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Call On Jesus

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Call on Jesus

27 Bible verses about Calling
Beth Patch – CBN Digital Media Producer

Traveling 60 miles per hour, I glanced to the right just in time to see a white sedan heading straight for me—right into my lane as if I wasn’t even there! I jerked my steering wheel to the left to avoid a collision. The next thing I knew, I was in a crazy spin and three lanes over, looking at the panicked face of a man driving toward me. My hands clenched the steering wheel as I cried out, “JESUS!”

The fact that I wrote this article is proof I am still on planet Earth. I did regain control of my car. All I know is I was headed for a bad wreck, I called on Jesus, my car stopped hurtling toward another car, and I found myself between the white dotted lines and heading in the right direction. I was panicked. Jesus heard my cry. Peril became pure astonishment.

I pulled over into the emergency lane to still my soul. “Thank You, Jesus!” I said over and over. Tears fell down my cheeks.

It was surreal—like what the disciples experienced when Jesus came walking across the sea. Their boat was in serious trouble, fighting the wind and waves, and they were struggling. They were afraid. And what did Jesus do?

Jesus spoke to them at once.

“Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage! I am here!” Then he climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed. Mark 6:50-51 (NLT)

Take courage. He is here. This is the same message He sends to each of us who call on Him. He will calm the storm that frightens us. His presence alone brings peace. The verse says “he climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped.”

When I was headed for a collision, Jesus climbed into my red car and it stopped spinning out of control. He was with me. He set my car back between the lines. He demonstrated His mighty power over physics and His tremendous love for His child. And even if He had chosen to allow my car to crash, I know He would have been with me to bring peace to my soul in that outcome.


by Anna Kuta,

“As I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.” Joshua 1:5b

I was driving home late the other night, rolling down the winding, two-lane country road I’ve been down so many thousands of times I could probably drive it in my sleep. I had the radio turned up and one hand on the wheel, and then — CLUNK! Before I knew what was happening, my front right tire thudded through a gigantic pothole that came out of nowhere. The whole car jolted and I just knew a noise like that had to have done some damage.

“Oh, please don’t let me have a flat tire,” I said out loud. Cringing, I pulled over at the next road and worked up the courage to get out and look … and to my surprise, my tire was still intact. I stared at it for a few minutes, waiting until I was sufficiently assured that it wasn’t going to deflate in front of my eyes, and then I breathed a sigh of relief and continued my drive, albeit a good bit slower and more cautious this time.

Isn’t life just like that? You’re going along smoothly, and all of a sudden something turns your world upside down. A loved one gets a cancer diagnosis. You lose your job. Your best friend moves halfway across the country. Someone dies too young. You’re making your way down the road just fine and then you crash into a pothole that almost derails you. We all know the feeling all too well.

I was having one of those weeks where every single thing seemed to be going wrong, and then I heard a sermon illustration that stuck with me. It was the story of a gravel lane leading to a farm and a huge pothole that appeared after a rainstorm. Before anyone had a chance to fill it in, though, a bird laid her eggs in the pothole. She hatched her chicks there and stayed with them until they left the nest. All the locals warned their families and friends to avoid the pothole, and everyone drove slowly by to see for themselves the little birds thriving in a place that no one would expect.

How often do we look at the potholes in our lives and curse them? Yet, from a rocky, ugly place, little birds sang and took flight.

God did not promise that our Christian walk would be easy, but he did promise he would never leave us. His presence, His love and His peace are the only things that can fill in the holes in our lives. He smoothes out the roughest of roads with His strength and comfort. And above all, He grants us grace sufficient to make it through whatever may come. The Lord will never leave our side.

If not for the pothole on that gravel farm lane, the travelers would never have been able to witness a small miracle taking place there. If not for the pothole on my drive home the other night, I probably wouldn’t have slowed down and I might have had an even worse encounter around the next bend – with a herd of deer in the middle of the road.

In the midst of a week where I thought my world might crash down, I cried out to God to help me through, and it was only when I had nothing left to rely on but Him that I felt His presence more clearly than I had in a long time – and it was exactly what my heart had been yearning for. “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you,” as James 4:8 says. Only God can fill our potholes, and he fills them with Himself. May we never miss the little blessings hidden along a bumpy road.

Today’s Devotions


February 28

Leviticus 19:18 18“‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.

Love…keeps no record of wrongs. 1Corinthians 13:4 Jesus said that this was one of the Laws that summed up all the others (Matthew 22:39,40). I’ll bet when you read that verse, the ‘bear a grudge’ part pricked your heart, or at least provoked a memory. We seem so ready to be offended in this day and age. Jesus warned us that this would be true (Matthew 24:12).

We have lauded self-esteem but forgotten to warn of pride. Pride sets itself above others and demands that others give us respect and honor. If we hear a word spoken against us, we readily forget all the words we have spoken against others and excommunicate that person from our love and grace. In the worst cases we play the offense over and over in our minds until it festers and becomes an infection in our memories. Just the passing thought of it brings pain.

Believe it or not, the cause of all that is self, not the one who offended you. If we esteem others better than ourselves, we will examine their words to see if there is truth in them. If there is, we will apologize and adjust our life. If there is not, we will give those words to God and go on loving that person. How many times have we offended God? Does He harbor each offense and remind you of them every time you want to pray? Jesus said (paraphrase) that God will treat you as you treat others. It sounds like we had better be very generous in our forgiveness!

Finite Minds

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Finite Minds

Beth Patch – CBN Digital Media Producer

The plagues God used to convince Pharaoh to “Let His people go!” amazed both Egyptians and Israelites. The Egyptians felt the brunt of God’s might; the Israelites received protection from the horrible plagues. All involved were awe-struck by God’s power.

God parted the water ahead of the Israelites when their escape route dead-ended at a huge sea. They walked across the seabed on dry land with two large seawalls on either side of them. The Egyptian army barreled in behind them. And the Israelites watched as God crashed the sea waters on top of their enemies.

Wow! Whoever saw such things could never doubt God’s power or provision for “His people.” Except… these very people.

They were thirsty. They had gone several days without water. They told Moses they would rather die in Egypt (as slaves) than suffer through God’s plan (Exodus 14:11-12).

What? How could they not see the goodness of God—that He was for them? He had freed them from slavery. He had turned a raging sea into a dry pathway. He had done the impossible for them. But they became thirsty.

Their temporary circumstances caused them to forget how much God had done for them in the past. Their human nature provoked them to doubt God’s goodness.

Sound like you and me sometimes?

Oh, how wonderful it would be to have unwavering faith—always certain of God’s goodness, no matter what our current situation.

But life brings a mixed bag of experiences. We face disappointments and hurt from those we love. Our childlike faith in people we trust dwindles. And so it goes with our faith in God. We prayed for financial help and ended up losing a home. We asked for healing and the person died. We don’t understand and we lose faith. We become doubters.

Deuteronomy 6:5 says,

“And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” (NLT)

Jesus says it is the most important commandment (Mark 12:29-30).

Loving God with all our heart, soul, and strength is key to overcoming doubt. It cements our faith and abolishes doubt.

