The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

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Do you have a barrier in your life that you are struggling to overcome? It could be fear, pride, lack of self-discipline, an addiction, or a health issue. God helps us overcome barriers.

 If we are honest, all of us struggle to overcome something at some point in our life. Fortunately, if are willing to humble ourselves and go to the Lord in prayer, He will help us overcome.

Jericho was a Barrier to the Promised Land

Even though the Lord had given the Israelites the Promised Land, they would need to depend on the Lord to possess it. Jericho was a walled and fortified city that was a huge barrier standing in the way of the Israelites, but God had a plan to conquer the city supernaturally. Israel would not be able to conquer Jericho on their own, they would need God’s help

Joshua 6: Seven priests will walk ahead of the Ark, each carrying a ram’s horn. On the seventh day you are to march around the town seven times, with the priests blowing the horns. When you hear the priests give one long blast on the rams’ horns, have all the people shout as loud as they can. Then the walls of the town will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the town…20 When the people heard the sound of the rams’ horns, they shouted as loud as they could. Suddenly, the walls of Jericho collapsed, and the Israelites charged straight into the town and captured it. 21 They completely destroyed everything in it with their swords—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep, goats, and donkeys. [1]

God Wants to Help You Overcome Barriers

Just as God enabled Israel to overcome the barrier of Jericho, He wants to help you overcome the barriers that life puts in front of us. What do we do with obstacles in our lives? Here are some points to help you.

  • Ask the Lord for help. Sometimes the obstacles are of our own making. Sin may be fun in the short term, but it is a long term disaster. Confess and repent of your sin and trust God for strength and wisdom.
  • Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.[2]
  • Isaiah 12:See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The Lord God is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. [3]

Deal with Barriers in Your Mind

“Some barriers that we deal with aren’t even real because we have let our fears, worries, or lies from others keep us paralyzed from dealing with obstacles. Many times, the key to overcoming a major obstacle is to first deal with what we allow our minds to focus on and realign our thinking to be on par with the Word of God. Meditation, memorization, and reflection of God’s word daily will demolish every wrong thought.”[4]

2 Corinthians 10:We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.[5]

Recognize that God Uses Barriers for His Purposes “Barriers not only remind us of our weakness in and of ourselves, but they also are a reminder that God is in control. The Lord is never caught off guard by our problems or situations. He uniquely prepares and chooses us for the journey of dealing with our obstacles. In the process of working through and around them, we grow up in the faith and our testimony encourages others to press forward in the Lord.”[6]

Genesis 50: 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.[7]

To hear more about how God helps us overcome barriers, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-jericho-rahab


[1-3,5,7] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[4] https://www.godtube.com/news/5-biblical-truths-to-help-overcome-obstacles-in-life.html

[6] https://www.godtube.com/news/5-biblical-truths-to-help-overcome-obstacles-in-life.html

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we live by faith, not by sight ...

Following the Lord’s plan takes faith. Why is that? What is the Lord teaching us when we have to give up our plan for his? Why does the Lord want us to experience walking by faith not sight? Over my lifetime the Lord has taught me many things about following His plan.

 For the first 37 years of my life, I followed by own plan. My plan was all about me. It could have been called the self-centered or spiritually immature plan. I was a person of faith, but not very wise with the gifts God had given me. Perhaps you can identify with me. Fortunately, the Lord intervened and called me to begin to walk by faith not by sight. It was life changing for me and my family.

The Israelites Followed the Lord’s Plan by Faith

There is no other city in the history of the world that was conquered like Jericho. It was a plan that took great faith to follow and tested the people’s faith as God demonstrated the importance of following His plan no matter how unusual it may be.

Joshua 6:But the Lord said to Joshua, “I have given you Jericho, its king, and all its strong warriors. You and your fighting men should march around the town once a day for six days. Seven priests will walk ahead of the Ark, each carrying a ram’s horn. On the seventh day you are to march around the town seven times, with the priests blowing the horns. When you hear the priests give one long blast on the rams’ horns, have all the people shout as loud as they can. Then the walls of the town will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the town.” …  20 When the people heard the sound of the rams’ horns, they shouted as loud as they could. Suddenly, the walls of Jericho collapsed, and the Israelites charged straight into the town and captured it.[1]

Following God’s Plan for Your Life

God may still ask us to follow what seem like crazy plans for us today. Be sure to discern what it is that God is asking. His plans will always agree with Scripture. If something doesn’t agree with the Bible, it is not God’s plan. Here are some points to help you follow God’s plan for your life.

