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Cry Out For Hope

Cry Out for Hope a daily devotional by Vince Miller

Cry Out For Hope

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Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. — Romans 12:12

There are some days that the struggle is real. It's so real that in desperation, we finally turn to God. We cry out to Him for help. We hope that God will reach down and rescue us from our present circumstances. So we cry out for God to end the struggle so that we can have hope. But sometimes, God wants us to know the hope we have in the circumstances. This means He's not always going to provide the type of assistance we want at the time we want it. Instead, God wants us to find something better. Paul mentions three things here: First, joy in the hoping. Second, patience in the suffering. Third, persistence in prayer. And while we may not want these things, they are often the greater gift. Joy. Patience. Prayer. Not just about how and when God saves, but how God joins me in my present struggle.

Today know this. God is with you in your struggle, just like he was with his Son. So rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

ASK THIS: Which of the three lessons are you learning in your present struggle? (Share your lesson in the comments section below.)

DO THIS: Embrace your lesson: joy, patience, and persistence.

PRAY THIS: God, I ask you to save me while I embrace the joy, patience, and persistence you desire that I learn.

PLAY THIS: Mighty to Save.

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You’ll Never Measure Up

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I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. — Galatians 2:20-21

In this life, we are conditioned to perform from the day we are born. We are conditioned to comply, behave, and obey. And as we do, we receive rewards, trophies, accolades, and promotions. And while this conditioning does work to make small improvements, it may only result in behavior modification and not deep transformation.

Now let's recognize that behavior modification does work to some degree. But it might only scratch the surface of change or only give the appearance of change. And when it comes to our relationship with God, there is no behavior we can change or modify to be in right standing with God.

Instead, Paul says we have to die, not change or improve our behavior. We have to crucify all of our life to the point we no longer live. This infers that we recognize that there is no act of obedience that will ever save us. There is nothing we can do. But there is something Christ can do. He can live in us — in you and me. By faith, we can choose to believe his resurrection life gives us spiritual life so that as we live in the flesh, he lives in us. This is a new life, changed at the motivational and spiritual level. It is a life lived in the flesh sustained by his righteousness, not by your behavior.

And then Paul drops the mic with this statement:

I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.

Here is another way to say this:

Attempts at behavior modification in the spiritual life to earn a righteous standing with God are pointless. In fact, they confirm we don't believe in the righteousness freely extended by God's grace.

So today, don't nullify the wonder of God's grace working through you by trying to earn righteousness through obedience. Yes, this is the world's way, but this is not God's way. Instead, be obedient, but act in obedience out of faith, empowered by grace. And as you do, let others see God's system grace working through you so they will know deeper change.

ASK THIS: Are you trying to earn right standing with God through obedience and behavior modification?

DO THIS: Rely more on his grace today. Share below what grace you need from God. (Share it in the comments below.)

PRAY THIS: God, I know I will never be obedient enough. But your grace is too good to be true to me. Please help me in my disbelief of your grace by accepting your grace in one new way today. Thanks for extending your grace to me, a sinner.

PLAY THIS: This Is Amazing Grace.

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Who You Hanging With

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Who You Hanging With

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Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. — Proverbs 13:20

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” — 1 Corinthians 15:33

These two verses represent a law often ignored. The people that surround us have an impact on our thoughts, attitudes, and actions. For example, if you spend time with a generous man, his generosity will inspire you to do the same. On the contrary, if you spend time with a greedy man, you too will be persuaded by his greed to be greedy. It is inevitable! We are influenced by those we spend time with.

This means we have to be attentive to how we spend our time and who we spend it with. This was true in my youth and is still true today.

So consider this: be intentional with the people you spend time with this week.

Spend time with people that inspire you to be a better man, husband, father, and leader. And then watch what happens. Take these people out for a coffee, buy them lunch, and then pick their brains in areas you need guidance and growth. Talk with them about something spiritual, and then consult the Scriptures with them. And then discover what it means to be wise by walking with the wise.

