3:12-13, Paul gives us an important insight into becoming complete or mature in Christ,

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected (or complete); but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.


July 06, 2015
Weekly Devotional



Today, I want you to read Romans 11:2-5,

God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying, “LORD, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life”? But what does the divine response say to him? “I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace.


June 29, 2015
Weekly Devotional

It Will All Work Out

Ephesians 1:11 is a powerful verse with a vital lesson,

In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.


June 23, 2015
Article



Psalm 27:13 says, “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.”

There are many in our world today who have lost heart. Their courage has ebbed away because they no longer anticipate and expect to see the goodness of the Lord… not when they get to heaven, but here in the land of the living.

That’s what the psalmist David is talking about here. He isn’t talking about God’s goodness in heaven someday—although His goodness will be fully revealed when we get there. He’s talking about this life! I want to encourage you to raise your expectation to see the goodness of God intervene in your life… today!


June 22, 2015
Weekly Devotional

 

I want us to focus our attention today on James 1:2-4,

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.


June 15, 2015
Weekly Devotional

Unlikely Vessels

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 says,

For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.



June 11, 2015
Impact Video


Bayless answers the question, “Could you make history for God?”

Our world celebrates those who’ve achieved big and impressive goals. But God says having your name written in heaven is even more important. Watch as Bayless Conley shares more on how you can be a history-maker for Jesus!
June 08, 2015
Weekly Devotional

Agreeing With God’s Word

When the twelve spies returned from searching the promised land, they said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we” (Numbers 13:31).

That was the report they brought back—at least ten of them that is. The other two, Joshua and Caleb, had this to say,


June 01, 2015
Weekly Devotional

You’re Not Stuck

1 Corinthians 10:13 says,

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.


May 30, 2015
Impact Video


What really counts in life?

It’s not the labels we carry that really count in life. It’s who God says we are: valuable, precious, and wonderfully made in His image!
May 25, 2015
Weekly Devotional

Spiritual Treasure

In 2 Corinthians 4:7, Paul tells us,

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.


May 19, 2015
Article



Our daughter Rebekah took part in a mission trip once where she spent each month for eleven months in different countries. There was one African village she visited that had no running water or well, and the villagers begged her to do something. Their parting plea to her was, “Water is life.” It so gripped our daughter that she got involved and became instrumental in providing clean drinking water for that village.

Rebekah’s mission trip made me think of a time a few years back when my family and I were in Zimbabwe where I was preaching. During our time there we were able to visit Victoria Falls, the biggest waterfall on planet earth. It’s more than 5,000 feet wide, and it plummets 360 feet to the river below. We were told it’s the biggest sheet of falling water in the world!


May 18, 2015
Weekly Devotional

His Stuff

You have probably noticed that over the last few devotionals, we have been focusing on material blessings and how we should view those blessings.

1 Chronicles 29:14-16 is very helpful to see God’s perspective,

But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from You, and of Your own we have given You. For we are aliens and pilgrims before You, as were all our fathers; our days on earth are as a shadow, and without hope. “O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have prepared to build You a house for Your holy name is from Your hand, and is all Your own.”


May 11, 2015
Weekly Devotional

It’s All About Him

I want us to look again at the last two verses from our last devotional, 1 Timothy 6:18-19,

Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.


May 04, 2015
Weekly Devotional

The Right Perspective

In our last devotional, we looked at how money, riches, and wealth are untrustworthy. So the natural question is, “Is wealth a bad thing?”

Let’s go back to 1 Timothy 6:17-19 for our answer,

Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.


April 28, 2015
Impact Video



April 27, 2015
Weekly Devotional


 

Proverbs 11:28 uncovers a powerful truth,

He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like foliage.


April 20, 2015
Weekly Devotional

Only Temporary

In our last devotional, we looked at Proverbs 23:4. Today, I want us to look at the next verse. I will bet you can relate to it. Verse 5 says,

Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward heaven.



April 13, 2015
Weekly Devotional


Overrated

We read in Proverbs 23:4,

Do not overwork to be rich; because of your own understanding, cease!


April 06, 2015
Weekly Devotional

Real Treasure

Proverbs 15:6 says,

In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, but in the revenue of the wicked is trouble.



March 31, 2015
Devotional



March 30, 2015
Weekly Devotional



As I mentioned in our last devotional, God wants to bless your life, and the richer, more frequent blessings come to those who do a particular thing. We find that thing in Galatians 6:9-10,

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.


