[The Classic Christian Network] Last Call:(This Weeks) "Greg Laurie Devo…

Posted: March 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

The Last Call Devotions Network

“Legacy”

Legacy Posts will be presented in Weekly Formats

Begining in May and starting ASAP  posts as part of our “Legacy Series” will be posted on Monday AM for the Week. Some of the Classics will post a Sun-Sat; others will be Mon-Fri. This “note” or one similar to it will proceed all Last Call posts for the remainder of this year; 2011. The benefit to the reader is to have a “weeks” worth of Devotions to Read.

As a “free ministry” the Network has exapnded globally and this is a adjustment to grow with that need. The “Current” Series of Devotions will begin to follow the same format. It is likely that many in the “Current” series will be on a One week delay. Any comments or questions please write:    lastcalldevotionalnetwork@gmail.com

 

 

This Weeks

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Greg Laurie Devotionals

Devotionals For

Sunday-Saturday

March 27th-April 2

 

  
 

   Devotional For

Sunday

March 27

Devotionals by A New Beginning

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Applying Faith
Greg Laurie

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Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 
—John 20:29

Some people say they cannot have faith because they are practical. They need to know something is true before they can believe it.

But we all apply faith every day. When you go to a restaurant, order a meal, and eat what they bring, that is faith. You are not sure if they followed all the sanitary guidelines they are supposed to follow. You don’t know whether the waiter might be a little ticked off at you and has thrown a few little surprises into your entree. You don’t know. So you apply faith.

When you go down to the pharmacy to fill your prescription, you assume the little pills the pharmacist gave you are actually the ones you ordered and not a placebo, or even worse, another kind of medication that could be harmful to you. You apply faith.

When you have surgery and are put under anesthesia, you must put complete faith in the anesthesiologist, surgeons, and nurses. Or how about when you board a plane and taxi down the runway in that 747? Do you understand aerodynamics? Most of us wouldn’t. Yet we believe those pilots in the cockpit are hopefully not drunk or distracted. We hope they will get us safely to our destination.

My point is this: we apply faith each and every day. Faith is belief plus action. It is what we apply when we initially come to Jesus Christ. We acted on something that we accepted as true. The Bible says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8).

So when someone refuses to put their faith in God, it leaves me wondering. They can put faith in a waiter, in a pharmacist, in a surgeon, and in a pilot, but they won’t put their faith in God Almighty.

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Devotional For

Monday

March 28

Devotionals by A New Beginning

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Faith Defined
Greg Laurie

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But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 
—Acts 16:25

The Bible defines faith this way: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Another translation puts it this way: “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see” (nlt).

The very existence of our faith, despite our circumstances, is a proof of God. We have the title deed. God has given us this proof, this confident assurance. It is instilled in us by God himself. And that is a powerful witness to a lost world that doesn’t have faith.

We know from the stories of the early church how many of these courageous men and women, and sometimes even children, were martyred for their faith. Even as they were being executed, suffering horrible deaths, we read of them calling on the Lord and asking God to forgive the people who were doing this to them. And there are many accounts of their executioners coming to faith as a result of the Christians’ faith in God as they went into His presence.

The story of Paul and Silas, who sang praises to God at midnight after being beaten and thrown into prison, is another evidence of faith. It resulted in the conversion of their jailers. Theirs wasn’t a case of mind over matter. It was faith over circumstances. Paul and Silas didn’t have the guaranteed assurance they ever would get out of that prison. But they were able to see things in perspective and have faith in the bleakest of circumstances.

So what does it mean when we say we should have faith? It means that we are hoping. We are trusting in God. In what circumstances do you need to exercise faith today?

 

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Devotional For

Tuesday

March 29

Devotionals by A New Beginning

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Building Faith
Greg Laurie

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For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 
—Romans 12:3

A lot of people talk about their faith. They sing about faith. They even analyze the word “faith.” But they never actually use their faith.

Faith is the consent of the will to the assent of the understanding. Faith always has in it the idea of action. It is movement toward its object. Faith is a restless, living thing. It cannot be inoperative. Faith moves. Faith acts. Faith does. It doesn’t just sit; it has to move.

And faith develops by listening to, studying, and immersing ourselves in the Word of God. Romans 10:17 tells us, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” That is why Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Matthew 11:15). It is another way of saying, “Listen up.” It is attention with intention. It is all in how we listen.

If we hear the Word of God, our faith will grow. And when we hear the Word of God, it puts everything else into perspective, because in the light of Scripture we see God for who He is. Thus, we see all of the challenges of life for what they are. We see everything the way we ought to see it. The apostle Paul wrote, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).

Faith is also developed through use. Some of us treat faith like it is fragile. But that is not what faith is like. Faith is tough. Faith is resilient. Faith gets stronger through use. Faith is like a muscle. You build up your muscle by effectively tearing it down, by using it. You get stronger by applying yourself. And the same is true of faith. 

      

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Devotional For

Wednesday

March 30

Devotionals by A New Beginning

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The Importance of Faith

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