Praying for Peace in the Midst of the Storms in Life

by Kevin Litchfield

When Peter walked on water walking toward Jesus, he took his eyes off Jesus and began to sink into the frothy waves. Jesus took him by the hand and together they walked back to the boat, but note the storm was still raging perhaps even worse than before.

The only difference was Peter had was linked with Jesus, giving him a perspective that took his eyes off the storm and onto the hand of Jesus. Are you linked with Jesus? May this be your declaration: “I am yoked with Jesus.”

Jesus tells us, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30, KJV)

God Gives Grace to Withstand

by Kevin Litchfield

I have been reading Matt Chandlers new book, Joy in the Sorrow, and this quote jumped out at me: “One way or another, for better or worse, suffering plays a formative role in life. And so, when we experience loss, we can find an opportunity.

Suffering holds the potential to awaken us to life much larger than our own. Through suffering, God calls us out of our own lives and their dreams and hopes and concerns, to transcend earthly things and know Him.

When we walk through suffering, we can discover immeasurable amounts of grace to withstand all difficulties in life.

Matt Chandler’s writes, “Western culture says RUN FROM SUFFERING and some cultures say, RUN TO IT, but the Scriptures encourage US to walk with God in the midst of it… That may not sound like a balm to the soul; but it is, because only when we stand in that place that we can enjoy the truth that Jesus is with us and for us in our suffering and leading us through it.”

Who Am I?

by Kevin Litchfield

“Who am I that I should go to Pharoah?” Moses asked. “Nobody knows me. I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” God said to Moses what he has said to you and millions of other Moseses.

“I know all about that. It doesn’t really matter much. For I will be with you. Your guilt and your inadequacies are no longer the ultimate truth about you. You are what you are, but that’s not all that you are. You are what you are, but you are not yet what you will be. I will be with you” (John Ortberg).

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Saving Faith

by Kevin Litchfield

While reading John Ortberg’s book Eternity is Now in Session, I was struck by this quote: “If you’ve been around churches much, you know that ‘saving faith’ is a really important Bible idea. But many people in churches, whether they know it or not, define saving faith as the bare minimum I have to believe such that if I believe it, God has to let me into heaven when I die.

To have saving faith is not to believe the minimum amount so God has to let us in. To have saving faith is to believe what Jesus himself believed, to see what Jesus himself saw, so that you naturally do what Jesus himself will do.”

Ortberg writes, “Salvation isn’t about getting you to heaven; it’s about getting heaven into you.  It’s not about relocation; it’s about transformation.  It’s not about what God wants to do to you; it’s about what God wants to do in you.  It’s about allowing Jesus’s Kingdom life to permeate our little lives one moment, one choice at a time.”

The Space Between

by Kevin Litchfield

I have shared this quote from Jim Branch before, but I feel led to share it again. Jim talks about the time Peter walked on the water to meet Jesus. “There is one particular aspect of this story that has been a wonderful source of reflection for me lately. It involves that sacred space that Jesus invites Simon Peter to step into.

It is the space  between…

Between the boat and Jesus…
Between letting go and being taken hold of…
Between the old and the familiar and the new and unknown…
Between control and agenda and dependence and detachment.

It is the space that is both completely terrifying and unbelievably exciting.
It is the space before your answer has come or your problem has been fixed.
It is the space where you must trust the heart of God alone for your life.
It is the space of genuine transformation.”

Something to Think About

by Kevin Litchfield

In Mark Batterson’s book, In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day, I ran across a definition for success: “Success is doing the best you can with what you have where you are. In a sense, success is relative. Success is as unique as your fingerprint. It looks different for different people depending on your circumstances and gifts. But there is one common denominator that I see in all successful people. They can spot an opportunity a mile away. And they seize the opportunity with both hands.”

Focus on the Presence of Christ

Focus on the Presence of Christ
by Kevin Litchfield

Last weekend at a retreat Bill Elliff challenged me to focus on the presence of Christ.  He shared, “More can happen in 5 minutes of God’s manifest presence than in 50 years of our best human efforts.”

In the midst of the urgent that prompts busyness linger at HIS feet instead.  Waiting on His call to action before you move forward.

One Question

by Kevin Litchfield

There is a question that the Lord as asked me to bring into 2019. This question I hope will filter through everything I do and say: “What if I knew that I only had one yet before Jesus returned? What would change? What would be my level of urgency?

The Lord has used this question to help filter and shift some priorities for me.

In your own life what would change if you knew you only had ONE YEAR?

The New vs. The Old

by Kevin Litchfield

In Luke Chapter 5:37-39 Jesus tells a story about new and old wine. “And no one puts new wine in old wine skins. For the new wine would burst the wine skins, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine must be stored in new wine skins. BUT no one who drinks the OLD WINE seems to want the NEW WINE. The OLD is just FINE they say.”

In your own life and in the life of your church where are you stuck? Where are you complacent? Where are you settling for second gest?

I am praying for a fresh wind that causes us to desire the heart of the Father no matter what it costs.