Archive for the ‘Faithfulness’ Category

November 4th, 2015

Have You Been Faithful with Little?

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” Luke 16:10 (ESV)

The natural tendency of sinful man is to seek greater and greater glory for himself. We strive for more responsibility typically because it means more recognition and praise. We must be careful as redeemed followers of Christ, saved from our sinfulness, to not let this proclivity toward self-glorification seep its way into our service in the Kingdom.

Do you seek greater things? Do you seek greater responsibility? Why? Do you seek it because you wish to hear the applause of men? Do you seek it because you find security in success regardless of the source? Or do you desire to see God’s glory grow? Are you happy with that with which you have been entrusted, knowing that the Lord’s name is being praised because of it, or are you constantly seeking more, feeling a sense of entitlement?

Take a moment today and see what God has already given you. What areas in your life or ministry do you have influence over? Be thankful for those and seek to make them better, knowing that in their excellence the name of the Lord will also be seen as excellent. As you walk faithfully in these things, also trust that the Lord will see your faithfulness and entrust more as any good lord would to a trustworthy servant. Now, remember that this inevitability is not a cunning way to sneak your desire for personal glory past the eyes of the Lord, as He is of course knowledgeable of both our actions and motivation, but it is a promise that our greatest happiness is found in the promulgation of His glorious name. Let that be your goal and whatever task He entrusts to you will be worth your life.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Faithfulness, Luke, The Name of the Lord.
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September 7th, 2015

The Lord Has Spoken

“And all the trees of the field shall know that I am the LORD; I bring low the high tree, and make high the low tree, dry up the green tree, and make the dry tree flourish. I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will do it.” Ezekiel 17:24 (ESV)

You never have to worry if the Lord will follow through with what He promises. Time and time again, throughout the scripture, we see the Lord speak a promise over His people and bring that promise to fruition. Why? Because, God’s character demands that He uphold His word! The Lord is holy in every way, and as a result there is no darkness within Him. His perfect holiness demands that what He says also be perfect. His “yes” will always be “yes” and his “no” will always be “no.” The Lord does not take into account circumstance nor opposition when following through with His promises, because nothing is more important to Him than protecting the reputation of His holy name.

As the people of God, we should seek to emulate the Lord in this. As we seek to display the character of God, may we hold fast to our word when we give it, knowing that our actions as Christians say something about the God we serve. That was Israel’s problem. Their actions didn’t match their words nor their covenant. Therefore, the Lord, for the sake of His holy name, had to call them to repentance through judgment. May we be more wise than our predecessors. May we commit to speak in truth at all times, holding our promises in the same esteem with which the Lord holds His. We are His people and we are to put on display His character to the nations. Today, make a commitment to do what you have spoken as God Himself would do.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, September 7th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Ezekiel, Faithfulness, Word of God.
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August 31st, 2015

God’s Word is Sure

“And in the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-fifth day of the month, Evil-merodach king of Babylon, in the year that he became king, graciously freed Jehoiachin king of Judah and brought him out of prison. And he spoke kindly to him, and gave him a seat above the seats of the kings who were with him in Babylon. So Jehoiachin put off his prison garments. And every day of his life he dined regularly at the king’s table, and for his allowance, a regular allowance was given him by the king according to his daily need, until the day of his death, as long as he lived.” Jeremiah 52:31-34 (ESV)

The Lord never forgets His promises and His promises never fail. Even in the midst of the promised exile, for no explicit reason, the king of Babylon, Evil-merodach, invites the king of Judah, Jehoichin, out from prison to his dining table. Whatever could have caused a foreign king to show mercy and favor to the king of his servants? Undoubtedly, the Lord is at work in this passage, remembering His covenant with David in which He promised him a permanent kingdom resulting in a messiah to fully deliver the people of God.

Even in hard times when we can’t explicitly see the presence of God, may we not forget that He is faithful and His words never fail. Yes, in this chapter we see Him upholding the hard words of judgment but also the beautiful words of redemption. His promises are true and they will always bring about His glory and our good.

Do you know the promises of God? If not, how can you hold on to them when you are sitting in prison as a king? Do you speak the promises of God over times of trouble, taking refuge in His ultimate provision and plan for you and all things? God’s word is sure! Know it and take refuge in it. Further, when you see His promises come true in your life, take a minute and thank Him for His faithfulness.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, August 31st, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Faithfulness, Jeremiah, Word of God.
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June 23rd, 2015

Faithfulness to God’s Calling

“Thus was accomplished all the work of Solomon from the day the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid until it was finished. So the house of the LORD was completed.” (2 Chronicles 8:16 ESV)

The most important calling on Solomon’s life had finally been completed. The temple of the Lord had been constructed and the Lord promised to keep His “eyes and (His) heart … there for all time” (1 Kings 9:3 ESV). The temple allowed for the indwelling presence of God among His people, and Solomon’s faithfulness to accomplish this work secured that reality.

