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Ain’t Got Nothin on Me!

Weekly Devotionals

Ain’t Got Nothin on Me!

A few months ago, I found myself going through a devotional on The Book of James led by Francis Chan.  The book of James is a relatively short one, but it certainly packs a punch…particularly Chapter 5:13~20.  Including one of his favorite verses, Francis breaks this reading into three sections.

13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

These verses remind us that we are to be so intimate and in love with the Lord that we can’t help but be in CONSTANT prayer with Him in all circumstances.

17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

Here comes the best part.  Verse 17 says, ”Elijah was a human being, even as we are.”  Some versions say, “Elijah was a man just like us.”  Let’s admit it.  There are many Biblical heroes that we all admire and revere…many, since childhood.  And they remain heroes because they have a testimony that demonstrates amazing character.  To many, Elijah is such a hero.  Merely through his prayers, the “heavens gave rain!”  In a more familiar story, through his prayers, fire fell from the sky in the epic victory on Mount Carmel.  The problem with heroes is that we convince ourselves that we could NEVER be like them!

  • I’m no King David!
  • I’m no Moses!
  • I’m no Elijah!

But this very Word of God says that WE ARE!  Despite what we have grown up believing, these heroes aint’ got nothin on us!

It is the SAME

  • Authority that God gave Elijah
  • Courage that God gave Daniel
  • Leadership that God gave Moses
  • Wisdom that God gave Solomon
  • Faith that God gave Esther…

…that is within us and empowers us to live the lives we live and change the hearts of those that are lost!  We are such heroes.  This brings us to the last part.

19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

Living the life of a Believer is no easy task at times.  Going forth to “turn a sinner from the error of their way” isn’t a walk in the park either.  And at times, we often trick ourselves to think that we don’t have the authority, courage, leadership, wisdom, or faith to seek and save the lost.  If you have been thinking this way till now, kid yourself no more.  God is using us to turn others back to Him.  What greater miracle is there?  Our prayers (the same prayers as Elijah) can have THAT much power.  What an incredible thought…that we can have such an impact on someone’s eternity.

It all starts by having a relationship with God that is so intimate that in all circumstances, our first action is to turn to the Lord in prayer.

So wherever this devotional finds you (on your commute to work, during your lunch break, tucking yourself in for the night), let’s humbly turn to our Savior King at this moment in prayer.  Brace yourself.  Something amazing is about to happen.