Devotion for August 18, 2023

“We live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)

Jesus said: “I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world” (John 16:33). Life keeps handing us problems that test our faith. How do you know how much weight a bridge can handle? By testing it.

Daniel’s success made him a target. Knowing he prayed regularly, his enemies persuaded King Darius that all prayers should be made to him as the king. Yet Daniel kept praying each day — in front of an open window, no less. When the king heard about it, he threw Daniel into a lions’ den. But God turned the tables. Next morning Daniel came out, his enemies went in, and the king announced, “Daniel’s God … is the living God” (Daniel 6:26). Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to worship the king’s idols. Even when they were warned to bow or burn, they said, “God … is able to deliver us … But if not … we will not serve thy gods” (Daniel 3:17-18). And because they walked by faith, God delivered and promoted them.

Facing Goliath, David refused to wear the king’s armor. He said, “I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them” (1 Samuel 17:39). So what did he go with? “The name of the LORD” (1 Samuel 17:45), and the rest is history. Now, chances are you will never find yourself in a lions’ den, a fiery furnace, or facing a giant, although some days it will feel like it. But when you’re under attack, 1) pray and claim God’s power, 2) walk by faith, and 3) go “in the name of the LORD.”

Prayer

Lord, send Your Spirit to increase my faith. I believe in Your Word, and trust in Your promises. Grant me Your mercy when I fail to remember these things. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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