Softened Clay

DAILY VERSE

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Romans 12:12

DEVOTION

Rejoicing when you are hopeful is simple, but being patient in tribulation is another thing entirely. When we enter seasons of strife all we want is for it to resolve quickly. But sometimes God needs to soften the clay and do some molding. Prayer is our direct connection to God, a relationship-building mechanism we should use, not only in these times, but regularly. 

God is good! He’s with you always and will never forsake you. He loves you more than is humanly possible!

Are You a Digger?

DAILY VERSE

In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

Psalm 56:4

DEVOTION

Billy Graham, in his dark night of the soul, prayed this, “Father, I am going to accept this as Thy Word—by faith. I’m going to allow faith to go beyond my intellectual questions and doubts, and I will believe this to be Your inspired Word.”

There are many who read God’s word with a highly intellectual approach. They utilize their human wisdom in the hopes of understanding God. I call those people Diggers. They have a hard time taking God’s Word at face value and they pull out their shovels, searching through every resource. For me, I take God’s Word literally and accept it as that. I may not understand everything the first time I read it, but God’s Word is living and more wisdom is gained with each reading of it. It’s good to get the historical context to better understand biblical truths, but trust that it is fully inspired by God Himself! 

Mirror Dimly

DAILY VERSE

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

1 Corinthians 13:12

DEVOTION 

We will never fully understand what God is doing and how He operates while we’re here on Earth, we simply have to cultivate our trust in Him. Rest on the fact that God is good, that He wants you to live a good life, and that when you see Him face-to-face, all will be revealed to you.

Learning to Discern

DAILY VERSE

But test everything; hold fast what is good.

1 Thessalonians 5:21

DEVOTION

“It is not the ability to predict that we need, but the anointed eye, the power of spiritual penetration and interpretation, the ability to appraise the religious scene as viewed from God’s position, and to tell us what is actually going on.” – A.W. Tozer

The ability to choose between right and wrong, as well as, the ability to interpret when God is doing something is all part of discernment. To sharpen these abilities, you must read and understand God’s Word and ask God for the wisdom to understand how He is working out a given situation. You cannot pass a test without studying. God reveals Himself through is Word.

Our Main Purpose

DAILY VERSE

Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.

Daniel 12:3

DEVOTION

We must never forget our main purpose here in the world, to make disciples. As followers of the Living God, sharing our faith and introducing people to Jesus is a command. This world is full of people heading full-speed down a wide and crowded highway that leads to eternal separation from God. We should shudder to our cores at that thought and be willing to go outside of our comfort zone, leaving the 99 just as Jesus would. 

God, make sense of this…

DAILY VERSE

And have mercy on those who doubt;

Jude 1:22

DEVOTION

Doubt is to have your mind divided over something. Some people doubt their salvation,  heck, Charles Spurgeon did. I know for me sometimes it’s my discernment. Whatever the case may be, doubt doesn’t come from God, it’s a weapon of the Enemy. 

When doubt enters your realm, go to God immediately, asking Him to make sense of the situation and to make things clear.

Hiding in God’s Word

DAILY VERSE

You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.

Psalm 119:114

DEVOTION

There are times when I just feel like hiding. On those days the only place I find hope is in God’s Word. I know that I will find hope, purpose, and joy there. 

Life can issue blow after blow, but God’s Word will lift you up!