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Who Will You Serve Today?

Friday, July 5th, 2013
“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15, NKJV.)

Our nation, as well as people around the world, grieves the loss of 19 brave firefighters, members of a highly trained “hotshot” unit that willingly went into the most dangerous places to fight the worst fires. This time the fire won.

Heartbreaking. But a lesson well learned for all. Few of us will ever find ourselves in such a precarious position as those brave firefighters, but we will all find ourselves in a last-moment-of-life situation, whether we are aware of it at the time or not. As the saying goes, “No one gets out of here alive.” Regardless of how well trained or equipped we might be to face the world’s dangers, one day we will breathe our last and stand before the King of Kings, the righteous Judge of the universe. Will we be prepared?

The Book of Joshua gives us wise advice: “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.” None of us is promised tomorrow. We have only today—perhaps only this hour or moment—to make a choice that will impact us for eternity. Regardless of what anyone else chose, Joshua declared, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua was making this strong leadership declaration to people who had been deeply influenced by the false gods of their enemies. He wanted them to leave those false gods behind and make a wholehearted committed to follow only after the true God.

Most of us aren’t caught up in worshipping the false gods of pagan religions, but we are easily distracted by idolatry to materialism, power, relationships, and other pursuits. We may say with our mouths that we follow the true God, but do our hearts and lives confirm that declaration? If not, may we choose today to announce, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” And may we pray that the leaders of our nations (both in politics and in the Church) will do the same!

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Copyright 2009-2013 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 30 books.

“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”

“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”

She also writes novels:

Deliver Me From Evil, (finalist for the Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year Award) and Special Delivery.
No Greater Love, More than Conquerors

The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

My newest release, My Son John, is now available in most e-book versions, including Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/My-Son-John-ebook/dp/B00CTARE8K/ref=sr_1_13_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370370753&sr=1-13&keywords=Kathi+Macias

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Do You Just Hear about God? or Do You See Him with the Eyes of Your Heart?

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear,
But now my eye sees You” (Job 42:5, NKJV).

Lately I’ve been singing that chorus about asking God to open the eyes of my heart so I can see Him. Isn’t that what happened to Job?

In the above verse we see a humbled and chastised Job who, after losing everything and bemoaning his fate because he believed he had done nothing to deserve such misery, has now come face to face with the living God. As a result, his entire perspective has changed.

Like Job, nearly everyone has at least heard of God. However, unlike Job who clung to his belief in God regardless of his circumstances, the majority of people who hear of God choose not to believe in or trust Him. How different their reaction might be if the eyes of their heart were opened and they could actually see Him!

I’ve heard people say, “When I get to heaven I’m going to ask God why He allowed this or that to happen.” Really? I don’t think so. First of all, when we arrive in heaven it won’t be because of anything good we’ve done, but rather because Jesus paid the price of our admission and we humbly accepted His gift. Second, when we finally lay eyes on the God of the universe, the One who spoke it all into creation, I believe we will be too awestruck to say anything, except maybe, “Holy, holy, holy!” And that, of course, is the point. All else will be swept away when we behold His glory; nothing else will matter as we bask in His unearned, unconditional love.

I want to be like Job, don’t you? I don’t want to just hear about God; I want to SEE Him with the eyes of my heart. And I want others to do the same. Open the eyes of our heart, Lord, that many might see You!

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Copyright 2009-2013 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 30 books.

“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”

“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”

She also writes novels:

Deliver Me From Evil, (finalist for the Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year Award) and Special Delivery.
No Greater Love, More than Conquerors

The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

He Must Increase, and I Must Decrease

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

“He must increase, but I must decrease.”(John 3:30)

A couple of years ago, as I sought the Lord for future direction, I sensed these words in my heart: “Somebody has to set up the chairs.” As a result, I spent the following year serving others in public ministry, and it turned out to be one of the most blessed and productive years of my life, as He increased and I decreased.

This morning a dear friend wrote to me and said she was reminded of my year of “setting up chairs” when she read something someone else had written. Apparently the gentleman who wrote the piece was seeking to “do” great ministry for the Lord, and the Holy Spirit directed him to “hold the ladder” for a man who was painting.

God’s idea of “great ministry” and ours is often not the same, but His is always right. If “well done, good and faithful servant” is the message we want to hear at the end of our lives, it’s important that we are about the Father’s business, and not our own. If we are still setting and following our own agendas, we have a long way to go to reach that sought-after quality of humility that is the hallmark of faithful service.

I once had the honor of working with a man named Dr. Richard Halverson, who at the time was the Chaplain of the United States Senate. I suppose the one thing that most impressed me about this great man was his humility, which came to light several times, though never more clearly than on Christmas Eve day, a couple of decades ago.

