Daily Devotional

January 25, 2020

WHAT’S YOUR FAITH CHALLENGE?

The prophet Elijah was on the run. He had just delivered God’s message to the evil King Ahab about sending a severe drought in response to the King turning his back on God. Needless to say, Elijah was not...

“So Elijah said to her, ‘Do not fear; go, do as you have said, but make me a little bread cake from it first and bring it out to me, and afterward you may make one for yourself and for your son. For thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘The bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain on the face of the earth.'” – I Kings 17: 13-14

Daily Devotional

January 24, 2020

GOD’S CHARACTER NEVER CHANGES

In the ancient times, Nineveh was one of the most powerful cities. Known for violence and wickedness, the people of Nineveh were the worst of the worst. Even the prophet Jonah preferred to go just about anywhere else.  Eventually,...

(Jonah) prayed to the Lord, ‘Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.'”  – Jonah 4:2

Daily Devotional

January 23, 2020

WHEN THE MIRACLE MAN STRUGGLES

The prophet Elijah was the “miracle man.” When he prayed for the rain to stop, it did – for 3.5 years. When he prayed for a single mom’s dead son, the boy was brought back to life. And when...

“And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.  But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.” – I Kings 19: 3-4

 

Connect with us through our daily devotional

Follow RFTH on Instagram

@rightfromtheheartministries
The prophet Elijah’s life tells a powerful story. It’s full of boldness, faith and miraculously answered prayers.  Still, Elijah struggled with fear, depression and self-pity – things familiar to many today. Check out full story in 1 Kings 17&18.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
For those of us struggling in these same areas, what can we learn from the life of Elijah?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1) Fear comes when we lose sight of God. Elijah became fearful when he shifted his focus from God to Queen Jezebel’s threats. The same is true for us.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- LIFE LESSON: When we focus more on the problem than on God, fear replaces faith.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2) Life is full of ups and downs. Sometimes life’s “blues” settle-in after a spiritual high or some great life excitement. In Elijah’s case, these feelings crept in after God’s miraculous answer to prayer in his showdown against false prophets that ended a 3.5-year drought. In spite of all Elijah witnessed, he was completely exhausted: emotionally, physically, and spiritually.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- LIFE LESSON: Don’t let yourself be caught off guard by these normal ups and downs of life.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3) Unresolved anger leads to self-pity and depression. In verse 14, Elijah let out some brutally honest complaints to God. He let his self-righteousness and self-pity take control of his life.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- LIFE LESSON: Unresolved anger can lead to deep depression if we aren’t careful.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
4) Hope lost is deadly. When Elijah lost hope, he began to hope for death. It’s no secret that suicidal thoughts can accompany severe depression. Losing the will to live has been a struggle battled by some of the greatest men of faith: Moses when leading the Israelites out of Egypt, Job after losing literally everything, and the prophet Jeremiah when preaching to an uninterested people – just to name a few.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If youPaul normally closed his letters by saying, "Grace be with you." Now itMost people are interested in the future. Whether it’s wishing we could see five years down the road to determine which career path to take or to see if our relationship survives this tough season, we all would like to prepare for what the future holds. The disciples were no different. In fact, they asked Jesus to provide a little insight into what to expect regarding His second coming and the end times. So, Jesus shared some signs to keep in mind.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The first sign will be an increase in false prophets and teachers. Now, false prophets and teachers are not new. In 135 AD, Shimon Bar-Kokhba was believed by many to be the Messiah when he led a Jewish revolt against Rome. He was defeated and killed. He wasn’t the first false teacher nor will he be the last. These false ‘christs’ will only increase in number as we move closer to the End Times. He also spoke of an increase in wars, rumors of wars, and natural disasters.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The Bible is absolutely clear that today, we are living in the End Times. In fact, the beginning of the end began way back when Jesus rose from the dead and the disciples were supernaturally empowered by the Holy Spirit. Ever since, each passing day brings us closer to the end. Jesus describes these signs as “birth pangs,” increasing in intensity as we move closer to the end.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Is there any good news in all this doom and gloom? Absolutely! Even as the world falls further into chaos, we can be sure that nothing surprises Jesus. God remains in control today, tomorrow – even until the end of days.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
––“As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately. ‘Tell us,’ they said, ‘when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and the end of the age?’ Jesus answered: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.’”’ – Matthew 24: 3-5 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#rfthministries #dailydevotion #bible #bibleverse #faith #christian #jesuschrist #christianposts #hopeIsnWorship is the number one ministry priority of our church. Why? Because spirit-filled, Christ centered worship transforms lives. When Christ is lifted up, when the Holy Spirit is part of the service – through the preaching and teaching of God’s Word, lives are changed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Worship is a time when we proclaim the good news of Christ – who He is, what He did for us on the cross, and how He rose from the dead. We proclaim through worship that Christ reigns in Heaven today and will return again.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This is why worship is so important. It gives us time as a body of believers to come together and to be unified around the person of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. But that’s not all – worship expresses the hope we have in knowing that one day Christ will return. Do you realize how extraordinary that day will be?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
No matter what’s going on in your life, whether you’re struggling through a difficult season or whether life is pretty good at the moment, worship is an opportunity to come together as a body of believers in unity and in hope – one mind, one love and one purpose.  It’s about enjoying and experiencing the fellowship that Christ gives us in the Spirit. For the follower of Christ, there’s no better way to become more Christ-like than by being in Spirit-filled, Christ-centered worship.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So why do you worship? If you’ve simply been going through the motions when it comes to worship, ask God for a change of heart. Ask Him to remind you of the holiness and majesty of the One we worship – Jesus, at who’s name every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
