Days 17-30

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MAY 17

God is not our enemy.  He is always working on our behalf, and that is for His glory.  When we are seeking His face and asking for direction, He is not about the business of leading us astray.  He is the vine, and we are the branches.  That connection is necessary for us to know where God is leading.  On our own we may have skills and ideas, but we are by nature lacking.  Our source is the vine.  If we sever that connection, we are left on our own.  We the branches will wither.  We will grow tired.  We will grow weary.  Today, reconnect to the vine.  The fruit we seek to bear individually and together as a church will come from the vine, and the verse in John tells us there will be much of it!  A church connected to the vine cannot be stopped!  That single source will nurture all the branches and much fruit will be the result.  Today, offer a prayer for the church that it will stay connected to Jesus.  He knows what to do!  He is the vine!  We are the branches!

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  
If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  
This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

John 15:5-8

MAY 18

There are many verses in the book of Isaiah that speak of a coming Messiah who will bring salvation to the troubled nation of Israel.  The people were looking for a word of encouragement at this time.  The world around them seemed to be taking them farther away from the hope and promise of God.  Isaiah would often speak to them of a new day that was coming.  This of course is Jesus!  The Spirit of wisdom is upon Jesus.  The Spirit of counsel and might.  Knowledge of the deep things of God!  Christians, this is our Lord!  When we wonder what to do in difficult times.  When we are seeking to understand our lives.  When life seems beyond our control as it often can, Jesus is the one we turn to.  Pray today to him.  That sounds so simple, but seriously, focus on him!  Pray to Jesus as if he were right there in front of you.  He is all you need!  Thanks be to him for all he has done! 

 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
 from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
 the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
 the Spirit of counsel and of might,
 the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

Isaiah 11:2

MAY 19

This entire introduction Paul penned to the church Colossae
 is a wonderful expression of the church in action.  We are chosen by God!  A people dearly loved!  We are to cloth ourselves with virtues that make us so unlike anything the world around us can offer.  When you read through this text today be encouraged that the Jesus who lives in your heart brings this to us.  A heavenly gift from above to us that we can offer to each other.  Who would not want to spend time with someone who is like this?   Friends, when the church is operating in this environment, we are then united in purpose and calling.  The direction we seek will be the direction we all seek.  The Spirit is not divided.  God is not against us!  He is for us!  Today, pray that God will clothe you with His holiness.  Pray that your church becomes a place where the love of Jesus becomes contagious!  Powerful words!  Enjoy the read!

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Colossians 3:12-14

MAY 20

This is the second time in this 30-day journey we have turned to Psalm 37. If you take the time to read the entire Psalm, you will notice that there is a noticeable comparison that is continually drawn between the faithful and the wicked ones.  It seems the Psalmist is wanting to remind his faithful friends that it may seem as though evil is winning the battle and that God is not strong enough to change the course of life, but that will change.  Right now, they see the wicked succeeding.    Why do the wicked win? God, where are you?  When will our day come? Be still!  Wait! These are words that are expressed by someone who has watched life.  Yes, it will seem for a time that the wicked are getting ahead, but for those who wait on the Lord, the day will change.  Faith reaches deep into the foundations of truth.  God is on the throne!  Go to Him today and pray with confidence.  
Faithful ones…God is moving.  Trust in Him today!

Be still before the Lord
 and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
 when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Psalm 37:7

MAY 21

Jacob was traveling to a new land and when evening came, he laid his head upon a rock and fell asleep.  In a dream he could see a stairway leading up to heaven and the Lord spoke to him in this dream.  Jacob awoke saying, “Surely the Lord is in this place!”  Jacob was given a promise that God would watch over him and give him this land upon which Jacob rested.  There are many facets to this story, but today focus on God’s promise to his servant Jacob.  Wherever Jacob went, God would be with him.  The presence of the Lord would be his guide.  Today, you are not alone.  God is watching over you.  Trust in his promises!  Pray that the God of Jacob leads you in the direction God will bless.  Surely the Lord is in this place!  Jesus is near!  The Lord will guide us!

