Posts Tagged ‘determination’

Do Good

October 19, 2014

Do Good

2 Chronicles 25:2: Amaziah did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight.

Mark and his mother drove down the street, heading for home. Suddenly, Mark saw a boy he knew from school walking along. “Give him a ride, Mom,” he said.

“Who is he?” his mother asked.

“A kid from school.”

Mark’s mother stopped and they offered the boy a ride. He said with a smile, “Thanks. It’s a long walk home.”

“I forget your name,” Mark said to him.

The boy responded, “Jerry Cranmer. I live up on Livingston Street.”

In a few minutes, Mark’s mother drove into one of the tougher sections of town. They soon found Jerry’s house. The lawn was burned out. Two old rusty cars sat in the front year. And the house looked like it was falling down. Mark said to Jerry, “See you in school.”

When Jerry had gone, Mark said to his mother, “He’s a nice guy. I should get to know him better.”

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September 20, 2014

The Powerless

2 Chronicles 14:11: O LORD, not one but you can help the powerless against the mighty! Help us, O LORD our God, for we trust in you alone. It is in your name that we have come against this vast horde. O LORD, you are our God; do not let mere men prevail against you!

We have no power in ourselves to …
Please God.
Make him listen.
Gain his blessings.
Change ourselves.
Become more like Jesus.
Win a lasting victory.

Did you know that you’re powerless? No one of us can do anything without Jesus. Oh, sure. We might make the soccer team. We might get good grades on our own. We might catch a bass while fishing. But ultimately, anything that’s good and lasts must come from Jesus.

The prayer above was spoken by King Asa as he went out to fight. He knew God had to accomplish the victory. Without God’s help, he could do nothing.

Call on God always to be with you. Then you will succeed. Prayer: Lord, I ask you always to be with me and lead me. Amen.


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Who Am I?

April 30, 2014

“Who am I?”


Exodus 3:11: “But who am I to appear before Pharaoh?” Moses asked God. “ How can you expect me to lead the Israelites out of Egypt?”


Carey stared at the assignment sitting on his desk in his cubicle at his company. “Write and then speak without notes a sales presentation you have made up. It can be any presentation about one of our products.” He gulped. Talking in front of the sales team was the one thing that made his legs weak and his stomach about to vomit. How could he do it?


Carey explained to his wife what he had to do, and his wife smiled. “You know, Moses had the same problem.”


“Moses?” Carey replied. He had heard plenty about Moses in church over the years, but nothing about a speaking problem.


“Oh, yeah,” his wife said. “Moses stuttered and stammered and couldn’t get two words out in order. He feared speaking more than anything.”


“What happened?” Carey asked. He knew Moses had turned into one of the great leaders of history, guiding the Jews as they left Egypt to their own country.


“God told him he would be with him,” Carey’s wife explained. “Go read it in Exodus 3 and 4, I think. He also gave Moses a sidekick, his brother Aaron. But we know Moses was the leader.”


As his wife went into more details about Moses, Carey gained confidence. Finally, he gave his presentation to the sales team and got a standing ovation.


Are you ever afraid you won’t be able to do something – in school, church, work, or home? Remember: God is with you. Turn to him, and he will lead.


Prayer: Lord, let me not use trickery and lying to get my way. Ever. Amen.