An Inward Struggle

By on Jun 18, 2018 in An Inward Struggle, God With Us | 2 comments

An Inward Struggle Romans 7: 14-25 “For we know that the Law is spiritual, bu I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.” As a Christian, I have been fortunate to watch many people come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. A beautiful common attitude I have obeserved many new converts express is that of rejoicing and relief. Relief from an old way of living to the joy of salvation. Undoubtably, the new life with Christ is far better than what we had without him. Nevertheless, in our new life we may still struggle with temptations that defined our old nature. In our devotional passage this week, we are allowed to peer into the life of one of the most noted followers of Christ—the apostle Paul. Although validated in his faith, Paul...

God Still Can—Day 5

By on Jun 15, 2018 in God Still Can | 0 comments

God Still Can—Day 5 Acts 12: 6-17 “When she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her joy she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter was standing in front of the gate. They said to her, you are out of your mind!” We conclude this week’s devotional giving consideration to this thought: While the group is praying, the answer to their prayer is continuing to knock for admission into the house. Peter is knocking at the door waiting for someone to let him in. Perhaps what we are seeking God for has been knocking at our door all along. Maybe the answer is waiting for our faith to respond and open the door. As I meditate on this passage, it was clear that if Peter’s release was based on the group’s faith. Peter most likely would have died at the hand of Agrippa I the following morning. The doubt that Rhoda experienced from the group...

God Still Can—Day 4

By on Jun 14, 2018 in God Still Can | 0 comments

God Still Can—Day 4 Acts 12: 6-17 “When she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her joy she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter was standing in front of the gate. They said to her, you are out of your mind!” After Peter had come to himself and realized the miraculous work that had just been accomplished in his life, he knew he had just experienced the awesome power of God. It is always breath-taking to know that we, in our finite state have just had an encounter with our Lord. To experience him working things out or removing restraints that have kept us bound is exhilarating! Peter felt revived, refreshed and renewed; so he proceeded to join those he knew would be concerned for him. Today’s devotional focuses on the portion of our passage that is far too common an experience among many professing believers. We pray to God, yet doubt his...

God Still Can—Day 3

By on Jun 13, 2018 in God Still Can | 0 comments

God Still Can—Day 3 Acts 12: 6-17 “On the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter’s side and woke him up, saying, get up quickly, and his chains fell off his hands.” We meditate on today’s devotional picking up with yesterday’s question. Are you convinced that God has the final answer? Whoever holds the final answer for us determines how we behave during our times of trouble. I recall several weeks ago when my five-year-old daughter asked me if she could have some cookies. I was preparing to leave home when Yana ran up to me and asked, “Daddy, can I have some cookies?” Immediately my seven-year-old son,...

God Still Can—Day 2

By on Jun 12, 2018 in God Still Can | 0 comments

God Still Can—Day 2 Acts 12: 6-17 “On the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison.” Admittedly, I am thoroughly intrigued with what I see in verse six. Herod Arippa I is preparing to bring Peter into his final hour of life on earth. Two guards are bound to Peter, one guard on the left and another guard on the right of Peter. To secure Peter’s looming fate, guards are standing outside Peter’s prison door; each one whom must pay with their own lives if Peter escapes. Nevertheless, in the midst of such a context, the writer makes sure to inform us that Peter was sleeping. Question: What do you do when you know there is nothing you can do about your situation? Peter sleeps! Some might wonder if his sleep is the result of peace...