Quit Trying So Hard

Equip me to share with others that they do not have to feel burdened by the need to appease You. The world needs 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 the deficit. 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.

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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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What Are You Seeking?

In the stillness of the morning, I ponder Your first conversation that You had with two of Your disciples in the Book of John. Two powerful questions that I, too, have to ask myself – What are you seeking and where are you staying?

 “The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour” (John 1:37-39 ESV).

Jesus, forgive me when the world pulls me away from You by enticing me to believe that others or things have the answers that will bring me happiness. It’s a lie. I hear Your Spirit in my heart calling me to seek Your face, Your Word—the Bible—and Your promises that will fulfill my life—Your truth. I will come, see and follow You forever. 

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

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Hiding Behind The Banner

Lord, my heart aches for those who hide behind the banner of Christianity. They truly don’t know You. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard stories of deceit, lies and backstabbing from those who say they follow You. Stories that hurt other Christians. Stories that would make unbelievers question Christianity.

But as I study Your Word, Your truth tells me, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness. (Matthew 7 21-23 NASB).

I hear Your Spirit in my heart tell to me that You are sovereign and to stand firm in front of the banner. My role is not to judge the motives of others, but to share Your truth that will lead others to You. Peace will follow in this broken world. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Today, I stand firm. Same for tomorrow.

*  I Seek Truth is written in first person so you can to place yourself and identify with each situation. 


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Stepping Into Faith

Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Numbers 14:6–8

Joshua and Caleb stood their ground. Though the entire assembly around them grumbled in anger and unbelief, Joshua and Caleb stayed true to You, the one they knew who kept his promises. In the end, they were the only two out of that generation allowed to enter the land You promised to give.

It is never easy to bear others’ criticism or rejection when standing for the truth. In fact, the more vocal the opposition, the more tempting it is to either switch allegiances or hide what we know in silence. But Joshua and Caleb’s story call Your people out of cowardice. If I don’t stand with You, I don’t stand at all.