The Power of Prayer

How effective are your prayers? When you pray, do you get results?

Some of us have encountered situations that seemed impossible for God to handle. When we find ourselves in that position we often have no idea how to pray about it. Feeling overwhelmed, we sometimes retreat from God instead of pressing toward Him. Some of us blame God for the mess we are in or for allowing it to happen. Do you find yourself in that place right now?

For many of us, learning to pray can be a difficult journey. We are pleased when God seems to answer our prayers quickly and puzzled or frustrated when He doesn’t. How can we get God to listen to us and answer our prayers when things seem to be difficult or near impossible to overcome?

When it comes to looking at the power of prayer, we see that the Apostle James wrote:

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16 NKJV)

Many times our own self-image keeps us from being able to trust God to answer. We need to know that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, that we have right standing before Him. This is what gives us the boldness to come before God’s throne and have the confidence to believe that He will hear and answer our prayers.

James used the Prophet Elijah as an example of a man who had unwavering faith in the power of prayer:

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.” (James 5:17-18 NKJV)

The first thing to note is that Elijah was an ordinary person just like you or me. He was not different from us. He was not someone special, having greater access to God than we do. We can come to the throne of God to see our prayers answered just as Elijah did, and look at the results he saw when he prayed!

God loves using ordinary people to bring glory to Himself. That is the kind of person He is looking for! Instead of looking at our own limitations or lack of faith, we need to consider how great God is. Kathryn Kuhlman, a prominent revivalist in last century said, “People think I must have such great faith. I actually don’t have great faith. I just have a little faith in a very BIG God.” It is not the size of our faith that impresses God, it is how we use it. When we place our faith and trust in God’s greatness, it is amazing what we can see Him accomplish.

Sometimes, we may find ourselves trying to help God answer our prayers. When we don’t see things happening as fast as we would like, we try to move things along by getting involved in the process. In the Old Testament God told Abraham that He would bless him with a son. After many years had passed, his wife still had not conceived. Abraham tried to help God by using a surrogate, which produced his son Ishmael. God had a better plan, and when Abraham finally believed, despite the circumstances, Isaac was born through his wife Sarah. God didn’t need Abraham’s help. He was able to produce a child even when Abraham was one hundred years old and Sarah was ninety-nine years old. If we leave God alone to answer our prayers, it will amaze us what He can get done all by Himself!

When we pray for God to meet a certain need, we must take the time to listen to Him. Sometimes He will tell us to do something in order to see our prayers answered. We need to obey Him. We have to know when we are to stand still and watch God answer our prayers or when to step out in faith to see the answer come. We do this by being sensitive to His voice!

The real key to power in prayer is developing a deep, personal relationship with God. The more we get to know Him, the more we trust Him to answer our prayers. We develop this relationship by reading the promises written in God’s Word and spending time in fellowship with Him. The closer we walk with God the more power we will see in our prayer life. This is especially true when it comes to our relationship with the Holy Spirit, for the Father speaks to us through His Spirit!

The final thing to understand is that there is great power in praise. When we praise God, it forces us to lift our eyes off of our circumstances and onto the Lord. When we praise God it fills us with joy and peace in believing God is answering our prayers. Great answers to prayer come through great praise. The more we praise God in the midst of our trials and difficulties, the more we will see God move on our behalf and turn impossible situations into testimonies for His glory.

You are holy, dear saint!

Have you discovered an increase in the power of your prayers by developing a deeper relationship with God? Let me know in the comments below!

[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]

The Power of Your Words

Have you ever seen a cruise ship and wondered how such an enormous vessel could the piloted by one person? The Apostle James may have looked at the large boats of his day and considered that very thought. The Holy Spirit painted such a picture for him:

“Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.” (James 3:4-5 NKJV) 

If the ship represents our life, then according to this Scripture, our tongue is responsible for getting us to the place where we are today. We have shaped our lives by what we have said. The words we have spoken have had a powerful effect on us!

Have you noticed that those who have a positive outlook on life and talk that way, often get positive results? In contrast, those who have a negative outlook on life and speak that way, often get those results. What we say is what we get!

King Solomon put it this way:

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21 NKJV)

If our words have that kind of effect on our lives, then we need to be careful what we say. Don’t you agree?

We have to be careful not to be afraid of every little slip of the tongue we make. We don’t want to fall into superstition! It is what we focus our minds on that will shape the way we believe. If we believe a certain way, then it will shape the words we speak, and change the course of our lives!

