God Revealed the Secrets of the Peanut

This former slave changed the United States by his prayer to unlock the secrets of the universe. This 1-minute devotion explains.

When George Washington Carver asked God to reveal the secrets of the universe, he felt as if God told him that was too much for anyone to grasp. So he prayed that God would show him the secrets of the peanut.


Carver was born as a slave in 1864. But that didn't stop him from using his incredible wisdom and faith to discover over three hundred uses for the peanut. 

This was no small accomplishment. His discoveries revolutionized agriculture in the South.

God's creation is incredible! Just look at these six facts about the peanut:

  1. They’re legumes, not nuts.
  2. They're sometimes called “goobers” after the African name “nguba.”
  3. Today more than half of peanut production in the U.S. is for peanut butter.
  4. Peanuts are rich in oleic acid which lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases good (HDL).
  5. They’re a good source of protein, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
  6. Boiling enhances antioxidants, and Southerners boil peanuts when they're still green.

    Yes, God's creation is incredible! And Carver's contribution to our world was incredible.

    We may not do something as significant as Carver, but let's follow his example, asking God for wisdom (James 1:5) and seeking to fulfill God's specific purposes for our lives (Ephesians 2:10).


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    George Washington Carver

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    Carver's three hundred uses for the peanut include glue, shampoo, and shaving cream. However, he refused to patent any of his inventions because he wanted them to be available to everyone. Contrary to popular legend, Carver did not invent peanut butter.
     
    I know you'll enjoy these two one-minute devotions about George Washington Carver: He Overcame Evil and Get Out of Yourself.

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    This former slave changed the United States by his prayer to unlock the secrets of the universe. This 1-minute devotion explains.


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    We Can Never Get Enough of This

    Contentment is important, but there's one area where Christians shouldn't be content.

    Have you ever met someone who felt they knew all they needed to know about the Lord?

    From my experience, people who diligently seek God daily in prayer and Bible study are usually the first to admit that they have more to learn. That's because the more we know about the Lord, the more we realize the vastness of His wisdom and love (Ephesians 3:14-21).

    Contentment is usually a good thing, but we should never be fully satisfied with our knowledge of our Lord and His Word … until we see Him face-to-face (1 Corinthians 13:12).

    We can take our cues from one of the best examples in Christian history, the apostle Paul who wrote these words:

    “I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.… I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Philippians 3:8-12

    The more we know Jesus, the more we will want to know Him. So let's pray for Paul's fervor and diligence in this area.

    For more encouragement, see Satan's Greatest Fear and Christians Are Lifelong Students of Jesus.
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    Don't Believe This Lie about Sexual Desires

    Don't buy into this lie about sexual desires. It's not biblical and it offers defeat instead of encouragement and hope.

    Please see note #2 at the bottom about this subject matter.

    After writing my series on Sides A,B,X,&Y, I received several emails from Christians who felt someone can be born with same-sex desires they can't “pray away.” One person suggested there's a benefit in Christians having forums where they can discuss their same-sex desires with others who have them.

    We aren't all tempted by the same things. Some people have adulterous desires, some don't. Some are tempted to lie, some aren't. But God doesn’t create anyone an adulterer or a liar. And wrong desires are sinful even if we don't act on them:

    “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:27-28

    Modern culture claims LGBTQ desires are like race or ethnicity, something we can't change. But Scripture is 100% clear that LBGTQ desires are sinful (Romans 1:16-32). God doesn't give us sinful desires. He helps us have victory over them (James 1:13Ephesians 4:17-24). 

    If a Christian man claimed he couldn’t “pray away” his adulterous desires, we’d never suggest he learn to live with them and discuss them with women who have the same desires. (See note #1.)

    We’d recommend he find mature Christians to counsel him, keep him accountable, and assure him that God is able to do more than he asks or imagines (Ephesians 3:20). 

    We won't be perfect this side of heaven, but when we are genuinely saved, God can help us overcome sinful thoughts and desires (Ephesians 4:22-23).

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    If you haven't read A Letter Defending Male and Female, I strongly recommend you read it. It specifically addresses arguments that promote transgenderism, but the biblical answers it supplies apply to all LGBTQ arguments.

