Devotionals

The Discipline of Spiritual Perseverance

Be still, and know that I am God… —Psalm 46:10Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen. Perseverance means more than just hanging on, whic…

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Do You Really Love Him?

She has done a good work for Me. —Mark 14:6If what we call love doesn’t take us beyond ourselves, it is not really love. If we have the idea that love is characterized as cautious, wise, sensible, shrewd, and never taken to extremes, we have missed the…

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Taking the Initiative Against Daydreaming

Arise, let us go from here. —John 14:31Daydreaming about something in order to do it properly is right, but daydreaming about it when we should be doing it is wrong. In this passage, after having said these wonderful things to His disciples, we might h…

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Taking the Initiative Against Drudgery

Arise, shine… —Isaiah 60:1When it comes to taking the initiative against drudgery, we have to take the first step as though there were no God. There is no point in waiting for God to help us— He will not. But once we arise, immediately we find H…

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Taking the Initiative Against Despair

Rise, let us be going. —Matthew 26:46In the Garden of Gethsemane, the disciples went to sleep when they should have stayed awake, and once they realized what they had done it produced despair. The sense of having done something irreversible tends to ma…

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Taking the Initiative Against Depression

Arise and eat. —1 Kings 19:5The angel in this passage did not give Elijah a vision, or explain the Scriptures to him, or do anything remarkable. He simply told Elijah to do a very ordinary thing, that is, to get up and eat. If we were never depressed, …

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The Inspiration of Spiritual Initiative

Arise from the dead… —Ephesians 5:14Not all initiative, the willingness to take the first step, is inspired by God. Someone may say to you, “Get up and get going! Take your reluctance by the throat and throw it overboard— just do what need…

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“Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

None of us lives to himself… —Romans 14:7Has it ever dawned on you that you are responsible spiritually to God for other people? For instance, if I allow any turning away from God in my private life, everyone around me suffers. We “sit tog…

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The Discipline of Hearing

Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. —Matthew 10:27Sometimes God puts us through the experience and discipline of darkness to teach us to hear and obey Him. Song birds are taught to…

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The Devotion of Hearing

Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.” —1 Samuel 3:10Just because I have listened carefully and intently to one thing from God does not mean that I will listen to everything He says. I show God my lack of love and respect for Him by the inse…

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