Graze On His Truths

Today cannot begin to compare with tomorrow. In Scripture, we are reminded that our future is incomparable with anything we have ever experienced.

Often times it can feel as though, our pain or trial will never end. But one day, it will. It can be so easy to focus on today, rather than tomorrow. To focus on our temporary pain, rather than our eternal riches found only in Jesus Christ – our Deliverer.

In Romans 8:18, we are reminded of God’s truth –

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (NKJV).

Even though we are facing pain others don’t understand, our great God knows our exact pain. Our great God is present with us.

Friends, I don’t know what you are facing. . . but you are not alone. Our great God knows our deep pain and walks with us. He has chosen to take on all our sufferings and go through the unimaginable – because we have been chosen by God to be His very own. He wants to be with us and be our strength!

Even though, our pain is great today. Something else, is even greater. . . and I want to share this truth with you.

Regardless of how great our pain is today, we can choose to trust our heavenly Father. Trust Him and focus on His promises.

  • Trust He loves you abundantly more than you could imagine (John 3:16; Rom. 5:8; Eph. 2:4-5).
  • Trust He is in control (Rom. 8:28; Isa. 41:10).
  • Trust He is fully God (Deut. 6:4-5, 10:17).
  • Trust He sees your pain and grieves with you (Ex. 3:7-8; Gen. 3:3; Judg. 10:13; Ps. 34:18).
  • Trust that He knows exactly what you are going through (Ex. 3:7-8; Isa. 43:2).

You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. In the meantime don’t be foolish or naïve. But don’t despair either. With God’s help you will get through this (Lucado, “You’ll Get Through This”).

A few years ago, I read an inspiring Max Lucado book (“You’ll Get Through This”) – which is on this topic. Highly recommend it to you, my friends. This is a resource my heart needs tonight, and it’s one of those books I wish I had purchased. But, there are ways to get nuggets from this book without purchasing it. There are quotes. There is a sermon (you can probably find more, where he has guest preached on this message).

The Lord is with us here. What God has is of more depth than the pain this world is giving us. There may be a variety of reasons for our pain and trials, but trust that the Lord Jesus is working and inviting us to worship our great God – knowing one day this promise will be lived out.

How are we living out our faith in this moment?

Keep seeking Him friends and crying out for His help.

Until next time,


Image is by Quino Al.


Following Perfection Versus Jesus

I have been feeling led to study 1 Timothy for quite a while. As I study, I generally blog about whatever it is – that I am studying. The Timothy study is tugging at my soul frequently these days, reminding me of where I need to be.

Why haven’t I committed to this study? I have perfectionist tendencies and set lofty expectations I cannot realistically meet. My heart and physical abilities are in two separate places, and must be able to meet.

Developing Courage

We miss so much when we put everything on hold – in case we can’t follow through as planned. Our expectations cannot be more important than God and relationships.

Here is the thing: Perfectionist level expectations can strain those relationships and hold us back, to the point where we won’t immerse in our friendships or read our Bibles without the promise of expectations being met.

The Real Question

How willing are we – to step out in faith, where we trust Jesus Christ to make us courageous people?

We have been called to be strong and courageous. Every little bit we give to God is a worship offering. Just because we miss our own expectations, does not mean that we somehow miss His or those of loved ones. We have to be willing to lay down our own expectations, and exchange it for time with Jesus and those we care about.

Allowing Ourselves to Worship

It goes back to the truth of being a living sacrifice. When we give ourselves to God, we become an acceptable offering.

Jesus Christ is the key ingredient. We need Jesus to be the One leading us, even in our expectations. He is the One who enables us to set reasonable expectations for ourselves and those around us. So, let’s make our lives about our relationship with Jesus Christ.

While my best efforts aren’t enough, I have a Father whose resources are unlimited. This Father of mine is willing to help out His sons and daughters in any and every way – as we call upon His name. We may not meet our own expectations, but this is the place where we meet the grace and amazing love of our great God.

Choosing Wisely

Standing in this place of  God’s love and grace is where we can allow ourselves to make a trade. We can trade in our high expectations, for the opportunity to stand in awe and worship God – as we trust Him to make a way.

I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9, NRSV).

Friends, we must choose whether we want to follow our perfectionist tendencies or Jesus Christ – the Living God. Our lives are messy and out-of-control, which may lead the perfectionist march, but Jesus Christ is more than enough. He doesn’t have to try to be, for He is perfect!