Dr. Halverson and I were racing the clock to complete a book project, and I had opted to spend the day working on it before shutting down for Christmas Eve/Christmas day. As I worked, I found myself at an impasse, needing an immediate answer to a question that only Dr. Halverson or one of his associates could answer. I knew the likelihood of reaching anyone in his office on Christmas Eve day was slim, but I decided to call and leave a message, hoping Dr. Halverson’s secretary might check messages and get back to me with an answer.

Imagine my surprise when, instead of an answering machine, Dr. Halverson himself answered the phone. He explained that he had sent his staff home to enjoy the holiday but felt that he should come in to attend to some necessary details. When I told him why I was calling, he immediately went to work, digging through files until he found the answer. He called me back a couple of hours later and gave me the information I needed, and we were back on schedule.

Never once did this fine gentleman give me any indication that he was “too important” to attend to such a detail or to accommodate me on a holiday. His time and his very life belonged to God, and he willingly and cheerfully spent every moment living and acting accordingly, even if it meant setting up chairs, holding up ladders, or digging through file cabinets on Christmas Eve.

May we all walk in such humility, as He increases and we decrease.

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Copyright 2009-2012 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 30 books.
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”

“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”

She also writes novels:

Deliver Me From Evil, (finalist for the Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year Award) and Special Delivery.
No Greater Love, More than Conquerors

The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

Are You Looking to Yourself or the Lord?

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

So King Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem and reigned….
And he did evil, because he did not prepare his heart
to seek the Lord (2 Chronicles 12:13, 14).


As born-again believers, we know we are saved by grace, kept by grace, and completely reliant on God’s grace for every breath we take. And yet…

Don’t we at times forget that? Don’t we occasionally think we can do something good in our own strength, despite the fact that Jesus said, “without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5)? The scary thing about that sort of faulty thinking is that it constitutes more than error; it is, in fact, evil.

King Rehoboam’s life epitomized the very heart and life of those who do not know God—and have no desire to do so. He “strengthened himself,” rather than depending on God’s strength, and “he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord.” Just as it isn’t our good deeds that make us holy and “pay” our way into heaven, neither is it our bad deeds that make us sinners and “pave” our way to hell. Rather it is a heart issue—whom we seek to know and serve while we live on this earth, and whose strength we rely on to fulfill God’s purpose and call for us while we’re here. Rehoboam made the mistake of relying on his own strength and not preparing his heart to seek the Lord; as a result, the Bible says he “did evil.” It therefore stands to reason that we must do just the opposite of Rehoboam in order to “do good,” doesn’t it?

May we determine to “do good” throughout our sojourn here on earth by preparing our hearts to seek the Lord—today and always—and to depend only on His strength. When we do that—the only truly “good” things we humans can do—we can be confident that God will honor His name and fulfill His purpose in our lives.

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Copyright 2009-2012 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 30 books.
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”

“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”

She also writes novels:

Deliver Me From Evil, (finalist for the Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year Award) and Special Delivery.
No Greater Love, More than Conquerors

The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

When Others are Honored More Than We Are

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

“Saul has slain his thousands,
And David his ten thousands.”
Then Saul was very angry, and the saying displeased him (1 Samuel 18:7-8, NKJV).

Saul and David were both Israelites, part of God’s chosen people; they were on the same team and therefore should have been supporting one another. David recognized this truth, but apparently King Saul did not. When the women began to sing about Israel’s recent triumph in battle, all Saul could hear was that David got more credit than he. That made him angry. Verse nine tells us that from that day forward, Saul eyed David with suspicion and displeasure, and eventually even attempted to murder David.

This is an extreme reaction, to say the least, but I wonder if some of us who are “on the same team” sometimes become displeased when others are honored more than we are. Perhaps you sing in the choir, and though the choir is often complimented from the pulpit, one particular singer (other than yourself) seems to receive the most kudos from the congregation. Maybe you’ve heard that your book has blessed many readers, but it’s someone else’s book that wins all the awards. Doubtless that sort of slight doesn’t send us into a murderous frenzy, but is it possible the news displeases us and we begin to eye others in a different way? Does jealousy or envy raise its ugly head?

We all like to be recognized for our hard work and achievements, but I doubt that any of us consciously wishes to harbor resentment toward others for their successes. If we will keep in mind that we really are on the same team, serving the One who spoke the world into existence and yet visited it with a humble Servant’s heart, we will better be able to keep competition out of the equation and instead rejoice with others and cheer them on.

Is there someone you need to encourage or congratulate today, someone who may have been rewarded in a way you had hoped for yourself? Ask God to forgive any envious thoughts you might have, to change your heart, and to enable you to step forward and offer the words you know God wants you to say. The results will be threefold: a stronger bond between you and that brother or sister who serves the same Lord and Savior as you; a powerful witness to those watching us and weighing our words/actions; and glory to the Name above all names, the only One who graciously allows us to partner with Him in ministry, serving together on His universal team of humble followers.

