Daily Devotion

  • November 27, 2015


     Training Wheels


    About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.   Hebrews 5:11-14


    I remember the day my dad bought me a brand new, red, white and blue bicycle.  It had tall handlebars and a banana seat.  I was thrilled, but I wobbled badly when I tried to ride it.  So, dad put the training wheels on for me.

    For three weeks I had a great time riding my bike, because the training wheels made me feel safe.  I didn’t wobble with the training wheels.  But in about three weeks, to my dismay, dad came with his tools and removed the training wheels.  I protested loudly.  “I’ve got to, son,” he said.  You’ve never really ridden a bicycle until you’ve ridden without the training wheels.”  And off they came.

    God may be working right now to take the training wheels off of some area of your life.  It is easy to become dependent on things like money, or other people, or routine.  These things can make us feel comfortable, but finding our security in them will keep us from walking by faith and trusting in Jesus.   

    God knows what He’s doing when He removes our training wheels. Trust Him for your security and joy each day.  You’re not really living unless you do!

    When You ask me to trust You, I often feel wobbly.  Help me to have confidence in You when You take away things I’ve trusted to make me feel secure.


  • November 26, 2015


    Abundant Life


    “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  John 10:10



    As we recognize a day of Thanksgiving, it’s a good time to recall a speech given by President Franklin Roosevelt on December 6, 1933, as the Great Depression had the nation in its grip.  Roosevelt spoke that day on the need for American families to be economically secure.  He called his address:  “The Right to More Abundant Life.”

    Most people think of abundance in terms of material possessions and the American dream:  a home of your own, 2 cars in the garage, college for the kids, new clothes, food on the table, vacations, and money in the bank.  Those abundant blessings, however, can disappear in a moment, as they did in the Great Depression.

    Although every good thing comes to us from God’s gracious hand, Jesus Christ came not to give abundant “stuff,” but abundant life!  Through Christ, God gives us abundant mercy, abundant provision, abundant kindness, abundant pardon, and abundant peace. 

    Don’t ignore the abundance of the life you have in Christ.  We can be thankful every day and have joy in the Lord because He gives to us abundantly to meet every need.


    Forgive me for thinking that having abundant stuff is the same as abundant life!  Lord, help me to seek the abundant life that You died to give me.


  • November 25, 2015


    Deliver Us from Evil


    And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.    Matthew 6:13



    In school, pop quizzes were a guarantee.  If you had studied and had done your homework, being diligent to be prepared, then a pop quiz was an invitation to success.  However, if didn’t study and tossed aside your homework, thinking you could cram for an exam at the last minute, then a pop quiz could pretty much ruin your day. 


    You don’t know when temptation will come, but you know for sure that it will.  The key to victory is to be prepared at all times.  Stay in the Word of God daily.  Confess your weaknesses to God and constantly rely upon the Holy Spirit of God to strengthen you, to help you recognize temptation, and to find the way of escape.


    Satan, the tempter, is great at his job.  One reason temptation feels so powerful is that he catches us off guard, dangling his lure when we least expect it, or when we’re tired, or when we’re stressed.  We need to be prepared for those times.  


    You can’t win over temptation on your own.  With the power of God working in and through you, you will be able to recognize temptation and escape from it when it arises! 



     I want to recognize temptation when it comes.  Open my eyes, Lord, and strengthen my heart against the schemes of the devil.





  • November 24, 2015


    Jehova Jireh



    He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.  So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”       Genesis 22:12-14


    What do you need?  I mean, what do you really need?  Has God asked you to do something in His name that you just don’t see a way to do?  Has He asked you for something that you think is just too hard? 

    You can imagine how shocked, dismayed, and broken Abraham must have felt when God came to him, and in a voice as clear as any he had ever heard, told Abraham to sacrifice his only son. What would Abraham do? This was the hardest test he had ever faced.

    We know that Abraham passed the test. Just as he was about to thrust his knife into the chest of his precious son, God stopped him.  In Isaac’s place, God provided a ram for the sacrifice He required. 

    As Abraham obeyed God with absolutely all he had, God provided in an unexpected way, just in time, and in response to Abraham’s radical and obedient faith.  In the same way, when you place your faith in God for the tests and trials you encounter, He can work in ways you never imagined to provide just what you need, just when you need it!

    Father, I trust You in my trial.  Thank You for working for my good, building my faith, and helping me to have confidence in You. 



  • November 23, 2015


    Be A God Pleaser


    Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.      1 Thessalonians 4:1


    Our grandmothers had what they jokingly called “Tennessee Tupperware®”, a haphazard collection of recycled margarine containers they used to store every leftover in the kitchen.  If your grandmother sent you to get the margarine, it was always wise to look inside the tub.  Even if the outside of the container was labeled “margarine,” there was always a good chance it held yesterday’s pot roast.

    Just like grandmother’s kitchen, Christians can be confused by the false labeling in today’s culture.  The world is quick to label things that are evil as “good,” or things that are good as “evil.”

    Not wanting to appear unloving, some Christians accept this kind of moral reversal to please others.  But calling pot roast “margarine” won’t make you able to spread it on your toast.  Just because man says something is good does not mean God agrees.  And we must always accept God’s ways as true and right when they conflict with man’s ways.

    The Bible clearly teaches us how we should walk to please God.  If you are conflicted about a moral issue, you can count on God’s Word to show you the way every time.  Live to be a God pleaser, not a world pleaser.   


    Father, help me to live every moment to please the Lord Jesus Christ, even when the world calls me a fool.



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