Overcoming Thoughts of Suicide...




Today’s Reading: Job 5-7, Acts 8:1-25

Today’s Reflection: Job 6:11 What is my strength, that I should hope! And what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?

Job, amidst the trial of his life, simply cannot see past the painful circumstances under which he finds himself. Can you relate to his questioning? I believe there are times that we all can relate. First, he looks at his strength, realizes that he has none, and thus sees no reason to hope any more. 

O dear reader, how often do we never look past the abilities of our own strength? How often do we with discouraged hearts simply give up when at last we spend all that we have, only to grow worse off instead of better? I would dare say that this is a common mistake amongst fallen man. 

We, in the weakness of our flesh, seldom look beyond our own strength for hope of a better day. In fact, we might even go on and ask the second question that Job asked, saying in essence, “What’s the use in going on? What’s the use in living?” Do you see it in the way he asked it? “And what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?” 

Basically, Job saw no future past his current trouble. He could not imagine it getting any better, nor could he imagine that life would ever give him any reason beyond his current misery for living on. 
However, I’m glad that this wasn’t the end of the story for Job, and neither is it the end for us! You see, what Job could not see was that his best days were yet ahead! 

So, let’s get this straight; it appears that Job is possibly suicidal. I know, I know, the text does not say that he was contemplating taking his own life, but it does teach us that he wished he were dead. 

In today’s world, the rate of suicide has dramatically increased as people have no present day favorable circumstances, and see no hope of their situation ever changing for the better. However, I need to say this for the benefit of those reading who might themselves be contemplating suicide; never make a permanent mistake because of temporary blindness. 

That’s right. You are suffering from temporary blindness. Just because YOU can’t see your way out, does not mean there IS no way out. Furthermore, if you will call upon the name of The Lord, He promises in Jeremiah 33:3 that He WILL answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you don’t even know! 

Listen, dear friend, call upon Him, then wait for His answer. He WILL respond, and you WILL see a better day!


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Expecting GREAT things!....



Today’s Reading: Job 3-4, Acts 7:44-60

Today’s Reflection: Job 3:25-26 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.

Expectation leads to realization. Here, Job admitted that what came upon him was exactly what he feared would come. In fact, he even put himself in harm’s way, lost sleep, and made a fuss over every effort to hedge himself against that for which he was most afraid, and yet, in spite of all of his efforts, trouble still came. 


He was unable to stop that which he fully expected. I want to say that again, and I want to ask you to let it sink in; Job was unable to stop that which he fully expected! 

Now, I can already hear the skeptic of this thought. I can hear one saying, “Oh, but haven’t you ever experienced any unmet expectations? Surely you are not saying that all you must do for things to happen is to expect them to happen!” 

To this thought, I would readily agree that unmet expectations indeed happen every day, and faith is more than just a spirit of expectancy. In fact, James teaches us in the New Testament that faith without works is dead, being alone. No, my friend, expectancy alone does not produce results, but expectancy backed by supportive action steps indeed does produce results every single time.  

That said, look at our text one more time. Job feared that trouble would come. This means that he expected it to come. It was something that he believed. However, he not only had passing thoughts about it, but he actually lost sleep over it, labored against it, and would not shut up about it, attempting to prevent it. 

All of these action steps solidified his belief that trouble was coming, and he ended up getting exactly what he expected and prepared for. 

Now, do I believe that Job was wrong to expect trouble? No! I would even say that he might have been foolish had he not expected it to come. Furthermore, all of the human race should know that you do not have to expect trouble to come in order for it to arrive. 

However, I would say that we can invite specific troubles into our lives depending upon how we labor over them in stress, worry, fear, and preparation for them. 

Now, I said all of that to say this; I propose that we spend more energy expecting, working for, preparing for, and talking about success than we do trouble and failure! Active faith WORKS!


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Untimely Prophets for Unruly People!




Today’s Reading: Job 1-2, Acts 7:22-43

Today’s Reflection: Acts 7:35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? The same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.

Today, we see an untimely prophet for an unruly people! Seldom does God send the prophet of the people’s choice. In fact, the very nature of the prophet by design is to be a disrupter. 

He is sent to be out of sync with status quo. He is sent to a people who are stubborn and stiff-necked. He is sent as a shepherd to a wandering sheep too foolish to fend for themselves. 

Oh, you say, but how offensive. Precisely! It is meant for you to be shaken by the raw uncut truths uttered by the lips of the God-sent prophet. When God is ready to abruptly awaken His people out of a deep sleep, He does not send those who tread lightly so as to ease you gently into consciousness. 

Rather, He sends one like Moses, rejected 40 years and counting, to the very people who rejected him, as if to say, “Hear him, or hear no one!” Yes, he sends THAT man; that loud, obnoxious, unwavering, rough-around-the-edges ‘John the Baptist’ type, to sound the alarm loud enough to grab not just the attention of your flesh, but more importantly, to awaken your soul. 

