Wrong Expectations – Daughters of Promise – August 7

WRONG EXPECTATIONSJaime Wyrtzen LauzeMark 14Have you ever felt like God let you down. Have you been angry with Him for not delivering you from trouble at a time when you thought that He should?Jesus was not what was expected. People were upset that He didnt take over Jerusalem. They didnt understand from the prophecies that... Read more

When God Withholds – Daughters of Promise – August 6

WHEN GOD WITHHOLDSIn the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this. Then God said to him in the dream, Yes, I know that you have done this in the integrity of your heart, and it was I who kept you from sinning against me. Therefore I did not... Read more

What Fear is Driving My Choices? – Daughters of Promise – August 5

WHAT FEAR IS DRIVING MY CHOICES?And Abimelech said to Abraham, What did you see, that you did this thing, [turn over your wife to me]? Abraham said, I did it because I thought, There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife. Genesis 20:10-11Sometimes,... Read more

God is Not Passive in my Mistakes – Daughters of Promise – August 4

GOD IS NOT PASSIVE IN MY MISTAKESFrom there Abraham journeyed toward the territory of the Negeb sojourned in Gerar. And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister. And Abimelech sent and took Sarah. But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, Behold, you are a dead... Read more

The Power of Desperation – Daughters of Promise – August 3

THE POWER OF DESPERATIONSo they made their father [Lot] drink wine that night also. And the younger arose and lay with him, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose. Thus both the daughters of Lot became pregnant by their father. The firstborn bore a son and called his name... Read more

The Cost of Mediocrity – Daughters of Promise – July 31

THE COST OF MEDIOCRITYAnd as they brought them out, one said, Escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away. Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the Lord out of heaven. And he overthrew those... Read more

How Could He Do Such a Thing?! – Daughters of Promise – July 30

HOW COULD HE DO SUCH A THING?!And they called to Lot, Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them. Lot went out to the men at the entrance, shut the door after him, and said, I beg you, my brothers, do not act so... Read more

Does God Have a Heart for Your Family? – Daughters of Promise – July 29

DOES GOD HAVE A HEART FOR YOUR FAMILY?Then the men said to Lot, Have you anyone else here? Sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or anyone you have in the city, bring them out of the place. For we are about to destroy this place. Genesis 19:12The members of Lots family dont appear to have a deep and... Read more

Blind and Still Obsessed – Daughters of Promise – July 28

BLIND AND STILL OBSESSEDBut the men [angels] reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them and shut the door. And they struck with blindness the men who were at the entrance of the house, both small and great, so that they wore themselves out groping for the door. Genesis 19:10-11God is... Read more

Where Have Your Friends Gone? – Daughters of Promise – July 27

WHERE HAVE YOUR FRIENDS GONE?But they [the men of the city] said, Stand back! And they said, This fellow came to sojourn, and he has become the judge! Now we will deal worse with you than with them. Genesis 19:9Lot put all his hopes for a future in Sodom. He conformed and got himself elected... Read more

A Perfect Moment to Strike Back – Daughters of Promise – July 24

A PERFECT MOMENT TO STRIKE BACKBeloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord. Romans 12:19Kids learn quickly how to take revenge. When someone plays a practical joke on them, they may pretend that it didnt faze them but... Read more

It’s Still in There! – Daughters of Promise – July 23

ITS STILL IN THERE!The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth and said, My lords, please turn aside to your servants house and spend the night and... Read more

“Well, Well!” – Daughters of Promise – July 22

WELL, WELL!The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. Genesis 19:1When the angels arrived at the city gate, whom should they meet but Lot. How shocking! He had gone from a foreigner to the mayor of the city. (The one who sits at the gate... Read more

Scared and Hard on Myself – Daughters of Promise – July 21

SCARED AND HARD ON MYSELFAbraham answered and said, Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes. And the Lord went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place. Genesis 18:27,33If I dont know the nature of God well, my prayers... Read more

Does God Put His Arms Down? – Daughters of Promise – July 20

DOES GOD PUT HIS ARMS DOWN?But of Israel he says, All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people. Romans 10:20 Consider what its like to run into someone you havent seen in a while. Youre excited; you call out their name, and then move swiftly toward them. Youre not... Read more