March 26, 2015
Article

Why does God let bad things happen? Can faith really get me through hard times? What promise can I rely on in the midst of my trials?

By Bayless Conley


One evening, I went out with a couple friends on a boat to do some free diving for lobster. It was after dark when we finally arrived at our destination.

We were discussing where we were going to go diving… and that’s the last thing I remember before waking up 10 days later in the ICU.


March 23, 2015
Weekly Devotional

Rich Blessings

Let me ask you a question. Do you believe God wants to bless you? You may say, “Yes,” but in your heart do you really believe this to be true?

Take a moment to read Ezekiel 34:26,


March 16, 2015
Weekly Devotional



First Peter 5:10
provides a very critical principle for those times when we are going through trials, a principle that is easy to miss,

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.


March 09, 2015
Weekly Devotional

Your Real Adversary

As we continue to think about the reality of trials in our lives, and the challenge it is to handle those trials, I want to point you to another important teaching about trials in today’s devotional.

You need to realize who your adversary is. It is not God; it is the devil. Look at 1 Peter 5:8-9,

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.


March 02, 2015
Weekly Devotional

 

Over the last few devotionals, we have been talking about trials and how we should respond. Today I have a simple but important word for you directly from God’s Word: Don’t worry.

First Peter 5:6-7 tells us,

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.


February 24, 2015
Article

A Word of Hope for Your Darkest Days

By Bayless Conley


One of the greatest memories from my youth is going backpacking with my dad. We had some fantastic hikes. Though some were pretty grueling! It seemed sometimes that we were going up endless switchbacks on granite mountains. I often thought the trail would never end!


February 23, 2015
Weekly Devotional

Keep Laughing

I want to head back to 1 Peter 1:5-7 again today. Something tells me we could all continue to use the encouragement of Peter’s words, especially the advice I want you to focus on today.

1 Peter 1:5-7,

Who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.



February 16, 2015
Weekly Devotional



Keep Trusting

In the passage we looked at last time, Peter encouraged us to see the trials we face as temporary, something that only lasts for a while. I want you to read that passage again today, and then I want to point your attention to another truth that is vital to enduring through whatever trial you may be facing.


February 09, 2015
Weekly Devotional

For Just a Little While

Today’s Scripture will start with the very last word of 1 Peter 1:4, just so you know who it is talking about, and go through verse 7,


February 02, 2015
Weekly Devotional

A Word of Encouragement

A Word of Encouragement

I want you to look today at a passage of Scripture that helps guide us in what to say, who to say it to, and when and how to say it. Isaiah 50:4-5,


January 31, 2015
Article

How can I hear God’s voice? 

Does God have something to say to me? How can I know for sure it’s Him talking?

By Bayless Conley


Not long ago, I was playing golf and faced a tough shot. I began to think about which club I should use, and part of me was saying, Use the 7-iron so you can be sure to clear that sand trap in front of the green. At the same time, another part of me was saying, No, a 7-iron will overshoot the green. Use the 8-iron and you’ll be right on it.

Well, I didn’t pray about it. In fact, asking God which club I should use didn’t even cross my mind. I made a decision and went with the club I thought would give me the best shot.

The truth is that in the scope of eternity, God doesn’t care which golf club I use. In fact, never once have I received a word from the Lord about my golf game (though I often could have used it!).


January 26, 2015
Weekly Devotional

The Right Word at the Right Time

Proverbs 15:23
contains a powerful truth,

A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is!


January 19, 2015
Weekly Devotional

The Core Motivation for Giving

I want to return one last time to Mark 12:41-44 and have you consider one final thought about giving,


January 12, 2015
Weekly Devotional

Rich or Poor

It is interesting that Jesus, in our devotional last time, did not try to keep the widow from giving all she had. It is especially interesting considering what He said a little earlier in Mark 12:38-40,


January 05, 2015
Weekly Devotional

Where’s Your Heart?

I want to have you read and think about Mark 12:41-44 today,


December 30, 2014
Weekly Devotional

The Right Motivation

In our last devotional, we saw how we should not give just to get. That should not be our sole motivation. So the question is, “What is the right motivation?”

All we need to do is look at what motivated God to give. It is found in John 3:16,

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.


December 23, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Giving to Get?

Any time I give, I expect a blessing to return. It is a law that we find in Scripture. It is a promise of Jesus.

But you know what? That is not my main motivation for giving. And that should not be our heart for giving. Jesus says in Luke 6:32-38,


December 16, 2014
Weekly Devotional

What’s Your Measure?

