Stand In Truth With Fellow Believers

Search my heart, O Lord, if I ever disrespect or criticize my friends who walk with You! I’ve seen it happen many times—even to those in ministry. Fellow believers start out loving one another and knowing Your truth, but then power and greed take over and they forget their calling. Or jealousy and competition destroy Your purpose for their lives.

Lord, You stir my heart through John’s letter to Gaius. Courageously, he took a stand against Diotrephes when he saw that Your missionaries were not being treated with love. Lord, I long for the same courage. Your truth tells me, “Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth” (3 John 8).

Lord, no matter where a person is in their own faith walk—whether a new believer, a lifetime Christian, a missionary, or someone who is just now seeking You—I am called to evangelism in love. I am to support and uplift others! Lord, I will encourage my Christian friends who continue in the truth and walk in the light and love that come from You, to whom they all belong.

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

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Thinking About Having An Affair?

It takes just one look. One look away from Your unfailing love to change the course of a life. Heavenly Father, I hear about it. I see it. It’s everywhere—even in the lives of Your followers. Adultery is tearing families apart.

David, Your chosen king, Your anointed one, was no exception. One glance at Bathsheba, and he had to find out who she was. He simply had to have her. And the rest history— adultery, an innocent man’s death, and the loss of David and Bathsheba’s child. A life in chaos.

Heavenly Father, when I think about the story of adultery, I have to go back to where sin started—the garden of Eden. Adam and Eve took their eyes off Your love and protection and were enticed to choose something hyped up to be better than You. Oh, the deception!

From there Your children, the Israelites, time and time again committed adultery against You—choosing the love of idols and pagan worship over Your love. And I, too, know that if I do not seek You, Your wisdom and love, I could fall into the same deception that would bring chaos into my life.

You are our one true love. And Satan, who targets our souls, looks for our weaknesses and uses them to tempt us to destroy our spiritual walk with You. Out of his deception we develop adulterous hearts! But You, God, are forgiving and loving to those who repent and seek after Your heart. Your truth tells me, I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more (Hebrews 8:12).

You know that Your children are not perfect—that we will fail if we take our eyes off of the One who paid the price for our sins, Jesus. I want to become one with You and righteous in Your sight. I will be faithful to my true love—You.

Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion. Hebrews 3:15

 

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father. This is a devotion from the I Seek Truth devotional book. 

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Your Rain Will Come And I Will Stand Strong

Knowing You are right, why is it still so difficult to stand against the sinful tide of our culture? Why do I desire to blend in so badly or fail to speak up for the one truth everyone needs to know to be saved from certain death? It is simply my unbelief. Like Noah, I am waiting for Your promise to be fulfilled. But unlike him, doubt creeps in and robs my resolve as I wonder if it’s ever going to rain.

You point me to Noah. He showed me a different way. Through intimate relationship with You, God, I can walk with integrity and purpose, even in a world bent on evil. I can be the one who stands with You, who delights in Your approval alone.

Lord, I know the rain will come and I will jump with joy. You never fail. So “strengthen my feeble arms and weak knees” (Hebrews 12:12). Let me be the one who stands out from the crowd and stand in the gap to pray for others (see Ezekiel 22:30), and stand close to You. 

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

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Conversation At 3:00 a.m.

This morning, I woke up early, around 3. There wasn’t a strange noise or a child crying. It was You. You woke me up to make me think about what I’d done. The day before, I’d taken a shortcut. I chose to make a decision to walk into an unhealthy relationship without seeking Your wisdom first. I didn’t pray, and the decision has caused me a lot of confusion. Now, in the early morning, I’m stuck without sleep, wondering what to do.

Because it’s You who’ve woken me, You provide an answer. You remind me of Your situation in the desert when You were tempted by the devil. “Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness. For forty days, Jesus ate nothing and was tempted by the devil.” (Luke 4:1-2 ) You show me that You were tired. You were vulnerable and this was the perfect time to be tempted. The devil offered You a shortcut to the dominion of the world by worshipping him instead of God. He knew that if You accepted his offer, then Your purpose of dying on the cross would mean nothing, and I would be lost and dead in my sins. Eternal life with You would not exist. The Devil wasn’t just working against You in the dessert. He was working against all humanity. However, You, Jesus, didn’t take the shortcut. You kept Your eyes focused on Your heavenly Father, and His perfect plan, which included me and the rest of Your children.

Lord, thank You for showing me, through Your example, that I, too, can overcome this vulnerability. I can’t let Satan tempt me to take shortcuts, because shortcuts are not part of Your plan. Thank You for waking me up to Your truth.

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

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Are You A Broken Shell?

The ocean waves crashed against the shore this morning as I searched for the perfect white shell – my prayer shell. I couldn’t find it. But then I heard Your Holy Spirit speak to my heart, “My precious child, search for a broken one and pray with joy for those who are broken and I will calm their storm.”

Lord, it’s easy for me to get discouraged over my own trials or the storms that others face, especially the ones that don’t seem to go away. In those moments of frustration and brokenness, I draw near to You as I study Philippians and I remember Your servant, Paul, and his perspective. He trusted You in all circumstances of his life and continued to pray with joy, knowing You never abandon Your people. You will never abandon me! And through repentance, thanksgiving and joyful prayer, I will see, in Your good timing, Your hand at work in my life and the lives of Your children. The storms will cease because of Your saving grace. You’ve promised me and Your Word is truth, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

Heavenly Father, I cling to Your promises that it is Your good work that saves me from the storms of life. I long to do Your Will in my life and draw near to You in everything I do.

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

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Resentment Doesn’t Work!

When I think about Job’s friends, Job had every right to resent them. The seven days when Job’s friends simply sat with him in silence would have been enough. But then they began to speak, doling out criticisms and misrepresenting both You, God, and Job in the process. They thought their words were holy and sound, but they were not based in truth.

As I read Job’s story and his friends’ gross misinterpretation of truth, I cringe. Job could’ve easily turned away from You and his friends. He could’ve turned from truth and turned toward resentment, but he didn’t. It’s a good lesson—one the body of Christ needs to take to heart. You call Your servants to places of suffering in certain times of life, not as a punishment but as a means to learn to trust You more deeply.

Lord, You show me that resentment doesn’t work. The bitterness destroys the heart and it destroys my relationship with You. I cannot resent others and love them at the same time. If I am a follower of You, I must stand firm in Your love and truth even when I am faced with criticism. You are the only One that I long to please. 

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

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