8/29/13 Daily Devotion

1 John 5:18 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.

A large amount of people like to state that we will no longer sin if we are truly saved. If this were the case, then everyone who is saved should expect God to transform him into perfection. Are you a human being? If the answer is yes, then you can expect to have a mistake or two or a dozen happen at your doing in the next week, but this does not negate our Christianity, as some would claim. How then could today’s verse proclaim the following: “We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin”? This verse is referring to our propensity towards sin. The natural Christian instinct of those who are saved should be towards the elimination of sin. Thus we strive to do all that glorifies God and nothing that He would consider as wrong. Anyone born of God should be willing to fight the desire to sin and refuse to allow sinful things to occur within our lives. Will we win every time? NO, but we will definitely grow and become stronger and more prepared for the next battle.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me learn from my mistakes, using them to help me grow stronger in my faith and more focused on You.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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8/28/13 Daily Devotion

Proverbs 10:29 The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless, but it is the ruin of those who do evil.

Those who love The Lord can turn to Him and expect to feel His love and grace. Those who love Him, those who follow His ways, those who strive to please Him in all that they do, can expect to receive His mercy and forgiveness. The Bible teaches us that those who love God can expect His presence to move within their lives in a positive, fulfilling manner, but the same is not true of those who reject Him. Those who reject God, while they might be prosperous here on this earth, will receive the wrong end of the wrath of God. God will give to them exactly what they deserve, even while this will break His heart, for God wants not even one to experience damnation in Hell. Even so, He will not hesitate to hand out the punishment. We get exactly what we deserve. Have you lived a life that makes you deserving of an eternity with God or an eternity void of His presence?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me live a life that reflects a heart focused on You. Help me life a life the deserves to spend an eternity with You in Heaven.

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8/27/13 Daily Devotion

Psalm 142:5 I cry to you, Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”

What place does God have within your life? Is He in a position of importance, as He deserves, or is He just present? How often do we acknowledge His position within our lives? God deserves our greatest respect for all that He has done. His expression of love is powerfully seen within many aspects of our lives, and even more so within the world. We often just go through life not considering the existence of God until Saturday night, when we are contemplating our presence at church the next morning. We go on as if He did not matter to us, as if His presence were not significant enough to make a difference within our lives. When we run into tragedy or turmoil, we run to Him; but when life is grand, we keep Him at a distance. This must change. We must begin to treat God with the respect that is due Him and afford to Him the honor that He has earned. We must be willing to shout into this world and declare that He alone is our refuge. He alone is our source of peace.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, I want You to move powerfully within my life. Please let me experience Your presence and honor You with my life.

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8/26/13 Daily Devotion

Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemies before you, saying, ‘Destroy them!’

How much do you trust in God? Throughout the Bible, we see many examples of how the people of God were willing to trust in Him with their very lives. They went into battle, they went up against unbelievable odds, armed with their greatest weapon, trust in God. How often do we walk within the trust of God? Do we live as if He is our refuge, our place of peace? Do we believe that He walks with us, or do we often feel like we have been abandoned? God is there for us each and every day, but He will not force Himself into being a part of our lives. He is there and ready to be your refuge. Will you let Him?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, come into my life in a powerful way. Come and change me. Come and help me trust in You more as each day passes.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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8/24/13 Daily Devotion

Leviticus 3:16 The priest shall burn them on the altar as a food offering, a pleasing aroma. All the fat is the Lord’s.

Offerings in the Old Testament were done with a very specific set of guidelines that God expected His people to follow. If there were any altering or refraining from any of these guidelines, the wrath of God was released. Now this wrath, so to speak, might not have been a harsh punishment, as society would consider harsh, but to dishonor God and His wishes was a bad move to say the least. Has anything changed for us today? In simplicity, yes. Jesus was the final sacrifice, thus we no longer have to spill the blood of any type of animal upon an altar, but that does not mean there are no longer sacrifices. There are still very specific requirements, given by God, that His children are expected to follow. The extent of these is too great to get into in this short devotion, but the can all be summed up into one specific expectation: We are to sacrifice our lives for the sake of God. What this means is simple. We are called to act, speak, and present ourselves in a manner that is different than society, in a manner that is cohesive to the precepts of the Bible. While this is not a suggestion, many Christians treat it as if it is not a requirement of God. They live for themselves, sticking a little bit of God here and there, hoping, in the end, it will be good enough. But what many do not seem to understand is this: what we think is good enough is not even close to what God has declared as good enough.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me grasp onto a powerful understanding of what it means to offer my life to Your service.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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8/23/13 Daily Devotion

Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.

