A Breath of Life

A Breath of Life

Thus says the Lord God to these bones, “Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life.” – Ezekiel 37:5 A couple of years ago, the southern half of the United States suffered a drought that led to a widespread crop damage. At the same time, the western part of the country was also experiencing an …

Overcoming Spiritual Dryness  

Overcoming Spiritual Dryness  

He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” – Ezekiel 37:3 Spiritual dryness comes when we overextend ourselves and don’t take time to be alone with the Lord. Sin is another reason we feel dry and distant from God. The nation of Judah struggled with both of these problems. …

Worth the Wait

Worth the Wait

Yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, and makes me walk on my high places. – Habakkuk 3:18-19 When the storms of life hit, we’re often tempted to run for cover. When they continue indefinitely, we …

Learning to Wait God’s Way

Learning to Wait God’s Way

In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry for help before Him came into His ears. – Psalm 18:6 David was the anointed king of Israel, but before he could enjoy the realization of God’s promises, he had to go through a season …

Trusting God in Times of Darkness

Trusting God in Times of Darkness

Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God …

A Picture of Brokenness

A Picture of Brokenness

We do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life. 2 Corinthians 1:8 Picture a wild stallion being ridden for the first time. It doesn’t want to submit to the rider or do what it’s told. It …

Two Ways for a Spiritual Breakthrough

Two Ways for a Spiritual Breakthrough

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 If we’re in search of a spiritual breakthrough, we have two options. First, we can choose to be broken. We can say, “Lord, I want a blessing and a breakthrough. Please break me—strip me of my sinfulness and destructive independence. I’m scared, but …

God Is in the Remodeling Business

God Is in the Remodeling Business

We who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. – 2 Corinthians 4:11 The process of remodeling transforms a building in order to update it, make it more modern and effective, and save the cost of buying something new. Remodeling takes what already …

When You Want to Throw a Red Flag on God

When You Want to Throw a Red Flag on God

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? – Romans 8:32 When an NFL coach is convinced that an official made a poor call that went the wrong way, he throws out a red flag. This red flag indicates that the play …

Following Jesus into the Storm

Following Jesus into the Storm

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6 In Mark 6, we read that the disciples got into a boat at night and set out across the sea. They were obeying Jesus’ directive, but they ran directly …