  • Be in prayer: Only the Lord can reveal His plan for us.
  • Be actively reading the Word: Taking just a few minutes each day to read what’s in the Word will give you a better understanding of the calling God has put on your life. It will allow you to better live out the life He desires for you.
  • Seek a godly community: It’s much easier to follow God’s plans and act in ways that honor Him when you have friends around you that encourage you in your walk with the Lord. Seek out a community at church that will hold you accountable and be able to give you godly council.[2]
  • Trust the Lord: Growing in faith is letting go of our plans for something better, which is walking by faith not by sight. Understand that following the Lord’s plan is not easy and often times God’s plan goes against the tide of the world.

May the Lord enable you to follow His plan for your life. To hear more about how following the Lord’s plan takes faith, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-jericho-rahab


[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[2] https://online.campbellsville.edu/ministry/gods-plan-for-your-life/

James 1:17 — Daily Wisdom for Wednesday, October 31, 2018

What is the greatest gift you have ever received? As I have matured both in age and spiritually, I realize that Jesus is the greatest gift I will ever receive. The Lord is the great giver who gives to us because He loves us.

The Great Giver gave Israel the Promised Land

The Israelite spies understand God promised them the land. They tell Rahab that God is about to fulfill the promise that He had given Abraham years before. Joshua 2: 14 “We offer our own lives as a guarantee for your safety,” the men agreed. “If you don’t betray us, we will keep our promise and be kind to you when the Lord gives us the land.” [1]

Other Biblical Example of God as Giver

James writes that every good and perfect gift is from the Lord. James 1:17 Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. 18 He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession. [2]

It is the Lord’s nature to give and there is no greater gift than Jesus who came into this world so we could be saved from our sins. The greatest gift cost the giver everything according to the Apostle Paul. Romans 3:24 Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ. God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin.[3]

The Great Giver’s Gift to Us

The amazing gift of Jesus is a gift only the Lord could give. We could not pay the price for our sins, so the Lord took our place and paid the price for us. When Jesus said on the cross “It is finished” it meant the debt of our sin had been paid in full. Salvation is a gift that keeps on giving because those who place their faith in Jesus have eternal life. Every day we will spend in heaven will be because of this wonderous gift.

God is a giver and a forgiver. He’s the most generous One you’ll ever encounter. One of the most powerful ways God shows His generosity is by forgiving our sins. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection, we’ve been given a relationship with God. Since He’s generous to us, we can learn to be generous back to Him and generous to the people around us. Praise the Lord!

To hear more how the Lord is a great giver, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-jericho-rahab


[1-2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[3] Peterson, E. H. (2005). The Message: the Bible in contemporary language (Ro 3:24–25). Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.

It's Time to Begin the Book of Joshua {Intro and Resources ...

Have you ever considered how God gives wisdom and insight? Have you ever prayed for wisdom? Perhaps you were in a difficult situation and didn’t know which way to turn. Many times, we must be desperate before we look to the Lord for help. Often, we exhaust all earthly avenues of help before we finally ask God for insight and wisdom.

Several years ago, our oldest daughter was struggling in school. We lived in a small community and there was only one school. What could we do? What should we do? It didn’t take long to run out of ideas. We didn’t have any answers and had no clue what to do. We did, however, know God could help us. After a time of prayer, the Lord showed us an online school. We enrolled our daughter, and it was life changing for her. We learned through this experience that God is faithful; He will guide us if we only ask.

God Gives Wisdom to Rahab

Rahab was a prostitute who lived in Jericho. Jericho was an idol worshipping city that God would destroy so that His people could possess the promised land. Ironically, it was a woman of ill repute who was aware of the true God. She was aware of the miracle of the parting of the Red Sea forty years earlier. She knew how God had saved His people and drowned the Egyptian army. Her heart was open to God and He gave her other spiritual insights.

Joshua 2: 10 For we have heard how the Lord made a dry path for you through the Red Sea when you left Egypt. And we know what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River, whose people you completely destroyed. 11 No wonder our hearts have melted in fear! No one has the courage to fight after hearing such things. For the Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below. [1]

Rahab realized that God was Lord of heaven and earth. She had a right fear of God and it changed her life.

God Desires to Give Wisdom and Insight

As I write this, we are amid a pandemic. Many are fearful and unsure of what to do. The pandemic has made us weary and taken a toll mentally, physically, and emotionally. What do we do when we don’t know how to go forward?

