Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Daily inspiration: As God's children we have inherited all of His promises. Faith in You, Lord, refreshes my soul as nothing else can.
Daily Scripture & Reflection: In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me. Psalm 86:7
A Time to Think: The next time you find yourself alone in a dark alley facing the undeniables of life, don't cover them with a blanket, or ignore them with a nervous grin. Instead, stand still, whisper His name, and listen. He is nearer than you think. –Max Lucado, author and preacher
A Time to Act: Believe that Jesus Christ is with you, helping you now, and that through Him your life can be changed.
A Time to Pray: Lord, help me to bring the dark places of my life into the sunlight of Your promise.
Birth verse for September 18: Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized,
Acts 9:18 NIV
PrayFit Devotional: His Name Is John
September 17, 2013
“How can I be sure this will happen? I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.” –Luke 1:18
Read: Luke 1
Not his best moment. If you read today’s chapter, you know that Zacharias has just been given really great news; news of eternal significance. He’s been told that Elizabeth will bear him a son. And his son will go before the Lord with the spirit and power of Elijah no doubt. He’ll be the frontrunner! And not only that, the courier of this miracle message wasn’t a neighbor. It wasn’t a trusted uncle or even the High Priest. No, Zacharias heard this first-hand from — wait for it — none other than Angel Gabriel himself.
Now, all things being equal, you’d think it would prompt Zacharias to simply rejoice, trust and obey. But as you read in today’s verse, Zacharias chose to respond like you and I often do.
Who me? I’m not qualified for that job, have you seen my resume?
Who me? A missionary? Have you read my laundry list of weaknesses?
Who me? Regain my health after years of negligence? What good can this body accomplish?
There’s no telling how effective we would be for the Lord if we trusted the things God lays on our hearts. You know, the little faith of Zacharias spoke volumes, so Gabriel made him mute. Months later, on the very day of his son’s birth, those standing around Elizabeth objected to his given name. But Zacharias — still mute — boldly wrote on his tablet: HIS NAME IS JOHN.
In that instant, the Bible says he got his voice back. –Jimmy Peña
Question: When you and I let fear and doubt cloud our hearts and minds, we too become mute. Isn’t it interesting that Zacharias was only allowed to speak after he changed his heart and trusted? What has God put on your heart that you need courage for? What roadblocks and barriers are rearing their heads? What is your God-given plan? Let’s clear our throats and speak.