2/29/12 Daily Devotion

1 Peter 2:25For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

 
There is nothing more glorious than the moment a lost soul returns to the foot of the cross and finds Jesus. There is overwhelming joy within the heart of God and the follower who has regained position upon the road to Heaven. Many who fall short of God’s expectations keep themselves traveling off in the distance because they are ashamed of their actions, because they believe that God could not forgive them of their transgressions. The truth is not found within this idea, but instead within the love of God. The love of God will accept our return at any moment we are willing to seriously come forward and repent of our ways and begin to change our lives. Returning to God is not always easy. For as we are ridden with guilt, it is hard to believe God can forgive or that He would even want to forgive us. But He can, and He will if we would just take the first step towards Him.

 

Prayer Starter:

 
Lord, allow me to come into Your presence and receive Your forgiveness.

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2/28/12 Daily Devotion

Romans 2:3So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?

 
We love to judge others. We love to look at their lives and point out all that is wrong while remaining completely blind to that which is happening within our own lives. We do so in an attempt to hide from our own issues. For as we loudly point out that which others are doing wrong maybe, just maybe, we can feel better knowing that there are people who are worse than we are ourselves. We might be able to hide behind our judgment of others, but we will never be able to escape the judgement of God. Instead of looking at the lives of others and finding fault, maybe it’s time that we examine our own lives and see what needs to be done for us to be found worthy of spending eternity with God in heaven.

 
Prayer Starter:

 
Lord, help me clearly see what is wrong within my life, that I may change anything that will hinder me from entering into eternity with You.

Published in: on February 28, 2012 at 5:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

2/27/12 Daily Devotion

Luke 21:36Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

 
Shortly before the betrayal of Judas, shortly before His crucifixion, Jesus taught about the end of the age and what they could expect to happen. This was one of those moments when His disciples were not finding joy within the truth of Jesus. Jesus taught on various topics, such as the hatred that will exist for those following him and the persecution they were going to endure in His name. These words had to be unsettling in one respect. But within the closing words of Jesus on this topic, He handed them the key to success, the key to living and enduring all they must within their lives: watch and pray. No matter what was going to be happening, they were to keep watch for its entrance within their lives and pray continually that they would have the ability from God to escape the harshness of what was to come. Nothing has changed. We must, as Christians, keep watch of that which is happening around us and pray for the strength to endure. God does not want us to suffer, but He will not send us to the wolves alone.

 
Prayer Starter:

 
Lord, guide me through the storms of life, that Your presence within my life might be seen in how I handle their existence.

Published in: on February 27, 2012 at 9:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

2/25/12 Daily Devotion

1 Corinthians 3:2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.

 
The church in Corinth was filled with people not centering their lives around Christ. They were not placing God first and foremost within their lives. They wanted a minute taste of the gospel, but not enough to really cause them to change their ways. They wanted a minute amount of Christ, but all the benefits of real relationship with Him. Does that sound like you? So many people want a relationship with Jesus, but only if it will not interfere with their opportunities to live their lives in the manner of their own choosing. Well, this may come as a shock to many reading these words, but we cannot have a minute amount of Christ. If we possess a minute amount of Christ, the amount that makes us feel good but not threatened, then we actually have nothing. Our relationship with Christ is an all or nothing deal. We will either commit to Him completely or live without Him completely. Jesus will not settle for part of our lives. How much of your life belongs to Jesus?

 
Prayer Starter:

 
Lord, help me place ALL of my life within Your hands.

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2/24/12 Daily Devotions

Matthew 25:10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

 
There is an extremely sad truth: many people are not ready to stand before Jesus when their time on earth has concluded. The fault lies within the individual, but the results of their inaction still breaks the heart of God. God does not want anyone to spend an eternity within the confines of Hell. God does not want to see anyone separated from His presence for all eternity, but we shall receive exactly what we deserve. Why do we excuse ourselves from changing our ways? Why do we prevent ourselves from living the right kind of life? Why do we place ourselves on the path of destruction day after day? Many reasons flow through our minds. Many reasons pass through our lips, but none are worth loosing the opportunity to spend an eternity with God in Heaven. So what then shall we do from this moment? Resolve to change in such a way that our lives bring glory and honor to God and not ourselves.

