Charles Stanley – A Strange Time for Fear

 

1 Kings 19:1-8

In 1 Kings 18, Elijah experienced one of the most dynamic victories in all of Scripture. Armed with unflinching faith in the Lord, he faced down 450 priests of the local false deities. God moved mightily, destroying the idolaters and bringing glory to Himself throughout Israel. What a fantastic win!

But right after this confrontation, when Elijah’s faith should have been at its peak, he became scared. In today’s reading, the prophet learned that the evil queen Jezebel had called for his death. Apparently forgetting God’s mighty victory just moments before, Elijah ran away. How could this be?

Elijah’s story reminds us that success and spiritual growth do not necessarily go hand in hand; our faith can waver at any time. In fact, when we’re successful and confidence is high, that’s often when we turn our eyes away from the Giver of strength and toward ourselves.

Your victory is always in God’s hands. Don’t be fooled: He may work in, around, or through you to accomplish His purpose, but it is always His victory. Have you been distracted by success? Turn your eyes back to God. All praise and glory are rightly His. And He is also the source of freedom from fear.

Bible in One Year: Judges 20-21

 

 

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Our Daily Bread — Loving Correction

 

Bible in a Year:

Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise.

Proverbs 15:31

Today’s Scripture & Insight:Luke 10:38–42

For more than fifty years, my dad strove for excellence in his editing. His passion wasn’t to just look for mistakes but also to make the copy better in terms of clarity, logic, flow, and grammar. Dad used a green pen for his corrections, rather than a red one. A green pen he felt was “friendlier,” while slashes of red might be jarring to a novice or less confident writer. His objective was to gently point out a better way.

When Jesus corrected people, He did so in love. In some circumstances—such as when He was confronted with the hypocrisy of the Pharisees (Matthew 23)—He rebuked them harshly, yet still for their benefit. But in the case of his friend Martha, a gentle correction was all that was needed (Luke 10:38–42). While the Pharisees responded poorly to His rebuke, Martha remained one of His dearest friends (John 11:5).

Correction can be uncomfortable and few of us like it. Sometimes, because of our pride, it’s hard to receive it graciously. The book of Proverbs talks much about wisdom and indicates that “heeding correction” is a sign of wisdom and understanding (15:31–32).

God’s loving correction helps us to adjust our direction and to follow Him more closely. Those who refuse it are sternly warned (v. 10), but those who respond to it through the power of the Holy Spirit will gain wisdom and understanding (vv. 31–32).

By:  Cindy Hess Kasper

Reflect & Pray

How do you usually respond to loving correction from your heavenly Father? What correction have you received from someone that’s made a significant difference in your life?

Father, help me learn to graciously accept Your loving correction so I can grow in wisdom and understanding.

 

 

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Joyce Meyer – Humility

 

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

— James 4:6 (NKJV)

Adapted from the resource Wake Up to the Word – by Joyce Meyer

Humility = in ethics, freedom from pride and arrogance; humbleness of mind; a modest estimate of one’s own worth

In 1 Corinthians 15:10 (AMPC) the apostle Paul wrote, But by the grace (the unmerited favor and blessing) of God I am what I am…. If we don’t realize that we are what we are by the grace of God, then we’ll think more highly of ourselves than we should.

Proud people compare themselves to others and feel superior if they’re able to do something others can’t do. As Christians, we need to judge ourselves soberly (see Romans 12:3), knowing that without God, we can’t do anything of value and whatever we are able to accomplish is only by His grace.

God gives us a measure of His own faith and ability to do whatever He assigns us in life—it never happens by our own efforts. When we really know this, we’re able to live a humble life.

Prayer Starter: Father, please help me to always remember that my strength only comes from You. Thank You for enabling me to do all that You’ve called me to do, and for giving me the grace I need to keep a humble attitude. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

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Denison Forum – What happened this week at Denison Forum?

 

Our mission at Denison Forum is to create culture-changing Christians. So, earlier this week, we were honored to help break the news about one such culture-changing Christian.

  1. Michael Lindsay, who happens to be a longtime friend of Dr. Denison, was appointed the president of Taylor Universityon Tuesday. He and Dr. Denison had a thirty-minute discussion on his new role, his new book, Hinge Moments, and why a Christian higher education is crucial today.

We encourage you to watch the entire interview, but, if you’re pressed for time, consider watching the final question: What should Christians be preparing for today? Michael’s answer reveals why he’s a culture-changing Christian who’s working to prepare tomorrow’s Christian leaders today.

We also celebrated another culture-changing Christian this week, though his work occurred centuries ago. Dr. Denison wrote about why St. Patrick is a hero we need to emulate today. (And, if you’re interested in why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, see “Who was St. Patrick? What does the Bible say about luck and divine providence?”)

This week’s news also brought forth concerning issues:

But there is still good news in the news, like the fantastic story of the Southwest agent who returned a Buzz Lightyear to its two-year-old owner—but only after making it seem as if Buzz had been on a great adventure while he was away from his owner.

Whether the news is good or bad, our calling as culture-changing Christians remains the same: be aware of what’s happening in the world, speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), and live your faith courageously.

Remember Moses’ words to the people of Israel: “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. . . .  It is the Lord who goes before you” (Deuteronomy 31:68).

Hear Dr. Denison

Dr. Denison is routinely interviewed on radio shows and podcasts. Here’s where you can hear him from this past week:

As always, you can find Dr. Denison’s archive of interviews here.

What you may have missed

The Vatican made headlines this week when they declared same-sex unions cannot be blessed. Ryan Denison writes why this decision is loving and gracious.

Tomorrow is National Fragrance Day, and Minni Elkins considers how such a day has a very different impact during COVID-19, as well as what creating “an aroma of Christ” means for us.

Notable Quotables

  • “It’s human nature to want God to bless our desires instead of his when they stand in opposition to one another, and that’s not likely to change any time soon. But for a blessing to have any power or influence, it must come from the Lord.” —Ryan Denison
  • “The rain is falling, the floods are rising, and the winds are blowing. The time to build your house on the rock is now.” — Jim Denison
  • “This is our present crisis—not an external threat from terrorists or warlike nations or a viral pandemic, but a decline of faith, truth, and morality. It is hollowing out our society from within.” —Michael Youssef, Hope for This Present Crisis

Parting thought

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