––– “Therefore God exalted (Jesus) to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2: 9-11 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#rfthministries #dailydevotion #dailydevotional #bible #bibleverse  #christian #jesuschrist #christianpostsHave you ever felt ashamed?  That’s kind of a dumb question to ask because shame is a feeling that all of us are familiar with in some way.  Think back to that time when you said or did something you know you never should have said or done.  Suddenly, youWhen it comes to trusting God, we all have a choice. God’s ultimate heart for each and every person is to embrace His love and forgiveness. That was the entire purpose behind Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection three days later. No matter what we have done or what regrets we carry, when we repent from our sins and cry out for God’s love and forgiveness – we receive it.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
That’s what happened when the people of Nineveh turned from their sins and cried out for God’s mercy; the most wicked city at the time was radically redeemed. It’s a story of hope that reflects God’s heart for each and every person. No matter your past, no matter the regrets and shame you carry – God can forgive you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In fact, God is eager to overwhelm you with His grace and mercy if only you’ll acknowledge that you’ve messed up. 1st John chapter 1 says that if we confess our sins and recognize our need for Jesus, then we will experience God’s complete purifying forgiveness (My Paraphrase).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
No-one is too far from God to be redeemed and forgiven.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hey - if the Ninevites could be forgiven, so can that estranged family member, that ex-spouse, or even our nation. All it takes is coming to God with repentant faith and saying, “God, forgive me. I’ve tried doing life my own way, but now I want to walk with you.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If God can forgive Nineveh, then He can forgive an ISIS terrorist, a hardened atheist, or simply the person who believes in God, but has been living life their own way. Most of all, God can even forgive YOU and me! It’s never too late; you’re never too far gone. Claim God’s love and forgiveness today! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#rfthministries #dailydevo #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #quiettime #quiettimewithgod #godtime #bible #bibleverse #biblestories #biblescripture #faith #toofargone #christian #christianlife #christianliving #jesuschrist #godisbigger #godcan #godsplan #letgoandletgod #bibleverseoftheday#scriptureoftheday #dailyword #christianposts #biblequoteThe religious leaders caught a woman in the very act of adultery and brought her before Jesus to see what He would say. She was just a pawn in their desire to discredit Jesus, but it was His response that left them speechless. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Notice the order of Christ“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” – Jeremiah 33:3⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
____________________________________________________Luke chapter 9 details a story of Jesus healing a little boy who was being tormented by a demon. The disciples had tried and failed to heal him, so you can probably imagine the desperation of the boy’s father. What follows is a powerful exchange between the father and Jesus: “All things are possible to him who believes,” Jesus says to this father. “I DO believe. Help my unbelief,” the father responds (Mark 9: 23-24, emphasis added).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I love this passage. I love the raw, vulnerability seen in the father’s expression of faith.  So what’s happening here? Jesus is telling us that to be a follower of God is to recognize that ALL THINGS are possible for those who believe, for those who have faith. Does that mean that God answers every single prayer in the exact way that we imagined? No. Because He’s a loving Father, He’s not always going to give us exactly what we want. Does that mean that a person will be healed IF we have enough faith? No, because that’s not how God works in His ultimate sovereign plan. And yet, Jesus says that ALL THINGS are possible for those who believe.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The father in this story showed up because he believed in the power of Jesus, and yet he wasn’t completely sure that anything would happen. The problem was so big. It was so overwhelming and his honesty in that moment with Jesus was so real. As Jesus said, God is always powerful and yet it’s prayer, it’s faith that activates God’s mighty power.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So does God still heal and perform miracles? Does He answer prayers? Absolutely! And while our faith might waver between confidence and uncertainty, we can confidently go before God and pour out our hopes, fears, and disappointments. And when we face seasons of doubt, continue to show up and ask God to help our unbelief. #rfthministries #dailydevotional #bibleverse #faith #christian #jesuschristThe most important prayer we will ever pray is the prayer of salvation. It’s the prayer every follower of Jesus must pray. It’s recognizing our limitations, our flaws and our sins and choosing to believe that Christ paid it all on the cross. It’s believing that Jesus rose again, rescued us from the guilt of our sins and offered us eternal life with God.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In the story of Jonah, the prophet who ran from God’s calling, we see Jonah cry out to God as he’s tossed into the sea and sinking to his death. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Yet even at his lowest point, God heard him and responded. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Now, being swallowed by a huge fish probably wasn’t the ‘saving’ that Jonah had it mind, but it allowed him three days to think, reflect, and ultimately decide to stop running from God and start running with God.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Can you image all the thoughts going through Jonah’s head? Reflecting on his life and the choices that led him to that place, Jonah had a change of heart.  From the belly of that great fish – Jonah’s rock bottom moment – Jonah prayed. Jonah thanked God for saving him and decided to stop running. As he asked God for forgiveness, he began to run back towards God.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Are you running from God? Maybe like Jonah, you need to step back and reevaluate the decisions that led to where you are today. Maybe you need to pray a prayer of redirection and ask God to refocus your life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Maybe it’s time to stop running FROM God and start running TOWARDS God. Then, you’ll experience the joy of running WITH God. It makes all the difference in the world.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Daily Scripture Reading:  Jonah 2: 1-2⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #rfthministries #dailydevo #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #quiettime #quiettimewithgod #godtime #bible #bibleverse #biblestories #biblescripture #faith #faithjourney #runner #runwithGod #christian #christianlife #christianliving #jesuschrist #godisbigger #godcan #godsplan #letgoandletgod #bibleverseoftheday#scriptureoftheday #dailyword #christianposts #biblequote #running

