“Standing Through The Storms In Life Through Faith In God”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Standing Through The Storms In Life Through Faith In God

Years ago I received an emergency call from a family in my church and immediately left my job as I rushed to the hospital.  The pregnant wife’s family was being informed that due to her sudden severe illness, the possibility of her carrying the baby to full term was in jeopardy, and even if the infant did survive, the baby would be born with severe retardation.  So, they were recommending terminating the pregnancy.

As their pastor, I was allowed into the intensive care ward and quickly taken to her room.  She had been sedated and was being given other needed medications as she was being cared for.  So I quietly stood along her bedside and began to call upon THE GREAT PHYSICIAN, The Lord Jesus Christ.

I already knew Him as a doctor, but could I believe that He wouldn’t lose this case?  As I sensed His Presence, I realized Christ never cares about your previous medical history, doesn’t look at medical charts, doesn’t care about the diagnosis, isn’t concerned how you got to this place, and doesn’t even review your X-rays.  I had long discovered that when things even appear hopeless, There’s Always His Grace, so I prayed.

As I prayed, I tenderly held her hand.  Then knowing her heart, even while she slept from the medication, I entered into an agreement before God to believe Him for the birth of a healthy baby and the healing of this mother and her life.  I took authority over the condition, the sickness, and the circumstances, all in the mighty name of Jesus ChristI fully believed and confessed that when Jesus hung on that cross, He died that she and her baby would live.  I quoted scriptures over her and I prayed with such fervency until my clothes were drenched with perspiration.

I firmly stood on John 15:7 where Jesus Christ said, “If you abide in me and my words abide in you, then you shall ask what you will and it shall be done unto you.”

Any believer in Christ who has engrafted God’s Word into their heart, should have no will that is not in harmony with the Divine Will of God.  Upon realizing their union or relationship with Christ, every believer should be charged with His thoughts, burning with His purposes, and allowing His Words to control or affect their lives.

I prayed according to God’s promises in His Holy Word and stood in faith that not only would He do what He said, but that it was already done through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Then after embracing and encouraging her family, I went home.

This family had a major decision to now make.  Would they believe in The Lord that I represented and that a few of them had come to personally know?  Would they believe in the words and encouragement of their pastor from the Holy Bible?

As a young pastor, I had come to know the extreme importance of knowing Christ, believing in The Power of God through prayer, and the importance of giving good biblical and spiritual counseling as I looked to the Lord.

That Sunday morning I preached, telling the church that “often God expects us to believe Him and His Word without any outward sign or evidence apart from faith in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”  

No matter how dark, dismal, or discouraging our situation may seem to be, we are instructed and encouraged to have faith in God.  Everything is predicated on what God has already done for us through Jesus Christ.  The Lord wants us to believe and have faith in Him despite our surroundings and what they dictate to us.  We are to be open to the voice of The Holy Spirit of God for further direction.

That family stood in faith.  They believed in the God that I had taught them about and they looked to Jesus Christ.  Several weeks later, that mother gave birth to a very healthy strong baby boy, and over the years I watched him grow throughout childhood. 

That mother didn’t know that I had come into her room and prayed like I did.  While she was later told of my visitation and prayer, I jokingly teased her that I had to buy a new suit because I never had prayed before where my suit had become so drenched that it couldn’t even be cleaned.  We all laughed as we were filled with great joy and gave God the glory.

As a further result of this, the majority of her family came to church.  Some members of her family came who had never darkened the doorway of a church before in their lives.  Many came to Christ and began reading the Bible for the first time.

There’s Nothing Too Hard For God To Do, but the issue at stake is, “Will You Trust Him And Believe In His Word?”

 

“Will You Allow God To Bring You Out?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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 “Will You Allow God To Bring You Out?”

Jonah’s deliverance is more than a mere example of God’s power being expressed over all the creatures of the earth.  It’s a wonderful expression of our Lord hearing the distressful prayers of His children and a demonstration of His mercy and grace to those that trust in Him, regardless  of what you are experiencing.

Jonah 2:10 NIV says, “And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.”

Jonah’s experience reveals that it doesn’t matter how you got where you are, what you have done, how long you have done it, or the severity of the darkness, God has to power to bring you out.

It is time for all people to learn and remember, who is in charge of our circumstances, who is orchestrating behind the scenes and who is working events out for His will and glory.

