7/31/12 Daily Devotion

Galatians 1:10 Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

All that we are describes exactly who we are and what is important within our lives. As we live for the impression of man, we then express our concern for pleasing man; but as we live for the impression of God, we express our love for Him. Pleasing man will carry us favorably through our lives here on earth, but pleasing God will bring to us an eternity that reaches far beyond our imaginations, far beyond any earthly benefit we could ever receive.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, I want to please You and only You. Help me make this desire become a reality.

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7/30/12 Daily Devotion

2 Corinthians 5:9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.

Who are you trying to please? Whose approval are you seeking within your life? Are you trying to make happy those within your family? Are you trying to make your boss happy? Are you trying to make yourself happy? As Christians, our main goal in life should be to do all that we can to please God. We get so caught up in what people consider about us that we often forget to consider how we are pleasing God. We get so worried about our impressions within the lives of mere humans that we forget that it matters only that we please God.  We must strive to bring about a good impression before man, but this must NEVER take precedent over our desire to please God. For if we please man, it benefits us slightly here on earth, but if we please God it will benefit us for all eternity.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me bring You pleasure through the manner in which I live my life.

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7/28/12 Daily Devotion

Ephesians 4:22-24 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; [23] to be made new in the attitude of your minds; [24] and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

After we have given our lives over to God, there is an expectation on the part of God as to the manner in which we will live our lives. Once we have been saved, our lives must begin to slowly demonstrate our salvation. They must begin to adhere to the expectations of God. What are these expectations? God expects us to begin to conform to the ways of scripture and remove ourselves from conforming to the ways of the world. He expects us to strive to become more like Christ each and everyday of our lives. He expects us to leave our old ways and desires behind and strive to live in such a way that will honor Him. This will not be easy, for the pull of the world is enticing, but the judgment of God is not worth anything this world has to offer.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me remove my old ways and replace them with Your expectations.

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7/27/12 Daily Devotion

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Sometimes its hard to believe someone can change. Maybe we have watched them grow up from infancy and observed some of their life infractions. Maybe we have watched as another has been taken away in handcuffs because of a serious offense that they have committed. In such cases, it may be hard to believe that a person, after being born again, can change. We remember the old person. We remember that which they did wrong and find it difficult to ever conceive that they could have done something right with their lives. While it might be hard for us individually, there is no concern where God is concerned. When a person gives himself over to God, when he allows Him to become Lord of his life, he will change. After a person has accepted Jesus and the conditions that come along, he will change. He doesn’t need us to agree to this change or deem it as possible, all he needs is God at his side, guiding him every step of the way.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me find the courage to walk with You.

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7/26/12 Daily Devotion

1 John 3:9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.

The imperfection of the Christian is seen in all its glory everyday. While we are expected to change after our baptism, while we are expected to change after we have given our lives over to Christ, we will still offer into this world mistakes of varying magnitudes. There has only been One to walk upon this earth that can claim perfection, and that is Jesus. We are called to get a grasp on our sins, striving to remove them from our lives. We are called to walk straighter each and every day, striving to move forward within our walk and witness. But we will never walk in perfection, and that we must come to understand completely. Even to those who shepherd our flocks will mistakes come, but to all there is forgiveness.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, guide me into a better walk as each day passes.

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7/25/12 Daily Devotion

Titus 3:5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,

God has brought before us salvation not because of our abilities, not because of that which we can offer Him. God has brought us salvation because of the need that is present within our lives. God has brought us salvation because He is willing to extend to us mercy, even though we deserve punishment. He saved us because we needed to be saved. He saved us because we were lost. He saved us that we might help guide others into His presence to receive the same. Praise and glory and honor belong to God for choosing to bring to each of us rebirth through the washing of our sins and the gift of His Spirit.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, I want to thank You for all that You have done, but let me not do so with words, let me do so with my actions.

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7/24/12 Daily Devotion

1 Peter 1:23For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

Christians are to be held to a higher standard, and rightly so, but this does not make them perfect. Others, even other Christians, will condemn them for their imperfections and frailties, but at some point they will come to be reminded that ALL Christians make mistakes and/or cause an infractions to occur. At times, we all forget that we are imperfect. We all forget get the we are born with a tendency to sin, even after we are born again. Caution and care must be utilized in dealing with people who are judgmental, for they will always state that they are not judging, when in fact their actions speak the opposite. The best plan of action is to walk as close to God as possible and strive to be a good example, all the while knowing that one day this will not be the truth, for God offers forgiveness to ALL who see the error of their ways and seek His face.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me live for You, knowing that I will never achieve perfection in my walk.

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7/23/12 Daily Devotion

John 3:3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. ”

In order for us to enter the kingdom of God, we must be born again. When Jesus shared this with Nicodemus, he was truly confused. Nicodemus understood being born as one’s entrance into this world, so being born again carried his mind into a place of confusion. To be born again is to be born of Christ. It is to give up yourself to Him. It is to be baptized for the remission of your sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit, but it doesn’t end at this point. To be born again is to walk upon a different path in life. It is to see and embrace the necessity to become more of a reflection of   Jesus and less of the world. To be born again is to embrace a lifestyle that matters to God, a lifestyle that will carry others to the foot of the cross where they will also find salvation. Have you been born again? Are you living like you have been born again?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me overcome my sinfulness and begin to live powerfully for You within this life You have given me.

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7/21/12 Daily Devotion

Hebrews 5:13-14 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. [14] But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

How can we know that our Christianity is real? How can we know that we truly desire to become the person God has created us to become? The answer is found within another question: Do you want to grow in your faith? We are real only if we want to grow in our faith. We are real only if we want to achieve more than what is before us in regards to our faith. Our Christianity is real when it becomes the greatest desire of our hearts to continue to grow and reflect the presence of Christ within this world. Is your Christianity real?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, I want to grow in my faith. Lord, help me grow in my faith.

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7/20/12 Daily Devotion

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

Becoming a mature Christian is not as simple as one would hope. To grow in our faith and become mature is a process that can, for some, take a considerable amount of time, and within this time frustration can emerge. In the midst of this frustration, in our desire to be seen and treated as mature, we can become tired of wading through the elementary. Maturity should not be rushed. To be a mature Christian is to become intimately knowledgable about the gospel. To be a mature Christian is to come to understand the power of the gospel of Christ and the importance of its presence within our DAILY lives. Maturity should be the goal of every Christian, but its presence should not be sought until it has come in its own time.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, guide me into maturity, that I might be a witness of Your love, grace, and mercy.

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