“Which Came First – The Chicken Or The Egg?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Which Came FirstThe Chicken Or The Egg?”

Have you ever met self-made “geniuses” who will even try to impress you that they are even smarter than God?

While out in a public place one day, I overheard this man ask that question to another person.  Sensing his spirit of pride, I interjected my humble but unexpected answer.

“According to the Bible, in Genesis chapter 1, God created all the animals.  So obviously the hen and the rooster came first because they were both needed in order to produce eggs.”

I am always seeking for a way of introduction into any conversation or to start a new conversation whenever I am in a line at the post office, supermarket, bank or the Department of Motor Vehicles.  There are so many wonderful ways to share Christ and The Word of God.

“Interesting,” said the man with the spirit of pride.  “But I have another question:  If a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one there to hear it, does it make a noise?”

Immediately, I recognized the arrogant spirit of pride that I was facing as The Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance a verse from The New Testament.

In 2nd Timothy 2:23 NIV, The Apostle Paul said, “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid questions or arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.”

Ignorant here does not mean uneducated.  The word “foolish, ignorant, stupid or unlearned” here simply means “TRIFLING,” or that which does not lead to edification.   Moreover, it reveals those that are arrogant and filled with pride.

Preaching, teaching, witnessing or giving godly counsel is The Lord’s method of sharing and dealing with those in sin, unbelief and error.  The same God, who gives truth by His grace, can open up hearts to acknowledge and receive it unless that individual is dead set in his ways to rebel against it.   However, quarreling or arguing is not God’s way for it will only lead to counteractive results and continued fighting.

Nothing can be more emphatic than The Apostle Paul’s warnings against foolish and silly questions and controversies in this realm as he gives instructions that such ought to be avoided, publicly and privately.  Foolish questions are only aimed at breaking your peace and are a further attempt to hinder the progress of your sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

The Greeks and the Hebrews were greatly given to controversies of various kinds, and many of the questions discussed pertained to points that could not be settled or were of no importance.  Such are to be avoided.

Those that are caught up in themselves are a snare because they belong to the devil and are a slave to him through the spirit of pride.

I encourage you to continue to share and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ but don’t allow yourself to be “side-tracked” by foolish, argumentative or trifling questions straight from the pit of darkness.  Shake the dust off your feet and move on to speak to others about our wonderful Savior and Lord.

HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Are You Trusting Christ No Matter How Difficult Or Impossible It May Seem?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Trusting Christ No Matter How Difficult Or Impossible It May Seem?”

As we suffer the effects of a fallen world, the attacks against believers are growing stronger as Satan continues to try to discourage Christians in an attempt to prevent our various acts of faith.

As troubles may seem unending and we often may grow weary, at the very core of our hearts is our expectancy of God’s divine intervention, miraculous grace and even the hope of His soon return.   However until then, you must have the confidence that whatever adverse circumstance, negative situation, the painful condition or demonic activity you are facing, your struggle is under His authority and He is orchestrating in your affairs for His glory and your best.

Having experienced a great parade of heart-wrenching attacks in my personal life over the many years, I have continually gone back to the  Holy Scriptures for answers, insight, help, assurance and strength.

In Exodus chapter 14, we read the familiar story of God leading Moses and the Israelites out of Egypt.  God was leading Moses by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.

As they came to the banks of The Red Sea, Pharaoh and his army were in hot pursuit of them.  Fear gripped the Israelites’ hearts and they began to complain unto Moses.  Upon seeing the rapidly approaching enemy, Moses told the people, “The Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.  The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

Then following God’s instructions, Moses lifted his staff over the waters of The Red Sea and they miraculously divided.  However, notice God’s next move:  Suddenly, the pillar that had been leading them moved to their rear and was now protecting them, keeping the attacking army back from conquering them.  While the pillar continued to provide light to Moses and the Israelites, it provided an impassable thick darkness to Pharaoh and his army.

All of the adverse circumstances were fully “UNDER GOD’S CONTROL AND AUTHORITY.”  Throughout that entire night, Moses and the Israelites walked through the parted waters of The Red Sea on totally dry ground until they reached the other side.

Then “the angel of The Lord,” who was “The Pre-Incarnate Jesus Christ Himself” as the pillar of fire, removed so Pharaoh and his army could then pursue Israel into The Red Sea where they all met their destruction.

