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1 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Listen to Today's Devotion How many disasters have been averted because one person refused to buckle under the strain? It’s this kind of composure Paul is summoning when he says: “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything” (Philippians 4:5-6 NIV). The Greek word translated here as “gentleness” describes a temperament that’s seasoned and mature. It envisions an attitude fitting to the occasion, levelheaded and tempered. This gentleness is “evident to all.” Family members take note. Your friends sense a difference. Coworkers benefit from it. The gentle person is sober minded and clear thinking. The contagiously calm person is the one who reminds others God is in control. Pursue this gentleness. The Lord is near. You are not alone. You may feel alone, you may think you’re alone, but there is never a moment in which you face life without help. God is near—be anxious for nothing! Read more Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.
1 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
The Providence of God
Listen to Today's Devotion Some time ago I made a special visit to the American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem. I wanted to see the handwritten lyrics that hang on the wall, framed and visible for all to see. Horatio Spafford wrote them, never imagining they would become the words to one of the world’s best-loved hymns. On December 2, 1873, he received a telegram from his wife that began, “Saved alone. What shall I do?” The ship she was on had collided with another ship and had sunk. Their four daughters drowned and Anna survived. While sailing on the ship to bring her home, Spafford wrote the lyrics to a song that would become an anthem to the providence of God. “Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say…It is Well with My Soul!” Read more Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.
1 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
God Weaves a Beautiful Pattern
Listen to Today's Devotion In the famous lace shops of Brussels, Belgium, certain rooms are dedicated to the spinning of the finest lace, with the most delicate of patterns. These rooms are completely dark, except for a shaft of natural light from a solitary window. Only one spinner sits in the room. The light falls on the pattern while the worker remains in the dark. Has God permitted a time of darkness in your world? You look but you cannot see him. You see only the fabric of circumstances woven and interlaced. You might question the purpose behind this thread or that. But be assured, God has a pattern. He has a plan. The Bible in Romans 8:28 says, “In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” He is not finished. But when he is, the lace will be beautiful! Read more Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.
1 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
The Most High’s Purpose
Listen to Today's Devotion No moment, event, or detail falls outside of God’s supervision. God is the one who “causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:45 NIV). He isn’t making up this plan as he goes along. Daniel 5:21 says, “The most High God rules the kingdom of men, and sets over it whom he will.” So if God is in charge, why does he permit challenges to come our way? Wouldn’t an almighty God prevent them? Not if they serve his higher purpose. The ultimate example is the death of Christ on the cross. Everyone thought the life of Jesus was over. Jesus was dead and buried, but God raised him from the dead. God took the crucifixion of Friday and turned it into the celebration of Sunday. Can he not do a similar reversal for you? Read more Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.
1 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
God Is Still Sovereign
Listen to Today's Devotion Paul urges us to “rejoice in the Lord always!” (Philippians 4:4). Not just on paydays, good days, or birthdays. But rejoice in the Lord always. Rejoice in the Lord always? Yeah, right mumbles the person from the hospital bed. How? sighs the unemployed dad. Always? questions the mother of the baby born with a disability. It’s one thing to rejoice in the Lord when life is good, but when the odds are against you? It’s not easy. But it is possible. Lay claim to the promise of God in Colossians 1:17, “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Rejoice in the sovereignty of God. His throne is still occupied. His will is still perfect. Rejoice in the Lord—always! God uses everything to accomplish his will. Read more Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.
1 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Your Father Will Catch You
Listen to Today's Devotion In one of Henri Nouwen’s books, he tells about the lesson of trust he learned from a great trapeze artist. The acrobat said, “The flyer does nothing and the catcher does everything. I have simply to reach out my arms and hands and wait for him to catch me and pull me safely over the apron.” The flyer must trust, with outstretched arms, that his catcher will be there for him. In the great trapeze act of salvation, God is the catcher, and we are the flyers. We trust. Period. We rely solely upon God’s ability to catch us. As we do trust him, a wonderful thing happens: we fly! Your Father has never dropped anyone. He will not drop you. His grip is sturdy, and his hands are open. Place yourself entirely in his care. As you do, you will find it is possible—yes, possible—to be anxious for nothing. Read more Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.
1 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
What Lies Ahead
Listen to Today's Devotion There’s a reason the windshield is bigger than the rearview mirror. Your future matters more than your past! God’s grace is greater than your sin. You thought the problem was your calendar, your marriage, your job. In reality, it’s this unresolved guilt. Don’t indulge it. Don’t drown in the bilge of your own condemnation. What you did was not good. But your God is good, and he will forgive you. He is ready to write a new chapter in your life. Say with Paul, “Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us” (Philippians 3:13-14 TLB). Your salvation has nothing to do with your work and everything to do with the finished work of Christ on the cross. Rejoice in the Lord’s mercy. Read more Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.
