One Minute Devotional 08.11.2019

FAITH

What is faith? Is it just some word that we toss around as a shorthand for something else – a code word perhaps? Is it a word we use when we don’t know what else to say or when we want to avoid more discussion?

The unidentified author of the book of Hebrews gives us God’s definition of faith. He wrote, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” In the case of a Christian, this means that we have confidence that God’s promises are not just empty words and we trust that He will fulfill those promises.

To say that we have faith requires that we understand that faith must have an object. We can’t just say that we have faith and leave it at that. We must say in what we have faith, although sometimes it’s the context of the situation that provides that object.

For the Christian, that context is the arena of God, specifically, Jesus Christ. When we say that we have faith we are saying that God is the author of our salvation, a gift given out of His love for His children. We are saying that we have confidence and trust that as the result of the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we will be with God for all of eternity.

So, what is the object of your faith? Is it merely a convenient code word, or is there real substance, an object, behind it?

Scripture: Hebrews 11:1

One Minute Devotional 02.10.2019

The Power Of Ashes

There is a story of a pastor of a country church who was visiting with one member of the congregation who, over time, had become less and less a part of the congregation. They spoke of many things that affected the parishioner but when the pastor steered their talk back to participation in the congregation, he was met with silence.

As he was leaving, the pastor stopped by the stove that heated the member’s home. Taking the tongs that hung by the stove, he plucked one, and only one, ember from the fire and sat it on top of the stove.

The following Sunday, the pastor looked out over his congregation and there seated in the back was this long-lost member.

What happened to change the mind of this member? Perhaps, it was watching that one ember that the pastor had removed from the fire die out when it was there by itself.

A true story? Who knows? True or not, however, it does illustrate the fundamental truth that as Christians, we need the community of others to keep our “ember” of faith alive.

 

Scripture: Matthew 18:19-20

Weekly Devotional 02.11.2018

Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart.  (2 Cor. 4:1)
When life takes a turn for the worse and everything seems to be going wrong, how do you handle it?

Odds are that by the time you figure out what’s gone wrong, you’ll just have to ride it out until the situation reverses itself. The good news, however, is that you’re not alone in dealing with whatever is happening, for God has had mercy on you and has sent the Holy Spirit to walk with you, to ride out the storm with you.

You may be living with the consequences of a problem that you’ve created or, be just suffering the consequences of what someone else has done that is affecting you. No matter the cause, Paul in this passage from 2nd Corinthians is telling you not to lose heart; not to let your faith weaken as you suffer.

You may, or may not, possess the skills to address the crisis. If you don’t then there are others available to you that do. Skills or not, it is your faith, however, that will allow you to weather the storm.

When trouble strikes the difference in how the faithful as opposed to the unfaithful handle it is significant. Both suffer, however, the faithful one knows that he, or she, is not alone for the Holy Spirit walks along side. Even though there is suffering, there is also peace knowing that God forgives. For the unfaithful – there is only loneliness.

Heavenly Father, at times I am under the stress of problems in my life. Walk with me and guide me through those problems according to Your will for me. Restore a sense of peace to me as together we walk through the difficulty and help me to see the problem and correct it in a manner that honors You. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.