The Word of God is our compass or guide towards piercing through, overcoming and breaking out of any difficult circumstance through maintaining faith in Christ and listening to the voice of The Holy Spirit of God.

Will you continue to trust Him even if you can’t see or don’t understand what He’s doing?  He has your best interest in His heart.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Are You Stuck In A Rut And Don’t Know What To Do?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Stuck In A Rut And Don’t Know What To Do?”

God wants to broaden your horizons and take you from the “old and familiar” to a brand new level, but have you become so fearful or so comfortable that you are afraid of change?

The Holy Spirit declared through The Apostle Paul in Romans 12: 2 NASB, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Two of the greatest enemies of believers today are fear of change and conformity to this world.  Fear of stepping out of your familiar or comfort zone or being  overwhelmed with earthly things instead of renewing your mind in God’s Word and walking in the Spirit, keeps you operating in the flesh and prevents you from being effective.

What you need most is to experience the joy of The Lord.  Aren’t you aware that the darkness that surrounds you is not greater than the light that’s within you?

Many have allowed their pessimistic or negative attitude to poison their entire demeanor and outlook, but The Lord desires to change your thinking.

The word “Mind” is used 95 times in The Holy Bible which simply means the place of consciousness, perception, understanding, feeling, judging, reasoning, determining, and choosing.  It’s the place where our thoughts are born, reside, and then become action.  From that point our character is forged, shaped, and outwardly manifested.

Once a sinner has been saved by Christ Jesus, it’s here that God wants to impact, renew, and fill you with His Word that you might not sin against Him, grow in faith, learn to walk in the power of The Holy Spirit of God and impact lives that surround you.

The mind is the heart, soul, and center of your personality, decision making, and your every action.  Again, it is here that Christ wants to influence, but this responsibility is yours because faith comes by hearing and is developed, nurtured, and then becomes stronger through the consistent renewing of your mind in His Word.

The work of The Holy Spirit first begins in the understanding, then His Word affects our will, affections, conversation, and actions until there is a change of the whole being into the image of Christ in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness.  One cannot live godly unless there is a giving up of one’s self to Christ Jesus.

There’s no other way for this to happen.  There are no shortcuts that you can take.  Reading, studying, and meditating in His Word is you spending time in His Presence, receiving inspiration directly from Him.

Through disciplined reading, studying, meditating, and praying in the Holy Scriptures, several things will begin to happen within and around you.  You’ll begin to erase Satan’s false and negative programming of your fleshy mind, thereby crushing the devil’s control ability over you and your surroundings.

Through the ongoing studying of The Bible, you’ll increase your ability to obey God.  Obedience is your key to the intimate, supernatural, divine, and miraculous hand of God moving in your life and orchestrating in your affairs.

It’s through the studying of God’s Word that you’ll see yourself being set free from all past guilt and condemnation.  Then you’ll also be able to eliminate the success and effectiveness of their demonic attacks, entrapments and deceptions.

Through the renewing of your mind in God’s Word, you’ll receive guidance and direction for your life and walk in the anointing of The Holy Spirit of God.   There’s just so much more to the heavenly riches that are in Christ Jesus to all that will follow Him.

The Lord desires to flood your heart with His joy and change your outlook on everything around you.  Many desire and want this, but are you first willing to trust Him?

“Are You Resting In The Lord’s Divine Arms?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Resting In The Lord’s Divine Arms?”

Even during the very worst of times, the spiritual lives of those who trust The Lord are divinely watched over and protected by The Grace of our Lord.

Though at times it may physically appear that you’ve been cast down, you shall not be destroyed by the adverse temptations, vicious attacks, negative situations or painful conditions that have been orchestrated and sent by the forces of darkness.

God’s Word and Grace have given and still promises today’s  believers great security in our lives as we go through the midst of dangers, trials and tribulations.

Psalm 46: 1 wonderfully reminds us that, “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”

How wonderful it is to know that His gracious and glorious presence “MAKES THE DIFFERENCE” as we go through the toughest of times.

Whether you’re experiencing painful sickness, heart-wrenching financial lack, dealing with abusiveness, or any other type of tormenting anguish that’s trying your soul, it’s wonderful to know that “GOD IS OUR HELP.”

