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Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

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.

To hear more about how to keep your focus on the Lord, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-joseph-moses


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

treasures in heaven song - YouTube

What do you think of when you hear the word “treasure?” Often, we think of gold, silver, or jewels. Some people spend their entire lifetime pursuing such things. In doing this, they waste the life God has given them and thwart the plans God has for them. What if the Lord of the universe wanted to give you a gift so big it was beyond your comprehension? What about the treasures of heaven?

The Apostle Paul speaks of such a gift. 2 Corinthians 2:9That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” [1] This is the treasure of life forever with Jesus. It begins as you place your faith in Jesus as your Savior. It sounds too good to be true, but this is the gift that Jesus wants to give to you.

Moses’ Real Treasure Was Eternity with God

Hebrews 11: 26 Moses thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward.[2] The life of Moses was not easy, and he endured great hardships by keeping his focus on the Lord.

By identifying with the people of God and sharing in their hardship, Moses ultimately served the cause of Christ.”[3]

The Treasure of Heaven is Made Possible by Christ

The Apostle Paul gives us insight. Philippians 3: 12 I (Paul) don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. [4]

While eternal life with Jesus is a free gift for those of us who place our faith in Him, He had to pay a price. Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for our sins. This made the restoration of our relationship with the Father possible. Jesus’ desire is for every person to be saved. 2 Peter 3:9The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed but wants everyone to repent.[5] If you are not yet a believer in Jesus, the Lord is calling you today.

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.[6]

To hear more about the treasures of heaven, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/faith-makes-a-difference-joseph-moses


[1,2,3,4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[3] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Heb 11:26). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

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

Desiring God on Instagram: "Faith is not content with ...

You can choose momentary pleasures or God’s desires. What if I am caught up in momentary pleasures of this world? If you are, you are not alone! How do I get off this train if this is the path I am on? Who is behind this continued drum beat to go down this road? 

Our enemy, satan, knows our weaknesses and how momentary pleasures of the world distract us from the Lord. When we take our eyes off the Lord, we can easily be deceived and led in a subtle, but destructive direction. The wealth and glitz of this world is an attractive, but empty path.

Moses Turned from the Temporary Pleasures of this World to God’s Desires

Moses learned about temporary pleasures of the world as a prince of Egypt. After forty years of this his faith turned to God’s desires. Faith in our Lord changes everything and gives us perspective to what is really important. Also, when we have faith, we learn to depend on the Lord not ourselves. It is only through the power of the Lord working through us that we can turn away from the temptations of this world.

 Hebrews 11:24 It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin.[1]

It was only when Moses made this decision that God could use him.

God Will Help You Turn Away from the Fleeting World to His Desires

You can choose momentary pleasures or God’s desires. If you have fallen into satan’s trap of worldly momentary pleasures, the Lord wants to set you free! Jesus told us His purpose here on earth. Luke 4:18The Spirit of the Lod is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free.[2]

 If you want to be set free today, call on the name of the Jesus in prayer. Ask Him to help you choose His desires. The first step is simple. Then begin to spend time each day in God’s word and continue to pray. Begin by spending a few minutes each day and, as the Lord leads you, spend more. If you miss a day, don’t give up but try again the next day.

Spiritual growth is often two steps forward and one step backward. Don’t become defeated by setting a goal so high it is not realistic. Engage one or more friends to pray for you. This helps with accountability and it allows the body of Christ to encourage each other. Remember, the Lord is with you and will help you be an overcomer.

To hear more about Moses, 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.

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