Posted by: glorifyhim1 | April 11, 2020

Sometimes It’s Friday

This Easter is probably unlike any other Easter I’ve known. The current pandemic has claimed lives, shut down businesses, closed schools and churches, curtailed travel, and banned social gatherings. Instead of filling our churches this Easter, we’ll gather around our TV’s and electronic devices to hear our Easter messages. But, just like the following devotion says, sometimes its Friday. Sometimes, just like those early disciples, we’re scared and confused. We have questions. We don’t understand. But just as Sunday morning came for those disciples and they discovered the stone rolled away, Sunday morning comes for us, too. Easter reminds us that our hope lies in Jesus, the One who died for us, who conquered the grave and rose again, and who walks with us today – even on our Fridays. As Jesus Himself said, ““I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25).

Glorify Him

Sometimes It’s Friday

As I’ve thought about the events leading up to that first Easter morning and the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I couldn’t help but think about Jesus’ closest disciples and friends. I wonder what was going through their thoughts and minds. This is the One in whom they had placed all their hope and now they watched as He was nailed to a cross, drew His last breath, and was laid in a tomb. They had heard the prophecies. Jesus, Himself, had even told them what was going to happen. But it was still Friday.

On Friday they were scared, confused, and broken. They didn’t fully understand. They had questions. They had fears. And in the midst of their confusion, they couldn’t quite see Sunday.

I’ve had my share of Friday’s and I dare say, you have, too. You may be in the middle…

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Posted by: glorifyhim1 | September 19, 2019

When Faith is Hard

When Faith is Hard

“For assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to here; and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”

(Matthew 17:20)

Sometimes, faith is hard! We love God. We believe God. Yet we find ourselves in a place that we just cannot understand. We may be struggling to just hold on to that mustard seed of faith we have.

I thought about this recently when I read in Genesis 22 about God’s testing of Abraham. God told Abraham to take his son, Isaac, and to offer him as a burnt offering. Isaac was the son that God had promised to Abraham and Sarah, the one who was delivered to them in their old age, and the one with whom God had declared he would establish His covenant (see Genesis 17:19). Yet God now told Abraham to offer Isaac as a burnt offering.

The Scriptures do not tell us that Abraham questioned God at all. He simply rose up early the next morning and set off to do as God said. I cannot help but wonder what was going through Abraham’s mind. Was he grappling with why? Did he wonder about God’s plan? I wonder if he even thought about not being obedient. However, the Scriptures give no hint that Abraham questioned or considered any other thing. He simply set out to do what God said.

When Abraham arrived at the mountain for the sacrifice, he told his helpers: “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you” (Genesis 22:5). Notice, he said “we will come back.” Could he have said “we” in an effort to not raise questions among his helpers? Or did Abraham sincerely believe that God had a plan. He surely remembered God’s original promise: “I will establish My covenant with him (Isaac) for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him” (Genesis 17:19)?

Abraham continued to build the altar, to place the wood in order, and to finally bind Isaac and lay him upon the wood. But as Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife, the Angel of the Lord, called to him: “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me” (Genesis 22:12). When Abraham lifted his eyes, he saw a ram in a thicket and offered it up for an offering instead of his son. Abraham called this place, the “Lord Will Provide.”

Abraham’s faith did not falter. He had passed God’s test. While Abraham may not have understood what God told him to do, Abraham’s faith was bigger than his fears, his lack of understanding, or any questions that tempted him to disobey. Abraham believed God!

What about you and me? What about our faith? Do we still believe and trust God when we face the hard things, when we are fearful or lack understanding?

The writer of Hebrews reminds us that our faith is important to God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

Jesus, Himself, often confronted people for their lack of faith. On one occasion, He chided the people for worrying about food to eat and clothes to wear. He explained that God knew they needed those things. “Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 6:30).

Another time, Jesus walked on the water to His disciples who were in a boat being tossed by the waves. Peter asked Jesus to call him to come to Him on the water. At first, Peter walked on the water, but as he looked at the waves around him, he became frightened and began to sink. “And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’” (Matthew 14:31)

Still another time, the disciples were with Jesus in a boat on the sea. Jesus was in the stern of the boat, asleep, when a storm arose. The waves beat into the boat and it was filling with water. The disciples awoke Jesus and exclaimed: “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38) Jesus arose, rebuked the wind, and calmed the sea. Then He said to His disciples: “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” (Mark 4:40).