Difficult Gifts – Daughters of Promise – July 17

DIFFICULT GIFTSJaime Wyrtzen LauzeBlessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial...Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above... James 1:12a and 17aHave you ever received a gift that you did not want? Have you ever been given a gift that required great responsibility from you?I became a follower of Jesus at a young... Read more

Start With What You Have – Daughters of Promise – July 16

START WITH WHAT YOU HAVEGod has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? Romans 11:2If there are two believers on my street but a hundred who hate Christ, I can paint with a broad brush and say, No... Read more

Trusting Religious Traditions – Daughters of Promise – July 15

TRUSTING RELIGIOUS TRADITIONSWe know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from. John 9:34The Pharisees are reaching hard for evidence to discount the blind mans miracle. They name-drop the name of Moses, using him as a means to dismiss the miracle standing in front... Read more

Guilt that Leads to Freedom – Daughters of Promise – July 14

GUILT THAT LEADS TO FREEDOMWhat then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. Roman 7:7The law is really my friend. Its true. Without an awareness of Gods moral plumb line, I wouldnt know what sin is. Without sin,... Read more

A Job Gone Wrong – Daughters of Promise – July 13

A JOB GONE WRONGAnd for this reason the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath. John 5:16The men who made up the Jewish Sanhedrin (the religious ruling council of the Jews) took one of their jobs seriously. They were to investigate any new teacher who came along lest that man... Read more

Fearing Transparency – Daughters of Promise – July 10

FEARING TRANSPARENCYThe Lord said to Abraham, Why did Sarah laugh and say, Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old? But Sarah denied it, saying, I did not laugh, for she was afraid. He said, No, but you did laugh. Genesis 18:13,15God did not punish Sarah for laughing, an act of unbelief,... Read more

Difficult Gifts – Daughters of Promise – July 9

DIFFICULT GIFTSJaime Wyrtzen LauzeBlessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial...Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above... James 1:12a and 17aHave you ever received a gift that you did not want? Have you ever been given a gift that required great responsibility from you?I became a follower of Jesus at a young... Read more

Logic: Unbelief’s Friend – Daughters of Promise – July 8

The Lord said, I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son. And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. So Sarah laughed to... Read more

Recognizing God – Daughters of Promise – July 7

RECOGNIZING GODAnd the Lord appeared to him [Abraham] by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door... Read more

Do it Before it Gets More Difficult – Daughters of Promise – July 6

DO IT BEFORE IT GETS MORE DIFFICULTWhen he had finished talking with him, God went up from Abraham. Then Abraham took Ishmael his son and all those born in his house or bought with his money, every male among the men of Abrahams house, and he circumcised the flesh of their foreskins that very day, as... Read more

When One Child is Left Out – Daughters of Promise – July 3

WHEN ONE CHILD IS LEFT OUTAnd Abraham said to God, Oh that Ishmael might live before you! God said, No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him. As for Ishmael,... Read more

Admitting Who I Was – Daughters of Promise – July 2

ADMITTING WHO I WASUnless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Psalm 127:1It took me 47 years to discover some things about my rich spiritual history and birthright. Until I embraced it as mine, my lifes house was constructed with some destitute building materials. Because I had not seized the meaning of my... Read more

Laughter in a Moment of Disbelief – Daughters of Promise – July 1

LAUGHTER IN A MOMENT OF DISBELIEFI will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her. Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed. Genesis 17:16-17Im one of Gods children who is not so unlike others... Read more

Princess to Princess – Daughters of Promise – June 30

PRINCESS TO PRINCESSAnd God said to Abraham, As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. Genesis 17:15Sarai means princess. So does Sarah. She was once of nobility among her people, her fathers princess. Once God spoke her name, changed it slightly, she was named as one who... Read more

The Unwelcome Promise | Devotional by Marlyn Ehle

In the world you will have trouble John 16:33 How easily weve bought into the philosophy that the comfortable life is the normal Christian life “In the world you will have trouble” are not words regularly cited in a list of Blessed Promises of Faith. It seems such an unlikely, unlovely promise. We are astonished... Read more