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April 29, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Famous Doubters-Abraham


Famous Doubters

Monday

Genesis 16:1-2 Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. She had a female Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar. 2 And Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.

 

Thought for Today

The Lord had promised Abraham a child who would be his own flesh and blood This implied that his wife, Sarai, would become a mother. Ten years later Sarai began to doubt that the promise was for her to bear her husband a son. So Sarai decided that Abraham should have a child with Hagar, her serving girl. Sarai could adopt her son, thus fulfilling God’s promise. This faulty plan cause problems in her household, problems which have not been resolved to this day, but this did not deter God from keeping His promise in His time. At the spry young age of ninety Sarai bore a son, and God honored her by calling her Sarah, the mother of nations. Isn’t it wonderful that God’s promises do not depend on our faithfulness, but His? For the son that Sarai would bear would be the many time great-grandfather of Jesus of Nazareth, the Savior of the world. Our doubts will never derail God’s promises.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, when Your promises seem slow in coming I am tempted to rely on my own strength and wisdom. Help me to be patient and trust You. For I know that Your timing is always best. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

I've learned over the years to appreciate God's timing, and you can't rush things; it's gonna happen exactly when it's supposed to. – Sevyn Streeter

 

Quote of the Day

When in doubt tell the truth. – Mark Twain

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April 26, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Easter Friday 2019


Luke 24:9-11

and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest…but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

 

Thought for Today

This is convinces me the Gospels are true. If I were making up this tale of the tragically heroic Jesus and His band of merry men, I would have written myself waiting at the tomb. I was convinced by my clear understanding of what Jesus had said that He would be walking out any second. Sure, others doubted, laughed, scoffed, but not me. I was there when He arose. Instead they tell us of a band of faithful women, who braved all the obstacle s to honor Jesus in His death, who went to the tomb while the men huddled behind locked doors. When the women came running back with a breathless tale of an empty tomb and angelic messengers, the disciples still refused to believe. That is how it would have happened in real-life. The women were right (of course) and the bull-headed men would have to endure a glorious “I told you so” for the rest of eternity. What convinces you that the Gospels are true?

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, You inspired the Scriptures to be written so that I can know the truth about God’s interaction with the world. Thank You for giving me the gift of faith to know with certainty how much You love me by the things You have done for me throughout history. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

“If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn't rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.” ― Timothy Keller

 

Quote of the Day

“If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.” ― Mark Twain

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April 25, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Easter Thursday 2019


Luke 24:6b-8

(The angel said to the women,) “Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.

 

Thought for Today

The power of belief is an amazing thing. I have always marveled at and struggled with the fact that as many times as Jesus told His followers that He had to be crucified and on the third day rise again, they never believed Him. They watched Him die on a cross and it never occurred to them that He had spoken about these things! That is the power of belief. When He told them these things they did not want to hear they believed He was completely wrong. Peter said, “This will never happen to you!” (Matt. 16:22) When it happened just as He said, they could not even remember that He had told them. Conversely, when they did remember, with angelic assistance, it all made sense, and their firm faith grasped the truth with equal tenacity. Once they got hold of the truth even death could not loosen the grip of their faith. Did you have the opportunity to remember the truth on Easter? When you remember, believe anew!

 

Prayer

Lord of all Truth, thank You for always speaking the truth to me in Your Word, even when I don’t want to hear it. Grant me the strength to hold firmly to the truth of my everlasting life in You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Let every man and woman count himself immortal. Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection. Let him say not merely, 'Christ is risen,' but 'I shall rise.' – Phillips Brooks

 

Quote of the Day

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. – Phyllis Diller

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