Daily Devotion 10/31/11

Acts 18:25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John.

Apollos was a Jew from Alexandria. He possessed a thorough knowledge of the scriptures and had great understanding in the ways of God. As he accurately brought forth the message of God, he did so with great fervor, great power. Apollos was a man after the heart of God, a man that desired to share accurately the message of God. When people speak of our relationship with God, when they observe and share the presence of God within our lives, do they use the same descriptive words? As Christians, we are called to come to an understanding of the scriptures, using this understanding to bring application into our lives. As Christians, we are called to bring forth the presence and guidance of God with great fervor through our words and our actions. As Christians, we are called to show this world the power and presence of God, the power of God within this world, and His presence within our lives. As Christians, we are called, but do we express that which we are called to express?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me seek understanding through Your Word and carry this understanding boldly into this world.

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Daily Devotion 10/29/11

Luke 19:3-4 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

Zacchaeus was a well-known man, but he was not a well-liked person. Zacchaeus’ attitude and outlook on life were centered around himself and that which could enhance his own existence upon this earth. His work practices contained not a hint of ethics, as he forced the people to pay more taxes with the intent of lining his own pocket. But all this changed after he climbed up a tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus. That action was the beginning of his transformation. It could be said that Zacchaeus went to greater heights to find Jesus and begin to make the necessary changes in his life. As others look at our lives, can the same be said of us? Are we going to greater heights to live within the directives of God? Are we going to greater heights to act in a manner that is a reflection of God?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me go to greater heights within my relationship with You.

Published in: on October 29, 2011 at 11:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Daily Devotion 10/28/11

Mark 2:4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on.

Their friend was in need, in need of healing. They assessed the situation, and the only solution was to bring him into the presence of Jesus and hope that He would have mercy on their friend. Their journey placed a crowd between them and Jesus, but that was not enough to prevent them from moving forward. They carried their friend to the roof of the house where Jesus was staying, which brought their final obstacle: the roof. Knowing that Jesus was their friend’s only hope, they dug through the roof of that home, giving them the ability to lower him into the presence of Jesus. To have such friends would be a great blessing, but to be such a friend is what this world needs. This worlds needs Christians that are willing to go the distance, no matter how far this might carry them. This world needs Christians that are willing to do whatever it takes, no matter the personal cost. Are you willing to go the distance in the name of Jesus? Are you willing to do all you can within someone’s life for the glory of God? Are you?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me see what I can do and act upon this knowledge. And within it all, may You be glorified.

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Daily Devotion 10/27/11

Psalm 18:32-33 It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. [33] He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights.

All serious Christians want to impact this world in a noticeable way for the glory of God. All serious Christians want to blaze a path that will lead others powerfully into His presence. These are great aspirations, but they cannot become a reality if we are not reaching for and relying upon the presence and power of God. You see many Christians who want to impact the world, but they leave God behind. They come up with ideas and go forth in the direction of these ideas, but they do not consult the direction of God. God has great plans for each of His children, but we as His children must consult His plans and His desires in all circumstances before we move forward, for only He enables us to go farther.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me take my faith, my beliefs, my trust in You, farther than I have ever done before.

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Daily Devotion 10/26/11

1 Peter 2:12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

Is there any importance in living above reproach? As we look into society, we can see that there are many who hold no concern to this; but for the Christian, it is essential. We are called to live among those within this world, the believers and the refusers, in such a manner that there can be nothing but the presence of God found within our lives. We are to live in such a way that even if accusations arise, they will be found to have no validity. We are to live completely sold out for Jesus, but is that what we are doing? Are we sold out for Jesus? Are we living above reproach, or are we just living for ourselves?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me become greatly concerned with the example I bring forth into this world. May this example be firmly focused upon You.

