Monthly Archives: May 2019

May 31 Preparation by Prayer

Scripture Reading: Psalm 31:1–5

Key Verse: Psalm 31:1

In You, O Lord, I put my trust;

Let me never be ashamed;

Deliver me in Your righteousness.

When you hear the word preparation, what comes to your mind? Do you think about life insurance, studying for a test, or maybe even packing all the necessary equipment before a camping trip? Of course, all of these things are acts of preparation.

When we prepare beforehand, we consider all possible outcomes and make sure that we will have what we need when the time comes. We explore any potential problems and arrive at a solution “just in case.” After all, no one wants to be caught up in an unexpected situation with no idea of what to do.

Yet do we approach our spiritual lives with the same forethought, or do we tend to take more of a haphazard approach? All too often, we overlook “gearing up” before heading into unknown territory. If it makes sense to prepare for a simple camping trip, how much more important it must be to prepare for our very lives!

We make this preparation by spending time with the Lord. Too many people call upon the name of God only in times of stress; however, if you want to be ready for crisis, then you must seek the Lord when there is no problem at all. In these precious moments of prayer and reflection, we have the opportunity to calmly dwell in the Word, focusing on an intimate relationship with our heavenly Father. These are the occasions for girding up our strength and laying a solid foundation in the Word that will provide sure footing later on, when troubles come our way.

Lord, help me to draw aside each day to spend time with You. I want to be prepared for this life and eternity.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 158). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 31 Never Give Up!

Scripture Reading: Revelation 3:20–22

Key Verse: Matthew 16:18

I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

The title of today’s devotion—“Never Give Up!”—brings to mind a stirring memory of the people who fought in World War II. On the brink of destruction, Churchill’s call to arms rallied his troops. The result was a shift in the way England fought the rest of the war.

Setting its focus on one thing—victory—England refused to be dominated by any outside force. It rose from the charred ruins of wartime to become once again a great and mighty nation. Looking back to that defining moment in history brings a sense of pride. Here is a group of people who said, “No, we will not go down in defeat. We believe there is a future for us, and we will step forward through the darkness to find a candle of hope.”

When you are tempted to give up, think back to this point in history. What would have happened if England had given in to the evil of Hitler’s rule? Oppression and a sense of loss would have swept through the nation with such vengeance that recovery would have been hard, if not impossible.

England had made its choice even before the Allies joined the war. The inner strength of the nation was the motivating factor. Are you facing what appears to be a sure defeat? Are air-raid sirens sounding all around you? Stand firm in your faith in God. Cling to Him, and declare that with His help, you will never give up. The victory you long to receive is yours.

Dear heavenly Father, I declare it: I won’t ever give up! As I travel the rough pathways of this world—in the face of danger or defeat—I will stand firm in You. The victory is mine![1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 158). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 31 Obedience Is the Only Way

Scripture reading: Psalm 69:1–24

Key verse: Philippians 3:10

That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.

Sometimes obedience is tremendously difficult. You know what God requires of you, but from where you stand, obeying Him appears much too painful. You try to find a way out or around the situation, but nothing works. You must decide if you will obey God or give in to disobedience. For the believer, there’s only one decision, and that is obedience. Anything less is disobedience.

In the devotional book Daily with the King, Glyn Evans writes,

Some things I do in the Christian life are effortless … preach a sermon, lead a soul to Christ, write an article. Other things—vastly more important—are so difficult they command my whole strength and time … learn about God, know God, imitate and obey God. Those are the abiding things, like faith, hope, and love …

God, You never told me how hard the way was. You let me find that out for myself. If I had known, I never would have followed. But having begun, I cannot turn back.

That backward road leads to nowhere and to nothingness. To go forward is hard but it promises its reward. “That I might know Him” was Paul’s cry (Philippians 3:10). So it is mine. Life’s greatest reward is to know Him! The joy of the captured heart!

True worship springs from an obedient heart. Remember that God always places a blessing within the things He requires of you. Never forget that His strength is available to all who trust and obey Him.

Dear Lord, help me to obey Your Word so the bond of our relationship is strengthened each day.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 158). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

AG William Barr on DOJ/FBI Conduct in 2016: “Things are just not jiving” – Full Interview and Transcript… — The Last Refuge

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U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr gave a 48 minute interview to CBS on a variety of issues related to recent events. The interview is packed with insight about the ongoing DOJ investigations of prior DOJ and FBI conduct in the 2016 election.

Rather than post the edited excerpts of the interview as broadcast, the full audio and transcript is below. Very interesting. [Hit orange play arrow to begin]:

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