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Tebow Mania


Tebow Mania is taking over!   Tim Tebow is a man who is not ashamed of his faith.  Even more than that, he publicly exercises his faith.  Publicly credits God with his success.  It’s a breath of fresh air.  Sure, there are plenty of naysayers out there.  Those who criticize his faith.  Those who claim it’s a bunch of nonsense.  But even many naysayers are now paying attention.  And although many will argue over God’s involvement in Tim Tebow’s success, few would argue he is a man completely devoted to his faith and his God.

My Facebook news feed was exploding with Tebow mania.  People are encouraged and inspired by his story.  And his courage to stand for what he believes.  People are cheering him on.  Shoot, I don’t even like football, but I find myself toying with the idea of ordering a Tebow jersey!

Last night, as I scrolled through the feed, I noticed that believers and non-believers alike are in love with Tebow, his dedication, and his devotion.  So many seem to be hungry for what he has.  So how do you live a life of devotion to God?  How do you become so completely in love with Him, full of faith, full of confidence in His power that it truly changes your life?

We can all have a powerful, active relationship with God.  It begins with the choice to give your life to Him.  ALL have sinned.  But there is hope through the blood of Jesus.  He was the sacrifice, the atonement for our sin so that we can have eternal life.  Giving your life to Him is believing in Him.  Believing in His sacrifice.  His love for us.  Admitting your a sinner.  Confessing to God and accepting His forgiveness and the sacrifice made for YOU.  But it doesn’t end there.  Giving your life to Christ is only the beginning of the journey.  He has so much more for you!  But it takes work.  It takes perseverance.  It takes determination.  And it takes consistency.

You must devote yourself to a life lived for God.

Your devotion and dedication to a relationship with Him must weather the storm.  If you want to see His power at work in your life, you must choose to follow Him.  Everyday.  As you put him FIRST in your life.  As you devote your time to prayer and worship.  As you devote yourself to reading His word.  As you yield to His guidance and direction for your life, you will allow Him to work in your life.  And His power, His love, His faithfulness will amaze you.

I challenge you today, to put God first.  Dedicate your life to Him.  Give Him your heart and complete authority over your life.

One thing’s for sure.  You will never see the power of God at work in your life, if you don’t take the first step!

Tebow mania is great.  He is setting an amazing example.  He is witnessing to millions.  But what I really want, what I really need is the power of God at work in MY life.  Then, I can begin to inspire others the way Tebow inspires me.  Now, where can I order a jersey?

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Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Daily Devotions

 

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Just Do It!


Just do it.

That’s what the old Nike slogan says.

Advertisers are smart.  They know that we all want to be better.  Do better.  And hopefully better than everyone else.  It’s human nature.  We want the big house, the coolest car, the biggest diamond.

Nobody goes to the game and says, “Let’s lose!”

I drive a mini-van.  I’m quite certain I have never heard anyone say, “Oh, I just can’t wait to get one of those!”

Many advertisements appeal to that inner desire to be the best.  Do the best.  Have the best.  Be better than the rest.

We devote our time and energy to going all out.  We don’t just want our kids to play baseball, we want them to win state in All-Stars.

We don’t want to JUST play football.  We want to go to the play-offs.  Every defeat is a slap in the face.  We set the bar higher so we will be better.  Achieve more.

That desire, that drive to be the best.  To get better.  It’s a good thing to have.  It requires endurance, stamina, determination, hard-work, perseverance.  All great qualities.

So, why do we lose this mindset in our relationship with God?

It seems so many don’t care if they do their best for God.  They are apathetic.  They are happy with mediocrity when it comes to their relationship (or lack of) with God.  They have no drive to have a real day-to-day relationship with Him.  Being a Christian is so much more than walking the aisle and getting dunked.  It is a lifetime commitment.  It’s a full-time relationship.  It’s a journey.

I hear people say they love God.  They want to follow God.  But right now their lives are hectic and busy.  They have problems in life that need to be dealt with first.  It’s not that they don’t want to follow God.  They just need their life to slow down first. Get things in order.

Life never slows down.  Life is and will always be hectic.  If you are looking for a reason, an excuse for a mediocre relationship with God, Satan will make sure you always have one.  But take time, just for a moment to imagine a life completely devoted to following God.  How would your life be different?  Imagine the peace that would come from giving Him your all.  Imagine the joy that would come with knowing your life has a valuable, lasting purpose.

It’s time for many of us to re-evaluate what we give our time, attention, and devotion to.  It’s time we take some of that drive and apply it to our walk with Christ.  Be the best Christian you possibly can be.  Set the bar for your Christian walk high.  Grow.  Follow God with passion, not just obligation.  Stop making excuses.  Don’t put it off.  As the old commercial says, Just Do It!

But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. —-Chronicles 15:7

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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Daily Devotions

 

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My Superhero!



Superheroes.

They are invincible.  Strong.  Determined.