In Luke 6:38, Jesus said these words, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

That is a promise of Jesus that you can stake your life on. Give, and what happens? It will be given to you good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?!


December 09, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Robbing God—of What?

Malachi 3:8-9
gives us a sober warning,

“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation.”


December 02, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Tithing Today?

In Malachi 3:10-11, God says,

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” says the LORD of hosts.


November 25, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Tithing

In Matthew 23:23, Jesus speaks about the issue of tithing in this way,

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.”


November 18, 2014
Weekly Devotional

God Can Build The Family

In a previous devotional we looked at Psalm 127:1-2 which says,

Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep.


November 11, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Builder and Protector

Psalm 127:1-2
says,

Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep.


November 04, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Promises, Promises

God has given us His promises because He wants to fulfill them. Be they promises of peace, restoration, healing, or for material supply, we must keep in mind that the Lord would not have made the promise if He did not want to do it.


November 01, 2014
Article

How can I have a confident faith?
How can I know God really loves me? Can I really trust Him?

By Bayless Conley

You may have been a Christian for a long time or just recently started following the Lord. But no matter where you are in your walk with Christ right now, you can trust in God’s character and in His promises.

Today, I want to share with you what I call the “ABCs of God’s Love.” A is for Assurance, B is for Benevolence, and C is for Confidence. Let’s take a look at each one.


October 28, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Uniquely You

Each of us possesses strengths which God has given us. Psalm 18:32 says,

It is God who arms me with strength.

And in Philippians 4:13,

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.


October 21, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Guarding Your Ways

In Psalm 39:1, we are given an important warning,

I said, “I will guard my ways, Lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle, while the wicked are before me.”


October 14, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Could It Be Today?

In our last devotional, we looked at Matthew 24 and some of the things people worry about today that are going on in our world—earthquakes, famine, pestilence, war, and rumors of war.

Now, it is easy to be concerned about these things, but earlier in that passage—in verse 3—we find out why we should not worry, 
 
Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”


October 07, 2014
Weekly Devotional

No Fear

People tend to worry in these days about world events. In Matthew 24:6-7, Jesus tells us this,

“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.”


October 01, 2014
Article

Remember Your Most Important Prayer

By Bayless Conley

There are two immensely important words that we must learn to utter to the Father once we have prayed. Two words that express our faith like no others: “Thank you.”

There is a great example of this in the story of Hannah.

Hannah’s first prayer to God was for a deep need in her life. “Remember me… give Your maidservant a male child” (1 Samuel 1:11). God responded to her heartfelt prayer and she conceived Samuel, and later bore many other children.

Her second prayer, however, was a prayer of thanksgiving. “My heart rejoices in the Lord… there is none besides You, nor is there any rock like our God” (1 Samuel 2:1-10). The second time she prayed, Hannah didn’t ask for anything—she just praised God for what He had done.


September 30, 2014
Weekly Devotional

The Power of a Word

Proverbs 12:18
gives us some valuable advice,

There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health.

Did you ever know someone who is good at making cutting remarks? They spoke like the piercings of a sword?


September 23, 2014
Weekly Devotional

An Original

1 Samuel 15:19 and 24
provide us with real insight into an area of anxiety for many people. One that may control your life today.

This is Samuel talking to Saul, “Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD? Why did you swoop down on the spoil, and do evil in the sight of the LORD?”


September 16, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Worry About Work

In 2 Corinthians 11:28, the apostle Paul says something very interesting,

Besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.



September 09, 2014
Weekly Devotional

The Coming Reward

Today brings an end to our consideration of “The Seven Cs of Soul Winning.” The final “C” is the coming reward. Let me quote to you from Daniel 12:3, which says,

“Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.”


September 02, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Wise Counsel

The sixth “C” of “The Seven Cs of Soul Winning” is counsel—the counsel of God. By that I mean the Word of God. It’s important we learn to share the Word with people.

Our testimony is powerful and should be shared. But even though that may move people and influence people, folks need to know they are anchoring their trust in the promises of God. Not just in a feeling they have gotten, not just because they feel influenced and moved—even if that is by the Holy Spirit.


September 01, 2014
Article

How can I trust God when everything is going wrong?
What do I do when life is out of control? And God seems to have forgotten me?

By Bayless Conley

You’ve probably been in a situation that just doesn’t seem fair. Perhaps you’ve been mistreated or hurt. Maybe you’ve been cheated in a business deal, lied to by a friend, or had something special taken from you. In these situations, you and I naturally start to wonder, What is God doing? Why is He letting this happen in my life?

