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A Slow God?

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 NASB

What is God waiting for? With all the craziness going on in the world, many Believers might question when is Jesus coming back to end it all?

And it is perfectly fine for Believers to want that and desire Jesus’ Second Coming. Anyone who doesn’t want Jesus to come soon isn’t clear on what is waiting for them in Heaven.

But the Lord is waiting for a reason. He is being extra kind, extra loving, extra merciful. He is giving sinners another opportunity to seek Him and get their life right.

Everyday that passes, holds the potential for another soul to be saved!

And we play a part in all of that! We get to be a part of furthering the Kingdom of God! We get to share and spread the Gospel in every way possible.

You might share a Scripture. You might share a song. You might give someone a Gospel tract. You might witness to someone on the street. Every spiritual move plants a seed of the Gospel into another person’s life.

Are you playing your part in the Kingdom?

Father, help me to use every resource available to share the Gospel to those who need to hear.

Peace, Todd

Slipping Away

But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. Luke 5:16 NASB

One of the most important spiritual disciplines is prayer. We definitely don’t take it seriously, not like Jesus.

Jesus was often breaking away and taking time to pray. He would wake up early in the morning to find a secluded place.

His disciples asked Him, “teach us to pray.” They obviously saw how important it was to Him.

But most Believers don’t set aside a regular time to pray. More than likely because it means giving up something.

It means taking time in quiet. It means that you need to humble yourself and come to the Lord. It means to talk to the Father, but also stop and listen to what He might say.

If we are to be like Jesus, we should follow His example of prayer and develop an ear and understanding of the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit.

What has the Lord said to you lately?

Father, help me to desire prayer more and more. Speak to me through the Holy Spirit and Your Word.

Peace, Todd

It Is Written

And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’” Luke 4:4 NASB

How does a Believer effectively deal with all the challenges in life, especially the spiritual ones?

After Jesus was baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit, He went into the desert to fast. There He was tempted by the devil.

The way Jesus dealt with the temptations is very important to us as Believers!

He didn’t come up with a 3 point plan. He didn’t search the internet or search on Google. He didn’t ask three friends for advice and setup a meeting with the pastor to discuss the issue. He didn’t even say something like, “Hey do you know who I Am?”

No! He dealt with the devil using the Word!

Everytime the devil came at Him, Jesus quoted Scripture! “It is written,” was repeated over and over again.

As a young Believer going to camp, Brother Tommy would always say, “The first thing Jesus said in His Earthly ministry was, It is written. The last thing He said was, It is finished. If you can find where it is written, you can tell the devil it is finished.”

The point is that we need to be in the Word and know it! We need to know what God says about us in His Word and learn all His promises. We need to learn from Jesus’ example and be ready to let the Word guide us, along with the Holy Spirit.

God helps us to understand who He is and how He operates in this world according to His Word. When we neglect His Word, we run the risk of making it all up as we go, instead of being led by Him!

This is even more important now than ever! Take the time to get into His Word. Any time you spend in the Bible is well worth it.

Father, illuminate Your Word to me through the Holy Spirit.

Peace, Todd

He Will Provide

Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together. Genesis 22:8 NASB

As we are asked to believe and live out our faith, there is always something missing from the story where we have to look to God to make it complete. We might have all the pieces of the puzzle but one. That piece is where we need to have faith.

Abraham was on his way to sacrifice his son, Issac. Issac knew they had wood and fire, but no animal to sacrifice. He asked his father about it. It was the one piece missing. And Abraham replied that God would provide.

In our faith walk, we encounter times when we have all the pieces but one. That one piece is what we need to have faith in. That is the piece that the Lord wants to use to do a work in us!

The work of faith isn’t to just test us and see what we are made of. It is to grow us and make us the person God can use. Every time we use and grow in faith, God gets the glory, but we understand Him in a deeper way.

But being stretched in faith isn’t always fun. It requires a commitment to the Lord that many don’t want to make. But like Abraham knew and experienced, if you trust Him all the way, He will provide.

In what or where are you being stretched right now? Trust in Him, look at what He has already done for you and know that He will provide the missing piece!

Father, when it is hard to have faith, help us to push through and trust even more.

Peace, Todd

Promises, Promises

Then the Lord took note of Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had promised. Genesis 21:1 NASB

It is sad that at an early age, many realize that promises made are often broken. As kids, we try to get the assurance by asking, “do you promise?”

But believers can always trust the promises of God. He doesn’t waiver, change His mind or forget. He always keeps His promises.

Abraham and Sarah experienced this first hand. Sarah was way past the child birthing years, but God promised her she would have a son. And it happened!

It didn’t happen in her timing. It didn’t happen the way she thought it should happen. It happened exactly the way God wanted it.

God’s promises are true, lasting and never broken. If He says He will do something, He will do it. And there are many promises that God makes to those who believe. They are there in His Word.

Do you know His promises? Get in His Word!

Father, thank You for all of Your promises. Help me to look for them and stand on the truth that they are for me today.

Peace, Todd

All Do!

