Archive for the ‘Sufficiency’ Category

October 6th, 2015

Mourning into Dancing

“When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, ‘The LORD has done great things for them.’ The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.” Psalm 126:1-3 (ESV)

Oh, the blessed promise the Lord gives to us of restoration! Yes, there are times, dear child of God, when hardship will come your way. Some of these will come as a result of poor choices and sinfulness, while others will come by the Lord’s hand to teach or strengthen our faith. In either case, though, we can hold firm to the truth that God’s grace is sufficient and that in time He will look down upon His children in love and turn our mourning into dancing. He will cause us to dream dreams and satisfy our eternal thirst as only He can. He will do great things for those who respond to times of distress with faith and obedience, once again making us glad!

Are you in dire straits today, beloved saint? Do you feel that you are sowing tears of sorrow? Call out to the Lord as the  psalmist does and plead with Him to restore your fortunes! Do not stay in the valley, when the Lord is waiting for you on the mountaintop. Now, be sure you don’t return to the reason for your valley; be careful to learn the lesson that the Lord wanted you to learn in your time of exile. Once learned, though, turn back to the Lord and see His faithful hand bring about an everlasting, unexplainable joy that will sustain you in any circumstance!

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Restoration, Sorrow, Sufficiency.
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September 1st, 2015

The Steadfast Love of the Lord

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’” Lamentations 3:22-24 (ESV)

Every morning, including this very morning, we as the children of God must rise to the fresh and glorious provision of God’s faithfulness, relying upon it and nothing else for our spiritual sustenance. Like manna from heaven, the Lord lavishes us with the fullness of His character in order for our souls to be completely satisfied. We never have to worry if the provision will cease nor whether or not it will be able to fill. The Lord has promised His mercy every morning, and, as we have seen in chapters past, His promises never fail.

What do you rely on, dear child of God, to face the worries of each day? What source of hope do you have in the  midst of uncertainty? As the Lord Himself said in a parable to us all, rain comes into every life and threatens the foundation of our spiritual house. The key for the house’s survival is the strength of its foundation. Is your foundation built upon the rock? Do you trust Him alone to daily see you through the floods that come your way?

Although your path may seem dark, although there may seem much to lament, find hope in these beautiful, inspired words. The Lord’s love never ceases and His mercies never come to an end. They are tied to His eternal character and are, thus, eternal themselves. He showers them upon us every morning, as He promised He would. Therefore, may we look to Him alone for satisfaction and endurance, following faithfully His calling upon our lives as He faithfully blesses His beloved.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category God's Faithfulness, Lamentations, Sufficiency.
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February 8th, 2015

Feeling Inadequate

“But Moses said to the LORD, ‘Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.’ Then the LORD said to him, ‘Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.’” Exodus 4:10-12 (ESV)

Have you ever felt inadequate? It is an overwhelming feeling. Anxiety intensifies when you feel that your assignment is beyond your ability. Moses felt that way. He had received an assignment from God to deliver the children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage. Moses was to confront the Pharaoh and to forge a path of deliverance for those enslaved by Egypt. Moses began to read off his list of excuses for God to consider. Moses was trying to get God caught up on the deficits that he had been living with all of his life. In others words, Moses was not quick on his feet and he felt inadequate to be God’s choice for the task.

God is so patient. He gently reminded Moses of who the Creator is. Who gives man the ability to speak, to hear, and to think? Who makes it possible for humanity to know and to do and to be? God graciously affirmed Moses by saying, “Go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”

God is your sufficiency. He will never ask you to do anything that He does not equip you for. Will you trust God to provide for your role in His story? God will be your sufficiency. God will compensate for your inadequacy.

Riding HIS Wave,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, February 8th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category God's Provision, Moses, Sufficiency.
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June 17th, 2014

Measuring Your Motives

You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. James 4:2-3 (ESV)

Have you ever been the recipient of a gift that was given with impure motives? When motives are not right, the gift loses its impact. How you give is just as important as what you give. How you serve is just as important as the act of serving. How you do life is just as important as what you do with your life. Motives matter to God.