James 1:If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.[2]

God won’t belittle you for asking for help. It is His desire to give wisdom and insight to those who are willing to ask. Have you asked God to give you wisdom on how to handle the pandemic or some other difficulty in your life? Wisdom and insight may not make the problem go away instantly, but God will help you work through the situation as you rely on Him.

Prayer for Wisdom

Lord, I’m here today with open hands and an open heart, ready to depend on You to help me through the day. Help me come to you for guidance, strength, provision and protection. As I face tough choices and hard situations, help me remember that I am Your child and Your representative to the world around me. Help me live today in a way that brings honor to Your holy name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.[3]

To hear how God gives wisdom and insight, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-jericho-rahab


[1-2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[3] https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/prayer/5-prayers-for-guidance-receive-god-s-direction-and-wisdom.html

Joshua 2:9 | Thought for today, Words of encouragement, Word of god

The Lord makes Himself known.  How has the Lord made Himself known to you? How did that begin to change your life? What did that tell you about the Lord’s mercy and plan for your life?

God can use a variety of ways to make Himself known to you. He can use other people, a Gospel tract, Scripture, or dreams and visions. In addition, God continues to reveal Himself in the complexity of life and nature.

While we were on a mission trip in Honduras, people were gathered on the town square to listen to our speaker. The people heard about the power of God through the words of our speaker, and then they witnessed a demonstration of it. A young man had injured his shoulder in a motorcycle accident, and he could not lift his arm above his heard. As we prayed for healing, he was able to gain full use of the arm in front of the whole audience. Many people wanted to follow a powerful God like that and came to faith that night.

Jericho Knows About God

Forty years prior to our story, the nation of Israel was pinned between the Red Sea and the Egyptian army. God miraculously parted the sea which allowed the people of Israel to escape and killed the Egyptian army as the waters flowed back. This miracle was not just for Israel but also demonstrated to the nations the power of God. God’s desire then and now, was to have unbelievers repent, and turn and follow Him.

Joshua 2:Before the spies went to sleep that night, Rahab went up on the roof to talk with them. “I know the Lord has given you this land,” she told them. “We are all afraid of you. Everyone in the land is living in terror. 10 For we have heard how the Lord made a dry path for you through the Red Sea when you left Egypt.[1]

Numbers are significant in Scripture and forty is a time of testing. God had given Jericho forty years to repent and turn to Him. Rahab knew of this great miracle and God used it to draw her to faith. The others in Jericho had the same chance but seem to have refused it.

The Lord Reveals Himself to Us

Just as God make Himself known to the people of Jericho; He continues to do that with us today. God wants to show His love for us and did so by sending His Son Jesus. Jesus’ love for us was so great that He willingly suffered and died for our sins. John 3:16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. [2]

The love God has for us is so deep that it is beyond our imagination. God’s heart aches for those who don’t know Him and rejoices in heaven when people come to faith. Luke 15:In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!

Prayer

Lord Jesus, for too long I’ve kept you out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking. By faith I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior. Amen. [3]

To hear how the Lord makes Himself known, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-jericho-rahab


[1-2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[3] https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/prayer/the-sinners-prayer-4-examples.html

The Blessings Of Obedience 10/30/16 - YouTube

This week’s story shows how there are blessings for obedience. The Lord gives us interesting insight into the spiritual condition of Jericho. Hebrews 11:31 It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies. [1] Whatever was going on in the city of Jericho can be traced to their refusal to obey God. In the end, their refusal to obey the Lord would end in their destruction.

Our Disobedience

Think about your life. Has disobedience to God ever worked out in a positive way? I must say disobedience has never worked out for me. Satan likes to deceive people into thinking that obedience to God is old fashioned.

I had a friend who decided that drug dealing was the way to make money. He had a deal go bad, was shot, and left for dead. As he laid in an abandoned building for several days, he had time to think about his life and began to cry out to the Lord. Would the Lord hear him and have mercy? Yes, the Lord heard, and my friend was rescued and recovered. Over time, his life changed as he became a new creation in Jesus.

Consequences and Blessings

Just as there are consequences for disobedience, there are blessings for obedience to God. Most people in Jericho refused to believe or obey God. Rahab had observed how God was powerful to part the Red Sea and to conquer the kings east of the Jordan. She had come to believe in God and acted on her faith.

Rahab was willing to hide the Israelite spies and keep them safe. As a result, her faith not only saved herself, but her whole family.  She became a part of the nation of Israel and is noted as an ancestor of Jesus in Matthew 1:5.

