Just For Today
A Daily Approach to Prayer and Scripture
Wednesday, April 23
“The message…did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith.”
Heb 4:2 AMP
Your Faith is a Catalyst
Acatalyst facilitates change; it makes things happen! For example, Alka-Seltzer without water has no effervescence, flour without yeast produces no bread, seeds without sunshine means no flowers, blue without yellow means no green, an egg without sperm means no baby, a spark without air produces no flame. Faith makes God’s Word work in your life. Without it nothing happens. Talking about the Israelites, Paul said, “When the good news of deliverance…came to them…the message…did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith.” One author says: “Without specific catalysts certain results can never be achieved. To make spiritual progress it’s not enough to read the Bible or listen to sermons. The activating ingredient to understanding is faith. After we hear God’s message we must act on it…Maybe you’re experiencing bitterness or anger because of a failed relationship and God told you to put those emotions behind you, but you lack the will to do it. Let me encourage you, trust God’s Word and act in faith. His promises will bloom in your life once you activate your faith.” Faith is not intellectual assent, or paying lip service to what you read in God’s Word. It’s acting on it, confident that God will do what He promised. There’s a difference between faith and trust. You may believe a chair will hold you, but only when you sit down and put your full weight on it are you trusting it. Getting the idea?
Thursday, April 24
“I want my share…now.”
Lk 15:12 NLT
Lessons from the Prodigal Son (1)
The Prodigal Son made two mistakes: (1) He rejected his father’s authority. The first step that gets you into trouble is the one that takes you away from God. Like the Prodigal, you leave home saying, “Give me.” And if you’re fortunate enough to survive your own best thinking, you come back home saying, “Forgive me.” God loves you. Everything you need, He has already provided! (2) He left his father’s house. The Devil will do whatever it takes to get you out from under God’s influence and protection. He’ll put a restless spirit in you so that nothing makes you happy. Two areas he will work the hardest to generate discontent in are: (a) Your marriage. That’s why you constantly need to work on it. The reason there are weeds in your garden instead of roses is because you don’t spend enough time working there. Your marriage isn’t just a covenant before God, it’s a shelter for your passions and dysfunctions. Furthermore, that “other person” who looks so attractive to you has baggage too. And when they move in they’ll bring it with them! (b) Your church. Who feeds you spiritually? Who monitors your growth in God? Would you let your children stay home from school because they don’t like the teacher or don’t want to learn? Come on, be sensible! God says His Word is like “a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces” (Jer 23:29 NKJV). When the hammer of God’s Word falls in church next Sunday morning—you need to be under it. You should say, “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord” (Ps 122:1).