Stand in the Gap Minute Archives
Monday, November 23, 2020 - Thanksgiving Series: A Gratitude Attitude
November 22, 2020
What does it mean to be thankful? As we approach Thanksgiving, we consider the importance of living with gratitude for God’s blessings. Psalm 100 urges us to, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!” The Israelites praised God as they first entered the temple gates in Jerusalem, continuing as they walked through the courtyard. Gratitude extended throughout their journey. The principle of thankful living impacts us still today. We don’t need to wait until a holiday. We can reflect on God’s goodness to us throughout our daily actions. Even when we are stuck in traffic or standing in a line at a store, we can turn from impatience to counting God’s blessings. From our salvation, to our family members, to the little ways God shows up throughout our day, our hurried moments can become holy moments as we cultivate an attitude of gratitude.
Monday, November 16, 2020 - Basic Prayer Series: Answers to Prayers
November 16, 2020
Does God always answer prayer? The prophet Habakkuk cried out, “O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear?” Sometimes, even those with a deep relationship with God question whether He is listening. In Habakkuk’s situation, God promised His answer was on the way. Though he could not see a response at that moment, the Lord had a plan that would perfectly address the prophet’s situation. We often find ourselves wondering whether God will answer our concerns. Whether our health, a job situation, or concerns regarding a loved one, we want to see change now. Yet the Lord’s timing is best. He is never early or late. His answer arrives on time, and in His perfect time. He is listening—and will answer—in ways beyond our understanding. As Paul wrote, God can do more than we ask or imagine.
Monday, November 9, 2020 - Living By Faith Series- What is Faith?
November 8, 2020
What is faith? Many believe faith is an invisible belief difficult to define, yet God's Word offers a clear explanation. In Hebrews 11:1, we discover, "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Biblical faith includes assurance. Faith is not in the category of uncertainty, but serves as a certainty regarding spiritual realities. In addition, faith is expressed as a conviction. Our beliefs are values, not aspirations. We trust in God and His ways because of His promises and presence. It has been said faith in God is like our belief in the wind. We cannot see the wind, but we feel its power and presence. Yet with God, we also have the person of Jesus Christ who has walked among us. Let's not waver in our faith; let's live it out today. Discover more at American Pastors Network dot net.