Category: SPIRITUAL GROWTH

A Picture I’ll Never Forget | Remembering Good Friday

On Good Friday in 2000 I was sitting on the back row in a Lutheran church and was overwhelmed by God’s presence just a couples hours after getting high.

That was the last time I got high.

That was the last time I felt alone.                                

That was the last time I felt hopeless.

Jesus’ sacrifice for my freedom was overwhelming.  I felt consumed by his love and mercy.

Good Friday

God spoke to me and said, “My power is greater than the hold that has on your life.”

I believed Him.

This photo continues to serve as a reminder to me of Gods grace and mercy that I experienced (and still do) 17  yrs ago on Good Friday.

Good Friday

The following passage of scripture is one of my favorites.  It completely describes what I experienced on Good Friday seventeen years ago.

I love God because he listened to me,
listened as I begged for mercy.
He listened so intently
as I laid out my case before him.
Death stared me in the face,
hell was hard on my heels.
Up against it, I didn’t know which way to turn;
then I called out to God for help:
“Please, God!” I cried out.
“Save my life!”
God is gracious—it is he who makes things right,
our most compassionate God.
God takes the side of the helpless;
when I was at the end of my rope, he saved me.
Psalm 116:1-6 (the MSG)

Do you want to receive the same grace, mercy, love, and life that I received?  Accept God’s offer to help you.  He is so willing to give to those who are willing to receive:

2 Peter 3:9 (NIV) The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

If you would like to begin a new life say this simple prayer with your whole heart to God:

Dear God, I acknowledge my great need for You in my life. I believe that Jesus, Your Son, came to this earth and lived, died, and rose from the dead all for me so that my sins could be forgiven. I want to give my whole life and heart to You. I want to turn away from evil and follow You. Forgive me of my sins and please lead my life.  Amen.

If you have any questions I would love to send a free eversion of Understanding God:  Four Things You Need To Know About Him And Realize About Yourself

Email me at: evan@dailychristianhelp.com

God bless you.

Evan Doyle

When God Is About To… What Should You Do?

Do you ever feel like you’re living in between something worse and something better?

Not fully fulfilled…  Not fully satisfied.

To be fair we are awaiting a heavenly home… (Hebrews 13:14, 2 Corinthians 5:1)

In the book of Joshua it tells about the Israelite’s being on the edge of possessing a promise land that God had spoke about to Moses 40 years prior (Exodus 3) and even before that to Abraham (Gen. 15).

The people were living in between captivity and the promise land.

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Joshua 1:1-3 (NIV)  After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.

They were still in the desert…

…But staying in between the past and the promise is never Gods plan.

Joshua 1:5 (NIV)  No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.

God does not stay with us to so that we can stay where we are.

Too often we set up camp and stay there (IN BETWEEN)  because we believe God will never get around to fulfilling His promise.

I don’t know what your promise is or what in between means for you.  Maybe you’re in between a unhappy marriage and a happy marriage.  A bad relationship with your kids or a great relationship with your kids.  A horrible job or a fulfilling job.

Whatever it is, what do you do when God’s promises feel more like “never get around to” than “about to”?

There are a few ways that we should respond when God is “About To” in our life.

Joshua 1:6 (NIV) 6Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

1. When God Is About To, Realize It’s Not Just About You.

Where has God put you that your only option is to lead?

Whether you believe it or not, everyone has been given a sphere of influence.

The promise land is never just for you or about you…

There are others who God wants to impact and bring along as he leads you to the “promise land”.

Because when our only concern is to make it to the promise land we try to get there without consideration of how others will be impacted.

This is how families get neglected  (I’ve got to make it to the top).
This is how employees get disregarded (I’ve got to land this contract no matter what).
This is how friendships get betrayed (I’ve got to save my reputation).
This how God gets forgotten (I’ve got to make it happen).

This may not seem like a big deal, but it is.

God will never take you to the promise land if you are neglecting Him and others along the way…

Understand that when God is about to do something in our life it is more than just about us.

Look again at verse six and then notice what is repeated in verse 7.

Joshua 1:6-7 (NIV) Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.  “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.

The instruction in verse 6 & verse 7 is there (REPEATED) because of what take place in between in verse 6 & 7.

Our mind tells us He won’t.  We believe we can’t.  Others tell us to forget about it.  And so rather than moving forward we stay where we are….

God repeats Himself to assure Joshua that He is with Him and that he can do this which leads us to our next response.

2. When God Is About To, Recall What He’s Said To You.

This is not the first time that God speaks this Joshua either (Deuteronomy 31:6-7)  and it’s not the last (Joshua 8:1)

Joshua 1:8-9 (NIV) Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

THERE ARE TWO THINGS TO BASE YOUR CONDITION UPON:

  1. What God has said (commanded).
  2. Where God is (with you).

Or, your other option is Fear…

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Joshua could have based his condition upon how he felt, or on God’s Word and His presence.

What we feel does not have to control what we decide to be.

Joshua had reason to feel afraid and discouraged.

Joshua was leading people into war not on a hike.

Joshua could have been fearful that rather than fighting the enemy they would fight each other…

…that he didn’t have what it takes
…that it could be another 40 years before they enter the promise land
…that they would turn away from God again like they did in the past

The good news for a follower of God is that the past has no bearing on your future.

The past cannot limit God… only your fear can.

Think about this, if we can get fearful because of the past why don’t we get faithful because of the future?

The future has not even taken place.  Why fear it?

Our strength will only be as great as what God has said.

Our fear should only be as great as God’s absence from our life.

The decisions Joshua and the Israelite’s made determined the promises they would experience.

It was true in Joshua’s life (and in Moses life Numbers 20:12) and it is true in our life to.  What we decide to believe and do has a tremendous impact on our life.

3. When God Is About To, Decide What You Will Do.

Joshua began to make decisions based on what God said and where God said He would be.

Joshua 1:10 (NIV) 10 So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: 11 “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you for your own.’”

Joshua 2:1 (NIV) Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.”

Joshua 3:1 (NIV) Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelite’s set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over.

What do we see in those three passages of scripture?  Joshua immediately began to make decisions based upon what God had said and where God said He would be.

Every day is about choices…

What will I believe?  What will do?  What will I say?  Where will I go?

If you haven’t decided to things differently in the future than expect the same results from the past…

BUT…  If you have decided to base your condition upon what had God said and Where He is… then BE ENCOURAGED…

You will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!

Psalm 27:13 (NIV)I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

WHERE IS YOUR CONFIDENCE?

I Am Confident…  God Is Good!

What are you in between?  How should you respond when God is “About To” in your life?

1. When God Is About To, It’s Not Just About You.
2. When God Is About To, Recall What He’s Said To You.
3. When God Is About To, Decide What You Will Do.

Why I Believe In God And Trust the Bible

Can you believe in God and trust the Bible or is that sheer foolishness?  Is Christianity just another religion or is there reason to believe that God exists and that His Word can be trusted?

Will you consider asking yourself the following three questions:

Believe In God And Trust the Bible

1. Could it be that your ability to choose is a gift?

Have you been given a gift with the option to do what you want with it?

2. Have provisions been made for us so that we can know God?

The issue that each person must settle is do you want to know Him.

3. What if you began to exercise faith, is it possible it could be strengthened?

Or, do you spend more time trying to find reasons not to have faith than you do exercising it? Continue reading