    Note #1: Exodus International was a large Christian organization founded in 1976 on the belief that homosexuals can change their desires with God's help. It was headed by former homosexuals and involved meetings where homosexuals discussed their common struggles. In the early 90s, my husband and I attended one of their large meetings in the D.C. area, hoping it would help us better understand a gay family member. Instead of finding it helpful, we left with an uneasy feeling about the discussions. 
         In 2012, the president of the organization renounced his former belief that homosexuals can change. He said he believed homosexual behavior was sinful, but according to him, 99.9% of homosexuals cannot be reformed. Expressing a combination of Side A and Side B beliefs, he said practicing homosexuals can be saved (see Sides A,B,X,&Y). 
         I don't pretend to fully understand the reasons Exodus International changed its policies and shut down, but like many other ministries, I believe they gave in to the pressures of culture. And I also wonder if their concept was flawed. Repeated discussions with others who share the same sexual struggles can inspire camaraderie and increase temptation. Instead of seeing same-sex desires as evil, it can lead to justifying and excusing them.

    Note #2I want to let you know why I've been sharing truths about LGBTQ lifestyles and abortion more often than in the past. My archives (SeriesLists, Tips, IdeasPart 1; and Part 2) contain devotions about hundreds of subjects. But I'm addressing certain sins more regularly because Christians are being heavily influenced by culture in these areas. In addition, there's increasing pressure from inside the church to buy into false teachings such as Gay Revisionist Theology, and I'm seeing more teachers and preachers coming up with creative ways to justify or minimize these sins. My prayer is that Christians will understand what God teaches and stand firm on God's Word. 



    Don't buy into this lie about sexual desires. It's not biblical and it offers defeat instead of encouragement and hope.


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    Who Do You Quote Most Often?

    Dear Christian, who do you quote most often? It's an important and revealing question in regard to your faith.

    Who do you quote most often: your pastor, your favorite denominational teacher, or God?


    There's nothing wrong with loving our church or favoring certain doctrines. But Scripture tells us to be "like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind" (Philippians 2:2). 

    This means being more excited about the Body of Christ than our specific denomination. It means quoting Scripture more than pastors or teachers. It means being more interested in our common beliefs as Christians than in our doctrinal differences. 

    It's essential that we have the same beliefs in regard to biblical moral laws, the inerrancy of Scripture, the character and deity of Christ, and the biblical doctrines of salvation. But we need not have the same beliefs in regard to things such as the gifts of the Spirit, the doctrines describing how God's sovereignty and man's freewill intersect, the methods of baptism, etc.*

    Paul dealt with disunity in the early Church and said: "For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? … when one says, 'I follow Paul,' and another, 'I follow Apollos,' … no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ." (See 1 Corinthians 3; vv. 3-4 and 11 quoted).

    Let's aim at being Christ-followers, not man-followers.

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    * There are areas of mystery in our faith. God has given us all the knowledge and power we need to live godly lives (2 Peter 1:3), but He has not explained everything to us (Deuteronomy 29:29; 1 Corinthians 13:12). When we agree on the essentials of our faith, we shouldn't let the non-essentials hinder our fellowship with other genuine believers.

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    Dear Christian, who do you quote most often? It's an important and revealing question in regard to your faith.


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    Check My Words with His Word: Am I Right?

    Check out this 1-minute devotion and see if you agree with what the author says about God's Word.

    One thing that deeply affected me as a new Christian was knowing that God had given us His Word. And it's affected my life every day since.

    So let me share a tiny list of things I get daily from Scripture. Please click each Scripture link below, read each passage, and let me know if I'm right. 😊

    💙 No bones about it, God’s Word judges my thoughts and attitudes. Hebrews 4:12 

    💙 It brightens my way. Psalm 119:105 

    💙 It's filled with wonderful things. Psalm 119:18

    💙 It’s a breath of fresh, life-giving truth. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 

    💙 It doesn't stay in a book. Colossians 3:16

    💙 It’s my weapon of defense and offense. Ephesians 6:17

    💙 It’s permanent, eternal, unchanging. Matthew 24:35 

    When people don't have God's Word, their truth is always changing. I remember how confusing that was before I found the Lord. 

    Was something dangerous and unhealthy or should I celebrate it? 

    Was it lustful or loving? Scientific or determined by each individual? Was it fact or fiction, set or negotiable, stable or changing?

    The world's truth is always evolving devolving.

    But we can be confident in God's Word. So let's hold onto it tightly, reading and studying it, rejecting anything that denies or alters it.

    Scripture blessed me as a new Christian—and it has blessed me every day since!