As for God, His way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him. For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure (Ps. 18:30-32, NIV).

Until next time,



Made to Shine {{Week 4}}

Welcome, friends!

I invite you to get out your study journal and Bible, if you have it nearby. If you haven’t had the privilege of ordering your study journal yet, you can do so here (Please Note: It’s an affiliate link).

The Scriptures – Matthew 5:14-16; John 8:12

Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16, MSG).

Jesus once again addressed them: “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in (John 8:12, NIRV).”


Before I first decided to follow Jesus, I was filled with nothing but darkness. In my spirit, that’s all there was – death and darkness.

… Then I met Jesus, and He changed everything!

He took all the darkness, and gave me His light. He took on my punishment, so I wouldn’t face a permanent spiritual death. And, He gave me new life. Best of all, I can now have a relationship with Him that thrives on intimacy and His grace.

I now stand before the world as a new creation, filled with the light of Christ. We are like a city of a hill. You can’t hide the transformation Christ is doing inside of you. The light given to you – was always made to shine!

With Jesus, we can shine in the darkness.

As you give Christ the space to proclaim His glory through you, many others will come to know Jesus Christ and His transformative power too! This is why we resist the urge to run away and hide (Hello Jonah!). We have been shown the great mercies of God.

. . .

Try as we may, we just cannot hide. We simply cannot ignore the change God does inside of us. Like Moses’ shining face (see Exodus 34:33-35; 2 Corinthians 3:12-13), we will shine the darkness right out of this world. Not because of anything we could do on our own, it is simply who God is. He expels the darkness, when we come to Him, surrendering, and make Him Lord over our lives… when we give up control, so we can begin a relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ! It all begins with abiding in Jesus (see John 15).

We can’t ignore the good work God is doing in our hearts, but why would we want to? Let Jesus continue His good work. He is doing great things, you just wait and see (see Philippians 1:6)

Lord Jesus, You are good and do good. Thank You for the way that You’re changing me. Help me to keep shining for You, so others will come to know You too! Amen.


Pursuers of Peace {{Week 4}}

Hello friends!

Welcome to the beginning of week 4 for our Ephesians study – Walking into the Light! Today I have a truth to share, as we begin our new week of study. I invite you to break out your Bible and journal (link at end of post, to purchase).

Take a few moments to read Ephesians 4:3-4, and meditate on what God is teaching you about His peace. Then, meet me back here.

Seeking Out Peace

God is teaching us about being pursuers of peace. In Ephesians 4:3-4, we learn that we are called to bind ourselves together with peace. We are not talking about ordinary peace that we can find in earthly things.

We are talking about the actual peace God wants to give, to those who have trusted in Jesus Christ – as their beloved Savior!

In this particular Scripture, we are reminded that we need to put in the effort to be peace-pursuers. Peace with others, doesn’t “just happen”. Peace is something we have to intentionally seek out.

God’s Heart

God wants us to be pursuers of peace and united with the Church. It’s not from our own strength that we can do this, but by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit wants to equip us to be peace pursuers. In Matthew 5, we are reminded that… those who do such are called blessed. They are spiritually happy, because they pursue peace. Let’s get closer to learn what Jesus is teaching us in Matthew 5:9

Blessed are “the makers and maintainers of peace, for they will [express His character and] be called the sons of God (AMP).”

Seeking out God’s peace in our relationships, is part of the sanctification process (of being more like Jesus).

Because of the Holy Spirit

… we are given the help we desperately need to become a more peaceful person.

Because of God and His Son Jesus Christ, we can experience peace – regardless of what is going on in our lives.

It is by His strength, that we can choose peace in the most tense of situations (see Phil. 4:. 6-7).

Becoming peace pursuers is part of the package, given to us through Jesus Christ!

Our world is spiraling out of control. But when we come to God through His Son Jesus Christ, peace is made possible. Jesus promises to be our peace. While storms rage, we can have inner peace and work toward relational peace. A Jesus kind of peace (see Isa. 9:6). Knowing His peace changes everything!

How are we intentionally seeking the peace of God in our lives?

While we may face many disheartening situations in our lives, Jesus stands with us and promises to be our peace – if we will repent of our sin and turn to Him. How are we allowing our habitual relationship with Jesus to bring peace into our relationships?