Imagine, though, if Solomon had gotten distracted. Imagine if he decided that catching up on his latest TV show was more important than securing every detail as God declared for His holy house. Imagine if he had allowed his job as king to distract from his responsibility to build the house of the Lord.  Imagine if he was just too lazy to follow the command of God. Imagine what blessings Solomon would have cost his people if he had not faithfully brought his calling to completion.

What is the Lord calling you to build with your life? What are you doing to insure that you faithfully see it through to completion? What could your faithfulness in seeing this calling through bring about in the lives of the people around you, both in your physical family and your church family?

The calling of God upon our lives carries purpose.  He doesn’t randomly assign vain tasks in order for you to feel valuable.  No, His calling has greater purpose, so that every one of us who have been called to join His spiritual family must carefully consider the consequence of our unfaithfulness and the blessing of our perseverance.

What do you need to build today?

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Pastor of Mobilization & Young Adults (Online Devotional Guest Author)
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category 2 Chronicles, Calling, Faithfulness.
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June 5th, 2015

Trust in the Lord

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:3-4 (ESV)

When you identify an area that you are gifted in or an activity that comes naturally to you, it is easy to place your confidence in that area or activity. Sometimes our competence becomes our confidence. We begin to trust the gifts and abilities that God has given us to the neglect of relying upon His strength. Sometimes we may even forget how we have become victorious. What do you trust in? Who are you relying upon to live the victorious Christian life.

God gives us the victory. The credit does not belong to us for weathering the storms of life. God gives us the grace we need to both live and die. God provides us with His ample supply of Manna and quail. God multiplies the loaves and fish to nourish us.

Spend a few moments thanking God for coming to your rescue. Be mindful of how needy you are and how generous God is. Weigh the privilege of trusting God and using the gifts and abilities He has given in order to live for His glory. Don’t miscalculate the value God places on your life and on your obedience.

As you trust in the Lord and do good, you will dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. As you delight yourself in the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart. Delighting in the Lord involves aligning your life with His agenda. His heart for people becomes your heart for people. Your passion becomes pleasing God!

Riding HIS Wave,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, June 5th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Faithfulness, Psalms, Trust.
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July 25th, 2014

Unwavering Faith

“Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king declared to Daniel, ‘May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!’” Daniel 6:16 (ESV)

Daniel had a track record of faithfulness to God. His loyalty to God was unwavering. After the king signed a decree forbidding Daniel to pray to God, Daniel allowed his devotion to God to supersede his devotion to the king. Daniel was not willing to disobey God in order to obey the king. Instead, Daniel honored God at the expense of the king’s retribution. Daniel paid a hefty price for his obedience. He was thrown into the lions’ den.

  • “Then Daniel said to the king, ‘O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.’” Dan. 6:21-22 (ESV)

Your devotion and faithfulness to God may not ever lead you to be thrown into a literal lions’ den. However, your lions’ den may simply be having others misunderstand you or criticize you for your devotion to God. Your family members may not support you in your walk with God. Your co-workers or neighbors may not fully understand your commitment to serving God. Your lions’ den may be when your peers fail to comprehend your level of loyalty to God.

Serve continually! Trust God completely! God can shut the mouths of the lions. God can redeem the hurt you endure. Allow God to use you to make an impact for His glory for every generation. Be comforted by the fact that God is all-knowing and nothing escapes His attention. God knows right where you are and He knows exactly what you need to accomplish His plan.

Drawing Near,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 1:00 am
Category Faithfulness, God's Provision, Persecution.
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June 4th, 2014

Practicing Instant Obedience

“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” James 4:17 (ESV)

What would God have you do today? Did you know that God has a “to-do” list for you for today? God wants you to be saved! God wants you to grow spiritually! God wants you to share His love and to shine His light! God created you to be relational, not robotic. As you walk with God, He invites you to be in such relational intimacy with Him that you respond to His voice with instant obedience.

You know the good that you ought to do. It’s not that you need more information or more imperatives. Start doing what God has already told you to do. Instant obedience demonstrates your allegiance and loyalty to God’s will. There are times when you may desire God to simply write His will on the wall so that you can read it and obey. It just so happens that the wall is the pages upon which God’s Word is written for you to read personally and obey instantly.

