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Vital Step to a Radiant Faith-Give Best to God

June 6th, 2023 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year to Shine, today’s Vital Step to a Radiant Faith is to give our best to God.

Whether it’s an offering or an act of service, God is honored when we offer Him our very best from a heart of love.

This is what Abel was commended for in Genesis 4:4. Abel brought an offering to God-the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The LORD accepted Abel and his gift.

Hebrews 11:4 says, “By faith, Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith, he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings.”

There are several ways that God blesses us when we give Him our very best. He looks on our offering with His favor. He lifts us up as an example of faith to inspire others. He gives us rewards in heaven. And He entrusts us with more responsibilities for doing His will.

Giving our Best to God is a vital step to a Radiant Faith that makes a difference in our world.

John Shirk

Faith Building Verse-Second Corinthians 5:7

August 24th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verse is Second Corinthians 5:7.

For we live by faith, not by sight.

We may not see the big picture of God’s orchestrated plan for our lives, but by faith, we have the assurance that He has a plan for us to follow Him and to glorify Him. Trusting Jesus will make a difference in our lives in a number of ways.

Trusting Jesus will give us confidence for moving forward. When the Apostle Paul noted that he lived by faith and not by sight, he also said, “we are always confident.” That’s because he knew that God was with him, and His presence was Paul’s source of strength.

Trusting Jesus will also give us peace. Through the turmoil and uncertainties of each day, it makes a difference to know that the love of Jesus is able to sustain us. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”

This Faith-Building Verse inspires us to live by faith, not by sight in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

Faith Building Verse-Hebrews 11:22

July 20th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verse is Hebrews 11:22.

By faith, Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.

He gave these instructions just before dying in Genesis 50. He said to his brother Israelites, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place.”

The reason this was a statement of faith was because Joseph knew the promises of God to provide land for His people. He made known the boundaries of this land for Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. So, Joseph fully anticipated a day to come when the Israelites would leave Egypt and begin their journey to the Promised Land.

This Faith-Building Verse inspires us to believe the promises of God in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

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Moment Of Celebration-Faith Of Abraham

May 29th, 2014 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – One of the benefits of living in this moment of human history is that we can look back at the Bible characters of the past who were faithful to the Lord and be motivated by their witness. This week, we examine some of faith’s heroes in Hebrews 11.

Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on the faith of Abraham.

Hebrews 11:8 says, “By faith, Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.”

It was the voice of the LORD that was calling Abraham out of his comfort zone to unknown territory. One of the reassuring promises that God gave Abraham was, “I will bless you. I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” God delivered on His promises to Abraham.

Faith does not normally see the big picture of God’s plans, but is willing to trust God step by step, because we believe that moving forward into the unknown with God is better than staying in our comfort zone without Him.

When someone obeys God’s calling, that is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk