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Devotion Text

Matthew 6:10b

…Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Let’s pray with Jesus for God’s will to be done in our lives.

You are God and I am not. Your will be done.

You know the beginning from the end. Your will be done.

I can rationalize just about anything. Your will be done.

I have great dreams. Your will be done.

I have great dreams for my children. Your will be done.

I do not like my current assignment from you. Your will be done.

I am unhappy with the direction of my life. Your will be done.

 

I am confused. Your will be done.

I am disappointed. Your will be done.

I am discouraged. Your will be done.

I am exhausted. Your will be done.

I dread tomorrow. Your will be done.

I fear the outcome. Your will be done.

I wonder if the treatment will work. Your will be done.

 

I need you. Your will be done.

I trust you. Your will be done.

I will worship you. Your will be done.

I will obey you. Your will be done.

I will follow you. Your will be done.

I will honor you. Your will be done.

I love you. Your will be done.

 


 

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Living As A Leader

Devotion Text
 

Daniel 6:21-22

Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.”

When you follow God, you’ll have some enemies. Daniel did. Their jealousy led them to devise a way to get rid of Daniel once and for all. They wrote an edict that prohibited the worship of God and the king signed the edict into law. I love what happens next.

When Daniel heard about the new law, you know what he did? He went to his home and went straight upstairs to a room where the windows opened to Jerusalem. He got down on his knees and prayed to his God “as he had done previously.” The rest of the story is a Sunday school favorite. Daniel was thrown into a lions’ den. But God shut the mouth of the hungry lions and Daniel was lifted from the den without a scratch or wound “because he had trusted in his God.”

This well-known story teaches us about resolved obedience. Daniel was not willing to give in regardless of the pressure, regardless of the danger. Daniel was resolved to obey God no matter what. But lest you think Daniel was born a man of steel, check out what he was doing when the officials came to arrest him. Daniel was “making petition and plea before his God.” It is always God who gives us the strength we need to do what he has called us to do. He gave that strength to Daniel; he will give the same strength to you.

Talking to God

Father, Daniel was human like me. I need your strength today…the same strength that you gave to Daniel. Help me live with the resolve that comes from trusting in you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

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Igniting a Lonely Heart

Are there spots at the edges of your life-map marked: “Here There Be Giants?”  Places and situations you dare not go? Even if going meant you were obeying God?

Ron Moore shrinks those giants and encourages you to slay them.

Devotion Text

Isaiah 50:10

Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the word of his servant? Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on their God.

Discovering God’s will is often one of the most challenging things a believer faces. God’s revealed will in Scripture is clear – “Do this,” “Don’t do that.” But God’s individual will is not always so straightforward. Many believers who desire to follow hard after God struggle with questions such as:

  • Is this the person God wants me to marry?
  • Is this the college God wants me to attend?
  • Is this the calling God has placed on my life?
  • Is this the job God wants me to take?
  • Is this the place where God wants me to live?
  • Is this the home God wants us to buy or rent?

Now granted, some believers make life-altering decisions without ever asking, “Is this God’s will?” But for those who are intent on following God with their whole heart, these questions, and many more, are ones for which we seek God’s specific direction. And sometimes, as we seek God’s will, we feel like the person who “walks in the dark, who has no light.”

Today’s passage reminds us that God does not intend for the “dark path” to be confusing or permanent. He uses dark stretches to develop and deepen our faith. He calls us to obey Him, even with our questions, and trust Him to open and close the appropriate doors. He calls us to rely on Him for wisdom and discernment, for strength and peace. There will be times when the path seems dark. But these are the times God uses to ask us a question, “Can you trust Me?” Can you?

Father, for all those walking through a stretch of path where there seems to be no light, remind them today that You will never leave or forsake them. Remind us all that dark paths cause us to trust and rely on You. And remind us that when we trust You in the darkness, we see You more clearly in the light. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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A Man and His Marriage – Part 2

Devotion Text

Psalm 106:1

Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Psalm 106 describes the “mighty acts” that God performed for His people and the long history of their rebellion against Him. The psalm reminds us that Israel “made a calf and worshiped an idol,” “exchanged their Glory for an image of a bull,” and “forgot the God who saved them.” And yet, God never stopped loving them. Amazing, isn’t it? Our heavenly Father’s love “endures forever.”

We live in a “what have you done for me lately” world. Our interaction with most people is conditional. For you, this conditional acceptance may have started when you were a child. You may have had a mother or father who demonstrated their love only when you performed. They expressed great pride over “A’s” and “touchdowns” and “home runs” and “first chairs” and “lead roles.” But you felt their disappointments over “B’s or C’s” or “fumbles” or “strikeouts” or “mediocre performances” or when you were simply a member of the “supporting cast.” But the love of the heavenly Father is different. His love endures forever. And since it is perfect love, it is always expressed in a perfect unconditional way.

