Daily Devotional

April 20, 2019

JESUS IS RISEN

Christ told the truth when He predicted that He would be killed and He would rise again! He really did! So on this upcoming resurrection Sunday, it will be great joy to proclaim the truth of what Jesus said...

"But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep."

 1 Corinthians 15:20

Daily Devotional

April 19, 2019

TWO VERY DIFFERENT FRIDAYS

Black Friday Every year, Christmas generates over $400 billion of economic activity, with a large percentage of that being spent the day after Thanksgiving, “Black Friday.” The frenzy continues until by the time Christmas gets here, most of us...

(Jesus, speaking in third person provided some further prophecy) "They will flog Him with a whip and kill him, but on the third day, he will rise again."

Luke 18:33

Daily Devotional

April 18, 2019

NO DEATH – ONLY LIFE

When we lose a loved one, we want the whole world to stop and take notice. The world, however, keeps rushing on and darkness can engulf our soul. A Christian man lost his eighteen-year-old son. It was a tragic...

"And the angel...said to the women, 'Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said.'"

Matthew 28:5-6

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Three times Jesus predicted His death ( LUKE 9:21, LUKE 9:43, LUKE 18:31). It shouldn’t have come as a surprise, and yet it did. And so on silent Saturday, reflect on the fear, hopelessness, and heartbreak the disciples must have felt. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” JOHN 1:15⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #rfthministries #victory #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #quiettime #quiettimewithgod #godtime #bible #bibleverse #resurrectionsunday #biblescripture #faith #faithjourney #goodfriday #christian #christianlife #christianliving #jesuschrist #godisbigger #godcan #godsplan #letgoandletgod #easter #eastersunday #happyeaster #dailyword #thecross #jesuslives #jesussavesEaster week often begins on Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter. The following Friday, GOOD FRIDAY, is the day most people believe Jesus was crucified. If you have time, read through Luke chapter 23. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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‘Then the whole assembly rose and led Him off to Pilate. And they began to accuse Him saying, “We have found Him subverting our nation. He ... claims to be Messiah, the King.”’ Luke 23:1-2⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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‘Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.” But they insisted.’ Vs 4-5⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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‘Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again. But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify Him!”’ Vs 20-21⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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‘Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with Him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals - one on the right, the other on the left. Jesus said, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.’ Vs 33-34⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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‘Jesus  Allen our with a loud voice, “Father, into my hands I commit my spirit.” When He had said this, He breathed His last.’ Vs 46⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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‘The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” ...Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb...’ vs 47,52-53⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#rfthministries #dailydevotional #dailyword #instatruth  #easter #happyeaster #hope #thecross #jesuslives #jesussaves #eastersunday #resurrectionsunday #helives #passover #goodfriday #biblequotes #lastsupper #praisehim #familytime #quiettime #christian #faithquotes #faithHow do you handle loneliness? Some try to loose it in a crowd. Others hide it behind the mask of busyness. Still others attempt to drawn it out with distraction: social media, news, TV, Netflix, medication... but what happens when the noise fades? When the bottle is empty?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Jesus was very familiar with loneliness and anxiety. In Mark 14, we find Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane with His disciples. Jesus knew what was coming: betrayal and the cross. Talk about anxiety and stress! His negative emotions were so overwhelming that Jesus went to be alone with God, pouring out His heart to His Heavenly Father and begging for another way. Yet, “not my will, but yours,” He prayed.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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So what can we learn from Jesus about dealing with feelings of loneliness and anxiety? How should we respond?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If you’re struggling with feelings of loneliness, go to God. Turning your life over to Him, you’ll find an acceptance, forgiveness and the courage to move ahead in faith. You’ll discover a comfort in knowing you’re never really alone. Are you ready to confront your loneliness?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Jesus said, “In this world, you will have trouble.” But the good news is, He didn’t stop there. He also said, “Take heart. I have overcome the world.” Yes, troll is a fact of life. But Jesus has given us a means of finding victory — the real victory — even in hard times. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Won’t you allow Him to provide all you need to face the times and the bad? He’s willing and able to provide triumph, even he. Things look the darkest. Put your trust in Jesus Christ and you’ll find the ability, not only your trials, but to be stringer because of them. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In 1 Peter 1:7, God compares our faith to gold. But when mined, it looks nothing like the beautiful, brilliant metal we associate with gold. A refiner must slowly melt the gold, carefully rising the temperature to allow the impurities rot rise to the surface and be removed. The gold is finally ready when the refiner can see his or her reflection in the melting pot. In other words, the only way gold will become more precious is when it’s placed in the fire.
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It’s the same in our lives - often, the impurities of our lives must be exposed to the fire so that the Lord can scoop up the filth that is revealed under “fire”. When it’s all said and done, God can look upon us and see the beauty of His reflection in our lives.
