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God Doesn’t Change

Week 49, Monday Anne Wright I am the Lord, and I do not change. Malachi 3:6 (nlt) Change happens to everyone! It is so easy, when unexpected change occurs, to think you are the only one who has experienced it. But the fact is, change is universal. There are simple changes that are intentional such as changing your hair color, wall color, or style of clothes. There are the more complicated changes of a career move or change of address, which can affect the whole family. Some changes are joyful, such as a wedding or a birth. Other changes are of a more traumatic nature, like illness or death. Many people thrive on change, feeling static or bored when things remain the same. Others balk at change, preferring the ritual and routine of predictability. But regardless of your feelings about change, it can’t be avoided. But as inevitable as change is, there is one thing that remains a constant...

Leading of the Spirit

Week 48, Monday Ellen Olford Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Psalm 143:10 The most important decision for me to make, day by day, is to do God’s will. By my surrendering to the Spirit, reading and studying the Word of God, and praying daily, God enables me to know His will. The Holy Spirit speaks to my heart to guide me in following God’s will. As our key verse says, “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God” (emphasis added). Because of the Spirit’s presence in our hearts, we are open to hear His voice. This voice assured Isaiah, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’” (Isaiah 30:21). God will surely guide us into His good plan. As David said in...

Abandon

Week 47, Weekend

Rita Salter

The Lord said to Abram: Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. . . . So Abram went, as the Lord had told him. Genesis 12:1,4 (hcsb)

The call is not that literal for all of us. We aren’t all called to go to a land far away, but we are called to abandon everything for Him.

For me, the call was literally to another country, another culture, away from my family and everything familiar. I sold my truck, my horse, and my house. I was ready to abandon everything for the opportunity to follow God overseas. But did I really leave everything behind? After returning home from my first term, I realized I had not. During the first worship service in my heart language, we began singing the...

Just Believe

Week 47, Friday

Rita Salter

But Jesus paid no attention to what they said. He told the synagogue leader, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:36 (ncv)

Fear not! These words are repeated throughout God’s Word from Genesis to Revelation and are generally followed by a message that we are about to embark on an unfamiliar and uncomfortable journey with Him . . . if we choose to follow. He may be calling us to a seemingly impossible task. Whatever the case may be, our response reflects our faith. Will we respond in fear or in faith? Fear is the very thing that hinders our walk with the Lord.

I know a lot about fear. You see, when I was growing up I was afraid to talk to people. When I was twenty-six, I was with my dad walking up and down the aisles in a store. He greeted everyone...

True Rest

Week 47, Thursday

Rita Salter

Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Accept my teachings and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your lives. Matthew 11:28-29 (ncv)

Temperatures had been rising, volunteer loads increasing, distractions mounting, and company changes occurring . . . all within a few months. I felt as if I was just surviving life on the mission field and didn’t know why. My brain was fried. I had reached my breaking point and knew I had to get away. I cried out to the Lord, “How do I keep my commitments when obstacles and distractions keep mounting up against me? I want to release it all to You, Lord.”

My bungalow at the hotel where I was staying that night was being cooled down...

Dwelling

Week 47, Wednesday Rita Salter He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 (nkjv) Where am I dwelling? Sincere faith means taking God at His word. There is no point in asking God to increase our faith if we do not believe His Word. If we want to abide under the shadow of the Almighty, we must take time to dwell in the secret place. I have a friend who used to comment on how I never say anything negative. Another friend had a nickname for me: Polly Sunshine. But the last few months, this has not been true. Too much is happening too fast and I can’t think and my personal time is being sucked away. I didn’t even stop to rest yesterday. In fact, I didn’t even stop to refresh my spirit before the start of the day. There’s the problem. It’s no...

Teach Me

Week 47, Monday Rita Salter I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Psalm 32:8 (nasb) When God called me overseas six years ago, I didn’t have a clue what that really meant, I just knew that He told me to go. He sent me to Mali to do a job that required the use of my greatest weakness—speaking. Daily greetings were mandatory, and initiating conversations with people an integral part of my assignment—to find out which people groups in Mali do not have adequate access to the gospel and then engage them. The task was understandable. Sounded simple, but how to begin? Every time I made a phone call, I would have to muster every ounce of courage just to pick up the phone. What if I was interrupting them? What if I said something stupid? I would cry out, “Lord, Your...

Empty Yourself

Week 44, Wednesday Dorothy Patterson And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:8 (nkjv) The pattern for godly traits is found in the life of Jesus, who humbled Himself to make atonement for our sins on the cross (see Philippians 2:5-8). From Jesus’ humble birth in a crude stable in the village of Bethlehem, He went against culture in following a path of servanthood to reach His exaltation. His followers were called to self-denial in order to offer themselves in service to others, putting their lives on the line (see Matthew 16:24). Humility comes from God; it is not something to add to your résumé! The Lord demonstrated this poverty of spirit as the suffering servant in Isaiah (see Isaiah 53:7). Even in His silence, the Lord expressed His humble spirit with eloquence. In Jesus’ testing in the...

God Is Faithful

Week 46, Weekend Mary Mohler He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 How do you respond when the waiting is over? Resolution itself often brings relief. Certainly, there is joy if the result is one for which you have hoped. There may even be gratitude if the Lord shows you why His answer is not what you requested and you can already see why. However, if after waiting the answer is clearly not what you wanted and you cannot see why, then what? Some will ask, “Why me? Why can’t I be the one to get my ‘happily ever after’ result?” Our plans are not His plans. We must not lose sight of how many elements are interwoven when we talk about waiting, trusting, and seeking His will. Sometimes insecurities creep in here. Satan loves this. We start thinking, “I am just...

God Works While We Wait

Week 46, Friday

Mary Mohler

For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. Psalm 37:9 (esv)

We turn to the Psalms again to find that we should wait expectantly. There will be results. Expect them! Yet we know that a day is like one thousand years with the Lord and one thousand years is like a day (see 2 Peter 3:8).

This means that the water will eventually boil. The sun will eventually set. The situation in which we are found waiting will eventually be resolved—perhaps as we want it to be, perhaps not.

While we are resting, God is at work as He deals with the evildoers. He has no need to rest. He is working out His perfect plan before our very eyes—and teaching us valuable lessons in the process.

Expectantly wait for those lessons. There...