The truth within the words of this verse are very powerful: “And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.” Even though Abel no longer walks upon this earth, what he did when he was here, his actions while he was alive, still speak to us today. We read about him and his offering. We experience his willingness to give of his best, and it still touches our hearts all these years later. Have you ever thought about what will happen after you exit this world and enter the eternal? How will people react to your departure? Will your presence here leave such a mark that people will continue to talk about you for years after you have gone? The manner in which we live our lives is more important than we have chosen to believe. Many people are just going through life, hoping to have a good run, while not even considering their mark upon society. Still many others are leaving a mark, but it’s blemished by their misguided notions and/or ideals. What will people say about you after you depart from this world and enter the eternal?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me live a life that continues to change people long after I am gone, a life that demonstrates my love for You.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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8/22/13 Daily Devotion

Psalm 96:8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts.

If someone were to ask, “What does God mean to You?,” how would you answer? Somewhere deep inside, we all have an answer to that question, one that we hope will be good enough for the one asking. However, should this question really be asked? If we are living for God, if we are sacrificing for His honor, if we are serving Him openly and powerfully, would there really be a need for the question to be asked? We should be offering our lives up to God in such a powerful way that is noticeable within this world, not for our glory, but for His. People should be able to look towards our actions or listen to our words and know that we have chosen to serve God with our lives. When people look at you, what do they observe?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me become a powerful expression of Your presence within my life.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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8/21/13 Daily Devotion

Mark 12:33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

God loves the aroma of burnt offerings, but there is something He loves even more. God loves a heart that is focused on Him and His ways. While burnt offerings brought a joyful aroma into the presence of God, God is more pleased with the content and focus of our hearts, for He knows that as we serve Him and live for Him we will have an enormous impact upon this world. God knows that a heart after Him is a heart that will bring a powerfully positive impression into this world, an impression that can be utilized to change peoples lives and draw them closer to Him. What holds the key to your heart? Are you sold out for God, or have you put God on layaway, hoping one day, when you have the time, to live your life for Him?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me make my life become a pleasing sacrifice dedicated to Your honor.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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8/20/13 Daily Devotion

Philippians 4:18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.

The Christians at the church in Philippi had a reputation for generosity towards Paul. Even when no other church extended a helping hand, the church at Philippi assisted Paul. In praising them, Paul uses an Old Testament image of burnt offerings. God was greatly pleased when burnt offerings were offered up to Him within Old Testament times, and Paul uses that imagery to show the Philippians how grateful he is for their help. Can our gifts be compared to fragrant offerings? They sure can, if they are given with the right motives. God loves it when His children freely offer themselves, their finances, their abilities, whatever they can, to Him, His work, or the needs of others. When was the last time you, not expecting anything in return, used your gifts to bring a great blessing into someone else’s life?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me clearly see what I can do to reach into the lives of others and bring them showers of blessings.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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8/19/13 Daily Devotion

1 Peter 2:5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

As Christians, we are constantly being challenged, molded, built, and rebuilt. The imperfect world we live in affords us a unique opportunity for growth as Christians. The trials and temptations, the struggles and worries all help us become stronger and more focused within our faith. Every day we are blessed to be alive is another day to grow closer to God. Every day we are allowed to walk within the confines of this world is another day that we have the opportunity to display a powerful trust in God. What are you doing with your life? Are you allowing that which you experience upon this earth to make your faith stronger?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me see what I can learn form the situations I must experience upon this earth.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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