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Too Often

2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV “for we walk by faith, not by sight.”

Too often we are standing off to the side of the bridge that can take us to our next step in our life. We look at the bridge in amazement as others travel onward; standing there wondering what would happen in our life if we just take the chance and cross over.

What keeps us off the bridge to the next chapter in our life? Fear and lack of faith plays an important role in keeping us paralyzed from following the Lord to the next adventure He has for us.

We are afraid of what might happen if we take the steps over the bridge. The fear of the unknown keeps us from moving forward so we shrink back in a lack of faith in the Lord. Because faith in the Lord removes the paralyzing fear in our lives. We should be more afraid of failing to follow or staying in the same place when He leads us forward.

What lies over the bridge? Challenges, problems, difficulties, blessings, and so much more if we will just step in faith and follow Jesus.

Faith is trusting Jesus for the steps ahead!

Faith is moving forward.

Faith is following Christ.

Faith is trusting His promises.

Faith is action.

Many times, faith is one step at a time but you have to take the step.

Faith is not saying I trust God; faith is following Jesus where He leads me.

Proverbs 3:5–6 ESV “3:5 ¶ Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
3:6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

June 29 Devotion


1 Peter 1:22–25 ESV “1:22 ¶ Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 

1:23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 

1:24 for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, 

1:25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.””

Devotion:  How do I handle times of great trials?

Peter is addressing Christians who were forced to flee their homes because of the great persecution they were facing.  Imagine having to leave your home and move to an unfamiliar place because you are being persecuted for your faith in Jesus Christ.  The difficulties can weigh heavily on one’s heart and life, taking a great toil.  Discouragement and doubt can creep into one’s heart during these times.

Peter encourages the Christians to remember these truths which will be a foundation for your life.

1.  During difficult times, do not forget to love one another sincerely.  

How much we need one another when we are going through great difficulties!  We need their love and care.  We need their encouragement.  We need one another, to love one another with a earnest, sincere love.  When we truly listen to the Lord and obey His command to love one another.

Love helps all.  Love encourages all.  Love heals all.

John 13:34–35 ESV “13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

13:35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.””

Romans 12:9 ESV “¶ Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.”

2.  During difficult times, do not forget you are born again by the precious blood of Jesus and the living Word of God.

1 Peter 1:19, 23 ESV “1:19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 

1:23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;”

We are saved by the grace of the Lord!  We are saved by the precious blood of Jesus, which was shed on Calvary’s cross for you and me.  We are saved by the living Word of God, where the seed is planted in our lives.  The Word grows and grows in faith in our lives.

Remember what Christ did for you!

3.  Do not forget life is short so focus on eternal things, not temporal.

Colossians 3:1–2 ESV “3:1 ¶ If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 

3:2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

Life is short.  Before we realize it, we have grown old.  We spend so much time on things that do not last.  We focus on the temporary, worldly things that vanish away.  Houses come and go.  Possessions come and go.  Jobs come and go.  What we think will last soon fades away.

Keep your eyes on Christ and eternity and it will help you get through times of great difficulties.

Three lessons:

  • Love one another.
  • Remember the blood of Christ.
  • Focus on eternal things.
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