Think about it. When we trust in God and become a child of God, there is nothing we can do to make God love us more. And there is nothing we can do to make God love us less. God’s love for us doesn’t waver. He will love us as much tomorrow as He does today. That does not give us a pass to sin; rather, it motivates us to obey such a good and loving God.

Thank You, Father, for Your enduring love. Thank You for taking away my worries that You might withdraw Your love based on my performance. Thank You for Your perfect, unconditional, lasting love that is mine through Jesus. In His name I pray. Amen. 

 

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The Greatest Text Message

Devotion Text

Joshua 23:6; 24:15

Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses without turning to the right or to the left . . . If serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . . But for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

Many years had passed since God told Joshua to cross the Jordan River and lead the Israelites into the land of promise. Joshua, now “old and well advanced in years,” stood before the people to give his farewell address. Here Joshua echoes what God told him many years earlier when the heavy responsibility of leadership was placed on his shoulders. Then Joshua drives a stake of commitment regarding the leadership of his family. The echoes are just as relevant today as they were the day Joshua gave this address to the leaders of Israel. And the commitment is needed today more than ever.

Be very strong. The journey of life is filled with winding roads and unexpected turns. There is continual temptation to give in and give up. We are always one bad decision, one unguarded moment, from a life-altering decision. We must rely on the Holy Spirit’s strength. We must stay strong.

Obey the Word. God’s Word is the GPS for the journey. But unlike the annoying voices of GPS’s, his voice is strong and encouraging. As we read his Word, he speaks to our hearts. Be still, listen to his voice, and do what he tells you to do.

Don’t compromise. There will always be opportunities for shortcuts on our journey. If we take the shortcuts of sin, we will always end up on the path to a dangerous destination. Stay on the path clearly marked by the Word. At times it may seem that you are the only one on the road of obedience. But don’t compromise. Drive the stake of commitment – for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!

Father, remind us that you always provide the strength to handle all the twists and turns of life. Speak to us clearly through your Word. By your grace, keep us on the well-marked path all the way to eternity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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Faith That Works

Devotion Text

Leviticus 11:45

I am the LORD, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.

To be holy means to be set apart. It does not mean to run off and hide in a cave so as not to have contact with the world. To be holy means to live in purity and moral integrity as we go about the business of our lives. To be holy means that we strive to live apart from the things that oppose God and the things that God opposes.

Our standard for holiness is not a set of rules or an abstract religious system. Our standard is not our mentor or a Christian friend. Our standard for holy living is God himself. He alone is holy.

Now it’s true that absolute holiness cannot be achieved in this life. In our humanity, we will miss the mark. But it should be the believer’s desire to be in a process of spiritual growth – conforming our lives to God’s holy standard. This is done as we continually depend on the Spirit to control our attitudes, thoughts, desires, and actions. While we will never live sinless lives on this earth, it is possible, by the strength of the Spirit, to sin less and obey more. That’s the high standard to which God has called his children. And that should be the desire of his children.

Father, help us pinpoint a sin that seems to constantly trip us up. We depend on you to resist it day by day, moment by moment. Help us so that sin will be less of a threat in our walk with you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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Overflowing: Fully Focused

Devotion Text

Genesis 12:1

The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.”

What would you do if you got this message from God “Okay, here’s the deal. Tomorrow morning, I want you to pack up everything you own and leave everything you have ever known.”? You ask, “But God, where do you want me to go?” He answers, “Don’t worry about that now. I will reveal your destination along the way. Just begin the journey.”

That was God’s message to Abram (later Abraham). And Abram obeyed. “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8).

How about you? Are you willing to step out on faith even when you’re not sure where the journey may take you? Are you willing to obey even when it doesn’t add up on your spreadsheet? Are you willing to follow God even when the destination is not showing up on your Google map? Sometimes God calls us to a place that we can’t quite see from our present vantage point. That’s why it’s called “faith” – without which it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

Father, our prayer is simply this – whatever you call us to do, give us the courageous faith to do it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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Sharing My Influence

 Luke 14:1-6

One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body. Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way. Then he asked them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?” And they had nothing to say.

The man was suffering from dropsy. Excessive amounts of fluid had built up in the tissues and cavities of his body. The problem was coming from issues with the man’s liver or other ailments such as pancreatitis. Today dropsy, or edema, can be treated with medication, but in Jesus’ day the man was suffering and would continue to suffer until he died. Jesus had compassion on the man, healed him, and sent him on his way.

For the Pharisees the healing was not the problem, the timing was. This encounter took place on the Sabbath as Jesus was on His way to eat at the home of a prominent Pharisee. The Pharisees had strict rules about what could and couldn’t happen on the Sabbath. Healing was not in the “Can Do” category, so Jesus used an analogy of a child or an ox that fell into a well on the Sabbath. The law allowed for the rescue. Certainly, Jesus reasoned, the law would allow for the rescue of a man who was suffering. This rationale silenced the legalistic Pharisees.