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    5 Practical Ways to Hide God's Word in Your Heart

    One-of-a-Kind Book – 15 things you may not know about the Bible

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    Check out this 1-minute devotion and see if you agree with what the author says about God's Word.


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    The Biblical View of Physical Healing

    A series of short devotions addressing the subject of Healing.

    Saturday Collection for June:

    There are many contradictory teachings about healing. This series addresses healing by looking at the full counsel of God's Word.


    #1: Did Christ Link All Healing to Faith?

    This article reveals the contradictions and misunderstandings associated with the false doctrine that anyone with faith will be healed.


     #2: Is Healing an Earthly Promise?

    Some people teach that Christ promises healing to everyone who has faith. This devotion shares what Scripture teaches. 

     

    #3: Does James 5 Promise Healing?

    James 5 seems to promise healing to all who ask in faith. However, it must be combined with the rest of Scripture to be fully understood. This short devotion explains. 

     

    #4: Why Many Faithful People are Not Healed.

    People who teach that everyone with faith will be healed miss the most obvious evidence against their belief. This Bible study explains


    A Message About Healing

    Healing is a complex issue, and this 1-minute devotion contains an important passage that is often overlooked.

     

    The Power and the Limit of Words 

    There is a misunderstanding regarding Proverbs 18:21 that has created a false teaching in the Church. This 1-minute devotion explains. 

     

    Heavenly Promises Versus Earthly Promises 

    Beware of the way false teachings place promises about healing into the wrong time frame. 

     

    Does Faith Heal Us? 

    There are many false teachings about healing that leave people feeling guilty. Study all Scripture teaches! 


    Accurately Understanding Healing 

    Christians must be aware of the biblical teaching on healing so they are not taken in my false teachings. This 1-minute devotion offers the basis and provides resources for further study. 

     

    Endured or Cured 

    If all Christians were healed of physical illness, we'd miss a great deal of testimony about God's faithfulness. This 1-minute devotion explains. 

     


    Misunderstandings About the Stripes of Jesus 

    Many people misunderstand the phrase "by His stripes we are healed." This 1-minut devotion explains it using multiple Scriptures. 

     

    A series of 1-minute devotions covering the subject of physical Healing.



        
    A series of 1-minute devotions covering the subject of physical Healing.

    A series of 1-minute devotions covering the subject of physical Healing.

    Don't Head into Battle Without Reflecting on This Truth

    When things get tough in our walk with the Lord, we need to take time to reflect on this truth...

    As you know when you read Bible Love Notes, God has laid a number of heavy concerns on my heart. But I never want to forget the beauty and joy I find in my faith in Christ, and I hope the heavy subjects I share won’t cause you to do that either. 

    "See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" 1 John 3:1

    When dealing with a hostile culture and other difficulties, we need to remember God's love and care (Psalm 103:1-2). 

    Christians are facing many challenges that we didn't have to deal with 10–20 years ago, but our perseverance in this battle is worth the effort. We aren’t simply defending a human philosophy or preference. We’re defending the gospel of the only true God (Jude 3). 

    Our God is just, holy, and pure. He won’t overlook sin or customize the gospel to fit culture. But He loves His children. 

    He brings justified wrath on those who reject Him, but He saves, forgives, and comforts those who seek Him.

    He placed us in this difficult time in history, but He gives us His Spirit to warn, guide, and assure us. 

    We need to be prepared for action, aware of the battle, and clothed in our full armor (Ephesians 6:10-18). But we also need to take time each day to reflect on God's love for us. 

    💙 Take some time today to do that! 💙

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    When things get tough in our walk with the Lord, we need to take time to reflect on this truth...



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    Follow the Leader

    We may say we are following Christ, but are we?  This 1-minute devotion encourages us to examine who we are following. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible

    Judge your leaders by how well they teach and live God's Word.

    Leaders get more recognition, but nothing would get done without faithful followers.

    When we get to heaven, we'll see many "behind-the-scene" followers rewarded for their kingdom work. See Second-Class Gifts.

    But following can also get us into trouble.

    Aaron did fine when he followed his godly brother Moses (Exodus 4:12-16). But he messed up big-time when he followed the idolatrous crowd in the golden calf incident (Exodus 32:1-4). And he blew it when he joined Miriam's jealous rebellion against Moses (Numbers 12).*

    Scripture says, "Bad company corrupts good character" (1 Corinthians 15:33). That's why we need to evaluate the character of those we follow. And even when we follow godly leaders, we need to check their decisions with Scripture.

