The Now Kind of Faith

“I am hoping God will answer my prayers one day!”

We build up our hopes and dreams and fill ourselves with great expectations that God will somehow answer our prayers, yet that day never seems to come. We know that God has promised to answer our prayers, but we don’t know how to make His promises become a reality in our lives. What is the answer to this dilemma?

In the Old Testament, we see Joshua lead Israel to the promised land. God had told them it would be a land of riches and abundance. However, when Joshua crossed over the river Jordan into that land, the first city he faced was heavily fortified with great walls around it. Jericho seemed impossible to conquer.

And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, ‘What does my Lord say to His servant?” (Joshua 5:13 NKJV)

Many Bible scholars believe that this was the Lord who appeared to Joshua, and identified Himself as the Commander of the Lord’s army. The Lord spoke these amazing words to him about Jericho:

“And the Lord said to Joshua: ‘See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.’ ” (Joshua 6:2 NKJV, words in emphasis mine.)

If Joshua had looked down at the palm of his hand he would have seen nothing. The Lord wasn’t speaking about seeing with natural eyes, but with the eyes of faith. By faith, Joshua could see that Jericho was already his at that very moment because God had promised it to him. That is the kind of faith God wants us to have. He wants us to have now faith!

The writer of Hebrews put it this way:

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

Joshua had to turn his hope-God-will-do-it-one-day faith into now faith. God wanted him to see Jericho already in his hand!

Actually, faith is not true faith unless it is now faith. Faith always believes it has the answer now before its seen. That is why faith is also “the evidence of things not seen.” Faith sees the answer before it comes!

This is why Jesus said these words:

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:24 NKJV, words in emphasis mine.)

Jesus said that we have to believe that we have received the answer when we pray. In other words, we have to believe we have the answer before we see it! This is why God wants us to focus our eyes on His promises and not on our circumstances. He wants us to see ourselves with the answer already in our hands!

The next thing the Lord told Joshua to do is put feet to his faith:

You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days.” (Joshua 6:3 NKJV)

It is not enough to say that you believe you have the answer now – you have to act like it! This is why the Apostle James wrote:

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 1:26 NKJV, words in emphasis mine.)

Another version reads: Faith without corresponding actions is dead. Faith is not just something you believe, it is also something you do. If you believe what God has promised is yours, then you will act like it. Sometimes it’s as simple as thanking God for the answer before you see it!

Each day Joshua put feet to his faith and obeyed the instructions of the Lord. He had to keep his eyes focused on the word that God had given him. On the final day, they marched around the city seven times. When they completed their march, the priests blew their trumpets and the silent marchers raised their voices.

So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.” (Joshua 6:20 NKJV, word in emphasis mine.)

Joshua didn’t win the victory on the seventh day. He had the victory in his heart before they even began to march around the city. That is the kind of faith God is looking for in us. He wants us to learn to act like we have the answer to our prayers now so that we will see God’s promises become a reality in our lives. That is how to become a now faith believer!

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

Have you acted like you had the answer to your prayers and then saw it come to pass? 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.]

 

 

 

 

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Guard Your Treasure

Do you know that you have a treasure in your heart?

When we look in the mirror, we are not looking at the real person. The real person is on the inside. It is the hidden person of the heart!

The Apostle Peter wrote:

Do not let your adornment be merely outward – arranging the hair, putting on gold, or wearing fine apparel – rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” (Peter 3:3-4 NKJV, words in emphasis mine)

The hidden person of the heart is precious in the eyes of God, and the heart is where we keep what we treasure most!

One day our bodies will grow old and die, but the hidden person will live on for all eternity. We do our best make the outward person look as attractive as possible, but we often neglect our hearts. A gentle and quiet spirit is of great value in the eyes of God! We forget that our hearts are a treasure house. Jesus put it this way:

The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45 NKJV, words in emphasis mine.)

Notice that both the good man and the evil man have a treasure in their hearts. What have you treasured in your heart? Is it good or is it bad?

The good man is the one who has Christ in his or her heart. Christ is the greatest treasure we can have. We must not allow anything to steal this treasure from us! He is the One who has brought life into our hearts. Without Him we are poor, naked and destined for death. What a great treasure He is!