ASK THIS: Who is someone who has wisdom you need?

DO THIS: Spend time then and grow in wisdom. (Share below who this might be.)

PRAY THIS: God, remove bad company and foolish people from my life. Bring across my path wise Christians that I might be wiser.

PLAY THIS: God, I Look To You.

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He Provides It All

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Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. — 1 Chronicles 29:13-14

At this moment in history, King David is transitioning the nation of Israel to his son Solomon. Solomon is the leader that God designated for building the Great Temple — not David because he was a man of war. But notice David's posture. While he was unworthy to build the Temple, he was worthy to provide resources for the building of the Temple. This contributed to his son's success and accomplished something glorious for God after his time.

We should all dare to live this way. To not just live out our days striving for our success but also being concerned about the success of others. To not just live a legacy but leave a legacy. And to do this, we have to see life the way God sees it. He looks beyond the finite amount of time between our birth and death and gives us things to steward — people, positions, possessions, and power.  And he is writing a story that is greater than our story. And we play a small role in this greater story. Sometimes we might play a big role. But other times we might play a small role. Either way, it's God who provides the resources to do both. He gives, we steward, and his story will prevail.

So today, are you ready to play a role in a bigger story? If so, get ready. God may provide you with something to steward. But the question is this — will you steward his provision his way?

ASK THIS: Are you ready to be a steward of God's provision?

DO THIS: What will you steward today in a way that will honor God. (Share it in the comments below.)

PRAY THIS: God, may I be faithful to steward your provision in small ways so that I may be given more to steward for your glory, not my own.

PLAY THIS: Heart Like Heaven.

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A Moment of Decision

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A Moment of Decision

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Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. — Joshua 24:14-15

In this situation, Joshua gathered all the leaders and all the people of Israel to challenge them. He stood on the nation's stage and spoke plainly about their options. He charged a nation to commit. He made the decision clear. They could either serve God or serve other gods. But how he said this was interesting. He dared them to serve one thing since serving everything meant serving nothing.

The lesson is this. We will all have to make decisions. And in this moment of decision, we cannot stand for everything. If we try to stand for everything, we may end up standing for nothing. Joshua was not that man. He was a man that took a stand. He picked a direction and took responsibility for it because he knew this first decision would influence every other decision. He weighed the options and decided God was the one to fear and that he would faithfully serve him alone. In doing so, all other decisions were decided.

In our time, we are given so many options that we now face anxiety in decision-making. It's the fear of missing out. And sometimes, we avoid making decisions because of this fear. Therefore we don't decide to keep our options open if we change our mind and something better comes our way. But this only results in more anxiety given more choices. It results in an aimless life. Instead, when given choices, we should fear God first and commit to following him alone. When we do this, we no longer miss out because this first decision results in the best decision that leads to the best results every single time.

So keeping the actionable simple — if you are a follower that has decided to put God first, what decision do you need to make today knowing God is in first place? If you are not a follower of God, who are you following? If not God, then choose something to follow because following everything is not an option.

ASK THIS: What decision do you need to make today knowing God is in first place?

DO THIS: Make that decision. (Share it in the comments below.)

PRAY THIS: God, today I choose to put you first, and everything else will be radically second.

PLAY THIS: I Will Follow.

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Be Uncommon

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Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. — Acts 4:13-14

This moment was captured by a disciple named Luke. It must have been a breathtaking moment. He uses so many descriptive words to capture Peter and John's boldness and how the crowd reacted to them. The religious leaders, especially, were baffled by who these men were and what they were doing. Peter and John were somewhat of a paradox to them. They were a combination of unusual boldness yet completely lacked formal training and education.

So what made these common men uncommon?

The answer is simple. They spent time with Jesus.