Isaiah 55:8 says,

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” (NLT)

Trying to understand God with our human logic wastes time and energy. It’s not a faith-builder. When we walk the dry seabed with water-walls one day and question God’s goodness the next, it shows our faith depends on our circumstances. They change. God does not.

Instead, through faith, when the foreclosure happens, we choose to love God. When our friend dies, we love God. We accept His answer to our prayers and use all our heart, soul and strength to love Him. Especially when we don’t understand.

We must remember it is not this life on earth we live for. Our time here is brief compared to eternity.

“If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it.” Luke 17:33 (NLT)

What are you clinging to today? Will you put your trust in God and let it go?

Today’s Devotions


February 27

Leviticus 19:2 2“Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.

Holy: unmixed, pure, undefiled, set apart for one use, not for common usage. All these terms are used for the word “holy.” Of all God’s attributes, this is the one that seems to draw from creation the most reverential awe. The special beings of praise fly around the throne singing, “Holy, holy, holy!” As they do, all those around the throne, men and angels, join with them, in awe of His holiness.

What is God commanding us to be? Fallen man is so polluted with desire for the temporal and self-appeasing pleasures. God is telling everyone that this is not His plan for man. God wants to commune with us and the Holy will not commune with the vile. There must be a change so that we can enter into that relationship God desires to have with us. All the rituals in Leviticus are painting pictures of how God will one day bring it about through the sacrifice of His only Son.

The reason that we are to be holy is so that we can come into communion with Him. But that is not the only reason. The main reason is the one stated here, “…because I, the LORD your God, am holy.” A thing is right or wrong because it is consistent or inconsistent with the perfection of God. All that is good is truly good because it is like the goodness of God. All that is genuine love is like the love of God, who is pure and perfect Love. You should be gracious toward others in the same way God is gracious toward you. The same is true of all His attributes. You, as His people, are expected to reflect His character, including His holiness. Be holy BECAUSE He is holy.

Meditation: Is there something in my life that is impure?

Left Alone – Streams in the Desert – February 27

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And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day (Gen. 32:24).

Left alone! What different sensations those words conjure up to each of us. To some they spell loneliness and desolation, to others rest and quiet. To be left alone without God, would be too awful for words, but to be left alone with Him is a foretaste of Heaven! If His followers spent more time alone with Him, we should have spiritual giants again.

The Master set us an example. Note how often He went to be alone with God; and He had a mighty purpose behind the command, “When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray.”

The greatest miracles of Elijah and Elisha took place when they were alone with God. It was alone with God that Jacob became a prince; and just there that we, too, may become princes–“men (aye, and women too!) wondered at” (Zech. 3:8). Joshua was alone when the Lord came to him. (Josh. 1:1) Gideon and Jephthah were by themselves when commissioned to save Israel. (Judges 6:11 and 11:29) Moses was by himself at the wilderness bush. (Exodus 3:1-5) Cornelius was praying by himself when the angel came to him. (Acts 10:2) No one was with Peter on the house top, when he was instructed to go to the Gentiles. (Acts 10:9) John the Baptist was alone in the wilderness (Luke 1:90), and John the Beloved alone in Patmos, when nearest God. (Rev. 1:9)

Covet to get alone with God. If we neglect it, we not only rob ourselves, but others too, of blessing, since when we are blessed we are able to pass on blessing to others. It may mean less outside work; it must mean more depth and power, and the consequence, too, will be “they saw no man save Jesus only.”

To be alone with God in prayer cannot be over-emphasized.

If chosen men had never been alone,
In deepest silence open-doored to God,
No greatness ever had been dreamed or done.

Truth and Love

Scripture Reading — Ephesians 4:1-16

Speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. — Ephesians 4:15

I met a man who ended many of his criticisms by saying, “And that’s the way it is!” He apparently had great confidence in his own discernment. And if you challenged him, he would say, “But it’s true!”

But if he spoke the truth, it was not spoken in love. Instead, he used truth as a blow-torch, scorching anyone who crossed his path.

In some ways he might have kept God’s law by telling the truth, but he broke it when he did not speak in love.

So how do we know if we are speaking the truth in love?

Here are some considerations to make before speaking:

Is it helpful? Will saying this bring about good?

Is it necessary? Must I say this?

Is it loving? Will it build someone up in Christ?

These are the goals we should seek. The apostle Paul urges us to “keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace,” “so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity.” Paul sees words in a way like construction materials that can be used in building—so that we can build a house of peace. Only with such a goal in mind may we speak the truth.


God, forgive us if we think that we have such a firm grasp on truth that we blast others with it. Truth cannot be separated from love. Help us to discern when and how to speak the truth in love. Amen.

God Still Heals Us Today

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Does God Still Heal?

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It started with a sniffle and a headache. “It must be my allergies,” I thought. I began taking allergy medication, but there was no relief. “I must have a cold,” I reasoned to myself. So, I took cold medicine and still, no relief. Then one morning I woke up and couldn’t get out of bed. My energy was depleted. “Could it be that I have the coronavirus?” I wondered.

My husband and I both tested positive for COVID-19. We spent the next three weeks in our room, isolated from our children, who now had to fend for themselves. The enemy of my soul began to have a field day in my mind. Constant thoughts of abandonment and despair filled my head. My dreams were torturous, leaving me unable to get any rest.

After days of this cycle, my spirit went into action. I began to take authority over my thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:5). I began to force myself to get out of bed and sit outside in the sun. I charged myself to walk around my room. At times, taking simple steps left me gasping for air.

One night I was barely able to breathe. I felt certain that my life was coming to an end. I prayed, “Should I go to the hospital?” I felt that God was directing me to stay at home. With that in mind, I began to tell the Lord that I didn’t want my life to end, but if it had to, I hoped that I had done everything that He wanted me to do. I asked Him to find my husband someone to be a wife and a mother for our children, and to comfort all those who would miss me.

A Scripture from Isaiah came to mind and I declared that “by His stripes I am healed”:

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 (KJV)

Then: He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you. Deuteronomy 31:8 (NLT).


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I petitioned the Lord for my healing. You see, this was not the first time I’d had been presented with an urgent need for healing, and I knew that if He had done it for me before, He could certainly do it again. I prayed fervently through the night. Gasping desperately for air, I cried out to the Lord. After praying, I remember experiencing a peace that I can’t explain.

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 (NLT)

I drifted off to sleep. The next morning, I awoke feeling different. After weeks of having a fever over 101, I took my temperature and it was 98.7. God did it! I was healed. I immediately praised God for what He had done. The Scripture that came to me was from the Gospel of Mark:

And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.” Mark 5:34 (NLT)

Healing is real. God is still well able to do all things for you.

Questions to consider:

Do you have a need or situation that you feel is impossible for God to work with?

Would you accept His invitation to trust Him with all things, including the outcome?

Today’s Devotions


February 26

Leviticus 17:11 11For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.

Blood brings life giving oxygen and nutrients to every cell in our bodies. It carries away the waste from every cell. Without this wonderful process of both bringing nutrition and carrying away waste, we quickly die. Our brains cease to function after only a short time without sufficient blood flow. Truly, blood is our physical life.