We can put it this way: Right thinking causes right believing, and right believing will cause us to speak the right things. It is those words that will either help us become an overcomer or drag us down to defeat.

Our words are containers. They are either overflowing with faith or filled with doubt, fear, and failure. Those words not only have an effect on our life but on the lives of everyone else around us. This is why the Apostle Paul wrote:

Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” (Ephesians 4:29 NKJV)

No one likes being around a negative person. We usually avoid people like that. We need to be a person that others like being around by having a positive outlook on life. God is a good God and He has good things in store for His children. If we speak that wherever we go, we can expect something good to happen because we know we are in God’s hands. Even those who do not consider themselves to be believers appreciate cheerful people who bring a positive energy to the room. In that kind of atmosphere, people are more likely to believe the best about others and be kinder and gentler in dealing with those around them.

According to God’s Word, what we say also has a spiritual effect on our circumstances. It either opens the door to the blessing of God or it hinders it. When we declare God’s goodness, His loving kindness and tender mercies are extended toward us. In the same way, when we declare the promises of God, then what He has promised becomes a reality in our lives. We possess what we confess! The writer of Hebrews wrote it this way:

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23 NKJV)

When we dare to believe that God’s promises are true, and declare them with our mouths, then He honors His Word and causes those things to come into our lives. It is all about the faithfulness of God to keep His Word. We do not have to make Him do anything. It is His delight to keep His Word to us!

Trying to force God to do what He has promised is actually a sign of doubt and unbelief. When we believe His promises, we enter into a state of rest with the full assurance that God will do exactly what He said He would do. Those who believe that, will speak it out of their mouths until they see the answer come. These are the kind of people God is looking for – those who know the power of their words!

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

Have you ever noticed how your words have had an effect on the way things turned out in your life? Let me know in the comments below!

[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]

 

A Clean Slate

Do you feel burdened down by the memory of past sins and failures?

Many of us carry a heavy load of guilt and shame from the things we have done in our past. For some of us, these things happened before we were saved, but they still haunt us. Worst still are those of us who have done things that we deeply regret after we were saved. Each one of us has made mistakes in our walk with the Lord. Not only do we feel our own heart condemn us, but the enemy is also quick to remind us of every fault and failure. It is not surprising that he is called the accuser of the brethren (see Revelation 12:10). That is his nature!

When we feel overwhelmed by our past sins, it affects our relationship with God. We want to have a deep, loving relationship with our heavenly Father, but how can we? He remembers even the things that we have forgotten. So often we feel condemned in His presence and we do not know how He could possibly love us. Though we may know that God has forgiven our sins, we still recall what we have done. How does God want us to view those past trespasses that we have made against Him? How can we live a life of victory, when we know we have failed before?

The first thing the Father wants us to know is that He has forgiven all of our sins. He forgave us of all of our BIG sins and all of those little sins we may have forgotten. He has wiped our slate completely clean!

The Apostle Paul wrote:

“And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the hand writing of requirements what was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:13-14 NKJV, emphasis mine.) 

We must realize what Christ accomplished for us on the cross! He removed our sins forever. We have been forgiven for every sin and trespass against Him. We were made clean by the blood of Jesus which He shed for us. When God looks upon our past, before we accepted Christ, He sees it completely free of sin. The record of those sins has been removed!

Now we have the ability to receive forgiveness for any sin that we commit, simply by confessing it to God.

The Apostle John wrote:

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

God eagerly waits to forgive us for each sin. The moment we confess it to Him, the blood of Christ, His Son then cleanses us of it. This enables us to stand before Him just as we did when we were first saved. If we are quick to confess our sins and repent of them completely, we can remain spotless before Him, pure, clean and white. That is the way we should see ourselves every day!

Not only does God forgive our sins, but He also forgets them. The writer of Hebrews wrote:

“Then He adds, ‘Their sins and lawless deeds I will remember them no more.’ ” (Hebrews 10:17 NKJV) 

If God can’t remember our sins, then why should we?

This also applies to other believers’ sins. If we know that they have confessed their mistakes in the past, then we must also be careful not to bring them up again. When the blood of Jesus has covered a sin we should leave it there. It grieves the Holy Spirit when we bring up the sins of someone’s past. Don’t you agree?

When the enemy tries to remind us of a sin, we should remind him what Christ has done. He has already paid the price for it. We can defeat the devil, by standing on the finished work of the cross.

