What Difference Does Faith Make

“Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ” (Romans 10:17). All that God wants to do in your life, he does on the basis of faith. Everybody has faith. Even an atheist has faith. It’s just a matter of what you put your faith in and the…

Trusting God When You Don’t Understand

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). I know many people who ask God to guarantee their success before trying what he has asked them to do, but that’s not faith. Faith always requires risk. Faith means you obey even when you don’t understand…

Faith Is Believing What You Can’t See

“Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is visualizing the future in the present—it means seeing the future in advance. People say, “Seeing is believing.” God says the exact opposite: “Believing is seeing.” Some things you’ll…

Make Every Step Count

“All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadow boxing” (1 Corinthians 9:25-26). Spiritual growth must be purposeful. We don’t know how many days we…

How To Bear Fruit That Lasts

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last” (John 15:16). God’s mission is for everyone—including people like you and me. We don’t have enough missionaries in the world to fulfill God’s mission by themselves. Jesus said of us, “You did…

To Find Joy, Give Your Life Away

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another” (1 Peter 4:10). You’ll never find happiness in pleasure, power, possessions, positions, or prestige. You also won’t find it in success, sex, salary, or status. Those are all temporary. Permanent, ongoing happiness only…