If you’ve ever felt like life is out of control, I want to give you two words of comfort: But God. These two words have the power to bring a new understanding to every negative situation you will face. To show you what I mean, I want to look at the story of Joseph. In Acts 7:9-10, we read a summary of what he experienced:


August 26, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Convicting and Convincing

In our last devotional, we talked about the fifth “C” of soul winning—the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is such an important part in witnessing I want to take you to another passage today to help you understand His role more clearly.


August 19, 2014
Weekly Devotional

The Comforter

Today we are going to look at the fifth “C” of soul winning, and that is the Comforter. Many times when Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit, He referred to Him as the Comforter.

In Acts 1:4-5, after the resurrection, Jesus said something to the disciples that was very intriguing,


August 12, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Character Counts

So far we have learned about the first three “Cs” of soul winning in the last few devotionals. Today let me share the fourth “C”—character. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, particularly verse 27, tells us the importance of character in witnessing to others,


August 05, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Common Ground

The next “C” of “The Seven Cs of Soul Winning” is common ground. We need to endeavor to find common ground with people. In 1 Corinthians 9:19-24, Paul says,


August 01, 2014
Article

Hope for Your Healing

By Bayless Conley

There is an amazing story in 2 Kings 5 which speaks directly to God’s work of healing. It begins this way in verse 1,

Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper.

Naaman was the commander of the Syrian army—a man who had authority and was greatly admired, highly respected, and honorable. This verse also tells us that he had been used by God to bring victory to the Syrian army. Obviously, Naaman was highly successful!

But then we read those last three words, “but a leper.”


July 29, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Compassion for the Lost

Last time, we started a series of devotionals I am calling “The Seven Cs of Soul Winning.” Today I want to point you to the second “C”—compassion. In Mark 16:16 Jesus said,

“He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”


July 22, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Go Fish

Over the next seven devotionals, I want to talk to you about the number one business of the Church: the business of winning souls. It is what I call “The Seven Cs of Soul Winning.”

The first “C”—commission—is found in Mark 16:15. These are some of the last words Jesus spoke before He ascended into heaven,

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”


July 15, 2014
Weekly Devotional

When God Has Our Hearts

In Matthew 6:25-26,
Jesus applies all we have covered over the last few devotionals,

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”



July 10, 2014
Weekly Devotional

God’s Guidance System

In Matthew 6:22-24, Jesus tells us the impact when God has our whole heart,

“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”


July 03, 2014
Article

What is the infilling of the Holy Spirit?
Didn’t I receive the Holy Spirit when I was saved? Why would I seek another baptism experience with the Spirit?

When a person is saved, they are born of the Spirit (John 3:5-8). In Jesus’ conversation with the woman at the well, He referred to salvation, or receiving eternal life, as a well of water springing up from within us (John 4:14). In speaking about the work of the Spirit in salvation, Jesus refers to it as living water in a well.

However, a few chapters later in John’s gospel, Jesus talked about a subsequent work of the Holy Spirit as a river of water flowing out of us. A well will sustain life, but a river will produce power. The power comes not just when we are born of the Spirit, but when we are filled with the Spirit.

The understanding of the infilling of the Holy Spirit begins with a question, “Are you spiritually thirsty?”


July 01, 2014
Weekly Devotional

A Matter of the Heart

Over the last few devotionals, we have learned just how important our heart motivation is in giving, praying, and fasting. In Matthew 6:19-21, Jesus continues to deal with matters of the heart,
 
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”


June 24, 2014
Weekly Devotional

A Matter of the Heart

God cares deeply about the motivations of our hearts. In our last devotional, we saw that the heart is what matters most in giving. In Matthew 6:6, 17-18, we are shown just how important the heart is to God.

First Jesus deals with our heart when we pray,

“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”


June 17, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Giving When No One Sees

Matthew 6:1-4
gives some important insight into giving,

“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”


June 10, 2014
Weekly Devotional

What Has You?

In Mark 10:17-22, this is what we read,

Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’” And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.


June 03, 2014
Weekly Devotional

The Secret to God's Provision

In Luke 12:31-32 Jesus tells us,

“But seek the kingdom of God….” (In Matthew 6:33, He said, “Seek first the kingdom of God…and all these things shall be added to you.”) “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”


May 27, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Ruined by Success

As we continue our consideration of prosperity, I want to turn your attention to Luke 12:31,

“But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.”