Legalism puts forth a strict adherence to manmade laws that drains away every ounce of grace and compassion. Legalism rails on one sin and winks at another. Since we are all sinners, legalism leads to a life of contradiction, which inevitably produces hypocrisy. Grace, on the other hand, exists because of our imperfect nature. Grace does not give us a license to sin. Rather, it provides the freedom to obey.

Father, guard me against the shortsightedness of legalism. Help me avoid hypocrisy by responding to Your grace in the freedom of obedience. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

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Fear: What Are You Afraid Of?

Matthew 6:10b

…Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

 

You are God and I am not. Your will be done.

You know the beginning from the end. Your will be done.

I can rationalize just about anything. Your will be done.

I have great dreams. Your will be done.

I have great dreams for my children. Your will be done.

I do not like my current assignment from you. Your will be done.

I am unhappy with the direction of my life. Your will be done.

 

 

I am confused. Your will be done.

I am disappointed. Your will be done.

I am discouraged. Your will be done.

I am exhausted. Your will be done.

I dread tomorrow. Your will be done.

I fear the outcome of the tests. Your will be done.

I wonder if the treatment will work. Your will be done.

 

 

I need You. Your will be done.

I trust You. Your will be done.

I will worship You. Your will be done.

I will obey You. Your will be done.

I will follow You. Your will be done.

I will honor You. Your will be done.

I love You. Your will be done.

 


 

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The Great Adventure

Mark 1:27-28
The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.” News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.

Today’s passage takes place when Jesus was teaching at the synagogue in Capernaum. In attendance that day was a man possessed by an evil spirit. The man cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are — the Holy One of God!”

Jesus commanded the evil spirit to be quiet and ordered him out of the man. The evil spirit shook the man violently and “came out of him with a shriek.” Can you imagine the scene? The people were amazed at the power of Jesus. Not only did He teach with authority, the evil spirits obeyed Him! This news about Jesus spread over the region.

Why did Jesus direct the evil spirit to be quiet? Jesus did not want people following Him for the wrong reasons. Jesus taught with authority, but He did not come to be a great teacher. Jesus commanded the demon out of the man, but He did not come to be a miracle worker. Jesus — fully God and fully man — came to pay the penalty of our sin on the cross. He came to address this supreme problem: We are sinners in need of a Savior. He came to be that Savior.

Father, thank You for loving me so much that You sent Your Son to die on a cross for my sins. Thank You for knowing that I need a Savior. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


Today on The Journey:
Guru or God: Is Christ the Only Way?

Have you raised the gale warning flags over your heart? Determined to signal the anxiety-storm that rages out of sight and out of control?

There is One who sees. The One whom the storms obey. He longs to show you that power, in real life.

Psalm 106:1-5
Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the LORD or fully declare his praise? Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right. Remember me, LORD, when you show favor to your people, come to my aid when you save them, that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may share in the joy of your nation and join your inheritance in giving praise.

Psalm 106 describes the “mighty acts” that God performed for His people. Even when Israel turned their backs on God, He never turned His back on them. Our heavenly Father’s “love endures forever.”

Many times love is conditional. You may have had parents who demonstrated their love only when you performed well. They expressed great pride over top grades, touchdowns, homeruns, first chairs and lead roles. But you felt their disappointment with B’s or C’s, fumbles, strikeouts or mediocre performances. But the love of the heavenly Father is different. His love endures forever; and since it is a perfect love, it is free from conditions.

When I trust in the Lord and become a child of God, there is nothing I can do to make Him love me more; there is nothing I can do to make Him love me less. He will love me as much tomorrow as He does today. That does not give me a license to sin; rather, it inspires me to obey my Father whose love endures forever.

Thank You, Father, for Your enduring love. Thank You that Your love is not based on my performance but is a perfect, unconditional, lasting love that is mine through Jesus. In His name I pray. Amen. 

Psalm 51:7-12  

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 

David’s sin of adultery led to his great prayer for repentance. Yesterday we noted where true repentance begins. Here are three more important steps. 

  1. Repentance desires cleansing.

Sin stains the soul. Only God can cleanse the heart and wash us clean. Only God can blot out our sin. 

  1. Repentance desires renewed joy.

Sin burdens the soul. David feels that his bones have been crushed. He desires that God restore the joy and gladness he once knew. 

  1. Repentance desires the resolve to obey.

David asks that God re-create his heart. His “old” heart got him into trouble. He prays for an unwavering obedience. He prays that God gives him the power to continue to walk in obedience. He does not want to return to his sin. 

Father, David’s prayer is mine. Please take away the stain. Lift the burden. Let me be joyful again in Your presence. Don’t let me return to my sin. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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