Trustworthy

 by Ennis Smith

James 5:12 (NIV) – Above all, my brothers, do not swear-not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your “Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no, or you will be condemned.How many times do we let ourselves down? How many times do we disappoint the ones we love? Each year, millions of people make new-year resolutions destined to failure. Every day, parents make promises to children but renege, for a myriad of reasons. We make promises we have no real intention of keeping. Each broken promise diminishes our trust in ourselves. When we lose trust, we lose faith.

James tells us to keep it simple. Promises are not necessary, to bind a decision into action. We need to have a transformation in our way of thinking. Romans 12:2 says, “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The power of “Yes” should become the binding word. Conversely, the power of “No” should also be a definitive answer. Anything other than “yes” or “no” is the work of the evil one.

The world teaches us, it is perfectly okay to recant on a promise, because they’re broken every day. But, as Christians, we need to hold ourselves to higher standards. Jesus never had to promise anything. His word was his bond. When He said “Yes,” it was done. When He spoke “No,” it was undone. Today, let your “Yes” and “No” speak to the truth of your character. Let these small words prove your trustworthiness.


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Pleasing Father God


“The Son can do nothing of Himself. He only does [and says] what He sees the Father doing [and saying].” (John 5:19 AMP).

Jesus is the greatest teacher in the school of obedience. His desire was to please the Father. Before the foundations were created, God’s plan was ordained. Jesus was sent to give His life for the whole world.

Jesus loved Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus of Bethany. He and His followers often found refreshment in their home. However, when Jesus received word that Lazarus was gravely ill, He didn’t rush to heal him. In fact, He stayed two days longer where He was ministering and during that time Lazarus died. Why? Why did Jesus allow Lazarus to die?

The Father’s plan from the outset was to raise Lazarus from the dead. “This illness will not end in death but it will bring glory to God” (John 11:4). Even though Jesus knew He would raise Lazarus from the dead, “He wept”. Jesus cried bitterly as He felt the family’s sorrowful grief but gave honor to God with Lazarus’ resurrection.

As Christ-followers we often fail miserably. Yet, we desire to please the Giver of Life. He understands. He always works within us, “both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Phil 2:13 NKJV).

A Very Human Hero


Judges 6:14–15 (HCSB) —“The LORD turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and deliver Israel from the power of Midian. Am I not sending you?” He said to Him, “Please, Lord, how can I deliver Israel? Look, my family is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house.” 

Everybody loves a hero. It is evident in literature and film, regardless of culture. Heroes are appealing because they are often ordinary people empowered to become extraordinary. Gideon was such a man. When the Angel of the Lord tasked Gideon to deliver the Israelites, his reaction was essentially, “Who, me?” In his own strength he felt woefully inadequate for the job. Even the appearance of God did not quell his insecurities. But as the story unfolds, through the power of God he becomes the mighty warrior the Lord calls him in Judges 6:12. 

When you feel inadequate in the face of an insurmountable task, remember the Lord’s faithfulness to Gideon. His presence and power also enable us to be extraordinary. A. B. Simpson wrote, “God is preparing His heroes. And when the opportunity comes, He can fit them into their places in a moment. And the world will wonder where they came from.” Gideon’s story reminds us that God helps us all to be very human heroes. 

Shirley is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and an expatriate living in Papua New Guinea. Contact

FROM FRAGILE EARTHLY LIFE TO LIFE ETERNAL

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by James Dick

“For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (NKJV)

Greeting the dawn in my barn, one of my trusted outside cats approached with a “prize”. This hard working fellow does a great job of keeping rodents out of the barn, and always shows me his catch to receive praise. As he got closer I could tell that the object was a flapping bird, actually a very young turkey.

When he dropped the bird at my feet, he was surprised when I shooed him away. While still alive, it was clear that he would die, so I just cuddled him in his death throes. Across the fence I spied the hen which, realizing her chick was dead, returned to the care for the living. And when my loyal barn cat returned later, I gently held him, letting him know that he was still appreciated.