Worry, doubt, and fear can surely test our faith. Yet, I think Abraham shows us that even in times of testing, our victory lies in God Himself. The more we know Him, the more we trust Him – even in the hard times, and the more we believe in Him and His love for us, the more the seed of faith He plants in our hearts takes root and grows.

Abraham knew God. Abraham walked with God. Abraham believed God. Abraham put His faith in God – even when it was hard. I pray that I will do the same!


“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”

(Hebrews 11:6).

Posted by: glorifyhim1 | August 26, 2019

Rest for My Soul (2)

Rest for My Soul

[I wrote the following devotion three years ago. I stumbled across it again recently and realized how much it still describes my constant need for soul rest. I love the following Scripture: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29). True rest – soul rest – is found in Jesus Christ alone.]

As I grow older, I am discovering that proper rest is not just a luxury. It is an absolute necessity. When I try to keep going when I need to take a break, I rarely do my best and I often create more work because of my weariness or lack of concentration. I am learning that moments of rest throughout my day can actually help me accomplish more and do things better.

Yet in addition to physical rest, there is also another rest that I crave. This rest is not satisfied by merely stopping for a few minutes to prop my feet up or to drink a glass of water. I like to think of this other rest as soul rest. You see, sometimes it is our very souls that become tired and weary, more so than our physical bodies. Most of us grapple daily with various matters from relationship issues or financial struggles, to job worries or health problems. Likewise, there are myriad concerns that surround us in our fallen world. There is no shortage of reasons for men and women to fear and worry. Just consider the current political climate, persecution of Christians around the world, mass shootings and gun violence, and the threats of ISIS and others, to name just a few. There is also much to mourn as we see our own nation making decisions that do not value human life, that celebrate rights of individuals over moral responsibility, and that pass laws that stand in opposition to the very Word of God. Oh how I regularly need rest for my soul! Perhaps you do, too.

The good news is that Jesus knows that about us. He knew it about His disciples and early followers when He was on earth. Life was surely not easy for believers then either. In fact, Matthew recounts how Jesus issued a rebuke to the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum because although they saw His mighty works, they did not repent (see Matthew 11:20-14). Jesus issued a promise, however, to all who would come to Him:  “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls(Matthew 11:28-29).

I have always loved this Bible verse. Nothing can bring peace to my heart like coming to Jesus and just pouring out all that is on my heart and mind. And when I take His yoke upon me and learn from Him, He assures me that I will find rest for my soul. Unlike worldly yokes that enslave us, when we place our faith and trust in Jesus and become yoked to Him, we discover the truth of Jesus’ words: “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew11:30). The yoke of Jesus frees us from the bondage of sin, oppression, shame, worry, fear, failure…..whatever we have become yoked to in this fallen world; then in Him we find help, hope, courage, strength…… and rest! Soul rest!

Nothing or no one can satisfy our need for soul rest but Jesus. Only He can take all our struggles and issues, all our fears and worries, all our losses and brokenness, and even in the midst of them fill us with Himself and give us rest for our souls! If you need soul rest, I invite you to answer Jesus’ invitation: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls(Matthew 11:28-29).*



*If you would like to know more about accepting Jesus’ invitation, I invite you to read “How to Be Saved” on this site.






Posted by: glorifyhim1 | July 17, 2019

Where is Hope?

Where is Hope?

“The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” Romans 13:12


In 1962, Adlai Stevenson, an American politician and diplomat, made the following statement in an address honoring Eleanor Roosevelt: “She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world.” As I read this quote, I thought about Jesus proclaiming: “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12).


In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus taught His disciples: “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven.”


As believers and followers of Jesus, we have the light of the world, Jesus Christ, living within us. How do we shine this light before others?