“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

Genesis 28:15

MAY 22

The simplicity of this verse is striking!  Cast all your anxiety!  Just do it!  You have a God is so willing to listen.  He is so involved with your life.  He is at times the only one who really understands you.  As a matter of fact, God understands you better than you can understand yourself.  As a second matter of fact, he cares for you more than you care for yourself!  This is a truth that can be hard for us to understand, but our lack of understanding does not change the truth of it!  Church friends, today cast all your anxiety on Jesus.  Just throw it at him.  I know that sounds a bit cruel or disrespectful, but it is what he died for.  
Jesus can handle our frustration.  He can handle our fears.  
He will listen to our uncertain words.  He is aware of our “little” faith.  
Today give him the Lordship of your life.  Let him have you…all of you.  Surrender the pain and the struggle.
 Cast all your anxiety on him.  He cares!  Amen!

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7

MAY 23

In this passage Paul is teaching his friends that they might be so very mindful of others around them.  It was an issue of food if they should eat certain kinds of food.    The church was struggling their newfound freedom in Christ.  Should we do the old law?  How do we do that?  Paul’s suggestion is to think of the wellbeing of others.  So much wisdom.  Put another’s spiritual growth before your “law”.  Do things that lead to peace!  Do things that lead to the uplifting of others!  When churches look for direction or vision one of the great hurdles to overcome is getting over themselves and putting others first.  What can we do for them?  What will lead them closer to Jesus?  What can we do that would cause deep “agape” change in their lives?  Paul says, do what leads to peace!  Today, pray for a heart that sees others first before our own “law”.  Ask God to reveal a purpose and direction for our church that will bring an uplifting to each other.  Let make every effort to do that!

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food.
All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.  
It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.

Romans 14:19-21

MAY 24

Worldly fear is not a spiritual gift!  Crippling Fear does not come from God.  The spirit of fear comes as an enemy who seeks to bring division.  God seeks to bring us together.  The spirit of fear wants us to distrust others and become dependent on our ability to control.  Control!  There is that word!  Our power in so many things in life will not come from our natural self.  The church is fueled by a spirit of “agape” and that kind of power.  It is not timid…it is a face-to-face relational power with our Lord, Jesus.  What an awesome statement to begin your day.  Set your hearts on the power of God.  Let Jesus reign today!  Praise him for his unconditional love and his resurrection that brings us life.  Today, pray for agape courage, not control!  Amen!

For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7

MAY 25

One of the most read of all the bible passages is the 23rd Psalm.  It is read to bring comfort to those who are struggling with loss.  It is often read at the graveside of a departed loved one.  Its words bring a gentle word of assurance that the Lord is with us.  It is also set of verses that let us see the deep nature of our God.  He is about the work of guiding us to good places.  He is not going to take us to a bad place.  He can be trusted even in the most difficult of circumstances to guide to a place of rest.  Today, remember your God is leading you to a place that will bring you joy.  A place that will take away the burdens of life.  A green pasture.  A place of quiet waters.  Even if it seems like a valley of death, God will take you through that place.  Not walk you to the middle and then leave you there.  He will lead you through it to the other side.  You don’t need to be afraid.  Jesus is with you.  Don’t forget friends, Jesus is a good shepherd leading us to a better day.  It is who he is.  Amen!

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
  He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 23:1-4

MAY 26

Paul is writing to his friends in Ephesus reminding them to be cautious with their words.  It is most easy to get caught up in conversations that bring others down.  We are by nature prone to speak in ways that do not always benefit others and even at times allow ourselves to be entertained by such words as well.  It is a flaw we all carry.  When seeking God’s direction, we must be so careful to be in tune with God’s Spirit in such a way as to be tender-hearted towards others.  Later in this same passage Paul will tell the readers not to grieve the Spirit.  Part of grieving is not to be in tune with it, but rather seek our own agendas and ideas.  In those moments, we may be led to say things that are not beneficial for others.  Today, let the Spirit into your heart and let Him search your soul.  See if there be something there that is not helpful.  Ask the Spirit to make your heart sensitive to God’s leading.  Ask the Spirit to prompt words that will encourage a friend today.  We have an amazing God who can do so much through us if we will only ask.  Go today friends and lift up someone with your words.  See what God can do through you.  Amen!

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Ephesians 4:29-32

MAY 27

We live in a world of glitter and shiny things that attract us.  There are things that take us away from the truth of God.  The world seems to offer hope and love, but so often that hope is shallow, and that love is cruel and dismissive.  We get hurt.  Others get hurt.  It all seems to right and then in moment it goes bad.  The world can do such as this.  God is not that way.  Today, set your eyes on the heart of God.  Love God for his amazing grace towards you.  As we seek his guidance as a church pray that the ways of the world will be dimmed.  That we don’t get distracted by the world’s way.  Pray that we see God’s kingdom in a way that out-shines the false glitter the world has.  Pray for wisdom to see beyond the exterior of things that will bring us down.  Seek the kingdom of God Jesus said.  He knew there was power in that place.  He knew that was the road to truth and real joy.  Don’t be fooled by the world.  Be led by Jesus.  You will love the place in takes you!  Amen!