The blessings of Obedience to God

  • A Closer Walk with God – We develop our relationship with God as we obey His Word and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. This walk is not always easy, but we can ask God to forgive us when we fail. This restores our relationship and allows us to continue forward.
  • We are choosing what is best – God does not force His will on us; He gives us the choice to follow or not. God sent Jesus to pay the price for our sins so that our relationship with Him could be restored. It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that God draws us to Himself and if we allow, adopts us into His family. It is then we can be transformed and enjoy the hope of living with Him forever. These are the blessings of being a child of God.

Take time to ask God about the next step of your obedience to Him. What does He desire to do in your life today?  To hear more about the blessings of obedience, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-jericho-rahab


[1-2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Twisty Road Photograph by Kurt Warner

Our journey with the Lord is filled with twists and turns. In many ways our life resembles the scenic route. Have you ever been on a journey through the countryside and marveled at all the wonderful scenery as you drive along? A road with many twists and turns and hills seems much more scenic than just a straight road running through flat countryside.  How has the Lord used the scenic twists and turns in your life to shape you into the person you are?

Faith is a Journey

Rarely is our journey of life and faith straightforward. Life is hardly easy and often has many twists and turns, roadblocks and speed bumps which makes it hard to see where God is leading. Life itself is a journey that begins at birth and ends with death. Our lives are a series of journeys that shape and mold us into who we are. God often takes us on unexpected and surprising turns. Until a short time ago, I didn’t even know what a blog was, never mind how to write one.  Now, at least for a season, God has me writing daily blogs.

The Lord Took Israel on the Scenic Route for His Purpose

Exodus 13:18 So God led them in a roundabout way through the wilderness toward the Red Sea. Thus, the Israelites left Egypt like an army ready for battle. [1] The Lord could have taken the Israelites on an easier journey, but He had a purpose for the long route.  God used the Red Sea to save Israel from their enemy. Israel was allowed to see the miracle of the parting of the sea which gave them an escape route. Then God closed the path through the sea and destroyed the Egyptian army. God’s plan often has detours that we can only understand in retrospect or on the other side of eternity.

Jesus Wants to Guide Your Journey

You were not created to carve out your path through this life alone. I tried that in my life and found out the hard way that did not work. Your heavenly Father longs to be a guide throughout all the twists and turns of life through His word and the work of the Holy Spirit. He longs to shepherd you to greener pastures and still waters. The Lord longs to protect you and provide for you. He longs to lead you to a life with more fullness of joy, peace, and purpose than any life you could ever discover on your own.

Proverbs 3:5Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. [2] God cannot lead where you will not follow; faith begins with trust in God. The biggest, scariest step in one’s life is to let go of control and turn it over to God. Remember, God’s plan for your life is much better than our human plans. He will give you His peace as you learn to trust Him.

Jesus calls us today much as He called Matthew. Matthew 9:As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him. [3]

Prayer

Jesus, Your light is the only light I need as I travel through life’s mystery. Your word the only voice I hear, that still small voice that leads me to the place where I should be. Lord, Your presence is the only company I need, as I walk this narrow road and Your fellowship the warmth I crave to help me on my way. [4]

To hear how our journey with the Lord is filled with twists and turns, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-joseph-moses


[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[4] https://www.faithandworship.com/prayer_journey.htm#gsc.tab=0

Grief and Loss-Suffering Deep Sorrow Over the Loss of a ...

Life is a gift from God no matter its length. Our earthly life may range from a few minutes to over 100 years. But no matter the length of life here in this world, our lives are eternal in the spiritual sense. Life takes on a whole new meaning as we look at it considering eternity. Our life is a gift from our creator God; it was His idea.

Our God is the Divine Craftsman who wants each life to be unique. Psalm 139: 13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.[1]

The Gift of Life is Filled with the Unexpected

Joseph’s life was filled with many twists and turns. He was the son of Jacob and had eleven brothers. These brothers hated him and sold Joseph into slavery in Egypt. Through a miracle of God, he became second in command of the nation of Egypt.  Joseph prepared Egypt for a great drought. God used all the struggles of Joseph’s life to prepare him to save his family.

