Daily Devotion

  • Our Rock

    “Incline Your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me! For You are my rock and my fortress; and for Your name's sake You lead me and guide me; You take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for You are my refuge.” Psalm 31:2-4

    A ship was wrecked in a furious storm. The lone survivor was a little boy who had been swept by the waves onto a rock, where he stayed until he was spotted and rescued.

    "Did you tremble while you were on the rock during the night?" someone later asked him.

    "Yes," said the boy. "I trembled all night, but the rock didn't."

    Jesus is our Rock! The ground may quake. The seas may churn. Blizzards may blow in. Whirlwinds may twist and swirl. But Jesus, our Rock will not be moved. Jesus will never change. And He will reign as King of kings forevermore.

    What storm is blowing against you today? Praise God that you are secure, safe, and protected for all eternity because you stand upon the Rock! Jesus alone is our Rock and Refuge.

    Have a great day, and keep moving forward!

  • Forgiven

    “And when He returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that He was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And He was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’ ” Mark 2:1-5

    “I can never forgive you.”

    Paige and her husband married young. They were a beautiful couple, had a beautiful wedding and enjoyed the great promise of a future together. However, life after the wedding was disappointing. An early pregnancy caused insecurity and worry. Her husband’s irresponsibility only worsened matters. Then her husband’s betrayal caused pain so great for Paige that she ended the marriage. Her final words to her husband were, “I will never forgive you.”

    How grievous were the sins that Jesus forgave the paralytic? We will never know. But even what we consider the tiniest sin against holy God is worthy of His righteous anger, yet He chooses to forgive us. If we have gratefully received the forgiveness of God through Jesus Christ for our sin against Him, how much should we be willing to offer forgiveness to others for the hurt they cause us? Jesus gave us the perfect example when He, even as He was dying, forgave those who crucified Him.

    If you are saved, thank God today that because of His sacrifice on the cross, Jesus can say to us, “Your sins are forgiven.” God asks you to extend the same forgiveness to others. And because His Holy Spirit lives in you, you have His power to forgive those who sin against you.

    Have a great day and keep moving forward!

  • Under New Management

    “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

    The story is told of a simple man who was brought to Christ through the work of the Salvation Army. Out of deep gratitude, he wanted to serve Christ alongside the other workers, who were identified by their bright red sweaters. His wife knitted a red sweater for him to wear to work. However, his sweater was missing the lettering embroidered on those of the other volunteers. So, his wife set to work to add lettering to his sweater; but, because neither she nor her husband could read, she did not know to put the Salvation Army motto, “BLOOD AND FIRE” on his sweater. Instead, she duplicated the lettering she saw on a sign in the store window visible from their apartment.

    On the first day he wore his new sweater, his co-workers commented about how much they liked it. In fact, they said they liked his sweater better than theirs. What he did not know was that on his red sweater, his wife had carefully but unknowingly embroidered the letters from the sign that read, “THIS BUSINESS UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT.”

    That’s what happens when you trust Jesus Christ to save you! When Jesus saves you from your sin, He sends the Holy Spirit to live in you. From the moment of your salvation, the Holy Spirit leads and guides you, convicts you of sin, encourages you and strengthens you. If you are saved, you are now UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT!

    Have a great day, and keep moving forward!

  • Letting Go of the Trivial

    “… And Jesus said to Simon, 'Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.' And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.” Luke 5:10-11

    During a flood in the hill country of Texas many years ago, a woman lost her life when she became separated from her family, who had formed a human chain to help each other through the water until they could climb together to safety. She clung tightly to her purse, which contained her insurance documents. Thinking that those papers were the most important thing to her at the time, and not being willing to let go of them to hold on to her daughter’s hand, she was washed away. She failed to recognize the difference between the vital and the trivial, and it cost her life.

    Following Jesus causes us to have a whole new system of priorities. The Bible says that the fisherman Jesus called to be His followers left everything and followed Him. They walked away from what had seemed important before, and they followed Jesus with urgency. They left their fathers, they left their family business, and they left the world’s expectations to follow Jesus. All they had once held dear was now of secondary importance. Their new priority was to follow the Master.

    Are you grasping tightly to something that keeps you from being a whole-hearted follower of Jesus? The worldly things we cling to now will one day be swept away! Ask God to help you let them go, and hold tightly to the hand of Jesus.

    Have a great day and keep moving forward!

  • Holy Spirit

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places … Ephesians 1:3

    The couple disembarked their dream-of-a-lifetime cruise after several wonderful days at sea. “How was it?” asked their friends who met them at the port.

    “It was wonderful! The sunrises were majestic, the sunsets were breath-taking, we visited exotic ports of call, met some really nice people. But, we were hungry the whole time!”

    “Hungry? You didn’t eat?” asked their friends.

    “No! Food is so expensive! We packed cheese and crackers, but it certainly would have been nice to have what the others were having. There was so much, and it looked delicious!”

    Imagine their surprise and disappointment when their friends broke the news: “You could have eaten all you wanted, whenever you wanted. The meals were included with your ticket!”

    Aren’t we like that when we do not avail ourselves of the power of the ever-present Holy Spirit, who Jesus promised to His children? The Holy Spirit is our guarantee of every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit is God. Everything that God is, He is.

    If you are saved, the Holy Spirit lives in you. All of Him is available to you, all the time! The moment you receive Christ as Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit makes you a brand new creation. He works in you day by day to make you more like Jesus. He strengthens you to overcome sin and to obey God’s leading. And He prays for you when you do not know how to pray for yourself.

    Today, thank God that He sent His Holy Spirit to live in you. Then ask the Holy Spirit to convict you of sin, to change you, to empower you, and to comfort you.

    Have a great day, and keep moving forward!

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