This is a simple but powerful principle for life: We have to put God’s Kingdom first if we are to realize God’s prosperity.


May 20, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Living for Whom?

In this devotional, I want us to return to Luke 12, but focus on verses 16-19,

Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”


May 13, 2014
Weekly Devotional

It Might Be Today

Over the last few devotionals, we have been looking at Luke 12. Today I want you to read verses 16-21, which will be the basis for our next few devotionals,

Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”


May 06, 2014
Weekly Devotional

The Seduction of Covetousness

One of the verses we read in our last devotional was Luke 12:15, which says,

And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”


May 01, 2014
Article

When is God going to show up?
Doesn’t He know I feel all alone in this storm? Does He care?

We all face storms in life. You do, I do, we all do. And maybe today you’re in the midst of a personal storm and you find your heart is fearful. You’re worried. You feel insecure.

You find yourself asking questions like, “God, are You going to show up at all? Where are You, Lord? Don’t You know I’m out here in this storm, and it’s dark, and I feel all alone? I’m rowing against the wind!”

Jesus’ disciples knew the feeling, as we find in Mark chapter 4…


April 29, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Prosperity

In Luke 12, Jesus has some very direct and clear teaching on prosperity. For instance, take a look at Luke 12:13-15,

Then one from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But He said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”


April 22, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Samson and Jesus - Part 2

For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines (Judges 13:5).


And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS (Luke 1:31).

In our last devotional, we examined some amazing similarities between Samson and Jesus. Here are a few more parallels to ponder:


April 15, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Samson and Jesus - Part 1

For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines (Judges 13:5).

And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS… And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:31 & 35).




April 08, 2014
Weekly Devotional

The Impact of Sacrifice

Last time, we saw how Jesus calls us to sacrifice, and how the devil will do all he can to keep us from that. Read again Jesus’ words,

“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matthew 16:24-25).


April 01, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Sacrifice?

Matthew 16:21-25 shows us another time in our lives when we can expect the devil to strike, or the third battle we must fight,

From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”


March 25, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Compromise

Today, I want to highlight for you the third area where the devil will seek to cause you to fail when you are on the verge of a breakthrough. It is found in Matthew 4:8-11,

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.


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March 18, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Where Satan Will Attack Second

Last week, we saw the first area the devil will attack when you are on the verge of a breakthrough or in a time of important transition. Today, I want to show you the second area, the area of pride.

We pick up the drama of Satan’s attack of Christ in Matthew 4:6,

“If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”


March 12, 2014
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March 11, 2014
Weekly Devotional

The Devil’s Seeds of Doubt

As we saw last week, Satan will seek to attack when we are on the verge of a major breakthrough. I believe there are three distinct areas of attack in this battle. Today I want to cover the first with you. It is found in Matthew 4:3-4,

Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”


March 06, 2014
Article

How do I get my prayers answered?
Do I pray harder? Pray longer? Pray the right words?

Many Christians wonder how to get their prayers answered. It’s important to know that there are certain things we can do in order to better cooperate with God, which will result in a fruitful prayer life.

For example, one prerequisite is that we abide in Jesus. Look at how many times Jesus uses this word in John 15:1-7 (emphasis added)…

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.


March 04, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Attack at the Point of Spiritual Breakthrough

We have seen in previous devotionals how Satan will attack when a person comes to Christ, when they are a babe in their faith. I believe Scripture shows us that the devil will also attack when you are on the verge of a breakthrough, or at a time of important transition. This is the second battle we must fight.

In Matthew 3, we find Jesus at an absolutely critical time of transition in His life. We have not heard from Him since He was 12 years old. There has been about 30 quiet, unnoticed years where He presumably was working in His father’s carpentry shop. 



February 25, 2014
Weekly Devotional

You Made it This Far!

In the last couple of devotionals, we saw how the devil will attack a new babe in Christ. Hebrews 10:32 sheds some additional light on what we can expect,

But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings.


February 18, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Getting Established in the Faith

If you are a new believer in Christ, or know someone who is, I want to talk to you today. I want to share with you four things that will help you get established in your faith.


February 11, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Protecting New Believers

We have been talking about the devil’s attack on newborn babes in Christ. This is something we can expect. But what are the reasons for it?

Look at Isaiah 59:15-16, as it provides us with a clue,

So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; and His own righteousness, it sustained Him.


January 28, 2014
Weekly Devotional

The Reality of the Battle

Ephesians 6:10-13 provides for us a sober warning,

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.