  • We reflect the light of Christ. The more we seek Christ, follow and obey Him, the more we will reflect His light to others.
  • We shouldn’t hide the light within us. Are there sins, habits, or attitudes that hide or hinder the light of Christ in you and me?
  • We display His light daily for all to see – not so that others see or talk well of us – but so that others can see what life in Christ looks like and they can be drawn to Him.


More than ever, this world needs to see the light of Christ so they might come to know Him. Yet, more and more people are turning away from the only One who can give them hope. It frightens me to think that my witness, my failure to properly reflect the light of Christ, might hinder anyone from coming to know Him as their Savior and Lord.


In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Jesus taught His followers, those who had responded to His invitation to repent (Matthew 4:17), what true righteousness looked like and   how they should live in their world.


Among other things, Jesus taught His followers to:


  • live righteously, to be salt and light and glorify the Father
  • go the extra mile to be reconciled with an adversary
  • be faithful in marriage
  • not retaliate evil with evil
  • have a generous and compassionate attitude toward the needy
  • love their enemies, bless those who cursed them, to do good to those who hated them, and to pray for those who spitefully used them and persecuted them
  • do good deeds, but not for recognition
  • pray and fast in secret
  • forgive men their trespasses
  • lay up treasures in heaven.
  • not worry about their lives, but to seek God and His righteousness.
  • not judge others.
  • do the will of the Father.


These are the kinds of actions and behaviors that make the light of Christ visible to a lost world. There is much sin, corruption, and brokenness in our world today. However, in order to change our world, hearts must first be changed. Only Jesus can change hearts and draw people to Himself. Our hope is in Jesus Christ!


Jesus calls us to live so that others can see His light. It may mean lighting a candle rather than cursing the darkness, but God can make the glow from that small light warm our world. I have some repenting to do. Will you join me? Let’s do good, love and pray for one another, live so that others see Christ, and always be ready to tell others about the hope we have in Jesus Christ.



“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.”

(1 Peter 3:15).



Posted by: glorifyhim1 | January 1, 2019

Facing the New Year with Confidence

Facing the New Year with Confidence


“But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.”

(1 Peter 5:10, NKJV)


It’s that time again – time to begin a brand new year! I’ve always enjoyed looking forward to that fresh slate of 365 days, undoubtedly, with the desire to get it right this time. Yet, before the first page on the calendar is turned, it, too, is often stained with hardships or mistakes, missed opportunities or failures, and various troubles that we all face in this world.


None of us are exempt from trouble in this world. As Jesus told His disciples before He departed: “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33b). The book of 1 Peter is a letter that the Apostle Peter wrote to Christians living in Asia Minor. These Christians were facing persecution and many difficulties as they tried to live for God. Peter wanted to encourage them, to help them keep on doing what was right, and to remind them of the eternal reward that Christ had already secured for every believer.


The book of 1 Peter can be an encouragement to believers today as well. Peter tried to help the Christians expect and understand their suffering. He called them to live holy lives, not returning evil for evil. Peter reminded them of the example we have in Jesus, who suffered and died on the cross to save us from our sins. And he reminded them: “But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you” (5:10).


We will face trouble and persecution in this world, but we can face this new year with confidence. As we commit ourselves to God, follow Him, and trust Him in all things, we can be assured that He will not abandon us. He works in us and through us as He…


  • Perfects us – mends our brokenness
  • Establishes us – helps us stay steady and secure in an insecure, unstable world
  • Strengthens us – gives us strength, builds us up, helps us succeed in His work
  • Settles us – helps us to remain steadfast


1 Peter 5:7 tells us to cast “all your care upon Him (God), for He cares for you.” God cares for us! He will walk with us through the valley. He will strengthen us in our battles. He will carry our burdens and cares.


As I set off on this new year with all the blank days yet to be written, I rejoice in the wonder that God is with me – no matter the difficulty, no matter the pain, no matter what I face this year – “may the God of all grace, who has called me to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after I have suffered awhile, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle me.” And may I “be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith” (Philippians 3:9).








Posted by: glorifyhim1 | September 15, 2018

When the Lord is My Portion

When the Lord is My Portion

“I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion;

therefore I will wait for Him.’”