    The Bible is our most important resource for knowing what pleases Christ (Ephesians 5:8-17). 

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    * When Aaron followed the ungodly crowd: See Scripture Records This Ridiculous Lie
    When Aaron followed Miriam's lead: Scripture doesn't specifically say Miriam was the leader. God rebuked both her and Aaron, but He punished Miriam. This fact and the fact that Aaron had followed bad advice in the past leads me to believe he was following Miriam's lead in this situation. To read more background on this situation, see Miriam Didn't Finish Well.

    Would you like to do a Bite Size Bible Study on this devotion and see two additional scriptural examples of good and bad following? You can do that HERE.


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    We may say we are following Christ, but are we?  This 1-minute devotion encourages us to examine who we are following.




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    Don't Be Afraid to Be Noble, Even if Others Call You Picky

    This 1-minute devotions offers some specific teachers to avoid and some encouragement to carefully check all Bible teachers for accuracy.

    Dear Christians, we're in the heat of battle, fighting for God's truth and seeing casualties and deserters all around us (Ephesians 6:12; 1 Timothy 4:1). 

    We must constantly renew our minds in God's Word so that we can correctly divide truth from error (Romans 12:22 Timothy 2:15Hebrews 4:12). 

    Have you ever thought about this fact: The Bereans in Acts 17:11 checked out the teachings of the apostle Paul, a divinely inspired man of God. Some people might have called them legalistic, pharisaical, negative, or narrow-mindedbut Scripture calls them noble. 

    It's easy to identify teachers who contradict Scripture in obvious ways. It's a bit harder to recognize those who mix truth with error. And it's downright difficult when someone teaches mostly sound doctrine but teaches a significant error on an important cultural and biblical issue. (See note.) 

    With God's Spirit and God's Word, we can identify errors in all of these categories if we refuse to excuse, defend, or overlook anything that contradicts the 100% true, reliable, perfect Word of God.

    People may call this picky, but God calls it noble.

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    Here are a few examples of teachers who fall within these three categories, each linked to explanations of their errors. It can be helpful to understand their methods and weaknesses so we can identify similar errors in other teachings.

    🠞Obvious errors: Joel OsteenRachel Held Evans, Brian Zahnd, Bart EhrmanJen Hatmaker

    🠞Truth mixed with errors: Eugene PetersonAndy StanleyRick Warren, and Timothy Keller: creationabortionLGBTQ issuessalvation 

    🠞Mostly truth with a significant error: Alistair Begg

    I'm grateful there are also many excellent Bible teachers who speak truth without errors. Those are the ones we should seek. If you feel like a lone voice of truth in your sphere of influence, find comfort in this devotion: Majorities Are Often Wrong.

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    This 1-minute devotions offers some specific teachers to avoid and some encouragement to carefully check all Bible teachers for accuracy.


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    "Judge Not" Scripture Out of Context

    "Judge Not" (Matthew 7:1) is one of the most misused and abused phrases in all of Scripture. This 1-minute devotion explains.

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    "Judge not," found in Matthew 7:1, may be the most misused phrase in Scripture. An increasing number of people, including Christians, use it to rebuke people who advocate God's moral principles, especially those principles that oppose popular culture.

    But Matthew 7:1-5 doesn't teach against judgment; it teaches against hypocritical judgment. Pulling the words "judge not" out of context distorts the meaning and contradicts the rest of Scripture.

    God tells us to judge:
    1. Bad companions - 1 Corinthians 15:33
    2. False teachers - Matthew 7:15-20
    3. Sin and unrepentant sinners - Ephesians 5:1-13; Matthew 18:15

    God also tells church leaders to judge sinning church members (1 Corinthians 5; Matthew 18:15-17).

    We must judge ourselves and our motives first (Matthew 7:1-5), but when we have done that, it is God's will that we judge sin and sinners. Not only does it benefit the church, it helps us guard our hearts and it helps rescue and restore sinners (Proverbs 4:23James 5:19-20; Matthew 18:15).

    To see a more complete list of Scriptures about biblical judging, see How, Who, and What to Judge According to Scripture.

    See also: Do Not Judge and The "J" Word.

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    "Judge Not" (Matthew 7:1) is one of the most misused and abused phrases in all of Scripture. This 1-minute devotion explains.


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