10/31/12 Daily Devotion

1 Thessalonians 1:7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.

Everyone lives a life filled with goals. We seek to achieve certain things at various points in our lives, thus we set points of achievement or goals along the way in hopes of eventually reaching that end goal we had in mind. The question that comes to mind is this: How do our goals fit into our lives as Christians? In other words, do our desires and/or goals reflect the precepts of the Bible, or are they centered completely around ourselves? While having personal goals within the world is commendable, adding to these Godly goals transforms us into a model to be followed by all believers.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, guide me into becoming a Godly example that can be followed within this world.

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10/30/12 Daily Devotion

1 Thessalonians 2:20
Indeed, you are our glory and joy.

Our lives and schedules are compacted with numerous things that need our daily attention. We are, at times, running around trying to accomplish the needs of our families, often falling short of that which needs to be done. Knowing that our lives and schedules are overwhelmed, what would cause us to commit some of our precious time to serving the church? Paul longed to see the Thessalonians, because their willingness to serve the church touched his life. To Paul, their service, their willingness to walk in faithfulness, brought him to consider them his glory and joy. Is not the same true of God? As we step out in faith, as we make time within our schedules to serve within the church, we become the glory and joy of God. Isn’t that what we want to be considered? Isn’t that our goal as Christians? Is your life the glory and joy of God, or is it seeking to glorify only yourself?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, use my life to bring You glory and joy.

Published in: on October 30, 2012 at 8:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

10/29/12 Daily Devotion

1 Thessalonians 1:2-4 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. [3] We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. [4] For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you,

Without workers, the church has no chance at surviving. Without its members finding the willingness to faithfully serve, the church will slowly diminish into nothing. Paul understood this concept and praised the Thessalonians for embracing it within their lives. We make excuses of all kinds, but, in the end, they will be rejected by God. We find ways to reason away our lack of involvement, but, in the end, they will not be acceptable by God. To serve God and His church is an honor. We must come to see this, or eventually others will begin thinking as we do. One day, one day in the future, because of our lack of fortitude, the existence of the church could possibly cease.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me understand what I need to do to advance the presence of Your church within my community.

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10/27/12 Daily Devotion

Luke 24:49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Some people find it difficult to believe in the Spirit of God. To believe in a God that cannot be seen is hard enough, but to believe in His indwelling Spirit, for many, is just to difficult to grasp. Believing in God is easy because we have proof of His existence within scripture; but as we believe in God, we must also come to believe in the indwelling of His spirit because its existence is also proven within scripture. To doubt the existence of the Spirit would be to our own detriment, for its existence brings with it many personal benefits. As Jesus told His disciples, the Spirit of God is power from on high, and we must be willing to embrace this power that will dwells within us.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, allow Your power to flow through my life, that it might guide me and reach others.

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10/26/12 Daily Devotion

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, [21] to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

“His power that is at work within us.” The power of God is present within each person who, being cleansed of their sins through baptism, accepts and cherishes His presence. The power of God’s love, His presence within our lives through His Spirit, should be refreshing knowledge to all Christians. The concern of God for us is clearly seen within the power of His presence in our lives. For if He did not care, He would have left us to fend for ourselves.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, the love You express within my life is something I do not deserve. But for its existence I am forever grateful.

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10/25/12 Daily Devotion

Acts 9:31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.

One of the blessings of the Spirit comes from the encouragement we receive from its presence within our lives. God has an innate desire to become an intimate part of our lives, and this accomplishment comes through the encouragement of the Holy Spirit. As we are traveling down the right path, we will be encouraged in our Spirit. As we are striving to live the right moments, we will be encouraged in our Spirit. God wants us to know when we are getting it right. He wants us to know when He is pleased with us, and this happens through His Spirit within us. In the opposite, God also wants us to know when we have strayed from the path. He wants us to know when it has come time to turn our lives back in the right direction, and this comes through His Spirit. What a glorious God we serve! A God that cares so much about our daily lives. A God that cares so much about our momentary existence.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, Your encouragement within my life is gratefully appreciated. May I never take it for granted.

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10/24/12 Daily Devotion

Jude 1:20-21 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

If the Spirit was nothing more than a mystical fantasy, why would the Bible make reference to Him so much? If the Spirit possessed no power within its abilities, why then does the Bible clearly speak of the opposite? As Jesus stated, the Spirit is here to help us through life upon this earth. It serves as a guide in our daily life, it serves as a check in our daily actions, and it serves us in our daily prayers. The Spirit was brought into us to be utilized, and knowing this to be the truth, we should be praising God continually for loving us so much.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, cause Your Spirit to move within me that I might feel Your urgings and walk in Your ways.

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10/23/12 Daily Devotion

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

When do we receive the Spirit of God? This question has long been a debate in the religious circles and will continue to be until this world comes to an end. Jesus told the disciples to remain in Jerusalem, and they would receive the gift of the Spirt as promised by God. In reading this account, many people believe there is a second baptism, a baptism of the Spirit. While this may be what happened to the disciples, this is not what occurs today. The disciples found themselves in a very unique position, one which we will never be in upon this earth. When they were baptized, they had no need for the Spirt of God because God was with them in the form of His son Jesus, thus negating the need for the presence of the Spirit upon the earth. After the departure of Jesus, all those who were baptized received the Spirit at baptism, while all those who were baptized before the departure of Jesus received it after He departed. While the receipt of and presence of the Spirit will always be in debate, those wanting to know the truth need only read their Bible in its entirety on the subject. For as they do, the truth will be made known.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me utilize the presence of Your Spirit within my life.

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10/22/12 Daily Devotion

Genesis 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. [2] Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

For many people, it’s hard to grasp the reality of the Spirit of God. It’s easy to believe in something if we can see it with our eyes, but to believe in something that we cannot see can only happen by faith. The Bible clearly states from the beginning that the Spirit of God is a real, viable aspect of life, and this should be believed and respected. But what about how we feel? If we feel there is not Spirit dwelling within us, then its power is nullified by our unbelief. But as we embrace its presence, we begin to feel its existence. In some cases, in ways we never could have imagined. The Spirit of God urges us to live better lives and serve more faithfully. It causes us to feel guilty when we do something that is in direct contradiction to the Bible. The Spirit of God is real and has the power to carry us through each day, but only if we allow. Will you begin to feel and follow the Spirit of God that dwells within you?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, open up my heart to the urgings of Your Spirit within me.

Published in: on October 22, 2012 at 11:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

10/20/12 Daily Devotion

Zechariah 2:10 “Shout and be glad, Daughter Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,” declares the Lord.

God’s intention from the beginning was to become a powerful, personal, part of our lives. As we walk upon this earth, we sometimes get lost in the confusing idea and/or presence of God. We know He exists. We know He is real, yet there are times when He feels so far away, so far that we cannot find nor feel Him. While God never leaves our side, we have only His Spiritual nature within us to bring this truth to a reality. If God were here physically, being faithful would come easier, or so we would think. Life on this earth can be difficult. At times, God can feel far away, but He is always here. As we travel through life, we must never forget that one day we will be able to look at His beautiful face, for He will be living among us and us with Him for all eternity.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, come live within my life. Come and be my everything. Come and be my Lord.

Published in: on October 20, 2012 at 10:29 pm  Leave a Comment