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Max Lucado – Just Believe Jesus

 

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Suppose you give me a gift.  Let’s say you present me with a new tie.  I take it out of the box, examine it and say thank you, and then reach for my wallet.  “Now, how much do I owe you?” I ask.

You think I’m kidding. “It’s a gift,” you say, “you don’t need to pay me.”

“I understand,” I respond, but show I really don’t by asking, “Could I write you a check?”

In trying to buy your gift, I’ve degraded your grace.  I’ve robbed you of the joy of giving.  How often we rob God.  Have you considered what an insult it is to God when we try to pay him for his goodness?  Sly is the scheme of Satan!  He causes us to question grace, to earn it.  What is it God wants us to do?  Just believe…believe the One he sent.  And receive the gift he gives. “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”  John 6:29.

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Max Lucado – Let Prayer Be Our First Option

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It was a tense deacon’s meeting.  Apparently there was more agitation than agreement, and after a lengthy discussion someone suggested, “Why don’t we pray about it?”  To which another questioned, “Has it come to that?”

What causes us to think of prayer as the last option rather than the first?  I can think of two reasons: feelings of independence and feelings of insignificance. We think, God doesn’t want to hear my problems. He’s got famine and the Mafia to deal with. I don’t want to trouble him with my mess. The last thing you should worry about is being a nuisance to God.  If that’s your thought, may I share with you a favorite verse of mine? “Because He delights in me, He saved me” (Psalm 18:19).

God can live anywhere in the universe and he chose your heart.  He’s crazy about you!  Why don’t you talk to him?

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Max Lucado – God is Patient With Us

 

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God is more patient with us than we are with ourselves.  We assume if we fall, we aren’t born again.  If we have the old desires, we must not be a new creation.  If you’re anxious please remember what Paul said in Philippians 1:6, “God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure he will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again.”

In many ways your new birth is like your first.  In your new birth God provides what you need; someone else feels the pain, and someone else does the work. And just as parents are patient with their newborn, so God is patient with you.  But there’s one difference.  The first time you had no choice about being born. This time you do.  The power is God’s.  The effort is God’s.  The pain is God’s.  But the choice is yours.

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Max Lucado – The Riches of His Grace

 

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I had planned to nap during my trip.  But the fellow next to me had other ideas! Knowing I couldn’t sleep, I opened my Bible.

“What ya’ studying there, buddy?”  I told him, but he never heard.

“The church is lost,” he declared.  “Hellbound and heartsick.  Christians are asleep.  They don’t pray.  They don’t  love. They don’t care.”  And with that he began listing all the woes and weaknesses of the church.

I shouldn’t have let it bug me, but it did.  God’s faithfulness has never depended on the faithfulness of his children.  He is faithful even when we are not.  When we lack courage, he doesn’t.

I’ll probably never see that proclaimer of pessimism again, but if you do, will you give him a message for me?  God’s blessings are dispensed according to the riches of his grace, not according to the depth of our faith.  That’s what makes God…God! And that is what makes the church strong.

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Max Lucado – We Need a Good Shepherd

 

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Sheep aren’t smart.  They tend to wander into running creeks for water, then their wool grows heavy and they drown.  They have no sense of direction. They need a shepherd to lead them to calm water.  So do we!  We, like sheep, tend to be swept away by waters we should have avoided.  We have no defense against the evil lion who prowls about seeking whom he might devour.

Isaiah 53:6 reminds us, “We all have wandered away like sheep; each of us has gone his own way.”  We need a shepherd to care for us and to guide us.  And Jesus is that Good Shepherd.  The Shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep.  The Shepherd who protects, provides, and possesses his sheep.  The Psalmist says: The Lord is my shepherd!  (Psalm 23).  The imagery is carried over to the New Testament as Jesus is called the good shepherd of the sheep.  (John 10:14-15).

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Max Lucado – What is the Role of the Holy Spirit?

 

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If I were to ask you to describe your heavenly Father, you’d give me a response.  If I were to ask you to tell me what Jesus did for you, you’d likely give a cogent answer.  But if I were to ask about the role of the Holy Spirit in your life. . .?  Eyes would duck.  Throats would be cleared.

John 14:17 says, “The world cannot accept him, because it does not see him or know him.  But you know him, because he lives with you and he will be in you.”

What does the Spirit do?  Scripture says He comforts the saved.  He convicts the lost.  He conveys the truth.  Have you ever been convicted?  Ever sensed a stab of sorrow for your actions?  Ever understood a new truth?  Then you’ve been touched by the Holy Spirit. What do you know?  He’s been working in your life already.

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Max Lucado – Why Did Jesus Raise Only a Few?

 

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I’ve often thought it curious how few people Jesus raised from the dead.  He healed hundreds, fed thousands, but as far as we know He only raised three:  the daughter of Jairus, the boy near Nain, and Lazarus.  Why so few?