(Lamentations 3:24, NIV)


As I write this devotion, people in my area of the world are waiting for Hurricane Florence, or Tropical Storm Florence, by the time the slow-moving storm makes its way to the Western part of the state. The fact that it will be less powerful and faster moving, however, does not allow us to grow complacent. Our water-soaked area is still predicted to receive between 6-10” of rain in a two-day period, and in some areas more.


I live beside a small creek that usually trickles by lazily. We wade in it and allow the dogs to play in the cool water. Our grandkids toss rocks into it and watch sticks lazily float downstream. Yet this lazy little creek can become a boisterous stream during high water events. About a month ago, it spread over our driveway and began to make puddles in our yard. When the rain stopped, it quickly began to recede and return to its banks, but not without creating a host of problems for many people at various points along the stream.


Federal funding has been denied for repairs on this little creek; the town has appealed their decision; and now, we wait for a tropical storm, predicted to be bringing heavy rains, to come to an area already water-laden and problem-ridden. We do what we can to prepare. We wait and we wonder what will happen.


And as He so often does, God reminded me of a verse that I have clung to in the past and that I will cling to today as well – “I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.’” (Lamentations 3:24, NIV). What does it mean for the Lord to be my portion?


A couple of Psalms likewise make reference to the Lord being our portion (Psalm 16:5 and Psalm 73:26). It was first found in Numbers 18:20 when the Lord said to Aaron: “You shall have no inheritance in their land, nor shall you have any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance among the children of Israel.”  God was explaining to Aaron that the priests did not have an inheritance in in the land distributed to the children of Israel. Their relationship was a special relationship with God Himself.

Believers today are like those priests. Nowhere in Scripture are we promised an inheritance in this world. Yet we are promised an inheritance in God’s kingdom to come. Just like Aaron, God Himself is our portion, our inheritance.


When the Lord is my portion, I am willing to wait on Him – no matter what. I trust Him – His will, His timing, His way for me. When the Lord is my portion, I wait on Him – not in resignation – but in confidence, keeping my eyes on Him, seeking Him, praying, hoping in Him.


Luke records a story Jesus told in Luke 18:1-8.


Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought.And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”


In this parable, Jesus is encouraging believers to remain persistent in praying and seeking Him. When the Lord is my portion, I will remain faithful.


In this world we will have trouble. Jesus told us that. (See John 16:33). There will be storms with wind and rain and there will be other storms that can come in many different ways such as an unexpected phone call with devastating news, or an unwelcome and unexpected medical diagnosis. There will be storms that we may not be able to understand and with which we struggle. But regardless of the troubles we may face, when the Lord is our portion, we can have peace in Him. We know Him. He is the One we expectantly wait on, look to, and trust. We can stand – or hang on – confidently, knowing that the Lord is our portion!




Posted by: glorifyhim1 | July 18, 2018

When God Draws Near

When God Draws Near

“When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then you knew my path.”

(Psalm 142:3a)


Do you ever feel overwhelmed with things you are facing in life? It is probably safe to say that most of us face days, times, even seasons when life is downright hard. We can just read a few of the Psalms to recognize that the psalmists, too, cried out to God when they were overwhelmed.


“Lord, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. Many are they who say of me, ‘There is no help for him in God’” (Psalm 3:1-2).


“Why do You stand afar off, O Lord: Why do You hide in times of trouble? The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor; let them be caught in the plots which they have devised” (Psalm 10:1-2).


“How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?” (Psalm 13:1-2).


“My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, ‘Where is your God?” (Psalm 42:3).


Like the cries voiced in the above psalms, we, too, can face trouble, ridicule, and misunderstanding. Others may try to hurt us. We may experience pain, sorrow, rejection, or discouragement. We can become overwhelmed! So what do we do?


Notice that the psalmists went straight to God. The book of Psalms contain the cries and pleas of many as they poured out their hearts to God Himself. And, remarkably, while not every time, most of the time, they completed their petitions with thanksgiving and praise to the God they were confident would see them through.


No, their problems were not always solved; their burdens were not always lifted; and I’m certain that sometimes their tears probably still stained their pillows. But they discovered what we can discover too. When we come to God sincerely seeking Him, pouring out our hearts to Him, and placing our trust in Him, God comes near! As I draw near to God, He draws near to me (see James 4:8).