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.  
For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.

1 John 2:15-16

MAY 28

Isaiah’s words were written to a people who were downcast.  They were a lost nation who had walked away from God which led to their fall.  They needed to be encouraged, and God spoke through his servant Isaiah.  God wanted them to know he was with them, and he was working for them.  They may feel dry and worn down, but the refreshing spring water was coming.  Spring water that would not fail them.  Redemption was coming like a refreshing stream once again.  The garden will grow again.  This is who God is.  This is the message of Jesus!  This is the message of the church!  This is the God we seek to reveal to the world!  God is here for you.  If you are dry and weary.  If you are worn down by life, come to Jesus.  He will give you water and you will never thirst again.  Pray that today the message of salvation will be on your lips.  The great hope of Christ will be proclaimed by all you do today.  Pray that as a church we will be led to always be the messengers of grace and mercy!
The Lord is guiding us.  Say thank you! If God is for us, who can be against us?  Amen!

And the Lord will continually guide you,
And satisfy your desire in scorched places,
And give strength to your bones;
And you will be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.

Isaiah 58:11

MAY 29

As we near the end of this 30 days of prayer together as Christ’s church, may we come together as living sacrifices.  That each of us place ourselves on the alter and allow Jesus to transform us into that which is acceptable to God.  We do the presenting!  It is Jesus who makes us into all that we need to be!  He can do it!  He is the only one who can do it!  When Paul speaks of conforming to the world, he is telling his readers not to get caught up in all that the world offers or do the business of the Kingdom of God as the Roman government would do.  Rather, be transformed by a mind renewal that comes through the Spirit.  Then, Paul says, you will know the will/direction of God.  Pray today that God will bring a renewal to our hearts and minds.  That by his Spirit we might see our calling as a church from God’s perspective.  Pray that the Word will penetrate our hearts and transform us into a place where Jesus moves among us.  Jesus knows what to do!  Trust that word today!

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:1-2

MAY 30

On this final day of our journeys together we end with the final verse in chapter 13 of Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth.  The big three are set in this verse: Faith, Hope, Love.  We as a church have bee doing this entire chapter throughout these 30 days of prayer.  It will be fresh on the minds of many of you who are reading through this final day’s reflection.  The “love” in this chapter is translated from the Greek word “agape”.  It is a love that is not earned.  It is not based on merit.  It is love that goes beyond duty.  It is the purest form of love in the universe.  That is simply awesome to think about.  It is a cross-Jesus-resurrection type of love that we as the church are to reveal to the world.  You see, the world has no such love.  It can only offer a cheaper kind.  One that can be jealous and fickle.  One that can be controlling and yes, even hurtful.  The church stands alone as the only institution on the earth with such a gift to share all made possible through the shed blood of Jesus our Savior and the power that raised him to life.  It is a gift from God to us!  Pray that “agape” will be our measure!
 Pray that the gift of “agape” be known among us!  Let us be accused of such a thing!  
All for the glory of God! Amen!

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

I Corinthians 13:13

Days 1-16

30 days of prayer

MAY 1

We begin knowing God is watching.  He has His eye upon us. Surrounds us with care.  He will be our guide and our great advisor.  Thank Him for being there and listening.  Thank Him for His care.  Trust in His word and walk in the confidence that God is with us as we seek to know His will. 

Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found;
Certainly in a flood of great waters, they will not reach him.
You are my hiding place; You keep me from trouble;
You surround me with songs of deliverance. 
I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go;
I will advise you with My eye upon you.

Psalm 32:6-8

MAY 2

When Joshua was called to lead the nation of Israel into the promised land there were great obstacles ahead.  God spoke to him.  Be Strong, Be courageous! Do not be afraid!
Don’t give up!  God will be with them, and He is going ahead!  Those are great words for us in this moment.  Remember, God already knows what is next and what is best for us!  Go then into this day know that that God is going on ahead of you.  Pray today for a deeper trust in God’s presence with us as a church.  He is already in our tomorrow.  Do not be afraid!

Then Moses called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you will go with this people into the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them,
and you will give it to them as an inheritance.  
And the Lord is the one who is going ahead of you; He will be with you.
He will not desert you or abandon you. Do not fear and do not be dismayed.”

