Thursday, April 16, 2020

When You Face Discouragement...

“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” – 2 Kings 6:16

The King of Aram was determined to capture the nation of Israel. He set an ambush and waited for the king’s men. Israel’s troops showed up...but they weren’t surprised by the attack. They’d been prepared for it and they fought valiantly. This happened again and again. Finally the King of Aram demanded to know which one of his troops was a spy for Israel. One troop came forward to explain that the prophet, Elisha, was warning Israel about these planned ambushes.

The King of Aram decided that he needed to kill Elisha and then his plans to ambush Israel would be successful. When he learned where Elisha was, he gather edhis troops and surrounded the area.

The next morning, Elisha’s servant looked out the window. He was shocked to see so many troops and more than a little afraid. Elisha saw his servant’s discouragement and uttered a bold prayer: 

“Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:17)

When you’re facing discouragement, it can be easy to focus on what you see—the difficulty of avoiding contagious disease, maybe the relationships in your household on lockdown, the uncertainty of how to get the economy started again. But just as there was a Holy army around Elisha, there is one around  you, too. You are not walking into the battle alone. You are backed by the “Lord of Heaven’s armies”.

God, sometimes, all I can see are obstacles and hardship. Open my eyes. Remind me again that You’re fighting this battle with me. You are present with me even now! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Through The Eyes of Hope

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” –Matthew 19:14, NIV)
Lacey Buchanan’s son, Christian, was born blind and with a bilateral cleft palate. When Christian was a baby, Lacey sometimes received unkind remarks and hateful questions from those in public.
Not wanting strangers to be cruel, she began covering his car seat with a blanket and shielding his face from the world. But one day she heard God whisper not to hide her precious child any longer.
So Lacey decided to educate those who remarked about her son. She created a video about his health conditions and how he was “fearfully and wonderfully made” just as he was.

Twenty-four hours after Lacey posted the video (see above) it went viral. Over six million people saw it and a media storm began. She went on to write a book about life with Christian, titling it Through the Eyes of Hope (it’s available on Amazon).
Sharing your testimony online can be a powerful way to encourage other Christians and draw others to Jesus. Don’t be afraid to show the world what God has done in your life!
God, help me to be bold like Lacey was. I want to share what You’ve done for me and how amazing You are with others! Show me how to share my testimony. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Help me...

In these troubled times and any time could do something very specific: we can take refuge in the Lord and take joy in the fact that he's with us.



"May the god of hope fill you with the joy and peace in believing so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, you may abandon hope." (Romans 15:13)

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