The Power of Multiplication

S (Scripture) – Genesis 1:11-12, 27-28

“Then God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them;’ and it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good…God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'”

O (Observation) – Every living thing was created with the ability within itself to multiply. Every piece of fruit has seeds within itself, every vegetable has the ability to be planted and more will grow, all animals can be joined together to create more of their kind based on the DNA passed on to the next generation…Father, You did not create anything that was incapable of multiplying.  The ability to see the larger picture of Your story is sobering – we are one generation in the epic story of Your Kingdom.  You set in motion this story on the day You created light, and this story is not over.  We are right in the middle of Your crescendo.

A (Application) – Your directive to mankind upon creating them was to “Go forth and multiply.” Your command to Your followers just before You ascended into Heaven was (and is) to “Go and preach the Good News and make disciples.”  The Great Commission is all about multiplying and reproducing, just in a different way.  By sharing the truth of Jesus with just one person, that can lead to generation upon generation of families changed forever.  May we not be so focused on ourselves, our circumstances, and our small circle of influence that we become stagnant in showing a lost generation the love of Christ in order to win them to the truth.

Tony Evans is a world-renowned Bible teacher, Preacher, and Author who has been used by God to lead millions to Jesus and help Christians mature in the faith.  Ravi Zacharias is a Christian apologist who defends the faith via debates in prestigious universities and through his dozens of books and worldwide influential radio ministry and leaders he has developed.  Both of these men were at one time lost and far away from the Lord.

Tony Evans’s father became a Christian because of a close friendship with another Christian man, and he brought that faith home to his family and passed it on to his wife and children.  Little did that friend of his father know what type of seed was within Tony Evans when he shared the Good News with his friend, Tony’s father.

Ravi came to know the Lord after attempting to take his own life as a teenager.  As he tells the story, he was in his hospital bed when a local Christian worker brought him a Bible and told his mother to read to him from John 14.  Right there in the hospital, he gave his life to the Lord and is quoted as saying, “Jesus if You are the one who gives life as it is meant to be, I want it.  Please get me out of this hospital bed well, and I promise I will leave no stone unturned in my pursuit of truth.”  Thanks be to God that the local Christian worker had the courage to share the truth of the Word with him that day – how many countless lives have been impacted as a result!?

P (Prayer) – Heavenly Father, thank You for life.  Thank You for drawing us in closer to You, and working through us to show Your love to this broken humanity around us.  Open our eyes, Lord.  Help us to see through the cluttered chaos the world dumps upon us as a distraction.  Give us Your eyes instead.  Help us to see the potential that just one person can have on Your kingdom.  We do not know which person will yield the most fruit for You, or even if that person will respond to You…it is not our job to “convert” someone; rather, it is our job to show the world Your love and leave the rest up to You.


They’re Watching You

I came across my very first journal recently, and plan to share these entries as a way to preserve them, pass them on, and see how the Lord has richly blessed my journey with Him over the years.

March 9th, 2009

S (Scripture) – Genesis 24:21 “Meanwhile, the man was gazing at her in silence, to know whether the Lord had made his journey successful or not.”

O (Observation) – What are your family members, friends, and associates learning about God from watching you?  If you proclaim to know the Lord, people are watching you even more than before.  They want to see if you are the real deal, or not.  Your thought process, the way you make decisions, and how you treat others are all going to be examined under a microscope.  Those that are teachers will be judged more strictly.

A (Application) – Take captive every thought for Christ.  Let every word out of your mouth only have life.  Recognize and encourage those who proclaim to live for Christ, but do not walk in the life He has for them.  Be disciplined.  “You have to LIVE OUT my love for other people.  You have to be willing to obey, no matter what the cost.  You have to love me with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength.”

P (Prayer) – Lord, give me strength to obey You no matter what.

Not Turning Back, Forgiven Much = Love Much, Strong Foundation

I came across my very first journal recently, and plan to share these entries as a way to preserve them, pass them on, and see how the Lord has richly blessed my journey with Him over the years.

