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Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

(Matthew 11:28-30 NIV)

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Here’s a question. Do you think obedience to God is easy or hard? Hmmm. Obedience may seem hard at first, but in reality, obedience is the easy way. It is difficult to cope with the messes we get into when we don’t obey. The consequences of sin are hard to deal with. Think about the times you have disobeyed or turned your back on God. What were the results? Easy? Hard?


Satan will try and convince you that obedience is much too hard, that it carries too high a price, but he will never tell you the cost of not obeying God. He will never tell you the glory moments you will forfeit by refusing or ignoring God’s invitation

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‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’

(Matthew 3:3b, NIV)

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John the Baptist told God’s people to “prepare the way for the Lord” … to purify their hearts and get ready for Jesus to come, redeem, restore, heal, love, challenge, and change the world. (Matthew 3:3)


I read this and smile because I like preparing things. I like to cook. I love hosting gatherings, planning party details, and preparing for guests. My son recently graduated from high school and I spent countless hours prepping for the celebration we had in his honor. It was wonderful.


When presidents, dignitaries, and heads of state are going to visit a particular town they often send people ahead of them to make sure the area is made ready for their visit. This is a

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Today’s Truth

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

(James 1:3-5, NIV)

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Perseverance is essential in the Christian life. We do not mature without learning to persevere. And we do not learn to persevere without trouble and storms and problems.


Yesterday we talked about two keys to learning perseverance.



We must realize that trouble is normal.
We must remember that God is with us in our storm.
Look for God to use you in your storm.

In the storm? Yep – in the storm. God does not wait until you get through the storm to use you. He will use your while you are in the midst of your trouble if you will allow Him to do so.


Anybody can forecast how they will handle future trouble by naively declaring what they would do if

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Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

(James 1:3-5, NIV)

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All of us have moments when we are overwhelmed by trouble. I remember many of these moments, but one stands out in particular. I was working for a ministry where I was finishing up my time there. I was sad about it. My husband Dan was going through major heart problems and was facing big time surgery. Our daughter was off the reservation, lost somewhere in her world of teenage rebellion. And our normally steady son was having his own crisis, breaking up with a long-term girlfriend and ready to quit playing college football. In short – I was over it! I was regularly turning to God and saying “Really? Really God?”


I know you have been there

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Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

(Ephesians 4:2, NIV)

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We honked. Actually, we didn’t honk, but I really wanted us to. The woman ahead of us was — the slowest – drive through orderer – ever!!!


Add this to the fact that we had hungry kids in the back of the car, and a close call with a police officer who was still behind us, and people in gloves and masks all around…and all this made me nervous. C’mon lady. Move it.


Is she ever going to go? What is wrong with this person?!


My eyes toggled between the rearview mirror and the car ahead, as I tried to identify the issue. I leaned forward looking for an escape. Tension rose in my chest.


When we finally reached the Chick-Fil-A attendant, she immediately

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Today’s Truth

The LORD is near all who call out to him, all who call out to him with integrity. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry for help and saves them.

(Psalm 145:18-19, CSB)

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Does it feel like the Lord is near to you? Do you feel like you can cry out to Him with the deepest longings, secret hopes, and unspoken sorrows buried within your heart?


Does it feel like God is watching you from afar, neglecting to hear your cry for help? Maybe you feel abandoned by God, as your circumstances rest heavily upon your shoulders.


No matter where you find yourself right now, the reality is that there are times in our lives when we question the nearness of God. We will all wonder whether His promises apply to us, particularly when we are in the middle of a trial.


I certainly have had my fair share of hard days, even

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Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

(Romans 12:21 NIV)

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It’s recorded in the book of Genesis that at the dawn of creation God made the heavens and the earth, separated light from darkness, and that everything was good. Then He held the sky away from the water, established day and night, and it was good. Next He spoke the land, seas, sun, moon and stars into existence, and again all good. He went on to fill the earth with fish, birds, and animals, and fashion man in His own image … and it was good, good, good and good. Then He rested – which we ALL know is awesome. Amen? Amen.


Peace covered the earth like a warm blanket.


God had a perfect relationship with all that He created.

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[Jesus said] “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working,”

(John 5:17 NIV)

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Bob told me about a visit to Vietnam where he met with a leader of an underground Christian church. This leader, who had spent a large part of his life in prison for his faith, told Bob many stories of the growth of Christians. Approximately 1 million believers met in hidden huddles all around the country. “What everybody wants is to see God move,” the pastor explained.


And isn’t that the desire of your heart…to see God move in your life and in the lives of those you love? Jesus reminds us, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working” (John 5:17). Always at His work. Always. And yet, do we

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Today’s Truth

God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control.

(2 Timothy 1:7, NCV)

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We all battle fear. Fear constantly tries to elbow faith aside, hoping to derail God’s plan and purpose in our lives. Fear keeps many of us from dreaming God-sized dreams, persuading us to settle for safety and comfort instead of riding the waves of possibilities. When faith yanks our hideous fears out of the darkness and into the light, we can see them for what they really are – powerless.


Faith is a three-letter word.


Faith says “yes” to peace and “no” to fear.


It may be one tiny step or one puny choice.


It may be a whispered prayer or a desperate cry.


But God always honors the choice to walk straight ahead through fear. Fear trains us to anticipate the worst

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Today’s Truth

I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith…

(Philippians 1:25, NIV)

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When I was growing up, ours was on the doorframe between the kitchen and the hall with the red carpet. A vertical trail of penciled dashes and dates that marked the growth of my siblings and I – that eventually got painted over. An archive of ages and heights that proved physical progress was really happening in the Eisaman household.


And boy did I want my growth to show.


Each time my dad lined us up to draw lines just above our highest hairs, I would stretch my spine to the sky. (It’s even possible that I might’ve lifted my heels occasionally. Possible. Just throwing it out there. Don’t judge me. Dad always bumped us back down.)


I loved seeing the

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