Daily Devotional

May 28th – Romans 8:31

Romans 8:31

How many times as kids when we got into a scuffle did we hear, “Oh yeah? You and what army?” I imagine that’s what the Philistines thought when a young David challenged the mighty Goliath. But what they failed to realize is that God was all the army David needed. And He’s all the protection we need as well. Because for those who love Him, God gives the backing and favor of the ultimate power in the universe. One absolutely no one nor nothing can stand against. So no matter the challenges, adversaries, or obstacles we may face in life, we can have confidence in God’s ability to help us overcome them. For with God as our ally, we can have assurance of ultimate victory. Now that doesn’t mean we’ll never face difficulties or opposition, but rather that nothing can ultimately triumph over God’s purposes and plans for our lives.

May 27th – Luke 10:19

Luke 10:19

I love the quote, “Give the devil his due, but don’t over pay him. ”Spiritual warfare is a serious business. But what many Christian’s fail to realize is that although the devil has power, he has no authority. As followers of Jesus, we have both power and authority over the enemy. That means the only dominion Satan has in our lives is what we give him. Oh he may throw opposition, adversity, and spiritual forces our way that seek to hinder our faith and well-being. However with the authority given by Jesus, we can stand firm and resist every attack. Think of how hard the Enemy pursued Jesus. Yet not once did the Lord give Satan victory. Not once did Christ fall for his lies. And we don’t have to either. Know who you belong to and who you are in Christ. Through Him we can do all things. Because He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4) And from the Lord’s greatness and authority, we can have peace, happiness, and joy, despite what the devil wants.

May 26th – Psalm 121:5-6

Psalm 121:5-6

One of the most wonderful things that happens when we receive Jesus as our Savior is this, never again will we walk alone. As children of the most high God, we can rely on His unfailing love and care, especially during adversity. And we can trust that He will walk hand in hand with us through every aspect of life. For the Lord is our Keeper and Protector. Diligently He watches over us guarding us from harm. And never is He far. Instead God is available and near, offering solace, refuge, and support. Like a comforting shade tree in the heat of the day, God shelters us with His power, sovereignty, and great love. That’s why we can confidently place our faith and trust in Him. He is our Shepherd, who faithfully cares for us, His flock. And we can find reassurance and security in God’s watchful presence, trust in His protection, and depend on Him in everything.

May 25th – Philippians 2:3

Philippians 2:3

We all love a little pat on the back along with acknowledgement and appreciation. But when our own egos become the main focus, no longer are we working for God. Instead we’re working for the pleasing of our own vanity. Jesus, who was fully God, willingly gave up the privileges of deity and, “emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in the appearance of man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Phil. 2: 7-8) Christ lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a humiliating, excruciatingly painful death nailed to a Cross. He willingly became our substitute for sin, paying the debt that we owed. All in accordance to the will of God and out of love for us. In light of His great sacrifice, our words and actions should reflect the honor and humility of our Savior.

May 24th – Romans 12:1

Romans 12:1

Paul loved Jesus deeply. And that love compelled the apostle to dedicate his life to serving God. So Paul became a living sacrifice. And he calls us to do the same. But what does that involve? Becoming a living sacrifice means surrendering our entire being, body, mind, and spirit to God. And it challenges us to live in a manner that is holy and pleasing to the Lord, allowing His transformative power to shape our thoughts, actions, and desires. Living sacrifices also dedicate their lives to God’s service and seek to honor Him in all areas. It requires a daily commitment to let go of our own selfish desires and instead seek to fulfill God’s purposes. As followers of Jesus, our lives are not our own but belong to God. And as such, we should choose to live a life of surrender, seeking to use our time, talents, and resources for God’s glory and the advancement of His kingdom. All while embracing a life of gratitude, love, and service to God. Reflecting His love and glory in all we do.