God told Moses that the reason He designed us this way was so that the blood could make atonement for us on the altar. It makes atonement or covering for our sins. As the priest slew the atonement sacrifice, he would gather the blood to sprinkle before the Ark of the Covenant where God’s presence was manifest. The blood brings life and takes away impurity.

Man’s rebellion against God is so serious that death alone is a sufficient penalty. Since life is in the blood, blood must be spilled as justice for sin. From the foundation of the earth, God determined that it would be the blood of His own Son. That was the only blood that could take away the impurity of the world. All other blood was insufficient to remove sin. Each person had their own sin that needed to be removed. The blood of animals was merely a picture of what was needed, until the sufficient blood was shed, the blood acceptable to God for the sins of the world.

Thank God today that He made a way to do what we could never do. Without the blood of Jesus there would be no hope for the removal of the impurities of our soul. Like a person with liver failure, you would have died on your own poisons. But the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sins.

Pray: Thank Him for the wonder that took place upon the cross.


Spiritual Joy

From: InTouch ministries

Focusing on Jesus is the key to joy, even during times of distress.

Philippians 1:1-18

The apostle Paul demonstrated that spiritual joy is possible even during times of adversity. In fact, his epistle to the Philippians, written during a time of imprisonment, is known for its repeated references to rejoicing. But have you ever felt as if you’ve lost your joy? This can happen for several reasons:

• Wrong focus. By centering on Jesus, Paul was able to praise God despite harsh trials. Concentrating on difficulties can cause delight to vanish. Refocus through praise to bring it back.

• Disobedience. Sin steals our joy because it disrupts our fellowship with God (Psalm 66:18). As we receive His forgiveness and obey Him, joy returns.

• Regret. We crowd out gladness when we dwell on past mistakes. The Lord has forgiven us (1 John 1:9). He wants us to choose to live in His grace and move ahead.

• Fear. Joy and fear cannot coexist. We are called to live by faith, asking God to meet today’s needs and trusting Him with the future.

• Others’ suffering. How can we rejoice when others hurt? Romans 12:15 says we’re to weep with them, but we are also to offer the hope of God’s presence, power, and provision.

A consistently downcast spirit is a poor witness for hope (Psalm 42:11). Fix your gaze on the Savior and let His joy become yours. Then it can overflow to those around you.

The Eyes of a Servant

by Inspiration Ministries

“To You I have raised my eyes … Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master … so our eyes look to the LORD our God, until He is gracious to us.” – Psalm 123:1-2 NASB

This psalm was written by a man who understood the importance of having a right relationship with God. He knew that we all need to know God personally and depend on Him. We need to remember that He is God Almighty, our Creator, the One who reigns over the universe.

The psalmist also understood the importance of waiting on God. To help us understand this attitude, he pictured the way good servants wait upon and desire to please their masters. They trust them to do the right thing at the right time.

This, he knew, provided a perfect picture of the attitude we are to have toward God. He wants us to depend on Him, confident He will care for us and guide us. We should be so committed to serving Him that we will be always ready to respond, always listening.

If we depend on our human understanding, we can find ourselves rushing to do what makes sense to us. But the Bible reminds us of our limits and God’s sovereignty and omnipotence. We need to wait on Him in every situation. Even if we face challenges, we must trust Him completely, confident that His timing is perfect.

Commit every situation to God. Be sensitive to His leading. Look to Him and depend on Him. Seek to serve Him with the attitude of a servant. Trust in Him. Remember, He is faithful. And He loves you.

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Living for the Glory of God



Gordon Robertson – President and CEO, CBN

Our culture takes pride in our learning, technology, military, and wealth. Yet God says,

“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches.” (Jeremiah 9:23 NKJV)

Instead, He tells us in v. 24:

“Let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight.”

When we understand and know God—and when we exercise His attributes in our own lives—He guides us through every situation.

The first attribute He names is lovingkindness—that wonderful covenant love He has toward His people. And this is love:

That while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

We didn’t think of salvation; it was His idea to redeem us.

When I was dying of cerebral malaria years ago, I learned something that I wouldn’t trade for any other experience. I had to surrender to God completely and learn that—no matter what we face—He is Lord, and all His acts are lovingkindness. We can trust Him even when we don’t understand our circumstances.

God says in Zechariah 13:9,

“I … will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested.”

How is this accomplished? In the fire. When we are under pressure, any sinful attitudes in our hearts are exposed. God uses these times to refine us and set us free from anger and bitterness. He cleanses us so we can have a right spirit. We want everything within us to be acceptable in His sight. The purpose of our struggles is to refine us. He wants to bring forth silver and gold.

God then says:

“They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’; and each one will say, ‘The LORD is my God.’” v. 9

Our relationship with God is precious to Him; is it precious to us?

When God gave instructions for the Feast of Pentecost, called the Feast of Weeks, the only offering required was the peace offering. It was an offering made by fire—not made because of guilt, but to fellowship in God’s presence. Leviticus 9:22-24 records that when Aaron made the first offerings on the altar of the Holy Place, fire came down from the Lord to consume the sacrifices. Significantly, on the Day of Pentecost, tongues of fire came down from heaven and settled on the believers (see Acts 2:3).

That fire is still burning today—

For our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:29

The more we know Him and yield to Him, the more we can give Him glory and walk in a manner worthy of our calling. God bless you.

Today’s Devotions


February 25

Leviticus 6:9, 12-13 9“Give Aaron and his sons this command: ‘These are the regulations for the burnt offering: The burnt offering is to remain on the altar hearth throughout the night, till morning, and the fire must be kept burning on the altar.

12The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it. 13The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out.

In Exodus 29:39f God lit the fire. We must guard that flame carefully and tend it well. Keep it on the altar. It is for God that it burns. Don’t be zealous for anything else. God has a flame in His heart for us, the same one that took Jesus to the cross. Not to have one for Him in our heart is the height of ingratitude and selfishness.

The sacrifice was performed both morning and evening. It remained on the altar through the night. We should send up our prayer sacrifice at least this often and always be a living sacrifice. Ex 39:42 “There I will meet you and speak with you.”

Three times in five verses we are told to keep the fire burning. The spiritual picture is clear. You probably remember the children’s song, “Don’t let Satan blow it out, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, all the time.” I bet you didn’t realize that song goes all the way back to Leviticus. If the fire goes out, the one that God lit, there is always the temptation for man to relight it. We need the fire of God in our sacrifice, not the fire of man. Man’s fire is zealous but ends up glorifying man and not God. The altar of our hearts should always be prepared for sacrifice on the flame that God lit in us.

Meditation: Is the fire on the altar of my heart burning with God’s fire?

Jesus Wept

by Ryan Duncan,

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. – Matthew 4:1-2

I once heard a story of a woman who lost her only daughter in a tragic accident. After the funeral, she fell into deep despair, and many of her friends began to worry about her safety. In desperation, one of them asked their local priest if he would go to her house and speak with her, but the moment the woman saw him she flew into a rage.

