5/31/13 Daily Devotion

Psalm 44:20-21 If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god, [21] would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart?

Pretending is an action that we learned as a child, but found its perfection as we grew into adults. As children, we pretended to have tea parties or fly military planes. We pretended our bicycles were motorcycles as we cruised through the streets with playing cards clothes-pinned to the bicycle frames. As we continue to grow, we perfect our craft as we learn to convincingly lie to our parents and friends. We adjust our natural actions to bring about a specific impression on a person of the opposite gender. Somewhere in there, many of us have learned to pretend to be Christians. Maybe we saw this action perfected in our parents. Maybe we leaned it from a close friend. Maybe it’s something we taught ourselves. Either way, we have become highly skilled in this area. What we seem to forget is this: While we can fool the people around us some of the time in regard to our faith, we will never be able to fool God. God looks at the heart of man, not his outward actions. God knows who we really are deep within our souls, and that should be of great concern to us all. But, for some reason, it’s not. We must consider right now the contents of our hearts, or we shall have an eternity to wish we would have heeded these words.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me see who I really am deep within my soul.

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4/12/13 Daily Devotion

Matthew 13:22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.

Farmers are very particular when it comes to sowing their seeds. For if they are not, they might not be in the farming trade very long. Farmers worry about the outcome of their crops, for their livelihood depends upon the proper insertion and care of that which they have planted. With that stated, they worry less when they have placed their seeds into soil that is fertile verses soil filled with thorny bushes or other such obstacles. We are not much different than the farmer. When we do not place our concerns on the proper soil, God, then we have a tendency to worry and fret over the eventual outcome. But as we come to trust Him, while we might worry slightly, we become more content knowing God is in control. So what are we to do with all this information? Learn to trust God more and worry less.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, guide my life in such a way that I am able to worry less and trust You more.

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3/30/13 Daily Devotion

John 19:30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

“It is finished.” While those were the last words of Jesus before He died upon the cross of Calvary, He was not finished with the plan of God. At that moment, the first part of God’s plan came to completion. No longer would there need to be a sacrificial lamb’s blood spilled, for the lamb of God would be the finality of all sacrifices. It was finished, but the best part was just about to begin. While that which Jesus had to endure was terrible, it was necessary. Without the death of Jesus, there would be no conquering of death. Without the death of Jesus, there would be a continuation of the Old Testament. Without the death of Jesus, this world would be inherently lost. Yes, at that moment part one was finished, but praise and glory be to God that three days following, Jesus arose from the dead.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, Your sacrifice on the cross was for me, an undeserving sinner. I am sorry that I have a propensity towards sin, but I am grateful that You died for me. Thank You!!

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