Like many of you, the YouVersion Bible App has become my source of choice for daily reading of scripture and devotional reading. One of the many things I like about this app is the number of reading plans that are available.
I started a new devotional today called “One Word”. You can find more information about One Word on their website. In short, One Word is a 4-day devotional to help you discover the ONE WORD God has for you to focus on for the entire year. The idea is to use this word to cut out the clutter and complexity that can lead to procrastination and paralysis in your spiritual growth.
One question that I have seen in various posts and recently heard in a sermon is, “You say you believe in God, but do you BELIEVE Him?” So, after some prayer and reflection, the word I believe God has for me is “TRUST”. Do I really trust God? Do I believe God is who He says He is? Do I believe His promises? Do I acknowledge His power? Do I believe He really loves me for who I am? Do I trust Him to lead me if I truly let Him? My answer to all of those questions is, “Yes.” Then why do I still doubt at times? Why do I still fear? Why are there still moments when I feel God could not possibly love me? Are His words just nice thoughts or is He truth?
My prayer is that by focusing on TRUST, I will learn to trust Him more everyday and my doubts and fears will dwindle.
Be still and know that I am God.
The following is a summary of a sermon by Bill Hybels. Bill is the founding pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois.
I thought I’d spend the next post or two discussing prayer. This post covers something we’ve all agonized over at various times in our lives — unanswered prayer.
“Didn’t Jesus say, ‘Ask and it shall be given, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be open?’ Didn’t he say that?”
One of the simplest definitions of a calling that I’ve heard is “that which just keeps calling”. Regardless of vocation or circumstances, something that just keeps popping in there. One of my biggest struggles has always been discerning God’s call. Music has always been a passion of mine and it’s that “thing” that is always there. Although I have a “real” job, I’ve always struggled wondering if I’ve ignored, or misinterpreted, God’s call? After playing in many secular bands over the years I eventually turned my music over to God. For a while, I was very prolific writing music for God. I started leading worship and felt I had it all figured out. I was making contacts and was very close to pursuing “Christian Music” as my vocation. Then the doubt set in. Who am I doing this for? God? Me? The way I see it, I have three choices. It is either God, Satan, or my own selfish desire. Which one is it? How can I be sure?
I ask these questions in a somewhat rhetorical tone, but discerning the will of God for our lives is something we all struggle with from time to time. We are to use scripture, prayer, Godly counsel, circumstance and other methods of discernment, but how do you know? Is it a lack of trust?
I stumbled upon this article that addresses the topic.
God, is that you?