There is another treasure we have in our hearts. We find it in the words of the Psalmist, who wrote:

I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure.” (Psalm 119:162 NKJV, word in emphasis mine.)

God wants us to treasure His Word and hide it in our hearts!

“Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” (Psalm 119:11 NKJV, word in emphasis mine.)

God’s Word not only keeps us from sin, but it also produces life in us. Through His Word we have received eternal life. His Word also creates in us the abundant life that we long to have. We need to treasure God’s Word in our hearts so that it produces life in us and the world around us. This is why King Solomon wrote:

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23 NKJV)

Other translations read: Guard your heart with all diligence. Why do we need to do that? That is where our treasure is! We need to guard what we have treasured in our hearts so that nothing robs us of the life, joy, and peace that it brings. If we guard our treasure, then when trouble comes our way, the Word will rise up within us to declare the victory over those circumstances. That is what enables us to be an overcomer and reign in this life. We are overcomers because of the treasure we have hidden in our hearts! The writer of Hebrews put it this way:

“For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’ ” (see Hebrews 13:5-6 NKJV, words in emphasis mine.)

Notice that because God’s Word says that He will never leave us or forsake us, we can boldly say that He will help us through our situation and we have nothing to fear. How awesome is that?

We need to take the treasure that we have hidden in our hearts and boldly declare what God has promised to do for us in His Word. So guard that treasure because it will make you an overcomer in every area of your life!

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

What promises from God’s Word have you hidden in your heart? 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 Lord Who Is There

Have you ever found yourself in a really difficult situation and God seemed to be a million miles away?

In the Old Testament, there are several redemptive names for the Lord. One of them is Jehovah Shammah: The Lord Who Is There. When I first looked at this name, I thought, “I don’t need the Lord who is there, I need the Lord who is here!” Have you ever felt that way? Fortunately, the Holy Spirit came to my rescue and taught me that the Lord is there in our situation, wherever we may be. He may seem to be distant at times, but He isn’t. He is right there, ready to be everything for us that He promised to be!

We find the name Jehovah Shammah in the Book of Ezekiel:

“The name of the city from that day shall be: THE LORD WHO IS THERE.” (Ezekiel 48:35 NKJV)

As we look at each of these redemptive names we discover who God is, what He will do for us, and what is the kind of relationship that He wants to have with us. Yes, God wants to have a deep, personal relationship with us. He wants to be present with us in every situation we go through. He is in the very air we breathe!

When Abraham was on top of a mountain to sacrifice his only son, God was there as Jehovah Jireh: The Lord Who Provides.

“But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ So he said, ‘Here I am.’ And He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.’ ” (Genesis 22:11-12 NKJV)

The Lord showed Abraham a ram caught by its horns in a bush, and he sacrificed it in place of his son.

“And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide.” (Genesis 22:14 NKJV)

Today the Lord is right there in our situation, and He is more than able to provide for our needs!

When the people of Israel traveled into the wilderness under the leadership of Moses, they discovered God was there as Jehovah Rapha: The Lord Your Healer.

“And He said, ‘If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.’ ” (Exodus 15:24 NKJV) 

The Lord is there in our time of sickness to be our healer today.

When Joshua was fighting against the Amalekites, Moses was on top of the mountain holding his staff above his head to assure victory for Israel. As long as he kept his staff up, Israel was able to defeat their enemy. God was there as Jehovah Nissi: The Lord Our Banner. He was their Banner of Victory!

“And Moses built an altar and called its name. The-Lord-Is-My-Banner.” (Exodus 17:15 NKJV)

The Lord is also there in our difficulties when we are struggling with our adversary the devil. God is there to give us the victory!

When Gideon saw the Angel of the Lord, he was greatly troubled and thought he might die, but the Lord was there as Jehovah Shalom: The Lord Is Our Peace.

“Then the Lord said to him, ‘Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die.’ So Gideon built an altar there to the Lord, and called it The-Lord-Is-Peace.” (Judges 6:23-24 NKJV)

When we are full of fear about what is going on around us, the Lord is there to give us peace because He is there to protect us!