So, it is true, dear reader, that we do not get to choose the mouth piece through whom God decides to speak to us. And we had better get used to it! 

Most likely you will not like to hear what he has got to say at first. Most likely, you will even resent his leadership, because he will force you to face your sins, and your need of repentance. Most likely, he will be quicker to convict than to comfort. He does not come to speak words of enticement and entertainment, but words of warning and demands for change. 

He will heighten your awareness to a need for change that you previously didn’t even consider, but are now kept up at night over. If he does not, then he need not be called a prophet at all! 

What kind of preacher is this that we would want? Why, if we had our way, we would not ask for a Moses with a stern focus who would lead us to the Promised Land, but an Aaron who would give us the golden calf of our choice and just let us have it our way.

GOD FORBID! Today, we must learn to appreciate, value, support, listen to, and follow the prophets God sends our way!



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It's only a matter of time...



Today’s Reading: Esther 9-10, Acts 7:1-21

Today’s Reflection: Acts 7:17 But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt,

There are some things we must understand about God’s promises. First, they are sure. 2 Peter 1:19 says, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy…” This word “sure” means to be stable, firm, or trustworthy. In other words, it is set in stone. It is iron-clad. It is unstoppable! It IS going to happen, no matter what! 

God cannot lie. Let that sink into your spirit so deeply that you never doubt God’s Word again, because God’s Word is backed by God’s impeccable, superior, faultless character. We often use the phrase, “You can take it to the bank!” This means God doesn’t write bad checks. They are redeemable by Heaven’s currency at Heaven’s bank, which is always open, and whose currency never deteriorates in value, and whose operation will never go bankrupt! 

God doesn’t pass out “fiat” money. In other words, He doesn’t put out more promises than He can keep. He doesn’t print more paper money than is backed by gold. If there were a “run” on God’s bank, He would not have to shut down and declare a banking holiday just because there wasn’t enough, if everybody made their withdrawals all at once. 

In fact, His promises are so sure, that ALL His people can come to Him constantly, day and night, and we’d never drain His resources. His promises are “as good as gold”, so to speak. No counterfeits with Him. No trickery, no inflation, no thieves, no nothing can either break in or steal His vast wealth and put His supply in jeopardy. TRUST HIM, I SAY!! 

Now, that’s the first thing we need to know about God’s promises. And since that is now well established, the second thing we need to know is that it is only just a matter of time before they occur. In fact, God’s promises are stamped with a maturity date on them. 

Much like if you were to purchase a municipal bond of some sort, it would have a future date upon it with a face value, meaning that upon that date, the bond would be then worth what the face value says it is worth, and can be cashed in at that time. 

Even so, God declares to you YOUR future value even before your maturity date; you need only believe Him, trust Him, obey Him, and follow Him until “the time of the promise” arrives. Amen & Amen!


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Prayers that keep KINGS up at night!



Today’s Reading: Esther 6-8, Acts 6

Today’s Reflection: Esther 6:1 On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.

When God’s favor is upon you, He will move even the heart of kings on your behalf, if need be! For this king, to him it may have been just another sleepless night, but little did he know how providential his sleeplessness would prove to be. 

You see, God had heard the cries of His people who were fasting and praying during this time for deliverance from pending destruction. Through the sly hand of Haman, this king had already given his seal of approval for the annihilation of the Jews within his kingdom’s entire domain. 

However, before they could even follow through with the plan, God had already made other plans in response to the prayers of His people. 

So, as providence would have it, it was this sleepless night in which the king read of the records of the chronicles, which would shed light on an incident where Mordecai saved his life, and where he in turn began a plan to show Mordecai honor for having done so. 

Fast forward and next thing you know, one thing leads to another, and now the enemy of the Jews, Haman, is being hung on his own gallows and the king is issuing a new order for the Jews to strengthen their hands for self-defense to save their people from wicked Haman’s plot to destroy them. 

And who knew all of this would come out of one king’s sleepless night? This proves that God will stop at nothing in His goodness and power to respond to the desperate cries of His people for help. 

God will make your business, a king’s business, if that’s what it takes. There is nothing going on in the world any more important than God’s dealings and business with His people. Not even the kings of the earth have agendas any more important than God’s people. 

Your prayers are THAT important to God! Are you His child? Have you placed your faith in Christ His son? If so, then you should already know that God knows no limits to pouring out His love and favor upon you in your time of need. 

If He gave us His Son, then what else would He withhold? Absolutely nothing (see Romans 8:32)! So if you feel like your prayers are unimportant to God, think again! Who knows but what God isn’t keeping kings up at night to arrange your deliverance!


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A Jailbreak Gospel...



Today’s Reading: Esther 3-5, Acts 5:22-42

Today’s Reflection: Acts 5:25 Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.

Get this; the men who put the apostles in prison for preaching Jesus still couldn’t keep up with their whereabouts! They had to be surprisingly informed that the apostles were no longer in the place they last had them bound. 

