Daily Devotion 11/30/11

Matthew 13:55 “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas?
Those who knew Jesus in the flesh had difficulty understanding the essence of Him. They knew Him as the son of Joseph and Mary. They knew Him to be the brother of James, Joseph, Simon and Judas. They knew Him to work with His father in the family business. This foreknowledge of Jesus in the flesh tainted their ability to understand that He was the awaited Messiah. His possession of human attributes prevented them from believing that He could ever be the Savior they had been awaiting. For us, those who hold the Word of God within our hands, it should seem that these same questions or questioning of Him should be nonexistent, but this is not always the truth. Many times, we question the existence and/or power of God because that which is occurring in our lives shows no details of His presence. To us, in the face of adversity He is only a human being, but this cannot be farther from the truth. We may never completely understand the intricacies of God b,ut His presence within our lives should never come into question. God is as present as we will allow Him to be; and, even then, He remains silently at our side.
Prayer Starter:
Lord, I am blessed to have You within my life. I am blessed to be Your child. Help me to live this blessing out loud.

Published in: on November 30, 2011 at 11:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Daily Devotion 11/29/11

Hebrews 2:14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—
The plan of God always included mankind. From the very beginning of creation to the day when all will finally be within their eternal placement, God’s plan has always included mankind. The sharing of salvation, the expressing of faith, the advancement of His kingdom, all of these are only possible through the utilization of mankind. To solidify His love for mankind, God chose to come into this world in the flesh, as we are in the flesh. He chose to share in our humanity; and in doing so, He demonstrated to us the possibility of living a Holy life. Knowing that God shared our humanity brings forth a vast amount of emotions, emotions that stir the flowing of tears. God so loves each one of us that He became like us, to save us from the devil and from ourselves. WOW!!! Praise and glory be to God and God alone for the love He has for mankind even in the moments mankind shows no demonstration of love towards Him.
Prayer Starter:
Lord, I want You to know how grateful I am for all that You have done for me.

Published in: on November 29, 2011 at 8:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Daily Devotion 11/28/11

Luke 1:34-35 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” [35] The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
Mary’s confusion is understandable, for there are times when it is still hard to believe that God would send His son to dwell among us and die for our sins. Who are we that he cares so much? Who are we that He would leave His rightful place, His place of distinction, and walk within the filth of our sins? Who are we, that He would leave the splendors of Heaven and guide our worthless lives out of the sin-filled gutter? We might not always understand. At times, we might even be confused like Mary was when she was told of her journey of faith. But we can be assured of one thing: God loves us more than we will ever know, more than we will ever understand, and that will never change. So as life causes us to question, let us rely on the Word of God to delete them and fill us with His loving, sacrificial truth.

Prayer Starter:
Lord, become a reminder to my heart that I may never forget the love that You have for me.

Published in: on November 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Daily Devotion 11/26/11

Matthew 24:4-10 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, `I am the Christ, ‘ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,
It’s amazing how so many TV preachers are so openly embraced by society. Their words are given an elevation that is almost unapproachable by the “Common” man, for many think they hold all the answers to life here on earth and the eternal life that shall come to all. Are they actually deceivers? We watch them “religiously.” We buy their books and videos and hinge our lives upon the very words they speak. But the question comes once again, are they actually deceivers? The answer depends upon whom receives the question. So many people have been fooled by wolves dressed in fancy suits. So many people have been deceived by those who seek to fill their own pockets and not the hearts of believers. As Christians, we must fill our lives with the truth of our faith, and this includes doctrinal instruction, Biblically based, doctrinal instruction. We must walk away the desire to “Feel Good” about our faith and instead reach for a real and powerful faith filled with the truth of God.
Prayer Starter:
Lord, make my faith genuine, make my faith powerful, and keep it from being led astray.

