Daily Devotion 4/30/11

Matthew 25:23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

The longing of every Christian is to hear, as he stands before the gates of Heaven, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” These words shall bring into our eyes tears, for their existence brings about the eternity of our lives in Heaven. These words shall bring to our ears the sounds of joy, for they bring about the everlasting presence of Christ. These words shall bring about the progressively faster beat of our hearts as we anticipate our entrance into eternity. Sadly enough, many people long for these words, or those that are similar, to be shared in regards to them here upon this earth. They seek the glory within the here and now, setting aside the hereafter, for now. They want recognition for their efforts from man, without considering that their recognition upon this earth might be all that they receive. To live a life desiring the recognition of man is to not live for Jesus. When we live for Jesus, we live in such a way that we want others to notice, but we do not thrive on their observations. Our main reasoning for living in such a manner should be to please God and share His gospel, and for that we shall hear those glorious words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Prayer Starter:

Lord, guide my life and make it purposeful in and through You and You alone.

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Daily Devotion 4/29/11

Job 5:2 Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple.

Resentment has the power to kill our presentation of Christ. When we are found resenting another, it deflates our witness. When we are found resenting another, it negates our presentation of the gospel. When resentment takes over our lives, it places us in a position to fester hatred and disdain, both of which are not Godly attitudes. This world needs to unequivocally see and feel the presence of Christ within our lives. They need to see Christians living out their faith on purpose. They need to know that we will act in a manner that will bring glory to God and honor Him for that which He has done for this world. To see us acting as one with the world is to not see Jesus. What do people see in you? Maybe the question is better asked this way: Who do people see in you?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me continually present You through my life no matter the circumstances.

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Daily Devotion 4/28/11

Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,

Christians are on display twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. At their best hour, they are displayed before this world, and within their worst hour the same is also true. This world is watching and waiting as we walk upon this earth. They are watching to see if our claims to Christ are true and reflected within our actions and through our vocabulary. They are waiting for us to demonstrate the validity of our faith in Jesus within our actions and through our vocabulary. In some cases, they are watching and waiting for extended periods of time, wanting, even hoping for, a tinge of proof within our lives. The question that keeps roaming through my mind is this: If we were putting our hearts into our Lord, would they not see more quickly what we stand for? Living for God is no different than anything else. What we put into a relationship with God is what others will receive through us. As we are devoted to Him, as we are serving Him, as we are living for Him, others will not only see our devotion, they will also feel it through His presence within us.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, flow within me that I might change this world for Your glory.

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Daily Devotion 4/27/11

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Jesus is our “Good Shepherd.” He has come into this world that we might find and have life. For some, this will make no sense, for they walk and believe they claim life. This, however, is not the life to which Jesus makes reference. Everyone can simply exist within this world, but it is only through Jesus that one can have a real sense of life, a real sense of purpose. It is only through Jesus that one can feel that he is truly living and not just existing within the confines of a body that is destined for the ground. When Jesus comes into our lives, our sense of living changes, for we are no longer breathing air if we are not exhaling the presence of God within us.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me live in a manner that shows this world what You mean to me.

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Daily Devotion 4/26/11

Mark 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

It’s easy to love part of something, such as loving the beach but not getting burned, or loving the story line of a movie but not some of the language, but not when it comes to God. Loving God is all or nothing, for we either love Him and do as He desires or we do for ourselves. We are taught continually through the scriptures to place our all into our relationship with God, and that is not without reason. When we place our all into something, it changes our lives. When we place our all into something, it transforms our lives. When we place our all into something, we are declaring what it means to have it’s presence within our lives. In essence, when we place our all into something, it becomes a reflection of the essence of who we are and what our lives stand for. Do you place your all into your relationship with God?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, I pray you find me placing You before anything within my life.

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Daily Devotion 4/25/11

Revelation 2:4-5 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

Living within this society has its challenges, especially for Christians. When we are on fire for God, we walk strongly, purposefully, and confidently. But when we are thrown for a loop, we, at times, forsake our beliefs. We forsake our beliefs when life comes upon us full force and we don’t believe we feel the presence of God. We forsake our beliefs when they seem to contradict that which we want to occur. We forsake our beliefs when we are faced with a choice. We even forsake our beliefs out of laziness. If we forsake our beliefs, are we not forsaking God? When we are unwilling to live as directed by the Bible, we are removing God as the most important aspect of our lives. When we are unwilling to live out our faith, for whatever reason, we have become unwilling to live for God. Now I know this might sound extreme, but read the last sentence again and ponder its truth for a moment…..

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me live for You, not forsaking the relationship we have for anything.

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Daily Devotion 4/23/11

Ephesians 1:18-19 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,

Paul’s prayer is for reconciliation. His desire, for those reading these words, is for their hearts to be opened or enlightened to that which God has in store for those who call upon His name. As we are enlightened, we come to see the power of reconciliation, the power that we have in the hope God provides, the power within the glorious inheritance that awaits all of His children. As we are enlightened, we come to see, feel, and experience the love that God has for His children, a love that is indescribable with but demonstrated action. God has opened the door for all of society to receive reconciliation, to experience hope, and to be embraced by His love. God has opened the door. Are you willing to walk through and meet Him?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me see what I am and move towards what I can become in and through You.

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Daily Devotion 4/22/11

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

For many people, it is very difficult to admit to imperfection. Their pride holds them into a position of believing that they have not committed an infraction, thus they are not in the wrong. To believe this is to believe a self-imposed, self-proclaimed, self-glorifying lie, for the Bible is clear that ALL have sinned. To admit to sin, to admit that we have committed infractions against the desires of God, does not make us weak; it makes us strong. It is only when we can admit our failures that we can find success in our future, for our acknowledgment allows us to change the focus and direction of our lives. Having sinned is a sign of weakness, but its lack of acknowledgment is a sign of pride and self-justification. Let us then come to understand when we have been wrong and seek correction within our lives.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me see my shortcomings as opportunities to grow in You.

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Daily Devotion 4/21/11

Genesis 3:10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

Adam hid from God because he was engulfed with an emotion he had never experienced. This emotion brought him to a place where he understood only one thing: he was not right with God, and it was not a place he wanted to be found. Have you ever been in such a place? Being honest, we must all admit that we have tried to hide from God. We have all found ourselves in a place where we were not right with God, a place of fear, a place of uncertainty. While in this place, we run as fast as we can, figuratively, trying to remain void of the presence of God, but eventually God always catches up. Of course, God doesn’t need to catch up to us, for He knows exactly where we are and what we have done. We just need to fess up. We must understand everything we do falls within the vision of God. Thus there is no opportunity to hide, only an opportunity to make things right.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me take advantage of the opportunity You have given me for restoration and forgiveness.

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Daily Devotion 4/20/11

Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

The death of Jesus opened the door to forgiveness. As we stand in the power of our faith and believe without a doubt that we can walk through the door to forgiveness, we shall be forgiven. The death of Jesus on the cross of Calvary has placed upon us the opportunity to walk through our sins into the justification of Christ. The death of Jesus has brought to all people a glorious opportunity to begin anew as their sins are covered by the blood of Jesus. Through our faith in God, through our faith in Jesus, and through His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary, we can stand with confidence, knowing that our sins of the past have been washed clean. Those that find their way into our future can receive the same, simply because of the Love of God through His Son Jesus.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, I am so undeserving of Your forgiveness, but I am grateful for Your willingness to give me the opportunity to receive it within my life.

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