The Prophet Jonah’s rebellious attitude and actions had brought him to a place of low degree.  After being swallowed alive and imprisoned in the belly of this great fish, Jonah prayed and God heard his cries.

Is your experience in the belly of the whale financial hardship?  Is it marital struggles or family division?  Is it an unexpected illness or from an unforeseen tragic accident?  Is it a result of any type of disobedience? 

Repentance, drawing closer to God, surrendering to the leading of The Holy Spirit will always produce have dramatic affects in your life and circumstances.  God then commanded this great creature of the deep and under His Almighty influence, this fish ejected Jonah out onto the dry ground of Nineveh.

All things must yield to His will and word of God, so even this creature of the deep could no longer retain Jonah in its belly.

While Jonah’s deliverance is a type of our Lord’s resurrection from the dead on the third day, it’s a glorious example of God’s divine love and power.  If God then brought Jonah up from the belly of the great fish and resurrected His Son from the belly of the grave, why should you think it difficult or impossible for The Lord to bring deliverance to you?

There are NO adverse circumstances, negative situations, painful conditions or damnable demonic attacks that can withstand or resist the authority of God’s commands.

Through all of our bad experiences, as we draw closer to The Lord, there are great lessons that we too must learn.  While experience is a teacher, you must not allow it to become your undertaker.   Therefore, call upon The Lord and place your confidence in Him.

Upon Jonah’s ejection from his imprisonment  in the vile darkness of the whale’s belly, he immediately began to preach and testify of God.  His persuasion, influence, message and exhortation was so great that within 40 days, all Nineveh repented and turned unto The Lord.

What was your experience as you reflect back and remember what God has brought you through?  Is your life currently bearing testimony of the goodness and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ?

 

“Are You Aware That God Grants You The Power To Go On?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Aware That God Grants You The Power To Go On?”

As I sat in church yesterday, gazing around the assembly, this wonderful couple suddenly caught my attention.  As my eyes  became fixed upon their smiling and radiating faces during worship, The Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and said, “They are trusting Me for the power to go on.”

As I meditated on His Words, I began to reflect upon their severe struggles and tragic experiences:  Their two young children were killed in a plane crash, then later the wife suffered a massive stroke, leaving her with a length period of hospitalization and physical therapy.   As she’s trying to regain and manage her ability to walk and maneuver, she received more bad news from her doctor, the diagnosis of cancer and is now undergoing chemotherapy.

Her faithful and loving husband, has never left her side other than to attend church services, then he would immediately return back to her bedside.   Once she was able to come to church, being pushed in a wheelchair, her husband lovingly ushers her in to be blessed by The Word of God and loved on by the other saints in the church.

This wonderful couple is one of the “unsung heroes of faith.”  For through it all, they have not lost their faith and are still looking to Jesus Christ as their Lord.

Many people think that they have reasons to complain or find fault with God because of adverse circumstances, negative situations or painful conditions.  But, we must learn to trust God daily for our strength, provisions, His intervention and His Grace.

Suddenly, I remembered the Old Testament story about King Asa….

2 Chronicles 14: 11 NLT says, “Then Asa cried out to the LORD his God, “O LORD, no one but you can help the powerless against the mighty!  Help us, O LORD our God, for we trust in you alone. It is in your name that we have come against this vast horde. O LORD, you are our God; do not let mere men prevail against you!”

King Asa, David’s great-grandson, was sitting on the throne of Judah. Because he had eliminated idolatry from within Judah, God gave the land peace.  Suddenly, after many years of peace, a foreign army, which was greater in numbers and equipment rose up and came against them.

After he set his troops in order, he fell down on his knees and prayed to God.  Asa’s prayer contained the essence of a believer’s attitude whenever threatening dangers or conflicts arise in our lives. 

While Asa’s prayer is short, his cries are the real language of faith and reveal his expectation from God.  No matter what life throws at us or the devil brings against us, we must trust God to be our refuge and rest in Him and the promises of His Word.   Often we must endure a variety of hardships while standing, but we must continue to look and depend on our Lord.

While we may not be able to always choose what will happen to us in life, we always are in control of the attitude that we will take towards the things that do happen.

