Questioning God

How long, O LORD, must I call for help? But You do not listen! … I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guardpost. There I will wait to see what the LORD says and how He will answer my complaint. Habakkuk 1:2a; 2:1 (NLT)

As you were growing up, you may have heard the little ditty, “Ours is not to reason why. Ours is but to do and die.” What a dumb ditty! God designed us to be curious, to seek answers, to reason, and to question why? Those who suggest that it’s wrong to question God have a hard time explaining when the Son of God was on the cross and cried, “My God, My God, WHY?” Personal suffering and pain always raises the question “Why?” The Bible is full of spiritual heroes who questioned God. Habakkuk was no exception. He saw a dying world, filled with injustice and evil, and it broke his heart. He asked God why the innocent suffer. Why do the wicked seem to be winning? He took His complaints to the top for answers, not clichés. You can feel the urgency of his cries to God from the very beginning of his book. In the first chapter and second verse, he asks:  Continue reading “Questioning God” »


Winning Your Race

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility He endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. Hebrews 12:1-3 (NLT)

The great Olympic runner, Eric Liddell said, “When I run, I feel the pleasure of God.” If I’m honest, I would have to admit that I feel the pleasure of God when I’m not running! Continue reading “Winning Your Race” »


Running Your Race

Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 1 Corinthians 9:24 (NLT)

The Christian life is like a race. When you come to Christ, you don’t sit in the stands and watch others run. God has a race marked out for you. Faith is more than an attitude. It’s an attitude that leads us to action. How well are you running your race? Continue reading “Running Your Race” »


Guarding Your Heart

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)

Today when you hear His voice, don’t harden your hearts. Hebrews 4:7b (NLT)

We’ve increasingly become more heart conscious today. It’s a good thing and causes me to consider what I’m eating more than before. Is it heart healthy? Will it increase my cholesterol? What’s the fat content? We read all the labels and try our best to make the best decisions for ourselves and the ones we love. But, beyond the physical condition of our heart, there is a much deeper issue. Maybe it’s not what you are eating that’s having the worst impact on your heart, but what’s eating you! Continue reading “Guarding Your Heart” »


Praying with Faith

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV) 

Have you ever prayed for strength? Strangely enough, sometimes our prayers may hinder our faith more than help it grow. One of the greatest expressions of faith in prayer is thanksgiving. When I examine my own prayer life, I’ve discovered that I’ve often asked God for things He’s already done or promised. What I should be doing is thanking Him for the provision He has already supplied. For example, have you ever prayed, “Oh God, be with me today”? Sometimes, I wonder if God doesn’t just shake His head and think, “Well, let me see, I don’t know, I’m really busy and not sure I can be with you today or not.” The fact is that He has already promised us more than once,  Continue reading “Praying with Faith” »


What Defines You?

You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10 (NIV)

What defines you? When you look into the mirror of your soul, what do you see? Continue reading “What Defines You?” »


Anchors that Hold Relationships Together

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:19 (NIV)

Every relationship goes through storms in life. What causes some relationships to survive, even thrive, in the midst of those storms while others are pulled apart? Maybe, you are going through a violent storm that is threatening the very core of your relationship with your spouse, child, parent, or friend. Christ followers are assured in God’s Word that we have a hope, like an anchor, that keeps our lives secure through the storms of life. Continue reading “Anchors that Hold Relationships Together” »


Storm Proofing Your Relationships

Anyone who listens to My teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. Matthew 7:24-25 (NLT)

Living on the Gulf Coast means storm-proofing your home. It’s not a matter of if a storm will come but when and am I prepared? Storms in life are inevitable. Continue reading “Storm Proofing Your Relationships” »


Spiritual Delays

One day Jesus told His disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.  Luke 18:1 (NLT)

Spiritual delays are confusing. Sometimes, they can leave you feeling disillusioned with God and wondering if prayer even works. But, these are times where God is often at work in the greatest way in our lives. Spiritual delays teach us persistence in prayer. In fact, Luke tells two stories about shameless persistence in prayer in Luke 11 and 18. In both cases, we get a better understanding of why God permits spiritual delays in answer to prayer. Continue reading “Spiritual Delays” »


Relational Blueprint

We should make plans—counting on God to direct us. Proverbs 16:9 (TLB)

Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s hit show, Fixer Upper, help families see the potential in old houses by transforming their dreams into reality. They have a unique ability to see beyond all the problems with the existing structure and picture the possibilities of what it could be with the right plan. Continue reading “Relational Blueprint” »


War Room of Prayer, Part 1

But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God. Daniel 6:10 (NLT)

The movie, War Room, has become a box office hit at the theaters! People from all walks of life are rediscovering the power of prayer. Daniel had such a war room in his house. Continue reading “War Room of Prayer, Part 1” »


Failing Forward

For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. Luke 14:11 (NIV)

Maybe you’ve heard the expression, “He who gets too big for his britches will soon be exposed in the end!” Such was the case for Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon. He had exalted himself as one worthy of worship. He made a 90-foot golden statue of himself that was nine feet wide, and he required everyone to bow down and worship it. He led Babylon to become the world power of his day, conquering all his enemies including Israel. He destroyed the Temple and the city and deported the Jews to Babylon. Disturbed by yet another dream, Nebuchadnezzar sent for a Jewish Prophet named Daniel to interpret it. Although Nebuchadnezzar had exalted himself as a mighty, even Divine king, God was about to humble him and demonstrate that he was just an ordinary man. Continue reading “Failing Forward” »