You know there are days that I feel common or even less than common. I feel inadequate. I feel like a failure as a husband, father, leader, and man. In this inadequacy, I sometimes reach for something to help me feel adequate. But that is not what these men did. They did not try to resolve inadequacy by taking matters into their own hands. They did not pursue titles, education, certification, or training. They simply spent time with Jesus, and somewhere in their commonness, Jesus made them uncommon. And to outsiders, it appeared in the form of boldness and miracles.

Do you feel common today? Then spend time with our uncommon Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He makes what is common uncommon. And then get ready because those around you might perceive something miraculous — Christ working in you.

ASK THIS: Do you feel uncommon?

DO THIS: Spend time with Jesus right now, and ask him to make what is common in you and make it uncommon. (Share below what you are asking Jesus to make uncommon.)

PRAY THIS: God, take my life. Shape it and remake it. May I be used in uncommon ways to accomplish your purposes and glory.

PLAY THIS: Different.

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Assurance

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The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. — 2 Timothy 4:18

Many Christians live this "hope-so" Christian life rather than a "know-so" Christian life. But Paul models a powerful "know-so" attitude here. He is confident the "Lord will rescue" him to the very end. But it's not a "know-so" arrogant, self-confident attitude. It's an attitude of assurance based on Biblical truth, God's promises, Jesus's resurrection that celebrates with godly confidence.

We need to remember that we, too, have this same assurance. Assurance of eternity, and it is not in question. But this never gives us the right to abuse the promise of eternity by acting unrighteous. Instead, it should fuel our passion for living obediently to the very end until God brings us safely into his heavenly kingdom.

And so this is why I live the way I live—all in for him who lived all in for me.

ASK THIS: Are you all in?

DO THIS: Live like you mean it today. Be obedient and assured. Tell us one thing you are going to do today to be more obedient. (Share below.)

PRAY THIS: God, thanks for giving me life everlasting!

PLAY THIS: Heaven Come.

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Never Deserted

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At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. — 2 Timothy 4:16-17

We have all experienced abandonment and know the feelings associated with it. A few times in life, I have felt the loneliness that comes from being left out. Intentional or not, it hurts. When it happens with enough frequency or within significant relationships, the pain may even linger because the issues go unaddressed. And sometimes, in this pain, we live in bitter bondage that keeps us tethered to the past. And we must learn to let this go, which is what Paul is modeling here.

But to let it go, we must find a relationship that is worth tethering to. A trustworthy person. A person who will not abandon us. A person who looks beyond our sin and shortcomings. And Paul mentions a shortlist of these people in words surrounding this text. But the one that he stands with now is the one who always stood by him the Lord.

If you feel deserted and lonely today, try letting go of the bitter bondage to past issues and people. Tether yourself to the Lord. May his commitment to you strengthen you. And then tell others who are deserted just like you, the story of a God never abandons but came to seek and save the deserted.

ASK THIS: How has God been faithful to you?

DO THIS: Tell others how God has been faithful to you in the comments below. (Remember, this could help another lonely soul today.)

PRAY THIS: God, make your presence known to me today. Help me to let go of past hurts and hang-ups and tether me to your love, forgiveness, and grace.

PLAY THIS: I Am Not Alone.

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Departing Soon

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For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. — 2 Timothy 4:6

The meaning behind this text is relatively simple. Paul knows his time of ministry is done. Given this, he describes his life as one that is being "poured out like a drink offering." And this metaphor could have several references. He could be pointing to the "drink offering" of Jesus's blood poured out on the cross. And of course, still today, we remember this "drink offering" each time we celebrate the Lord's Supper. But even more, I think this "drink offering" is Paul embracing the certainty of his imminent death. He lets Timothy know that his life is about to spill out to the ground and, therefore, would not be put back into the cup. Please keep in mind, Paul did escape death many times before, including shipwreck and stoning, and some might have concluded this would be just another close call for him. But Paul knew differently and wanted Timothy to be prepared. His life was about to be poured out for the last time.