Could it be because He knew He’d be doing them no favors?

Could it be because He couldn’t get any volunteers?

Could it be that once someone is there, the last place they want to return to is here?

Isaiah said: “The good men perish; the godly die before their time and no one seems to care or wonder why.  No one seems to realize that God is taking them away from the evil days ahead.  For the godly who die will rest in peace.” Isaiah 57:1-2

What a thought. Could death be God’s grace? God’s protection from the future?  Trust in God, Jesus urges, and trust in Me!

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Max Lucado – Standing On God’s Promises

 

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The promises of God work.  They work!  Search until you find covenants that address your needs.  Clutch them as the precious pearls they are.  And when the enemy comes with his lies of doubt and fear, produce the pearl.  Satan will be quickly silenced.  He has no reply for truth.

Russell Kelso Carter committed himself to believe the promises of God in the Bible.  His decision to trust God in the midst of great difficulty gave birth to a hymn that’s still sung today.  My favorite stanza says:

“Standing on the promises that cannot fail,

when the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,

by the living Word of God I shall prevail,

standing on the promises of God!”

Will you do the same?  Build your life on the promises of God.  Because God’s promises are unbreakable your hope will be unshakable!

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Max Lucado – Drenched in Hope

 

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Jesus encouraged his followers to “always pray and never lose hope” (Luke 18:1).  Never lose hope?  Never be fainthearted?  Never feel overwhelmed?  Never get sucked into the sewer of despair?  Can you imagine?  No day lost to anguish.  No decision driven by fear.  This is God’s will for you and me.  He wants us to “abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).”  Abound…what an extraordinary verb to use with hope.

For about half an hour recently, the sky above me became a waterfall.  I had to pull my car off the road.  Windshield wipers stood no chance against the downpour. Every square inch of the highway was drenched.  Rain abounded.  Could you use some abounding hope?  God will drench your world with hope; it is His promise.  And because God’s promises are unbreakable our hope is unshakable!

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Max Lucado – Jesus is Coming

 

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Are you in the midst of a storm?  The followers of Jesus were.  And through the midst of the storm, He came.  Matthew 14:25-26 says, “Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.  When the disciples saw him they were terrified.  ‘It’s a ghost,’ they said, and cried out in fear.”  Jesus turned the water into a walkway.  His followers called him a ghost, but Jesus still came.

Jesus was not distracted from his mission.  After Jesus stilled the storm, the disciples worshipped him.  “Truly you are the Son of God,” they said.  With a stilled boat as their altar and beating hearts as their liturgy, they worshipped Jesus.  May you and I do the same.  Storms still come but so does Jesus!

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Max Lucado – The Sinless and Perfect High Priest

 

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Jesus is the sinless and perfect high priest.  When he speaks, all of heaven listens! Hebrews 7:25 promises, “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” Unshakable hope is the firstborn offspring of this promise.  We’d prefer to have every question answered, but Jesus has, instead, told us this much:  “I will pray for you through the storm.”

Are those prayers answered?  Of course.  You might disagree.  If Jesus was praying, why did the storm even happen at all?  Well, that storm-free life will be inaugurated in the eternal kingdom.  Between now and then, since this is a fallen world and since the devil still stirs doubt and fear, we can count on storms.  But we can also count on the presence and prayers of Christ in the midst of them!

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Max Lucado – Jesus Stands Up For You

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Lingering among the unspoken expectations of many Christian hearts is this:  Now that I belong to God, I get a pass on the tribulations of life.  Others face storms.  I live to help them.  But face my own?  No way.

Jesus, however, assures us,  “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33).  But ponder this promise:  In the midst of your storm Jesus is interceding for you, calling out to your heavenly Father, urging the help of the Holy Spirit.

When Stephen was about to be martyred for his faith, he “gazed steadily into heaven and saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand” (Acts 7:55).  Jesus stood up for Stephen.  Ever had anyone stand up for you?  The answer is yes.  Jesus stands at this very moment, offering intercession on your behalf!  That is his promise to you; and because God’s promises are unbreakable our hope is unshakable!

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Max Lucado – Heaven’s Tribunal

 

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Some people will stand before God on the judgement day who didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him.  They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand. They spent a lifetime dishonoring God and hurting his people. They mocked his name and made life miserable for their neighbors.

Even our judicial system forces no defense on the accused. The defendant is offered an advocate, but if he chooses to stand before the judge alone, the system permits it.  So does God.  He offers his Son as an advocate.  At the judgment Jesus will stand at the side of every person except those who refuse him.  When their deeds are read, heaven’s tribunal will hear nothing—but silence!  It’s a sobering truth in Acts 17:31, “The day is coming when God will judge the world.”