To read more on peace, check out the first entry on our Ephesians study!


Walking Into The Light: A Six Week Scripture Writing Experience

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Trials Tuesday: The Truth Concerning Wealth

Truth Concerning Wealth

For the past few months, we have been studying the book of James. Below, you can find the devotions we have covered thus far:
  1. Good Things Found (James 1:2-5)
  2. Endurance (James 1:2-5)
  3. Wavering Faith (James 1:6-8)
  4. Wrestling Doubt (James 1:6-8)
  5. Eternally Rich (James 1:9)
  6. Raised with Christ (James 1:9)

The Rich’s Own Mortality

While those in a humble position, can get excited in the truth that they are raised with Christ, the rich need to grow in humility. In James 1:9-11, we are taught that each man and women will one day die. No amount of money can spare one from suffering or death. Scripture reminds us that…

A man’s days are numbered. You know the number of his months. He cannot live longer than the time You have set (Job 14:5-7, NLV).

  • In your life, what circumstances are you facing today?
  • Does it feel like things are within your own control?
  • How are you realizing God’s power upon your life?
  • Who has set your life in motion?
  • In Psalm 139:16, we are reminded that “every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed (NLT).” Consider who has planned out your life, far better than you could.
  • How are you come to terms with knowing your days are numbered?
  • Celebrate the truth that He holds you in the palm of His hand. He is in control. “He holds all things together (see Colossians 1:17).”

Who is Really in Control?

When we have a certain status or amount of money, it can be easy to feel like we are somewhat in control of our lives or situations. The Word of God makes it clear that we are not in control. God is the One who has planned out our days. He knows what will happen tomorrow or next year. He knows if the rich will suddenly lose all of their money playing the Lotto. God knows. Not only does He know, He cares for each one of us. Because of the level of compassion God has for us, He has sent His only Son to redeem us.

I love the truth found in Romans 8:31-32 where we are reminded that God has withheld nothing from us – and we are called His children!

Don’t Lose Your Eternal Sight

The rich, in particular are called out in James 1. It can be easy to live in today’s world, and hold onto our money. When we have a certain status, we lose sight of the important things. We lose sight of eternity. In Colossians 3:1-2, we are reminded to keep our sights on God and focus on Kingdom things. For the rich, they are reminded here that they need to remain humble. Are you familiar with Jesus’ encounter with the rich man in the book of Luke? Let’s review, shall we?

Please head over to Bible Gateway, and read Luke 18:18-30 in your favorite Bible translation. Then, head back here – so we can discuss what we are learning about the riches of this world and the Kingdom of God!

  • Who is Jesus talking with?
  • What is the ruler’s question for Jesus?
  • How does Jesus respond to him (see vv. 22)?
  • Why do you think Jesus instructed him like he did?
  • How can our possessions get in the way of walking in relationship with God?
  • Spend some time thinking on Micah 6:8. What is to be our goal, as we seek after God?
  • How can we trade in the things of this world (IE. Riches, possessions, friends, hobbies) for the things of God?

This man walked away saddened.

He wouldn’t give it up for Jesus.

His possession became more important than eternal life.

Back to James 1:10-11

We are taught that we should be glad that our riches mean nothing to the Lord.

But a rich man should be glad that his riches mean nothing to the Lord, for he will soon be gone, like a flower that has lost its beauty and fades away, withered—killed by the scorching summer sun. So it is with rich men. They will soon die and leave behind all their busy activities (James 1:10-11, TLB).

There is joy found in the Lord. I wish the rich man learned that. He didn’t have to walk away saddened at what Jesus instructed him to do. He wanted to “have it all,” but what he gained was nothing at all. Our possessions are nothing, in comparison to the riches of Christ!

In the Bible, we are reminded that all we truly need is Jesus.

We don’t need wealth.

We don’t need that dream job.

We don’t need that big house.

We only need Jesus, the Christ.

We only need our Savior of the world!

He is all we lack.

He is the One thing that is essential.

He is the non-negotiable!

Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty (John 6:35, NLT).”

He is all we need.

This world will try to compete with the riches of Christ, but they can’t. The devil can attempt to tempt us with his schemes and shiny things, but they are nothing. We will save our talk on riches of Christ vs. things of this world for next week, as it relates to learning our position in Christ.

Until next time,