Daily Devotion 6/29/11

Matthew 17:22 When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.

We can only imagine how Jesus must have felt, knowing what He was going to experience. How did He feel when these words rolled from His lips? What did He think as He gazed upon those within His presence? As we read these words, we wonder how anyone who was blessed to be in the presence of Jesus could find it within their hearts to betray Him. We wonder what they were thinking, what would cause such ridiculous actions. But then again, are we any different today? Do we not betray Him with our actions? Do we not crucify Him again with our words? When we sin, we act in contradiction to the scriptures; we are no better than Judas. When we walk an imaginary faith, we are no better than those who shouted for the crucifixion of Jesus. Heed these words, listen to their truth, let them resonate within your life, and allow them to make you into the person God knows you can become.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, transform my life that it might become a reflection of Your presence and an example of Your ways.

Published in: on June 30, 2011 at 1:27 am  Leave a Comment  

Daily Devotion 6/28/11

Luke 12:23 Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.

The Bible teaches us that Christians should not worry, but as we advance within this world, seeing all that is happening, observing all the tragedy, it’s hard not to worry. Worry can cause us to do things that are contrary to the Bible. Worry can cause us to walk in the faith of worldly ideas on concepts. Worry can cause us to lose sight of God and His presence within our lives. As each day seems to bring more weather anomalies, as each moment seems to bring more loss of life, as each minute seems to bring more hardship, we must grasp onto the presence of God. We might lose our jobs. We might lose our loved ones. We might even lose all that we have worked so hard to obtain, but we will never lose God unless we turn our backs on Him.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, allow me to walk with You, knowing that through all that comes into my life You will be there to guide me forward one step at a time.

Published in: on June 28, 2011 at 8:57 am  Leave a Comment  

Daily Devotion 6/27/11

Matthew 18:8 If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.

These, the words of Jesus, are not meant to be taken literally, but the meaning they represent certainly must. Jesus wants us to understand that we must remove anything from our lives that has the purpose of guiding us away from God. Anything that deters us from walking upon the path of righteousness needs to be cut off and removed from our lives. This will not always be a simple task, for the influence of many things will have gained power within our lives; but if we do not, then it/they will continue to lead us away from God and eventually cause us to be void of His influence. The power of sin affects our lives more than we think. With the guidance of God, however, its power can be completely diminished.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, come powerfully into my life, using me to bring Your glory into this world.

Published in: on June 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Daily Devotion 6/25/11

Revelation 2:23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.

So many people walk through life oblivious to the impending judgment of God. They walk their own paths of righteousness, describing to this world that which is truly important to them, but they believe within their hearts that they are right with God. So many people, knowing that they can fool people upon this earth, believe that they will be able to do the same in regard to God. They are only fooling themselves. When we stand before God, God will look within each of us to determine where we will spend eternity, for within our hearts will be found the true essence of who we have become. If you are not right with God, might this be the moment that begins to change.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, guide me in the ways of truthful faith, faith that is expressed and faith that is lived.

Published in: on June 25, 2011 at 11:29 am  Leave a Comment  

Daily Devotion 6/24/11

Psalm 7:9 O righteous God, who searches minds and hearts, bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure.

Does anyone find it refreshing to know that God searches our hearts and minds? How many reading these words right now can, with certainty, answer I do? As our lives are treading upon the path of God, we find no reason for the Lord not to look upon us from the inside. But after we have stumbled, or worse yet fallen, we would prefer the presence of God be found far from our own presence. As we ponder this idea, as we contemplate this knowledge, may we find comfort within the example of David. As David was being overpowered, he sought the presence of God through prayer. As David was in a place of need, he sought the power of God through prayer. Seeking God in prayer opens our minds to His presence, thus giving us the direction we need to walk in correctness. Reaching for God through prayer opens our hearts to His power, thus we can stand before Him with confidence. It is the desire of God to be part of our lives. If we would do all that we can to allow this to happen, His presence will bring great blessings and even greater reassurance.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, fill me with Your presence, become that which I desire most within this world.