Published in: on November 26, 2011 at 11:08 am  Leave a Comment  

Daily Devotion 11/25/11

1 John 5:4-5 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.  Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
A person who holds dearly their faith projects an image of Christ. This image builds upon the presence of God within their lives. This image slowly transforms into the image of Christ in such a way that He becomes more evident within our lives. As others see us, they must see God. As others hear us speak, they must hear God. As we walk through the difficulties of life, they must see that it was our faith that helped us overcome, even if the outcome was not as we had hoped. Our faith is a direct reflection of the presence of God within our lives and for some the image of God reflected is barely noticeable.
Prayer Starter:
Lord, become all I can think about, become all I desire to like, become the focus of my life.

Published in: on November 25, 2011 at 8:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Daily Devotion 11/24/11

Psalm 52:1 Why do you boast of evil, you mighty man? Why do you boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
When we live as if the world is our guide, we bring disgrace to the throne of God. Often, maybe too often, there are times when we don’t even realize the worldly reflection that follows us around. The reason we don’t realize this is because we have retained the controlling interest of our lives. We boast of our existence, but is there any evidence of God within that existence? We boast of our abilities, but is there any credit given to God for those abilities? The solution is simple: we must terminate ourselves as CEO of our lives and give the position to God.
Prayer Starter:
Lord, help me relinquish control of my life to You.

Published in: on November 24, 2011 at 4:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Daily Devotion 11/23/11

Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Paul’s confidence comes at the partnership of the Philippians. They embraced the message of Christ that he shared, and from that moment they had partnered within him to expand the kingdom of God through the sharing of the gospel. This partnership brought great joy into the life of Paul because he could see and feel their love for God. He could see and feel their love for God. Can the same be said of you? A hero of faith is noticed for his faith in God and love for His presence within their lives. Can this be seen in you?

Prayer Starter:
Lord, help me share my faith in a powerful way.

Published in: on November 23, 2011 at 8:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Daily Devotion 11/22/11

Luke 13:24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.
The desire to become a hero of faith is easily seen within the lives of people. Their direction, their outlook, their motives in all that they do serve to describe what is important to them. Along with all the afore mentioned, the use of their mouth must be added. When a person is striving to become a hero of faith the words that they express will be ones that bring about the glorification of God. Now, knowing that we are all humans, we will all experience what they call a slip of the tongue. But if our tongues rarely stop slipping, then our hearts are not centered around God. A true hero of faith will walk through the narrow door, even when everyone else chooses the bypass

Prayer Starter:
Lord, guide me through the narrow door, get me close to Your side, and give me the strength to show Your presence within my life.

Published in: on November 22, 2011 at 7:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Daily Devotion 11/21/11

Isaiah 5:22-23 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent.
There is a difference in what the world perceives as a hero and what is a hero by definition of God. Within the world, a hero is found in the life of the party, the most successful, the strongest of all. But upon close examination of their lives, one would find that they are not heroes. In fact, one would find that they act in such an ungodly manner because of some underlying reason that they might not even realize themselves. A hero within the standards of the Bible is one who seeks to serve others in the name of Jesus. Yes, it is that plain and simple. A true hero, a hero in the eyes of God, is one who expresses His love within this world. Are you a true hero of God, a true hero of faith?

Prayer Starter:
Lord, help me become a true hero of faith as defined by You and Your Word, not this world.

Published in: on November 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Daily Devotion 11/19/11

Matthew 27:22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify him!”
They all answered, “Crucify Him!” What do you answer? Words might not be spoken, but your answer is still heard. What do you answer? Thoughts might not be revealed, but your answer is still clear.  We were not present when our Lord and Savior was crucified; but as we live our lives incorrectly, are we not pounding the nails deeper into His hands and feet? Within that crowd, there were people who shouted praises as Jesus entered into the city a week earlier, and now they call for His death. In such a short time, they changed. In such a short time, they turned their backs on Him, but have we not done the same many times over within our lives? We sing on Sunday, as we should, but do we live it on Monday and again on Tuesday and again on Wednesday and again on Thursday, and again on Friday, and yet again on Saturday?
Prayer Starter:
Lord, help me have the courage to live for You in such a way that Your presence will be evident.

Published in: on November 19, 2011 at 11:27 pm  Leave a Comment