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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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Where does my strength come from?


Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.
The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. *Isaiah 12:2

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. * Psalm 56:3

But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love;
for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. *Psalm 59:16

Weak. Sad. Tired. Despair. Hopeless. You feel like giving up. All your strength is gone. Most of us have been there. If not, be thankful and prepared, for your time will come. Our life can be devastated by circumstances beyond our control. The main character in one of my favorite movies, “Anne of Green Gables”, often said she was ‘in the depths of despair.” As dramatic as Anne was, I have been in the depths of despair. When you find yourself there, it’s hard to see the light, a way out, a way to survive. It’s even hard to breathe. These feelings and emotions are very real and terribly frightening. It’s our human nature to want to fix things, and when things are out of control, then what? Hopelessness sets in. These trials in life can either make us or break us. They can define our future by destroying it or making us stronger for the next trial. The difference is not the emotions that come with the trials. The difference is our reaction to them. When all hope is gone and you realize you are not strong enough to get through it alone, how do you react? Many ask God why? If He loves us so, why does He allow us to suffer? Well, I don’t know the answer. But I know this, Jesus suffered. He suffered a whole lot more than any of us. He didn’t deserve it. But it was part of God’s plan. His suffering gave us a chance at God’s love and forgiveness. I try to remind myself of this when I am suffering. As Christians, we can find ourselves in hopeless situations that make no sense. But, we have God to turn to. We can trust that although we might not see any purpose in our circumstances other than pain and hurting, God sees all, knows all. He can see the BIG picture, even when we can’t. His ways, even when we don’t understand them, are for our best interest. He loves us, holds us, and comforts us in times of troubles. We can run to Him. He will be strong enough for you. You may FEEL hopeless, but if you are a Christian things are NEVER hopeless. When you are in the depths of despair, God is there. In fact he’s carrying you through that valley. He is your salvation. When you are being attacked from every angle, He is there. He will stand with you, bring you peace, and give your strength for the fight. When you are in that pit of hopelessness, look up, call to him, and let Him work. He is strong enough.

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2011 in Daily Devotions

 

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