5/23/13 Daily Devotion

1 John 1:6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.

Our lives, whether we believe it or not, are open books. We might be able to fool some people, but we can’t fool them all. People need only to listen and observe to understand who we are and what we deem as important. Many Christians do exactly what John states in today’s scripture reference. They claim fellowship with God. They claim allegiance to Him. They claim a personal relationship exists, but their actions and words speak clearly to the opposite. They walk tall within the gathering of the fellowship, but fade into their own sinful ways as they walk out the doors. Why do we do this? We do this because we want to be perceived as faithful to God, but we want to remain faithful to ourselves. In essence, we want to reap the benefits of eternity in Heaven, but we want the freedom to do as we please here on earth. This is not how faith works. God has the expectation of our faithfulness even when it is contrary to the desires of our hearts. God expects us to walk like Christians, talk like Christians, and act like Christians. He expects us to live as those who are forgivenn and set free, even set free from our own hearts, our own desires. Are you living within the expectations of God?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, Your expectations of me may seem unreasonable at times, but I know they are necessary. Please help me understand what I need to do, even if I don’t understand why.

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5/22/13 Daily Devotion

Acts 7:1 Then the high priest asked Stephen, “Are these charges true?”

Members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen came to oppose the teachings of Stephen. They tried arguing with him but found it to be very difficult to stand up against the wisdom God had given to him. The only other option was to devise a plan to prevent him from teaching. They convinced some people to bring false claims of blasphemy against him and thus stir up the crowd. Eventually, Stephen was arrested and brought before the Sanhedrin. Stephen was made aware of the charges and asked about their truthfulness. A this point, Stephen had a choice. He could try to word things in such a manner that it would serve to aid in his release, or he could speak the truth no matter the consequences. Stephen powerfully spoke the truth, and, for that, he was dragged out and stoned to death. Sometimes, we refrain from speaking the truth because we are afraid of the consequences. This is an act of cowardice. We must be willing to share the honest truth with the correct motives, or we will have to answer, no matter the consequences. The truth might cause some friends to leave. The truth might cause some people to be hurt. The truth might cause us some unwanted pain, but the truth shall set us free.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me see the necessity behind sharing the truth with the right motives.

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5/21/13 Daily Devotion

1 Corinthians 13:6
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

How can a heart filled with God also be filled with falsehoods? Those who call upon the name of Jesus, those who have given their lives over to Him, those who have surrendered their wills over to His, should be filled with His love and compassion. So why, then, are so many Christians today spouting untruths from their mouths? The answer is simple: they have not yet relinquished control of their lives over to God. They have invited Him in, but they keep Him closed in the vestibule. For they know if He entered through the doors of their hearts, things would have to change, and that is something they are not ready to allow. This heart says things like, “Not now. Life is to good.” “Later, when things settle, then my heart will be available.” But what if later is too late? What if later never comes? Do we want to risk our eternal placement for a minute amount of joy here upon this earth?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me live within the spectrum of truth, Your truth.

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