Get out!” She screamed, “I already know what you’re going to say. You’re going to tell me that everything happens for a reason, that this is God’s will, and I don’t want to hear that.” The priest did not move. Eventually, the woman began to calm down and started to sob. It was at that the priest spoke, quietly and gently.

Listen,” he told her, “I don’t know why your daughter died, and I do not know why God allowed it to happen, but I do know that God understands what it is to lose a child, and that he is standing next to you, and that he cannot stop your suffering but that he loves you and he loves your daughter, and if you let him into your heart you will see her again.

What really struck me the first time I heard this story was that God really did understand the pain of losing someone. I realized that for a long time I’d had a false view of Jesus. I’d always pictured him as this tall, soft-spoken man who was completely serene no matter what the world threw at him. I didn’t understand that when God became a man he embraced all human sensations, even the ones that hurt.

Jesus got hungry, just like us (Mark 11:12). He got frustrated, just like us (Mark 11:14). He got sad (John 11:35), and angry (John 2:16-17), and scared (Luke 22:44). Jesus probably laughed with his friends, and grew stern with the Pharisees. The Bible says that Jesus lived a sinless life, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t human.

Some of you may be having a fairly nice day while reading this and some of you may be having a pretty miserable one. Regardless of what is happening to you, know that God understands how you feel, and that he will always love you.

Crossing Over: God’s Not Done with You

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Crossing Over: God’s Not Done with You

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Wendy Griffith – CBN News Anchor/Reporter

Jesus said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Mark 4:35 (NIV)

What do you do when God closes a door—but the new door that you know He has for you hasn’t appeared or manifested yet?

Welcome to Transition!

We’ve all been there and some of you may be going through it right now.

Transition is defined as the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.

It’s not an easy or comfortable place to be. You feel unsettled and restless. Tried-and-true systems, or ways of doing things that used to work perfectly, don’t seem to work anymore. Maybe even some relationships that used to work now feel strained or not as important.

When you’re in transition, you’re not where you used to be, but you haven’t arrived at your next destination yet. You just feel strange, and it forces you to look around and see what needs to change.

I don’t like change. I have a hard time with technology because it’s always changing. But when you enter a time of transition, you have no choice but to change—to move, to shift, to evolve, to make the necessary adjustments—because you can’t stay where you are any longer… even if you don’t yet know where you’re going!

Now maybe God has been unfeathering your nest for a while and making things uncomfortable for you—just like a mama eagle does for her babies so that they will want to get out of the nest and learn to fly!

It might seem cruel at first, but then, the mama eagle knows that unless she kicks her babies out—they’ll never be able to learn to fly or provide for themselves; nor would they ever know the joy of feeling the wind beneath their wings as they soar above the clouds and through the beautiful blue skies.

God’s Not Done with You

If you’ve been kicked out of your comfy nest or you’re going through transition, you need to know that God is not done! God’s not done with you. He’s simply taking you to “the other side.” Mark 4:35-41 tells the story of Jesus doing this with His disciples:

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” … A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and waves obey.”

Stay in the Boat

Even if it feels like all hell is breaking out around you and Jesus appears to be asleep in the boat with His head on a comfy pillow—trust Him! He’s the God who can calm the seas with one word—and He’s the only one who can get you through the storm and safely to the other side.

The good news is, when you get there you’ll have a great story to tell, just like the disciples did when they finally made it safely to the other side.

God loves you and wants you to fulfill your destiny.

If you’re going through transition, it’s because He has something better for you. Stay in the boat—Jesus will get you to the other side.

Today’s Devotions


February 24

Exodus 40:34-35 34Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. 35Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud had settled upon it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

Once the tabernacle was set up according to the instructions Moses received on the mountain, the cloud that had been leading them settled upon it. The glory of the LORD so filled the Tent of Meeting that he could not enter.

Today the Tent of Meeting is your spirit. God desires to so fill you that your life is overflowing with Him, and little room is left for self to enter in. That is complete Christ likeness. He is taking us all to that place, individually and corporately. One day the work will be done and everything complete, and the glory of the LORD will completely fill us, the tabernacles, and the Tabernacle. He has always been in the process of making a dwelling place for Himself.

The day of completion is the wedding feast of the Lamb. When we see Him we will be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is (1John 3:1-2). When we are like Him, He can fill us completely. We have a deposit now, a deposit of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14). That is a deposit of what will someday be in all His fullness. We experience it more and more as we grow in Him.

“Heaven is my throne and earth is my footstool; what house will you build me?” says the Lord, “and what shall be the place of my rest?” (Acts 7:49)” Upon this rock I will build my church…” (Matthew 16:18) They that believe have entered into rest (Hebrews 4:3a).

Meditation: I am the temple of the living God!

Help from God

by Inspiration Ministries

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains … My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber.” – Psalm 121:1-3 NIV

Mountains have inspired people throughout history. They particularly have been associated with religion. Reflecting this perspective, American composer Alan Hovhaness once wrote, “Mountains are symbols, like pyramids, of man’s attempt to know God. Mountains are symbolic meeting places between the mundane and spiritual worlds.”

Many ancient cultures worshiped mountains or made them a focus of worship. Hindus often built temples on hills because they represent the importance of spirituality. Animists believe that hills are spiritual beings.

In the Bible, hills were places of idol worship. Ahaz was just one of the kings of Israel who “sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills” (2 Kings 16:4 NKJV). But mountains also were places where God spoke to His people. For example, God revealed Himself to the Israelites on Mount Sinai and there gave Moses the Ten Commandments.

Those who lift their eyes to the hills see magnificent creations that can inspire awe and wonder. But we err if we place our hope in these mountains (or any other created thing) or look to them for help. God wants us to focus on Him. He is the One who created the mountains, as well as all Heaven and earth.

Today, do not place your hope in mountains or armies, nations or kingdoms, or other people. Trust in the Lord. He watches over you day and night no matter where you go or what you do.

Pray a Powerful Blessing

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Pray a Powerful Blessing



Sean Lewandowski – Product Manager

Does praying come easily for you? I struggled with it. After I truly met Jesus, my life completely changed and as part of my transformation, I wanted to serve in any way that I could. I volunteered to usher and help greet during Sunday morning worship service, and even teach children’s Bible classes. As I grew in my understanding of who the Lord was, I still struggled with praying. I had a hard time when I was by myself and even more so in front of others. What should I say? What is the Lord leading me to say? What is the right thing to say?

Throughout Scripture, the Lord provides examples of prayers for us. One of my favorites is the Aaronic blessing given in Numbers 6:22-27:

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them:

“The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”’

So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.” (NKJV)

According to Jewish tradition, when the high priests spoke this blessing over the assembly, they would raise their hands, separating their fingers into sets of two fingers (think of Spock’s Vulcan sign), representing the Hebrew letter shin for Shaddai (All-Sufficient). The Almighty’s Divine Presence would shine through their fingers as the blessing was being said, causing the people in the assembly to avert their eyes—out of respect for the Lord’s presence, or out of fear. What an amazing image of the Lord’s power and faithfulness! Can you imagine a blessing so powerful that the glory of the Lord would visibly shine upon His people?