God is all-knowing and all-seeing. In His omniscience, God detects the motives in which you operate your life. God looks beneath the surface of your good deeds to identify your true motives. Selfishness is an indicator of impure motives. Wrong motives will cause you to mistreat others in order to get what you want.

  • All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit.” Prov. 16:2 (ESV)

What if we started with a boldness to simply ask God? If there is something we need, what keeps us from asking God who is the Creator and Sustainer of life? Why do we try to take life into our own hands and allow impure motives to infiltrate our decisions? Let’s commit to go to God! He is our sufficiency!

Drawing Near,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 at 1:00 am
Category Integrity, Motives, Sufficiency.
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October 28th, 2013

Everlasting Sufficiency

“‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’” John 10:10 (NIV)

God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. Satan hates you and has a deceptive plan for your life. Satan’s agenda is to deplete you and to defeat you. Don’t allow the thief to steal your joy, kill your peace, or destroy your passion. Don’t allow the thief to neutralize your zeal, to vandalize your victory, or to jeopardize your testimony. Don’t allow the thief to distract your devotion, to discourage your discipline, or to deflate your demeanor.

Embrace the great promise of everlasting sufficiency that Jesus provides. Jesus is the Shepherd and His agenda is to complete your life. Jesus has come to deliver your from darkness and defeat. Remember, the tomb is empty so that your life doesn’t have to be!

Allow the Shepherd and Overseer of your soul to infuse you with His power, to inject you with His love, and to inspire you with His compassion. Allow the Shepherd and Overseer of your soul to ignite your worship, to excite your prayer life, and to incite your sensitivity to His activity.

My mind is made up: I have been designed by God and for God. My eyes are looking up: Jesus sought me! Jesus bought me with His own blood! Jesus thought of me before I ever thought of Him! My faith is growing up: He who began a good work in me will bring it to completion!

Remind the devil that your sin has been removed, the blood of Jesus has been applied, and your eternal security is securely fastened in the all-sufficient, all-powerful, and all-knowing nail-scarred hands of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, October 28th, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category Gate, I am sayings, Sufficiency.
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October 6th, 2012

Our Mourning into Dancing!

“When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, ‘The LORD has done great things for them.’ The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.” Psalm 126:1-3 (ESV)

Oh, the blessed promise the Lord gives to us of restoration! Yes, there are times, dear child of God, when hardship will come your way. Some of these will come as a result of poor choices and sinfulness, while others will come by the Lord’s hand to teach or strengthen our faith. In either case, though, we can hold firm to the truth that God’s grace is sufficient and that in time He will look down upon His children in love and turn our mourning into dancing. He will cause us to dream dreams and satisfy our eternal thirst as only He can. He will do great things for those who respond to times of distress with faith and obedience, once again making us glad!

Are you in dire straits today, beloved saint? Do you feel that you are sowing tears of sorrow? Call out to the Lord as the  psalmist does and plead with Him to restore your fortunes! Do not stay in the valley, when the Lord is waiting for you on the mountaintop. Now, be sure you don’t return to the reason for your valley; be careful to learn the lesson that the Lord wanted you to learn in your time of exile. Once learned, though, turn back to the Lord and see His faithful hand bring about an everlasting, unexplainable joy that will sustain you in any circumstance!

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 272:  Nehemiah 11-13; Psalms 126)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, October 6th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Restoration, Sorrow, Sufficiency.
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September 1st, 2012

The Steadfast Love of the Lord

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’” Lamentations 3:22-24 (ESV)

Every morning, including this very morning, we as the children of God must rise to the fresh and glorious provision of God’s faithfulness, relying upon it and nothing else for our spiritual sustenance. Like manna from heaven, the Lord lavishes us with the fullness of His character in order for our souls to be completely satisfied. We never have to worry if the provision will cease nor whether or not it will be able to fill. The Lord has promised His mercy every morning, and, as we have seen in chapters past, His promises never fail.

What do you rely on, dear child of God, to face the worries of each day? What source of hope do you have in the  midst of uncertainty? As the Lord Himself said in a parable to us all, rain comes into every life and threatens the foundation of our spiritual house. The key for the house’s survival is the strength of its foundation. Is your foundation built upon the rock? Do you trust Him alone to daily see you through the floods that come your way?