Through Jesus Christ, we have been made more than conquerors against all attacking enemies sent by Satan’s hand.  We have God’s Divine Assurance that HE IS WITH US, THAT HE WILL NEVER LEAVE US, NEVER FORSAKE US AND HE WILL BE OUR DAILY STRENGTH AND CONSTANT FRIEND.

Can we find one more greater than Him?  Run to Him for comfort and safety.  Take shelter under His Wings.  Allow Him to be your fortress or high tower of protection.  When you’re feeling weak, defenseless, tired and overwhelmed allow Him to be your source of strength.   When you’re feeling confused and uncertain, permit Him to give you wisdom from on high.

For HE IS a very present help, which means HE IS our aid, assistance, helper, savior, deliverer, healer, provider, way-maker, teacher and much more.

Through Him, many battles have been won, the weak have been made strong, the sick have been healed, closed doors have been opened, needs have been supplied and met, as His amazing Grace and loving presence have been the source of many blessings and victorious outcomes.

Our Lord has a proven, faithful and lengthy history of being there and making the difference in the lives of believers when facing troubling anxiety or going through heart breaking sorrow.  Realize that you have not been brought this far on your own nor to be left alone.

Therefore, rely on Him and have faith in Christ Jesus.

“Are You Walking The Walk Or Just Talking The Talk?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Walking The Walk Or Just Talking The Talk?”

Early one Sunday morning, we were awakened by a rapid and hard knocking at our front door.  My neighbor’s wife was crying hysterically, her face was swollen and bleeding and her clothes were torn.  As my wife embraced her and brought her in, thinking about her two young sons and husband being in jeopardy, I quickly jumped into my shoes and prepared to rush over to their home to apprehend the burglar.

Suddenly, she screamed, “there’s no burglar, my husband did this to me again!”  I was now more shocked and overwhelmed because her husband was a “preacher.”

He was an evangelist and had been speaking at numerous churches throughout all the neighboring cities, and not only had visited my church on different occasions, but was even scheduled to preach that very same Sunday morning.

As we comforted her, he had no idea where she had gone or that she was in my home sharing the horrible details.  My wife kept her safely within our home after I left for church and within two hours he came to church as if nothing had happened.  But I had already prepared for him. 

I had him take a regular seat in the church and I preached that Sunday morning instead.  As church was ending, I privately told him to remain because I had something personal that I needed to share with him and then I asked one of my Deacons to also remain behind with me, as a witness to what I intended to do.

Once I was sure everyone was gone and had locked all the doors, I stood firmly two inches from in front of his face and began rebuking and shouting at him.  After I called him a deceiver and a coward (for any man that beats up on his wife is just that) I challenged him to strike me.  Again, I called him a coward and a profane deceiver and told him I knew he would not attempt to strike me because he only enjoyed beating up on little women.

As he stood there crying, he tried to repent to me. But, I told him that he needed to repent to his wife, to The Lord and to all the other pastors that had supported him.  I told him that unless he  would immediately do so, I was going to call them all up and tell them that he had been “uncovered’” and not to let him into their pulpits.

Within a couple more days, it was additionally revealed that he had been using prostitutes for sex throughout the inner city.  So his wife immediately filed for divorce and within two weeks he ended up in the intensive care of one of the major hospitals.  Not willing to repent, ask forgiveness or seek The Lord, he fell deeper into sin and his two young sons grew up into manhood without their father, but became outstanding men.

This world, which is filled with darkness, is looking for good role models, so are you living a life that’s worth following?

Romans 2: 21-22 NLT says, “Well then, if you teach others, why don’t you teach yourself? You tell others not to steal, but do you steal?  You say it is wrong to commit adultery, but do you commit adultery?  You condemn idolatry, but do you use items stolen from pagan temples?”

How often have you heard someone say, “I would go to church, but there are too many hypocrites there.”  While this is often a mere excuse for many to keep from going to church, it is also a revelation that God is calling all believers to excel in character and conduct.  As partakers of His divine nature, all believers should arise and strive to live a victorious lifestyle that exemplifies a follower of Jesus Christ.

Again, are you living a life that’s worth following?

 

“Where Is God When You Need Him The Most?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Where Is God When You Need Him The Most?”