January 21, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Do You Really Believe It?

Ephesians 2:4-7 says,

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.


January 14, 2014
Weekly Devotional

The Power to Forgive

There are times when we need to forgive someone for something they have done. On occasion it can seem so difficult…almost impossible.

But forgiveness is not an option for you and me as followers of Jesus Christ.

Forgiveness is an act of the will. You can forgive. In fact, Jesus said that we even need to love our enemies, those who may not want peace with us.


January 07, 2014
Weekly Devotional

Hindered Prayers

1 Peter 3:7 says,

Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.

Notice it says, “Husbands, likewise,” which means, gals, you are not off the hook. The following truth applies to you as much as it does to the boys.

That truth is simply this: If there is bitterness or unforgiveness in your heart toward your spouse, your prayers will be hindered. That word hindered literally means to be cut down in the same way one would cut down a tree.


January 02, 2014
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How do I live in victory over sin?
How can my life be transformed? Can I ever really change?! 

Some people have familiar sins that tend to tangle them up again and again and again. If you can relate (and who can’t!), I want to tell you: It is possible to overcome those familiar sins and to bring your body into subjection. How? It starts by realizing your body has been purchased by God, and through Christ’s redemption, you can have the power to live in victory over sin!

Romans 8:5-6 says this: “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”


December 31, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Keys to Effective Prayer – Forgiveness

An important key to effective prayer is your relationship with others. In Mark 11:24-26 Jesus says,

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”


December 24, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Keys to Effective Prayer – Humility

Humility is a very important key to effective prayer. In 1 Peter 5:5-6 we read this,

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.


December 17, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Keys to Effective Prayer – Endurance

The next key to effective prayer is the need to be patient. You need to be willing to endure.

Hebrews 6:11-15 says,

And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.


December 10, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Keys to Effective Prayer – Praying From the Heart

Today we will look at another key to effective prayer. This key is found in Romans 10:9-10 where it says,

If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.


December 03, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Keys to Effective Prayer – Being Specific

Over the next number of devotionals, I want to walk you through the keys to effective prayer. To start, I want to focus today’s devotional on Mark 10:46-52 where we find a very intriguing story.


November 26, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Whom Do You Trust?

In Psalm 118:8-9, we are told this,

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

There are a lot of applications to this passage, but let me talk to you about just one. And that is this: You do not want to trust the state of your eternal soul to any man.



November 20, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Do You Cherish God's Word?

Psalm 107:20 says,

He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

God has given us His Word for our benefit, and yet so many Christians ignore it to their hurt.

It is like the story of the woman a preacher went to visit one day. She lived in a dilapidated house. As long as he had known her, she had struggled with poverty. Twenty years earlier she had been the housekeeper for the wealthiest woman in town, but the wealthy woman had died. So this housekeeper moved into an old shack.


November 12, 2013
Weekly Devotional

What Do You Value?

Psalm 119:72 says, "The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of coins of gold and silver."

We understand “the law of Your mouth” to be God’s Word. And what the psalmist is saying is, “Lord, Your word is better to me than a pile of silver or a pile of gold.”


November 05, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Spirit, Speech and Service

I want to follow up on our last devotional by pointing you to 1 Peter 2:18-23,

Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.


October 29, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Mistreated?

First Peter 3:13-18 are verses that are a great encouragement,

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.


October 22, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Under Control

In today’s devotional I want to follow up on the passage we looked at last time, 1 Corinthians 7:7-9,
 
For I wish that all men were even as I myself.  But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.  But I say to the unmarried and to the widows:  It is good for them if they remain even as I am; but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry.  For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
 
What I want to focus on is verse 9, especially the part about burning with passion.  There are way too many young Christians who are out of control in their physical relationship with the opposite sex.


October 15, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Single?

In our last devotional, we looked at 1 Corinthians 7:1-5 and a word to married couples on the importance of sexual intimacy.  Today I want to continue in that passage with verses 7-9 and speak to singles,
 
For I wish that all men were even as I myself.  But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.  But I say to the unmarried and to the widows:  It is good for them if they remain even as I am; but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry.  For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.


October 08, 2013
Weekly Devotional

The Best Safeguard Against Adultery


It grieves my heart, as I look across the country, at the number of Christian marriages being destroyed by adultery. It should not be that way!


October 01, 2013
Weekly Devotional

No Regrets


In our last devotional, we saw from Philippians 1:21-23 how it is far better to depart from this life and be with the Lord. Today I want to follow up with this question: Are you unable to abide thoughts of death?