King David knew the Lord as Jehovah Rohi: The Lord My Shepherd. He was there in David’s life to lead him and guide him.

The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:1-4 NKJV, words in emphasis mine)

When we need the Lord to lead us day by day, we can be sure He will be there to take us safely through even the most difficult situations.

Finally, the Prophet Jeremiah spoke of a day when the Lord would be called Jehovah Tsidkenu: The Lord Our Righteousness. When we discover that we cannot attain our own right standing with God, He is be there to become our righteousness.

“In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely; now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” (Jeremiah 23:6 NKJV)

When Jeremiah spoke these words, he was foretelling what the Messiah would be for us today. Jesus is our righteousness. We do not have any of our own. There is nothing we can do to achieve it. God sent His Son to become our righteousness!

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of  God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV)

Regardless of what we are going through or the difficulties we may face, God is present right there to be everything He said He would be for us. He will never leave us or forsake us. He is there in our situation right now!

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

Have you ever found yourself in trouble only to discover that God was right there to get you out of it? 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 Secret to Living a Holy Life

“All I want to do is be holy just like Jesus, but when I look at myself all I see are my faults and failures.”

Have you ever felt like that in your pursuit of holiness? You are not alone. When we look at the lives of the early church fathers and the great men and women of God who lived down through the centuries, we see this same lament. Each one expressed frustrations about living a holy life.

What is the answer to this dilemma that affects so many believers? It may surprise you, but the answer is simple: If you desire to live a more holy life, take your eyes off of yourself and focus on the Lord and His holiness.

When we look at ourselves, the only things we may see are the faults and the mistakes we have made in the past. Too often we struggle to fix our old man, not realizing that aspect of us is dead. 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 of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin.” (Romans 6:6-7 NKJV, words in emphasis mine.)

Who is that “old man?” It is the person you used to be before you came to Christ. It was governed by the desires of the flesh and responded to everything that appealed to the physical senses. We could refer to it as our old nature.

Sadly, we often spend a lot of time trying to fix the old man with its fleshly desires, not realizing that Jesus took care of that person when He died upon the cross. Our old self was crucified with Him! God will not help you fix your old self because He now considers it to be dead. Realizing this, we can now live in the knowledge that we have been freed from all of our past sins. They are under the blood of Jesus!

When you received Christ, you became a new creation. That is who the new man is and that is who you are. The Apostle Paul wrote:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV, words in emphasis mine.)

This means that we have to discard the ways of the old self and act according to ways of the new self, who has been created in the image of Christ. This is why the Apostle Paul wrote:

That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to deceitful lusts. (Ephesians 4:22 NKJV, words in emphasis mine.)

Then he wrote:

And that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:24 NKJV, words in emphasis mine.)

Do you see what the Holy Spirit is saying about you? Your new man (self) was created in righteousness and holiness. That is who you are in Christ!

This is why we cannot set our eyes upon ourselves. God wants us to see who we are in Christ. He wants us to focus on the righteousness and holiness we have because we are in Christ. Does that make sense to you?

Religion seeks to please God by doing certain works. God has called us up to a higher level: He has called us into a relationship with Himself. Therefore, we are not saved by our works – we are saved by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In the same way, we do not become righteous or holy by our works, but by faith in Christ. When we accepted Christ, we were clothed with His righteousness, and we became holy in Him. God wants us to forget all of our past sins and mistakes because He no longer remembers them. The writer of Hebrews wrote:

For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” (Hebrews 8:12 NKJV, words in emphasis mine.)

If God doesn’t remember our past sins and failures, then why should we?

Our heavenly Father wants us to continually walk in the newness of life that we have in Christ. He wants us to keep our eyes firmly focused on the Lord Jesus Christ and who we are in Him. It is only then that we will see ourselves for who we really are. By focusing on the Lord Jesus, we will find it is much easier to live a holy life because we will think, talk and act just like Him.

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

Have you discovered that it is easier to live a holy life when you focus on the holiness of the Lord, instead of yourself? 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.]

 

Where is Your Focus?

