Jesus… The Source of Peace

by Kevin Litchfield

Remember this week that in the midst of all our fears, worries, grief, and doubts that Jesus is still the source of all peace.

In Matthew 14:27, Jesus speaks out these words in the midst of a life-threatening storm: Don’t be afraid, Take courage, I AM HERE!

In your own personal storms Jesus says the same words to you: “Don’t be afraid, Take courage, I AM HERE.

God Opportunities

by Kevin Litchfield

Recently I have been reflecting on Acts 8. The church in Jerusalem was in trouble. There was persecution and imminent death for all who called on the name of Jesus.

So, the people were forced to flee for their lives. They scattered all over. But verse 4 says: “Those who were scattered went everywhere PREACHING the word.”

These early believers chose to view their current situation as God’s opportunity. A change in perspective made all the difference.

Hope In the Lord

By Kevin Litchfield

Recently while meditating on Psalm 39, verses 4,6-7 stood out to me. “Lord remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered – how fleeting life is… We are merely moving shadows and all our BUSY RUSHING ends in nothing… And so Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in YOU.”

May prayer for you is that in whatever or wherever you find your self today the Lord will give you perspective. Realizing your hope is not found in bigger numbers, better programs, or sermons, or more praises from man, but solely and completely in THE LORD.

Something to Think About

by Kevin Litchfield

I ran across a quote from Dallas Willard from the book, Renovation of the Heart, that I want to share with you this morning.

“The impotence of ‘systems’ is a main reason why Jesus did not send His students to start governments or even churches as know them today which always strongly convey some element of human system.

They were, instead, to establish beachheads of His person, Word, and Power in the midst of a failing humanity. The were to bring the Presence of the Kingdom and its King into every corner of human life simply by fully living in the Kingdom with Him.”

Perhaps we have made it more complicated than it needs to be.

The Lord Is My Light & My Salvation

By Kevin Litchfield

As I have considered what to share this week, I was reminded that the battle you I face is real.

There is an enemy that is not flesh and blood that strategizes against us. An enemy that knows our weaknesses, our sin struggles, our physical limitations, our fears, our anger, our… you fill in the blank.

In the midst of life’s chaos hold tight to Psalm 27:13-14a: I would have despaired unless I had BELIEVED that I WOULD SEE the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

WAIT on the LORD… verse on echoes this hope: The Lord is my LIGHT and my SALVATION so WHY should I be AFRAID.

Let us pray for one another that we can remember this truth.

What Are the “Cant’s” In Your Life?

by Kevin Litchfield

The father who knows you and your need will meet that pressing need according to His perfect will.

I was recently drawn to a familiar story. Jesus meets a man who had been sick for 38 years lying beside the pool of Bethesda waiting to be put in the water because he believed the water could heal him.

Jesus asked this man a weird question: Do you want to be made well? Instead of responding YES to Jesus He answered I CAN’T SIR…

I wonder today what are the I CANT’S in our lives? Jesus says do you want to see your city transformed by me? Do you want to be freed of a particular burden? Do you want…?

You fill in the blank. Is our response YES or I CAN’T SIR? Choosing to focus on what’s NOT possible instead of what IS possible only through Jesus.

What are your I CANT’S? I pray today that you might have the faith to say a loud YES LORD!!!!

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)

Wait on the Lord… Trust Him

By Kevin Litchfield

I was recently drawn to 1 Samuel 13. Saul and his army were facing a great military enemy. Saul had instructions to wait on Samuel to offer a sacrifice to God before the military campaign would begin. When Saul saw that his troops were rapidly slipping away, he offered the sacrifice himself.

Samuel arrives soon after and Saul offers several reasons and excuses for his disobedience. In verse 12 Saul says, “I felt compelled to offer the burnt sacrifices myself before you came.”

Saul was asked to wait; but waiting made no sense so he took control and offered the sacrifices himself. Saul’s pride, impatience, and need to control contributed to his downfall.

In my own life the need to control has caused me to miss the blessings of God. Waiting involves trusting in God’s time and not rushing to fill in the blanks ourselves.