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Stop Putting God in a Box | YFNZ Devotional

Posted on Aug 13, 2020, in the categories: YFNZ Devotional
Stop Putting God in a Box | YFNZ Devotional

“Star Breathing God, You came down” – Lyrics from a song I wrote a few months ago. But when I wrote the song, I don’t think I fully understood the true magnitude of what those words actually mean. As a missionary, I don’t get paid for what I do – I rely on God for my finances and needs. He always provides – for the 18 months that I’ve been in YWAM, I’ve never been lacking. But over the past few months I’ve been asking God for more. …

Why Does God Let Us Harm Each Other? | YFNZ Devotional

Posted on May 29, 2020, in the categories: YFNZ Devotional
Why Does God Let Us Harm Each Other? | YFNZ Devotional

Why does God let other people hurt us?   For that matter, why does He let us hurt ourselves? It’s because God has granted to each human the incalculable gift of free will. On one hand, it is the greatest gift He could offer us, since it makes true relationship possible. It makes art and music and poetry and amazing feats of engineering possible. It gives us the ability to dream and create and argue and think our own thoughts. It gives other people the ability to surprise us, to delight us, to comfort us. Without free will, we’re less than human, less than interesting, and might as well have remained inert clay with no breath of God breathed in. But it comes at a high price.…

What If You Prayed Knowing You've Won? | YFNZ Devotional

Posted on May 14, 2020, in the categories: Prayer, YFNZ Devotional
What If You Prayed Knowing You've Won? | YFNZ Devotional

I woke up one sunny morning, about halfway through our lockdown in New Zealand. I got up, made my classic breakfast of avocado on toast, and sat down on the couch to pray and get my day started. I flipped open my journal and began to write down all the difficult things I had been dealing with. Being away from family. The sickness and death of family members. And well, I was bored with being in quarantine for so long.  I started praying through my list of "issues". I asked God to heal the world. I asked Him to help my heart stop hurting from being away from family. Lastly, I asked Him to help me not be so bored. My prayer lasted about 15 seconds. I picked up my phone and started scrolling through Instagram.…

Get Up, Take Your Bed, and Walk | YFNZ Devotional

Posted on Apr 23, 2020, in the categories: YFNZ Devotional
Get Up, Take Your Bed, and Walk | YFNZ Devotional

“Do you want to get well?” Jesus asked a pretty obvious question to a cripple. In John 5, there’s a multitude of invalids and sick around the pool at Bethesda. They were covered by five roofed colonnades, providing shelter from the intense heat. Rumour had it that an angel would come and “stir the waters” of the pool—the first one who got in was healed.…

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