Have you ever accused The Lord of being absent or unconcerned about your stressful situation and in great distress cried out, Where the hell is The Lord?”

In Mark 4:38 NIV, His disciples experienced this in the midst of a severe storm as Jesus was asleep within the boat during that crisis.  Panic stricken, they awoke Him as they cried out in sheer agony, Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

Their question seemed like a harsh statement, as if they were scolding Him for sleeping during their crisis.  As Christ slept, they believed that he was unconcerned about their dangerous situation and inattentive of their prayers.  But, even though His eyes were closed and He slept soundly, His heart was open and He had not lost his power.

The ship that Christ had once made his pulpit is now in danger of sinking from the severity of the storm.  Their ship became full of water and the other little ships that followed them also shared in the distress and danger.

The great noise of the wind and the raging sea was so threatening and terrifying beyond any measure to them, that they became paralyzed with fear which further resulted in their becoming pessimistic, doubtful, cynical and critical.

Then, in Mark 4:39, “He arose and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still.  And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.”

The storms of life always come to make us forget about Christ, His love for us, His sacrifice on the cross, God’s resurrection  power, His faithfulness to His Word and His amazing grace.  

Even though there may arise causes for alarm, you should never allow fear from any adverse circumstance, negative situation or painful condition  affect you to such a degree to make you forget about His love towards you.   On the contrary, it has been said that, “The teacher is most quiet during your test so that you may discover what you have learned.”

“Peace” is never the absence of suffering or adversity.  Peace is not the cessation of things arising against you.   Peace is taking everything to The Lord and believing He will handle it for His glory and your best.

Peace describes or defines our intimate relationship with God through Christ as we are led by The Holy Spirit.

One of the greatest promises can be found in Hebrews 13:5, where He said, “I will never leave you, and I will never forsake you.”

Though we may sometimes be tossed like that ship on the rough sea, remember that Christ is on board and you cannot sink.  That is His promise to you on today.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

Why Did Jesus Call Himself “The Bread Of Life?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Why Did Jesus Call Himself “The Bread Of Life?”

 

 

In speaking to the crowd regarding the manna that came down from Heaven during the time of Moses, it is now very interesting that our Lord would refer to Himself as Bread.” 

In John 6:35 NIV, Jesus declared, “I Am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Bread has always been one of the main ingredients of any meal.  It sustains and comforts us, it gives refreshment and support, it brings nourishment, and as a main grocery or provision it offers nutriment. Whether used as a delicacy, an appetizer, or as a treat, in any culture throughout the world, it’s a rare dish that comes without any of the main ingredients of bread.

White bread, dark bread, French bread, garlic bread, unleavened bread, muffins, biscuits, corn bread, hot dog or hamburger buns, pancakes, waffles, sandwiches, rolls, Italian pasta, dumplings, sourdough bread, cake, crackers, tortillas, oatmeal, grits, dry cereals, pastries, cookies, pretzels, corn meal, toast, bagels, doughnuts and much more, are all different example forms of this highly needed nutritional item.

As vital as bread is as a main substance, Jesus refers to Himself as The Bread Of Life,” revealing to us why He is more vital than any meal you could ever consume.

As Christ reveals Himself as “The True Bread of Life, He’s declaring that HE IS to the soul what bread is to the body.  As the protein from natural bread gives nourishment and strength to our physical bodies, only Christ can give LIFE to dead sinners.  Then through His Word and The Holy Spirit, Christ maintains that NEW LIFE that He has given.   There’s absolutely NO WAY for to sustain and support this NEW LIFE within you, without Him.

Your NEW MAN can only be quickened, nourished, renewed, strengthened and anointed through the power of Christ, THE LIVING BREAD, as you consistently feed on His Word and are filled with His Spirit.   We are thereby instructed and encouraged to feast upon Him.”

In Matthew 5:6, Jesus said “Blessed are those that hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled.”  Once you come to Christ Jesus and regularly “feast upon Him” then you shall never desire any other food but Christ, “The True and Living Bread.”   You will be satisfied with Him and never be in a starving or famishing condition as you discover that “He’s all you need.”

This revelation reveals His Divinity, Love, Authority, and Grace, along with His Intimate Desire to live and flow through us, as we’re energized or empowered by His Word and Holy Spirit.