Deuteronomy 31:7-8

MAY 3

This verse in the book of James is a great word as we pray together for wisdom.  There are many moments in life when we will feel very unqualified to make a decision.  When things are so large, and we are so small.  We can ask God for wisdom!  So simple.  Ask God!  On this day, ask God for a wisdom from heaven.  Ask God for that gift so that you may know with your “heavenly wisdom” where God is leading.  A church praying this together is a mighty team of spiritual direction.  Ask for wisdom!

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

James 1:5

MAY 4

Psalm 27 is a lovely work of art with so many lines we have heard over the years.  “The Lord is my light and my salvation.”  This verse along with many others in this “song” provide a wonderful foundation from which we can do each day with a spirit of hope.  This set of verses ends with verse 14…wait for the Lord!  We tend to get impatient.  We want things on our timeline!  Now! Today, pray for a heart that seeks to wait for the Lord.  God will move!  In His perfect timing!  Trust Him!

Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.

Psalm 27:14

MAY 5

Elijah in this story was very discouraged.  He felt like the only one on earth who was following God.  He was alone and feeling as though God too had abandoned him.  Many of us have known that feeling.  When Elijah asked to hear from God, God’s presence wasn’t in the great wind, or the earthquake or in the fire; it came as a gentle whisper.  Be still right now.  Listen for the soft whisper.  Be still!  He is present.  He will speak!  We all need to hear from God, but there can be so much noise and life’s clutter that we can’t hear…the whisper.  Be still!  Listen!

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

1 Kings 19:11-12

MAY 6

Our battles are not against flesh and blood!  So often this is true.  We sometimes battle  a clever enemy on a spiritual battlefield, and let’s face it, we are not always prepared for such things.  Our armor is of the wrong kind!  In this season we as a church need to have the armor of God around us.  Pray today for that kind of armor, God’s armor!  Ask him to protect us all as we seek His direction.  The enemy would love to attack now and do damage.  Pray that he will be powerless in this place and in your life.  Put on your God armor and be not afraid!

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Ephesians 6:10-12

MAY 7

These are the words of Jesus.  It is a promise that he will send an advocate to be with us.  The Holy Spirit to guide us.  We have this amazing presence Christian friends.  Today, ask for the Spirit to be with us…with you!  Ask that the Spirit today would bring a peace to your heart.  If there be trouble in your soul, may the Spirit bring peace and comfort.  Walk today in the confidence that the Holy Spirit is your friend and with you always.  Pray that the church is filled with fullness of God’s presence!  

“All this I have spoken while still with you.  But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.  
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:25-27

MAY 8

Jesus has always been referred to as the good shepherd.  The one who the sheep will listen too.  They are not afraid of him.  When the good shepherd speaks the sheep will follow that familiar voice.  He also leads them.  He doesn’t drive them or push them.  He leads and they follow.  That is our prayer today that we follow Jesus.  That we will listen to His voice.  He knows the path we should walk and the way we should go.  Our call is to listen and follow.  Pray that you have ears to hear his voice.  Pray that you have trust to follow the good shepherd.

The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  
When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.

John 10:2-4

MAY 9

These two verses from Psalm 37 let us know that God is walking with those who are seeking his guidance.  It tells us that even when we stumble, God will not let us fall.  In life we do our best to make decisions and pray for direction, but there may be times when we miss the mark.  What then?  Does God walk away and let us be on our own?  The answer is “no”!  For the ones who are seeking God, who delight in God, God will not let them fall.  Pray for God to carry us through all these days.  Seek his face!  Desire his will in your life.  Offer a word of thanks that God upholds us even when we stumble. 

The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

Psalm 37:23-24

MAY 10

King David was having a celebration to the goodness of God and at one point in his planning he got the church leaders of that day together and told them give praise to God!  Those words of praise are in this text!  It is important when we are seeking God for direction that we remember the times when he did amazing things.  God is holy.  He is worthy of our praise!  Today, proclaim his goodness and power as you pray!  Look to Him for direction!  He will not fail you.  If you feel like singing!  Sing!  Let your heart rejoice as you pray.  God is awesome and He is with us as a church!  He is with you right where you are today!  Proclaim that truth!  He is busy in your life!  Thank Him!

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
 make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
 tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name;
 let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
 Look to the Lord and his strength;
 seek his face always.

