Accepting Nothing Less
“Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don't throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you” (Matthew 7:6). You have pearls. They represent your talents, gifts, abilities, personality, unique character, and experiences. Walking day by day, you must be careful to whom you give your pearls. The question, however, is who…what…when…where…why? God’s best for you is better than anything you've ever imagined. It isn't based on your abilities; rather, it is dependent on the power of God.
Discovering the Power of God through Prayer
I don’t know the best way to open something so serious to the life of a follower of God. The power of prayer is greatly believed in, yet I believe that we live in a world today where prayer is one of the most underestimated parts of life. Elijah, however, didn’t think lowly of something so great. Jesus’ brother James writes, “Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years!” (James 5:17). I don't know about you, but I want to pray with such faith. As a first step, I looked up—more like typed—the word “earnest” into the dictionary. This is what I found: “serious in intention, purpose, or effort, sincerely zealous” (dictionary.com). James also tells us that, “Then, when he [Elijah] prayed again, the sky sent down rain…” (V. 18).
Accepting the Advice of Jethro
This week contains some of the most stressful and busy days that I’ve had in a long time. Perhaps you feel the same way. Or maybe this week has been easy so far, but each of us have had our share of busyness and being overwhelmed. The central part of this devotional is this statement: “You can only do so much, before you do too much.” I am by no means supporting laziness; rather, I am encouraging you to understand that Goldilocks played this game too. Too little is not enough, too much is more than enough, and just right is—well, just right.
Souled-Out to GOD
It was inside the temple that Jesus used a whip to chase unwelcomed actions and motives outside. John chapter 2, where this account is found, says, “Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple…” (John 2:15). Why would he do this? There were merchants in the temple making money off of whatever they had. Jesus said unhappily in verse 16, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!” So he knocked over tables, scattered coins, and scared animals and people out by means of the whip.
Let’s Set the Center Straight
If God isn’t the center of your life, you are. The center of your life will determine the outcome of your day, lead your perspective, determine your joy, create your schedule, and ultimately determine your life. Problems are plentiful whenever a person decides to be the center of their own life. Humans are not made to have the responsibility of making themselves happy and content. I don’t know about you, but I am worn-out from trying to be more than I was ever made to be. Below are some facts that should help us realize the importance of allowing God to remain the center of our lives.