September 24, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Far Better!

In Philippians 1:21-23, the apostle Paul says this,

For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.


September 16, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Dealing with Sin

Matthew 18:8-9 provides an important insight into how to deal with sin,

"If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire."

The eye represents the thought life, where sin is conceived. The hand represents that sin actually being carried out. And the foot is where it becomes a walk, a pattern, an entrenched habit of life, a sinful lifestyle.


September 10, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Protecting The Children

Matthew 18:1-6
is our reading for today,

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea."


September 3, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Cherishing the Presence of God

Psalm 84:10 gives us an important perspective of God's presence,

For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

When the psalmist talks about "a day in Your courts," he is not talking about being in some building or admiring some bit of religious architecture. He is talking about enjoying the presence of God. As verse 2 of this psalm says,

My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.


August 27, 2013
Weekly Devotional

A Picture of God's Lovingkindness

In our last devotion we learned about God's merciful and unfailing love. Second Samuel 9:3-7 provides us with a picture of that love,

Then the king said, "Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, to whom I may show the kindness of God?" And Ziba said to the king, "There is still a son of Jonathan who is lame in his feet." So the king said to him, "Where is he?" And Ziba said to the king, "Indeed he is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, in Lo Debar." Then King David sent and brought him out of the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo Debar. Now when Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, had come to David, he fell on his face and prostrated himself. Then David said, "Mephibosheth?" And he answered, "Here is your servant!" So David said to him, "Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father's sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually."


August 20, 2013
Weekly Devotional

View from the Top

I sometimes think Jesus views the Church much differently than we view the Church. In fact, there is a really alarming verse that points to this. It is Revelation 3:1,

"And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, 'These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: "I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead."

WOW! That was written to a church that on the outside looked like they had it all together!

They had a reputation of being a living, vibrant church! People who saw them went to seminars to find out how they were doing it, and people applauded them for their success. But Jesus says, "You're dead!"


August 13, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Where Have You Pitched Your Tent?

Genesis 13:12 (KJV) says,
 
Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
 
Notice that Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom.  Every day his attention was placed on that city.  Here is what the Bible says about those that lived there.
 
But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly (Genesis 13:13, KJV).


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August 5, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Mercy! Forgiveness! Acceptance! Pardon! Welcome!

In Hebrews 12:22-24, we are given a powerful word on how the blood of Jesus speaks such better things than the blood of Abel. This is a great insight, so bear with me,

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.


July 31, 2013
Weekly Devotional

The Right Perspective

Hebrews 11:13-16 says,
 
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.  And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return.  But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country.  Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
 
In the last devotional we talked about how it is so easy to remember “the good old days,” but with selective memory, not really remembering the pain and struggle.


July 23, 2013
Weekly Devotional

The “Good Old Days”

Hebrews 11:13-16 contains a powerful truth, a perspective I want to encourage you to embrace.  These verses are talking about the great heroes of the faith from the Old Testament,           
 
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.  And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return.  But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country.  Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.


July 16, 2013
Weekly Devotional

For All People

The old covenant was only for one nation—only one people—the Jews.
 
The new covenant is for the whole world.  It is for every nation, every people…anyone who will accept the free gift of salvation, by placing their faith in Jesus Christ.  Hebrews 7:25 tells us,
 
Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
 
Or, as one old preacher said, “He saves to the uttermost and to the guttermost.”
 
That may sound crass, but it is true!  Through Jesus Christ, God has made a way of salvation for every person, no matter your race, or what religion you were brought up in, or what you may have done in your life.


July 9, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Once for All!

As we have been learning in the last few devotionals, the new covenant is better than the old covenant. Hebrews 9:18-24 shows us another way it is better,

Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.” Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.


July 2, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Access

In talking about the Holy of Holies…that second part of the tabernacle behind the veil where the presence of God dwelt under the old covenant…Hebrews 9:7 says,
 
But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people’s sins committed in ignorance.
 
Only the high priest could go into this part of the tabernacle, into God’s presence.  And he could go only one time each year to offer the blood of an animal to cover the sins of the people.


June 25, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Not Guilty

The new covenant provides cleansing for a guilty conscience.  In talking about the old covenant, read Hebrews 9:9,
 
It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience.
 
Then verse 14 about the new covenant,
 
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
 
At the point of conversion, not only is sin taken away, but the burden of guilt is lifted.  The conscience is cleansed.