So it is with the enemies of the Gospel. Try as they may, they just can’t keep God’s messengers pinned down for any length of time. Why, even when Paul the Apostle was bound for much longer periods of time, some of his greatest works were not bound! He wrote over half of the New Testament, much of which was written while he was in prison. 

My point is this; God’s Word will never be bound by men. If God has a word for you to preach, and you are not as yet in that place, He WILL make a way. 

Some even reading this now may feel bound down by circumstances beyond your control. You feel as if your ministry is limited at best, and that should your prevailing circumstances which hold you back be removed, you would reach far more people with the Gospel of Christ. 

If this is you, be not worried. When the time is right, God knows how to make a jail break on your behalf in order to get you past the security guards of your enemy’s gates of iron. Until then, be just as faithful as you can possibly be. 

Maintain your composure as a messenger sent by God, and God will use you even where you are at. No matter how difficult the situation, God will make a way! His message inside of you has a delivery address on it, and no hindrances of men or angels shall keep it from reaching its final destination. 

One day, sooner or later, the word will be brought to your enemy that you are no longer held captive to their powerless jail cell. One day, the enemy will find you in exactly the place where he was attempting to keep you from arriving. 

He knows that if you ever make it there, then he’s in trouble. He knows that the more God’s Word is published, the less ground he will get to keep. He knows that you are dangerous to him when you are free to preach the Gospel of The Lord Jesus Christ. That is why he is fighting you SO hard right now to keep you from reaching your destination. To that I simply say, preach on dear reader, preach on, and you will arrive!


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The King is calling your name!



Today’s Reading: Esther 1-2, Acts 5:1-21

Today’s Reflection: Esther 2:14b …she came in unto the king no more, except the king delighted in her, and that she were called by name.

Oh, to have audience with the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords! Even as this earthly king in our text did not allow others to approach him who had not been called by name, one might wonder what strict protocol God our Creator, King of the Universe, might have before others can approach His throne! 

And here is the truth of the matter, dear reader; you can hear Him calling YOUR name before His presence even now! You might say, “But I don’t hear my name being called!” Ah, but you must. Hear it for yourself, as you read Rev. 22:17 out loud to yourself even now: “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” 

Can you hear it now? Not yet convinced? Then let us consider another in Heb. 4:16, which says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” 

You see, all who will come to God the Father through Christ the Son, are not only granted access upon request, but actually called, in essence, by name, into His Kingly presence! Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” 

That said, if you will trust Christ as Savior and Lord, then you have a personal “whosoever will” invitation to come before the Father to find grace to help in time of need. Dear friend, He knows you by name; the only question now is, do you know Him? 

The Word also says in Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” This promise is so sure, that you can plug your name into the spot where “whosoever” is, and it will be just as personal as God intended for it to be! 

Do you hear the King calling you to Himself through Christ today? If so, do not turn Him away! It is not often that men are beckoned by name before kings, but this is not just any ordinary king! 

Jesus said in Rev. 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Now we see Him not only call us to Himself, but bringing Himself to us! Can you hear your name now?


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Is Praise and Worship really supposed to be a "Private" matter as some suggest?



Today’s Reading: Nehemiah 12-13, Acts 4:23-37

Today’s Reflection: Nehemiah 12:43 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.


“…the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.” Is there true JOY in your camp? If not, WHY not? For Jerusalem, this was a time of celebration, as the walls of the city were rebuilt! And why wouldn’t they rejoice? That which was previously destroyed, which both defined and defended Jerusalem’s boundaries and culture, was finally restored. 


Sacrifices were once again being reinstated, and worship was once again set in order. It was indeed a time of celebration. And would you look with me at how GOD made them to rejoice with GREAT joy? 

Dear reader, when the people of God live in obedience to God’s Word, there is victory in the camp, and with that victory comes rejoicing and gladness like none other! It would go then without saying that a people who have no joy and gladness are a people who have no victory because they are not living in true obedience to God’s Word. 

Could it be that the reason many (if not most) churches today do not have God-inspired joy resulting in loud rejoicing and gladness is because we’ve lost the victory due to unconfessed and unrepented sin in the camp? 

Oh, I know that some will dare say that worship should be somber and quiet, but that’s not the kind of worship we see in our text; and again I remind you that this worship was inspired by God Himself! 

No, God’s people should not resort to quiet worship when He has made such an open fuss about us! Did not Christ openly shed His blood for thee? As such, did He not openly let the whole world see His love for you as He hang there on Calvary’s cross? 

Would it be too much for Him to ask us to also openly confess Him before men? Would it be too much for Him to expect us to express outwardly and openly what we have devoted to Him personally and inwardly? Indeed, this is but a REASONABLE service! The Bible even says to let the redeemed of The Lord SAY SO! 

I believe this; when we worship Him in spirit AND in truth, that worship will be so public and outward and unashamed that it will be heard afar off…MAYBE even OUTSIDE the church house…ya think? PRAISE God with me today!


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