HE IS our creator, our provider, our sustainer, our true comforter, and savior.   HE IS the giver of hope, the lover of our souls, and the true source of our joy.

It is by Him that “we move, live, and have our being.”   HE IS The Only One That Gives Us Eternal Life.

Therefore, it is no wonder that He encourages us to pray daily to Our Heavenly Father: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread.”

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“How Should You Handle Stinging Criticism, Ugly Comments and Negative Remarks From Others?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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How Should You Handle Stinging Criticism, Ugly Comments and Negative Remarks From Others?”

Isn’t it simply amazing how people will rise up to criticize you when you start doing something for Jesus?  Well, how should you handle stinging criticism, ugly accusations, vicious slander, unkind comments and negative remarks when they come your way to discourage and attack?

In the gospel of Luke 7:36-48, we are given the familiar story of Jesus and His disciples dining at the house of a Pharisee, called Simon the leper.  During that feast, a woman carrying an alabaster jar of very expense perfume approached Him and after opening it, poured the perfume on Jesus’ head and feet.  Then, while weeping, she began wiping the perfume from His feet with her hair and kissed His feet in complete adoration of Him.

While the beautiful fragrance was wonderfully still in the air, many were troubled by this entire scene.  Some challenged the waste of such an expensive perfume, scoffing that it could’ve been sold for a lot of money and given to the poor.  But, during the very midst of vicious stares, gossip and even name calling, she didn’t allow the shamefulness or embarrassment of being called “a sinner” discourage or detour her away.

The Pharisees began to condemn the fact that Jesus would allow such a vile creature and notorious sinner to do such a thing, let alone enter His presence.  Many therefore concluded that since he didn’t know her character and didn’t rebuke her then he couldn’t really be a true prophet.  But, Jesus came into this world to seek and save the LOST and today, we must never forget our main mission is to continue to carry on as ambassadors for Christ.

This woman not only did what she felt led to do in her heart and soul, but did so in the very face of slanderous remarks and negative criticism.  Where she had met Jesus earlier, or what message of His had brought life to her dead heart and soul, we are not aware of.  Her love for her Savior was greater than the slander of men.  Her humility poured from out from a heart that had been healed, forgiven and changed.  Her dedication was so pure that she totally discounted the expense of her offering and the negativity of men.  Her only focus was on loving The Lord because the mercy and grace shown to her by Christ was far greater than the ugly comments from men.

What has Jesus done in your heart and life?  What blessings has He done in your life or home?  Once you’ve counted His blessings, are you ready to pick up your cross and follow Him daily?

In our world, criticism is something unavoidable and inevitable. And if you try to make everybody happy and love you, you’re just wasting your time and energy.  While Satan will always try to use criticism to produce a stinging effect upon your mind, as a believer you must weigh it against the love, mercy, forgiveness, healing, deliverance and saving grace shown to you by our Lord.

Often, the greatest stinging remarks or most negative comments Satan brings are from the mouths of those that are closest to you:  family members, relatives or the closest friends.   But, we must allow the peace of God to guard our hearts and not become distracted from our worship, fellowship with and service to God.  

It’s also very important to also understand that not all criticism is bad.  We must have an open and discerning heart towards God’s correction. Constructive criticism will come from people who truly love The Lord, are filled with The Holy Spirit and desire to mentor you to grow.

Unfortunately, those who are NOT in love with Christ or sent by The Holy Spirit will only bring negative or destructive criticism.  Don’t allow their comments to bring you down, affect your relationship with God or prevent you from doing His will.

Jesus was so moved by her passionate and genuine act of devotion that He forever immortalized her by saying, “Wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”  (Mark 14:9)

And Christ today is still moved as we demonstrate passionate and genuine acts of devotion to Himas we reach out to touch and impact the lives of others as we are led from a heart filled with love for Him.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Where Are You Looking For Help Or Answers?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Where Are You Looking For Help Or Answers?”

A return to God or a closer walk with The Lord will always bring forth a complete change in every aspect of life.  So, are you placing a greater value on turning to men or certain organizations to provide answers or obtain help in your time of need?