We are drawn to them because of their supernatural powers or abilities.  It seems they are so powerful, they can do anything they set their mind to.  Superheroes seem to instinctively know when someone is in trouble, and they immediately race to the rescue.  Yet, they are only human.  Like you and me.  They overcome limitations that stop us in our tracks.  Superheroes are the good guys.  They kick evil in it’s booty.  They can swoop in and rescue the helpless.  They feel pain and sorrow, yet they are committed to the greater good and will sacrifice themselves, their happiness for those in need.   They fight the good fight…….and win.

Jesus is the ultimate superhero.  He lives up to the definition and expectations of  a superhero.  When most hear the name of Jesus, they think of him in the amazing.

Miracles he performed. Raising people from the dead.  Feeding the thousands with only a few loaves of bread.  Walking on water.  Causing the blind to see.

Putting His life on the line…for us.  And being brave enough to follow through.  He payed the ultimate price for our good.

This is the stuff superheroes are made of.

But, what resonates for me most is …….Jesus wept.  (John 11:35)

This man, this superhero, this Son of God, wept.  Hearing of His mighty works.  His mighty power.  That’s the Jesus I have heard about over and over and over.

But knowing that he was a man with real feelings, real sorrows, real struggles, makes Him so much more real to me.  It’s so very easy to think about Him as a being that could never understand my measly little human heart.  He is so busy doing the work of the universe, how can he possible care or concern himself with me?

This verse reminds me of just how much Jesus LOVES.   He loves me.  He cares for me.  He understands my sorrows, my fears, my pain.  He understands because He has been there.

His heart has hurt.  Just as mine so often does.  I wonder how often do I grieve His heart with my actions and lack of faith?  Yet, no matter how many times I mess up, He is there.  Waiting for me to run back to Him.  With arms open wide and full of love, forgiveness, mercy, and grace.

He is ready and willing to heal my broken heart.  To mend my pain.  To carry me through my sorrows.  He understands.  He has been there.

He is waiting to pull you through when you have been betrayed.  Wronged.  Mistreated.  Abused.  He has been there.

He longs to see you resist temptation and is waiting help you.  To overcome and flee Satan’s attempts to pull you from following God.  He has been there.

He will rescue you from despair.  Pull you out of the pits of sadness so you can see the light.  Have hope.  Peace.  And even joy.  He has been there.

I so often take for granted the gift I have in my Savior.

I forget that although He is more powerful, more mighty than anything I could ever begin to imagine, He understands my sinful heart.  He understands my thoughts and feelings.

He knows every bad thing about me.  Yet, He loves me anyway.

I turn from Him.  Yet, He loves me anyway.

I fall back into sin.  Yet, He loves me anyway.

I take Him for granted.  I neglect to spend time with Him.  I rarely give Him the thanks He is due.

Yet, He loves me anyway.

Now that is a Superhero!

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Posted by on November 15, 2011 in Daily Devotions

 

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Is Your Faith Full??


Ivan Aivazovsky's painting Walking on Water (1888)

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Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”    —Matthew 14:22-33 NLT

I’m sure most have heard the story about Jesus walking on water…..  While Jesus was on the mountainside praying, a storm came and the disciples were caught up in the fury of the waves.  Jesus walked out on the water to get to them.  Of course, SEEING Jesus walking on water wasn’t enough to convince them of the power of God.  They cried out that it was a ghost!  Peter, still not believing it was Jesus, even after He reassured them of who He was, asked Jesus to prove it was Him.  “Call me out on the water,” he asked.   Again, lacking faith, belief.   Needing proof.   Jesus did, and as Peter began to walk on water, fear overcame him and he began to sink.  He cried out to Jesus, who as usual, came to the rescue and pulled him from the water.   His response to Peter is our verse for today.

All too often, I find myself in Peter’s shoes.  Not quite believing in the ultimate power of God.  Sure, I say I believe.  I even DO believe…on a small level.  But my faith stops short of the big things.  My faith….or lack thereof, prevents me so often from following God’s calling on my life.  Instead of putting my faith COMPLETELY in Him.  In His power.  In His timing.  In His plan….. I begin to listen to myself instead.  It’s too hard.  There is no way it will work.  I can’t do it.

Not only do I listen to those voices in my head, I entertain them and allow them to dictate what I will or will not do for Christ.  If I am to grow in my relationship with Him, I must STOP listening to this nonsense!  God will call you out of the comfortable.  He will call you to do things that you feel you cannot do.  If His calling on our life were easy, we wouldn’t really need Him, would we?  When I have to lean on Him, depend on Him to achieve His plan for my life, His glory is shown.

Do you have something today you feel called of God to do?  How strong is your faith?  Do you believe he can make a way where the human eye can see none?  It’s time we stop selling God short.  Start believing Him for His promises, His power, and His word.  We need to be FAITH—FULL.

He can do ANYTHING He sets his mind to do. 

But we must have faith.  We must let go of doubt. 

We must choose to listen to HIM….and BELIEVE. 

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Posted by on November 8, 2011 in Daily Devotions

 

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