Latest Sermons

December 16, 2019

Passing the Baton

VIEW

December 9, 2019

Words from a Senior Pastor to a Younger Pastor

VIEW

November 18, 2019

The Shadow You Cast

VIEW

Mobile App!

apps

Get access to our Daily Devotions and audio/video content via our Mobile App

Our Mobile App is available for both Apple and Android phone operating systems.

 

 

Click here to download the Right From The Heart Mobile App

An Update From Bryant!

 

Many who are part of our Right From The Heart
family may not know that I have been the Senior
Pastor of Johnson Ferry Church in Marietta,
Georgia, for the last 37 years. A few months ago,
I felt the Lord leading me to begin the search
process for my successor, which as I’m sure you
can imagine, wasn’t an easy decision to make!
But, it was clear to me that God was the source
of this change, so the church began the process of
searching for God’s man to follow me in the role
of Senior Pastor. I’m very pleased to say that Clay Smith
has affirmatively answered the call to become the next Sr. Pastor at JFBC.

“So,” you ask, “what happens to Right From The
Heart after you step down from pastoring the
church?” Well, I can assure you of one thing:

I STILL PLAN TO LEAD RIGHT FROM THE HEART!

I’m excited that I will have more time to focus
on our mission to “Reach and disciple people
for Jesus Christ through the use of media.” God
has blessed this ministry in so many ways, and I
know that through your continued prayers, your
financial support, and our dedication to be good
stewards of what God has graciously allowed us
to do, we will be able to reach even more people
with the Good News of Jesus Christ!

In addition, I will be adding new aspects to our
ministry at RFTH in leading Bible study tours to
Israel and Paul’s missionary journeys, as well
as mentoring younger pastors. I humbly ask for
your prayers for all of us at Right From The Heart
as this transition takes place. Thank you and
may God bless each of you!

FROM OUR FOUNDER
Bryant Wright