Month: August 2021

Why Do I Doubt?

Scripture: Matthew 14:31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

Observation: That sounds like my life. So many times Jesus had to reach out to me and save me and you would think after so many times I would no longer doubt. My faith is weak and I don’t understand why I doubt God’s power and love. I so easily get worried or anxious about nothing and then forget about God’s love for me.

Application: I need to remember who I am in Christ. I’m a child of God and then think of all the times God has rescued me from so many different situations. I need to have faith and believe God loves me as much as He says He does and to know this is not my home, my home is with Him.

Prayer: Dear Lord forgive me for my lack of faith and I ask you to increase my faith. To show me how to look at this life through your eyes and to give me courage through all the trials and tribulations that I would come out as gold.

Where’s My Seed?

Scripture: Matthew 13: [22] The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.

Observation: I have received my seed and I know the Word of God, but where is it. Is it growing or stagnate just sitting in the thorns of my life. Do I let the worries of my life overtake the caring of growing my faith. This seed was not given to me for only my good but to nourish other that God surrounds me with. The fruit I should be bearing is to help feed God’s children, not just me.

Application: I need to remove the obstacles that get in the way of growing my faith and love for God and others. I need to put bearing fruit above anything else in my life. The worries of this world will soon pass away, but what I do for my Lord will last forever.

Prayer: Oh my Lord help me grow this harvest in glory and honor to you. Help me bear fruit in your name and set my priorities, putting you first in all things. I do love you, show me how to live this life in a way that shows you.

May I Give Mercy

Scripture: Matthew 12: [7] If you had known what these words mean, `I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.

Observation: I keep thinking if I do more things for Jesus that is what will please Him and yet He asks me to live each day in obedience to the Father. I plan outreaches, pray each day and read my Bible and then I go out into the world and live my life the way I want to. I judge others, look at most as sinners and speak without regards that they are God’s children. If God had the same mercy as I do, I would be burning in hell at this moment.

Application: I’m a new creation in Christ the old Mark is gone and a new one is being created each day. God has changed my heart, but allows me each day to make decisions that result in the finished person He wants me to be. I need to take up my cross and live the life God wants me to live and stop trying to satisfy myself. I need to look at others as an opportunity to show God’s love through me that my Father would be pleased and have no regrets of the mercy He has shown me in my life.

Prayer: Dear Father may today be a day that you look down on your servant and it brings a smile to your face. That your child would treat others with such love and respect, that you may say in your heart, that’s my boy.

Learning to Rest

Scripture: Matthew 11: [29] Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Observation: A yoke was designed for 2 animals so Jesus is telling us that He will be joined with us and not that we will be taking on the burden alone. We will be working and learning right beside Jesus. We will have a teacher who loves us and is looking out for our best interest. Once we learn what to do and know we will always be guided by our Lord then and only then will we be able to have complete rest.

Application: The Bible is full of lessons Jesus taught and He showed me how to live this life in a way honoring to my Father. The Holy Spirit is with me always, guiding and directed my path. He helps with the yoke of Jesus each day and if I allow Him he will give me rest knowing that I’m not alone on this journey.

Prayer: My Father make me more like Jesus. Take this selfishness and anger from me and open my eyes on how I can please you. I really need rest, because my mind doesn’t stop in this place, show me how to focus on you and the home I will have for all eternity.

God Speaks Through Us

Scripture: Matthew 10: [19] But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say,

Observation: I haven’t come close to being arrested for my faith or even in any type of trouble. However there have been times when I needed the right words to say to someone and they just came. I’ve prayed for others and as I’m praying I can feel the comfort and love that was coming from me, but had nothing to do with me. It’s so amazing to me that God can use a sinner like me.

Application: God has always come through when I stand for Him. It is the best feeling to be used by my heavenly Father and I need to put myself in places that He can use me. Make plans to be where God can use me and to stand firm knowing that God will speak through me and not to be afraid.

Prayer: My Lord, I’m your servant and there is nothing good in me, but please use this vessel for honorable things and that your words may comfort others through me.

What Would My Faith Do?

Scripture: Matthew 9:29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”;

Observation: If I was sick and it depended on my faith whether I would be healed or not, I don’t think I would be healed. My faith is weak and inconsistent and it depends more in my circumstances than in my heart. I will have a day that everything is going wrong and worry takes over and other days I can see God working and my faith is strong.

Application: God has gotten me through everything and He watches over me no matter what is happening in my life. My faith needs to be based on my God who can do anything and for some reason loves me unconditionally. I need to rest in my Lord and not in me or my circumstances.

Prayer: Dear Lord please increase my faith and speak to me and show me how to live a life of faith that wouldn’t only heal me but others in your name.

Why Am I So Afraid?

Scripture: Matthew 8:26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

Observation: Jesus most say that to me every day. I wake up in the morning and take a walk and pray, but my first words are of fear and a desire to be home with Him instead of facing the trials here on earth. God blesses me each day and guides me through it, yet during the course of the day I feel anxiety and worry for no reason. I wonder how much that hurts my God that has given me everything to have so little faith that I don’t want to go on at times.

Application: I’m only here because God allows me to be. He has saved my life so many times and made sure I made it to the point where I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I need to live my life for Him and fulfill the purpose that He created me for using those gifts and testimony so others don’t have to suffer the fate of Hell.

Prayer: Dear Lord please forgive your servant of the lack of faith I have. Increase my faith as your apostles asked of you and give me the strength do to your will in my life I want to come home to you with open arms and not with my head hanging down in shame.