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Monday, June 6, 2011


 Abraham didn’t stagger in his faith. Rather, he was “fully persuaded that, what (God) had promised, he was able to perform” (Romans 4:21). He recognized that God is able to work with nothing. Indeed, our Lord creates out of a void. Consider the Genesis account: out of nothing, God created the world. With just a single word, he creates. And he can create miracles for us, out of nothing.

When all else fails—when your every plan and scheme has been exhausted—that is the time for you to cast everything on God. It is time for you to give up all confidence in finding deliverance anywhere else. Then, once you are ready to believe, you are to see God not as a potter who needs clay, but as a Creator who works from nothing. And, out of nothing that is of this world or its materials, God will work in ways and means you could never have conceived.

How serious is the Lord about our believing him in the face of impossibilities? We find the answer to this question in the story of Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist. Zacharias was visited by an angel who told him that his wife, Elisabeth, would give birth to a special child. But Zacharias—who was advanced in years, like Abraham—refused to believe it. God’s promise alone was not enough for him.

Zacharias answered the angel, “Whereby (how) shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years” (Luke 1:18). Simply put, Zacharias considered the impossibilities. He was saying, “This isn’t possible. You’ve got to prove to me how it will happen.” It didn’t sound reasonable.

Zacharias’ doubts displeased the Lord. The angel told him, “Behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season” (1:20).

The message is clear: God expects us to believe him when he speaks. Likewise, Peter writes: “Let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:19, my italics).



Sometimes you have to shoot from the hip; othertimes you speak slowly & from the heart; manytimes, I hope, you think about what to say before you say it. The person who authored, “What Are Your Credentials,” has made a powerful and candid point. This post is well worth pondering.

What Are Your Credentials? I’ve been asking myself lately, what possible reason should someone listen to me in regards to their eternal souls. What credentials do I lend that might qualify me to speak into a person’s spiritual life in the name  of an almighty God? I have many friends who are doctors and masters in their various fields. Their education and titles give them varying degrees of credibility and authority to officially have something to say on pretty much every … Read More

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“And Peter . . . walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid.”


I’m sitting at my desk, waiting for the coffee to stop brewing, pondering these verses. I’m waiting for some sort of light to go on in my head and a voice to speak in my ear.  





Mornings are best. Coffee is nice. The house is quiet. I’ve finished reading Oswald Chamber’s meditation for today. Friday, June 18, 2010. It is 5:41 AM and I think I’ll pour myself a cup of Folgers – Classic Roast.  


5:44 AM Back with a cup. Actually, like in many motel and hotels, presumable, my tiny Mr. Coffee is sitting on the wash basin in the bathroom. For convenience sake, of course. But, I’m digressing.   


Is digressing demonic? I have to blame someone. Maybe it’s just the way my idiosyncratic mind works.    


So, Peter walked on the water when he recognized Him. How do I do that today? Recognize my Savior? Or maybe I should recognize Him as Friend first. Then, when fear overcomes me He can save me. Isn’t that what typically happens?     

We see Jesus so we go to Him. Not, apparently aware of the circumstances, we go. Isn’t there something magnetic about Jesus, God with us? Isn’t that why we go to Him? He is attractive. We’re naturally drawn to that kind of man. But, the Son of God must have a greater degree of magnetism. Call it what you’d like? When we recognize Jesus Christ, we’re attracted to Him. Isn’t that what happened time and time again as He walked the roads of the Holy Land?     

So Peter recognized Jesus, but something happened. What happened? A distraction. Think of it, as I’m sure many of you have. This is a memorable story. Peter was in the realm of the miraculous, the supernatural; he was waking on water. Peter apparently disregarded gravity. And then, he was distracted by his surroundings. Isn’t that how things go?     

We’re focused on the Lord and then we hear something so we get up to se what it is. Just the cat. We think we see something in the dark before dawn. But, no, it was only a ghost. That happens a lot in my house. Or we sniff something. The coffee pot left on too long with too little coffee in it. You probably know that odor. Or, maybe you forgot to flush the commode and left the lid up. You have a wife; she needs the lid down.     

And that’s how it goes. The world thunders in and Jesus is left with an empty coffee cup. He quietly leaves your space to chat with another distracted person. Did you grieve Him?     

Note: I realize the story in Matthew went in another direction, perhaps, I’ll pick that thread up in the next blog post. Nevertheless, I wish you a Godsend of a day; we know every day is a Godsend. He is here with us as we blog and Facebook and network and Twitter and, etc. I hope you’ve invited Him to hang with you.