Daily Devotion

  • He Is The Lord Your God

    A little Scottish lady worked hard taking in washing in order to send her son to the university.

    When he came home for vacation, his mind was filled with doubts about God from the teaching he had received.

    He did not want his mother to know about the change in his thinking. But she kept telling him how wonderful it was of God to save her, and how she knew she was saved.

    Finally, he could not listen to more of her talk and said, “Mother, you do not seem to realize how small you are in this universe. If you lost your soul, God would not miss it at all. It would not amount to anything.”

    She didn’t reply right away, but kept putting dinner on the table.

    Finally she said, “I’ve been thinking about what you said. You’re right. My little soul does not amount to much; I would not lose much and God would not lose much.”

    “But if He does not save me, He will lose more than I will. He promised if I would trust Jesus, He would save me. If He breaks His word, He will lose His reputation and mar His character.”

    In Exodus 6, God says:

    ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment.

    He is the Lord your God. He will not forget you. He does what He does because He is who He is.

    Have a great day, and keep moving forward!

  • Messy Families

    But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

    Pastor and author John Ortberg shares a great story about a sofa he and his wife bought early in their marriage.

    It was a really nice piece of furniture. It was pink, but for the kind of money they paid for it, they called it a mauve sofa.

    The man at the sofa store told them all about how to take care of it, and they took it home.

    They had three small children in their house. And does anybody want to guess what was the NUMBER ONE RULE in their house from the day they brought that sofa home:

    “Don’t sit on the mauve sofa! Don't play near the mauve sofa! Don't eat around the mauve sofa! Don't touch the mauve sofa! Don't breathe on the mauve sofa! Don't think about the mauve sofa!”

    "On every other chair in the house, you may freely sit, but on this sofa—the mauve sofa—you may not sit, for on the day you sit thereon, you will surely die!"

    And then one day came the "Fall." There appeared on the mauve sofa a stain…a red stain…a red jelly stain.

    John’s wife called the man at the sofa factory, and he told her how bad that was. So she assembled their three children to look at the stain on the sofa: Laura, who then was about 4, and Mallory, who was about 2½, and Johnny, who was maybe 6 months.

    She said, "Children, do you see that? That's a stain. That's a red stain. That's a red jelly stain. And the man at the sofa store says it's not coming out, not for all eternity. Do you know how long eternity is, children? Eternity is how long we're all going to sit here until one of you tells me which one of you put the red jelly stain on the mauve sofa."

    For a long time they all just sat there until finally Mallory cracked.

    She said, "Laura did it." Laura said, "No I didn't."

    Then it was dead silence for the longest time.

    And their dad knew that none of them would confess putting the stain on the sofa, because they had never seen their mom that mad in their lives.

    He knew none of them was going to confess putting the stain on the sofa, because they knew if they did, they would spend all of eternity in the "Time Out Chair."

    Their dad also knew that none of them would confess putting the stain on the sofa, because in fact, HE was the one who put the stain on the sofa, and he wasn't sayin' nuthin'! Not a word!

    Here's the truth about us. We've all stained the sofa.

    We’ve made messes in our families. Our marriage. Our lives.

    The good news is God offers hope for messy families!

    God’s love never falters. God’s grace never fails. God’s plan never fades.

    Jesus meets us where we are and by His love, His grace, and His plan - He takes care of the mess in our lives.

    Have a great day and keep moving forward!

  • Jealous

    Dave Davila, age 24, took a job in Chicago and had to leave his close-knit family in East Moline, Illinois. But family gatherings just weren’t the same without Dave.

    His mom missed him terribly. She took a digital photo of him and had it blown up to his actual height – 5 foot 8 inches – and mounted it on heavy cardboard from a neighbor’s new stove box.

    So there’s Dave, standing casually, hands in pockets, a blue button-down shirt hanging untucked over his khaki shorts.

    They all call him Flat Dave.

    At first, Flat Dave just showed up and stood quietly by at family gatherings. Then word spread throughout the community, and he became something of a celebrity in East Moline.

    “Complete strangers want to pose with him,” said his brother Dan.

    He also said, “I think Flat Dave’s actually better looking than the real Dave.”

    Sometimes things get somewhat awkward for the real Dave – the one the family now calls Thick Dave.

    The real Dave says, “I’m in Chicago talking to my mom on the phone, and she says, ‘Hold on, I’ve got to load you into the van.’ It’s a little weird.”

