Daily Devotional

May 13th – Psalm 15

Psalm 15

Who may live with almighty God in heaven? If the list of requirements in Psalm 15 sound impossible, it’s supposed to be. Because the truth is, we can’t realize our need for Jesus until we understand how impossible it is for us to achieve God’s holiness. Romans 3:23 reminds us, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.  We are all guilty. And everyone of us needs a Redeemer. This is why we must depend on Jesus. Because He is the One who can save, cleanse, and prepare us to dwell in His tent forever. In all the world, the Lord alone walked in perfect righteousness. And when we abide in Him and His power, we too can walk the path of righteousness. Never will we be shaken! And one glorious day, we will dwell with the Lord forever on God’s holy hill!

 

May 12th – Proverbs 16:9

Proverbs 16:9

Do you ever wonder if what you’re doing is what God wants you to be doing? If we’re following the leading of the Holy Spirit instead of our own, we can have confidence that we are acting in God’s time and with His purpose. Better yet, we can trust that if God wills it, His power will open the doors to make it happen. As we commit ourselves to our Heavenly Father, we know He will lead us day by day and His plans will prevail. Look at the apostle Paul. He had his own ideas and plans, yet he was always willing to instead follow the Lord. And look at the amazing things that resulted in Paul’s obedience! Have you submitted to the Lord your willingness to be open to whatever opportunities He gives you? Are willing to follow the Spirit wherever He leads?

May 11th – Romans 15:13

Romans 15:13

I love how Paul refers to our heavenly Father as the God of hope. Because hope, joy, and peace, aren’t things we wish for just around the holidays. As a Christian, God wants everyday to be filled with the hope, joy, and peace that He alone provides. Each day through the power of His Spirit dwelling inside us, can be a good one no matter the circumstance. Our spirits fill with hope knowing that God wants only the best for us. And He always fulfills His promises. We have hearts that overflow with joy from the great love God has for us. A love shown in the daily blessings we receive. And we can rest in perfect peace when we see God as our refuge. Because when we make Him our safe place, we are tucked safely under the wings of the Creator of the universe!

 

 

 

 

 

May 10th – Psalm 8:1

Psalm 8:1

Did you know that psalm 8 was the first Biblical text to reach the moon? It traveled into space on Apollo 11 on a disc that had messages from seventy-three countries. It was included in a text submitted by the Vatican. The disc now rests in an aluminum case on the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility. Psalm 8 is a beautiful expression of worship to God. And a wonderful description of the power of His majestic work in creation. Everything about God is magnificent, praiseworthy, and perfect. And in comparison we are but a speck in this vastness of the cosmos. Yet the Creator of the universe places His love and unwavering attention on us. His love so great, God gave us dominion over all of His creation, and sent His only Son to redeem us!

May 9th – Philippians 4:13

Philippians 4:13

Author Nishan Panwar once wrote, “Change is hard. You fight to hold on. You fight to let go. But in the end, we all know. Change is needed for you to grow.” As Christians we know the goal is growing to become more like Jesus. But who is a fan of the growing pains it brings? That’s why through the ebbs and flows of life, we need to take on the attitude of Paul. Paul faced hardship and persecution, good times and bad. Yet through it all, the one thing that remained constant was Paul’s contentment. Both in times of plenty and in famine, the apostle leaned on the strength of the Lord to navigate him through. And just like Paul, no matter the circumstance, we too have that same Christ given strength inside of us. Giving us the power to find contentment, whatever comes our way.

May 8th – Colossians 1:11

Colossians 1:11

Paul’s prayer for the Christians in Colossae is one that is equally important for the Christians of today. That God’s power will strengthen each and every one of us. And through that power we will receive the ability to endure; being unmovable during trials and suffering. Along with it, the fruit of the Spirit of patience. For patience is rooted in love, especially long suffering towards others. And both are attributes of the Father, bringing with them great joy. We live in a world that is anything but Christlike. Today people are easily offended and lose patience with each other quickly. By showing the world another way, the way of Christlike patience, not only is God happy, but so are we. Because obedience always fills our hearts with the joy the Lord!

May 7th – Deuteronomy 33:26

Deuteronomy 33:26

David was beloved by God. Yet Israel’s king went through many hardships. But in each one he called out to God crying, “From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint...” (Psalm 61:2) Many times my heart too has felt faint and been consumed by discouragement and fear. It’s during those times when when I need to pray more and draw nearer to God. Because the Lord is our “higher Rock”; our unshakable foundation that will never fail. No matter what’s going on in this fallen world, God goes before us, making our paths straight. For as Moses reminds us, “There is none like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to your help, through the skies in his majesty.” Today cast your cares on God, and watch Him ride across the heavens to help you!

May 6th – 1 John 4:12

1 John 4:12

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to talk to God face to face? For those who put their faith in Jesus Christ, one day that will be a reality. But while on earth, because of our human frailty, no one has ever seen God in His full divine glory. Even Moses was only allowed to see the back of God (Exodus 33:18–23). But we don’t need to see Him in His physical form to experience God’s love and grace. Because His Spirit lives inside every believer. And as He abides in us, the Spirit works to perfect our hearts to maturity. A maturity that allows us to both feel God’s love and demonstrate that love to others. We are God’s ambassadors on earth. And although no one can see God physically, they will see Him as they see our love. So go out of your way to show God’s love to someone today!

May 5th – Psalm 61:3

Psalm 61:3

The world is rapidly becoming more dangerous by the day. And although we have no control over what happens around us, we can control how we react. We can cower and hide, living a life of worry and fear. Or we can trust in God who promises to be a “tower of strength against the enemy.” We all experience times when it feels almost impossible to keep going. Or felt like we aren’t making a difference and the Enemy is winning, But we need to remember Gal. 6:9 which tells us to “…not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” So keep praising the Lord and spreading the Good News in boldness and love. And in times of weakness, run into the arms of God. And take refuge in the shelter of the wings of the Most High!

May 4th – Ephesians 3:20

Ephesians 3:20

Have you ever prayed to God and been absolutely blown away with the abundance of His answer? The apostle Paul tells us instead of being surprised, we should anticipate our Father to go above and beyond what we ask of Him. For we serve a God who loves to bless exceedingly those who abide in Him in faithful obedience. The Lord wants us to come to Him in prayer with all of our needs. Because He cares about every detail of our lives, both great and small. And when we do, we need to be bold, expectant, and prepared for an answer that will be far greater anything we could imagine! Today go to God in prayer with boldness. And prepare to receive superabundant blessings!