King Asa chose to never give up and God intervened.  And just like the earlier couple in this report, against all odds, they are still standing in faith on God’s Word, trusting God for their daily strength, enduring many different hardships, taking it one day at a time, while yet rejoicing in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Never give up on trusting in God.  Allow Christ to grant you the power to go on, for His Grace is more than sufficient to see you through.

 

“Are You As Close To The Lord As You Should Be?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You As Close To The Lord As You Should Be?”

What is it that is keeping you distant from Him or from doing His will?  Past disappointments?  Unanswered prayers?  Things not turning out the way you’d hoped or planned?   Confusion, hurt, anger, or grief?  Sin?

What you don’t realize is that Christ knows more about you and your circumstance than even you do.

Are you aware that your cure, inner healing, answers, comfort, forgiveness, deliverance and strength will all come as you draw closer to Him?

Luke 15:20 NIV says, “So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”

In this familiar illustration, the son had “messed-up” just like so many of us have time and time again.  No doubt, just like so many of us, rather than drawing closer to God and allowing Him to make “sense out of our non-sense,” we keep going. While we keep struggling to “save face” by continuing to handle matters ourselves,  the pit grows deeper and our misery escalates even more out of control.

Then like the prodigal son, suffering, sadness and despair brings many to the place of realization that where they are is not the father’s will for their lives.

So even though he was ashamed and was being driven by his needs, he arose, shook off the effects from being with the swine and started his journey home.

Now, it doesn’t matter if you are a great distance away and it’s been years since you’ve thought about God or if you’re just not as close to Him as you need to be as you’re struggling to make it in life.

The beauty in the parable, which Jesus Himself told, of the prodigal son was of the father’s wonderful reaction and exciting love as he saw his son coming to him.   The father had been hoping and watching for his son’s return and once he caught a brief glimpse of him, he ran towards him to love on him.

The father did not concern himself with what had happened in his son’s life or the misery that had overtaken him, HE LOVED HIM and only showed His compassion towards his returning son. Then the father unexpectedly but wonderfully threw a large reception to celebrate the occasion.

Though wretched, improvised, beat-down, emaciated and hungry, when the father saw his son, he ran towards him and met him in love with arms wide open.

Now, the hunger that is in your heart for God and the need for His divine intervention in your life are enough to bring you to Him. 

Be like the prodigal son and set you eyes towards Your Father.  Do not confer with flesh and blood, do not listen to discouragement from others.  COME HOME!!!   DRAW CLOSER TO HIM!!!

Know that you’re out of place not being with Him, close to Him, filled with His Spirit or being led by Him.

Forget about your circumstances or what you’ve gotten yourself into,  TURN TO CHRIST!!!  You will not have a cold reception because He is looking and has made provisions for your return.

He is ready to shower you with His love, forgiveness and amazing grace.  And that is just the very beginning.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Don’t Lose What You’ve Got!”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Don’t Lose What You’ve Got!”

Due to a variety of reasons, so many that have started out walking with God have left their first love (Christ Jesus) by allowing their faith to become shipwrecked through disappointments, temptations, deceptions or lies.

The Apostle John encourages believers to remain vigilant, watchful and stay on course against all the different deceptive attempts to distract and lure the heart’s of believers away trusting God.

Trials, tribulations, temptations, sorrows and disappointments are only part of this earthly life, but believers must remember that God has a lengthy and faithful history of saving, delivering, healing, protecting and providing for his people no matter what the temptations, obstacles, challenges or impossibilities.

Our Christian faith is solely predicated on what Christ did on Calvary’s cross and through His Resurrection from the dead.  As believer’s, we are partakers of His Divine Nature because His Spirit resides within us, but we have a responsibility to guard our minds and hearts against Satan and all his devices.

The Apostle John firmly declares in 2 John 1:8 (NLT) which says, “Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward.”

Deceivers come in many different shapes, genders, colors and sizes.  One such deceiver was named Delilah.

Samson was the 13th Judge in Israel, and The Spirit of The Lord mightily used him, empowering him with supernatural physical strength.  As long as Samson remained faithful to the vow of not letting a razor cut his hair, God mightily used him to defeat the enemy of Israel.  Samson’s power was not his hair; IT WAS THE LORD, but his hair only symbolized his commitment or vow to God.

