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Creating space…

“…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. 
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:31

Almost immediately, as I experienced my experiment in slowing down, it made a tremendous difference in my life. I could better understand what my mentor, Dallas Willard, had said about an unhurried life, especially for someone like me who is typically almost always in a hurry. I have goals, I have things I want to accomplish, I have big dreams, and I have a lot of responsibility, but that doesn’t mean I need to hurry.

This idea of living an unhurried life, waiting and being patient, is a scriptural idea, by the way. We just don’t like to pay too much attention to it. One of the most famous verses that we quote here on the Hour of Power is the passage about the eagle’s wings. And it begins with waiting on the Lord. That’s where all of the strength and power emanates. Isaiah says that when we wait for the Lord, we will renew our strength. Who? Those who are in a waiting posture with the Lord.

You see, living in an unhurried way creates space for God to give you the strength. Instead of trying harder, you’re actually empowered by the Holy Spirit in the spaces of life.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I want to live in your strength, empowered by your Holy Spirit, unhurried, and always aware of you. Amen.

Reflection: Do you feel weak in any area of your life? How would it feel if you were stronger?.

By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

Enjoying every bite…

By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
-Psalm 27:13

When I started an experiment in doing everything slowly, it started to affect the way I ate. One time towards the end of this week, as I was peeling an orange, I felt this spiritual experience as I put my thumb in and the orange popped with a blast of juice that burst out and filled the room. I could smell the wonderful citrus scent as I pulled off the orange skin and peeled it slowly. Then, as I broke the orange in half, juice sprayed everywhere and the whole room was filled with its lovely fragrance. I bit into its juicy and sweet fruit, and ate it slowly, enjoying every bite.

Are you feeling hungry yet? That’s what slowing down does.

Slowing down, living in an unhurried way makes life more delicious. That is the truth. And that’s the thing that I realized this week. I’ve even started speaking slower to people. Believe it or not, I’m actually listening to people when they talk to me. And I’m responding to their questions rather than pontificating on my own wisdom and insight.

I’ve found myself, this last week, immediately experiencing the fruit of an unhurried life. Here are a few things I’ve figured out: My time was less filled. I had more time, and yet I was probably more productive. I was happier. I wasn’t constantly thinking about the next thing but I was present in the gifts that God was giving me. And although I think I may have frustrated some of the strangers who were trying to get around me or get ahead of me in line, I was a blessing to my friends and my family.

Prayer: Dear Lord, as I begin to slow down and live the unhurried life, I look forward to experiencing the blessing you have in store for me, and the more quality time I will have to spend with you. Amen.

Reflection: Like Bobby eating the orange, try an unhurried experiment yourself. What did you do, and how did it make you feel?

Teaching the truth…

By Fred Gillett, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

“I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.'”
-John 17:14

Political correctness has taken our society to new levels that need biblical challenges and clarification.

We need to root our values in divine virtues from the Word of God. If we do not put down deep biblical roots, our children and grandchildren will end up controlled by self- interests learned through a corrupted society. Biblically founded ethics will be things of the past.

Our authority must come from God, not from our government or other ruling bodies whose values are rooted in self-promoting and propagation of their agendas.

Jesus came, taught, died, and was resurrected to first teach, then show, that God loves us. Can we respect that and teach it to others as the truth?

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your perfect plan for my life. Help me to discover each element of that plan through your holy Word, and to share it with others, especially the younger generations as they grow and mature. Amen.

Devotion: If there’s one value in the Bible that you see lacking in the world today, what would that be?

By Fred Gillett, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

Heaven on earth…

“It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.”
1 Corinthians 15:44

God loves you. He loves your body and wants to save your whole life right where you are, right now.

You may be thinking, “Bobby, I don’t believe that.” If that’s what you’re thinking, write to me. I want to pray for you. I want you to know God loves your body. Your body is a very sacred thing. He calls it a temple. And Easter is the celebration that someday God is going to rescue this earth.

Now, the cross may bring us to heaven, but resurrection brings heaven to earth. We must not forget that. What God wants done right here is heaven on earth today. We pray for it every day. And we continue to hope for it and work for it. If you believe in it, say, “Amen!”

Prayer: Dear Lord, I believe in your saving grace. Save me, my whole life, where I am right now. As we near Easter, and celebrate the hope that Easter brings, I also celebrate the day when God will rescue the whole world, bringing heaven to earth. Amen.

Devotion: Do you ever doubt that God loves you, your whole body, where you are right now? What convinces you that he does?

By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

Rescue me…

“…in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”
-Ephesians 2:7

Loving kindness – the care for every single body, the care for this world, living from the Easter message that God loves this world, that God brings heaven to earth.

Bring it here! Bring it now! Heal the sick, raise the dead, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, guide the blind. That prayer drove Christianity the first three centuries and unraveled Paganism with loving kindness.

That’s what Christians are still doing today. Because of Christianity, we believe the body is holy, we believe it is sacred. Do not give up. We believe in caring for every single person who is sick, who is aging, who is hurting. God loves you, God loves your body, and God wants to save your whole life right where you are, right now.

Prayer: Dear Lord, just as I come to accept my body as holy and sacred, help me to see others in the same light. Amen.

Devotion: How does your attitude and behavior change when you look at each person you meet as holy and sacred?

By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

Loving kindness….

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own…”
1 Corinthians 6:19

In the early centuries of the Roman Empire, at the first onset of disease, sick people were pushed away, and thrown into the roadways before they were dead. They treated unburied corpses as dirt hoping to avert the spread and contagion of fatal diseases.

By comparison, Dionysius, who was a bishop of the early church, said that most of our brother Christians, however, showed unbounded love and loyalty, never sparing themselves and thinking only of one another. Heedless of danger, they took charge of the sick, attending to their every need, ministering to them in Christ. Then, when infected by others, they departed this life serenely happy for having drawn unto themselves the sickness of their neighbors, cheerfully accepting their pains. Many, in nursing and curing others, transferred their deaths unto themselves, and died in their neighbor’s stead. The best of our brothers and sisters lost their lives in this manner. A number of presbyters, deacons, and laymen won high commendation so that death, which was the result of great piety and strong faith and seemed in every way the equal to martyrdom.

The loving kindness of the first and second century Christians is what unraveled the selfishness of Pagan culture.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to shed my selfish nature by considering, first, the needs and cares of others. Amen.

Devotion: How do we show this Christian loving kindness today?
By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

Valued and treasured….

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?”
1 Corinthians 6:19

In the kingdom of God, a body is different than it is on earth. That extra weight, those wrinkles, a scar – you may think them ugly. But it was a smile that put those wrinkles around your eyes. For mothers, that tummy pooch is the result of bearing a child. The scar is the result of an important life experience. All are a part of your story. And God values that and treasures your body.

We think about all the things about our body that we hate – we’re bald, or we’re getting old, or we’re getting too fat, or we’re too short, or too tall, or too skinny, or whatever it is, corns on our toes. We think about all these things, how our bodies are changing. We think, “Someday, I will die and go to heaven. Who cares about this stupid body?” God cares about your body.

The Apostle Paul points this out all the time when he says, “Your body is a temple.” Your body is a temple, indeed. The Holy Spirit lives in your body, and wherever your body goes, you bring the Spirit of Christ with you – his love, his life. He chose your body. He values it. Your body is an important part of your spirituality.

Prayer: Dear Lord, this is a new thought for me. I never quite viewed my body as such a treasure to you. Thank you for this vessel that you have loaned to me to carry me through life and be a witness to your love. Amen.

Devotion: How does this devotion affect the way you view your body?

By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

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