May 22nd – Psalm 98:1-3

Psalm 98:1-3

Growing up I remember listening to America’s Top 40 with Casey Kasem. Each week I was excited to hear who held the coveted spot of the new number one song. And each week we too have a new song to sing. One of praise and worship to the Lord for His blessings, glory, and gift of salvation. Because His goodness and mercy are new each morning, (Lam. 3:23) how can we help but sing of the marvelous things He has done. All of creation cries out in worship to God’s glory, splendor, and majesty. The heavens, earth, sea, fields, and even the trees, sing to the Lord a new song. For one day God will restore everything His hands have made to its original perfection. From the beginning, God has had His master plan in motion. And with the birth of Jesus Christ, that plan was made real before all mankind. In His amazing love, God planned to once and for all destroy evil and reconcile everything back to Himself, our great Creator. And one day soon, all will sing a new song praising and giving glory to Him alone!

May 21st – 1 Peter 1:3

1 Peter 1:3

I love this declaration of loving praise from Peter. Because it comes from a heart overflowing with gratitude for the immeasurable mercy of God. A mercy He gives to us, His children, every minute of every day. And from that great mercy springs forth the living hope we have in Christ’s resurrection, and our new birth as adopted children into the family of God. So in light of our new identities as coheirs with Christ, we are to align our lives with God’s Will and His kingdom values. That means trusting in His abundant love, timing, and direction as we navigate life’s challenges. And sharing the message of the Good News of Jesus Christ, and the transformative, living hope He alone offers. Oh how can we not join Peter in his worship and adoration of God. For in His abundant mercy, grace, and love, He spared nothing to give us eternal life. Not even His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

May 20th – 1 John 2:17

1 John 2:17

When we put our hope and faith into worldly things, we’ll end up disappointed every time. Because the desires and pursuits of the world are fleeting. Material possessions, earthly achievements, and worldly pleasures will eventually fade away. That’s why the only One who is worthy of our hope and faith is God. He will never forsake, abandon, nor disappoint us. His love, truth, and promises are forever. And when we seek His will above all else, we can have confidence in the hope of eternal life. The riches we want, the only ones that matter, are the ones we store up in heaven. And I can’t imagine anything of greater value than spending eternity by the side of the Lord. So John encourages us to focus on the goal of seeking God and His will rather than being consumed by worldly pursuits. The choices we make and the actions we take based on God’s will have eternal consequences. That’s why we need to prioritize the pursuit of God’s kingdom and righteousness above all else.

May 19th – Hebrews 4:16

Hebrews 4:16

When it comes to prayer, God isn’t looking for mealymouthed, wish washy, timid followers. He’s looking for strong, bold, prayer warriors. Those who know that because we are loved and accepted by God, we can come before Him anytime, anywhere, asking for anything, without fear or hesitation. But boldly coming before the Lord requires confidence, honesty, surrender, and persistence. Confidence means having unshakable faith and trust in God’s character and promises. Honesty means bringing our true selves before Him, without pretense or hiding. Surrender means knowing the Lord always knows best, seeking His guidance and direction above our own. And persistence means not giving up or being discouraged when we don’t see immediate answers or solutions. Being bold before God isn’t about being disrespectful or demanding. But reverence and humility, combined with confidence and trust in God’s goodness and faithfulness. And an invitation to approach Him with freedom, faith, and love.

May 18th – 1 Peter 1:23

1 Peter 1:23

Evangelist Henry Drummond said, “The Spiritual Life is the gift of the living Spirit. The spiritual man is no mere development of the natural man. He is a new creation born from above.” Our physically birth into this world doesn’t mean we are also born spiritually. Paul himself told us that we all start out dead in sin. (Eph. 2:1). It is God alone who makes us alive when we come to Him through faith in Christ. (Eph. 2:5–9) The minute we receive Jesus as our Savior, we become part of God’s family. And as His adopted children, we have been given some pretty amazing privileges and heirs to His promises. Even more wonderful, we receive a life altering transformation through the work of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word. A new eternal nature which celebrates our new life in Christ, and the incredible hope and security we have as believers.