Joseph’s brothers came to buy grain and God used that situation to bring reconciliation to the family. The whole family moved to Egypt where they would grow into a nation. Joseph had not anticipated the life that God gave him. Genesis 50: 22 So Joseph and his brothers and their families continued to live in Egypt. Joseph lived to the age of 110. 23 He lived to see three generations of descendants of his son Ephraim, and he lived to see the birth of the children of Manasseh’s son Makir, whom he claimed as his own. [2]

Your Life is a Gift from the Lord

Although you may not think you are important to God, but you are. Remember the Lord is thinking about you every second.  He knows every thought, every joyful experience, and every tear you shed. In addition, the Lord sent His Son Jesus to die for your sins before you were born. Jesus’ work on the cross gives us the opportunity to spend eternity with Him when we trust Him as our Savior. The gift of eternal life is the greatest gift we will ever receive. What a great God we have!

Prayer

Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen. [3]

To hear more about how your life is a gift from God, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-joseph-moses


[1-2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[3] https://www.allaboutgod.com/prayer-of-salvation.htm

Sola Scriptura: Hebrews 11:29

We were at a crusade in an open-air stadium in Honduras. Thousands of people were listening as the speaker told the good news of Jesus. Just as he was about to call people to place their faith in Jesus, it began pouring rain. People ran for cover and began to leave. We needed the God of the impossible to change things.

Our speaker, led by the Holy Spirit, asked the people to join him as he prayed for the rain to stop. A warm wind swept through the stadium and the rain stopped like someone turned off a facet. It was a miracle that only God could do. Now the speaker was able to ask if the people wanted to place their faith in this powerful God. After seeing the miracle, many people came to faith and all praised this sovereign Lord.

The God of the Impossible Parts the Red Sea

The army of Egypt pursued Israel and pinned them against the Red Sea. There was no escape and the situation looked hopeless. Therefore, the people were in despair until God intervened with a great miracle.

Exodus 14:21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.[1] Can you imagine how their faith was strengthened by this miracle? Hebrews 11:29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.[2] The God of the impossible had changed the people’s mood from hopelessness to jubilant victory.

The God of the Impossible Wants to Change Your Life

Perhaps you need a miracle today. Perhaps there are problems in a relationship, a financial situation, or a health problem that only the Lord can fix. God is the God of the impossible and He works in His own way and time. The Lord’s miracles often come in packages that we don’t expect. For example, the Lord may heal your health problem supernaturally or through medical treatment.  Or the health problem may remain, but the Lord’s presence and peace is beyond anything you have experienced before. The Lord treats us as individuals and only He knows what is best for us in each situation.

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for reminding me that nothing is too hard for You. When I’m in a waiting season, help me to trust in You and believe that You can do what seems impossible in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.[3]

To learn more about this God of the impossible, listen here:https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-joseph-moses


[1-2 The New King James Version. (1982). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[3] https://www.proverbs31.org/read/devotions/full-post/2019/09/27/believing-god-for-things-that-seem-impossible

Verse of the Day - Hebrews 11:27 | The JOY FM

Have you ever struggled to keep your focus on the Lord as your Savior? Even as a pastor, there have been times that I have neglected my personal relationship with Jesus because I was so focused on the workings of the church.  We all struggle to keep our focus on Jesus and need the help of the Holy Spirit to stay on course. The enemy knows how easily we humans can be distracted and is a master of using worldly things to take our eyes off Jesus.

Moses Knew the Importance of Focusing on the Lord.

Moses, a Hebrew by birth, was adopted by the royal family of Egypt. As a son of the king, Moses could have remained there if he had wished. God had other plans for him, and Moses gave up the luxury of this world to follow those plans. Hebrews 11: 27 It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.[1]

Moses’ faith in the Lord was a life changer for him. Hebrews 11:1 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.[2] There was something beyond what Moses could understand and he simply had to trust God and follow Him.

The Lord Intervenes so We Can Stay Focused on Him

While the enemy works to draw us away from Jesus, our Lord is working to draw our focus to Himself.  The Lord intervenes even when our focus is not on Him. He wants us to know Him so that He can heal and refresh us. Scripture helps us focus on the Lord’s goodness, love, and sovereignty.

The Apostle Paul explained this to Titus, a young leader in the early church. Titus 3:Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. But—When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.[3]

The Lord is the good shepherd and knows when we focus on Him, our life changes. His plan for our lives is rich beyond our imaginations. The Lord gives each of us choices and He desires that we focus on Him.

He wants us to begin by placing our faith in Jesus as our Savior. As we focus on Him, He begins to transform us. Romans 12:Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. [4]

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I am often distracted on my spiritual journey. Help me each day to look up and know that true riches in life are keeping my eyes on you. Thank you, Jesus, for your patience and for coming into this world to rescue me. Fill me more with your love and desires so I can make a difference in this world. Amen.

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[1-4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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