Daily Devotional

October 20 – Matthew 13:43

Matthew 13:43

The pumpkins, squash, and apples of Autumn mark the last great harvest of the growing season. The once full fields now lay bare having given up their bounty.  Soon Jesus will send out His mighty angels to reap from the earth the bounty of His church. And those He gleans from the fields, will forever shine like the sun in the kingdom of the Father. I pray that until that time, I will continue to sow the seeds of the Gospel and growing  in His loving light.

October 19th – Philippians 2:15

Philippians 2:15

The minute we profess to be a follower of Christ, people start watching. They watch to see if our words line up with our actions. They watch to see if our hearts have changed. And they watch to see if we have something they want for themselves. As ambassadors for Jesus, we need to remember that the world is watching. And we need to be loving, beacons of light, “in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation.” The days are growing shorter, so now more than ever, shine brightly for the Lord!

October 18th – John 9:5

John 9:5

I read a news story the other day about a blind man who, after receiving experimental, surgery was able to see again. Besides his great joy at seeing his wife and children for the first time, the freedom he gained through the return of his sight brought him to tears. That’s how it with Jesus. Once we were spiritually blind, living in darkness. But the Light came to the world, healed us from our blindness, and gave us freedom from the penalty of sin. And just like the blind man who is excited for the future, we too can be excited about a future spent with Jesus!

October 17th – 2 Corinthians 4:6

2 Corinthians 4:6

The Word Of God is precious. And the fact that we can pick up a Bible at any time and read is indeed a blessing. The ancient Israelites were only able to know God’s will through Moses, and sadly even today, some people will never have the privilege of having a Bible to read. The Good Book is illuminated with the knowledge of both Jesus Christ, and the glory of the Father. And our great Creator, the Maker Of the sun, moon, and stars, wants to illuminate us as well! Won’t you spend time in the Bible today and let God light up your heart?

October 16th – Isaiah 58:8

Isaiah 58:8

Recently a dear friend shared how she, along with others were fasting and praying for our country. Isaiah taught the people of Israel, who were also fasting for their country, that fasting and prayers needs to go hand in hand with humility and repentance. Once His people walk in obedience and love, God says He will shine His Light upon them, heal their sorrows, and surround them with His righteousness and glory! Won’t you join in prayer for both the leaders of our country and the healing of our land?

October 15th – Ephesians 5:8

Ephesians 5:8

As Christians we know that good works aren’t done to earn salvation, but rather the manifestation of our love for God. For because He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, to pay our sin debt, (John 3:16) no longer are we trapped in darkness. Now we are surrounded by the light of the grace, love, and righteousness that is the Lord. And out of gratitude for that magnificent gift, God asks that we pay it forward by letting our actions be examples for the world of that glorious Light shining within us.

October 14th – Micah 7:8

Micah 7:8

Both Israel and Judah went through some pretty dark times. Can you relate? Have you felt so low you feel swallowed by the darkness? Living in a fallen world means that there is no escaping times of trial. Yet even in the worst of situations, when we focus on God instead of our circumstances, He will shine His light of hope and redemption on all who love Him. And we can trust that whatever we are going through, God has a purpose for our pain and promises to use all things, even the bad, for our benefit. (Rom.8:28)

October 13th – Exodus 34:30

Exodus 34:30

After spending 40 days and nights on Mt Sinai talking with God, when Moses finally descended his face radiated with the shekinah glory of God. The Israelites knew something spectacular had happened on that mountain by how brilliantly Moses shone. That’s how I want to be. I want to shine so brightly that everyone can see that something spectacular happened from my time with God. I want to glow from being in His holy presence, and become a reflection of His grace and love for the world to see.

October 12th – Colossians 1:12

Colossians 1:12

Did you know that you are royalty? The moment we receive Christ as our Savior, we become co-heirs with Jesus into God’s family. No longer are we slaves chained in darkness, but Princes and Princesses in the kingdom of God.(Gal. 4:7) We are the beloved children of the most High who because of His grace, not only allows us to share in the sufferings of Jesus, but also in His glory. (Rom. 8:17) So remember your worth, hold your head high, and proudly represent the majesty of your Father in heaven!

October 11th- 1 John 1:5

1 John 1:5

The light of the sun is so pure and so bright, that staring into it can literally burn the exposed tissue of your retina. God too, because He is perfect, holy, sinless, and true, shines so brightly that just gazing upon Him causes instant death. (Ex. 33:20) But thankfully just as we can enjoy the goodness of the sun through its rays, so too can we enjoy the goodness of God through His Son Jesus, the true light. (John 1:9) When we receive Christ as our Savior no longer do we have to walk in darkness, but instead the Lord surrounds us with His loving, glorious light.