You may be waiting for God’s direction concerning a specific decision that you need to make. Walk in the light God gives you. If you are not at peace about a certain direction, don’t make a move. Wait until God gives you the release to move into that particular direction. Remember, that God has been at work long before your specific situation showed up on your radar. Nothing catches God by surprise. God has a purpose for anything and everything that surprises us. Wait on God’s timing and practice instant obedience. God’s way is always the best way!

Drawing Near,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 at 1:00 am
Category Faithfulness, God's Will, Obedience.
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December 2nd, 2013

Living By Faith

“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.” Hebrews 11:13 (NIV)

Are you living by faith and longing for heaven? God created you for eternity. Your life on earth is just a short stay in light of eternity. Yet, God has a purpose for your life and a mission for you to fulfill during your earthly existence. Your life is ordained by God and for God.

The Hall of Faith in Hebrews chapter eleven captures the lives of Abel, Enoch, Noah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and a host of others. They were still living by faith when they died. They were longing for a better country—a heavenly one (Heb. 11:16). They lived their lives as aliens and strangers on earth.

Don’t get too attached to this life on planet earth. You were not designed to live here forever. God created you with eternity in mind. Your eternal destination in heaven is determined by your faith alone in Christ alone by God’s grace alone. Once you turn your life over to Christ, eternal life in heaven becomes your reality.

Until you get to heaven, God wants you to continue the ministry of Jesus on the earth. Shine the light of Jesus and share the love of Jesus with others. Bloom where God has planted you and allow Him to use you to bring others into relationship with Jesus.

Living by faith involves trusting God to accomplish His plan through your life. Yield to His Lordship and to His leadership and enjoy the journey of being on mission with God. Live by faith and long for heaven. One day you will cross over from this life into the next.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, December 2nd, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category Endurance, Faith, Faithfulness.
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June 2nd, 2013

Seeking God

“In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David.” 2 Chronicles 34:3 (NIV)

What caused Josiah, at the age of sixteen, to begin to seek God? When you look at his family tree, you find that both his father, Amon, and his grandfather, Manasseh, did evil in the eyes of the Lord. It is obvious that Josiah did not receive his spiritual heritage from them. When you look into the life of his great-grandfather, Hezekiah, you find a much different portrait.

  • “Hezekiah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David had done.” 2 Chron. 29:1-2 (NIV)

I wonder if Josiah was influenced by the godly life that his great-grandfather, Hezekiah, lived. Another possibility is that Josiah began to seek God when he became a dad, at the age of sixteen, to Jehoahaz. For me personally, when I became a dad my understanding of God’s love and my pursuit of God intensified. There’s something about seeing your own flesh and blood and embracing the awesome responsibility of parenthood that draws you to God. You recognize your dependency upon God.

Regardless of your age or life stage, assess your level of thirst for God? Are you passionately seeking God daily and allowing Him to have full access to your mind, emotions, and will? Is there anything or anyone you desire more than you desire God? I have discovered in my walk with God, whatever you feed grows and whatever you starve dies.

Make Jesus your top priority. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you. Let Jesus quench your thirst!

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category Faithfulness, Prayer, Seek.
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April 30th, 2013

The Last Days

“First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.” 2 Peter 3:3 (NIV)

We are living in the last days. Don’t be surprised by the turbulence of the times. Those who laugh at the things of God and dismiss the activity of God will continue to increase in number. Scoffers will litter the landscape of this life as we get closer to the coming of Christ. Wickedness will increase and love will deteriorate (Matt. 24:12). The fleshly desires of the unsaved will be fertilized and fed.

Understand your current reality. Where do you fit in the flow of end time events? Are you on the winning team? Have you received God’s offer of salvation in Jesus and turned your life over to Him? If you are in Christ, you are secure for eternity. However, you must be cognizant of the features of the end times. Sin will parade the property on this fallen planet. The scoffers will obey the cravings of their sin nature. Their behavior will reflect their disregard for plan of God.

Be alert to the presence of sin. Be mindful of the pervasiveness of sinful conduct. Satan realizes that his time is short, so he will spare no time to unleash his assault. As the deceiver, the enemy specializes in convincing scoffers to unleash their personal rebellion against God and God’s family. If there were ever a time to get right with God, the time is now!

Crucify your flesh and seek to please God with your life and your lips. Make sure that the tongue in your mouth lines up with the tongue in your shoe. Live with integrity as you surrender to the full control of the Holy Spirit in your life. Confess sin. Live above reproach. Stay close and clean.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category End Times, Faithfulness, God's Plan.
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