Posts with the tag “peace”
Faith In The Midst Of Trials
by Curt Dodd on December 27th, 2023
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” - Hebrews 11:1Let’s say you owe $100,000 and you went to your bank. You sat down with the banker and said, “I need $100,000, Can you take care of this issue?” The banker says, “Sure, I will be glad to loan you $100,000.” This is not a trial because you have a solution. If he says, “No, I wouldn't loan you 10 cents, bu...
The Center of God’s Will
by Curt Dodd on December 20th, 2023
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23) You have probably heard this verse many times before. Unfortunately, when we read this verse, we focus only on the phrase “the gift of God is eternal life,” and overlook the phrase “the wages of sin is death.” Because of sin, death comes. We live in a fallen world; we are fallen men a...
The Reality of Persecution
by Curt Dodd on December 10th, 2023
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. – John 16:33In the past year, 360 million Christians (1 in 7 believers around the world) suffered significant persecution for their faith. I don't know if you have ever been persecuted for your faith or overlooked for a raise or promotion because of your f...
Having A Spiritual Mindset
by Curt Dodd on November 27th, 2023
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 6:12Years ago, I was talking to one of my friends and he mentioned that he had a friend whose child was of preschool age. The little boy was overwhelmed with fear every night. H...
Forgive Like Jesus
by Curt Dodd on October 25th, 2023
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. (John 20:19-20) When Jesus first appeared to His disciples after the resurrection, they techn...
Do Not Worry
by Curt Dodd on October 11th, 2023
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of god, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7) With everything we are juggling in our lives, we can be anxious about many things. We worry about our family, our friends, our job, our ...
by Curt Dodd on September 9th, 2023
Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will. (Romans 12:2) Andrew Murray said many of us need to understand what prayer is. He said, “Prayer is not so much trying to get God to align with you, but rather it helps you align with where God is g...
Praying To Remind Yourself
by Curt Dodd on September 5th, 2023
You are my strength, I watch for you; you, God, are my fortress. (Psalm 59:9) Prayer is an ongoing conversation with God. Praying without ceasing should be the default position for every believer as they live moment by moment. Many of our prayers are more self-reminders than news flashes for heaven. This prayer is the same. The psalmist is verbalizing in prayer a fresh commitment to the Lord to l...
Look to Christ
by Curt Dodd on August 11th, 2023
The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. (Proverbs 18:10) Have you wondered how you can know if Jesus is the true source of your fulfillment? There is a good way to determine the answer. You will know if Jesus is really fulfilling your life when things aren’t going well for you, when your circumstances are less than ideal, and you are still looking to Chris...
Aligning with Christ
by Curt Dodd on June 24th, 2023
Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21) Appearing behind locked doors, Jesus shows His scars to the disciples. Before He does, He speaks to calm their fears, and give them a holy directive. Two different times, He says, “Peace be with you!” Think of that for a moment. We must be calm and at peace before we can align with His purpose. When...
by Curt Dodd on June 14th, 2023
“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) Finding peace and quiet in the midst of our crazy and sometimes chaotic lives can seem nearly impossible. Between school, work, church, family, friends, hobbies, and errands; it is difficult to make time for a full eight hours of sleep, much less make time to be still while you are awake. We tend to think that if we are not moving or doing something...
Seeking Godly Wisdom
by Curt Dodd on May 31st, 2023
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (James 1:5) Do you know where you get wisdom? You get it from the Word of God. Wisdom is the Word of God applied practically to your life to show you how to live. Therefore, when you accept Christ, you are coming to Him who is completely wise. He has all the wisdom you need to take...
How Are You Filled?
by Curt Dodd on May 18th, 2023
Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead be filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:15-18) When you become a follower of Christ, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within you. He guides y...
Jesus Is Victorious!
by Curt Dodd on May 11th, 2023
They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of Lords and King of Kings -- and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers. (Revelation 17:14) There are a lot of heavy topics and anecdotes in the Book of Revelation. I want to focus on a verse in Revelation 17 that gives us hope and confidence. At the same time, it should make us feel e...
Peace Be with You
by Curt Dodd on April 12th, 2023
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” (John 20:19) Imagine the shock that the disciples experienced when they saw Jesus appear before them behind locked doors! If that had happened to you or me, just think how we would have responded. Some ...
Out of Alignment
by Curt Dodd on January 20th, 2023
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God…Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:4, 7-8) When w...
A Thrill Ride
by Curt Dodd on January 17th, 2023
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)The last time I was on a thrill ride was at a county fair with my daughter. Because she loves thrill rides, she asked me to go with her on one of those rides. It was ...
It Is as You Will
by Curt Dodd on December 7th, 2022
“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.” (Mark 8:35)Years ago, a little boy had captured a small, helpless bird. He went to an old wise man in his village and he put the bird behind his back. He looked at the man and said, “Old man, tell me, Is the bird I hold in my hand, is it alive, or is it dead?”The wise man thou...
by Curt Dodd on November 24th, 2022
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. (John 14:1)Do you realize that trouble is simply part of life? You can't avoid it. It is crucial to understand that through Christ we can overcome the trouble, regardless of what it is. Jesus told us, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” (John 15:18)People will not always line up with what you believe ...
The Lord Will Provide
by Curt Dodd on October 18th, 2022
So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.” (Genesis 22:14)This chapter recounts the event which happened on top of Mount Moriah. Abraham, after being instructed to take his son, Isaac and offer him as a sacrifice, journeyed to the mountain with his son and several servants. Climbing the mountain, he took his on...
Benefits of Praise
by Curt Dodd on October 13th, 2022
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. (Psalm 150:6)If we are living and breathing, Scripture commands us to always be praising the Lord. We should praise Him not just because He deserves it, but also because we benefit from praising Him.As you are praising God, not only are you inviting Him to come near, but you are also being reminded of God's presence. Many of us become very forgetful ...
Your Life Is an Example
by Curt Dodd on September 30th, 2022
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)Experiencing difficulty, pain, and heartbreak are guaranteed while we are on this earth. There is just no way around it. In one of Jesus’ conversations with His disciples near the end of His ministry, He confirmed this tr...
The Power of the Cross
by Curt Dodd on September 17th, 2022
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. (Colossians 2:13-14)In that moment when you gave your life to Christ, something happened. Everything that you ...
Praying To Remind Yourself
by Curt Dodd on September 5th, 2022
You are my strength, I watch for you; you, God, are my fortress, (Psalm 59:9)Prayer is an ongoing conversation with God. Praying without ceasing should be the default position for every believer as they live moment by moment. Many of our prayers are more self-reminders than news flashes for heaven. This prayer is the same. The psalmist is verbalizing in prayer a fresh commitment to the Lord to liv...
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