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Daily Devotion 10/25/11

James 1:4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

The presence of trials and temptations within our lives bring us into maturity. These moments help us become more focused in our faith and understanding in our purpose upon this earth. Many fall victim to trials and temptations because they do not grasp onto their purpose. Yes, you read that correctly: their purpose. Trials and temptations are not always easy to handle, but their presence guides us from that moment into a greater understanding of where we need to be. Thus we have come to a point, a place in time where we can step forward, coming closer to maturity. The key to maturity within trials and temptations is perseverance. We must persevere in all situations that arrive within our lives, within all circumstances that come to be within our existence, in order to become mature in our faith.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me seek to continue to mature in my faith as each day comes, as each circumstance arrives.

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Daily Devotion 10/24/11

1 Timothy 4:15-16 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

To what is Timothy to be diligent? Paul told him to be diligent in his preaching and teaching. He was to diligently set an example within his speech, his life, his love, and his purity. He was to be diligent and not neglect the gift God had placed upon his life. Paul wanted Timothy to understand that he was to be diligently progressing in his faith and his impact upon the world. If Paul were to stand before each of us today, the same words would be released into our hearts, for the diligence of Christians is of the utmost importance. Many Christians hit a point where they become comfortable in their walk. Many Christians arrive at a place where they hover, feeling that they have gone far enough in their faith and service. But the Bible calls us to be diligently increasing our faith, not hovering, not becoming comfortable. The Bible calls us to utilize our talents from the moment of conversion until the day we are called home. Is that happening within your life?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me become more focused in my walk, more purposeful in my actions, and more intentional in my words.

Published in: on October 24, 2011 at 10:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Daily Devotion 10/22/11

John 7:50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked,

Nicodemus came to Jesus seeking the truth. Nicodemus was a trained religious leader, but the words of Jesus laid upon his heart an aching for the reality of the gospel message, thus his journey to Jesus in the dark of night. Nicodemus continued to seek the truth of the gospel, the truth of God’s ways, and we should be doing the same. It would be easy to just listen to a lesson taught by a respected leader within the church, but that’s not enough. It would be easy to just listen to a message brought by the preacher, but that’s not enough. It is not enough to just listen to others. It is our responsibility to search through the truth of the gospel ourselves.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, may You find me searching daily through Your Word in search of the path I must follow.

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Daily Devotion 10/21/11

1 Thessalonians 1:6-7 You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.

The Thessalonians, after reading the words of Paul, must have been filled with joy and covered in encouragement. These emotions would have arisen as a result of Paul’s declaration that God had chosen them to live for and serve Him. Paul calls them imitators, imitators of Paul, Paul’s companions, and imitators of the Lord. In their imitation, they lived that which they claimed to believe. In their imitation, they spoke in reflection of the faith that they held dear to their hearts. In their imitation, they acted as a reflection of their faith, their faith in God. Are you an imitator of Christ, or do you strive to bring His presence within your life as it fits under certain conditions? The longing of all Christians should be to hear words similar to those heard by the Thessalonians. But for us, it will be from the mouth of Jesus as He passes judgment upon our lives. Will you be found worthy? Will you be found living as an imitator of Christ? Will you be found embracing the truth of the gospel?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, guide me into a wider range of faith as I strive to embrace Your truth and apply it to my life.

Published in: on October 21, 2011 at 11:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Daily Devotion 10/20/11

Matthew 15:27 “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”

She came to Jesus seeking help for her daughter. Her daughter was suffering from an infestation of evil; she was possessed by a demon. She was a Canaanite, as was her daughter, thus Jesus turned down her request, stating that He was there to find the lost sheep of Israel. She persisted even in the midst of the disciples wanting her removed from their presence. Jesus brought to her another statement of rejection, stating that it was not right to give the children’s bread away. Many would have turned and walked away, but not this woman. She asked again, this time asking for the least, asking for crumbs. At this point, Jesus was impressed with her faith, thus He brought healing to her daughter. The Canaanite woman embraced the truth of Jesus. She believed that He could make a difference within her daughter’s life, and He did. Have you embraced the truth of Jesus? Have you reached for the only thing that can make a real difference? Reach for the truth today. Reach for Jesus right now, and see what He can do within and through your life.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me find the strength to embrace You in a powerful way.

Published in: on October 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm  Leave a Comment