8/31/12 Daily Devotion

Psalm 133:1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

There is nothing more dangerous to a church than those who worship within her walls. Many churches have become havens of guilt and shame. They have turned the house of God into a house of disunity. The church must be a haven of hope within a hurting world, and this can only happen through her members. All members have a choice as to how they are going to live out their faith within the church. They have the opportunity to live within the love of Christ and the hope of their faith or refuse to allow “CERTAIN” people to feel welcome. Each member, each Christian, has the responsibility to continue to be, or in the least pretend to be, for the sake of unity, accommodating, even to those whom they despise. Our attitude within the house of God is vital to her witness and expansion. How are you recognized within the house of God?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me become a blessing to the church I attend.

Published in: on August 31, 2012 at 10:06 am  Leave a Comment  

8/30/12 Daily Devotion

Acts 15:30-31 So the men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter. [31] The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.

The gathering of believers should be uplifting and encouraging. It should be a place where the truth of God’s Word is shared, and the believer is encouraged to apply it to his life. Encouragement is a driving force that guides people to greater heights and more powerful lives. To walk into and out of church and be continually discouraged can only cause one to seek a new house of worship or live out a life that is dreary and without purpose. The church must learn to provide a place where the believer can be lifted before the throne of God encouraged by the truth of the Word, but it should also be a place where the unbeliever can arrive and be encouraged through the opportunity of the shed blood of Jesus.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me make my church into a house of encouragement.

Published in: on August 30, 2012 at 9:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

8/29/12 Daily Devotion

2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

Love is a wonderful aspect of life. It bonds two people together and draws them into a relationship that is almost indescribable. It allows them to be who they are but change slightly to become all that their spouse ever hoped to receive within a marriage partner. The bond of faith is very much the same within a marriage. The Bible speaks candidly and clearly about marriage. It does not condemn marriage. But it cautions that it must be entered into properly, or negative issues are certain to arrive. Its declarations include something that is quite prevalent within society today, being yoked to an unbeliever. There is no condemnation of the unbeliever, but there is much concern for the relationship between them and a believer. For the believers, church, faith, God, and all that entails, is supposed to be the cornerstone of their lives. For the unbelievers, church, faith, God, and all that entails, does not play an important role within their lives, thus causing friction within the life of the believer. This is not to say that one who believes and one who does not cannot be in love, but it does say that their relationship will eventually be entangled in a series of serious events/conversations/arguments because of faith. The choice is to the individual, but the choice should be made with caution and understanding.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me become surrounded by a multitude of people who share my faith in You.

Published in: on August 30, 2012 at 9:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

8/28/12 Daily Devotion

Ephesians 3:6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.

The body of Christ should be a place that is open to everyone. It should become a place that welcomes all who desire to welcome Christ into their lives. It should become a place where the presence of God is felt powerfully through worship. The body of Christ should be open to all mankind without equivocation, without judgement, without incessant staring. The body of Christ, the gathering of a church, should always be a sanctuary for the sinner and a home for the saint. God opened up the church and presented it with salvation through the shed blood of His one and only Son, first for the Jew and then into the world.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help my worship of You be unscathed by any improper worldly feelings or emotions.

Published in: on August 28, 2012 at 9:54 am  Leave a Comment  

8/27/12 Daily Devotion

Hebrews 10:25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Why is the gathering so important? Why is it so beneficial to gather together with like believers and celebrate our faith? The gathering of believers is vital to the spiritual welfare of all believers. The gathering offers us an opportunity to praise God collectively for all that He has done within the church. At the same time, it offers an opportunity for the individual to stand before God and present to Him a grateful heart, a heart that is willing to acknowledge all that He has done. We can and should worship individually outside of the church body, but it is within this setting that we shall see and experience God in an amazing way.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me truly experience Your presence.

Published in: on August 28, 2012 at 12:48 am  Leave a Comment  

8/25/12 Daily Devotion

Acts 4:33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all

We have the ability to make a powerful difference within this world because of Jesus. We have the ability to transform lives beyond the capability of our own understanding because of God. We might not have the abilities that God blessed the apostles with, but we can still bring forth a powerful testimony among the nations if we are willing to, as did the apostles, turn our lives over completely to God. That’s the key to great success as Christians: the transfer of control of our lives over to God. If we live for ourselves, we will never have any time to live for God; but if we live for God, then we shall really be living.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help my life become a living example of what it means to be a Christian.

Published in: on August 25, 2012 at 11:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

8/24/12 Daily Devotion

Acts 9:22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.

The power in Saul’s witness came from his willingness give his life completely to God. Saul was another powerful witness that emerged from a life that was headed down the wrong path. His eyes were literally closed to his own way of thinking and opened to the ways of God. Once this happened, he was on fire for the Lord. Our eyes need to be closed to our own agenda and opened for the glory of God. Our lives need to be so focused on God that no one ever has the opportunity to wonder about our purpose for existing. When we have totally become a servant of God, as Saul did, we will be able to do great things for His glory.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me choose to serve You powerfully with my life.

Published in: on August 25, 2012 at 11:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

8/23/12 Daily Devotion

Matthew 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

Why would God choose Peter? Why would He want the one who adamantly denied Him to be the one who proclaimed His existence? Why would God choose the one who failed so horribly at faith to guide others into theirs? God chose Peter because He knew that Peter had come to understand his place and purpose within this world. After Peter denied Jesus, he was finally broken enough to see how much he needed God within his life. He was finally ready to live for God completely. God made a wise decision, as one would expect of God, for Peter brought forth the message in such a powerful way that it has reached through time and into our lives today. How far will your faith reach? God has great plans for your life, but they cannot begin until you are ready to be truly His.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, break me down until I am finally ready to be molded by You.

Published in: on August 23, 2012 at 1:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

8/22/12 Daily Devotion

Acts 6:8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people.

Stephen was a man dedicated to the sharing of the gospel and the God that it represented. He lived his faith out loud, and nothing was going to prevent this from happening. It did not matter to him if opposition stepped into his life. He was going to live for God. It did not matter if contention arose between those who had called him a friend. He was going to live for God. It did not matter if he lost all those who were close to him. He was going to live for God. Stephen adopted a philosophy that seems to be missing within the church today. Stephen believed it was necessary to live his faith out loud and purposefully. Are you one of the few that have adopted this philosophy? Are you one of the few who refuse to allow their secular lives to cause their Christianity to vanish? If you’re not, maybe this moment right now is the time that this changes.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me begin to possess sold out faith, faith that allows nothing to come before You.

Published in: on August 23, 2012 at 12:12 am  Leave a Comment  

8/21/12 Daily Devotion

Hebrews 11:27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.

Moses found victory over Pharaoh, not because of who he was, but because of God. It’s hard to trust others within this world, but it’s even harder to trust in the One we cannot see or touch. Most people tend to give away their trust freely to those within this world, only to be disappointed, but they struggle in finding a way to trust God. If we want to succeed as Christians, we must learn to trust God with our lives. As Christians, we must learn to trust God as we have never done before, for if we do He will make us great witnesses within this world.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, transform me into a great witness for You.

Published in: on August 22, 2012 at 12:15 am  Leave a Comment