Published in: on June 24, 2011 at 10:27 am  Leave a Comment  

Daily Devotion 6/23/11

1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

When Samuel’s eyes saw the presence of Eliab, he said, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.” We might not know what Samuel saw as he gazed upon Eliab, but there is no doubt as to what he perceived. When Samuel looked at Eliab, he made a presumptuous observation that before him stood the type of person God would want to anoint, but Eliab was not to be the one. It was to be David. As we look upon those around us, are we any different in our presumptions? We often take a first impression as we walk through life. The wording in the previous sentence may sound incorrect, but that is exactly what we do. We “take” a first impression as we walk through life. This impression that we take derives from our preconceived ideas or ideals, both of which are usually tainted. Our impressions should be based upon the knowledge and understanding we have gained through life, but even more so through the scriptures. As we strive to see others and/or situations through the scriptures, our take upon them is vastly different, for we begin to see them not as we would perceive but as God would have us perceive.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me see others correctly, not with a tainted vision but through the vision You have cast upon my life.

Published in: on June 23, 2011 at 8:09 am  Leave a Comment  

Daily Devotion 6/22/11

Psalm 33:20-21 We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

What brings joy into your heart? What makes you really, really happy? What makes you rejoice? Many things can come to mind to answer these questions, but that which should be at the top of the list is Jesus. Nowhere in the Bible does it state that, as we give up our lives to Christ, we can no longer rejoice in other things, for joys and rejoicing should be a part of everyone’s life. But if we have truly given up our lives to Christ, we have great reason to continually rejoice in Him, for He has given up His life that we might have forgiveness and eternal life. True rejoicing can only come from deep within our soul, for that which lies upon the surface will fade. True rejoicing can only come from a powerful, personal relationship with Christ, for that which comes only on Sunday wears off before the rise of the sun on Monday. What does your heart rejoice in? What does your heart desire?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, open my eyes to the true contents of my heart.

Published in: on June 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Daily Devotion 6/21/11

2 Peter 3:1 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.

Peter loved the Lord, but he also loved those whom the Lord loved. His desire was to stimulate their faith and direct their lives in the ways and manners of God. His desire was to bring them in front of the cross and remind them of the sacrifice of Christ. Within this stimulation, those who heard his words or contemplated upon his letters would have a greater understanding of God and thus be encouraged to embrace His presence within their lives and their purpose upon this earth. Even today, the embracing of Peter’s words brings power into our lives. Even today, they can assist in the transforming of our lives, or they can just be words printed upon a page that hold no meaning.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me to embrace Your Word and the power it can have upon my life.

Published in: on June 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Daily Devotion 6/20/11

Psalm 33:13-15 From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth— he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.

We all must consider now, at this moment and all that follow, the moment we will stand before God to receive our judgment. This is not to say that this moment must consume our beings, but it must be of careful continual consideration. No one wants to think of their ending, for they want to live and embrace life. However, we must all regularly consider our eternal placement, for if the day of our end has come and we have not prepared for its arrival, we will be spending eternity void of the presence of God. To consider our judgment day makes us prepared, to consider our judgment day helps us remain focused on what matters. To consider our judgment day makes us stand with confidence before God.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, please remind me of who I am and show me what I can become.

Published in: on June 20, 2011 at 11:18 am  Leave a Comment  

Daily Devotion 6/18/11

Matthew 10:39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Ridiculous! How can we lose our lives? The very notion of this concept is not easily understood unless we observe it from a Christian perspective. The only earthly way we can lose our life is through the discontinuation of our breath, but this is not what lies behind the words of Jesus. The loss of life Jesus makes reference to is our worldly life, the life that is wrapped up in the here and now. In order to lose our lives, we must lose control of them, thus turning control over to God. How much control do we need to relinquish in order to lose our lives? The answer, simply stated, is all. If we do not give complete control of our lives over to God, then we are holding part of ourselves back, a part that we want to control, a part that we do not want God to enter into. We might be able to walk religiously among the masses, fooling them into believing we have transferred control, but God cannot and will not be fooled.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, guide my life in such way that I might find its true purpose, its true meaning.

Published in: on June 18, 2011 at 8:09 pm  Leave a Comment