By Thy Mercy Deliver Us

According to the Lord’s Prayer, all evil has its origin in the Fall and consists of: profaning God's name, opposing God's kingdom, resisting God's will, failing to forgive and love deeply, and not resisting the temptations to evil. Deliver us from all of this, Good Lord! The seven petitions of the Lord’s Prayer “are seven … Continue reading By Thy Mercy Deliver Us

“Deliver Us from Evil”

This last petition of the Lord's prayer helps to create in us a healthy disillusionment with this world and a longing for the heavenly kingdom where Isaiah 11:9 will be a reality: "They will neither harm nor destroy on my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as … Continue reading “Deliver Us from Evil”

Lord, Strengthen Our Capacity to Trust You

Read and reflect on Paul's description of Abraham in Romans 4:17-21: 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations” —in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he … Continue reading Lord, Strengthen Our Capacity to Trust You

What is so amazing about grace?

If I care to listen, I hear a loud whisper from the gospel that I did not get what I deserved. I deserved punishment and got forgiveness. I deserved wrath and got love. I deserved debtor’s prison and got instead a clean credit history. I deserved stern lectures and crawl-on-your knees repentance. Instead, I got a … Continue reading What is so amazing about grace?

The Struggle to Forgive

If you are struggling to forgive someone who has hurt, offended, or wronged you, then I would encourage you to read and reflect on the following prayer and Scriptures: Father, thank you that there is One who into earth’s bitter waters of sin, injustice, hatred, and revenge poured a crimson flood to make them sweet. … Continue reading The Struggle to Forgive

Ways to Cultivate a Healthy Marriage

To be human is to struggle with unhealthy patterns of relating. The Bible calls it "sin." Those of us who are married know how frequently our selfishness gets in the way of spiritual, emotional, and relational health. Here are a few ways to continue the journey towards a healthy marriage. None of us ever completely … Continue reading Ways to Cultivate a Healthy Marriage

Growing Strong in Trusting His Promises – Romans 4:17-21

ASPIRE: How do we grow strong in our faith?  How do I strengthen my capacity to trust the Lord? 1.         We grow strong in faith as we know what "is written" (v.17).  One must know well God's promises before you can trust them.  You must know someone well before you have a greater capacity to … Continue reading Growing Strong in Trusting His Promises – Romans 4:17-21

Admit Our Struggle with Unbelief – Romans 4:17-21

ADMIT: What do I need to confess when I forget this about the Lord? Confession:  Lord, how easy it is to waver in unbelief concerning Your promises!  Am I "fully convinced" that you can do what is humanly impossible?  NO! Do I really believe that you can cause your church to grow numerically and spiritually?  … Continue reading Admit Our Struggle with Unbelief – Romans 4:17-21

Adore our Promise-Keeping God – Romans 4:17-21

17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, … Continue reading Adore our Promise-Keeping God – Romans 4:17-21

Lord, grant to me and those I love…

a greater sense of the assurance of our salvation,a growing willingness to obey Jesus' word,a growing burden to see Jesus exalted and enthroned in the hearts and lives of others,a growing ability to smile at the future.a growing desire to worship the Lord joyfullya growing willingness to surrender all to Jesus. Prayers from a devotional … Continue reading Lord, grant to me and those I love…