March 7th, 2009

S (Scripture) – Genesis 19:26, Luke 7:36-50, Luke 6:46-49

“But his wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.”

“Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to dine with him, and He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.  And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume.  Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, ‘If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner.’  And Jesus answered him, ‘Simon, I have something to say to you.’  And he replied, ‘Say it, Teacher.’  ‘A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both.  So which of them will love him more?’  Simon answered and said, ‘I suppose the one whom he forgave more.’  And He said to him, ‘You have judged correctly.’  Turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, ‘Do you see this woman?  I entered your house; you gave Me no water for my feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.  You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet.  You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume.  For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.’  Then He said to her, ‘Your sins have been forgiven.’  Those who were reclining at the table with Him began to say to themselves, ‘Who is this man who even forgives sins?’  And He said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.'”

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?  Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.  But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.”

O (Observation) – Lot’s sons-in-law thought the nearing judgement was a joke.  Despite the family’s hesitation, they were led out of the city.  Lot’s wife could not let go 100% and had to look back.

The woman who washed Jesus’s feet with her tears and perfume was forgiven greatly, and in return her love was great.

People who say, “Lord, Lord,” but do not put his words into practice will be washed away when a storm does come.

A (Application) – Treat the pending judgement as if it were a matter of life and death.  Leave everything of this world behind, and don’t look back.  Love, as I have been loved.  Continue to build a solid foundation each day so that when storms come, I will not be washed away.

P (Prayer) – Lord, may it be so.

Details We Can’t Control

I came across my very first journal recently, and plan to share these entries as a way to preserve them, pass them on, and see how the Lord has richly blessed my journey with Him over the years.

March 3rd, 2009

S (Scripture) – Genesis 7 – Noah Building the Ark

O (Observation) – Many times when we are given the entire task all at the same time, or think about our lives as a big project, we don’t know how we are ever going to get it done, or how all of the details will come together.  We need to focus on what specifically we’ve been given to do, and let God work out the rest.

A (Application) – I need to understand that God is sovereign, and if He wants something done, it is going to get done.  He He asks me to do something, He has already given us everything we need to do our part.  We need to trust that He will come through on His part.

P (Prayer) – Lord, help me keep my eyes on You instead of the impossibility of the situation around me.

Agreeing with God

I came across my very first journal recently, and plan to share these entries as a way to preserve them, pass them on, and see how the Lord has richly blessed my journey with Him over the years.

March 2nd, 2009

S (Scripture) – Genesis 3 “Where are you?  Who told you?  What have you done?”

O (Observation) – God already knows the answers to all of the questions He asks us, but He wants us to acknowledge what we have done.  He wants us to see what He sees.  God sets rules, boundaries, and limitations for our own good.  We may not understand why we are not to do certain things, but we need to trust that God really does know what is best for us.

A (Application) – We must recognize when we have fallen short and be quick to confess to God when He asked.  We, also as parents, need to make sure our children understand what they have done, and that it was wrong and unacceptable.  Proper discipline must follow.

P (Prayer) – Father, help me see things from Your perspective when dealing with myself and my children.

This particular entry is very special to me, as it was before I ever even thought of having children.  Now that I am a parent, it is all the more real to me in a mighty way!


I came across my very first journal recently, and plan to share these entries as a way to preserve them, pass them on, and see how the Lord has richly blessed my journey with Him over the years.

March 1st, 2009

S (Scripture) – The creation account in Genesis 1, “And God said…and it was so.” – Over and over again…in order.

O (Observation) – I see that everything has to happen step-by-step.  Like a cake recipe, you can’t leave one thing out, bake it too fast, and rush to make it faster.  Certain things need to happen before other things can happen.  The only one in control is God.

A (Application) – God is asking, “Do you trust me?”  As much as I want to change someone or their circumstances, I need to understand more completely that God’s recipe is far greater than anything I can come up with on my own.  He is looking for the best way to bring Himself glory, and only He knows what timing is best.  I submit to Your timing, Lord.

P (Prayer) – Lord, give me patience.  Help me see things from Your perspective.  Stop me from trying to change the recipe – rather, show me where I fit in.