12/31/14 Daily Devotion

Malachi 4:3 Then you will trample down the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I do these things,” says the Lord Almighty.

If we revere God, evil will flee. This does not mean Satan will run and never return, for this is incorrect theology. What it does mean is that evil will come to understand that God is in the house, and the house is about to be cleaned. What it means is evil, Satan and his demons, will know that God is taking over and their time in your life is limited as long as we remain focused on God and seek Hid powerful presence on a daily basis. Evil will flee when we revere God, but it will return to a life that remains unsure of its faith, to a life that holds God at arm’s length.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me know what I must do to remove any evil from my life.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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12/30/14 Daily Devotion

Malachi 4:2 But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.

The imagery of this verse is powerful. If we revere the name of God, His light will shine upon us with healing wings, and we will rejoice like calves being set free to roam out of their stalls. In other words, our joy of being set free from our sins is comparable to the joy calves experience as they are set free from confinement and allowed to roam. When we are caught in our sins, we live in a dark place. Even in the sunshine, sin keeps us mentally and sometimes physically in a dark place, but God gives us joyous freedom when He releases us from the constraints of our sins, when He forgives us and sends us forth. Picture those calves. Are you that happy to be set free of your sins? If the answer is yes, then live a life that reflects this truth.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help my life joyously express my gratitude for Your gracious forgiveness.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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12/29/14 Daily Devotion

Malachi 4:1 “Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them.

Being ready for the second coming of Christ cannot be overstated. Many people walk casually through life, believing that they have plenty of time, believing that their good health will afford them numerous years on earth, thus allowing them plenty of time to prepare. We are not guaranteed even another minute of breath, thus we must seek to prepare to meet our Maker. We must seek to rid our lives of sin, to remove anything that does not resemble godliness, to refrain from anything that does not represent holiness, to discontinue anything that does not honor and/or glorify God. Take the time today to examine your life and ask yourself if you are truly ready to stand before God in judgment.

Prayers Starter:

Lord, help me prepare my heart and my life for the moment I leave this world and enter the eternal. May I be ready for You to stand in judgment of my life.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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12/27/14 Daily Devotion

Malachi 3:17-18 “They will be mine,” says the Lord Almighty, “in the day when I make up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him. And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.

There is a huge difference in the person that has been saved. They have a different, more unique outlook on life. They see how frail their lives were and understand what God can and will do if they are willing to walk the path of righteousness. We can see this difference as we interact with them on a daily basis. We can feel this difference as they move through life with an adjusted outlook. We can experience this as they continually grow and mature. But even more importantly, we can experience this in our lives if we are willing to admit we need God, if we are willing to admit that we need His forgiveness. That’s the hard part for most people. They do not want to believe that they are sinners. They do not want to believe that they have done wrong. We will see the difference between good and bad, godly and ungodly, but the question we must answer is: which will be reflected in our lives?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me know what it truly means to be Your follower.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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12/26/14 Daily Devotion

Malachi 3:13-14 “You have said harsh things against me,” says the Lord.“Yet you ask, ‘What have we said against you?’ “You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What did we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty?

Do we sometimes live our lives as if serving God is of no benefit? YES. Do we express through our attitudes and actions, or lack thereof, that we do not believe serving God is important? YES. We are human, and we live within the propensity towards sin. We were born into sin, and sin knocks at our door every moment it gets a chance, hoping that we will open the door in a welcoming fashion. We might not even realize what our words or actions are stating. We might not even realize that we are giving the impression that we don’t care about the desires of God. We might not even realize it, but we better figure it out before it is too late to change. We better realize it before it’s too late to repent and receive forgiveness. God will freely offer us forgiveness, but it cannot come until we admit that we have done wrong.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me become willing to admit to my frailties and seek Your forgiveness.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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12/25/14 Daily Devotion

Malachi 3:11-12 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” says the Lord Almighty. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.

God promised His people that their change in lifestyle, that their change of heart, would cause Him to move within their lives. He also promised that this movement would cause other to see His presence and blessing upon His people. Is the same true today? Will God bless His people in such a way that others will take notice? The answer is yes. He might not intervene where we request, but He will bring many blessings our way if we walk in His ways. He will bring us peace of heart, surety of salvation to our minds, and calmness to our soul. He will bring us exactly what we need, at the exact moment we need it, and others will see His blessings upon us through the way He delivers what we need. God is present, and if we allow Him, He will always be present for us and for those who share in our lives.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me receive Your blessings as You deem me worthy.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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12/24/14 Daily Devotion

Malachi 3:9-10 You are under a curse–the whole nation of you–because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.

God says to test Him and see if He will do good, test Him and see if He will open the floodgates. Most Christians should have no problem with testing God, testing Him to see what He is willing to do within their lives. This feeling comes from the fact the many scriptures state that God should not be tested. This circumstances here is not an application that should be applied to all things, as it was directed to a specific group of people. Even so, while we should test God to see what He will do, we should serve God and expect Him to be moved to action within our lives. We should serve Him, knowing that He will bless our lives as He deems necessary. We should serve Him not out of any expectation that He will bring in the future, but because of all that He has done for us in the past through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross of Calvary. So serve God and know that He will make His blessings known when He is ready.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me serve You with no expectations or request.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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12/23/14 Daily Devotion

Malachi 3:8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me.“But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’“In tithes and offerings.

How do you rob God? Has that question ever come to mind? Have you ever considered that you were acting contrary to scripture in regards to the manner with which you give your time, efforts, and/or finances to God and His church? Most of us would never think that we have robbed God,;but if we are not giving to Him as is called for in scripture, we most certainly are robbing God. The people of God back in Malachi’s day were not honoring God with their tithes and offerings, so they were dishonoring Him by withholding more than just appropriate finances. They were not giving properly of their resources or time. They were expected to present 10 percent of whatever they had to God, ten percent of the best they had to offer. For some that was finances, for others it was from their crops, and for others it came from their herds. God expects the best of what we have to offer: the best of our finances, the best of our time, the best of our resources. How do you rob God of that which He is deserving?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, find me willing to give to You what You alone deserve: the best of my time, my resources, and my efforts.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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12/22/14 Daily Devotion

Malachi 3:7 Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty.“But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’

The wonderful thing about God is His willingness to allow us to come back into His presence. God is not like us in regards to the negative impact on a relationship. We have a tendency to keep people at arm’s length, so to say, when they have hurt us, when they have caused problems in our lives. We have a hard time forgiving others when they have done us wrong. We should be grateful that God is not comparable to us and how we treat others. We should be grateful that God is willing to forgive us when we have sinned, to restore us when we have fallen, to guide us back onto the path to righteousness when we have gone astray.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me be grateful for Your forgiveness and Your unchanging grace.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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12/20/14 Daily Devotion

Malachi 3:6 “I the Lord do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.

God is God, and that will never change. God is God, and His ways will remain the same. God is God, and His desires will remain the same. God is God, and His Word will remain the same. Some people believe the Bible is outdated and needs to be adjusted to fit today’s society, but this is false. The Word of God was relevant in the past, and it will remain relevant into the future. Those who seek to change or alter its meaning will receive harsh judgment at the hand of God, for God is God. That will never change, nor will anything else He has set in motion.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me understand that You will always remain constant in my life.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

Published in: on December 20, 2014 at 11:19 pm  Leave a Comment