“Why does the devil seem to be giving me so many problems lately?”

As we set our attention on the problems and difficulties we are facing, we may feel alarmed at what the enemy seems to be doing. When we look at ourselves, we may only see weaknesses and failures. Then as we view what is happening in the world and see all the evil that is out there, it often fills us with dismay.

Have you ever noticed that the more we focus on the negative things in life, the darker our world looks? The result is our thoughts may be clouded with fear, doubt, and discouragement. When everything around seems to look bleak and depressing, what can we do? The answer is simple: God wants us to change our focus!

You may recall the story where Peter found himself in a predicament. He had boldly started walking on the water toward Jesus and everything seemed to be going well. However, the moment he got his eyes off of the Lord, he began to focus on the wind and the waves around him. Fear gripped his heart and he began to doubt. Sinking down into the water, he cried out to Jesus, “Lord, save me!” (See Matthew 14:25-33)

Peter got his eyes back on the Lord, and the Lord rescued him.

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ ” (Matthew 14:31 NKJV)

The key to staying above our circumstances is to keep our eyes on the author and finisher of our faith. When we take our eyes off of Him and begin to pay attention to all the things that are going on around us, we begin to sink down into those negative feelings. When we find ourselves in a difficult situation, we need to look up from our circumstances and fix our attention on the One who gives us the victory.

“Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57 NKJV)

The victory begins the moment we fix our eyes on the Lord!

In the Old Testament, King Jehoshaphat was filled with fear and dismay when he saw Israel surrounded by a vast army set to attack them. He looked at the great strength of the enemy, then he looked at the weakness of his own army. The situation looked utterly hopeless, but he got his eyes off the circumstances and upon the Lord. He began to pray:

“O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” (2 Chronicles 20:12 NKJV, words in emphasis mine.)

As long as he kept his eyes on the enemy, he felt overwhelmed with the feeling of impending defeat. However, the moment he set his eyes upon the Lord, his victory began. The Lord turned his situation completely around and the nation of Israel triumphed over their enemies. Like Jehoshaphat, we need to stop setting our eyes on what the enemy is doing and fix our eyes on what the Lord is able to do.

The Psalmist, David, often found himself in similar situations. One day he gazed off into the distance toward the hills and said:

I will lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence comes my help?” (Psalm 121:1 NKJV)

Then he looked a little higher, and exclaimed:

“My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1 NKJV)

As long as David’s eyes were focused on this earthly realm, the situation looked bleak. As soon as he changed his focus on the Lord, he remembered the greatness of God – He was the One who created everything in Heaven and on the earth.

We also need to see God as Someone who is bigger than our problems! There is a wonderful promise in the Old Testament that reminds us of where our focus should be:

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3 NKJV)

We can go from fear and defeat to faith and victory – the moment we set our focus completely on the Lord!

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

Have you noticed that your world seems much darker, when you only focus on what the enemy is doing? 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.]

 

God’s Love for a Little Child

“Daddy, daddy, I’ve got Jesus in my spirit!”

My daughter exclaimed these words to me with a look of excitement on her face. She wanted to impress me with what she had just begun to understand. How was a four-year-old girl able to comprehend such a thing? I hadn’t used that terminology with her. Her heavenly Father had revealed it to her through the Holy Spirit!

When Simon made his famous declaration of faith that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God, Jesus said:

Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:17 NKJV)

Little children are no different. The Father is able to reveal the reality of Christ to them, just as He can with any adult. I know this from experience because I also received Christ into my heart before the age of four.

In this part of the world, we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day every year. What makes someone a mother or a father? Their children! Children are God’s gift to us. The Psalmist wrote:

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” (Psalm 127:3 NKJV)

God has given us these precious little lives so that we can lead them into an understanding of who He is. This applies whether we are a father, mother, uncle, aunt, grandparent or someone who looks after little children at church. Each one of us can have a life-giving impact on the heart of a little child just by letting them know that Jesus loves them.