The Apostle John wrote:

And they overcame him (the devil) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” (Revelation 12:10 NKJV, word in parentheses mine.)

When we know that we have been washed in the blood of Jesus, we can testify that we are completely clean from all sin. The devil has no right to accuse us any longer. We can live free from all of his accusations!

Our heavenly Father does not want to condemn us for our sins, He only wants us to confess them so that He can forgive us. This is why the Apostle Paul wrote:

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1 NKJV, emphasis mine.) 

If God does not condemn us for past sins, then we need to stop condemning ourselves. We need to see ourselves free from the sins of the past and live in the victory that we have in Christ.

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

Have you learned to picture your past completely free from sin? Do you also see other believers in the same way? Let me know in the comments below!

[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]

 

The Joy of Hope

Have you ever been discouraged? Maybe you have gone through a period of blue days, when you felt like giving up. Or, maybe you were expecting to be successful in something you were pursuing, but it didn’t work out. When that happens, it fills us full of dismay and discouragement. We feel that way when we lose our hope.

“Something good is going to happen to you today!”

If someone made that statement to you and you believed that it was true, how would it make you feel? Would you be excited and full of anticipation?

Hope is the expectation that something good is going to happen. God’s Word is full of promises so that we might be filled with expectancy. God wants us to expect good things to come to us from His hand. He is always eager to pour out His blessings on His children!

King Solomon wrote:

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12 NKJV)

When we lose hope, it often makes us feel sick on the inside. However, when the thing we desired comes to pass, we feel jubilant and full of life. Hope is that quality that drives us to keep pursuing our goals until we are able to achieve them. That is why we need hope, and that is what God offers us every day.

The Psalmist wrote:

“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13 NKJV)

When the things that we desire seem to be beyond our grasp, we may experience many emotions, such as fear, anxiety, discouragement and despair. These feelings warn us that we are running low on hope.

Everywhere the Apostle Paul went he encountered believers who were suffering from feelings of hopelessness. This is why he wrote to the churches of Galatia:

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6:9 NKJV)

When we become discouraged we feel weary. That drains us of energy and we lose our drive to serve God. Hope is that wonderful quality that empowers us to chase after our goals. When God is the author of those goals, He will supply us with the expectancy to achieve them. His promise to us is that if we keep sowing and do not give up, we will one day reap a harvest. God is faithful to keep His promises!

The writer of Hebrews wrote:

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23 NKJV)

We don’t have a wishy-washy type of hope that says, “Well, I sure hope we get the answer to our prayers.” Or, “I am just hoping and praying that God will do something for us.” No, our hope is a sure hope that is based on the promises of God. What God has promised in His Word, He will surely bring to pass!

As believers, we need to stand upon God’s Word and believe that He will do exactly what He said He would do. This is what faith looks like! Faith takes the unseen realities of hope and gives substance to them until they become visible in our lives. This is why the writer of Hebrews wrote:

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV)

Though we cannot see what we are hoping for, by faith, we can believe that we have the answer already. Yes, we can rejoice that we have the answers to our prayers long before we actually see them! This is how faith and hope work together, and how we receive the things that we have asked God for.

In other words, hope is the expectancy of something in the future, but faith believes it has it now. When we put faith and hope in their proper places, then we will see the desires of our heart come to pass.

Finally, God wants us to be filled with hope every single day. He delights in us when we are full of expectancy. He is our source for everything we need. When we look to Him full of hope, it causes His heart to rejoice. This is why the Apostle Paul wrote:

“Now may the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13 NKJV)

Joy and peace are the evidence that we are trusting God to meet our needs, and we are walking in faith. If we do not have joy and peace about what we are believing for, that’s a warning sign that we need to make an adjustment in our hope. We must believe that what God said will truly happen exactly as He has promised.

Something good is going to happen to you!

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

Are you expecting something good to happen to you today? Let me know what God has done for you in the comments below!

[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]

 

The Sin Factor

“If you don’t sin, then Christ has died in vain.”

This was a statement I read on the internet recently. Is this true? Do we have to sin to take full advantage of what Christ did for us upon the cross?

Some people believe it is impossible for us to keep ourselves from sinning, so we might as well accept the fact and allow a little sin in our lives. Others use this excuse to justify all kinds of sin. To them, this seems quite acceptable because who can say that they never sin?

It is true that we all slip up from time to time. No one can say that they are sin free. The Apostle John wrote:

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8 NKJV)

This is why we need to confess our sins immediately, the moment we realize that we have missed God. By doing this, we keep ourselves spotless and clean through the blood of Jesus.

