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We are too inclined to attribute to God the work of the devil, just as some have ascribed to the devil the work of God. — Vance Havner

We wanted very much to come to you, and I, Paul, tried again and again, but Satan prevented us. (1 Thessalonians 2:18, NLT)

To keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. (2 Corinthians 12:7, NLT)

This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath? (Luke 13:16, NLT)

Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. The devil will throw some of you into prison to test you. You will suffer for ten days. But if you remain faithful even when facing death, I will give you the crown of life. (Revelation 2:10, NLT)

The time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. (John 16:32-33, NLT)



This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. (1 John 1:5, NLT)

Instantly I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it. The one sitting on the throne was as brilliant as gemstones—like jasper and carnelian. And the glow of an emerald circled his throne like a rainbow. (Revelation 4:2-3, NLT)

At just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords. He alone can never die, and he lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No human eye has ever seen him, nor ever will. All honor and power to him forever! (1 Timothy 6:15-16, NLT)

I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles. (Psalm 145:5, NLT)

Lord, You are robed in light too wonderful for my eyes to behold. Yet You incline Your ear to hear my prayers (Ps. 116:2). Thank You for the wondrous works You have done and continue to do in my life. — Mike Bickle



Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God. (Matthew 22:21, NLT)

If one has brought his whole life into line with the will of God, so far as he can understand it, he has put himself in the way of receiving in God’s good time, the best things that God can devise for his children. After that he must have patience. — Edward Increase Bosworth

Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” (Joshua 3:5, NIV)

Living to make my mark is too small a thing for me to give my life to. But to be positioned where God can do whatever He chooses to do through me … that is a thing worth giving my life for. — Andy Stanley

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. (Jeremiah 29:13, NLT)



God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm. — William Cowper

Immediately the fire of the Lord flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench! (1 Kings 18:38, NLT)

After the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. (1 Kings 19:12, NLT)

Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. (Acts 2:2-3, NLT)

Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! (Acts 16:25-26, NLT)

God works in the cataclysmic, in the flood and tornado; and He works in the gradual, quiet process of the seasons. … But He also works in daily growth in the knowledge of Christ, the quiet walk by His sufficient grace. — Vance Havner

Happy Father’s Day Robin Roberts!


Happy Father’s Day Robin Roberts!

𝐹𝑜𝑟 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑤𝑒 𝑑𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑡 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑒𝑎𝑐ℎ 𝑜𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑎𝑠 𝑎 𝑓𝑎𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑑𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑜𝑤𝑛 𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑑𝑟𝑒𝑛, 𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑎𝑔𝑖𝑛𝑔, 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑢𝑟𝑔𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑡𝑜 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑠 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑡ℎ𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝐺𝑜𝑑, 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑐𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑠 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑜 ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑑𝑜𝑚 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑔𝑙𝑜𝑟𝑦. (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12, NIV)

Happy Father’s Day Dad! I am a blessed man to have you as my father. I so appreciate your constant love and support—in life and in the Lord. I thank God for you. - Ryan



Presumption: overstepping due bounds, taking liberties. - Merriam Webster Dictionary

Grace invites presumption as surely as security invites carelessness. Be careful that you do not allow your understanding of grace to lead you into presumption.

                                                                            —Walter Henrichsen

God said, “Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.” So Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence, just as he commanded him. He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank. But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” (Numbers 20:8-12, NIV)

Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. (Psalm 19:13, ESV)

Do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? (Romans 2:4, ESV)



Then the Lord spoke to me again and said, “My care for the people of Judah is like the gently flowing waters of Shiloh. (Isaiah 8:5-6, NLT)

The Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. (Revelation 17:14, KJV)



Anger is the enemy of reason. Men do in the heat of passion what their reason, in a moment of objectivity, abhors. You are never in greater danger of living in regret than when you find anger beginning to take its awful hold on you.

                                                                            — Walter Henrichsen

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. (James 1:19-20, NIV)

Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. (Proverbs 29:11, NIV)

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. (Psalm 37:8, NIV)

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. … Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4: 26-27, 32, NIV)



You are a tower of refuge to the poor, O Lord, a tower of refuge to the needy in distress. You are a refuge from the storm and a shelter from the heat. For the oppressive acts of ruthless people are like a storm beating against a wall. (Isaiah 25:4, NLT)

The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe. (Proverbs 18:10, NLT)

He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. (Psalm 121:3-4, NLT)

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. (Psalm 34:7, ESV)

If we ever needed a wall, it is now. ... We have a fortress, a hiding place, a Rock of Ages. Are you hid with Christ in God? — Vance Havner