 
Prayer Starter:

 
Lord, change my heart and fill my life with your presence.

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2/23/12 Daily Devotion

Acts 21:13 Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

 
Agabus, through the Holy Spirit, prophesied that Paul was going to be bound and handed over to the Gentiles if he were to enter Jerusalem. After hearing this, those with Paul urged him to reconsider traveling to Jerusalem, but Paul refused to be intimidated by what could happen to him. Paul stated that he was ready for anything that was set before him, even if that included death. Paul was bold, but this boldness came from the power of God within his life. Often we cower and hide behind our excuses of neglectful service to God, hoping that which we do will be found to be adequate in the eyes of God. Are you ready to die for the sake of the gospel? While it is not likely that it will come to that within our lifetime, we must still be willing if the moment ever arrives.

 
Prayer Starter:

 
Lord, help me put my life on the line if necessary to fill this world with Your love and compassion.

Published in: on February 23, 2012 at 8:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

2/22/12 Daily Devotion

Matthew 24:44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

 
When we know something is happening, such as a vacation, we make preparations. The preparations are completely dependent upon our destination and the amount of time we will be gone. We make preparations at our place of residence for our departure, and we do all that is necessary to have everything that is needed while we are gone. Oh, there will be, on occasion, times when we neglect to do this or that, but for the most part the major issues are resolved. Why do we not have the same attitude as it concerns to our Heavenly destination? We know what we need to do. We know what needs to change. Yet we hesitate to do so, sighting ridiculous reasoning that holds no merit. We have not the inclination of when our time upon this earth will come to its final act. Thus we must be vigilant in our preparations, or we might find ourselves having an eternity to regret that which we should have done.

 
Prayer Starter:

 
Lord, help me seek to prepare for the moment I stand before You in judgment of my life.

Published in: on February 22, 2012 at 9:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

2/21/12 Daily Devotion

1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

 
Christians must be ready to explain their faith, but many fear the opportunities before them. The fear resides within the idea that they might not have all the answers to all the inquiries that will be brought. God does not expect us to hold all the answers, but He does expect us to have, in the least, a basic understanding, since it should have been present when we turned our lives over to Him in the first place. Christians are without excuse. When it comes to sharing the gospel, Christians are without excuse when it comes to sharing their faith. Christians should always be prepared to give a reasonable answer to everyone, for it might be the only question someone is willing to ask about salvation.

 

Prayer Starter:

 
Lord, help me become willing to share of the love You have for me and the blessings You have brought into my life.

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2/20/12 Daily Devotion

2 Timothy 2:21 If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

 
The manner in which a person can be used by God can be found within their own personal desires. We can be made holy. We can be prepared to be used to glorify God, but not unless we are willing. Each person must go through a purification. Just as gold and silver are purified to transform them into something beautiful, so must Christians be purified by God. But this purification cannot take place within a unwilling person. We must be vigilant Christians. We must have a burning desire to learn more about the scriptures, thus learning more about ourselves and the path we are walking. We must be willing to cleanse or remove from our lives that which hinders us from being a reflection of God. If we are not willing, then, as we stand before Jesus, we will receive exactly what we deserve.

 
Prayer Starter:

 
Lord, cleanse my life of impurities that I might become real within my walk and purpose.

Published in: on February 20, 2012 at 11:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

2/18/12 Daily Devotion

Ephesians 3:4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ

 
The Word of God contains the insights of God, and these insights are meant to influence His people. So many people open their Bibles primarily on Sunday and/or Wednesday, but what influence can it actually have upon our lives in these cases? The Word of God is meant to be a tool that is utilized for the growth of the people of God. Most people eat an average of three meals per day. What would happen if they discontinued this practice and ate only on Sundays and Wednesdays? The same thing that happens in regard to our Bibles; we would begin to starve.

 

Prayer Starter:

 

Lord, feed me daily through Your Word; prevent me from spiritual starvation.

Published in: on February 18, 2012 at 7:17 pm  Leave a Comment