1 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Let Jesus Take Your Sins
Listen to Today's Devotion Denalyn and I had enjoyed a nice dinner at a local restaurant. As we received our bill, a church member spotted us and came over. After we chatted a few moments, he took our bill. “I’ll take this,” he said. Guess what? I let him do what he wanted to do. I let him take it away. Someday we will stand before God. All of us will be present. All of us will have to give an account for our lives. Every thought, every deed, every action. Were it not for the grace of Christ, I would find this to be a very terrifying thought. Yet, according to Scripture, Jesus came to “take away the sins of the world” (John 1:29). On that day, I will point to Christ. When my list of sins is produced, I will gesture toward him and say, “He took it.” Let him take yours. Read more Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.
1 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Grace Calms the Soul
Listen to Today's Devotion I can bear witness to the power of God’s grace. I could take you to the church, to the section of seats in the church. I might be able to find the very seat in which I was sitting when this grace found me. I was a twenty-year-old college sophomore, living with a concrete block of guilt that had made a mess out of my life. But then I heard a preacher describe the divine grace that is greater than sin. At the end of the message he asked if anyone would like to come forward and receive this grace. Iron chains couldn’t have held me back. Truth be told, chains had held me back, but mercy snapped the guilt chains and set me free. I know this truth firsthand: guilt frenzies the soul; grace calms it. The benefit of being a great sinner is dependence upon a great grace! Read more Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.
1 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
The Fertile Soil of Grace
Listen to Today's Devotion What kind of person does unresolved guilt create? An anxious one, forever hiding, running, denying, pretending. As one man admitted, “I was always living a lie for fear someone might see me for who I really was and think less of me. I hid behind my super spirituality but this lie was exhausting and anxiety producing.” Unresolved guilt will turn you into a miserable, weary, angry, fretful mess. In a psalm David wrote after his affair with Bathsheba, the king said: “When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat” (Psalm 32:3-4 NLT). As Paul told Titus, God’s grace is the fertile soil out of which courage sprouts! “God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation is available for everyone!” (Titus 2:11-14 MSG) Read more Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.
1 minutes | Sep 20, 2020
In the Midst of Life’s Messes
Listen to Today's Devotion When life grows dark and stormy, does God notice? The answer, in the life-giving miracles of the gospel of John, is a resounding “yes.” Do you believe in a Jesus who has not only power, but a passionate love for the weak and wounded of the world? Do you think he cares enough to find you in the lonely waiting rooms, the rehab centers, and the convalescent homes of life? You and I long for someone who will meet us in the midst of life’s messes. If this is your desire, take a good look at the words of John and the miracles of Christ and see if they don’t achieve their desired goal: “That you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31). Remember, friends, you are never alone. Read more You Are Never Alone For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.
1 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
Listen to Today's Devotion My book, You Are Never Alone, is a child of the quarantine. I completed it during the days of the coronavirus. Covid-19 was unknown to most, but that’s all changed. This crisis exacerbated an already rampant epidemic of isolation and depression. One study found that loneliness is as dangerous to one’s health as smoking fifteen cigarettes a day. It can lead to dementia or Alzheimer’s, heart disease, a weakened immune system, and a shorter life span. Administrators of one of the largest hospitals in America cite loneliness as a major reason for overcrowded emergency rooms. Patients want to know that someone cares. Don’t we all? The apostle John wanted us to know that Someone cares. He wanted us to believe, to set our weight fully upon the strength of his loving God. Remember friends, you are never alone. Read more You Are Never Alone For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.
1 minutes | Sep 16, 2020
God’s Got This
Listen to Today's Devotion John recorded a montage of miracles that proclaimed, “God’s got this.” Think it’s up to you and you ain’t much? Hogwash! You’re stronger than you think because God is nearer than you know. Jesus touched wounds. He spoke words of hope. Blessings were bestowed. There was a message in his miracles: “I am here, and I care.” Had Jesus wanted just to make a case for his divinity, he could have materialized a flock of birds out of thin air or caused trees to uproot and float away. He could have turned creeks into waterfalls or rocks into bumblebees. Such deeds would have demonstrated his power. But he wanted us to see more. Jesus wanted to show us that there is a miracle-working God who loves, who cares, and who comes to our aid. Do we not need this message today? Call out to him, won’t you? Remember, friends, you are never alone. Read more You Are Never Alone For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.