But Peter kept saying insistently, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” And they all were saying the same thing also. Mark 14:31 NASB

We look at Peter as the disciple that denied Jesus during His trial, but in reality, they all did.

Every single disciple saw the miracles, heard Him speak and even heard Him declare that He was the Son of God. But when it came down to the stress and fear of those final moments in the garden, they all took off.

We all do that too! Not in a garden, but when we feel pressure, when we fear, when we can’t see the other side. We tend to leave the way of the Father and revert back to taking care of it all ourselves.

Not always, but it happens.

Jesus knows this. So when the initial fear is gone, He expects you to come back, get things straight and learn that He will be there for you, like the disciples finally figured out!

Then, the next time, you have that experience and can lean in on the trust that He is always there.

The key is learning and adjusting. As we experience more of His love and mercy, we need to adjust our lives to Him. And this happens daily! The more time you spend with Him, the more you know His heart, the easier it is to trust Him.

Yes, the fear and stress is real, but He is even more real. I pray you take the time to seek Him and experience what it is to trust Him more.

Father, let me look beyond the fear of the day and see the victory I have in You.

Peace, Todd

Ready for the End

You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. Mark 13:13 NASB

Jesus talked about persecution. He said that believers would be persecuted because of Him. This was very apparent in the early church, but it is happening here in the present too!

You’re probably not seeing it because you’re not paying attention. You’re not seeing or hearing about it because it isn’t in the mainstream media and social media doesn’t really share it out either.

Christians are getting persecuted because of their belief in Jesus in many places around the globe. But you need to know that it is happening here in the US too. And it will get worse.

At that time, what will you do? Are you strong enough in your faith that you can trust the Lord in the midst of people hating you? Or will their words and threats cause you to put your trust in someone or something else?

For some of you, this will seem very far-fetched. But it is because you’re not paying attention, it will come on you lightening fast!

Just consider how fast things have changed in our world already! Do you wish we had the world of January 2020 or the world of June 2020? It happened lightening fast.

Jesus warned us. The Bible speaks to this. The Bible is 1/3 prophecy! But you don’t hear about that in modern day churches because it scares people and pastors can’t afford to lose people to the church nextdoor.

Maybe, it’s time for you to consider what is coming and prepare spiritually for it!

Father, open up the eyes of Your people so they may fully turn to You in this time.

Peace, Todd

Beyond What We See

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, Ephesians 3:20 NASB

We limit God so much! We put Him in a box when we don’t believe that He is powerful enough or that He won’t help us.

We do this because we are limited by our own thinking. We are confined to what we know. And we don’t know God deeply enough!

Another reason we limit God is because we haven’t experienced Him or acknowledged the time He has come through in our lives. When we do that, each experience builds on the other and we grow to trust in Him more each time.

Are you limiting God? Do you truly trust that He knows what He is doing?

He has already moved in your life many times. Seek Him on this. Ask Him to show you. And then, start living with the understanding that He can blow you away with what He can and will do for His own.

Father, thank You for being active in my life, even when I don’t fully recognize it.

Peace, Todd

Working With Him

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 NASB

If God was an artist, what kind of artwork do you think He would do? Would He paint, sculpt or do some sort of woodwork? Regardless of the type of art, don’t you think it would be awesome?

Well, Paul said that we are His workmanship. He is an artist! He is making us into the work that He desires.

But we are not created to hang on a wall or sit on a bookshelf. We were created to walk in the good works that He has prepared for us.

So, are you doing that? Are you walking in the works that He has created for you? Or maybe you don’t consider yourself part of His creation?

When you accept Jesus as Your Lord and Savior, He makes you into a new creation. And as His creation, we are called to walk in His works and bring him glory.

When you get close to Jesus, you start to know His heart and desire for you. And then, you can walk in His ways and works that He created for you!

Why try to figure out life on your own? Why bounce around life trying to figure out where you are going? Get close to Jesus and find out what He already has for you!

Father, show me Your ways that I may walk in them everyday.

Peace, Todd

Not Listening to Others

Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Mark 10:48 NASB

When you allow others to force how or what you believe in Jesus, you will miss out on the biggest blessings of your life!

Blind Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was passing by. He couldn’t get up to follow Him, but instead started crying out to get His attention.

Everyone around him told him to be quiet and tried to shut him up. But he didn’t allow them to keep him quiet.

As a result of blind Bartimaeus’ persistence, Jesus called him over and asked what he wanted. Of course, Bartimaeus wanted to see. And Jesus healed him!

What would have happened if Bartimaeus listened to those around him? He would have stayed blind and the blessing of his healing would have never come!

God uses people and circumstances to help direct us. But not like He uses His Word and the Holy Spirit. If you are looking for direction, you need to make sure that you are close to His Word and strong in His Spirit. You don’t want to count on other people to show you the way. Even the most discerning will get it wrong.

Christians have been given the Holy Spirit and the Word. What a shame when we don’t seek Him there.

Father, speak to me through Your Word and guide me by the Holy Spirit.

Peace, Todd