Some parents see no need to lead their little ones to Christ. They feel that their children can make that decision for themselves when they are older. Others think that little children are too young to understand spiritual things. But Jesus has a special love for these little ones. He said to His disciples:

Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14 NKJV)

Sadly, when parents neglect to lead their children to Christ while they are small, many of these children drift away from church later, when they are old enough to make their own decisions. The best time to lead a child to Christ is before the age of four. Christ comes and makes His home in their spirits and they become a new creation in Him. It is not important whether they can understand it mentally because the new birth is a spiritual experience.

Jesus said:

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:6 NKJV)

The Apostle Paul wrote:

But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” (1 Corinthians 6:17 NKJV)

This applies to both children and adults!

Once a small child receives Christ into his or her heart, then it is our responsibility to teach them about Jesus and help them understand who they are in Christ.

Solomon wrote:

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6 NKJV)

This is not only a wise word of advice, but it is also a promise from God. We have to stand on this verse and believe that God will keep our children from straying from what the Holy Spirit has taught them. It is important for us to believe that the same God who revealed Christ to our little children, is also the One who will keep them walking with Christ when they are older. Don’t you agree?

When the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, he thanked God for the spiritual heritage this young man had received:

When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.” (2 Timothy 1:5 NKJV, emphasis mine.)

As in the case of Timothy, who became a great servant of God, the greatest inheritance we can give our children or grandchildren is their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

Do you know a small child in your family or in your care who has received Christ into his or her heart? 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.]

 

 

 

 

You are a Beacon of Light

Did you know that as a believer, you change the atmosphere wherever you go in this world?

We live in a world of darkness, though some may not realize it. Before we came to Christ we were a part of the world, and also a part of that darkness. We were lost in sin, and death reigned over our lives.

Jesus is the light of the world. The moment that Christ came into our hearts, that light came to dwell in us.

When Jesus lived in this earthly realm, He said to those who followed Him:

I am the light of the world, He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NKJV)

He also explained to them:

While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you might become sons of light.” (John 12:36 NKJV)

When we believed in Christ as our Lord and Savior, we became a child of light. No longer are we a part of the darkness of the earthly system, we are light, just like our heavenly Father. This means that the day we accepted Christ into our hearts, He came to dwell in us and shine His heavenly light through us.

Now it’s our responsibility to let that light shine so that others may be drawn into it as well. In everything we say and do, God wants us to live our lives in such a way that we let the light of Christ shine. He wants it to be clearly visible to those around us. Every time we walk into a room for the first time, we change the atmosphere of that place because the light of the glory of God within us fills the entire room. Isn’t that amazing?

This is why the Apostle Paul wrote:

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.” (Ephesians 5:8 NKJV)

It is important as believers that we see ourselves the way the Bible describes us. Many times we have a poor self-image. We go about our daily lives as if we are no different than the people that we interact with. Many of us lament the fact that we work at a place where there are no other professing Christians, but that is actually a good place for us to shine.

We may not realize it, but God often puts us in difficult workplaces, so that we can shine even brighter. He doesn’t want us to hide our light, but look for opportunities to allow Christ to be seen in us. Our very presence changes the environment of the place where we are working. When people see the love, joy, and peace that God has brought into our lives, they can see Jesus in us. Many times these people have family members who are praying for them, and God may use us to answer their prayers.

Jesus said:

“You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:14 NKJV)

He went on to say:

“A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.” (Matthew 5:14-15 NKJV)

If we ask God to help us shine like a beacon wherever we go, whether in our own family, at work, or the grocery store, we will be delighted at what God will do through us. This is why Jesus said:

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16 NKJV)

Sometimes, we reveal Christ by praying for those around us. When we see someone going through a difficult situation, we shouldn’t be afraid to tell them that we are praying for them. Eventually, we will begin to see God do things in people’s lives. Our hope is that they will realize that God loves them and cares for them.

It is much easier to love those around us when we have joy in our lives. Praise is a vital key to having joy. When we learn to praise God and be thankful in all circumstances, we soon feel joy bubbling up inside of us. As a result, we will experience the peace of God in our hearts, even in difficult situations. This is what the world is looking for, and this is what they will see in us if we let the light shine.

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

Have you asked God to help you be a beacon of light wherever you go? 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.]