Devotion 1/31/11

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

Hearts filled with pride do not believe their paths will be crossed by negativity, for they are grossly misdirected by a false sense of security. Hearts filled with pride cannot see within their lives even a tinge of weakness, for they see nothing but false perfection. A prideful heart is only but a moment from destruction, and it doesn’t even realize that it is coming like a speeding train seeking a place to crash. Hearts filled with pride have a one way ticket to eternity in Hell, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Hearts can be changed, hearts can be altered, but only by filling them with the presence of God. If you possess a prideful heart, turn it over to God and allow Him to redirect your energy that it might be used to glorify Him and expand His kingdom upon this earth.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help my heart become cleansed by Your presence.

Published in: on January 31, 2011 at 12:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Devotion 1/30/11

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 January 31, 2011 at 12:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Devotion 1/29/30

Colossians 4:15 Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house.

There are many ways Christians can be used in the expansion of the kingdom of God. Some of these ways are simplistic in nature and cause us no hardships, but still there are ways that will bring us to the need of making sacrifices for the sake of the gospel. When the need arrived for a meeting place in Colosse, Nympha offer her house for these gatherings. Within this time period, this was a common practice as church buildings were not as common as they are in our society. As we have plenty of churches today, things are different; but what else can we do to further the work of God? Are we doing everything possible, or are we doing only what we can get away with?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me open up my life, allowing it to be used for the advancement of the gospel in any way You see fit.

Published in: on January 29, 2011 at 12:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Devotion 1/28/11

Philippians 4:18 I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.

Paul received a great blessing from the Philippians while he was imprisoned in Rome. Their generosity in thinking of Paul’s needs touched his heart so much that he compared their gifts to an offering brought before and found pleasing by God. When Christians help those in need, they not only help the receiver of their help but also themselves.  As we, with the right heart and right motives, bring blessings into the lives of others, we will receive blessings in return, even if it is only knowing that we helped make a difference in someone’s life.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, use me to make a difference in the lives of others.

Published in: on January 28, 2011 at 9:53 am  Leave a Comment  

Devotion 1/27/11

Acts 9:39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.

Dorcas had made an enormous impact on the community in which she lived. She was known mostly for her generosity towards the widows, but her actions impacted many more than she could have ever imagined. Her impacting tool was her ability to make clothing, which, to most, would seem like something simple. But to those who needed it, it was life altering. In her passing, her room was filled with mourners whose presence touched Peter’s heart so deeply that he, through the working of God, brought her back to life. What we do for others has the ability to transform their lives, that is, if we are doing it for the right reason. People know where our motives are within our actions, and may they always be seen as actions brought out on behalf of God.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me serve others in Your name and Your name alone.  

Published in: on January 27, 2011 at 10:16 am  Leave a Comment  

Devotion 1/26/11

Matthew 27:5 So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

Judas had come to realize the magnitude of his decisions in life. He held within his hand a large sum of materialism, but deep within his soul was an enormous mound of guilt and remorse. Weighing the results of his actions, the scales tipped drastically into the direction of…..What have I done? Being overtaken by his guilt, Judas, threw the money at the feet of the so called religious leaders and went out to remove his own life from existence. Each of us has walked a wrong direction within his life. Each of us has felt the presence of guilt and the feelings of remorse as a result of our actions and/or words. These occurrences are what remind us of our human nature, but the true Christian will look into these moments, seeking knowledge and desiring redirection. What separates a true follower of Christ in these moments is what they learn and how they apply these lessons to their lives. We will all make mistakes. We will all make wrong statements. We will all act inappropriately at times, but a Christian will, after these moments, make adjustments within their lives, hoping it never happens again.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me learn from my actions what I must do to change.

Published in: on January 26, 2011 at 10:28 am  Leave a Comment  

Devotion 1/25/11

Matthew 26:14-16 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot —went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over

Judas chose his path in life, just as we do ourselves. Each time he arrived at a crossroad, he chose which way his feet would carry him next. In making his decisions, it is apparent that he chose the path not of least resistance, not of the majority, but the path that enhanced his life personally. One must ask himself why he began his journey with Jesus in the first place? Did he follow Jesus because he knew his life needed to be adjusted before it carried him too far down the wrong road? Did he follow Jesus because he thought it would give him stature among the common folk, you know being one of the “Twelve?” Did he follow Jesus simply because he had nothing else to do with his life? Whatever the reason, each step of the way Judas chose his path. How about you? Why do you follow Jesus?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me understand why I follow You, and may those reasons have nothing to do with personal gain past the forgiveness You have extended to me.

Published in: on January 25, 2011 at 10:03 am  Leave a Comment  

Devotion 1/24/11

Matthew 10:2-4 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

As Matthew names the original twelve disciples, as he sets into his gospel the truth of their existence, we see the men that Jesus chose to begin the presence of His message upon earth. As we look through the Bible, we see how they grew, we experience their failures, and we come to understand that they are no different than us. But as we examine this list, we see that there are several names among the twelve that can only be found in the list as presented by Matthew. These mysterious disciples are James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot. These men, along with the others, were hand picked by Jesus to begin the transition of forgiveness within the world. While the other disciples are well known, these three are rarely mentioned within the Bible. If they were so important, why the scarcity in their mention? They may not have been mentioned, but they played an important role in the advancement of God’s kingdom on earth. Even though they are not given great shout outs, they still made a difference. This carries into our lives simply by helping us understand that not all of our efforts will be displayed before man. Many things we do will remain aspects of silent service, whereas no one will come and thank us, no one will come and pat us on the back, and no one will see actions. In these cases, in these circumstances, our hearts are truly identified. If we are serving God because He first served us, then we need none of the afore mentioned, because knowing we brought God glory through our actions will be enough.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me to find my joy within the opportunities I have to serve You.

Published in: on January 24, 2011 at 12:57 am  Leave a Comment  

Devotion 1/23/11

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 January 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Devotion 1/22/11

Psalm 25:5 guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

We will not have to walk through this life alone, spiritually speaking. We might find ourselves void of the presence of humans, but we will never be at a loss for the presence of God. As we walk within the truth of God, as we seek His face with a passion, His presence will be in our lives in a powerful way. Christians should be seeking the truth of God. Christians should be seeking to be taught by God. Christians should be looking to God to find the hope they need in this seemingly hopeless world. As we do these three things, our lives will be greatly blessed, not in a monetary manner but with the peace that can only come from the presence of God.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, guide me into Your presence; lead me into Your understanding.

Published in: on January 22, 2011 at 12:09 pm  Comments (1)