Faith

By on Mar 18, 2019 in Faith | 0 comments

Faith Hebrews 11: 1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” As we begin this week’s devotional series, meditate on this thought: We are called as believers to live our entire life built on promises made by Christ. What a challenge; especially with many things vying for our loyalty in today’s culture. Many things promise to satisfy only to disappoint. There is one thing that we can hang our hat on—the promises of God’s Word. This was not unusual for many Old and New Testament believers. They lived looking forward to the future hope, and the promises of Christ meant so much to them that they lived excited about what Christ said. Question: Do we live excited about what Christ said? Not only were they excited about what Christ said, they lived their whole life and structured the course for their lives based on what Christ said....

The Grasshopper Mentality—Day 5

By on Jan 25, 2019 in The Grasshopper Mentality |

The Grasshopper Mentality—Day 5 Numbers 13: 25-33 “There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” Let us begin today’s devotional meditating on this thought: Our faith should view the circumstances of our existence from a divine perspective. The one thing that should concern us in this life is, “Lord, what have you spoken regarding this matter?” To attempt to live life from any other perspective is to live life beneath our potential. What a shame it is to live beneath our potential. Yet, how often do we succumb to fear, doubt, or even challenges because we are not convinced we can overcome those obstacles between us and our destiny. We conclude this week’s devotional series with a figure of speech used in biblical days called meiosis....

The Grasshopper Mentality—Day 4

By on Jan 24, 2019 in The Grasshopper Mentality |

The Grasshopper Mentality—Day 4 Numbers 13: 25-33 “Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.” Our focus for attention today is centered around Caleb encouraging the people to go up and conquer the land. While Caleb is encouraging the people, ten of the twelve spies are reiterating to the crowd that those living in the land are too strong. Not only are the spies discouraging the people with a fear of the giants, but the spies are not giving an accurate report of the land. God is preparing to bless the people and the spies are not speaking truthfully regarding the land. But isn’t that what we have to do whenever we reject what God has for us? We tell ourselves that the fruit is not as good as we may think. Think about that, to deny ourselves of the blessings God has...

The Grasshopper Mentality—Day 3

By on Jan 23, 2019 in The Grasshopper Mentality |

The Grasshopper Mentality—Day 3 Numbers 13: 25-33 “Thus they told him, and said, “We went in to the land where you sent us; and it certainly does flow with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Nevertheless, the people who live in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large; and moreover, we saw the descendants of Anak there.”  As we look at today’s devotional passage, personally I am left with these words; we came, we liked what we saw, and we left afraid of the blessing. The spies realized the land was everything it was supposed to be. However, they could not enjoy the thought of what God was giving them because they focused on the inhabitants of the land, the giants. Do we realize often what God is doing in our lives or what he has for us is being occupied by someone else? During those times when our promised blessings are in the hands...

The Grasshopper Mentality—Day 2

By on Jan 22, 2019 in The Grasshopper Mentality |

The Grasshopper Mentality—Day 2 Numbers 13: 25-33 The journey for the spies took forty days. On foot, they traveled from the wilderness of Zin up north and then back to Kadesh-Barnea. Kadesh means “sanctuary.” The very place where Israel was camping out was considered an oasis. This mission the spies were on was to be a reconnaissance mission, and the information gathered was to be used in their favor. They were to bring back a report on the nature of the land and its inhabitants. The spies were to also bring back a sample of the fruit that was indigenous to that area. The fruit included pomegranates and figs along with a massive cluster of grapes. The information received said the land was all it was supposed to be—good land flowing with milk and honey. God promised Israel the land, so, this fact gathering mission was not to determine if it was possible to defeat the...