Philippians 4:12, I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.

Mark 9:22, “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” 23“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” 24Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

James 1:22, Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

At Cottonwood Creek, I’ve been teaching a series entitled, “Bold: Living With An Audacious Faith!” If we are going to have an audacious faith, we have to be honest with God about where our faith is right now. Probably the most honest request in the Bible is found in Mark 9:24, when a man looked at Jesus and said, “I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief!” This man was admitting to Jesus that his life was filled with a mixture of belief and unbelief. Sound familiar?

Some people have great faith and almost no unbelief while others are filled with major unbelief mixed with only a little bit of faith; others are somewhere in between. The truth is…our lives are all a mixture of belief and unbelief.  I love what James the brother of Jesus said in James 1:22, “Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
Jesus’ brother was saying, if all we ever do is hear Scripture, but never do what it says, we deceive ourselves by thinking our faith will grow. We only grow our faith by doing. If you want to see spiritual growth and strengthened faith, be a doer, and not just a hearer.

Take care and have a blessed weekend!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D


What did you hear?
What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?




What do you Think?
How does it apply to your life?



What will you do?
Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22)




Now talk to God
This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude of praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer or response to what God said to you.