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Copyright 2009-2012 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 30 books.
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”

“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”

She also writes novels:

Deliver Me From Evil, (finalist for the Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year Award) and Special Delivery.
No Greater Love, More than Conquerors

The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

It’s Not About Me

Monday, July 30th, 2012

“He delivered me, because He delighted in me” (2 Samuel 22:20).

I’ve been reading about David’s many battles and relating to the ongoing battles of our own lives as believers. It seems we no sooner get through one than another “or two or three” hits us head-on. And yet, like David, we make it through. Why? Certainly not because of our own battle strategies or fighting prowess, but simply because our Commander-in-Chief has already won the war.

That in itself is no surprise. God is all powerful, and if we’ve read the end of the Book, we know how it all turns out. We also know that it’s all because of Him that we are on the winning side. He delivers us from sinner to saint, from darkness to light, from death to life. I’ve walked with God for nearly 35 years now, and I know without doubt the truth of that statement.

What I find stunning, awe-inspiring, and nearly impossible to fathom is that He delivered me because He delights in me. God delights in me! What a revelation, and one I need to remind myself of daily. God considers me delightful! I must confess that I often don’t share his opinion of me, simply because I know me so well. I live in this skin and know my failures and foibles, my ever-present propensity to seek a me-first life, rather than willingly and wholeheartedly serving God and others.

But you know what? It’s not about me. And it’s not about you either! God didn’t deliver us because we’re great or wonderful or sweet or special. He delivered us because He delights in us. He loves us and wants to spend time with us. He delights in being with us – frail, fragile, finite humans that we are.

Today, dear readers, if you do nothing else, pause for a moment and thank God that He delights in you. And while you’re at it, take time to delight in His glorious presence as well. There really is nothing more precious or rewarding that we can do in this life.

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Copyright 2009-2012 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 30 books.
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”

“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”

She also writes novels:

Deliver Me From Evil, (finalist for the Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year Award) and Special Delivery.
No Greater Love, More than Conquerors

The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

Depending on God, Not Others

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah,and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel (1 Samuel 8:4-6, NKJV).

In an election year, with campaign ads hitting us from every side, it would be wise to consider the above scripture verses. Samuel was not happy when the leaders of Israel demanded a king so they could be “like all the nations.”

Samuel knew Israel was not meant to be like the other nations. God was to be their Sovereign Leader. But the Israelites weren’t content with that provision. They wanted to look to human leadership for direction. Samuel realized they were asking for trouble.

Now it’s true that none of us lives in a theocracy these days, as did the Israelites of old. Still, the principle holds true that if we place our dependence on human leadership rather than God, we are asking for trouble — regardless of whether that leadership leans left or right, supports our personal beliefs or rejects them entirely. People are just that — people. Fallible. Weak. Sinners. There are no exceptions. We live in a broken world, inhabited by broken people — and that includes us. True, we hope for the most godly human leaders possible, and hopefully we vote accordingly (assuming we live in a country where we are indeed blessed to vote).

Regardless, as Election Day approaches, we would be wise to remember Samuel’s concerns about putting our confidence in humanity, rather than God. If we claim Christ as Lord and Savior, we have no excuse for not being in prayer for our country, particularly now as election day looms. I don’t pretend to know God’s precise plan or purpose for America (or any other country, for that matter), so far as elections or political leadership goes. I do know, however, that He has promised that if those who are called by His name “will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways,” that He “will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14, NKJV).

That’s where our focus and energy needs to be at this crucial time in history. May we stand together, in unity and humility, seeking God’s face and imploring Him to heal our land!

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Copyright 2009-2012 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 30 books.
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”

“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”

She also writes novels:

Deliver Me From Evil, (finalist for the Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year Award) and Special Delivery.
No Greater Love, More than Conquerors

The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

Is God Real?

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. (Romans 8:16, NKJV)

I recently posted this quote on my Facebook page: “The greatest tragedy is not death, but life without Jesus.” I had quite a few responses, all positive except one. A man I don’t know responded that though he had once been a monk and had read the Bible through countless times, he did not believe that anyone could know for certain that God existed or that He cares for us.

That was one of the saddest statements I’ve ever heard, though he’s certainly not the first to voice it. But the minute I read it I began to pray that the Lord would give this man “ears to hear” and a heart to respond to the still, small voice of God, wooing and calling him to the Father’s heart. The most recent post from this man was that he would stop speaking and just listen to see if what I said about God is true. Of course, I’m believing that our faithful Lord will show him that it is.

