Devotion 1/2/11

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.

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Devotion 1/1/11

Matthew 4:18-20 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.

Casting their nets into the Sea of Galilee, Peter and Andrew never imagined the Messiah would come and cast upon their lives a new purpose, but that He did. Jesus asked these two rugged, hard working fisherman to discontinue their current profession and cast their lives into the world to make a difference. At once, they left, accepting the challenge of Jesus. At once, they left their lives, as they lived them, behind and began following Jesus. Peter and Andrew no longer cast their nets into the Sea in hopes of a plentiful catch to feed the bodies of men. They chose to cast the hope of Jesus into the world in hopes of feeding its souls. Following Jesus is not something to be taken lightly.  If we follow with our all, we can make a drastic difference in the lives of many people for all eternity.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, make me strong in my commitment to follow You.  

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Devotion 12/31/10

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

This 51st Psalm was written by David after he was confronted by Nathan. David’s heart was found to be caught within the impurity of adultery, and it now ached for the presence of God. As David cried out to God, the painful revealing of sin was evident. Within this painful revealing, David comes to understand what went wrong and what needs to be done. For a brief time, David lost sight of his Creator and began to focus more on his selfish desires. This is not all inclusive to the life of David, for all Christians have taken a wrong road within their lives, for all Christians have walked the path of selfishness within their lives. When this happens, we must be strong and open as David was and ask God to, “Create in me a pure heart.” Seeking a pure heart is seeking the powerful presence of God, for our hearts cannot be pure without His presence. Seeking a pure heart is seeking a renewal of purpose, the purpose that we had briefly set aside. Seeking a pure heart is seeking to be forgiven for our infractions and desiring the powerful presence of God.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me stand up and out of mistakes, reaching for You and Your will.

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