CSR Daily Devotion

I have been writing about Matthew West‘s new album, Brand New, for the last three days, but for good reason. As I stated on Thursday, if you were not familiar with Mr. West, you would be by the end of this week. But I will only be sharing tracks from the album today and tomorrow. Yesterday we found ourselves playing the album over the TV through the Spotify app. Despite the album being out since just Friday, our 8-yo daughter was singing the words to almost every song. Hearing her surprise when she finally realized that The God Who Stays was a Matthew West song and on that album touched my heart, as she told my wife and I how much she loved that song.

I am no saint, not by a long shot. You will read more about my struggles in the actual devotion below. My wife and I have listened to Christian music just for the last 8 years, and again, that is for good reason. We want our daughter to be rooted in the Spirit, so it only makes sense to listen to nothing else but Christian Music. And the music that is coming out of the Christian/Gospel genre is amazing now-a-days. It’s not even a challenge to be a fan of such music anymore. Give this album a listen and, I’m pretty sure, you’ll be a Matthew West fan after. And then you’ll be looking for when he’s coming close to your town, like we have committed ourselves to now. So today I am sharing what our family decided was our favorite track off the album, in hopes that you’ll know, know, know Jesus; like we know, know, know Jesus; then you’ll know, know, know the reason why…

Mr. West describes exactly why he only creates Christian music.

February 16

23”If you can?” said Jesus.  “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

24Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”  (Mark 9:23-24)

This in one of the most quoted verses from the Book of Mark, mostly because it is only found in Mark’s Gospel.  Also, this verse speaks to most of us as Christians.  This desperate father, whose son had been possessed by a demonic spirit, begs Jesus to take pity on them and help.  Jesus replies that anything is possible for one who believes.

We hear that a lot as Christians.  We even say that even more to others as Christians.  But then, despite us believing, as soon as we see our prayers going unanswered and our lives remaining in endless turmoil, our “unbelief” starts to creep into our lives.  Then we are pleading like this father to Jesus:  “Help me overcome my unbelief!”

It’s easy to believe when you see instant gratification and miracles happening in your life.  I have prayed countless prayers and requests of healing for family members that has never come.  But I pray them none-the-less.  And to help overcome my unbelief, I cling to the miracles I have personally seen in my life performed by the hands of God.  That’s what gets me through my unbelief, because I have personally experienced circumstances in my life that I know could only be arranged by a higher power.  So I always remind myself of those miracles, and that God is patient and works everything out for the good of those who walk with Him.

We have been praying for a specific prayer for the last seven weeks.  In today’s journal entry, write down what’s happened, if anything, to fulfill that prayer.  If you are still waiting, write how you feel and how Jesus can help you remain faithful and believing as we continue to pray for this miracle in your life.

Reading plan:  Mark 10:1-31

Deeper reading plan:  Deuteronomy 19-21

Prayer and meditation:  continue to pray for your request from day 1 and pray for God to always keep your faith and belief in Him strong and full of passion.

Fitness challenge:  rest

Sunday Journal:  your prayer and your unbelief

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