The Greek word for sin means “to miss the mark.” When we sin, we can say. “I missed it!” It means that we have messed up and made a mistake. We have failed to obey God!

When a woman who was caught in adultery was brought to Jesus, He forgave her sin and said:

Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” (John 8:11 NKJV)

Did Jesus mean that she would never sin again? No, but He did expect her to stop committing adultery. That is what He wanted her to stop doing. This tells us that when we come to Christ, every major sin should drop off from our lives. Jesus set us free from sin so that we would no longer be enslaved by it. The Apostle Paul wrote:

“Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.” (Romans 6:6 NKJV)

God has set us free from sin so that we are no longer bound by it. For instance, if we used to steal, we should steal no longer. There are those who are compulsive thieves. If they see a chance to take something, they will slip it into their pocket, even if they don’t need it. The same is true with those who lie, cheat or commit adultery. When we come to Christ those compulsive sins should all stop because we no longer desire those things. Instead, our new nature will cause us to practice what is righteous and pleasing to God.

When we come to Christ, we are born into the Family of God. We no longer have our old nature, now we have the nature of God. Our old nature was to sin, but our new nature is to practice righteousness. This is how we should see ourselves!

The Apostle John wrote:

“We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who is born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.” (1 John 5:18 NKJV) 

We need to maintain this image in ourselves. We need to see ourselves completely free from sin. The Apostle Paul wrote:

“For he who has died has been freed from sin.” (Romans 6:7 NKJV)

When Christ died on the cross, we died with Him. All of those old sins that used to enslave us should no longer have their grip on us. We are free from those sins!

Jesus set us free from sin so that we might be devoted to righteousness and live a holy life. The Apostle Paul wrote:

“But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.” (Romans 6:22 NKJV)  

Since we are born of God, we should practice sin no longer. Our only focus should be to do those things that are pleasing in God’s sight. Instead of concentrating on the way we used to live without Christ, we put all of the focus on the attitudes of our heart. This includes areas of pride, selfishness, unforgiveness, and disobedience. There may be additional things that we need to adjust in order to walk a life that is pleasing to God.

Thank God we do not have to sin to maintain the full benefit of what Christ has done for us on the cross. We can let our old sins remain dead and live a life of righteousness.

Now we can boldly say: “I do not practice sin because I am born of God!”

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

When you came to Christ, were you able to let go of the sins of your past? Let me know in the comments below!

[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]

 

 

Completely Sold Out To God

“I always try to give one hundred and ten percent to my job.”

Have you ever said something like that when applying for a new job position? Those of us who have a strong work ethic usually try to give our very best every day. We may come in extra early and leave late, especially when there is a heavy workload. We may also go the extra mile when a special project comes up. Some of us want to produce beyond the expectations of our employer. This is the kind of person that companies are looking for, and promote to new levels of responsibility.

When it comes to spiritual things, however, it may be a different story altogether. So many believers today can’t even get to church on time, let alone early. They read their Bible once in a while, take little time to pray, and give only occasionally in the offering. Some may be more diligent in these areas on Sunday, but almost nothing the rest if the week. This varies from person to person and it depends a lot on their level of spiritual growth: the more spiritual they are, the more devoted they are to the Lord.

D.L. Moody was one of the greatest revivalists of the 19th century. Early in his ministry a friend said to him, “It remains to be seen what God will do with a man who gives himself up wholly to Him.” Those words gripped Moody’s heart. After pondering that statement for a moment, he said, “Well, I will be that man!” From that day on, he gave himself passionately to the Lord to use him in any way He saw fit, and God mightily used him to win thousands to Christ.

God is still looking for people today who will be completely consecrated to Him. These people may not necessarily be in the limelight on the church platform or behind the pulpit. They may be people who work behind the scenes and never in the spotlight, but God notices them. Their devotion to God starts in their personal walk with Him.

The Apostle Paul wrote to his spiritual son, Timothy:

“Meditate on these things, give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.” (1 Timothy 4:15 NKJV)

A man or woman who is fully devoted to God will spend hours meditating on the Word before Him in prayer. Nothing will satisfy that person but complete surrender to everything that God wants them to do. When someone has this kind of commitment to the Lord, it soon becomes evident in their lives and ministries. It isn’t long before that person is noted to be a true man or woman of God. That is the kind of person God is looking for!

