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By Kennedy Lane
Professional writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

 “Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” – John 11:40

We are always told to have faith and to trust God. In certain situations, that is easier said than done. We sometimes think things will be easier if we take it into our own hands. Nobody ever said having faith would be easy, but it will be worth it and here is why.

1. He Knows Better Than We Do

God knows everything we are going through at this very moment and everything we will go through in the future. He knows the best way to handle every situation so we get the best possible outcome and we need to trust him with that. We need to follow his path and trust that he knows best, because he does.

“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” – James 1:6

2. All Things Are Possible With God

He knows the desires of your heart. If you trust in him with the things that you want most, he will take care of it. He knows what is best for your life. If you feel like your goals are hard to achieve or even impossible, think again. Anything is possible with God. He has your back and will help you through anything, all you have to do is have faith.

“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” – Mark 9:23

3. He Is Worthy Of Our Trust

Having faith is having trust. You have to trust with your entire being that God has your back that he will help you and take care of you. He knows what is best, but to truly embrace what he has planned for you, you have to fully trust. Our trust is not foolish, for our God is both faithful and good. Dig into Scripture. Acquaint yourself with the promises of God, with his longsuffering faithfulness to the Israelites, to Abraham, to us all. Get to know the character of God and your joy and willingness to trust in Him will abound.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” – Proverbs 3:5-6

4. He Knows What He Is Doing

God knows exactly what he wants for your life. He has a purpose for you and has everything planned out. He knows who you are going to marry, how many kids you are going to have, what job you will have and every other detail of your life, both big and small. He knows what you are going to do tomorrow, next month and years down the road. Do not doubt his plan, because he knows all and he has a perfect plan.

Grand Canyon University is committed to following the Lord in all circumstances. If you would like to learn more about GCU’s Christian identity and heritage or would like to read more devotionals please visit our website and check out the GCU Blog.

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” – John 6:33-35

We are all trying to find our purpose in life. We are all looking for fulfilment. We want to know what is best for our lives and often do not know how to find those answers. Here is why we should stay hungry for God and always keep his promises in mind.

Your Heart Feeds off of What You Are Surrounded by

Notice what you are surrounded by and the people that you have in your life. Are the people you hang out with good influences? Do they have good morals? Do they live like Christ and bring you closer to God? These are all questions that you should ask and if you find that some of the answers are no, then it might be time to reevaluate and make some changes in your life.

“Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?” – Ezekiel 33:11

Negativity Brings in Negativity

If you have anything negative in your life, it will only bring more negativity into it. If you associate with anything negative, it will bring more negativity into your life. Are you listening to lies? Are you living in toxic relationships? Giving into temptation? These are all negative and you should be aware of these types of actions and how they affect your life.

“Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33

Positivity Brings in Positivity

Just like with negativity, if you have positive things in your life and associate with positive things, there will be more positivity brought into your life. Small positive daily actions include prayer, being with Jesus, grace, having a biblical community and positive and life giving relationships.

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” – Ephesians 4:29

Fill Yourself With God and Less of Yourself

Evaluate what you are putting into your life. Are you filling your life with godly things and living as a godly example and spreading his love? The more that you fill your life with Jesus, the more positivity and growth you will see in your life. You will be able to spread light and love to others through him. Spend less time trying to control things yourself and trust God to take care of things and everything will work out better than you could ever imagine.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” – Matthew 6 :33

Grand Canyon University is committed to following the Lord in all circumstances. If you would like to learn more about GCU’s Christian identity and heritage or would like to read more devotionals please visit our website and check out the GCU Blog

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

 “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:28-31

Ever since Eve gave into temptation, sin has been inevitable in human nature. We all sin every single day. However, God is forgiving of all sins, big or small, because he loves us and wants to save us from all things evil and all of our sin.

He Looks at All Sin Equally

Whether it is lying, cheating, stealing, or anything else, God views all sin the same — as disobedience against his holiness. Sin breaks his heart and separates us from him. So God made a way for us to be restored to relationship with him. Through the death of his son Jesus, our sins have been atoned for. And through Jesus’ resurrection, we too can overcome spiritual death from sin. We need only confess our sin and turn from our ways through the power of the Holy Spirit.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” – Romans 3:23

He Is Always Forgiving

God will always forgive you. No matter what you do, if you ask for forgiveness, he will give it to you. All that God wants to do is to forgive you and love you. He wants to have a relationship with you. So talk to him about your problems and your sins and he will help you and guide you.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9

He Died for You

God loves us so much, that he was crucified on the cross and died for every single one of us to save us from our sins. He gave up his life to save ours. He died so we could join him in heaven one day. That is how much he loves us. We could not ask for any greater sacrifice, and we should be forever grateful and the least we can do is thank him and love him with our whole hearts, because he loves us.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

He Loves You Unconditionally and Will Chase After You

The Lord wants your love, because he loves you unconditionally and he wants that love in return. He will chase after you with open arms and is always there for you no matter what, we just have to be accepting of his love and know that he is always willing to forgive.

