Daily Archives: June 23, 2019

June 23 Unshakable Faith

Scripture Reading: Psalm 16:1–11

Key Verses: Matthew 6:33–34

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Clinging to your faith in times of trouble is not a casual undertaking. To stand strong in faith, unwavering in your stance, takes determination, purpose, and intentional action. In the life of David, we see the determination and resolve it took for his own mind to stay on the Lord rather than on the enemies that hotly pursued him. In Psalm 16:8, David shared, “I have set the Lord always before me … I shall not be moved.”

That’s determination. He purposed to concentrate on who the Lord is instead of on who was chasing him. He intentionally acted on faith rather than on fear. Did David ever experience moments of fear? He wouldn’t be human if he didn’t. Yet the key is, how did David respond? The key is, how do we respond?

If we believe God is truly in control, we need not worry about tomorrow (Matthew 6:33–34). The first step in responding to times of uncertainty is to focus on God. Get in His Word and learn about His character.

That sovereign character of the Lord Almighty is what will remind you that this life is all about Him. His purpose is always at hand. You will not experience any trial, hardship, or even loss of life on earth until the Lord has allowed it. Will you trust that the sovereign God knows what is best for your life?

Lord, help me be focused on Your kingdom, determined in my purpose, and intentional in my actions as I serve You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 182). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 23 Broken for His Purposes

Scripture Reading: Psalm 143

Key Verse: Psalm 143:11

Revive me, O Lord, for Your name’s sake! For Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.

Brokenness is not the exception in the Christian life—it is the norm.

We like to recite the triumphs of stirring biblical characters: Moses and the Red Sea, David and Goliath, Paul and the spread of the gospel. Their moving exploits, however, are incomplete apart from the bleak contrast of their afflictions.

Moses wandering in the wasteland, David hiding in caves, Paul moving from one jail to another. Their times of idleness, misunderstanding, rejection, and isolation were thorny preparations for their triumphs. They were ushered into the work of the kingdom not amid applause and affirmation but on the wings of the storm.

The same principle is at work in Christians today. Following God is not like driving on a scenic highway with one majestic experience after another. The pathway of discipleship is often downward before it is upward, emptying before it is filling.

God uses men and women who have been broken by Him for His purposes. The breaking can be strenuous, but the result is a vessel fit for the Master’s use. And isn’t that what we should desire the most?

Dear God, break me for Your purposes. Make me a vessel that You can use. That is what I desire.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 182). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 23 New Gods, New Arrivals

Scripture reading: Deuteronomy 32:15–17

Key verse: Exodus 20:5

You shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.

Our modern culture relegates the concept of idols to pagan or Eastern religions. Certainly, we, in our enlightened society, do not worship ornate statues or sacred artifacts, we may think. Yet our idols are just as real. The Bible describes an idol as anything to which we give our time, energy, and attention to the exclusion of Jehovah God.

In rebuking the Israelites for their idolatry, Moses described such impostors as “new gods, new arrivals” (Deut. 32:17). The “new gods” can be career, prestige, money, and/or pleasure. Given preeminence, they become demanding gods that increasingly command our adoration and service.

The root evil in idolatry is that our worship is ultimately laid at Satan’s feet. He always competes for our allegiance. He deceives us into thinking that we are following our own ambitions or pleasures.

God demands our worship and devotion. Sacrifices given to fulfill our agendas are given to a false god.

If you have carved an idol, return to your first love, Jesus Christ. Place Him first in all you do; and He will order your life with dignity, integrity, and joy.

Take every idol from my life, dear Lord. Order my life with dignity, integrity, and joy.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 182). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Sunday Talks: President Trump on Meet The Press – Full Unedited Interview and Transcript… — The Last Refuge

President Trump sat down last Friday for a lengthy one-on-one interview with Chuck Todd on Meet The Press.  In credit to NBC they provide the full unedited interview. WATCH:



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