One of the best parts about going on a mission trip is coming back with memories you’ll never forget. From then on, the mention of a certain word or phrase can spark a terrific memory. At the start of a week-long mission teen trip last year, the youth pastor challenged everyone to claim this truth:… Continue reading God is Enough.
But one point Beth vehemently makes in the Introduction to her book Praying God’s Word is this: “God is far more interested in our relationship with the Deliverer than our being delivered.” That struck me as odd: doesn’t God call His people to repentance and offer deliverance all throughout the Bible? Yes, He sure does. He tells them to return to Him, and He will be their God and they will be His people. He will heal them and forgive them because He loves them. God delivers people so that they can be wholly devoted to Him. He heard the cries of the Israelites and brought them out of slavery, and He immediately began to form them into being people of God – people who are holy and like Him. The three young men thrown into the fiery furnace in Babylon spoke with boldness and were delivered.
God brought about deliverance throughout the Bible.
But sometimes He didn’t.
You guys: if we are to live as more than conquerors, we have got to learn how to pray the Word. Jesus did this while Satan tempted Him in Matthew 4. Recalling those Scriptures to mind takes your mind far above your troubles. No, it doesn’t “fix” things to recite memory verses back to God.
“When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road” (Matthew 13:19). This verse rattled me a little bit. I’ve known the Parable of the Sower… Continue reading To Know The Word From a Lie
The story doesn’t always turn out how we expect, especially when God is involved. The Old Testament is filled with stories that end with, “Well, I didn’t see that one coming.” I’m on a quest to find these stories. Honestly, the plot twist is utterly ridiculous. Stories aren’t supposed to end like that, especially in the violent world of the Old Testament! But God’s mercy shows up. Here are a couple of them that have stood out to me recently.
The Deceiver is an appropriate name for Satan. He’s good at spinning lies – big whoppers, little while lies, whatever. He offers them to us so cleverly wrapped up in bits of truth, like those bacon-wrapped little smokies coated in brown sugar they serve for special occasions at work.
But we are not unaware of his schemes.
Is Fasting Fun?
Short answer is: No. Sorry guys. It’s not. Some may consider fasting the opposite of fun because it involves giving up stuff. Fasting is a spiritual discipline. DISCIPLINE.