“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy” – Proverbs 28:13

Grand Canyon University is committed to following the Lord in all circumstances. If you would like to learn more about GCU’s Christian identity and heritage or would like to read more devotionals please visit our website and check out the GCU Blog.

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” – Revelation 3:8

God often closes doors and we sometimes do not know why. We try so hard, with every ounce of our being to keep those doors open, but he slams them shut anyway. In these times we need to really trust God. We need to know that he has a reason for saying no.

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” – Ephesians 6:18

As Christians, we are always seeing prayer as a requirement, Praying is what we do to stay connected to God. We feel like it is something we have to do and because f that we go on autopilot, sending empty prayers up to heaven that have no meaning. Instead, we should start praying intentionally and as a result, we will see our lives start to change for the better.

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

 “Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” – John 13:7

The Bible is like our guide. It is God’s word that we should live by to live a fruitful life. We are to spread his love and live by his word. However, there are times when we forget his truth and disregard what he says.

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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Look to the Lord and His strength; seek his face always.” – 1 Chronicles 16:11

For a good portion of my life I believed that God was only reserved for reading the Bible and church. I thought that that was the only place where you would be table to talk to Him, to hear Him and gain a relationship. High-school me thought church and the Bible were boring and just another thing to add to my day.

What I had failed to realize is that God is not just restricted to a church or a book; He’s always with you and always available to talk. You can literally encounter Him anytime and anywhere. While reading your Bible and going to church are just as equally important in themselves, there are many other ways to encounter God. Ways that will switch up your schedule and make Him seem anything but boring.

Check out some of the ways you can encounter God below:

On a Hike

Something that really helped me get into the routine of reading my Bible and getting into God’s word was to switch up where I dug into His word. I could only do my morning Bible study in my room for so long before I got sick of the view.

Hiking has helped switch things up and allowed me to get some great exercise at the same time! To this day, I will hike a trail, listening to some worship music on the way up. When I get to the top or to my destination point, I will open up my Bible and do my study there. It allowed me to go somewhere new, get exercise and enjoy God’s presence.

At a Coffee Shop

My senior year of high school my friend and I decided to meet at a coffee shop once a week in the morning for a Bible study. We got our lattes and opened up our Bibles and dug into the word. That was one of the first times I had really done a Bible study outside of my house and church and I found it refreshing. It also allowed for me to connect with friends and have deep conversations about Jesus.

The Morning Commute

Podcasts are all the rage now and for the people who have a long commute or some extra time in the car to spare, I highly recommend listening to a sermon on your phone. There are many on all platforms and so many different messages. It’s a good way to start your morning and hear new perspectives of the Bible. All without taking your eyes off the road!

You can also switch up your daily playlist with a worship playlist on your way to work or class. I have multiple kinds of worship playlists that vary from fast to slow. Whatever my mood is, I have a playlist for it and it allows me to worship God in a different way in the car. Plus, it’s all worship songs that I enjoy and get to choose so what’s not to like?

Making Art

Another recent popular thing to do is to paint in your journaling Bible. I like to read my devotion and if a word or phrase really pops out to me, I either underline it and make a note or I pull out my paints and create something on the pages. I use various types of paint from acrylic to watercolors and allow myself to get fueled by Him. In the end, I end up with a beautiful reminder of my time with God and a phrase or word from Him.

Grand Canyon University is committed to following the Lord in all circumstances. If you would like to learn more about GCU’s Christian identity and heritage or would like to read more devotionals please visit our website and check out the GCU Blog.

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me.” – Psalm 138:3

Everyone has those moments where they want to fit in with the crowd. We want to be like our peers and do what they are doing. We want to have the same clothes, the same hair, the same cars. We are often afraid of being different and being our own person, instead of being afraid and trying to fit in, we should ask God to help us to be bold, and to stand out.

He Will Answer When You Call

When you are in need, do not be afraid to ask God for help. This goes for any situation. If you are feeling discouraged and pressured to fit in, ask God for help. Ask him for help in being bold and not being afraid to be yourself and to show others who you truly are, if you do this, you will shine his light to others.

Ask Him for Strength

Ask for strength, not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Ask him to help you through every tough situation, relationship and friendship. He is always there to give you strength. We can get so defeated by our emotions in tough situations that we do not think of asking God for help right away. If you make the effort to change this habit, you will see him changing your life for the better.

Have Courage

Do not be afraid to be courageous and be bold because the Bible tells us to do just that, Joshua 1:9 says “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” We are always told to be strong and to have courage. What is holding you back from being your most bold and courageous self? Whatever it is, make the effort to change it to allow your true light to shine.

Grand Canyon University is committed to following the Lord in all circumstances. If you would like to learn more about GCU’s Christian identity and heritage or would like to read more devotionals please visit our website and check out the GCU Blog.

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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

 “Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” – Psalm 90:14

Does your morning routine set the stage for how your day will be? Do little changes such as lack of sleep or a bad dream deeply affect the pace of your day? I know it does for me. If I don’t get enough sleep or sleep in for too long, it throws off my game and my day feels off.

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