1 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
John’s Chosen Miracles
Listen to Today's Devotion John, likely knowing his days are coming to an end, takes on one final task. Mark’s gospel is in circulation, Matthew and Luke have compiled their accounts of the life of Christ, and John wants to do the same. Yet his gospel will be different. He seeks to tell stories they didn’t and to add details to stories they told. He selects a cross section of signs. John’s chosen miracles run the gamut from a wedding oversight to a violent execution, from abandoned hopes to buried friends. We watch a paralytic stand up and a blind man look up. And all these events stand together as one voice, calling on you to lift your eyes and open your heart to the possibility — indeed, the reality — that the greatest force in the universe is the One who means you well and brings you hope. Remember, friends, you are never alone. Read more You Are Never Alone For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.
1 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
Decide to Believe
Listen to Today's Devotion Belief happens when we place our confidence in God. It is a decision to lean entirely upon the strength of a living and loving Savior. And to the extent that we do, we will have “life in His name.” This is the purpose of the miracles. John the Apostle recounted signs in this promise: that you and I are never, ever alone. Was this not one of the final promises of Christ? Before he ascended to heaven, he assured his friends, “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20 ESV). Those words must have meant everything to John. Can you picture the aged apostle as he tells about the day some six decades earlier and a thousand miles removed when Jesus invited him to lay down the fishing net and follow him. John did. You can too. Remember, friend, you are never alone. Read more You Are Never Alone For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.
1 minutes | Sep 13, 2020
You Aren’t Alone
Listen to Today's Devotion Are you convinced that no one cares, that no one can help you, hear you, or heed your call? If you know the feeling, you aren’t alone. I don’t mean you aren’t alone in knowing the feeling. I mean you aren’t alone, my friend. That raw, dark sense of isolation and powerlessness? It’s not here to stay. If you think it’s up to you and you ain’t much, John the apostle has some stories for you to ponder. He interwove a tapestry of miracles that were “written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31). That’s God’s goal for you: life! Life-giving belief. Abundant, robust, and resilient faith. We find strength beyond our strength. We see solutions beyond our wisdom. Remember, friends, you are never alone. Read more You Are Never Alone For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.
1 minutes | Sep 10, 2020
You Have Nothing to Prove
Listen to Today's Devotion Satan and the Son of God stood on the southeastern wall of the temple, more than a hundred feet above the Kidron Valley, and Satan told Jesus to jump into the arms of God. Jesus refused, not because God wouldn’t catch him. He refused because he didn’t have anything to prove to anyone, much less the Devil. Neither do you. In church, of all places, Satan will do with you what he did with Jesus. He will urge you to do tricks…to impress others with your service, make a show of your faith, or call attention to your good deeds. Satan loves to turn church assemblies into Las Vegas presentations where people show off their abilities rather than boast in God’s. Don’t be suckered! You don’t have anything to prove. Read more God is With You Every Day For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.
1 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
The Wise Builder
Listen to Today's Devotion Obedience leads to blessing. Disobedience leads to trouble! Remember Jesus’ parable about the two builders who each built a house? One built on cheap, easy-to-access-sand. The other built on costly, difficult-to-reach rock. The second construction project demanded more time and expense, but when the spring rains turned the creek into a gulley washer…guess which builder enjoyed a blessing and which experienced trouble? According to Jesus, the wise builder is “whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them” (Matthew 7:24). The difference between the two was not knowledge and ignorance but obedience and disobedience. Security comes as we put God’s precepts into practice. We’re only as strong as our obedience. Read more God is With You Every Day For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.
1 minutes | Sep 8, 2020
Risk Believing in God
Listen to Today's Devotion When forced to stand at the crossroads of belief and unbelief, God’s people choose belief! God’s people risk believing! Nowhere is this better exemplified than in Joshua’s story. You could argue that the central message of the book of Joshua is this headline: “God keeps his promises. Trust him.” Three times Joshua declares God did what he said he would do! 1) “The LORD gave all He had sworn to give.” 2) “The LORD gave rest according to all He had sworn to their fathers.” 3) “Not a word failed of any good thing which the LORD had spoken. All came to pass” (Joshua 21:43-45). Learn from Joshua. Take a risk. Believe in God. He will do what he has said he will do. Read more God is With You Every Day For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.
1 minutes | Sep 7, 2020
You Are More
Listen to Today's Devotion You are so much more than a few days between the womb and the tomb. Paul the Apostle says, “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone” (Ephesians 1:11-12 MSG). Above and around us God directs a grander saga, written by his hand, orchestrated by his will, and unveiled according to his calendar. Your life emerges from the greatest mind, the kindest heart in the history of the universe! The mind and heart of God! You are God’s idea. And remember, God doesn’t have any bad ideas. Read more God is With You Every Day For more inspirational messages please visit Max Lucado.
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