The Battle Cry

1 Samuel 17:45 (NIV) – David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. The battle lines were drawn! The daily cry of the philistine giant “this day I defy the…

Question God?

Habakkuk 1:2-3 – How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? 3 Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Have you been there? Asking questions, wondering…

Not Impressed!

Matthew 6:5-7 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your…

Own Your Promises

Genesis 13:17 (NIV): Go, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you. Abram trusted God and followed Him out of Ur. The Lord had promised Abram that He would bless him and make him a great nation. The Lord prospered Abram so much that he had…

CPR for a Believer

2 Chronicles 20:3-5 Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4 And Judah assembled to seek help from the Lord; from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord. 5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new…

Through the Seasons of Life

Ruth 2:23 (NIV) – So Ruth stayed close to the women of Boaz to glean until the barley and wheat harvests were finished. And she lived with her mother-in-law. To glean is to obtain, to get, to draw, to take. The biblical concept of gleaning is first found in Leviticus 19:9. When wheat and barley fields were…

An Ongoing Process

Psalm 51:10-12 (NIV) – Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. David had sinned and greatly! When prophet Nathan, inspired…

On Whose Side Are You Leaning On?

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Solomon who had found God to be worthy of being trusted is advising his son to live a life of trust in Yahweh. “The word…

A Disciple’s Agenda

Luke 9:23 (NIV) – Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. Peter has just made his famous declaration of the fact that Jesus is truly the Messiah. Immediately after, the Lord predicts His imminent rejection, suffering, death and resurrection….

A Choice to Make

Deuteronomy 30:15-16: See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. We sure are living…