The nation of Judah did!  Judah was in trouble and was facing one of their darkest periods in history.  Contrary to the express command of God, they sought answers and turned for help to man instead of calling on the name of The Lord.  So, God sent forth The Prophet Isaiah to warn them against further unbelief and to repent and turn to Him.

Isaiah 31:1 NIV says, “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the LORD.”

Despite their history as enemies, the Jews were obsessed with summoning Egypt because of the terror of the approaching Assyrian army.  It was abundantly evidenced that The Jews knew that Egypt had large numbers of chariots maintained by the Pharaoh and that Egypt was the only power which seemed capable of supplying a force to contend with the force of the Assyrians.

The Jews were conscious of their weakness and were allowing fear to motivate them from looking to Heaven to neighboring Egypt.  In doing so, they were placing more trust in the creature rather than their creator.  Acting out of sheer fear and unbelief, they were completely acting independent of God.

They neglected prayer, cast away His Word and ceased to worship, all of which demonstrated their distrust of The Lord.

They placed a higher value in trusting in horses, chariots and soldiers over God, who had a lengthy and faithful history of being their salvation, deliverance and provider than any other source.

There is to be no compromise with the flesh or the world.  Believers must remember that all earthly powers are worthless in comparison to trusting The Lord.  Is your confidence in Christ Jesus or the arm of the flesh?

Here, the prophet begins by crying “Woe” to all who will endeavor to solve their problems by earthly means or through human wisdom rather than seeking the face of God.

The cry of “Woe” signaled the trumpet to sound and declare that God is not impressed by the large numbers of our adversaries or the loud noises or threats that they make.

For our Lord is GREATER THAN any attacking opposition, sickness or disease, financial hardship or depression, political take-over or rising profane group, increasing threats of war, inner city violence, or any famine or drought.

Who or what can stand in the place of our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit or The Word of God?  Who else has such authority or power?  What shall separate us from the love of God and The Lord’s amazing grace?   

God has always promised His Divine Intervention when people repent, call on His name and walk in obedience to Him.  Then will hearts be opened, minds be renewed, lives restored, bodies healed, people set-free, needs met and the moving of God’s Spirit be evidenced as He begins to orchestrate in our lives and affairs.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Are You Longing For A Change But One Doesn’t Appear Anywhere In Sight?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Longing For A Change But One Doesn’t Appear Anywhere In Sight?”

I began conversing with a woman that I knew was experiencing hard times when suddenly she looked at me and out of anguish said, “I am still waiting for my ship to come in!”   So, to lighten the moment, I jokingly replied, “It did, but it sank in the harbor!   So, if you want your stuff you’ll have to dive down to get it and I’ll help you.”  This brought great laughter to her depressed and discouraged face.

Longing for a change, something better or different always seems to be a driving factor in our lives, with disappointments running a close second in the race.  However, the Bible offers us more than a theology for overcoming a variety of situations.

Psalms 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

During any “soul-shaking” experience, in the midst of the worst of times, we are helpless without Christ.  It’s during these encounters or attacks that HE IS our fortitude, salvation, deliverance, guidance, comfort and help even in our darkest hour.   Do you believe this?

God is our source to flee to for safety, strength, shelter, aid and assistance despite any danger, trouble or even weakness that may come our way.  HE IS the strength for our hearts under the greatest of trials and our “way out of no way” from every enemy that surrounds us.  Again, do you believe this?

The words “Present Help” reveals that HE IS the proven, powerful, effectual, reliable and faithful ONE.  HE ALONE makes the difference because of who HE IS and the grace that He loves to demonstrate in the lives of those that trust Him and confess Him before all others.

The word “Trouble” identifies all that will come upon us which will bring sorrow, anxiety, discouragement, broken-heartedness and grief.

God is the God of all comfort and He has a lengthy and faithful history of divinely intervening and orchestrating in our affairs.  Now is NOT the time to give up on God because HE HAS NOT given up on you.

While the gospel is the Good News to the world, too much Christian teaching today seems to be a little more than positivism plastered with religious jargon or clichés. We must cease preaching “faith in our faith” and recover the distinctive ability to have faith in THE LIVING CHRIST and His atoning work, walk in obedience to the scriptures and listen to the voice of The Holy Spirit.

Remember that Christ IS THE LORD OF YOUR BREAKTHROUGH, so you do not  have anything to fear!

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!