Daily Devotions

  • Don’t Rush Into This Relationship – Part 1 - April 25, 2014

    Don’t Rush Into This Relationship – Part 1 - April 25, 2014

    Don’t Rush Into This Relationship – Part 1

    Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. Song of Solomon 2:7

    When we feel hurt and rejected there’s something inside us that wants to prove we’re still worthy and desirable. As a result we can jump into the next relationship too quickly. But just like an infant doesn’t go from crawling to driving overnight, there’s a process involved, and if you try to circumvent it you’ll end up back at square one, wondering what happened. One author says: ‘A new relationship won’t successfully heal you, avoid aggravating inflicted wounds, or instantly clean up a mess... Regardless of the temporary bliss, sooner or later you’ll end up faced again with your old stuff... If this is your situation, do things the right way. Take your time... These things can’t be feigned... rushed or... pursued. They’ll be given to you when you’re ready, and not a moment sooner... you want the real deal this time... and [God] wants to be your filter, so in order to reach the treasure of your heart, a person must first pass through Him.’ Solomon writes, ‘Don’t excite love, don’t stir it up, until the time is ripe—and you’re ready.’ Don’t be in such a hurry to take the edge off your pain that you run ahead of God. It takes time for Him to make you into the person He wants you to become. While He’s working on you, He’s preparing the heart of the right partner to show up at the right time. In the meantime, there’s a way to fill the emptiness inside; work on developing a closer relationship with God and He will ‘fill you with... joy and peace’ (Romans 15:13).

    Heavenly Father, grant me patience to grow in You as You grow me and direct me in the right relationships. In Jesus’ Name, Amen


  • Don’t Live In Regret - April 24, 2014

    Don’t Live In Regret - April 24, 2014

    Don’t Live In Regret

    Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Corinthians 7:10

    There’s the kind of regret that leads to despair because you don’t think God’s grace is sufficient to cover your sins. Then there’s ‘sadness... used by God [which] brings a change of heart... and... no regret’. This kind draws you closer and makes you more dependent on Him. You become ‘more alive, more concerned, more sensitive, more reverent... more passionate, more responsible... [and] come out... with purity of heart’ (2Corinthians 7:11). Jon Walker writes: ‘As the economy closed in I began to regret not buying a less expensive home. If only we’d bought a cheaper house. If only we’d rented. If only we’d stayed in our first house. I can ‘If only’ myself into depression and stagnation where I’m stuck between regret and forward motion. When my focus is not on the One who provides... I let regret become bigger than God... and following that logic, I believe past choices, an event, a tragedy, a compromise, a mistake—is more powerful than the God who spoke the world into existence... We live in ‘if only/what if’ moments more than we realize. They wrap us in a sense of hopeless paralysis: we fear the bad choices we made [and] the choices we face. God pours His grace into the present... our walk is one where we make a decision and stick with it, trusting that even if we make mistakes, God’s big enough to turn them around. When regret becomes ungodly sorrow versus godly sorrow, you find yourself submerged in self-pity instead of looking to Him to work things out for the good of ‘those... he has called according to his purpose’’ (Romans 8:28).

    Heavenly Father, thank You for forgiving my past mistakes and giving me new starts. Keep me trusting in You as You are bigger than any past mistake I have made. In Jesus’ Name, Amen


  • Faith Is - April 23, 2014

    Faith Is - April 23, 2014

    Faith Is

    The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" Luke 17:5

    Faith answers the question, ‘How?’ with one word: ‘God!’ The Bible says, ‘Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen’ (Hebrews 11:1). Notice: 1) Faith is a ‘substance.’ Some people see faith as something ghostly and ‘other worldly.’ But it’s not; we use faith every day. For example, you pick up the phone, call a department store, place an order, and they ask for your credit card number. Then they send you a receipt. The receipt is what you hold on to while you’re waiting for the item to arrive - it gives you the assurance that the product is on the way. And the same is true in the spiritual realm. God promises to answer your prayer, you believe Him, but your faith is the ‘substance’ or the receipt you hold on to while you’re waiting. 2) Faith is also ‘evidence.’ Why would you believe that someone you can’t see on the other end of a phone line would send you something just because you order it? Because it happens every day for others, and it’s probably happened to you before. Therefore you’re not being presumptuous or silly when you go to your mailbox expecting it to be there. You are not the first person to trust God and you won’t be the last. ‘Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations’ (Psalms 90:1). People have been trusting God for thousands of years and He has never let them down. His faithfulness is all the ‘evidence’ you need. So it’s not foolish to put your trust in a God like that, is it?

    Heavenly Father, help me to see faith as something real and trustworthy – in You. In Your Precious Name, Amen


  • There’s Nobody Like Him! – Part 5 - April 22, 2014

    There’s Nobody Like Him! – Part 5 - April 22, 2014

    There’s Nobody Like Him! – Part 5

    The LORD is my light and my salvation -- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life -- of whom shall I be afraid? Psalms 27:1

    We all need an encounter with the transfigured Christ; the One who is greater than Moses the law giver and Elijah the prophet, and all the other prophets who have ever lived. The One who wears the true crown of the universe, God’s beloved Son. We need to fall on our face and see Him as the Holy One, the Highest One, the Only One. As you do, all your fears, save the fear of Christ Himself, will melt like an ice cube on a summer day. You will agree with the Psalmist: ‘The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?’ In the book Prince Caspian, there is a great illustration of this. Lucy sees Aslan the lion for the first time in many years. He has changed since their last encounter. His size surprises her, and she tells him as much. ‘Aslan,’ says Lucy, ‘you’re bigger.’ He replies, ‘That is because you are older, little one.’ Lucy says, ‘Not because you are?’ He replies, ‘I am not. But every year you grow, you find me bigger.’ And so it is in our walk with Christ. The longer we serve Him, the greater He becomes. It’s not that He changes, but that we do. We see dimensions, aspects, characteristics we never saw before; increasing and astonishing increments of His purity, power, and uniqueness. Only when we have fallen at His feet in humility and total dependence will He say to us what He said to His disciples on the Mount where He was transfigured: ‘... “Arise, and do not be afraid”’ (Matthew 17:7).

    Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me as deeply as You do and helping me and watching me grow up! In Jesus’ Name, Amen


  • There’s Nobody Like Him! – Part 4 - April 21, 2014

    There’s Nobody Like Him! – Part 4 - April 21, 2014

    There’s Nobody Like Him! – Part 4

    Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits -- Psalms 103:2

    The Bible equates God with light, and light with holiness. ‘... God is light; in him there is no darkness at all’ (1 John 1:5). Paul said that God dwells in ‘... unapproachable light... ’ (1 Timothy 6:16). Scripture refers to Christ ‘... who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners... ’ (Hebrews 7:26). So how should you approach such a God? As you would an auditor when your books don’t balance? Or a dictator who holds the power of life and death? No, Jesus told us to pray, ‘... Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name’ (Matthew 6:9). There’s your answer! You must come to God as a father who loves you dearly and desires only what is best for you, while always regarding Him with profound reverence. As your awe of God expands, your fears in life will diminish. A big view of God translates into big courage; a small view of God generates no courage at all. A puny God can’t help you when cancer strikes, your family is in trouble, or you’ve no way to pay your bills. A ‘do-me-a-favor’ Jesus may look good stuck on your dashboard, but that image can do nothing for your fears. You need an awesome God, who, while diminishing your ego, enlarges your faith and blows your mind. The Psalmist wrote: ‘Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things... ’ (Psalms 103:2-5).

    Heavenly Father, I praise You for what You do for everyone! In Jesus’ Name, Amen


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