Faith

October 2019

What If?

By |2019-10-15T14:28:15-05:00October 15th, 2019|Daily Truth, Faith, Family|

I humbly fall at Your feet this morning. You know the depths of my heart and how my heart shatters when I hear the words “It’s your fault.” I’ve heard this phrase many times throughout my life—whether it has been directed at me or at someone else. Every time, I feel the heavy weight of blame. Why do I blame myself for the unhealthy choices that a family member or a friend has made in life? Why do I take the blame for their misfortunes? What if I would have done something differently?

The world shows me that nobody is immune to this behavior—great-grandparents, grandparents, parents, children, and grandchildren. They’ve all experienced it and now it’s my turn. It’s the generational blame game. We blame the previous generation for the questionable choices we make in our lives. Lord, I place this problem in Your hands. Show me how to win this game by ending it once and for all.

You, the Lord of all the earth, have shown me through Your Word that it’s an individual choice—that there will be conflicts between those who follow You and those who choose to follow the world. And there will be divisions in my own family and relationships if one person is living in the light and the other in the dark. Harmony is impossible, or so it seems to me. Your truth tells me,

Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it (Matthew 10:37–39 NIV).

King of heaven and earth, I pray this morning for those who have walked away from Your love. My heart cries over their separation—to be separated from You for eternity is an unbearable thought. Jesus, open their eyes to seek Your grace. Open their ears to hear Your truth and promise that they are Your children and You do not want them to perish. Lead them to Your cross. Only then will the blame game be over. “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9 NIV).

September 2019

Have You Quit Believing Too?

By |2019-09-05T09:10:01-05:00September 5th, 2019|Daily Truth, Encouragement, Faith|

Over the past year I’ve watched many walk away from Your promises and truth. Heavenly Father, it breaks my heart and I wonder if it’s causing others to question their faith. I wonder because their statements cause me to have questions. Am I missing something?

You gently remind me as I read Your Word that many will fall away because Your truth doesn’t line up with how they want to live.  The world blinds us by lies. Your truth tells me, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions” ( 2 Timothy 4:3 ESV).

You alone know our hearts. You alone know mine. And You are deeply interested in all of them. You know whether or not Your Spirit has enabled others to truly turn their lives over to You. It is not for me to judge others, but to love them. Paul says in 1 Thessalonians that there is one way to identify real, God-driven conversion: It happens with power, Your Holy Spirit, and deep conviction. When You are at work, real change happens in the heart. And heart change always shows up in our attitudes and actions as Your Spirit empowers us to overcome sin patterns and live in the fullness of grace.

I will faithfully proclaim Your truth. You alone know our hearts. And my heart belongs to You.

July 2019

Quit Trying So Hard

By |2019-08-04T09:54:36-05:00July 15th, 2019|Daily Truth, Encouragement, Faith, Seek Truth|

Lord, someone today needs to hear this message. Equip me to share with them that they do not have to feel burdened by the need to appease You. They need to know that their sins should not keep them from coming to You because they feel that they need to do something good first to make up for what they have done. Your truth tells me that You, Jesus, invites all of us to rest in You. You didn’t come into the world to condemn us, but to save us. We don’t – I don’t need to earn Your approval. It’s already given to all those who trust, believe and depend on You, Lord Jesus. It has been given to me!

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

 

Just A Girl

By |2019-08-04T09:57:33-05:00July 1st, 2019|Bible Study, Daily Truth, Encouragement, Faith|

Do you ever feel that your life doesn’t matter – that you’re just a girl or just a guy going through the motions of life? That your life has no meaning? Maybe someone has mocked your existence or your calling? Don’t listen to them. It’s a lie.

Your heavenly Father loves you and wants you to seek His truth. Truth is – you are not just a girl or just a guy, but you are a child of God. His truth tells me and you, “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him” (1 John 3:1 NASB).

You are a child of God living in His light. He has placed you today in the place where He wants you. Shine bright no matter where you are – He is doing great things through your life!

 

June 2019

Are You Out Of Your Comfort Zone?

By |2019-08-04T09:59:10-05:00June 9th, 2019|Bible Study, Daily Truth, Encouragement, Faith, Family, Friends|

Why is it that I praise and seek You only in the good times but complain when things aren’t going my way? I feel like I’m barely out of Egypt, like the Israelites grumbling against You, God, for taking me out of my comfort zone and into unknown desert, only to struggle with my current situation or to be bitten by the snakes of this world. What is it that You are trying to teach me? I can’t find contentment with where I am!

How quickly You show me that if I continue grumbling and walking in my disobedience the metaphorical serpents of this world will bite me. My eyes are not seeking the One You lifted up to give me an abundant life—eternal life. I’ve been consumed living in the moment and living my way. Your truth tells me,

Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look up at the bronze serpent and live” (Numbers 21:6–9 ESV).

Your Son was lifted up on the cross to die so I could be with You forever. And when I keep my eyes looking up to You, Jesus, I see truth. I live! Your truth tells me, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life” (John 3:14–15 ESV). My Savior, I lift my arms to worship You and trust You in my unknown desert!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father. Published by Hachette/Worthy Publishing

 

Can A Person Truly Love You And Still Seriously Sin?