While living in Hawaii, we attended a Wednesday night Bible class, and at the beginning we would not only pray together but would pray over each other individually. Admittedly at first, I had a hard time knowing how to pray. Who was I to pray over someone? Could the Lord really use me to enact His will and put His blessings on others like he used His priests?

As believers, we know that the answer is YES! By the blood of our Savior and through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are a royal priesthood made to serve the Lord (1 Peter 2:9Revelation 1:6). Before Jesus left His disciples, He told them that they would perform greater things than Him if they believe and ask in His name (John 14:12-14). We have been given the power to pray over others the Lord’s physical blessings, spiritual blessings, and for the Lord’s peace so that the Lord will be glorified through His Son.

In Hawaii, we witnessed healings, physical blessings, people being called into different ministries, loved ones coming to Jesus, and the blessings continue. Just as with Aaron, the Lord’s divine presence was shining as we prayed. The Lord showed me that asking for His blessing on others is an important part of prayer. We ask El Shaddai, the All-Sufficient One, for His favor, His blessings, and His peace; what He provides is sufficient for us. Have you recently prayed for blessings over your loved ones? As part of His royal priesthood, let us ask our Father for His face to shine upon those around us.

Today’s Devotions


February 23

Exodus 34:14 14Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.

We run into trouble when we think of God as we would think of man. Human beings are the intelligent life to which we naturally relate. With the exception of Jesus’ physical life, all human comparisons with God’s character are flawed. We may think of jealousy is an unholy quality. That would be thinking as if God is like man. He is not. He is utterly holy. We can understand God calling Himself a jealous God if we consider His other attributes.

His jealousy is out of a holy heart of real love. Since we are dedicated to Him as His bride, He longs to see us uncompromisingly dedicated to Him. His desires are entirely pure and unselfish. The motivation of His jealousy is His genuine love that knows His ways are best for us. He wants to see us made into a pure and spotless bride.

The same word for jealous in Hebrew can be translated zealous. God has a great zeal to see us transformed into the image of Christ. It is out of His great love that we see this jealousy, or zealousness, in God. It is hard to fathom that Someone so great could love us so much. We, in proper response, should allow our love for Him to flourish. We should be zealous about Him as well. We should also be sensitive to any time something may be competing for our love for Him. It is not a good idea to arouse His jealousy. It is there for our good.

Meditate on the zealous love of God for you. Is there something that is competing for your love for Him?

Worn Down by Deceit

by Inspiration Ministries

“I cried to the LORD in my trouble, and He answered me. Rescue my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue … Too long has my soul had its dwelling with those who hate peace. I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war.” – Psalm 120:1, 6-7 NASB

The psalmist was frustrated. Facing troubles, he found people who seemed ready to help – people who made promises, seemed knowledgeable, and seemed to care about the issues. But in the end, he discovered they were being deceptive and had just made empty promises.

What bothered him was that much of what they said sounded believable. They gave the appearance of being sincere. But they were being deceitful. He wanted peace, but these people, regardless of what they said, wanted war; they hated peace.

Have you ever encountered people whom you learn are deceitful? They say one thing but do another. They give the appearance of being for peace and harmony, but in their hearts want war. They sound sincere, but just want to manipulate you to get you to do what they want.

The world is filled with people like this. They can be persuasive. They may fool some people with their promises and smooth talk. They might even try to fool you.

Be careful about whom you trust and believe. Be on the alert for those trying to trick you. You can find them all around you, trying to sell you products to support their causes.

Ask God for discernment about people and products. Stay sensitive to His Spirit. Don’t believe everything you hear. And remember, you can trust in God and believe His Word

Streams in the Desert – February 23

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And there came a lion (1 Samuel 17:34).

It is a source of inspiration and strength to come in touch with the youthful David, trusting God. Through faith in God he conquered a lion and a bear, and afterwards overthrew the mighty Goliath. When that lion came to despoil that flock, it came as a wondrous opportunity to David. If he had failed or faltered he would have missed God’s opportunity for him and probably would never have come to be God’s chosen king of Israel.

“And there came a lion.” One would not think that a lion was a special blessing from God; one would think that only an occasion of alarm. The lion was God’s opportunity in disguise. Every difficulty that presents itself to us, if we receive it in the right way, is God’s opportunity. Every temptation that comes is God’s opportunity.

When the “lion” comes, recognize it as God’s opportunity no matter how rough the exterior. The very tabernacle of God was covered with badgers’ skins and goats’ hair; one would not think there would be any glory there. The Shekinah of God was manifest under that kind of covering. May God open our eyes to see Him, whether in temptations, trials, dangers, or misfortunes.
–C. H. P.

God Has a Purpose for You

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God Has a Purpose for You

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Have you ever asked God: What is my purpose in life? If so, I’m right there with you. Sometimes life can throw you a curveball, or storms may crash upon the shores of your heart that make you question God’s will for your life—and if that’s where you’re at today, friend, I want to encourage you.

Today’s Scripture readings for CBN’s “Bible in a Year” plan are Numbers 3 – 4, and Mark 3:20-35 (if you haven’t had a chance to read those yet, take a moment to do so). When you dive into the Old Testament book of Numbers, you see in the first few chapters the grand organization of the nation of Israel and instructions for how the tabernacle is to be run (which was the dwelling place for God’s Spirit at the time).

As you read chapter 3, you see that certain tribes and clans are called to perform sacred duties and tasks in the tabernacle. For example, Aaron (Moses’ brother) and his sons were called to be the priests, and the tribe of Levi was called to assist them. As you move into chapter 4, you see this organizational chart continue to be written out. The Lord then calls the specific clans within the tribe of Levi, such as the Kohathites and Gershonites, to perform duties like handling the most sacred objects for transport (Numbers 4:4-6), general service, and carrying loads (Numbers 4:24-27).

By now, you might be thinking, what’s the point of all of this? And again, I’m right there with you. As we digest this passage let’s:

  • remember the spirit and purpose of the law (see Galatians 3:23-25)
  • not forget that Jesus’ death and resurrection have fulfilled the purpose for that way of life (see Matthew 5:17). We now live in an era where we each are like a tabernacle, housing the Spirit of God.

Let’s take a step back and see the bigger picture. Though each tribe, clan and individual within the nation of Israel had a specific task or duty to perform, they all served a larger purpose—to serve and obey the Living God.

If you’re questioning God’s purpose for your life, let this be a reminder: Don’t let the details overwhelm the purpose. As sons and daughters of God, we are all called to the amazing, life-giving purpose of serving Jesus. Don’t get stressed out because you’re not exactly sure how that’s going to look, just focus on the bigger picture—serving God in every area of your life.

Let the Holy Spirit guide you step by step, day by day, and eventually you’ll look at your life and see that God was guiding you into the beautiful and unique destiny He had for you all along. The path might get bumpy, have unexpected turns, but God is faithful. You can trust Him and bank on the fact that as you continue to abide in Him each day, His plans and purposes for your life are bright and full of wonder.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Honor Your Parents

Kent Van Til, Today Devotions

Scripture Reading — Ephesians 6:1-4

“Honor your father and your mother . . . so that you may live long and that it may go well with you. . . .” — Deuteronomy 5:16

This command was not written for little children. They have no choice but to honor their parents. It was written to younger adults who lived with older generations. Living together in a household with three or more generations was common in ancient Israel, as it is in some societies today.