Isn’t it an amazing thing that someone who once read the Scriptures regularly and had seemingly devoted his life to serving God could come away from that experience not knowing if God even exists? And yet the Bible is clear that without the Spirit of God living inside us it is impossible to know God intimately or to understand anything He says.

That’s why this verse in Romans 8 is so important. Once we have received Christ as Savior and His Spirit has come to dwell in us, how can we ever doubt His existence or His love for us? He lives inside of us, and He continually assures us that we belong to Him. We are His children, and He will never leave or abandon us. Regardless of what goes on around us, what difficulties we encounter or sufferings we endure, we KNOW that we KNOW that we KNOW that God is real, He loves us, and we belong to Him—forever. There is nothing anyone can say or do to convince us otherwise.

But just as surely as we know these things to be true, those who do not have the Spirit of God living in them cannot know or understand them. We can’t arm wrestle or argue anyone into the Kingdom, but we can pray that God will reveal Himself to them so they too can invite God’s Spirit to come and dwell inside them. When they do, all doubt will be gone, washed away by the blessed assurance that they belong to Him—forever and always.

Pray with me for this former monk and so many others like him, will you? Only God’s Spirit can bring the peace and assurance they need to know beyond doubt that they will never again experience the greatest tragedy of all—life without Jesus.

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Copyright 2009-2012 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 30 books.
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”

“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”

She also writes novels:

Deliver Me From Evil, (finalist for the Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year Award) and Special Delivery.
No Greater Love, More than Conquerors

The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

Knowing Jesus as Savior

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Now the sons of Eli were corrupt; they did not know the Lord.
1 Samuel 2:12, NKJV

Sad statements and passages abound in the Scriptures, but none sadder than the one above. Eli was a priest, and yet the Bible tells us that his sons were corrupt and “they did not know the Lord.” We all experience heartbreaking events and situations in our lives, but as a parent I can’t think of anything worse than my children not knowing the Lord. In fact, that is the prayer of my heart daily — that not only my children but also my grandchildren and great grandchildren will also know and serve and love the Lord.

I must admit there are times I get sidetracked from the passion of praying for that result in my family’s lives. When things are going well — they’re happily married, have good jobs, enjoy excellent health — I almost forget how temporal that is. I remember a lady once told me she’d rather have her son on death row in prison serving Jesus than enjoying an easy life as a CEO of a large company and living in a mansion without knowing the Savior. Her words shocked me at first, until I considered the truth of her statement. Of course, none of us wants to see someone we love spending time in prison, but when we remember that our time on this earth is but a blink of an eye in relation to eternity, it changes our perspective, doesn’t it?

Today I am making a recommitment to pray with passion, not only for my own family but for everyone who crosses my path and does not know Jesus as Savior. I want to be able to say of each of them that they truly “know the Lord,” for then I can also say, in the words of 3 John 1:4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” May this be so as we pray with passion for those who need to bow their knee to the Name above all names, the Name of Jesus!

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Copyright 2009-2012 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 30 books.
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”

“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”

She also writes novels:

Deliver Me From Evil, (finalist for the Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year Award) and Special Delivery.
No Greater Love, More than Conquerors

The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

Take Refuge in Him

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

“The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge” (Ruth 2:12, NKJV).


The Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. When I was a child it was a day of anticipation, knowing Mom and Dad would take us outside the city to park in a spot with just the perfect (FREE!) view of the evening’s fireworks. Other families parked on each side of us, and we kids had a ball.

As I got older I came to appreciate the freedoms represented by this great holiday, as well as the price paid by so many to secure those freedoms. I’m among the first to stand at the sound of our National Anthem, proudly placing my hand over my heart and giving thanks that I have been so privileged to be born and raised in the “land of the free and the home of the brave.”

But who do I thank at that moment? Those who pledged their lives, their fortunes, literally everything they had to establish this country in the beginning? The brave men and women who have fought (many laying down their lives in the process) since the country’s inception to protect our way of life? Yes to all, and gladly so! But ultimately it is the One who hides us under the shadow of His wings, the great and sovereign God of Israel, who mercifully extends His favor and blessing upon us and enables us to live as a free people.

Ruth, a Moabitess and a foreigner in the land of Israel, switched her allegiance from her pagan roots to follow the one true God. She submitted to His authority and trusted in His care. The Lord God of Israel, who is faithful to His Word and His promises, blessed her accordingly.

As we celebrate whatever freedoms we enjoy today, may we not forget that we experience those freedoms only because we have come under His wings for refuge—and that when we reject that refuge and start believing we can secure those freedoms on our own, we will quickly learn otherwise.

May God continue to bless us, wherever we live, as we continue to take refuge in Him!

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Copyright 2009-2012 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 30 books.
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”

“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”

She also writes novels:
Deliver Me From Evil, (finalist for the Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year Award) and Special Delivery.
No Greater Love, More than Conquerors
The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com