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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
With the click of a button, we can reach hundreds or even thousands of people. Social media has created a way to instantly share our thoughts. Most people use social media for this purpose alone, but we have the opportunity to use it for more.
The power of the Holy Spirit equips us to be Christ's witnesses, and social media can be a method of sharing Christ. When a friend shares their struggles, we can pray and send a message of encouragement. Social media can also bring opportunities to serve as we hear of friends going through sickness or difficulties.
People are drawn to the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). As we ask the Holy Spirit to guide us, we can become active witnesses instead of passive observers. Social media does not have to be a black hole of wasted hours. We can be intentional in our use of social media and allow the Holy Spirit to work through our posts and comments.
In the past, missionaries have traveled to far countries with the message of the gospel... In contrast, we can reach millions instantly from the comfort of our homes by merely hitting the 'send' button on our computers, or with iPads, or phones.
1 Samuel 28-31
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.
Romans 8:12-39 Superhero powers come from a variety of sources. Some are genetic while others are the result of scientific experiments. While we may never have the ability to fly, we have spiritual super power through the Holy Spirit. The Greek word for the power of the Holy Spirit is dynamis, the same term from which we get the word dynamite. When we invite the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, He generously supplies us with the strength and insight we lack. Although it may not always be supplied in the way we expect, we can trust Him.
Because staying tuned to and trusting the Holy Spirit does not come naturally to us, there are strategies that can help us. One way to stay sensitive to His guidance and power is to pray specifically for people, needs, and situations in our lives. We sometimes use general blanket prayers to keep God at a distance and miss His specific answers and provision. Another way to stay tuned to the Holy Spirit's power is to keep a remembrance journal. When a prayer is answered, write it down. Reflecting on the Holy Spirit's power in the past strengthens our trust in Him for the future.
Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.
C. S. Lewis
1 Samuel 25-27
Holy Week Devotional
Armor Up! Pressure of the Times
Let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.
1 Thessalonians 5:8
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
The Bible is our best commentary on today’s news, and biblical prophecy is unfolding in the headlines. The nation of Israel is once again situated in its ancient land and encircled by enemies. To the West, Hamas dominates the Gaza Strip and wants to destroy Israel. To the South, the Muslim Brotherhood and other jihadist groups in North Africa want to do the same. To the North, Hezbollah has 100,000 missiles aimed at Israel from Lebanon; and further north there’s ferment in Turkey, Ukraine, and Russia. To the east, there’s Iraq, Iran, and ISIS, all dedicated to the violent obliteration of Israel.
First Thessalonians 5 says: “You yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes like a thief… But we are not of the night nor of darkness… Let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.”
The closer we come to the Day of the Lord, the more urgently we need to armor up. Make sure you’re trusting God, proudly wear the breastplate of faith and love and the helmet of hope.
This is no time for spiritual lethargy! Put on the breastplate of faith and love to protect your desires and affections, and the helmet of salvation to protect your thoughts.
1 Samuel 19-24
Giving Yourself Permission
Back when I was in grade school, it was always a special treat when the teacher gave the class permission to do something unusual. I remember one hot and humid Houston afternoon when she gave everyone permission to go barefoot after lunch. We got to pull off our socks, stick 'em in our sneakers, and wiggle our toes all we wanted to. During the afternoon recess that extra freedom added great speed to our softball game on the playground.
Isn't it strange then, now that you and l are grown and have become Christians, how reluctant we are to give ourselves permission to do . . . to think . . . to say . . . to buy and enjoy . . . or to be different and not worry about who may say what?
Even though our God has graciously granted us permission to be free, to have liberty, to break the chains of rigidity, and to enjoy much of this life, many in His family use such strange reasoning: "I mean, after all, what would people say?" or "Well, I wasn't raised to enjoy life; I was taught to be more conservative, more responsible and serious than that." So goes the persuasion of an oversensitive conscience trained in the school of negativism.
Tragic. No, worse than that, it is downright unbiblical.
Have we forgotten the promise, "where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty"
(2 Cor. 3:17)? Let that sink in. The Spirit of the Lord has provided long-awaited liberty. Give yourself permission to lift those wings and feel the exhiliration of a soaring lifestyle.
Allow the green light of grace to shine brighter than the amber light of caution
or the red light of don't.
Allow the green light of grace to shine brighter than the red light of don't. --Chuck Swindoll
Training Our Thoughts
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Have you ever found yourself preoccupied or obsessed with something? Whether it's planning for a big event or watching back-to-back episodes of your favorite show, it's easy for a single train of thought to crowd out all others. While we may have little control over circumstances and the thoughts that come knocking on our mind's door in response, there is hope: we can choose the direction of our thoughts.
“Peace I leave with you,” Jesus spoke these words knowing the pain and suffering awaiting Him the next day. He knew the fear and confusion His disciples would face and that they would flee in fear. We are simple creatures who struggle to hold multiple thoughts in our minds at once, especially when our worries and fears try to take over. Despite our weakness, God's promise never changes. We can return to Him time and again. His peace never fades. We can welcome it into our hearts and minds despite the chaos and storms of life swirling around us.
His peace can become our anchor, holding us steadfast despite crashing waves and forceful winds. Have you sought His help and peace today?
Jesus Christ has died once and for all, and no one can dispute the legacy of peace that He has given each of us.
1 Samuel 17-18
“I Think I’ll Wait Awhile”
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
As a young man, Duncan Campbell was playing his bagpipes at a December dance in the Scottish Highlands when he became convicted of sin. As he made his way home, another young man fell into step with him. He was also struggling with sin. Coming to a fork in the road, Duncan said, “Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m going home to get right with God tonight.”
“I think I’ll wait awhile,” replied the other fellow.
Duncan was wonderfully saved that evening in his family’s barn.
The other man became a successful businessman. In old age, he was taken to a nursing home to die. When someone there witnessed to him about the Lord, he replied, “Speak no more to me on that matter. I settled it the night Duncan was saved.” That man never professed Christ as Savior, but Duncan Campbell is remembered today as a great revivalist in Great Britain.
If the Holy Spirit is speaking to your heart, don’t wait any longer. Confess Christ as Lord now and find peace with God.
I went out to the barn and knelt in the straw prepared for the horses in the morning… I prayed, “Oh, God, I know not how to come and I know not what to do; but if you’ll take me as I am, I’m coming now.”
Duncan Campbell, about his conversion
1 Samuel 15-16