June 18, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Removed, Not Just Covered

Today I want to give you another reason why the new covenant is better than the old covenant.  I want you to read Hebrews 10:11 first, then Hebrews 9:25-26,
 
And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
 
And then talking about Jesus,
 
Not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with the blood of another—He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.


June 11, 2013
Weekly Devotional

No More Remembrance

Today I want to point you to another reason the new covenant in Christ is better than the old covenant.  Hebrews 10:1-3, 15-17 tells us,
 
For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.  For then would they not have ceased to be offered?  For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.  But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year... But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD:  I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”


June 4, 2013
Weekly Devotional

God Leads from Within

In our last devotional, we talked about the new covenant being better than the old covenant.  One reason is found in Hebrews 8:8-11 which says,
 
…“Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD.  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD:  I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.  None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.”


May 28, 2013
Weekly Devotional

A Better Covenant

There are two verses for your reading today. Hebrews 7:22, which says,

By so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.

And Hebrews 8:6, which tells us,

But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.


May 21, 2013
Weekly Devotional

The Rightful Place of Angels
 
In our day, angels have become a pretty big thing.  In fact, there are some fairly well-known personalities today talking about having their personal angel and needing to “contact your angel.”
 
I believe in angels because the Bible clearly talks about them, but angels have a rightful place, which Paul addresses in Colossians 2:18-19,
 
Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.



May 14, 2013
Weekly Devotional

The Supremacy of Jesus
 
Hebrews 1:1-8 reads, 

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”? And again: “I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son”? But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” And of the angels He says: “Who makes His angels spirits And His ministers a flame of fire.” But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.”


May 7, 2013
Weekly Devotional

The Attitude of Obedience
 
Over the last several devotionals, we have learned the importance and reward of obedience.  Today I want you to see the underlying attitude of obedience, modeled by our Lord.  It is found in Philippians 2:5-9,
 
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.  Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.


April 30, 2013
Weekly Devotional

The Reward for Obedience
 
There are two verses I want to point you to in today’s devotional.  The first is Isaiah 1:19, where God says,
 
“If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land.”
 
The second is Deuteronomy 28:1, which precedes a chapter of tremendous material blessings,


April 23, 2013
Weekly Devotional

The Cost of Disobedience
 
In our last devotional, we read the story from 1 Kings 13 about the lion that killed the prophet for his disobedience.  We learned how that story illustrates for us the importance of obedience, and how disobedience opens the door to calamity in our lives.
 
First Peter 5:8 tells us,
 
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.


April 16, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Opening the Door to Calamity


In 1 Kings 13:21-25, God provides us with quite an unusual story,
 
And he cried out to the man of God who came from Judah, saying, “Thus says the LORD:  ‘Because you have disobeyed the word of the LORD, and have not kept the commandment which the LORD your God commanded you, but you came back, ate bread, and drank water in the place of which the LORD said to you, “Eat no bread and drink no water,” your corpse shall not come to the tomb of your fathers.’”  So it was, after he had eaten bread and after he had drunk, that he saddled the donkey for him, the prophet whom he had brought back.  When he was gone, a lion met him on the road and killed him.  And his corpse was thrown on the road, and the donkey stood by it.  The lion also stood by the corpse.  And there, men passed by and saw the corpse thrown on the road, and the lion standing by the corpse.  Then they went and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt.


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April 9, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Are You a "Convenient Christian"?


Some Christians are “convenient Christians.” These are believers who seek to obey God, but only when it is convenient.

It is like the men and women of Israel who came to the prophet Jeremiah one day to see if it was God’s desire for them to go to Egypt. You find their story in Jeremiah 42-43.

After they asked Jeremiah to ask God on their behalf, they said (Jeremiah 42:6),


April 2, 2013
Weekly Devotional

When It Is Right to Disobey

Over the last few devotionals, we have learned the importance God places on obedience to various authorities. And an appropriate question is whether there is ever a time when we draw the line when it comes to obeying men. 

In the Book of Acts, Peter and John got in trouble for preaching Christ. In Acts 5:29, when they were told not to preach anymore, Peter answered and said this,


March 26, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Respecting Your Boss


In Titus 2:9-10, Paul writes a very interesting and important command, 

Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. 


March 19, 2013
Weekly Devotional

Pay Your Taxes!


Last week we learned from Romans 13:1-3 that we need to submit ourselves to the laws of the land if we want to live lives free from fear. I want to focus your attention today on the remainder of that passage, Romans 13:4-7,


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