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I Was Just Thinking … About Fear and Faith

Fear is real and rational when reality confronts us with what appears to be danger. However, when we perceive Jesus’ presence, our perception of reality changes. As followers of Jesus we can fight fear with faith by acknowledging that Jesus’ supernatural abilities are immediately available to us whenever he makes his presence felt. Consider Peter’s … Continue reading

Conquerors #8—Conquering Praise

In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have conquered the world. John 16:13 Almighty God, Ruler of your vast creation, we take heart in the midst of tribulation because of how Jesus, who emptied himself of the prerogatives of deity and incorporated himself among us as a servant, achieved victory and … Continue reading

Conquerors #4—The Morning Star

Hold on to what you have until I come. To those who conquer and who continue in my deeds until the end, I will give authority over the nations … just as I have received the right to rule from my Father—and I will give the morning star. Revelation 2:25–28 In the dark of the … Continue reading

Habakkuk #10—Hidden Strength

The Eternal Lord is my strength: he gave me feet like a deer; he will lead me on my high places. Habakkuk 3:19 “Perception is reality,” some say. But this isn’t true, ever. For example, circumstantial evidence is unconvincing in a court of law because it does not adequately represent reality. When we trust only … Continue reading

Habakkuk #5—Humble and Right

Behold, the puffed up one; his soul is not upright within him, but the righteous, by his faith, shall live. Habakkuk 2:4 Truly rational thought eludes the proud. Try as we might, attempting to solve problems with any hubris in our hearts keeps us from thinking straight and eventually leads to disaster. For arrogance erects … Continue reading

Habakkuk #4—Time and Treasure

The vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the goal; it will not fail. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. Habakkuk 2:3 Treasure terminates time: “If it takes forever, I will wait for you …”  “Anticipation … is keeping me waiting!” “You can’t hurry love; … Continue reading

Habakkuk #3— “Post-its” For Patience

Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal, and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay. Habakkuk 2:2–3 Sometimes God assures … Continue reading

Habakkuk #2—God’s Enemies

Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days that you would not believe if it were told. For behold, I am raising up the enemy. Habakkuk 1:5–6 Faith bars the door to cynicism. It stands at the entrance to our souls and protects us from the frustrated … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Being Humbly Rescued

Each of us needs to be reminded (frequently, for me) that God’s great objective in dealing with his children is to teach us “to rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9). Somehow my natural instinct is to think that only as I use my wits and work hard … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Strengthening Faith

Paul’s sole objective was to work so that people’s faith in the Lord might develop and make progress. In Philippians 1:25 he said, “I will again be with you so that your faith (and resulting joy) might increase.” The faith of these Philippian Christians was already quite advanced. Every time Paul remembered them, he thanked … Continue reading