Daily Devotional

May 23rd – Jeremiah 9:24

Jeremiah 9:24

It’s been said that humility doesn’t mean thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. And there’s no better example of this than Christ. From start to finish, Jesus always put the will of the Father before His own. He never boasted of His great power, nor sought His own glory. Instead, the Lord’s joy was found in being a servant. He gave His life to give us the grace we don’t deserve. And apart from Him, there is nothing in us worth boasting about. No amount of money, fame, or power can stack up against the privilege of calling Jesus, Lord. The mighty Creator of the universe left His glorious throne in heaven to come to earth to save you and me! And through the blood of His Son, we get the amazing honor of calling Him Father. And through the indwelling of His Spirit, the wondrous privilege of knowing Him intimately! Now that’s something for Believers to brag about!

may 22nd – Galatians 6:7

Galatians 6:7

Have you ever said to yourself, “If only I had..?” or, “I wish I didn’t…!” The Bible is filled with story after story of those who made both wise and unwise decisions. And the consequences of their choices. It also teaches us a very important Biblical principle. We reap what we sow. That’s why before we sow, we need to first seek counsel from the Lord. Because by doing so, we save ourselves from reaping a life filled with regret. So how do we receive God’s advice, power, and grace? By applying practical principles. These include surrendering our will to His. Meditating on His Word. Spending time in prayer. Having patience in waiting to hear from Him. And finally, trusting completely in the answer He gives. Each day we find ourselves facing decisions to be made, both big and small. And with each one God wants us to come to Him.

May 21st – Judges 5:31

Judges 5:31

Tired of being persecuted by the Canaanites, the people cried out to God for a deliverer. When Barak was afraid to answer God’s call, Deborah, a prophetess and judge of Israel, stepped up to the plate. And under His direction, her plan of attack resulted in the defeat of Canaan and it’s king. Yet after the victory, instead of patting herself on the back, Deborah sang a song giving God all the glory. Because she knew that Israel’s win only came through the power of God. Deborah’s story shows us that that no matter who we are, when we are open and willing to be used by God, through His power, we can accomplish great things. All we need is to be open to God’s direction and following His plans. Ready and willing to go to battle to see His will done!

May 20th – Exodus 24:3

Exodus 24:3

Imagine being an Israelite. Personally chosen by God to enter into a glorious covenant with Him. Witnessing His power firsthand. Traveling day and night surrounded by His glory and protection. Now imagine experiencing all of that only to turn around and reject His love. It’s easy to make a covenant with God when we feel surrounded in His glory. Maybe it’s because of a received blessing, answered prayer, or a need fulfilled. We resolve to faithfully follow His will and not our own. Then life goes on. And our focus wanders on things other than our relationship with the Lord. We spend our time and energy pursuing our fleshly desires. And instead of trusting Him, we attempt to meet our needs on our own. But the wonderful news is this. No matter how much we reject God, He will never reject us. He is always there waiting to welcome us back into His loving arms.

 

May 19th – 2 Corinthians 12:10

2 Corinthians 12:10

Human nature tells us that when others hurt us we need to retaliate. To give just as good as we get. But Jesus says that as Christians we don’t follow the fray. And we should rejoice when suffering for Him because it’s one of the greatest blessings we can receive. Look at the apostle Paul. He experienced much tribulation for his faith. Yet he was content with the horrible things he suffered. Why? Because Paul knew that it was when he was at his weakest, he could feel the power of God the strongest. That’s the amazing blessing God speaks of. The blessing of peace and even joy when facing suffering. For in our own power we are easily defeated. But when we rest in God’s, nothing is impossible. Because no matter the trial, the grace Jesus gives us is sufficient for everything we face.

May 18th – Romans 7:15

Romans 7:15

Do you ever get frustrated because you ask God for forgiveness then keep going back to the sin? Paul understood very well the struggle all Christian’s face. Wanting to do what is right before the Lord, but doing exactly the opposite. The truth is until we get to heaven, we will be under the influence of sin. But no matter the temptation, because we have the Spirit of the living God inside of us, we have the power to say no. The Spirit longs for us to turn to Him in every spiritual conflict. To lean on Him in our times of weakness, and draw from His unlimited  power. Do you feel like you’re fighting a losing battle? Trapped in a cycle of sin, unable to break free? Turn to the Lord. For His mighty power can break any bondage. And rejoice, giving thanks to God. Because our deliverance isn’t dependent on ourselves but “through Jesus Christ our lord.” (7:25)

May 17th – 2 Chronicles 2:16

2 Chronicles 2:16

When Uzziah became king of Judah, he was only 16 years old. And during his 52 year reign, through the power of God, Uzziah did amazing things. But when Uzziah let his fame go to his head, he learned how far the proud fall before the Lord. Thinking himself all powerful, Uzziah ignorantly decided he didn’t need to follow God’s laws. And in response, God struck the arrogant king with leprosy. Shunned, all alone, and banned from God’s temple, the once mighty ruler died alone. We would do good to remember the only power we have in this world is what is given to us through God. And He alone deserves all the glory. Because only through Him are we able to accomplish anything good and lasting. And in humility, we are to use the gifts He gives us not to increase our pride, but His kingdom.

Isaiah 41:10

Isaiah 41:10 

After following Moses for forty years, it became Joshua’s turn to lead over two million people. And not just any people, God’s chosen people. But Moses left some sage advice to calm the fears of both Joshua and us. When we get a calling by God, don’t be afraid. Because when He gives us a job to do, God never asks us to do it alone. He is always with us, working hand in hand. Before we even take our first step, the Lord is already ahead of us clearing the path. And He will supply all we need to get the job done. While it’s true through our own power we are limited, through God’s there’s nothing we can’t do! So when you hear God’s call, answer it bravely, boldly, and eagerly. And be prepared to do amazing things!

May 15th – 1 John 1:7

1 John 1:7

There’s nothing better than standing in the light of the sun, and feeling its warmth upon our skin. But beyond that, the sun’s power also produces valuable Vitamin D that our bodies need to function. As Christians there’s nothing better than standing in the light of the Lord and feeling the warmth of His love and grace. And when we walk in obedience to God, we experience the joy of fellowship. A fellowship with Him and fellow believers that nourishes our soul. But if we choose to step outside of the light, that fellowship with our Father will be interrupted. Which is why we need the power of God. For He keeps us from the enticements of sin. And also from foolishly stepping back into the darkness from which we have been rescued.

May 14th – Mark 8:8

Mark 8:8

When Jesus fed the thousands, He could have spoken into existence a feast fit for kings. But instead He used a few loaves of bread and a paltry amount of fish to feed the crowd. Why? Because the Lord wanted to show that when we trust Him with everything we have, no matter how small, He can work miracles. Through His power, Jesus promises to reward our faith by providing a bountiful of blessings in our lives. And He will keep on providing. Instead of making a big pile of bread and another of fish, Jesus handed out a little at a time and kept doing so until the people, “ate and were satisfied.” What do you do in times of hunger?  Do you give all you have to the Lord so He can multiply it greatly? We can trust Him in even the most difficult circumstances. Because the power of Jesus overcomes all!