    They replaced Dave.

    Idolatry is when we try to replace God. Idolatry is anything we place where God deserves to be.

    And that’s not just weird, it’s wicked.

    The Bible says in Exodus 34:14, “for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” 

    Our God is a jealous God in that He will not tolerate rivals. He will not be one of several gods in our lives; He must be Lord of all.

    Have a great day, and keep moving forward!

  • Laugh!

    A man took his seat on an airplane and was surprised to find himself seated beside of a parrot.

    Once they got in the air, the man asked the flight attendant for a cup of coffee.

    The parrot squawked, “And get me a soda, NOW!”

    The flustered flight attendant came back immediately with a can of soda.

    No coffee.

    The man said, “Um, could I please get that cup of coffee?” The parrot yelled, “And get me another soda, you slowpoke!”

    Again, the flight attendant, visibly shaken, returned with another soda. But still no coffee.

    The man decided to use the parrot’s approach. He yelled at the flight attendant: “I have asked you twice for a cup of coffee.

    Now, go and get it THIS MINUTE or I’ll really make a scene.”

    The flight attendant had all she could take. She pushed the man and parrot out of an emergency exit.

    Hurtling downward to the ground, the parrot looked at the man and said, You know, for someone who cant fly, you complain too much!”

    That can be a problem in our lives - too much complaining, not enough laughing!

    One of the most important life skills you can develop is the ability to laugh. In light of the sin, pain and chaos of this world, it's one of the few secret weapons we who know God have.

    Think with me of the different kinds of laughter:

    Cruel laughter - Derisive laughter that comes at someone else’s pain.

    Polite laughter - When you’re with your boss, and he says something that is supposed to be funny but really isn’t. Or when students laugh at a professors sad attempt of humor. Or when people in church laugh at their pastors corny jokes.

    Contagious laughter - You’re with a group of friends, one person tells a joke that gets another person laughing, that follows to another, and so on. Laughing catches.

    Nervous laughter - When you’re laughing in a place where you shouldn’t be. At a funeral. In a serious meeting. Something makes you laugh. But you know you shouldn’t laugh. The more you hold the laughter back, the more you want to laugh.

    Belly laughter - Something is truly hilarious and we find ourselves clutching our bellies and gasping for air. You may start to snort. 25 percent of women, 33 percent of men snort when they laugh. We all knew the kid in elementary school who blew milk out his nose when you were cracking jokes in the cafeteria.

    That belly laughter is what Abraham was experiencing in Genesis 17:17:

    Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” 

    Why? Because he was absolutely astonished that God was going to give him a son.

    God will do things that will astonish you.

    Give yourself to Him. Your plans. Your desires. Your gifts. Your abilities. Your thoughts. Your relationships. Put it all in His hands and say, “God do whatever you want to do in my life.” And He’ll amaze you.

    Have a great day and keep moving forward!

  • Hero

    "I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. I will give it to you for a possession. I am the Lord." Exodus 6:7-8

    He is a 50-year-old construction worker in New York City. The first week of 2007, Mr. Autrey was waiting on a train at a subway station with his two young daughters when he saw a young man having a seizure.

    The young man’s body convulsed out of control, and then he stumbled down the subway platform and fell onto one of the tracks – directly in the past of an incoming train.

    Mr. Autrey realized that nobody else in the station was going to help. He decided, “I’m the only one to do it.”

    Placing himself in great danger, Autrey jumped down onto the tracks and grabbed hold of the young man. With only seconds to spare, he rolled with the younger man into a drainage through cut between two tracks.

    An instant later, the train cars thundered over both of them with only inches to spare. Amazingly, neither man was injured.

    In the days that followed, Mr. Autrey was rewarded handsomely for his bravery. The Mayor presented him the city’s highest award for civic achievement, calling him “a great man – a man who makes us all proud to be New Yorkers.”

    Autrey was also given $10,000 from Donald Trump, a trip to Disney World, and a year’s supply of MetroCards from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. His boss even bought him a “hero” sandwich.

    Wesley Autrey said, “I just did it because I saw someone in distress. Someone needed help.”

    Was he a hero?

    Absolutely. He came to the rescue. Mr. Autrey was at the right place at the right time and did the right thing.

    In the same way, our God is heroic. Take hold of the great truth that God will always be there for you at the right time, in the right place and He will always do the right thing.

    Thank the Lord for sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to rescue you from your sin.

    Have a great day, and keep moving forward!

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