Although your path may seem dark, although there may seem much to lament, find hope in these beautiful, inspired words. The Lord’s love never ceases and His mercies never come to an end. They are tied to His eternal character and are, thus, eternal themselves. He showers them upon us every morning, as He promised He would. Therefore, may we look to Him alone for satisfaction and endurance, following faithfully His calling upon our lives as He faithfully blesses His beloved.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 237:  Lamentations 1-3)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, September 1st, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category God's Faithfulness, Lamentations, Sufficiency.
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February 8th, 2012

Feeling Inadequate

“But Moses said to the LORD, ‘Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.’ 11 Then the LORD said to him, ‘Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.’” Exodus 4:10-12 (ESV)

Have you ever felt inadequate? It is an overwhelming feeling. Anxiety intensifies when you feel that your assignment is beyond your ability. Moses felt that way. He had received an assignment from God to deliver the children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage. Moses was to confront the Pharaoh and to forge a path of deliverance for those enslaved by Egypt. Moses began to read off his list of excuses for God to consider. Moses was trying to get God caught up on the deficits that he had been living with all of his life. In others words, Moses was not quick on his feet and he felt inadequate to be God’s choice for the task.

God is so patient. He gently reminded Moses of who the Creator is. Who gives man the ability to speak, to hear, and to think? Who makes it possible for humanity to know and to do and to be? God graciously affirmed Moses by saying, “Go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”

God is your sufficiency. He will never ask you to do anything that He does not equip you for. Will you trust God to provide for your role in His story? God will be your sufficiency. God will compensate for your inadequacy.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 31: Exodus 4-6)

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category God's Provision, Moses, Sufficiency.
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October 28th, 2011

Everlasting Sufficiency

“‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’” John 10:10 (NIV)

God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. Satan hates you and has a deceptive plan for your life. Satan’s agenda is to deplete you and to defeat you. Don’t allow the thief to steal your joy, kill your peace, or destroy your passion. Don’t allow the thief to neutralize your zeal, to vandalize your victory, or to jeopardize your testimony. Don’t allow the thief to distract your devotion, to discourage your discipline, or to deflate your demeanor.

Embrace the great promise of everlasting sufficiency that Jesus provides. Jesus is the Shepherd and His agenda is to complete your life. Jesus has come to deliver your from darkness and defeat. Remember, the tomb is empty so that your life doesn’t have to be!

Allow the Shepherd and Overseer of your soul to infuse you with His power, to inject you with His love, and to inspire you with His compassion. Allow the Shepherd and Overseer of your soul to ignite your worship, to excite your prayer life, and to incite your sensitivity to His activity.

My mind is made up: I have been designed by God and for God. My eyes are looking up: Jesus sought me! Jesus bought me with His own blood! Jesus thought of me before I ever thought of Him! My faith is growing up: He who began a good work in me will bring it to completion!

Remind the devil that your sin has been removed, the blood of Jesus has been applied, and your eternal security is securely fastened in the all-sufficient, all-powerful, and all-knowing nail-scarred hands of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, October 28th, 2011 at 1:00 am
Category Gate, I am sayings, Sufficiency.
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June 17th, 2010

Measuring Your Motives

“You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” James 4:2-3 (NIV)

Have you ever been the recipient of a gift that was given with impure motives? When motives are not right, the gift loses its impact. How you give is just as important as what you give. How you serve is just as important as the act of serving. How you do life is just as important as what you do with your life. Motives matter to God.

God is all-knowing and all-seeing. In His omniscience, God detects the motives in which you operate your life. God looks beneath the surface of your good deeds to identify your true motives. Selfishness is an indicator of impure motives. Wrong motives will cause you to mistreat others in order to get what you want.

  • “All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.” Prov 16:2 (NIV)

What if we started with a boldness to simply ask God? If there is something we need, what keeps us from asking God who is the Creator and Sustainer of life? Why do we try to take life into our own hands and allow impure motives to infiltrate our decisions? Let’s commit to go to God! He is our sufficiency!

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, June 17th, 2010 at 1:00 am
Category Integrity, Motives, Sufficiency.
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