Devotionals

  • When in Doubt

    Devotionals | September 14, 2020

    Leading like Jesus doesn’t mean we always know what to do. Discerning the path forward frequently requires multiple considerations, some of which are not readily clear. Jesus modeled for His disciples a constant turning to the Father as He navigated the ups and downs of life. When He needed to select key leaders, He spent the night in prayer. After a long day of ministry, He stayed up late or woke up early to spend time with the Father. When in doubt, when pressure mounts, when you need to find a way forward, follow Jesus’ example, and turn to the Father.

  • Carried

    Devotionals | September 11, 2020

    We remember days behind us. Days of unbelievable pain and sorrow. Days of joy, of growth and accomplishment, of fear and courage and faith, of pride and forgiveness and humility. Monumental days that changed the course of our lives and the world itself. Days still ahead will bring joy, transformation, grief, sorrow, love, courage, forgiveness, struggles, new horizons and opportunities. Let the God of our days carry you each day.

  • Into the Unknown

    Devotionals | September 09, 2020

    No one knows exactly what the future holds. Humanity is neither all-knowing nor all-seeing. Yet each of us has times when we want to control our life circumstances and determine the outcomes according to our desires. If we’re honest, we realize that putting ourselves in control is to choose pride over trust, self-confidence over God-confidence. Because God is who He is—all-knowing and all-seeing, faithful and good, loving and kind, the great Shepherd of His flock—we can walk into an unknown future (with all its unpredictability) in trusting God-confidence.

  • Words We Long to Hear

    Devotionals | September 07, 2020

    “Well done, good and faithful servant.” These are the words all God’s servants long to hear. It is nice to hear them from time to time during our lives on earth. But human accolades pale in comparison to receiving God’s approval. When His Spirit touches our heart and whispers pleasure and blessing, all else fades away. We enter into God’s joy and delight when we live for Him. Do you long for intimacy with God? Increased joy in what you do? Serve the One who loves you more than life itself. Enter into God’s presence and delight today.

  • Preparing for the Future

    Devotionals | September 04, 2020

    When Elijah found himself adrift, desperate, and isolated, God met him precisely at his point of need (1 Kings 19). Exhausted? Eat and sleep, there is a journey ahead. Discouraged, confused? Come into My presence and let Me reveal Myself to you. Can’t find your purpose or the way forward? No worries, I know the way forward, because I am the way, and I am at work in My world. I have a bigger and broader perspective than you do. Trust me. Overwhelmed, desperate, isolated? I never planned for you to go it alone. Accept my gift of a companion and servant and successor to train.

  • When Exhaustion Hits

    Devotionals | September 02, 2020

    Do you ever get tired? Even Elijah—the prophet who courageously revealed God’s truth and power to a corrupt people and nation, the prophet who raised a boy to life and called down fire from heaven—yes, even Elijah got tired. The public display of God’s power in and through him was not without cost. Jezebel’s threat came at a point of extreme exhaustion, drained as he was after confronting the faithless, Baal-worshiping crowd and all that ensued. Fear washed over him. His only thought was to get away. He was done, but God was not done with him.

  • Individuals and Nations

    Devotionals | August 31, 2020

    Elijah served individuals and nations as the Lord’s servant and representative. God’s power was released through him in every situation into which God sent him. His utter, humble dependence upon the Lord and God-confidence resulted in far-reaching ministry that touched individuals and nations. Elijah’s calling to live a life that revealed that the Lord was God is also your calling today. His life of devotion and loyalty to the Lord allowed God to use Elijah at will. Is God able to use you in the same way?

  • Early Lessons

    Devotionals | August 28, 2020

    What difference did the time Elijah spent beside the brook make in his life? Can you imagine relying on God to the extent that he did? The ravens God sent fed on whatever they could find. Elijah had to trust that these unclean, carrion-eating birds would bring him food fit to eat. And they did. He had to trust that the brook would continue to provide drinkable water during the drought he had just prophesied. The time undoubtedly further increased Elijah’s trust and reliance on God’s faithfulness and trustworthiness throughout his ministry.

  • Timely Encouragement

    Devotionals | August 26, 2020

    Consider the content of God’s message to Elijah after Elijah’s bold announcement to Ahab. The Lord provided direction, protection, and daily provision for His servant. God’s word to him was the encouragement Elijah needed to hear at the exact time that Elijah needed it. The Lord still speaks today. God’s Word and Spirit provide what we need when we need to hear it. Are you listening?

  • Public and Private

    Devotionals | August 24, 2020

    Elijah’s public ministry began with warning King Ahab about a coming, prolonged drought. Hardly the message one wants to bring to a person in power. Immediately afterward came the LORD’s word of provision and protection for Elijah. Elijah trusted and obeyed God’s direction in his public leadership role as well as in his private life. God calls us to do the same.

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