How do you treat your elders, especially your parents? I have seen some young people act worse toward their parents than they do toward anyone else. They complain that they deserve more and nicer things. They berate their parents because they aren’t up on the latest technology or trends. They throw a fit when asked to do a simple household task. When another adult says, “You sure have a wonderful child,” the parent is stunned.

Our best and our worst be­havior comes out in our families. That is why this reminder is necessary. Show honor to your parents. It doesn’t matter if they aren’t as smart or capable as they once were. It doesn’t matter that they, like everyone else, have flaws. The criterion for honor is the fact that they are your parents.

Honoring your parents will bring blessing. This command closes with a promise, saying that God gives us life and blessing for honoring the parents he has given us.


Thank you, God, for parents, especially godly parents. Thank you for the gift they are in our lives and in others’ lives. Help us to show them proper honor and to respect all people as created and loved by you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

A Life-Changing Prayer

By: Charles Stanley

Whether or not someone is already a believer, we can pray for that person’s spiritual growth and knowledge of God’s will.

Colossians 1:9-14The prayer in today’s reading is a powerful model for any believer. The passage teaches how to pray on behalf of others—and those who do will find themselves changed in the process. In verses 9-10 of this letter, Paul and Timothy say they’ve been praying that the believers in Colossae would …

Be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. One of the major steps toward knowing God’s will is to know His Word, which provides guidance in every imaginable situation. When we pray this, we are asking God to make clear His perfect and precise will for every decision.

Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. This is a phrase that means making one’s life count for eternity. Whatever we have done in the Spirit—which Scripture compares to refined gold, silver, and precious stones—is worth exponentially more than the “wood, hay, or straw” ashes produced by worldly interests (1 Corinthians 3:10-15).

Bear fruit in every good work. When Jesus Christ is the center of our life, then our character, conduct, and conversation should bear fruit for His kingdom.

The words of this passage can be prayed for anyone, whether or not the person already knows the Lord. And in making these requests for others, we will want the same kind of growth in our own life.

Bible in One Year: Deuteronomy 3-5

Touching The Master

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Touching the Master

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And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, when she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, if I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. Mark 5:25-28 (KJV)

This woman was plagued with an issue of blood for 12 years. To have a cold or a sore throat for a few days is uncomfortable. Whenever I feel those well-known symptoms coming on, I immediately run to the store to purchase an over-the-counter anti-flu remedy. I want to nip it in the bud—try to avoid any discomfort. Twelve years? Can you imagine being ill for 12 years? Illness wears our bodies out, not only physically causing weakness, but also emotionally; sometimes causing frustration and irritability. She “had spent all that she had.” Plus, medical care is expensive. The Bible tells us that “she had heard of Jesus.” I believe she had heard the good news about many who were touched by Jesus, and healed of different diseases, and she began to have hope.

“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.” Matthew 4:23

Those words would have built her faith. It built mine when I was diagnosed with cancer in 1989. I had faith that a touch from the Master could change situations. A touch from the Master could change circumstances. A touch from the Master could bring hope and heal a sick body. If you have been ill, you more than likely know that regardless of our faith, sickness makes us fearful. Trusting God for healing can be a challenge. Negative thoughts constantly bombard the mind.

Years ago, even though trusting God for healing during my illness, I would think thoughts such as:

  • “Why is this happening to me?”
  • “If this chemotherapy makes me feel so terrible, how can it work?”
  • “Does God really heal?”

Between chemotherapy treatments, I feared my blood count levels would not stabilize. And my fears were not confirmed, because they did stabilize. I feared all my hair would fall off, but instead, it grew. I am sure the woman had fears. A touch from Jesus will calm our fears.

“… Be not afraid, only believe.” Mark 5:36

Daily, my prayer is, “Father, touch me today.” Our heavenly Father waits to hear and to answer that prayer.

“I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4

How do we receive a touch from the Master? Trust is the key. The woman with the issue of blood said in her heart: If I only touch the hem of His garment, I shall be healed. She believed all she needed was a touch from Jesus. She trusted and had confidence that if she just touched the hem of His garment, she would be made whole. She had confidence that when she touched Him, she would receive healing.

In response, Jesus touched her. In that moment, she left His presence a healed woman. In response, Jesus too touched me, and I left His presence a healed woman.

Do you need a touch from the Master today? Then lift your voice and say, “Jesus I need Your touch.” Believe and have confidence that you will receive His powerful touch!

Today’s Devotions


February 21

Exodus 33:13-15 13If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” 14The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.

Moses had set up a tent where he would go and meet with the Lord. The cloud that led them would come over the tent when Moses went to commune with God. It was his special place to meet with God. It is a good example for us. We should commune with God throughout the day, but a special place to really hear from God can be most helpful.

After Moses saw the devastation that sin brought on the camp and was reminded about the fallen nature of man, he asked God to teach him His ways so that he would stay in God’s favor. Moses asked to learn to walk in righteousness. He wanted to forsake the ways of man and live in the ways of God so that he might please God. How could he lead if he did not know God’s ways? His reminder that the nation is God’s people enforces the need to know God’s ways. He had already received the Law, but Moses knew it was more than just rules for living.

Instead of giving Moses more rules or a book to study called The Ways of God, He gave Himself. Presence is rightly capitalized here. This is the Prince of the Countenance. It is Jesus going with Moses. That is who is in the cloud as the angel of the Lord. He is the One who meets with Moses in the tent. He is the Way of God. Moses rightly says, “If your Presence does not go with us we don’t want to move.” I hope you have come to the same conclusion. Sin is devastating. We need to know the ways of God. We need His Presence with us in all we do and everywhere we go.

Consider: If Jesus doesn’t go with you, stay put! In Him we find rest.

Patience in Prayer – Streams in the Desert – February 21

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Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him (Psalms 37:7).

Have you prayed and prayed and waited and waited, and still there is no manifestation? Are you tired of seeing nothing move? Are you just at the point of giving it all up? Perhaps you have not waited in the right way? This would take you out of the right place the place where He can meet you.

“With patience wait” (Rom. 8:25). Patience takes away worry. He said He would come, and His promise is equal to His presence. Patience takes away your weeping. Why feel sad and despondent? He knows your need better than you do, and His purpose in waiting is to bring more glory out of it all. Patience takes away self-works. The work He desires is that you “believe” (John 6:29), and when you believe, you may then know that all is well. Patience takes away all want. Your desire for the thing you wish is perhaps stronger than your desire for the will of God to be fulfilled in its arrival.