1 Chronicles 16:8-11

MAY 11

The story of the people of Israel being led by God through the desert is one of the most powerful stories in the Bible.  Moses would seek God’s face and then with great confidence lead this rag-tag group of folks through the desert for 40 years as God prepared them for the next place…the promised land was waiting.  God never left them.  Moved as a great cloud smoke during the day and fire at night.  God’s Spirit does the same today.  I know we are all hoping that it won’t be 40 years, but always know that God is taking us where He needs to take us.  The goal is not always just getting to the place He is leading, but also becoming the people we to be once we arrive.  Pray for us to be willing to follow the Spirit wherever it goes.  However long it takes and thanking God for His direction.  Pray for trust and confidence.  The promised land is out there. 

By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.  
Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

Exodus 13:21-22

MAY 12

Our hearts can be led astray.  It is part of our brokenness.  Our thoughts can become anxious.  Our patience can run thin.  We can all become offensive.  We can loss hope and run ahead too far without paying any attention to others or God.  Today, ask God to search your heart.  Ask Him to go deep within your soul and bring out into the light a place that needs light.  Darkness usually resides deep inside us.  It hides.  It is like a thief inside us waiting for just the right moment to speak or act.  Pray that God shines a light in that dark place.  That He might set us free from our anxious way.  Pray that He leads us into the places that will have eternal joy and life.  Search me oh God!

Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139:23-24

MAY 13

Today let your hearts and mind dwell on the lovely things in life.  Delight in the goodness of friends and family.  Let your day be filled with the awesomeness of God’s truth!  Rejoice in things that are pure and spotless.  It is so easy to get wrapped up in all the bad and all the pain.  To get lost in the struggle of life.  It destroys our joy and brings us down.  I don’t always make such good decisions in that place.  I am not one to put my head in the sand and ignore trials and troubles, but I do know there are times when I need to let myself rejoice in excellence and the lovely.  God is amazing.  There is beauty all around us.  Lovely people out there.  Truth that is meaningful.  Redemption to celebrate.  Pray that today you might notice these things more.  Rejoice for the Lord is good!

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Philippians 4:8

MAY 14

God is always working for good for those who love Him.  That is a powerful promise.  This is that verse in the bible that asks us to trust in God always.  There are moments when we wonder if God is even anywhere close by.  Things today may seem completely out of control in your life.  All things don’t look good.  Where is God?  How can this be good?  How can I trust God when my world is in such disarray?  Pray for trust!  Do you love Jesus today?  Do you believe that he loves you?  Do you believe he cares for you?  I know those thoughts can be tested and strained, but there is a truth we can all pray to understand more profoundly.  God is with us through all things! He will bring good from it!  Jesus died a cruel death on the cross of Calvary, but from that came our salvation.  Redemption is often born from deep sorrow.  Pray for a trust in God’s direction in your life and life of our church.  He is working for us all…right now! 

 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

MAY 15

Not of works?  Not of works!  Grace?  Yes, grace! We are naturally inclined to be about the business of pleasing God with our actions.  There is this hold on our hearts that we somehow earn our relationship with Him, or at least improve it with our good deeds.  It is most difficult for us to simply accept the truth that God loves us.  Grace is not earned!  Our salvation comes from Him and Him alone.  I cannot earn it.  I can argue that I don’t deserve it, but Christ died for us while we were sinners.  We are saved by His grace.  We trust that!  Have faith in that promise!  Open your heart to that truth.  Live in grace!  Walk in this truth!  Today, offer a prayer of thanksgiving for God’s love to you.  His grace is amazing and it will save you!  Trust that today!  It is a means by which God moves us as well.  Trust that!  He is guiding with His grace not our works…or we would boast in our ability!  
God’s grace is amazing! 

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

MAY 16

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews.  All those who walked by faith.  It is an amazing list of names.  The great names of Bible are listed there.  All by faith, but we learn that faith wasn’t always a simple matter.  Abraham was called to go to a place and he went!  He didn’t even know where he was going.  He was just going!  That may sound crazy to the world, but faith guides that way.  God sometimes only gives us the first steps to take or maybe two.  He often does not show us the entire journey before we start.  Faith says go!  Take that first step.  Today pray for the courage/wisdom to take that first step.  Pray for God show us the first step as a church, but also for you and your life today.  Faith is trusting that God knows all things.  You and I may not, but we know that One who does.  Jesus, we will follow you!  We will trust you!

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.  
By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country…

Hebrews 11:8-9