What happens when God draws near?


He sees us and He hears us.


  • I’m reminded of Hagar, Sarai’s maid, pregnant with Abraham’s child. She fled into the wilderness after her mistress, Sarai, dealt harshly with her. Yet, God saw her. The Angel of the Lord urged Hagar to return to Sarai and the Angel told Hagar:

“Behold, you are with child,
And you shall bear a son.
You shall call his name Ishmael,
Because the Lord has heard your affliction.
  He shall be a wild man;
His hand shall be against every man,
And every man’s hand against him.
And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”

(Genesis 16:11-12)

Hagar “called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees” (Genesis 16:13).


Just as He saw Hagar, God sees us, too. He knows exactly where we are and what is going on. He sees us and He hears our cries.


He strengthens us and helps us.


  • In 46:1, the Psalmist exclaims: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”


When we are in trouble, we tend to think that God is not with us, that He doesn’t hear us. Yet when we come to Him in faith, trusting every aspect of our lives to Him, He is our refuge and strength – even in the hard times. It is hard to describe, but even as we face trials, we can feel a sense of protection and peace because He is with us. As He draws near, He shelters us and strengthens us even in the midst of trouble. The prophet Isaiah reminds us: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).


He covers us with His mercy, grace, and love.


  • This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Throughthe Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion,’says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!’” (Lamentations 3:21-24)


Our God is faithful! When we seek God and walk with Him, each day brings the assurance that no matter what heartache or evil we face, no matter how overwhelmed we may be, our God is with us. He is near with His mercy, His grace, and His love to catch us, to hold us, to equip us, to lead us, and perhaps to even carry us. We can have hope even in the darkest of circumstances.


When God comes near, we can rejoice in Him! Instead of the worries and problems that hound us, we see a God who loves us, who sees and hears us, who cares for us, who strengthens and helps us, and who covers us daily with His mercy, grace, and love. God may change our circumstances. Or He may give us understanding and direction in and through our circumstances. Either way, we will be able to rejoice in our faithful God, who is always with us – The Almighty God over all people and things, who draws near to us! “Therefore, I hope in Him!




“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord,
    I wait for God my Savior;
    my God will hear me.

(Micah 7:7)



Posted by: glorifyhim1 | June 27, 2018

In This Crazy World

In This Crazy World

“But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble.”

(Psalm 37:39)


It seems that each new day brings another story of division and controversy, of unimaginable evil and hate, and of a growing disregard for human life. As this world seems to grow more and more crazy, I am reminded that Jesus told His disciples: “In this world you will have trouble.” But thankfully, He continued: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).


“But take heart!” Oh, how we need to hear those words when our troubles discourage us and try to dampen our hope. Jesus reminded His disciples and He reminds those us today that He has overcome the world! No matter what we endure in this world, all of us who belong to Christ, who have trusted Him as their Savior and Lord, can know that their eternal future is safe in Him.


But how do we live today? How do we live in a world where more and more, “wrong” is deemed right and “right” is deemed wrong? Scripture reminds us, however, that this is not new. Even the prophet Isaiah cried out: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20). Yes, we live in a fallen, crazy world, but God has not given up on us yet. As 1 Timothy 2:4 states, He “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”


Jesus taught His disciples to be salt and light, “to let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). He instructed them to love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). While this seems so out of step with the self-centered focus in our world, believers are still called to walk according to God’s Word. As believers walk in obedience, they can help demonstrate God’s love and grace, His mercy and compassion, and be an instrument God can use to draw others to know Him, too. In other words, no matter what others do, no matter how crazy the world may be, we keep on keeping on. We do not stop being the men and women we are in Christ!


It can be hard – especially when evil triumphs and righteousness is ridiculed. It can be difficult when the wicked prosper and the godly suffer. Yet we are still called to be who we are in Christ. The Psalmist reminds us of this and encourages us in Psalm 37 with some “do’s” and “don’t’s.”


Do not …..


  • fret (worry or be anxious) because of evildoers
  • envy the workers of iniquity



Do …..


