Thursday, January 5, 2012


Philippians 1:18
“What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.”
Paul was in prison.  In prison!  Did God make a mistake allowing this?  How could He allow this warrior of the cross to be shut up like this?  Just when he was doing so much good.
Have you ever felt like that?  Just when things were going so well—wham!  It all comes to a screeching halt over some untimely circumstance.
And of course, when that happens, people start to talk.  And to judge.  Well, they say, God must really be dealing in his life...she must be doing something terribly wrong...makes you wonder what’s really going on...
Satan is called “the accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10) for a reason.  He loves to stir up trouble among believers with innuendo, implied wrongdoing, gossip, and doubt about one another’s faith and character.  He loves to cause fellow believers to lay guilt trips on each other. 
Paul had his share of critics who loved to accuse him of all sorts of wrongdoing and ill motives. Some were jealous.  Others just plain didn’t like him.  Some grieved over his imprisonment. Others were just as glad he was out of the way for a while.  But Paul had learned a secret about rising above such circumstances.  He didn’t run from his despair or hardship.  He didn’t live in denial.  He lived in absolute faith that God knows what He’s doing.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28
Paul knew his purpose: to preach the Gospel.  So no matter how it happened, in prison or out, through good motives or impure ones—he was able to rejoice because ultimately God was fulfilling His purposes in Paul’s life.
That’s how I long to live—rejoicing, in the midst of tears, laughter, pain, or joy —knowing that in it all, God’s love never fails.

devotional by Pastor Ray Bentley

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Jesus spoke...

John 12: 26

"My Father will honor those who serve Me."

Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Heart

"The heart is the wellspring of life."
Proverbs 4:23

Friday, July 8, 2011

Psalm 1:6

"For the Lord watches over those who are righteous."

(Memory verse with my kids :D)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Don't Get Stuck

This is the title of a devotional by Sarah Young. She says, "When things are not going your way, don't panic-accept the situation. Feeling sorry for yourself can easily spill over into feelings of resentment and anger. That can cause you to push away from me."

She has a point. When we shift our focus on ourselves, we limit ourselves to the hope and abundant blessings that only God can give to us.

1Peter 5:7 says, "Casting all our care upon him; for he careth for you."

We need to repent when we worry, recognizing that it is a going against everything the Bible says.

I like how Morris Cerrulo expands on this verse:

We need to KNOW that Jesus wants us to cast all our cares upon Him (James 1:6-8) and we can do so with the assurance that...
we KNOW "...the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance" (Psalm 94:14), and ...
we KNOW that God will deliver us out of Satan's grasp (Psalm 91:3)
and we KNOW that God's eyes are upon us...that He is just looking for an opportunity to show Himself strong on our behalf (2 Chronicles 16:9).

Satan tempts us with worry and fear. However, "...greater is He that is in you, than he who is in the world" (1 John 4:4). Armed in this way, the sharp two-edged sword of the Word, the negative forces of worry and anxiety will be defeated in any and every circumstance, and we can.... and WILL be VICTORIOUS!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Matthew 28:6

He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

We will experience many losses over the years, but the one thing we cannot live without is the one the we can never lose-Jesus' loving Presence.

by Sarah Young, author of Jesus Lives