I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. JOHN 17:4 There is a work God has for us to do but it will not be complete without the surrendering of our will. As Jesus Himself prayed, “your will be done”, so must we. The will must be willfully surrendered to God along with the death of self-interest. Be careful of making … Continue reading Death to self-will
Where there is no revelation [or prophetic vision], the people cast off restraint… —Proverbs 29:18 Carrots? A vision is given to drive me beyond myself. Pushing and compelling, a vision holds a proverbial “carrot’ just out of my reach. The vision is meant to force me to know God and know myself and keep the priorities right: God first. It’s impossible to have a real … Continue reading Am I Missing The Mission?
Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints. Ephesians 6:18 How selfish are my prayers? How selfish are my prayers for others? Prayer is not meant to be a means for me to just get what I want. In fact, it is meant to be a means … Continue reading Devotionals For Leaders: Intercession or Interference?
We walk by faith, not by sight. —2 Corinthians 5:7 There is no other way for a Christian to live than by faith. Yet time after time, we try to live in another way. Whether it’s by sight, or by feelings, or by the counsel of others, we seek to circumvent faith. God will not have it! Faith is required for all those who are … Continue reading Devotionals For Leaders: god of feelings. God Of Faith.
Where did we ever get the idea that following Jesus was safe? Definitely not from reading the scripture! Person after person in the Bible not only had their faith tested but many of them lost their lives because of that very faith. No, following Jesus is not safe and that’s for certain. Nor is following Jesus predictable. We can try to figure out God’s next … Continue reading Devotionals For Leaders: Certainly Uncertainty
16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain… John 15:16 Jesus is the One who does the picking. God’s plan and agenda will win out. Our goal is to simply live God’s plan where we are. Far too often we think that somewhere else is better. That … Continue reading Devotionals For Leaders: Choose Fruit
When I realize who I am and who God is, all of my own purposes and ideas of what my life is about dissolve. It’s important for me to remember that I don’t exist for myself. God created me and He has a plan that is unique for my life. Prayer and Bible study help me to conform to the plan that God has. … Continue reading Quiet Time: Thoughts And Reflections