  • trust in the Lord
  • good
  • dwell in the land and feed on God’s faithfulness
  • commit your way to the Lord
  • rest in the Lord
  • wait patiently for Him
  • cease from anger
  • forsake wrath


Worry, envy, anger, and wrath can hinder us and keep us from being the people God wants us to be.   James tells us that “human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires” (James 1:20). Instead, the Psalmist encourages us to trust in the Lord and to keep on doing good. The writer of Ephesians motivates us: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31-32).


Today, in this crazy world, it still matters how we live – but it more importantly, it matters in whom we place our trust. The prophet Jeremiah declared: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.  For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8). When we trust in the Lord and commit our way to Him (i.e., read the Bible, pray, seek His direction in all we do), we can rest in Him and wait patiently for Him. We can do good and forsake wrath. As we press hard into Him, our God will bless us with His faithfulness, give us a peace beyond understanding, and remind us that God is still in control. He has already won the battle over this crazy world. He is just waiting – waiting for others to turn from their sin and come to Him.*  Meanwhile, let us dwell in the land and be faithful – faithful to His Word, faithful to His call, and faithful to Him – even in this crazy world!


“He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?”

(Micah 6:8)




*If you would like to come to know Jesus as your Savior and Lord, please read the page “How to be Saved” for more information.


Posted by: glorifyhim1 | June 6, 2018

My Resting Place

My Resting Place

“I am at rest in God alone.”

(Psalm 62:1a)


I have a few places that quickly come to mind when I think I really need to get away to get some rest, to relax and get recharged. No matter how beautiful or restful a place may be, however, sometimes rest – true, peaceful rest – is hard to find. We may be tired from a hard day’s work, or perhaps we are weary from a heavy load we’ve carried far too long. Yet even in our weariness, we may be unable to discover true rest. How do we come to a place of true rest when we are weary, anxious, discouraged and spent?


Recently, I was reading in Mark 6 about a time when the disciples of Jesus were surely weary.


Jesus had sent the disciples on a mission – to preach repentance, to cast out demons, to anoint and heal the sick. As they worked, they heard the news that King Herod had sent an executioner to behead John the Baptist who was in prison. The disciples went to the prison, took John’s body, and placed it in a tomb. Then they gathered with Jesus to tell him about their journey and all that they had done.


Don’t you know they were tired? They were surely tired from their journey and work, but as they struggled with the death of John the Baptist, they were probably also emotionally spent. What did Jesus say to the disciples? “He said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a remote place and rest for a while.’ For many people were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat” (Mark 6:31). Jesus called them away to a quiet place – to rest awhile.


However, by the time the disciples arrived at the quiet place, it was no longer deserted. Many people, knowing Jesus, ran ahead on foot and arrived ahead of them. When Jesus saw the people, He was moved with compassion and began to teach them. The text does not tell us what the disciples did while Jesus taught, but as it began to get late, they said to Jesus: “This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late. Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat” (Mark 6:35-36). But Jesus told His disciples to feed them. The disciples responded in disbelief. How could they feed so many people? Jesus told them to find out how much food they had which was a young boy’s lunch of five loaves and two fish. Jesus blessed the food, broke it into pieces, and gave it to the disciples to distribute to the people. Not only did everyone eat and were filled, but there were 12 baskets left over! Could it be one basket for each disciple who was tired, hungry, and emotionally spent?  


Once again, Jesus sent the disciples away in a boat to the other side of Bethsaida, while He sent the crowds away. When the disciples were in the middle of the sea, Jesus could see them struggling to row the boat because of the wind. Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. At first the disciples were frightened, thinking they had seen a ghost, but Jesus called to them: “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid” (Mark 6:50b). He got into the boat with the disciples and the winds ceased.


As I thought about these events, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the disciples. It seemed that ability to truly rest just kept on escaping them. Yet, it occurred to me that in each situation, the disciples found what they needed in Jesus. Perhaps their rest did not come the way they expected. Yet Jesus helped them find their rest in Him.  


