PAY ATTENTION

Leon Fontaine Devoted

[Paul] gazing intently at him and observing that he had faith to be healed… And he leaped up and walked. Acts 14:9-10 (AMPC) Sometimes when Holy Spirit wants to use you to touch someone else’s life, He simply draws your attention to that person. Acts 14:8-10 tells the story of Paul healing a man who had never walked. As Paul was preaching, something drew his attention to this one man. I’m sure several others in the crowd had physical disabilities, but Holy Spirit drew Paul’s attention to the man who was ready.  Sometimes I will be walking through a grocery store or a coffee shop, and I notice someone in particular. Now, I don’t ever put on a show or walk up to someone in …

STAY AWARE

Leon Fontaine Devoted

So Peter… walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and waves, he was terrified and began to sink. Matthew 14:29-30 (NLT) When you think about it, every day you have reason to laugh and reason to cry. If you think hard enough, you can find things to be grateful for and just as easily find things that make you angry or sad. What do you focus on in life? If all you think about is what is going wrong, that awareness makes molehills feel like mountains. The truth is, you tend to create more of what you focus on. For example, Peter only continued to walk on the water as long as he stayed aware of, or focused on, …

SHARPEN YOUR SENSES

Leon Fontaine Devoted

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. Psalm 46:1 (NLT) Let’s pretend that today you were going to spend the entire day doing all your favourite things. How do you feel? Now, imagine if you found out that you were going to have a terrible car accident instead. How would your feelings change? As human beings, we feel what we are aware of. Now, it’s true that Holy Spirit is with you every moment of every day. But if you are not aware of His presence, you won’t feel the peace and love that accompanies knowing He is there. Many Christians feel like orphans—abandoned and alone. It’s unfortunate, since the only reason they feel this way is because …

TAKE OFF THE MASK

Leon Fontaine Devoted

Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die… But I trust in your unfailing love… I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me. Psalm 13:3, 5-6 (NLT) Many of us hide behind masks in life to cover up our hurts and insecurities. But as Christ followers, we need to be real. We don’t need to become so transparent that we bare our souls every time someone asks us how we’re doing. On the other hand, if you’re going through a hard time and a friend is concerned, it makes no sense to put on a happy face and pretend. Good friends can tell when you’re lying anyway, and they will likely …

SOME HAVE ALL THE LUCK

Leon Fontaine Devoted

“God’s kingdom is like seed thrown on a field by a man who then goes to bed and forgets about it. The seed sprouts and grows—he has no idea how…When the grain is fully formed, he reaps—harvest time!” Mark 4:26-29 (MSG) Are some people just plain lucky? Some business leaders always seem to meet the right people at the perfect time to solve their staffing problems. Other people seem to have all the relationship luck. The first person they meet is “Mr. or Mrs. Right.” How could they be so lucky? Actually, I don’t believe in luck. In our verses today, Jesus teaches us how things really work.  You have pictures in your heart about how the world works. Some of those pictures came from …