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Let’s not despise the trials we’re facing today - on the contrary - let’s embrace  them. The Lord is using these things to prepare us to do great things for Him. Instead of anger or bitterness when a tough season hits, ask the Lord how you can grow in character and faith. And watch how the Lord blesses you through the fire.
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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #rfthministries #dailydevo #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #quiettime #quiettimewithgod #godtime #bible #bibleverse #biblestories #biblescripture #faith #faithjourney #faithjournaling #perseverance #christian #christianlife #christianliving #jesuschrist #godisbigger #godcan #godsplan #letgoandletgod #instatruth #gold #trialbyfire #toughtimesdontlast #mirrors #lanternsIn 1985, after winning the Master’s tournament, professional golfer Bernhardt Langer felt empty. What was worse — he didn’t know why. He should have been celebrating reaching the pinnacle of success in the golfing world,but something was missing. Maybe you can relate? You’ve spent the early years of your career pursuing success, achievement and accomplishments, but instead of satisfaction you feel empty and disillusioned. What’s the point? Is this all there is?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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King Solomon of ancient Israel had it all: extraordinary success, incredible achievement, unbelievable wealth, yet he too, felt empty. Solomon discovered that a self-focused life is ultimately meaningless. In other words, you can work hard, you can strive to do your best, but in the end, it amounts to nothing of value.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Solomon says the key to finding meaning in life is to fear God. A person who develops a healthy fear of God does so by finally seeing God’s holiness, purity and goodness. It’s about recognizing how far we are from God’s character. It’s finally seeing that we are sinners. Compared to God, we are weak. And it’s in this weakness that we can find true meaning and value. How? Because it’s not about OUR successes and achievements that bring meaning to life, but by looking to give glory to God for any good thing we do.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The best way to do this is to understand that in spite of our shortcomings, God sent His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins and offer us forgiveness and grace. It’s Jesus who meets us in our sin and shame and forgives us. And it’s that realization that leads to a life full of gratitude, purpose and meaning - no matter how great our successes or how devastating our failures. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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When David, a young and inexperienced shepherd boy, stepped up to face Goliath, he encountered more than a few critics. From jealous family members to an uncertain and cowardly King, opposition and doubt came from every direction. How did David respond? He didn’t become angry or defensive. He didn’t argue or justify himself. Instead of getting tangled up in emotion, he focused on God’s call and moved forward in faith. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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There will always be opposition when we take a step of faith or run after a new challenge. But the key to remember is this: Don’t let your critics distract you from God’s call. Don’t let envy and jealousy of others keep you stuck. Simply continue to move forward, remembering that when God puts you before a challenge, that challenge become His. God simply asks you to show up and trust Him - no matter how loudly the critics shout. Move forward in faith and watch in amazement as God helps you overcome “giant” obstacles.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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. #rfthministries #dailydevo #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #quiettime #quiettimewithgod #godtime #bible #bibleverse #biblestories #biblescripture #faith #faithjourney #faithjournaling #myfaithstory #christian #christianlife #christianliving #jesuschrist #godisbigger #godcan #godsplan #letgoandletgod #trustgod #trustissues #instatruth #stepoffaith #findingmycalling #confrontingcriticsWhat’s your driving inspiration or motivation in life? What are you most passionate about? These questions should be asked at all stages of life - but they are incredibly important for the incoming generations. The Millennial generation has definitely gotten a bad rep, often described as either apathetic or self-centered. But I think there’s more to it— it’s a question of purpose.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The question of purpose is one that David answered at a young age. You may have heard the story of David and Goliath: The Israeli army was out matched and taunted by a literal giant of a man. That’s when David, a young, inexperienced shepherd boy, showed up. It didn’t take long before he was so outraged and offended by Goliath’s taunting of the army, that he volunteered to fight. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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What moved David to act in such a way to risk his life? David one the freedom and liberty of his people was a stake. He probably also thought about the impact a loss would have on the people he loved. But there was something more - something greater that moved David from the sidelines to the frontline. The final straw was hearing Goliath taught and shame the One True Living God. The honor and name of God was at stake and that was what moved David to action.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Where are you headed and why? What motivates you to get up in the morning? Is it wealth, career, accomplishment, family? I challenge you to put all that second to pursuing God. Ask Him for direction and purpose. Imagine what the world would look like if the next generation pursued God before all else!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In John 14:1-3, Jesus was alluding to His upcoming death on the cross. More than a little confused, Thomas spoke up: what are you talking about? We don’t even know where you’re going. How can we follow you (my paraphrase)? So Jesus responded with one of the most famous and controversial statements He ever made: “I am the way, and the truth and the truth life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I AM: Jesus declares His divinity in this statement. He always is, was, and will, be.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The controversy is in the exclusivity of Jesus’ statement. Yes, Jesus Is the ONLY way to heaven, but that way is available to EVERYONE. It’s an open invitation no matter your background: from Muslim to Methodist, Agnostic to Baptist, and everyone in between.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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