  • Jesus saw their need. The disciples needed rest, encouragement, and strength.  
  • Jesus helped the disciples see Him and what He could do. They brought him the meager lunch they had and Jesus multiplied it to supply food for the hungry crowd and the worn out disciples. Was anything too hard for Him?
  • Jesus revealed His control over His creation – He walked on the angry sea and He calmed the wind and waves. And the disciples “were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled” (Mark 6:51b).


And, ultimately, Jesus showed His disciples and us as well, that He, Himself, is our rest and peace no matter what difficulty or storm that we may face. He fully knows our need; He can meet our need; He is in control! We can rest in Him, His mercy and grace, and His faithfulness to us.


Just as the disciples did not clearly understand, we do not always fully comprehend either. Sometimes, we cannot make sense of  the circumstances or situations in which we find ourselves. We may not really know what we need or the answer to our problems, but nothing is too hard for Jesus. We can discover rest for our souls even in the midst of chaos and confusion when we keep our eyes on our Savior and place our trust in Him. Jesus invites us to come to Him and to find the rest for our souls that we all so desperately need. He is my true resting place, the One in whom I can always take refuge. He can be your resting place, too!   


“Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

(Matthews 11:28-29)


Posted by: glorifyhim1 | May 19, 2018

The One Who Changes Me

The One Who Changes Me


“Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.”

(Psalm 61:1-4)


Recently, during my devotions I read the story of Zacchaeus, the tax collector who, short of stature, climbed a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus. You can read this story in Luke 19:1-10. I have read this story countless times, animatedly told it to preschoolers, and sung songs with them about the “wee” little man. Yet I’m not sure that I was prepared for the question that God placed on my heart during my devotional time – What are you willing to do to be closer to Jesus?


Is there something I need to give up?


Is there something I need to do?


Is there an attitude that needs an adjustment?


What am I willing to do to be closer to Jesus? What are you willing to do?


Zacchaeus eagerly sought to get close to Jesus as he climbed up the sycamore tree to watch Jesus pass by. When Jesus told Zacchaeus he needed to go to his house, Zacchaeus gladly welcomed Him. However, as Zacchaeus got close to Jesus, we discover that not only did he welcome Jesus into his home, but he also welcomed Jesus into his heart. Getting close to Jesus made a change in Zacchaeus. “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold” (v.8). Zacchaeus willingly gave half of his goods to the poor and vowed to restore fourfold anything that he had taken from anyone falsely. Jesus had changed Zacchaeus’ heart. And that’s what happens when we truly get close to Jesus. We are changed!


Jesus wants to have a relationship with you and me just as He did with Zacchaeus. Do I seek Jesus? Do I read my Bible, study His Word,  and spend time alone with Him in prayer? Do I welcome Him into my life and heart just as Zacchaeus did? The writer of Hebrews stated: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts you double-minded” (Hebrews 4:8). The Psalmist exclaimed: “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth” (Psalm 145:18). As we look to Jesus in every circumstance or situation, in every joy and every need, as we seek Him in all we do, He comes to us and envelops us with His Presence. He draws us closer and closer to Him.


In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he urged them: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).


As I come to Jesus just as I am, as I seek Him with all of my heart, and as I bring everything before him in prayer – my worries, my struggles, my fears, my frustrations, my sorrows, my hopes, my dreams …. – He meets me where I am. Through the years I’ve learned that problems do not necessarily go away, burdens are not always lifted, the miraculous does not always happen. Yet God is faithful. He walks with me, helps me, strengthens and encourages me, comforts me, and gives me peace.


And, in the midst of my circumstances and situations, He changes me. He teaches me. He guides me. He may give me understanding that helps me grow. He may shine light on a situation that helps me be patient and wait. He lovingly and tenderly works to fashion me to become more like Him. And when I get discouraged because I seem to grow so slowly, He covers me with His mercy and grace and guards my heart and mind with His peace. This peace protects me from thoughts, attitudes, pre-conceived notions, and any other thing that can hinder my closeness to Him and His work in me.


I am so very thankful for Jesus, the One who comes near, draws me close, and keeps me near to Him. He is my Savior (Matthew 1:20-21), my Redeemer (Mark 10:45), my Shepherd (John 10:11), my Friend (John 15:13) – and the One who changes me! Thank You, Jesus!



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