Patience takes away all weakening. Instead of having the delaying time, a time of letting go, know that God is getting a larger supply ready and must get you ready too. Patience takes away all wobbling. “Make me stand upon my standing” (Daniel 8:18, margin). God’s foundations are steady; and when His patience is within, we are steady while we wait. Patience gives worship. A praiseful patience sometimes “long-suffering with joyfulness” (Col. 1:11) is the best part of it all. “Let (all these phases of) patience have her perfect work” (James 1:4), while you wait, and you will find great enrichment.
–C. H. P.

How to keep the heart

By: Charles Spurgeon

“The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

Suggested Further Reading: Mark 4:35-41

Cast your troubles where you have cast your sins; you have cast your sins into the depth of the sea, there cast your troubles also. Never keep a trouble half an hour on your own mind before you tell it to God. As soon as the trouble comes, quick, the first thing, tell it to your Father. Remember, that the longer you take telling your trouble to God, the more your peace will be impaired. The longer the frost lasts, the more thick the ponds will be frozen. Your frost will last till you go to the sun; and when you go to God—the sun, then your frost will soon become a thaw, and your troubles will melt away. But do not be long, because the longer you are in waiting, the longer will your trouble be in thawing afterwards. Wait a long while till your trouble gets frozen thick and firm, and it will take many a day of prayer to get your trouble thawed again. Away to the throne as quick as ever you can. Do as the child did, when he ran and told his mother as soon as his little trouble happened to him; run and tell your Father the first moment you are in affliction. Do this in everything, in every little thing—“in everything by prayer and supplication” make known your wants unto God. Take your husband’s headache, take your children’s sicknesses, take all things, little family troubles as well as great commercial trials—take them all to God; pour them all out at once. And so by an obedient practice of this command in everything making known your wants unto God, you shall preserve that peace “which shall keep your heart and mind through Jesus Christ.”

For meditation: If the God of peace is with you (Philippians 4:9), you have open access to the peace of God—but check carefully all the conditions in Philippians 4:6.

How to Deal With Sin

From: Charles Stanley

We can’t eliminate sin from our life, but we can confess it to the Lord and draw closer to Him.

February 21, 2022

1 John 1:5-101 John 2:1-6

Christ’s sacrifice on the cross paid for all our sins, but believers are still susceptible to temptation and disobedience. Therefore, we must understand what to do when we yield to our sinful desires. Knowing our struggle, God has graciously given us a way to receive cleansing so we can continue to grow in holiness. We’re to …

• See sin as God sees it. Our Father is absolutely pure, and to Him, every sin is an offense that violates His law, grieves the Holy Spirit, and belittles Christ’s sacrifice.

• Take responsibility for it. Trying to soften sin’s heinous nature by calling it a mistake, weakness, or shortcoming is unacceptable. We must acknowledge our guilt and disobedience rather than make excuses or blame others.

• Confess it. Agreeing with God about our wrongdoing is a blessed privilege because He then washes us clean of the guilt. And what’s more, He empowers us to turn away from that sin in repentance so we can begin walking afresh in holiness.

Although John explained how we are to deal with sin, his main purpose was to encourage us to turn from it and walk in obedience to God. The longer we are Christians, the less sin should characterize our life.

Times of Refreshing for a Thirsty Land

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Times of Refreshing for a Thirsty Land


Gordon Robertson – President and CEO, CBN

More than anything, America needs a profound spiritual awakening to sweep across the land. In these uncertain times, I feel a clarion call in the spirit that we must get close to God. He has not given up on us—for when we draw near Him, He draws near us.

How does revival begin? First and foremost it should start in our homes, then in our churches, and permeate the entire society.

Acts 3:19 gives this important key:

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (NKJV).

Repentance brings refreshment. In His presence we find hope, strength and wisdom for every situation.

God assures us in Psalm 32:8,

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

To be guided by His eye, we must be close enough to see His face. The next verse cautions: Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding, which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you.

I was raised on a farm with horses. If a 10-year-old boy tries to do something good for an 800-pound horse—yet it resists by pulling back on its haunches with all its might—that animal won’t be moved. We don’t want to be like stubborn mules who will not come near our loving Master. God can do wonderful things if we will just cooperate.

He makes this great promise in Leviticus 26:40-42:

If they confess their iniquity … in which they were unfaithful to Me, and that they also have walked contrary to Me, and that I also have walked contrary to them and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if their uncircumcised hearts are humbled, and they accept their guilt—then I will remember My covenant … I will remember the land.

Think of the covenants that have been made over America—how the English settlers raised a cross and dedicated this land to God at Cape Henry in 1607; and how the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact at Plymouth, praying they would be a city on a hill and a shining example of what happens when people willingly follow God’s principles. Think of the prayers that were offered when our Constitution was formed, and of the great awakenings and revivals over the centuries.

When we repent, God remembers the covenants—and the land.

And here is the good news:

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us … (1 John 1:9)

Our sin was taken care of 2,000 years ago on the cross. The Lord is always ready to forgive—so we can walk in freedom and enjoy “times of refreshing.” God bless you.

Streams in the Desert – February 20

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Nothing shall be impossible unto you (Matt. 17:20).

It is possible, for those who really are willing to reckon on the power of the Lord for keeping and victory, to lead a life in which His promises are taken as they stand and are found to be true.

It is possible to cast all our care upon Him daily and to enjoy deep peace in doing it.

It is possible to have the thoughts and imaginations of our hearts purified, in the deepest meaning of the word.

It is possible to see the will of God in everything, and to receive it, not with sighing, but with singing.

It is possible by taking complete refuge in Divine power to become strong through and through; and, where previously our greatest weakness lay, to find that things which formerly upset all our resolves to be patient, or pure, or humble, furnish today an opportunity — through Him who loved us, and works in us an agreement with His will and a blessed sense of His presence and His power — to make sin powerless over us.

These things are DIVINE POSSIBILITIES, and because they are His work, the true experience of them will always cause us to bow lower at His feet and to learn to thirst and long for more.

We cannot possibly be satisfied with anything less — each day, each hour, each moment, in Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit — than to WALK WITH GOD.
–H. C. G. Moule

We may have as much of God as we will. Christ puts the key of the treasure-chamber into our hand, and bids us take all that we want. If a man is admitted into the bullion vault of a bank, and told to help himself, and comes out with one cent, whose fault is it that he is poor? Whose fault is it that Christian people generally have such scanty portions of the free riches of God?

Today’s Devotions


February 20

Exodus 32:31-32 31So Moses went back to the LORD and said, “Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold. 32But now, please forgive their sin–but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.”

While Moses was on the mountain receiving God’s instructions, the people had gone their own way, insisting that Aaron make them a god to lead them. Freed from the bondage of Egypt and now thinking they are free of a moral leader, they threw caution to the wind and gave in to their lusts. While Aaron formed a golden calf from their donated earrings, the people partied wildly.

God told Moses to return to the people, for they had already broken the commandments He had just given. God described the people as stiff-necked. In other words, if you call to them, they will not turn their head to hear. They go their own way. God said He will destroy them and make a nation for Himself with Moses’ children. Moses pled to God with the above prayer. Imagine if Moses had not had such a heart for the people. The nation would be called the Children of Moses, not the Children of Israel. Here we see the real heart of an intercessor. Paul the Apostle had the same burden for Israel. These men shared the heart of their LORD.