While Samson had the power to conquer the Philistines, he lacked the power to overcome fleshly temptation, so Satan used Delilah’s lap to give Samson a “haircut in the wrong barbershop.”  (Read the entire 16th chapter of Judges)

For 1100 pieces of silver from Israel’s enemies, Delilah seduced and pressed Samson daily until he exposed his heart and revealed his secret to her.  (Judges 16: 16-17) 

Then in the 20th verse it says, “And The Lord departed from him.”  It was not God’s will for Samson’s mission, calling, career and his efforts to end like they tragically did.

The enemy took him, blinded him, enslaved him, ridiculed him, publicly humiliated him and laughed at God.  Even though The Lord was forgiving and gracious enough to allow Samson’s hair to regrow and strength to return for one final victory over the enemy at his death, Samson’s story should inspire believers everywhere to ”be on your guard and don’t throw your confidence away!” 

Don’t lose what you’ve been given and achieved!  Keep you heart secured in Christ and don’t allow yourself to become exposed to dangerous people or deceptive devices and methods.

The way to our reward is to abide in God’s Word and let the love of Christ Jesus abide in and through us.  Clinging to the Word of God not only keeps you in fellowship with Christ but sets faith ablaze within your heart and allows you to operate in the power of The Holy Spirit.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Are You Ready To Leap Into Action?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Ready To Leap Into Action?”

Can you think of anything so valuable or worthwhile that is keeping you from either immediately coming to Christ or doing His Will?

In Mark 10:46-52 we have the wonderful account of Bartimeus, a blind and improvised beggar who after hearing of Jesus and His miracles, learned that He was passing by and hoped to recover his eyesight.

Verses 49-52 NIV says:  Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up!  Get on your feet! He is calling you.”  Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”  ”Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

In reading verse 50, I began to pause and wonder why that verse did not just say, “And he came to Jesus.”  

The Apostle Peter was an eyewitness to this event and in his recalling this story to Mark to record it down, placed great emphasis on this blind man’s immediate action of throwing off his outer garment and the speed that he came to Jesus.

In his excitement of being noticed and called by Jesus, with full joy at the prospect of being healed, blind Bartimeus quickly threw off any restriction, impediment, bondage, entanglement or weight that would prevent him from running to Jesus.

Not only should this be the manner in which a sinner first comes to Jesus Christ but in every aspect of your life thereafter, from conversion until our translation into eternity, you should continue to put down, cast away or throw aside any weight that would prevent you from walking in obedience to Christ.

Hebrews 12: 1 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

Just like he cast his outer garment away, you too must “put off the old man” which represents your former conversation,  lifestyle, mentality and fleshly walk.  Then answer to the calling of The Holy God, repent sin, renounce Satan and the works of the flesh,  be robed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, walk in holiness, be filled and led by The Holy Spirit.

You Are Being Summoned By The Holy Spirit of God!   Whatever is a hindrance to your surrender, fellowship, work and service to The Lord, whatever is restraining your heart, a yoke of bondage or preventing your worship, lay it aside or cast it down.  Don’t allow anything that’s useless, unprofitable or full of pride or vainglory to keep you from Christ or doing God’s will.

Are You Ready To Spring Into Action, Draw Closer To God And Surrender To His Will?  

Delays can have long lasting or devastating effects and serious consequences as you are being sought, drawn or led by The Holy Spirit of God.

Is there really anything worth missing out on the fellowship and blessings of Christ Jesus?

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Who Told You That You Can’t When You Can?”

Today’s Daily Devotional From Pastor Andrew Bills

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Who Told You That You Can’t When You Can?”

 

Philippians 4:13 NASB says,

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me..”

With confidence in God’s word and the help of The Holy Spirit, you can bear up under any trial, perform any duty, resist any temptation, pierce through any darkness, overcome any evil, start any dream and accomplish any goals that Christ has placed in your heart.

So, who told you that you can’t when you can!!!

You’re not too old to learn something new or not to young to serve The Lord.   He is the arm that we must lean on and the strength that we must trust in.  He alone is our way of escape through the wilderness journey, the only one that can restore that which has been devoured and our only hope towards victory.

“Yes You Can” for Christ will enable you to begin, conduct and perform all things by having faith and relying on Him.

