Wednesday - August 27, 2014

Diligently Seeking God

Tests and Opportunities (August 27)


“. . . we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer” (2 Thessalonians 1:4-5). SEEKERS OF GOD CAN ... Read More »

Godly Goals Are Always Greater (August 26)


“With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith” (2 Thessalonians 1:11 NIV). GOD IS NOT INDIFFERENT TO OUR GOOD INTENTIONS. He will honor the goals of our godliness and ... Read More »

More Fully Occupying Our Own Houses (August 25)


“And say to Archippus, ‘Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it’” (Colossians 4:17). EACH OF US IS A PACKAGE OF PARTICULAR HUMAN ATTRIBUTES. Some of these are birth-gifts from God, while others are specifics that we have brought into being, as we’ve either used or misused the raw materials that ... Read More »

Each Vessel Is Uniquely Broken (August 22)


“O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24). THE SADDEST, MOST CRUSHING DISILLUSIONMENT IN LIFE ALSO HAPPENS TO BE THE DOOR TO LIFE’S GREATEST HOPE. This disillusionment, of course, is the realization that we’ve ruined our own dreams by the sins that we’ve committed. Our expectations have been killed, assassinated by ... Read More »

To Know It Is to Weep (August 21)


“Jesus wept” (John 11:35). ALTHOUGH GOD HAS MADE FORGIVENESS POSSIBLE, THE WORLDLY CONSEQUENCES OF SIN ARE STILL SORROWFUL TO CONTEMPLATE. This is still our Father’s world, as the words of the familiar hymn point out, but it is a world tragically broken by our own folly. God is dealing with the reality of sin so that His purposes will be ... Read More »

Prayerful Living (August 20)


“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2). DO WE HAVE DIFFICULTY KEEPING OUR MINDS PEACEFULLY FOCUSED ON GOD WHILE WE ARE PRAYING? If so, a part of the reason may ... Read More »