11/29/14 Daily Devotion

Malachi 1:14 “Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the Lord Almighty, “and my name is to be feared among the nations.

God brought a powerful message to His people through Malachi. He said those who bring a bad offering, even though they have a good one, will be cursed. This is a powerful declaration, but does it still happen today? The answer is wrapped around what you consider to be a curse. Does God intentionally bring negativity into our lives if we bring Him defective offerings? Let’s consider the following: in today’s society, would it be considered a curse to lose the blessings of God? There would most certainly be a negative impact on our lives if, because of our lack of effort in pleasing God, God removed all blessings from our lives. God is not going to bless us if we are not choosing to live our lives correctly. He is not going to honor us if we are not honoring Him in all that we are doing. So it’s simple. If we honor God with our offerings, His blessings will continue to flow through our lives. If we choose to refuse to honor God, then He will discontinue to bless us until we have changed.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me see how important it is to honor You with my offerings.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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11/28/14 Daily Devotion

Malachi 1:12-13 “But you profane it by saying of the Lord’s table, ‘It is defiled,’ and of its food, ‘It is contemptible.’ And you say, ‘What a burden!’ and you sniff at it contemptuously,” says the Lord Almighty. “When you bring injured, crippled or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?” says the Lord.

Have you ever given a defective offering to God? In today’s society, we don’t think much about defective offerings, because our offering is usually in money, time, or both. In the days of the Old Testament, offerings were supposed to come from perfect animals, the best of the herd, but this was not the case for those whom Malachi was speaking to on behalf of God. Instead of the best, they were offering the defective, the crippled, those that mattered the least. God expects our best offering. He wants the best of our time, and the best of our finances. If we are going to offer God any less, then our offering is defective.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me offer You the best of my time and finances.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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11/27/14 Daily Devotion

Malachi 1:10-11 “Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on my altar! I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord Almighty, “and I will accept no offering from your hands. My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the Lord Almighty.

Most of the time, our lives are lived in a good manner, but more often than not we pick up some incorrect habits, habits that are not pleasing to God. While these habits might not be to detrimental to our witness, we should strive to remove them before they come to escalate into something worse. The longer we allow incorrect actions to fester within our lives, the more power we transfer over to their existence. Eventually, they will lead us into a position where our salvation might come into question. The best course of action is simple: stop the incorrect actions and live our lives in a manner that pleases God.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me remove any impure actions from my life and live in a manner that pleases You.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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11/26/14 Daily Devotion

Malachi 1:8-9 When you bring blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice crippled or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty. “Now implore God to be gracious to us. With such offerings from your hands, will he accept you?”–says the Lord Almighty.

Unfortunately, there are times when we treat those in the flesh better than we treat God. While it really makes no sense, it happens because we see instant benefits from our fellow man. When we treat man better than God, we seek instant personal gain (and that’s what so many seek); that’s what so many desire. We can worry about God later. We still have time to reap the benefits of life before we have to worry about standing before God in judgment. The only flaw in this thinking revolves around the fact that we do not know how long we will be on this earth, thus it is imperative that we present our lives in a manner that pleases God and not in a way that reaps the benefit of man.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me live a life that shows this world that You are the most important aspect of my existence.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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11/25/14 Daily Devotion

Malachi 1:7 “You place defiled food on my altar.“But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’“By saying that the Lord’s table is contemptible.

It’s hard to believe, but there are times when we just don’t see our incorrect actions. Most of the time when this occurs it’s because we have become blinded by our own ideology, our own definition of right and wrong. We have drawn a line, and even if it doesn’t go along with the desire or will of God, if it fits into our spectrum of right and wrong, we go along with it. If it benefits us in some way, we allow it to exist. When confronted, we wonder what we have done, because in our eyes we have done nothing. What we need to remember is that it’s not our opinion about right and wrong that matters. As we stand before God in judgment, we will see clearly that it’s only His opinion that matters.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me see that Your ways are better than mine.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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11/24/14 Daily Devotion

Malachi 1:6 “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the Lord Almighty. “It is you, O priests, who show contempt for my name.“But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’

Does your life show contempt for God? Are you living in a manner that demonstrates your lack of concern for God? Are you doing as you please with your life, with no concern for the eternal life that is to come? When we do not consider God in our lives, we are showing Him contempt. We are saying that we do not care about Him. We are saying, simply stated, “God, yeah whatever.” We best be careful about our attitudes towards God, for all will stand before Him in judgment and receive the exact eternal life that we deserve.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me live my life in such a way that it displays the respect that I have for You.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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11/22/14 Daily Devotion

Malachi 1:2-5 “I have loved you,” says the Lord.“But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’“Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” the Lord says. “Yet I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his mountains into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.” Edom may say, “Though we have been crushed, we will rebuild the ruins.”But this is what the Lord Almighty says: “They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called the Wicked Land, a people always under the wrath of the Lord. You will see it with your own eyes and say, ‘Great is the Lord–even beyond the borders of Israel!’

We should be grateful that God chooses to express His love within our lives. We should be grateful that He continually express to us just how much He loves us, even when we have gone astray. We should be grateful that God’s love prevents Him from leaving us even after we have turned our backs and left Him. God chooses to love. He chooses to continually express His love to us, even when we don’t live lives worthy of His actions. God chooses to love us, and we should choose to love Him and express this love through our actions, attitudes, and words so that others might come to find forgiveness, salvation, and experience His love.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me feel the power of Your love within my life.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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11/21/14 Daily Devotion

Malachi 1:5 You will see it with your own eyes and say, ‘Great is the Lord–even beyond the borders of Israel!’

Look around and see the greatness of God. Look around and observe the power of His name. Look around and experience His love and compassion. There is evidence of God everywhere we look, but especially within our own lives. Consider where you were before God came and offered you forgiveness. Think about where your life was headed before God came and presented you with salvation. Think about all that you once were and all that you are now, and consider what your life would be like today if God were not present. God is great, and our lives must come to reflect this fact.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me reach into Your greatness and learn how to live my life for Your glory.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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11/20/14 Daily Devotion

Malachi 1:4 Edom may say, “Though we have been crushed, we will rebuild the ruins.”But this is what the Lord Almighty says: “They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called the Wicked Land, a people always under the wrath of the Lord.

Sometimes we forget that God is God, and He can do as He pleases. We can makes plans and strive to determine the outcome of a situation; but God is God, and He can do as He pleases. The plans of God can’t be thwarted by the hands of man; the desires of God can not be altered by the actions of man. God is God and He can do as He pleases. This is not to say that our prayers offered before His throne are useless, no. But it does mean that we should ask and act upon the will and desires of God, not our own, for He knows what’s best for our present and our future.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me love as if You are God, as if You are the Lord of my life.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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11/19/14 Daily Devotion

Malachi 1:3 but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his mountains into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.”

We may feel as if we have fooled God here on earth, but to us all there will come a time when we have to give an answer for all that has happened within our lives. We can navigate through life sharing a false testimony, living a false life, and fool a multitude, but we will never fool God. While people can only see that which we allow them to see, God sees it all, even that which lies deep within our hearts. Even that which we believe we have hidden away is not hidden from God. Knowing this should encourage us to live our lives in reality, not fantasy, in truthfulness, not behind a false front. Knowing this should encourage us to live in a manner that pleases God and shows Him the respect that He deserves.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me live a truthful life focused on pleasing You.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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