Daily Devotion 4/28/15

Acts 9:11-13 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.” “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. 

Ananias was no fool. He knew that this was God urging him to action, but he also knew of Saul’s reputation. We can only imagine how far Ananias’ heart sank as he heard God ask him to go to Saul. He knew that he was placing his own life in harm’s way. He knew that he was risking being arrested and, even worse, death. It’s hard to move forward into the calling of God when we can’t see past our extended hand. It’s hard because we don’t have any idea what is going to happen, and this causes us to be afraid. This is where our trust in God comes into play. God will never ask us to do what He is not prepared to accomplish. In other words, God will never send us out unless we are ready to move forward, but we must come to understand that we are more equipped and capable than we believe.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me not succumb to fear, but instead become willing to walk forward exactly as You have requested.  

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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Daily Devotion 4/27/15

Acts 9:10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”“Yes, Lord,” he answered.

Ananias was a Godly man, a man that wanted to serve God with all his heart. So when God called to him, he was ready to be set into action, but this feeling didn’t last long. Does God still come to us in the manner that He did Ananias? Why not? God still speaks to His children. He still calls them into action. The problem is many of us do not hear the urgings of God because we have allowed our lives to overtake everything. God has a plan, and He will, from time to time, reveal to us this plan. It can be easily missed, however, if we are unwilling to listen, unwilling to hear God speak.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, open my ears, that I may hear You speaking words of guidance within my life.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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Daily Devotion 4/25/15

Acts 9:8-9 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

Saul was led to Damascus. Three days had passed, and for three days he had remained blind. During this time, Saul chose not to eat or drink. So in other words, he was fasting. Fasting in scripture usually happened when someone was seeking the will of God. During a set period of time, they would deprive themselves of nourishment and/or liquids. Saul choose to receive nothing: no food, no drinks. He wanted to clear his heart and find God. He wanted to clear his body and understand the will of God. Fasting is an important practice. So many people make excuses when it comes to fasting. The biggest excuse revolves around not wanting to deprive ourselves of something we want, but sometimes this needs to happen before we can see clearly what God wants.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me see clearly my purpose upon this earth and help me know what to do to fulfill this purpose.  

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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Daily Devotion 4/24/15

Acts 9:7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 

The reaction of those traveling with Saul demonstrates the complex reality of God’s presence. They heard the voice, but as they understood this in reality, they were confused because they did not see a physical being present. Their minds were confused, their eyes were lost, and their hearts were aching for an answer. Don’t we get that way sometimes? Don’t we want to believe in something, anything, but want to have proof that our senses can understand? Sometimes, the presence of God comes in ways that we cannot understand. Maybe instead of trying to understand, we listen to the direction in which He wants us to travel.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me hear Your voice and listen to Your guidance.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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Daily Devotion 4/23/15

Acts 9:6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

Saul was now in an awkward position, one that he never dreamed would occur within his life. He was blinded to his former ways, no longer able to see or understand where he was going, and left to consider what God was going to do within his life at this very moment. He was no longer able to focus on his personal journey. He was no longer able to go forward without help, help from God and help from others. Sometimes, it’s hard to just listen. Sometimes, it’s hard to admit that we need the help of others, but we can. And if we do, we shall truly see how God can work. When we open our lives up to the guidance of God through His urgings and through the Godly urgings of others, things change. They change for the better. Do you want your life to become more about God? Then let God have more of your life.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me listen to Your urgings about the direction of my life.

Dr.mjeff Krupinski

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Daily Devotion 4/22/15

Acts 9:4-5 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

Some might read these words and ask, “How did Saul know it was the Lord?” The answer, for some, might be considered complex, but it’s not. Saul knew it was the Lord because of what was happening and the feelings that were running through his body. Saul heard and felt the presence of God. He didn’t have to be told who it was, because he wanted to experience God, and so he did. His actions, while ungodly, were of a genuine effort to do the will of God, to keep the name of God holy. Saul missed the mark. Even though he was aiming, he missed. Sometimes, we fall short of what we should be doing for God because we are not listening to Him. In the case of Saul, God had to do something extreme to get his attention. What does God need to do to get your attention?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me focus my life on You at all times, so I will come to understand exactly what You would have me do upon this earth.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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Daily Devotion 4/21/15

Acts 9:3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 

Saul was on the move. He was heading to Damascus, when suddenly God showed up in a flash. One moment Saul was moving along the road, contemplating the task ahead, and the next he was stopped by the presence of God. God showed up in Saul’s life at the perfect moment. Some might argue and state that it might have been better for Him to intervene on Saul’s life when Stephen was being stoned or at some other point where Saul was persecuting Christians, but God came in perfect timing. God knows exactly what He is doing, so His intervention is perfect. It is perfect. Open your life to God and let Him intervene with His hand of perfection, so you can see what glorious things He has in store for and through us as we allow Him to have control.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me be receptive to Your presence and promptings within my life. 

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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Daily Devotion 4/20/15

Acts 9:1-2 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 

Saul was determined, misdirected determination, but he was still determined to do what he believed in his heart was right. He went to the high priest, seeking permission, permission to take prisoner anyone who belonged to this “Jesus Movement.” Saul believed what they were doing was wrong, so he went after them based on the evidence that came forth through their lives. If someone accused you of being a Christian, would there be any evidence to back up this accusation? Most people have heard that question, in one form or another, before, but have they really considered its truth? Can others see Christ through your life? Do they see that your relationship with God is the most important thing present within your life? Can they see and feel the love that you have for your Savior? If they can’t, then there is definitely a problem. Saul went after those who were proven to be followers of Christ. Are you a proven follower of Christ?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me become someone who is seen as Your follower.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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Daily Devotion 4/18/15

Acts 8:39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 

This verse paints an amazing image of God’s power to transform and move within our lives. Philip was brought there by the urging of God. He was told to go forth into the presence of the eunuch. He taught him the meaning of salvation, and he baptized him into the Father, Son, and  Holy Spirit. Suddenly, Philip was gone. He was no longer needed, so God placed him elsewhere. The eunuch was probably stunned at the disappearance of the Philip, but the joy of his salvation overtook his thoughts and feelings. Has that happened to you lately? Has the joy of your salvation overtaken your thoughts, your actions? Has the joy of your salvation brought sunshine into your day, even as the clouds roll past? Has the joy of your salvation caused you to rejoice in gratitude for the presence of God within your life? If the answer to any of these questions is no,  then there is a lot that you need to consider.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me allow the joy of my salvation to flow through my thoughts and actions.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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Daily Devotion 4/17/15

Acts 8:36-38 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 

The eunuch grasped Philip’s words, and it immediately penetrated his heart. As they were traveling, they passed some water, and the eunuch wanted to give an immediate response to the gospel. He wanted to be baptized, just as God’s Word commands. Baptism is a controversial topic within the church today, but in reality there shouldn’t be any controversy. Jesus was baptized. Jesus received the Spirit of God as He came up out of the water immediately following His baptism. If we were to follow the example of one person in scripture, would it not be Jesus? When Jesus left this earth, the last command He gave was to go forth baptizing and teaching, baptizing and teaching. So why is there any question as to what we should immediately do after our hearts become filled with repentance?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me open my heart to the power of Your presence, help me to walk forward from the moment I receive You through baptism until the day I see You face to face.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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