Paul wanted Timothy to be this kind of man. He wanted him to be someone who would shun the distractions of the world and be completely sold out to God:

“But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.” (1 Timothy 6:11 NKJV)

He challenged him to forsake all the things that the world had to offer and pursue everything that God had in store for him. This is the mark of someone who is ready to abandon everything else for the wealth of the riches of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Here is a secret about how things work in the Kingdom of God: Faithfulness brings promotion. If we are faithful to pursue God in the little things, He will entrust the greater things to us. The Apostle Paul expressed this when he wrote:

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.” (1 Timothy 1:12 NKJV)

When Paul was found faithful in his dedication to the things of God, he was promoted to a greater level of ministry. This did not only happen on one occasion, but several. When he was faithful in one level, God raised him to a whole new level. It may surprise you to know that Paul was not always an Apostle. When Paul was known as Saul of Tarsus, he was only recognized as a prophet and a teacher:

“Now in the church that was at Antioch, there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.” (Acts 13:1 NKJV) 

Saul was at the very bottom of this list of men from the church at Antioch. It was because of his faithfulness that God elevated him to the office of an Apostle, and he became known as the Apostle Paul. Eventually, he would write over 25 percent of what would be called The New Testament. Like D.L. Moody, he became a man who was recognized as someone who was completely devoted to God.

God wants us to be this kind of person. We need to devote ourselves entirely to prayer and the Word of God so that God can use us in ways that we cannot even imagine.

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

What things might you change in your life, so that you are completely sold out to God? Let me know in the comments below!

[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New Kings James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]

 

Spiritual Hunger

Hunger can be a driving force, sometimes moving people to do desperate things. It can also be a powerful benefit if we hunger after God.

Whenever people are deprived of food and water, everything else becomes less important to them. Their mind is focused on meeting these needs alone. When someone has been without nourishment or fluids for a long time, their desire becomes intense. In the same way, God is looking for children who passionately seek Him and pursue everything He has for them.

Jesus said:

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6 NKJV) 

When we received Jesus as our Lord and Savior we were filled with His righteousness. The key to receiving wisdom, holiness, and redemption is all found in Him. When you receive the Giver, you also get these gifts. This is true for any spiritual blessings you want from God!

For example, if we earnestly desire the gifts of the Holy Spirit, then we need to continually ask God to fill us afresh with His presence. The more we get to know the Holy Spirit, the more we will experience His gifts as we minister to others.

God not only wants us to know Him, but to earnestly chase after Him with all of our heart. We need to abandon our desire for everything else and seek only Him, as He spoke through the Prophet Jeremiah:

“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV)

Our hearts need to be completely focused on Him. Too many times we fill our lives with other distractions. We must learn to set aside everything else and refocus our attention on Him. If we long to know Him, we can experience His presence and power in our lives.

King David was a man after God’s heart. He knew how to seek God with his entire being. We can see his passion for God, particularly in the Psalms. For instance, he wrote:

“O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.” (Psalm 63:1-2 NKJV)

David’s longing for God was to see the manifestation of His power and His glory. He wanted to experience God in a greater way than he had before. God is looking for this kind of person: someone who desires to know Him more than his need for food or water. He wants our spirits to desire Him so much that even our flesh begins to long for Him. Now that is spiritual hunger!

One of the sons of Korah also expressed his earnestness for God, when he wrote:

As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” (Psalm 42:1-2 NKJV)

The words of this Psalmist paint such a vivid picture of what it is like to earnestly thirst after God, like a deer yearning to drink from the cool brooks of water in the wilderness. He wanted to experience the living God, the only One who could satisfy the longing of his soul. It was the driving force that caused him to pursue God with all of his might and would keep him faithful to the Lord until his dying day.

As we read through the pages of the Bible, we can clearly see that the great men and women of God were passionate to know Him. They were willing to forsake everything else in their pursuit to have a deeper relationship with the One in whom they had put all their trust. We must follow their example if we want to experience His power and glory in our lives.

For many of us, it is easy to get caught up in seeking God’s blessings. We pray for help with our finances, health, and families. Some of us have a long list of items that we’ve asked of God. We feel perfectly justified in making such a list because He has promised to do so many things for us. God takes pleasure in blessing His children, but His greatest delight is in those who desire Him more than His blessings. When He alone becomes our greatest desire, then all of His blessings will follow!

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

Can you think of ways you can seek God more than the needs you have in your life? Let me know in the comments below!

[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]