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May 2, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Famous Doubters-Gideon


Famous Doubters - Gideon

Judges 6: 14-16

And the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?” And he said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.” And the Lord said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.”

 

Thought for Today

The people of Israel were oppressed by their neighbors whose raids left the people in poverty and terror. When the Lord answered their cries for help it was in His usual way. He picked the youngest son of the smallest family of the weakest clan to be His champion. God delights in calling His people to be champions against the impossible. For when the impossible happens, everyone will know that God was with them. It is the only reasonable explanation for why they won. Is God calling you to a seemingly impossible task today? If you feel too small or unimportant to do what He is calling you to do, get excited. You are going to see something amazing when God reveals Himself and wins the day. Gideon certainly did.

 

Prayer

Almighty Lord, give me the strength to trust You in all that I face today, that Your glory may be revealed through Your servant. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Faith is the virtue by which, clinging-to the faithfulness of God, we lean upon him, so that we may obtain what he gives to us. — William Ames

 

Quote of the Day

It feels great to win and I can't be more thankful to the Lord for walking me through every step. God was and is so faithful every time. — Webb Simpson (Professional Golfer)
 

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May 1, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Famous Doubters-Israelite Spies


The Israelite Spies

Wednesday

Numbers 13

At the end of forty days they returned from spying out the land…They brought back word to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. “We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey… However, the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large…The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height… we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.”

 

Thought for Today

God promised the people of Israel a land flowing with milk and honey, filled with houses they did not build and vineyards they did not plant. When they arrived they decided to send some men to check it out. They affirmed that what God said about the land is was true. Yet, they were surprised that it was filled with people living in the houses and tending the vineyards. They did not believe that they could overcome these people on their own. They forgot they were not alone. God was with them, and it was His promise. Unfortunately, we have been in this position too. We follow what we believe to be God’s will only to find that when we arrive there are unexpected challenges. We realize that we cannot overcome these challenges by ourselves. We forget that God has come with us and promised to empower us for the challenges ahead. It takes faith to trust God to handle the big stuff. Yet this is exactly what He promised the Israelites. And it is what He promises you, too.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to trust You to be with me when my circumstances look bigger than I can handle. Grant me the faith to move forward through my doubts and fears to the land flowing with milk and honey that You are preparing for me. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Basically, there are two paths you can walk: faith or fear. It's impossible to simultaneously trust God and not trust God. — Charles Stanley
 

Quote of the Day

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. — Bertrand Russell

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April 30, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Famous Doubters-Moses


Famous Doubters-Moses

Tuesday

Exodus 4:1, 10 Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’” The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”… But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.”

 

Thought for Today

Ask any Jewish person who the greatest leader in their history is and they will likely say Moses. He battled Pharaoh in a duel of miracles. He led the people through the Red Sea and the wilderness. He called manna from heaven and water from a stone. Moses became an incredible leader and man of faith. But He didn’t start there. He started as a man wracked with self-doubt. Moses had to learn that God was going with him; that God would speak through him; that God would perform miracles by his hand. These are lessons each of us must learn. We learn them when we fight through our doubts and go where God is calling us. For it is on the journey that we see God with us, in us, and through us. It is on the journey that we experience God’s presence and grow in confidence. Moses was among the greatest leaders in the history of Israel, but he did not start there. He started with some serious doubts. And so can you.

 

Prayer

Faithful God, You have never let me down in the past, yet You know the self-doubts I harbor. Help me to move past them and join You on the journey of faith You have prepared for me. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

If one has the answers to all the questions - that is the proof that God is not with him. It means that he is a false prophet using religion for himself. The great leaders of the people of God, like Moses, have always left room for doubt. You must leave room for the Lord, not for our certainties; we must be humble.
— Pope Francis

 

Quote of the Day

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win,
by fearing to attempt. ― William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

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