Devotion 12/30/10

2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

Life brings opportunity, opportunities to grow and opportunities to feel crushed; but as we walk into each new day, we do not move forward alone.  We move forth with the presence of God at our side.  Within many circumstances, we can feel alone and void of the presence of God; but this is something we have brought upon ourselves, for God will not leave us nor will He forsake us.  Our days, our circumstances, the new adventures that daily bless us with their arrival, have the ability to guide us into the realm of negativity; but the presence of God, if allowed, has the power to bring joy into our hearts even in the most difficult of circumstances.  As each day enters into your life, begin with the recognition of God and the seeking of His desires.  For that, He will certianly bless what lies ahead.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, walk with me today.

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Published in: on December 29, 2010 at 9:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Devotion 12/29/10

Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 

The death of Jesus on the cross of Calvary, although undeserved, brought about that which the world desperately needed. This world was overcome with sin and self-enrichment, thus it was being lived firmly upon the path of destruction. Because of Jesus, those who have given their lives to Him must remove, not their presence from this world, but the influence of this world from their presence. No longer can this world be allowed to dictate our actions, for they must be reflective of our Lord. No longer can this world be allowed to dictate our words, for they must become reflective of our Lord. In the simplicity of matters, we must become transformed by the presence of God living within us.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me see the need to be transformed by Your presence into that which reflects You.

Published in: on December 29, 2010 at 5:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Devotion 12/28/10

Ephesians 4:22-24 You were taught with regard to your former way of life,to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

To give something away that we have come to adore would bring about mixed emotions.  If that which we have been commissioned to release from our presence has been an itegral part of us, the porcess could be very hard, to say the least.  Maybe we are cleaning out a closet and come across something we had not used in an extended amout of time.  If this item has sentimental meaning but has not had a “Real” purpose within out lives, we are faced with the decision about its future.  Will it remain within the confines of the closet, or will we allow it to have a renewed purpose within someone else’s life?  Although this would be an understandably hared moment, the excalation of difficulty arises to greater levels when we turn our lives over to Christ.  As we turn ourselves over to Christ, as we begin to follow Him, as we start to focus our lives upon HIs will, we must give up our former way of existence and become transformed by His presence.  This transformation is not easy, for the flesh wants what it wants; but through the power and presence of Jesus, we can walk the narrow path, we can walk the path of righteousness.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me remain focused on what needs to be done to transform me into a faithful follower of You.

Published in: on December 28, 2010 at 9:31 am  Leave a Comment  

Devotion 12/27/10

Psalm 40:1-3  I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.  He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.  He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.  Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.

For the Christian, waiting on God can be very difficult.  As Christians, we know God is near; but at times He feels so far away, thus making it hard to wait.  David understood this on many occasions, but here within Psalm 40 he shows us the benefits of waiting upon God.  David’s wait within the difficulties of his circumstances left him feeling stuck within the slimy pit of reality, but this would not last, this would not continue indefinitely.  David waited patiently for God and in His time, God reached deep into the mud and mire of David’s circumstances and elevated him through his situation, thus giving him a firm stance.  David teaches us that God will come, in His time, in His way, and until He does we must walk in faith.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me waith upon Your wisdom and trust in Your silence.

Published in: on December 27, 2010 at 10:28 am  Leave a Comment  

Devotion 12/26/10

Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

I am honored to share with you daily devotions, but I will do this only six days a week…So let me encourage you to enter the house of God, on His day, the Lord’s Day, and receive your message from one of His many dedicated servants. May God bless you as your enter His house to receive His message and His guidance.

Published in: on December 26, 2010 at 12:14 am  Leave a Comment  

Devotion 12/25/10

Philippians 2:2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.