This is one of the most memorized and quoted verses throughout the Bible, but do you really believe it?  Don’t doubt God in your heart for God still uses the “foolish things in the world to confound the wise and the weak things to confound the mighty.”  (1 Corinthians 1:27)

Even though The Apostle Paul was imprisoned, he wrote this passage of scripture because he knew that The Holy Spirit is almighty and has unrestricted, supernatural and divine authoritative power.

So even while incarcerated, He continued to take care of the churches and to preach the gospel, while bearing afflictions and persecutions. Through the presence of The Holy Spirit, he endured continual slander, cruel  and torturing opposition all for the sake of Christ.   Not in his own strength, for even Paul was aware of his own weaknesses, but in his reliance upon the Spirit of God.

It is only through our spiritual union in Christ Jesus that we are made sufficient.  Through His Word and Holy Spirit, believers are strengthened, unrestricted, enabled and empowered to face and press forward despite the challenges, lack or hindrances.

Consider the other original Apostles and early Church saints, who without the benefits of our modern technology  or transportation, took the gospel of Christ to the world.  No telegraph, telephone, automobiles, jet airplanes or no comfortable ocean liners.   No computers, internet, printing presses, comfortable hotel suites and no credit cards.

Without any of our modern conveniences, while under great persecution and other horrific opposition, they took the message to the world, shaking towns, villages regions and nations with the message of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

How much more are we enabled, with the help of The Holy Spirit of God, to achieve a dream or accomplish a desired goal?

What a privilege it is to be a Christian!  To know and have God as our “Unchanging Father and Friend” in these rapidly changing and very tough times.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Have The Churches Today Forgotten It’s Two Primary Missions On Earth?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Have The Churches Today Forgotten It’s Two Primary Missions On Earth?”

Mark 2: 17 NIV says,  On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

These precious words of Jesus were spoken as a revelation of His love and mission, but also as a rebuke to the scribes and Pharisees.  Matthew, also called Levi, was a Jew, but also was a tax collector for the Romans.  Not being a man of good character with traditional religious values, he was viewed as a “publican” along with the worst of sinners.  However, Christ had just summoned Matthew to  ”Follow Him.”

Later that same evening, as Jesus was dinning at Matthew’s house, the scribes and Pharisees asked His Disciples, “Why is He eating, drinking and keeping company with such wicked and notorious sinners?”

When Jesus heard their words, He responded by declaring the primary reason of His Father’s mission and His coming.  He declared, I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” 

Jesus made it known that redemption, deliverance, forgiveness, healing, prosperity and victory was through, and still is today, by Him.  Therefore, the  first mission or primary goal of the church is to preach Christ to a lost and dying world.

Have the churches forgotten that He is still trying to conduct this mission through us on today?   Many of our programs, methods, platforms and activities have moved away from touching lives and winning souls through Christ Jesus and have the worldly appearance of theatrical events filled with philosophical jargon, political persuasion and even circus antics.

The gospel is not for the all-stars, the piteous or the illustrious,  nor the legendary traditionalists.  While some mocking have declared that it’s for losers, it’s for “learners.”

It’s for the broken, sick, wounded, hungry and the defeated, not the proud and the dominant.    It’s for those who realize they are unable to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders, that there’s a void in their souls and that without God, their lives are completely bankrupted.

It’s for those that have realized that they are not gods, that they recognize that while they are incomplete and lacking, that God is more than sufficient.

If the world were righteous, there would be no need for His coming, either to purchase our redemption,  preach repentance or to offer forgiveness.  But with God, through Christ, there is mercy to pardon the greatest of sins, and grace to change the greatest sinners into holy and righteousness believers in Christ.

He came as the Great Physician, not infected by the disease of the patient, but to die for the sins of the world and to overcome him who had the power over sin, the devil.

The second mission of His Church, through the power of The Holy Spirit, is to teach, disciple, train, educate and edify the saints of God through His Word.

For Ephesians 4: 12-14 NTL says, “Their responsibility (Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers) are to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.”

Therefore, let us forever be about our Lord’s work in impacting lives through Him.

 

“Which Came First – The Chicken Or The Egg?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Which Came FirstThe Chicken Or The Egg?”

Have you ever met self-made “geniuses” who will even try to impress you that they are even smarter than God?

While out in a public place one day, I overheard this man ask that question to another person.  Sensing his spirit of pride, I interjected my humble but unexpected answer.