By |2019-08-04T09:59:53-05:00June 6th, 2019|Daily Truth, Faith|

Can a person truly love You and pursue Your glory, and still seriously sin? Can such a person be forgiven and restored? What about me? Would You turn Your back on me if I failed You?

I come to You in the stillness of the night searching Your Word. I love how You chose David and anointed him king of Israel. He was a man after Your own heart. He loved you and bravely trusted You for protection and stood firmly on Your truth. No one questioned his devotion—David’s heart belonged to You. Oh, how I long to live at that level of devotion, but I keep making mistakes.

You, gracious God, show me that David took his eyes off of You and turned from Your commands when he saw Bathsheba. David wanted her as his own, knowing it was wrong. Before long, he was covering sin with sin, thinking he could hide it from everyone, including You. But You exposed it:

Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites (2 Samuel 12:9 ESV).

O Lord, David, who loved You with all of his heart, failed You miserably. I am in good company. I learn that in his deep sorrow, he turned back to seek Your mercy and compassion. David didn’t deny his sin or excuse it. He simply repented. Deeply and truly He turned to You and admitted everything. You, gracious God, granted forgiveness and full reconciliation. You will do the same for me.

Father, forgive me when I try to hide my sins from You. Your truth tells me, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13 NIV). Though there will be many days that I will fall even as a redeemed believer, I realize that when I come to You with a broken and contrite heart, I am brought back to You through the saving blood of Jesus. I am forgiven, Your child after Your own heart.

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

 

April 2019

He Will Calm The Trials In Your Life

By |2019-08-04T10:00:54-05:00April 25th, 2019|Daily Truth, Encouragement, Faith|

Trials aren’t fun. Father, to be honest, if I see one coming, I make every effort to avoid it. I question You, Lord, when I read Your words spoken through Your servant James that tell me to consider trials as “pure joy.” Really? Pure joy?

You gently remind me of my past trials and how You were in the midst of all of them. You show me Your perspective: that difficulty and struggle are not necessarily the enemy, that sometimes You are molding my character. You are teaching me not to sin during my trials but to seek You so that I will possess everything I need in life. It is Your wisdom that helps me to discern the challenges I face. Your truth tells me, Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1:2–4 ESV).

Though life is sometimes difficult, I am learning total reliance upon You. So as my faith grows in Your love, so does my perseverance. I know that You are transforming me into Your likeness—a complete follower who has been nourished by Your great faithfulness in the midst of my trials. There is no doubt that when I look back on my challenges, I will see Your hand of goodness and remember Your Word: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2 ESV). Knowing Your truth, I can handle anything.

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

 

March 2019

Don’t Look Back – Move Forward

By |2019-08-04T10:01:42-05:00March 20th, 2019|Encouragement, Faith, Family, Friends, Seek Truth|

Lord, I think back on the people that You brought into my life and those that You removed. And even though there were times I didn’t understand what You were doing, I know that both were tremendous blessings of encouragement and protection.

Sovereign Lord, I love how You protect and direct my life – that You see and know everything about me. Your truth tells me, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you” (Psalm 32:8 ESV).

Jesus, my heart listens to Your Spirit and You encourage me not to look back, but to keep my eyes upon You – Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. You are the One who directs of my life and I will seek and trust You – today, tomorrow and forever!

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

 

Will I Do The Same?

By |2019-08-04T10:02:32-05:00March 10th, 2019|Daily Truth, Faith, Seek Truth|

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.John 13:1

It’s hard for me to think about that terrible day that You endured. Judas had already betrayed You and painful scourging and the excruciating crucifixion awaited. But in Your last few moments of freedom, You didn’t stop serving others.

Taking off Your outer garment, You served his disciples. Horrified by Your performing the task of a lowly servant, Peter tried to refuse … until You convinced him of its necessity. He had to accept the cleansing and let You serve him and save him with Your incredible grace.

Then You explained. The foot washing ceremony was not to be a onetime event. You wanted it to be a way of life for Your followers. A way of life for me. If I belong to Your kingdom, I will serve as You, my King did. And You, King Jesus served all the way to Your death.

Sometimes, in my fatigue and weakness, I am tempted to give up. Service is hard and counterintuitive. But if I want to be like You, if I want my life to count for the kingdom, I cannot live just for myself. Your truth tells me, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4).

Lord, I want to be like You!

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

 

February 2019

You Separate Me

By |2019-08-04T10:06:07-05:00February 25th, 2019|Daily Truth, Encouragement, Faith|

In the beginning, heavenly Father, You were there. Complete darkness, total silence. Emptiness. And then You opened Your mouth and declared: Let there be light! Your very first words spoken. Then You separated light from darkness. Little did I know as I study Your Word, the Bible, that Your radiant light didn’t come from the sun or the moon, it came from Your Son, Jesus Christ—the Savior of the world. The One who radiates Your light in a world full of darkness. My Savior!

Lord, in the beginning You separated the darkness from light. In the beginning You thought about me. You separated me, too. I no longer live in darkness. I live in Your light. I live in Your truth. A truth that has no end.

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

 

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