Word for Your Life
“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?“ ~ Matthew 6:27
A Year with Aslan from Prince Caspian
We can say we trust God, but do we follow his instruction to not be afraid?
After Lucy sees Aslan, she can’t convince the others – so she doesn’t follow. The next night, Aslan comes again & Lucy starts wondering what would have happened if she’d followed.
Aslan says ..
To know what would’ve happened child…nobody is ever told that. But anyone can find out what will happen. If you go back to the others now & wake them up; & tell them you’ve seen me again; & that you must all get up at once & follow me-what will happen? There’s only one way to find out.
That may be the most haunting passage in all the Narnia series. We may not be able to know what would’ve happened…but we can know beautiful things will happen if we follow Jesus.
A-W Tozer ~ Christ, the Eternal Son
Probably every faithful preacher today is fencing with masters as he faces his congregation. The guard is always up. The quick parry is always ready. It’s very rare for anyone to come into the house of God with guard completely down, head bowed in silent confession. We’ve become so learned & so sophisticated & so blasé that the clouds of glory seem to have gone from us.
Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center
If we’re going to ask the Lord to reign in us, it has to be all of us. That’s what leads to Peak Living.
1 Corinthians 9:24 says…
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
We typically think of that in the context of our spiritual lives, but the same is true physically & emotionally. When we run as if to win the prize, we’re much quicker to take stock of our lives – what we’re putting into our bodies & our minds.
Remember that the enemy of better is good enough.
Francis Chan ~ Multiply
From the beginning of Christianity, the natural overflow of being a disciple of Jesus has always been to make disciples of Jesus. Jesus said “Follow me & I will make you fishers of men” God’s design has been for every single disciple of Jesus to make disciples who make disciples who make disciples until the gospel spreads to all peoples. Yet we have subtly taken this costly command of Christ & mutated it into a comfortable call for Christians to come & listen in one location.
Matt Redman ~ Facedown
There’s a whole lot of shouting for joy in some of our worship gatherings, but how much face to the ground devotion do we see? In Leviticus 9:24 it says the glory of the Lord appeared & fire came out from His presence. When the people of God saw this, they shouted for joy & fell facedown.
Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz
When we worship God, we worship a Being our life experience does not give us the tools to understand. If we could, God would not inspire awe. All the wonder of God happens above our formula. The more I climb outside my pat answers, the more invigorating the view – & the more my heart enters into worship.
Laura Story ~ O Love of God
The only thing that comes natural to me is loving me. But that’s really where the love of God comes in. It’s not just that Christ’s example of love inspires us, it actually enables us to love others. 1 Corinthians 13 talks about love being patient & kind. I’m none of those things…but I believe Christ can be .. through me.
Oswald Chambers ~ My Utmost for His Highest
When God…through His Spirit…gives you a clear vision of His will, you must “walk in the light” of that vision – even though [you] may [not] be thrilled by it. If you don’t, disobeying will make you a slave to ideas & views that are completely foreign to Christ…& if a New Testament standard is revealed to us & we don’t try to measure up – we begin to backslide.