While it's a morbid thought, we all should face this reality. Death for us all will be "poured out like a drink offering." Sometimes we will see this moment coming, as Paul did here. And sometimes we will not. But the best question we could ask is not when will it come? Or how will it come? But are we ready for it to come? Are you ready to move from the land of the dying into the land of the living? If not, I would take the time right now to ready your soul for eternity because one out-of-one still dies. And it's at this moment you want to be prepared to meet the Lord, Creator, and King of all things.

Paul was ready. He wanted Timothy to be ready. But are you ready? If not, turn and give your life to Lord, Creator, and King. Die to yourself and live all in for Him who lived all in for you.

ASK THIS: Are you ready to meet the Lord, Creator, and King?

DO THIS: Give your life to the Lord today. (If you are making this commitment today, for the first time or again, share it in the comments below.)

PRAY THIS: God, I want to make you the Lord of my life. I turn from my sin and living life my way. I want to live all in for you. May I spend the rest of my time here, living only for you. Remove my sin and shame from me and let me know your righteousness. Wash me clean and make me your righteousness. In Jesus's name. Amen.

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Fourfold Readiness

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As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. — 2 Timothy 4:5

When I decide to take part in an athletic competition, I have to get ready. And usually, I prepare far in advance of the actual competition. So I prepare a dietary plan, a training plan, and an accountability plan to ready myself for the event. And I prepare because I want to compete at my very best. But preparations do not begin the day before the event. Preparation begins months in advance so that my body and mind are ready for the competition because I want to compete well and not embarrass myself.

In the same way, Paul wants Timothy to be spiritually ready. So he gives him a bit of a training checklist here because he cares about his success. He knows that his spiritual preparations will impact the salvation of people across the Roman empire. And thus, he gives him this fourfold charge. And it a great checklist for spiritual readiness.

So as you charge out into another day, here is Paul's spiritual readiness checklist posed in a question format for you:

  • Are you ready mentally?
  • Are you ready to endure suffering?
  • Are you ready to share Jesus?
  • Are you ready to do ministry?

If you are not ready in one of these four ways, then maybe you need to ready yourself right now! Take a couple of minutes in prayer to ready one of these four aspects and share it with me below, and I will commit to praying for you today. And then get out there today for another day of spiritual training.

ASK THIS: In what of the four ways are you not ready?

DO THIS: Take a couple of minutes to get ready right now (Share how you need to ready yourself today in the comments below.)

PRAY THIS: God, ready my mind, heart, mouth, and action for another day of focused training.

PLAY THIS: Build Your Kingdom Here.

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Itchy Ears

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For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions. — 2 Timothy 4:3

This text is sobering for men like me who teach the Word. Every time I pick up the Scripture, I am reminded of the weight I bear in teaching it as the individual authors and God intended. And as I have gotten older, I have listened with greater precision to teachers who make these small diversions from what Paul calls "sound teaching." Some hearers will never pick up on these diversions. They will carelessly accept what they hear from these teachers based on how persuasively they might say it or how stylish they might be. But none of these things matter if the gospel they teach is not sound because it won't work.

In fact, some teachers maliciously teach unsound doctrine, knowing that it will meet with the passions of their audience. They do it to get butts in seats and bucks in wallets, but not the Bible into people's hearts and minds. They are fully aware that the Bible may reprove, rebuke, and exhort others (2 Timothy 4:2) and potentially drive them away from their church. They fear losing followers, so what they do is soften the edge of the truth to gain approval from man — not God. Thus they consciously exchange the passions of God for the passions of man to suit themselves.

So don't adjust the Bible to your liking. Let the Bible adjust you. And discover the life-giving power of a timeless book that has the power to change you in ways that will align you with God rather than the passions of man.

ASK THIS: Are you willing to let the truth change you rather than your take on the popular opinion?

DO THIS: Commit to letting truth win out in you, not your opinion. Begin with laying your opinion(s) down. (Share an opinion that you need to lay down in the comment section below.)

PRAY THIS: God, thanks for your unchanging truth. Change me, not your truth.

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