Are You Listening?



The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.

Acts 9:7



As Paul is driven to his knees by a bright light, Jesus’ voice is clearly heard by those who were with him on the road to Damascus. How awesome would it be to hear Christ’s voice clearly as we face adversity in our lives? Through God’s Word and focused prayer we can still experience His directional nudgings. We need to be in constant contact with our Father if we are to stay on the narrow path that leads to fulfilling His plan for our lives.

He’s Working 24/7



And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

Matthew 6:27



When things don’t happen within the time span you’d hoped they would, anxiety can set in. When prayers seem to go unanswered you can feel deflated. Don’t! God is working diligently in the background. Unseen, He is knitting things together in a way that will benefit you and glorify Him. Be patient, as hard as it seems, because your Father in heaven is actively at work 24/7.

Be Prepared to Hit the Field!



For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.

Hebrews 10:36



God puts us through times of building to strengthen our endurance. We call that time span trials, but actually, it’s a time of training. God is preparing you for more. It’s the difference between an armchair-quarterback and actual quarterback who’s trained and prepared for that position. God wants us to be prepared to hit the field and make a difference, that requires some sacrifice and hard work.

Take Heart!



…The Lord is with you while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.

2 Chronicles 15:1



Despite the setbacks, detours, and pit stops you face, remember that God has a purpose for you that will be fulfilled. When we face adversity, we should draw near to God so that He will draw near to us. The Holy Spirit will guide you onto the pathway that will produce the results God has in mind for you. God will be glorified!




…Be strong and courageous. Fear not; do not be dismayed.

1 Chronicles 22:13



I fully believe in God, so when I feel fearful and get dismayed, it most commonly comes from people. People have free will, it only takes a momentary slip in judgment to completely change the course of things. In those times when fear sneaks in, it’s pertinent that I hit my knees and pray to the only One who can give me strength and calm the storm within me.

Don’t Be Ashamed



And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.

1 John 2:28



Shame – A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.

I think it’s safe to say we’ve all felt shame at some point in our lives. I know once I made the decision to follow Christ a had a period where I felt deeply ashamed and repentant, the conviction was overwhelming. But even as a longtime believer, there are still times when I feel shame. The shame this verse is referring to is a next level shame that a life living counter to God’s will brings about.

Live each day convicted and strive to pick up your cross daily so that when you meet Jesus face-to-face you won’t have to shrink from His gaze.

He’s Walked in Our Shoes



For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Hebrews 4:15



There’s one thing all military members, whether active or not, will agree on; you won’t understand their plight until you’ve walked in their shoes. They’ve gone through basic training, active service, and many times combat together. They are close-knit, no matter what branch they’ve served in. When we think about Jesus Christ, we can be sure that he knows our plight, because He has walked in our shoes. He is our intercessor, our savior, and our king. He loves and understands us, we can come to Him with confidence.