Daily Devotion

  • April 21, 2015

     

    Clean on the Inside

     

    Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!  Psalm 51:1-2

    A few years ago, I was helping Michele get our house ready to host a women's event.  I borrowed my dad's power washer and cleaned the windows.  I washed windows upstairs and downstairs, doing my very best.  I worked really hard. 

    The next week, right before the event was about to start, I double checked the windows. They were dirty!  So, I took a bottle of window cleaner and used extra elbow grease to make sure the windows had no spots on them.  You can imagine my frustration when Michele came to me a little later and said, “My goodness, the windows are dirty!”

    The problem was that though I had gone above and beyond to clean the windows on the outside, I had done nothing to clean them on the inside. 

    Just like those windows, we can spend all of our effort to clean ourselves up on the outside.  Our own attempts to resurrect a reputation, to cover over our sins, or try to repair relationships is only surface cleaning.  We must allow Jesus to cleanse us from the sin and guilt that stains us on the inside.  Only Jesus can make us truly clean. 

    The Bible says that when we uncover our sin and confess our sins to God, He is faithful to forgive us our sin and cleanse us of all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).  Don’t just try to clean up the outside of your life.  Invite Jesus to cleanse your heart.  Then you’ll be really clean.

    Have a great day and Keep Moving Forward!

     

  • April 20, 2015

     

    Unclaimed Treasure

    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  Colossians 3:16

     A mother met her son at the door as he was leaving for college.  She handed him a brand new Bible, and said, “Son, promise me that you’ll read this Bible every day while you’re away at school. It will bless you.”

    He promised that he would.  But at college he became so busy with studies and social obligations, the son set aside his promise to his mother.  After a few weeks, his money began to run out. He called home. “Mom,” he said, “can you send me some money? I’m nearly broke.” 

    She said, "Are you reading your Bible every day?" 

    “Mom, I haven’t gotten around to it.” His mother said, "You’ll be blessed if you will read your Bible every day."  Then she said goodbye and hung up.

    The student called home several times requesting money, and the mother’s answer remained the same.  “Read your Bible every day.  It will bless you.”

    Frustrated, the young man finally pulled his Bible from the shelf and sat at his desk to read it.  When he opened his Bible, there, in the book of Psalms, was a check for $750. His mom was right. Reading his Bible blessed Him.

    God’s Word cannot dwell in you richly if you are not reading it daily, mining its treasures of wisdom, knowledge, conviction, comfort, and hope.  God’s Word is worth so much more than we can imagine.  It will guide us to the one Who will faithfully meet our deepest needs. 

    Parents, teach your children to hide the Word of God in their hearts.  The best way to lead your children is by example.  God’s Word is the greatest treasure we can give them.

    Have a great day and Keep Moving Forward!

     

     

  • April 17, 2015

     

    Let Your Light Shine

     

     “… at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light….”   Ephesians 5:8

     

    A little boy attended a church with beautiful stained glass windows.  Gold plaques told the names of the men portrayed in the windows:  St. Matthew, St. Luke, St. Mark and St. John.   Every Sunday, when he became bored with the sermon, the boy studied the windows.   

    One day his Sunday school teacher asked the question, “Boys and girls, what is a saint?”  The little boy knew instantly.  He raised his hand.  "I know!" he said.  "Saints are the people that the light shines through.”

    If you know Jesus as your Savior, you are a saint.  You have moved from the realm of darkness into the realm of light. 

    In the Bible, darkness represents sin, wickedness, evil, chaos and confusion.  Before you trusted Jesus, you were darkness.  You did not just live in darkness, although that is true.  You did not just stumble around in darkness.  The Bible says something much more powerful.  It says you were darkness.  Your identity was darkness.  Your heart – darkness.  Your mind – darkness.  Your thoughts – darkness.  Your words – darkness.  Your actions – darkness.  Your future – darkness. You were darkness.

    However, the moment you were saved, God gave you a totally new identity.  Now, you are “light in the Lord.”  Jesus Christ has not only turned on His light in your life, He wants you to shine His light so others can see Him in you and know the way to salvation.  

    Jesus Christ has not only turned the light on for you, but He has turned on the light in you!  Let’s be people that the light shines through!

    Have a great day and Keep Moving Forward!


  • April 16, 2015

     

     You Look Just Like Your Dad!

     

    Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.  Ephesians 5:1

     

    Many children look and even sound like their parents.  If you talk to my dad, you’ll know I’m a lot like him.  When I was younger and after my voice had changed, people couldn’t tell us apart on the telephone.   One time when Michele, who was then my girlfriend, called, my dad answered the phone.  She talked to him, thinking it was me.  I don’t know what all she told him, but she’s still embarrassed about it after all these years! 

    The Bible says that as God’s beloved children, we are to be like Him.  It’s true that there are some things about God we can never imitate.  We will never be all-powerful.  We cannot know everything, or be everywhere like God.  Yet, there are two very important ways we can imitate God.

    We can imitate God’s holiness.  The Bible says, “As He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct” (1 Peter 1:15).  We are to forsake immorality, impurity and greed.  The world practices those things, but as God’s beloved children we are to be holy, living pure, upright and generous lives.

    We can also imitate God’s forgiving love and mercy.  Paul wrote in Ephesians that we are to “be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)  You will never look more like your Father in Heaven than when you forgive like He forgives.

    On your own it is impossible for you to be holy like God is holy, or to forgive like God forgives.  But the Holy Spirit of God living inside you will empower you to do both these things.  As you yield to God daily to live a life of holiness and forgiveness, you will bear an increasing likeness to your Heavenly Father!

    Have a great day and Keep Moving Forward!                                                                           

     

  • April 15, 2015

     

    Who Made You the Boss?

     

    Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that He who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with Him.  Ephesians 6:9

     

    Whose boss are you?  Everyone is a boss.  Even if you don’t manage people or run a company, every time you step up to a fast-food counter to order, the server - even if for a very brief moment – works for you.  That makes you a boss. 

    Jesus cares about how you treat those who work for you.   Having a greater position, title or education does not indicate superiority.  In position, you may be someone’s superior, but that does not mean you are superior to them.  Remember, you have a Master in heaven, and He sees no difference in value between you and those who answer to you.

    God requires that we treat employees with fairness, patience, generosity and kindness.  Our world is full of people working for unreasonable, demanding, demeaning and unfair bosses. Your workplace is a mission field.  Your position as a manager, a boss, or even as a restaurant patron is a platform from which you can show Jesus to those watching.  

    What do your employers see in you?  If they come to your church on Sunday, will they be able to say that what they see in you on Sunday morning is what they see on Monday morning?  Remember that you have a boss in heaven.  Treat your employees with the same kindness He shows you!

    Have a great day and Keep Moving Forward!

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