God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that we would not perish. How much are you willing to give of yourself for the lost around you? Ask God for a heart for others like Moses and Paul had, and most of all, like our heavenly Father, who is not willing that any should perish.

Consider: Do we carry such a burden for those whom God has called? Would we give up our eternity to gain theirs?

Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle: 365 Sermons

By: Charles Spurgeon

The centurion: or, an exhortation to the virtuous

‘They came to Jesus…saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: for he…hath built us a synagogue…; the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:…but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed…When Jesus heard these things, he…said…I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.’ Luke 7:4–9

Suggested Further Reading: Proverbs 26:28–27:2

This centurion certainly had a high reputation. Two features of character blend in him which do not often meet in such graceful harmony. He won the high opinion of others and yet he held a low estimation of himself. There are some who think little of themselves; and they are quite correct in their feelings, as all the world would endorse the estimate of their littleness. Others there are who think great things of themselves; but the more they are known, the less they are praised. Nor is it unusual for men to think great things of themselves because the world commends or flatters them; so they robe themselves with pride and cloak themselves with vanity, because they have by some means, either rightly or wrongly, won the good opinion of others. There are very few who have the happy combination of the text. The elders say of the centurion, that he is worthy; but he says of himself, ‘Lord, I am not worthy!’ They commend him for building God a house; but he thinks that he is not worthy that Christ should come under the roof of his house. They plead his merit; but he pleads his demerit. Thus he appeals to the power of Christ, apart from anything that he felt in himself or thought of himself. O that you and I might have this blessed combination in ourselves; to win the high opinion of others, so far as it can be gained by integrity, by uprightness, and by decision of character, and yet at the same time to walk humbly with our God!

For meditation: A good reputation amongst outsiders and an absence of pride are characteristics which must be true of those appointed as church leaders (1 Timothy 3:6–7). They should also be amongst the aims of every believer (Matthew 5:3,16).

Equipped and Anointed for God’s Purposes

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Equipped and Anointed for God’s Purposes



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After God delivered the Israelites out of Egypt, He told Moses to have the people build a tabernacle for Him. Until then, the Jews had only built altars with unhewn stones to make sacrifices to the Lord. Yet now they were to build and furnish a tabernacle in the wilderness—a wasteland with no resources—and it had to be portable.

The people had been in slavery, making bricks out of mud and straw. How could they build a magnificent sanctuary for the Lord?

The answer is found in Exodus 31:1-5, where God tells Moses,

“See, I have called by name Bezalel… And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship” (NKJV).

I used to do woodworking as a hobby but never became really good at it. I can’t imagine working in gold, silver and bronze, or cutting jewels. And here Bezalel gets a download from the Holy Spirit that enables him to do all of this.

The same Holy Spirit who filled him is in us. And He can give us the same wisdom, understanding and knowledge in all manner of workmanship. He will equip us with everything we need to know for the task that He has assigned us to do.

As Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us,

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

A good prayer to pray is, “I have no idea what I’m doing, but You know everything, and You can show me.”

God promises in Jeremiah 33:3,

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”

We need wisdom. We need understanding. We need discernment. We need to know the way to go. We need the inspiration of the Holy Spirit breathing through everything we do. And we need to consecrate ourselves daily to do the work of the Lord.

The same wisdom God used to create the heavens is the wisdom He used to create you. And in His eyes, you are greater than the heavens.

If you feel discouraged or inadequate, remember this. We can do great things for God because He has called us, equipped us, and anointed us to do His work. God bless you.

Today’s Devotions


February 19

Exodus 31:13 13“Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the LORD, who makes you holy.

The Israelites had weekly Sabbaths (a day of rest), but they also had new moon Sabbaths and other special Sabbath days related to their feasts. On those days, there were restrictions as to how much they could do and how far they could go. All these were designed to have them take time to contemplate the God they served. They were to be still for a day to focus upon God. The above verse teaches that the reason for the Sabbath was to know who the LORD is and that He is the One who makes us holy. It seems that they missed the whole point of the exercise and concentrated on the rules surrounding the Sabbath instead of the purpose. They thought that keeping the rules made them holy, when it is clearly the LORD who makes us holy.

They had the example in Abraham who was declared right with God by simply believing in God before he had done anything the Lord asked. They also had the example of Moses, the man who recorded this passage. He was a murderer and failed miserably when he tried to do it his own way. But when we know we can’t do it ourselves, that holiness is unattainable by our efforts, we finally look to the LORD who makes us holy. Though at that time they did not understand how, they simply needed to believe He would. It is the trust placed in God, not a detailed understanding of the process that makes men right with God, both then and now. He makes us holy. His work will transform our lives when our trust is placed in Him.

Meditation: It is the LORD who makes you holy when your trust is in Him to do so.

Name Above All Names

Kent Van Til , today devotions

Scripture Reading — Psalm 20:1-9

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” — Exodus 20:7

God created the universe and claims us as his own. God is the holy and perfect One whose name is above all names. No other name should be so highly honored.

God is also the one who loves us perfectly. God cares for us and provides for us each day. God is faithful and always keeps his promises.

Why, then, would we disrespect God by misusing his name?

I had a Jewish student who would write only “G_d” on her papers so that she would not use the full name for God. That kind of respect for the name of God may be extreme, but in our culture today people have often swerved to the other extreme. For example, the letters OMG have become a social meme. This is used like an exclamation point in conversations that are trite, even narcissistic. Using God’s name in such contexts is disgraceful to the one whose name is above all names.

One day when someone said, “Oh, my God!” I asked them, “What if God comes and calls you to account for that? You’ll be in a world of trouble then.”

Let’s give honor to the Lord our God in all we think, say, and do.


Forgive us, Lord, if we have misused your name. Help us to call each other to account when we do. Help us to honor your name so that others can see that we love and ­honor you. Amen.

Faithful, Fearing God

by Inspiration Ministries

“I put Hanani my brother, and Hananiah the commander of the citadel, in charge of Jerusalem, for he was a faithful man and feared God more than many.” – Nehemiah 7:2 NASB

Backed with authority from Persia’s ruler, Nehemiah seemed fully equipped to rebuild the wall in Jerusalem. Nonetheless, he encountered strong opposition from men who resisted this project. Many mocked the Jews and spread confusion and discouragement.

To accomplish this assignment, Nehemiah needed people who could share his commitment – spiritually mature people with organizational and building skills, men willing to persevere in the face of opposition who could be trusted and lead by example. Hanani and Hananiah were two of these men.

Hanani had a passion for God. His testimony about conditions in Jerusalem inspired Nehemiah to tackle this wall-building project. Hananiah demonstrated that he was faithful and trustworthy. After the wall was rebuilt, these men were rewarded for their faithfulness by being appointed to leadership in Jerusalem.

How does your life measure up to these standards? Ask God to help you be faithful and trustworthy. Fear Him and have a passion to serve Him. Take your commitments seriously.

Demonstrate that you can be trusted. If you face obstacles, don’t be discouraged but stay focused. Ask God to give you boldness and discernment. And seek to be a good example to others.