“According to the Bible, in Genesis chapter 1, God created all the animals.  So obviously the hen and the rooster came first because they were both needed in order to produce eggs.”

I am always seeking for a way of introduction into any conversation or to start a new conversation whenever I am in a line at the post office, supermarket, bank or the Department of Motor Vehicles.  There are so many wonderful ways to share Christ and The Word of God.

“Interesting,” said the man with the spirit of pride.  “But I have another question:  If a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one there to hear it, does it make a noise?”

Immediately, I recognized the arrogant spirit of pride that I was facing as The Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance a verse from The New Testament.

In 2nd Timothy 2:23 NIV, The Apostle Paul said, “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid questions or arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.”

Ignorant here does not mean uneducated.  The word “foolish, ignorant, stupid or unlearned” here simply means “TRIFLING,” or that which does not lead to edification.   Moreover, it reveals those that are arrogant and filled with pride.

Preaching, teaching, witnessing or giving godly counsel is The Lord’s method of sharing and dealing with those in sin, unbelief and error.  The same God, who gives truth by His grace, can open up hearts to acknowledge and receive it unless that individual is dead set in his ways to rebel against it.   However, quarreling or arguing is not God’s way for it will only lead to counteractive results and continued fighting.

Nothing can be more emphatic than The Apostle Paul’s warnings against foolish and silly questions and controversies in this realm as he gives instructions that such ought to be avoided, publicly and privately.  Foolish questions are only aimed at breaking your peace and are a further attempt to hinder the progress of your sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

The Greeks and the Hebrews were greatly given to controversies of various kinds, and many of the questions discussed pertained to points that could not be settled or were of no importance.  Such are to be avoided.

Those that are caught up in themselves are a snare because they belong to the devil and are a slave to him through the spirit of pride.

I encourage you to continue to share and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ but don’t allow yourself to be “side-tracked” by foolish, argumentative or trifling questions straight from the pit of darkness.  Shake the dust off your feet and move on to speak to others about our wonderful Savior and Lord.

HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Are You Trusting Christ No Matter How Difficult Or Impossible It May Seem?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Trusting Christ No Matter How Difficult Or Impossible It May Seem?”

As we suffer the effects of a fallen world, the attacks against believers are growing stronger as Satan continues to try to discourage Christians in an attempt to prevent our various acts of faith.

As troubles may seem unending and we often may grow weary, at the very core of our hearts is our expectancy of God’s divine intervention, miraculous grace and even the hope of His soon return.   However until then, you must have the confidence that whatever adverse circumstance, negative situation, the painful condition or demonic activity you are facing, your struggle is under His authority and He is orchestrating in your affairs for His glory and your best.

Having experienced a great parade of heart-wrenching attacks in my personal life over the many years, I have continually gone back to the  Holy Scriptures for answers, insight, help, assurance and strength.

In Exodus chapter 14, we read the familiar story of God leading Moses and the Israelites out of Egypt.  God was leading Moses by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.

As they came to the banks of The Red Sea, Pharaoh and his army were in hot pursuit of them.  Fear gripped the Israelites’ hearts and they began to complain unto Moses.  Upon seeing the rapidly approaching enemy, Moses told the people, “The Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.  The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

Then following God’s instructions, Moses lifted his staff over the waters of The Red Sea and they miraculously divided.  However, notice God’s next move:  Suddenly, the pillar that had been leading them moved to their rear and was now protecting them, keeping the attacking army back from conquering them.  While the pillar continued to provide light to Moses and the Israelites, it provided an impassable thick darkness to Pharaoh and his army.

All of the adverse circumstances were fully “UNDER GOD’S CONTROL AND AUTHORITY.”  Throughout that entire night, Moses and the Israelites walked through the parted waters of The Red Sea on totally dry ground until they reached the other side.

Then “the angel of The Lord,” who was “The Pre-Incarnate Jesus Christ Himself” as the pillar of fire, removed so Pharaoh and his army could then pursue Israel into The Red Sea where they all met their destruction.

The Word of God is our compass or guide towards piercing through, overcoming and breaking out of any difficult circumstance through maintaining faith in Christ and listening to the voice of The Holy Spirit of God.

Will you continue to trust Him even if you can’t see or don’t understand what He’s doing?  He has your best interest in His heart.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!