This little event, common on any farm, exemplifies the fragility of life as well as the wonders that God has provided. It also shows simply the importance of living each day like it’s our last. Only God knows when we will be called and being prepared for Him is imperative. Just think of the benefits. By living as He wants and believing in Him we can look forward to Eternal Life. And it’s all because Jesus gave His very life for us. Oh, what a gift.

James Dick writes about God and Nature from his rural North Florida home. Contact

Forever Faithful

Inspired by Rev 7:9-12

 by Sheldon Bass

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him. (Psalms 34:8 KJV)

With tears in his eyes, Patrick related how all of his hopes in life had been disappointed. Divorce tore his world apart; his company downsized, sending Patrick to the unemployment line. His degree is nearly worthless these days. Now he was at the homeless shelter.  “Every person in my life has let me down,” he lamented.

Life has a way of letting us down: disappointing us. We cannot depend on the things of this world. Things change… people lie and are not always faithful… The market crashes; we get sick or our dreams burn up in a blazing fire. God never changes; He is always faithful. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. The only thing that is absolutely reliable and always truthful, the only thing that remains unchanging is God’s word. God and His word are immutable, holding steadfast through all life’s storms. When our faith is in God’s promises, we have a hope that can never be dashed against the rocks of disappointment.

Patrick has now completed a year long rehabilitation program based on biblical principles, is in a work program and doing well. When I saw him last week he said, “I’ve never known anyone so faithful as Jesus before, everything it says in the Bible is true. I can’t explain it, but I have His joy and peace inside…”

Sheldon is a Christian Minister, Teacher and Writer in Indiana, USA.  

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Wars and Rumors of War

 by Sharon Dow

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away . Matthew 24:35 NIV

Jesus warns his disciples of events to come. Many believed the end would come and Jesus would return during their lifetime. But that didn’t happen. Jesus told them later in the same chapter that no one knows when the end will come; not the angels, not the Son, only God the Father knows.

But Jesus does tell of signs signaling the end is near; wars, rumors of war, nations rising against nation, famines, earthquakes, persecutions, death for Christ-followers, people turning away from God, false prophets, and the gospel preached to all nations.

We in North America are experiencing many of these signs as are countries around the world. With our instant global communication, we are able to see these things unfold as they happen on an international scale. We are shocked and horrified, but we should not be surprised. Almost two thousand years ago, Jesus told us these things would come.

In verse 37, Jesus tells them it will be as it was in the days of Noah. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark. In other words, life goes on. The signs are ignored. God is dismissed as uninvolved, irrelevant, or non-existent. But just as the flood came, so will the end times. The prophesies will be fulfilled; Jesus will come again.

Jesus says; therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. We must be ready. Are you ready?

Today’s writer is the author of three Christian Historical Fiction novels and lives in Ontario, Canada. Contact

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“Never Alone”

 by Karen Pourbabaee

“Remember I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Mathew 28:20 (NAS)

The last words of Jesus on earth may indeed be the most powerful! They are a blessed assurance as we journey on earth. We who have chosen to follow Christ, have been delivered from the domain of darkness and enter into a new life in the kingdom of God. (Colossians 1:13)

But let’s face it. Though we spiritually reside in the kingdom of heaven, our physical bodies live in the kingdom of this world. The going can be rough and the travel sometimes treacherous. But herein lies the answer: He is present with us. Just as He promised at His ascension. Just as the psalmist decreed, “God is our refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)

His divine presence graces us with promises from the Word and here are just a few: Peace that passes all understanding and guards our hearts and minds (Philippians 4:7).  Protection, for He is a shield about us (Psalm 3:3). Perpetual joy (Psalm 16:11).

So let us keep a vision of His ascension and His promise of presence before us always. The gifts of  His presence, peace, protection, and perpetual joy, will help to keep us on the path God has destined. As we navigate through the kingdom of this world, we are never alone.