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Max Lucado – Praise From God

 

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The Bible says God will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and He will expose the motives of the heart.  “At that time each will receive their praise from God” (1 Corinthians 4:5).  On the last day, God will walk you through your life day by day, moment by moment, issuing commendation after commendation.  You greeted the new student in your class.  Fine job.  You forgave your brother, encouraged your neighbor. . .I’m so proud of you.

The Bible says, “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them” (Hebrews 6:10).  Our just God will recognize faithful stewardship.  The same pen that records our impure thoughts makes notes of our pure ones. And guess who’ll be waiting for you at the finish line?  Jesus Christ!  This is His promise, and because God’s promises are unbreakable our hope is unshakable!

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Max Lucado – It’s Not Fair!

 

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When did you learn the words—it’s not fair?  What deed exposed you to the imbalanced scales of life?  Have you ever prayed the psalmist’s prayer:  “O Lord, how long will you look on?” (Psalm 35:17).  When did you first ask the prophet’s question:  “Why does the way of  the wicked prosper?” (Jeremiah 12:1).  Why indeed?

God’s answer is direct– Not long! Scripture reveals a somber promise. “For God has set a day when he will judge the world” (Acts 17:31).  Every flip of the calendar brings us closer to the day when God will judge all evil.  The Judgment Day has been chosen.  The hour is marked and the moment reserved.  Judgment is not a possibility but a stark reality. This is God’s promise: He will forever balance the scales of fairness. And because God’s promises are unbreakable our hope is unshakable!

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Max Lucado – Keep in Step With the Spirit

 

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I purchased a new cartridge for my printer, but until I removed the thin strip of tape covering the outlet of the cartridge, there was plenty of ink but no impression could be made on the page.

Is there anything in your life that needs to be removed?  We can grieve the Spirit with our rebellion and disobedience. We can even quench the Spirit by having no regard for God’s teaching.  The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:19-20, “never damp the fire of the Spirit, and never despise what is spoken in the name of the Lord.”

Are you feeding your flesh and neglecting your faith? If the answer is yes, you are quenching the Spirit within you. Do you want his power? Direction? Strength?  Then keep in step with the Spirit.  He directs and leads; we obey and follow. And because God’s promises are unbreakable our hope is unshakable!

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Max Lucado – Unity of the Spirit

 

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Ephesians 4:3 says to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”  The Holy Spirit of God is the mother hen, urging the church to gather together in safety!  We’re never told to create unity but rather to keep the unity the Spirit provides.

Harmony is always an option, because the Spirit is always present.  Gone is the excuse, “I just can’t work alongside so-and-so.”  Maybe you can’t, but the Spirit within you can!  To say otherwise is to say that the Holy Spirit cannot do what he longs to do. “We were all given the one Spirit to drink,” the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:13-14…“even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.”  The Holy Spirit unifies the church, the body.  Let the Holy Spirit do its unification work through you!  And because God’s promises are unbreakable our hope in him is unshakable!

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Max Lucado – Fruit of the Spirit

 

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The Bible says, “If God were to withdraw his Spirit, all life would disappear and mankind would return again to dust” (Job 34:14-15). And Ephesians 1:13 says that the Holy Spirit enters the believer upon confession of faith. From that point forward the Christian has access to the very power and personality of God.  They begin to think the way God thinks, love the way God loves, and see the way God sees. And this power includes the gifts of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

As our relationship with God is secured and unmarred by rebellion, sin, or stubborn behavior, we can expect a harvest of fruit!  We need not force it, but we can expect it.  It simply falls to us to stay connected.  And because God’s promises are unbreakable our hope is unshakable!

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Max Lucado – You May Need a Push

 

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Ask a believer to answer the question, “Who is God the Father?” He has a reply. Or “Describe God the Son.” She will not hesitate. But ask, “Who is the Holy Spirit?” and they’re often at a loss for words. Many rely on the Father and the Son but overlook the Holy Spirit. Yet Jesus says more about the Holy Spirit than he does about the church or marriage.

On the eve of his death, as he prepared his followers to face the future without him, he made this great promise, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you” (Acts 1:8). He didn’t promise immediate success, or the absence of disease or struggles. He never guaranteed a level of income. But He promised the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit came alongside the disciples, indwelled them, and gave the early church the push they needed to face the challenges ahead. Perhaps you could use a push as well.

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Max Lucado – The Greatest News in the World

 

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The greatest news in the world is not that God made the world but that God loves the world.  He loves you.  You did not earn this love.  His love for you will not end if you lose your temper.  His love for you will not fade if you lose your way, nor will His love diminish if your discipline does.

Someone told you that God loves good people. Wrong. There are no good people.  Someone told you that God loves you if you love him first. Wrong. He loves people who have never thought of him.  Someone told you that God is ticked off, cranky, and vindictive.  Wrong. We tend to be ticked off, cranky, and vindictive.  But God?  “God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, he’s rich in love” (Psalm 103:8).  God loves you!  And because God’s promises are unbreakable our hope is unshakable!

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