Daily Devotion - Faith
Have you ever gone through a time in your life when you weren't feeling particularly spiritual? When it took work to pray, when it was too painful to cast light into the shadowy corners of your heart?
Though many spend much time in church and other religious activities, they still don't know Jesus in a deep, intimate, meaningful way. Without this kind of faith, they will not go to heaven.
A story that haunts me is Jesus’ encounter with a nameless, wealthy young man as he made his final journey toward Jerusalem.
Faith is all it takes to embolden us to walk into the land of giants, trusting God to either make them smaller or to make us bigger.
When I was growing up, I use to hear the phrase, “Tell it like it is.” I came to understand that it meant being honest, forthright, and straight forward. In my teenage years when I lacked tact and diplomacy, I was painfully honest.
What if you choose to accept Christ? Is that the end? Absolutely not. Once we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we must then decide how we will answer that same question on a daily basis.
Remember, Jesus hands were pierced with nails on Calvary’s cross so that you can walk free, forgiven and be without burden. There on the cross, Jesus paid the ultimate price to win your love. Consider that. Jesus remained confident in God even as He hung on the cross dying in mockery and seemingly forsaken.
The Israelites made it clear that they would have rather died in Egypt than die in the wilderness, because they couldn’t wrap their minds around the idea that God was going to continue to guide, provide for and protect them.
God never intended for us to be our sole defense. If we find that our resources are inadequate in life’s battles, it’s because we’re not fully depending on God.
When troubles come in life, will we stick them out to see the giant fall? Will we put our hope in the God of David, the one who assures us that even though the swords fly and the cannons fire the battle is not our own?
For if I have faith that God is leading me, but I do not follow or act on it, then faith turns to doubt and my inaction leads to death; the death of my faith and the death of my dream.
Kristine knew without a doubt that this world is just a ‘passing-through place.’ It’s not the final destination. She used paint swatches as tools to witness about eternal life and also to help the people around her accept her physical death.