Karen lives in Oklahoma a wife, mother and nurse. Devotional free at  FaithWriters.com.  DaybyDay.orgChristian Writers Wanted  – Accept Jesus as Lord and Savior Today!

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Just Walk Away

Inspired by Rev 7:9-12

 by Ennis Smith

“But refuse (shut your mind against, have nothing to do with) trifling (ill-informed, unedifying, stupid) controversies over ignorant questionings, for you know that they foster strife and breed quarrels.” 2 Timothy 2:23 (AMP)

God’s word notes that Satan’s goal is to steal, kill and destroy. He doesn’t always use over-the-top, easy-to-recognize theatrics to pull us out of God’s will. No. More often, he uses subtle annoyances to first steal our peace. Minor arguments and petty irritations between loved ones and brethren play on our human sensibilities, distracting us from our focus on God’s will.

Paul warned Timothy to recognize silly issues and questionings, and to refuse engagement, lest he be consumed by strife and contention. He knew Satan’s antics all too well. In warning Timothy, he was also warning the body of Christ today.

Sometimes, we need to walk away from potential conflicts if they are not righteous. By engaging in nonsensical confrontation, we run the risk of inadvertently falling into Satan’s trappings. It’s okay to walk away from controversy that threatens your peace. The source just might be Satan at work, using someone close to your heart, to steal your peace. Once your peace is gone, it’s easier for him to kill your spirit and destroy your faith. Learn when to just walk away. Time and space may be the remedy for peaceful resolution.

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MERCY

– by Stephanie White

Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear–hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. Jude 1:22-23 NIV

Mercy is love reaching out to meet a need in spite of the person being helped. It’s not about worthiness; it’s about love.

If we’re walking in God’s love we’ll be merciful to those who doubt. Some are angry with those who doubt. Why? We should feel sorry for those who don’t believe the Word is their life! We should pity them because we remember what it was like to ignore the Word. In life we’re all ministers; we need to be able to relate to those we minister to. We need to remember how our flesh gets the best of us – no one is perfect!

We’re also commissioned to snatch others from the fire. Fire is often referred to as destruction. The Bible tells us that our works are tested by fire and if they’re of the flesh they will be destroyed (1 Corinthians 3:10-14). We must understand that the works we produce apart from Christ will be destroyed by fire and we need to share this with others. Help others avoid the trap of the works of the flesh.

In our attempt to give aid to others, we must remember to keep ourselves in the Word. Our first priority must always be the Word! We cannot help others if we’re not full of the Word. When we take pride in ourselves we’ll fall. Pride is of the flesh and it corrupts. Mercy mixed with fear is love reaching out to meet the needs of those who don’t deserve it because we remember that we do not deserve it!

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SEEKING HIS FACE


Written by Thousands, Inspired by Rev 7:9-12.

by Susan Allen

Deuteronomy 4:29 (NKJV)—But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.

What an honor it is to read the very Word that God chose to share with us.  There is so much to learn about our loving and merciful God in heaven.  The Holy Bible is God’s inspired Word.  It is like a life’s manual to follow all the days of our lives.  Open it and find your way.  When we read His Word, we come closer to knowing how much God loves us.  Reading the Scriptures is the way to seek God—wanting to know Him more intimately.  We will find Him when we search diligently by not giving up.  We learn why Jesus was born and that He is God in the flesh.  God wants to reveal Himself to us.  He will show us how to become a child of God and how we can receive the Holy Spirit.  There are so many wonderful treasures to be found in His Holy Book.  I’m not going to ruin it for you and tell about everything; you will have to read it for yourself!  Enjoy your search; He is not hard to find.  It is a pleasure and a privilege to learn about the Holy Trinity—God the Father, God the Son, and His Holy Spirit.  I hope you never forget that.

Susan’s lives in Hannibal, NY. Her desire is to please God in all she does. Devotional free at FaithWriters.com.  DaybyDay.orgChristian Writers Wanted  – Accept Jesus as Lord and Savior Today!

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