This is a glorious day. Depending upon where you are, the weather might not speak of such; but it is still a glorious day. This is the day in which we gather to remember to coming of the awaited King, the birth of the Messiah. This day is glorious because we have the opportunity to remember the love that God has for all mankind. This is a glorious day because we are still alive, thus we still have the opportunity to share of the reason we are filled with joy. Each day we are blessed with is an opportunity to share, through words and actions, why we love Jesus. Each day we are blessed with is an opportunity to share, through words and actions, all that Jesus has done for us and all that He can do for others. As you gather today with family and/or friends, take time to honor Jesus for being a part of your life.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, in its simplest form….Thanks!!!

Published in: on December 25, 2010 at 10:28 am  Leave a Comment  

Devotion 12/24/10

Romans 8:29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

The purpose of Jesus is clear in its simplest form….forgiveness and salvation. His presence upon this earth and His departure 33 years later set forth the availability for us to be forgiven of our sins, thus receiving salvation and a new start in life. Within the stated purpose of Jesus, we find our purpose. Upon receiving forgiveness and salvation, our purpose then becomes assisting God, assisting God to reach more people. Jesus lived within His purpose, even when it was difficult. Jesus moved forward within His purpose, even when it was not the popular thing. Jesus lived out His purpose, and we must do the same. As we walk through this life, let us walk through presenting the life of Christ to the world. As we travel through our existence, let us live as those who are destined to make a difference because of the difference Jesus made within each of us.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me live up to my potential within Your eyes, within Your purpose for my life.

Published in: on December 24, 2010 at 9:38 am  Leave a Comment  

Devotion 12/23/10

John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

This world contains many paths, many ways that seem right. These paths bring about advancement in the monetary form, but do they bring about progression within our walk for Christ? These ways bring about progression in social stature, but do they bring fulfillment to our souls? There are even those who spout from the untruths of their souls that there is another way to receive salvation apart from Jesus, but where will this take you for all eternity? The Bible is clear as Jesus shared this truth, “No one comes to the Father except through me.” We can walk on any path our heart desires, but if we walk without Jesus, our walk is in vain.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me fill my life with You.

Published in: on December 23, 2010 at 9:56 am  Leave a Comment  

Devotion 12/22/10

Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Since His entrance within this world Jesus has provided. As He grew from an infant into a small boy, He amazed all with His provision. You ask, “What did He provide as a small child, a young boy?” As His parents gazed into His eyes, they saw the future, and it looked amazing. They understood completely His purpose and provision, His reason from coming. As a young man, Jesus provided an example for the need of Biblical knowledge as He sat among and amazed the religious leaders.  As an adult, Jesus provided directions to salvation through His teachings and examples. He showed what God could do if mankind would only reach for His loving presence. On the cross, Jesus provided for our forgiveness as He gave up His life in our rightful/deserved place.  Upon rising from the dead, Jesus provided a finished path to eternity in Heaven. Jesus has provided us with so much. When are we going to provide Him with our undivided gratitude and service?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me understand all that You have done for me and what I must do for You.

Published in: on December 22, 2010 at 9:05 am  Leave a Comment  

Devotion 12/21/10

Read Matthew 23:8-10 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one Teacher, the Christ.

Jesus brought condemnation upon the religious leaders. He was indignant toward their desire to be elevated above others. They sought to be seen as the elite while they treated everyone else as if they were lucky to be within their presence. Jesus is very clear. He is the only one that should be elevated before mankind. Many people had/have issues with the teaching of Jesus. In most cases, it comes about because they are in disagreement with His ways as He has taught. We have been given the teachings of Jesus within the Bible for a purpose….to put Jesus and us in proper perspective. If we hold to the teachings of Jesus, we will see that He is Lord and the rest of us are brothers and sisters in Christ. As we elevate ourselves, as we bring about self-glorification, we bring condemnation upon our lives, so let us seek first the presence of Jesus and then the advancement of His cause and not our own elevation among the believers.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, bring me back to reality within my own mind, helping me see clearly my purpose in You.

Published in: on December 21, 2010 at 9:07 am  Leave a Comment