Daily Devotion

  • October 9, 2015


     Lightning Applause 


    “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.” Psalm 19:1–3


    Nikola Tesla invented the method of generating electricity through alternating current.  It is said that during storms, Tesla burst into applause at lightning strikes – one genius recognizing the work of an even greater Genius! Tesla could appreciate the wonder of lightning because he had spent years researching and learning the wonders of electricity.


    In the same way, the more we understand of God’s world and God’s Word, the more we appreciate the glory of our Creator.


    Whether we see God’s handiwork in the intricacy of a spider-web, the milky spiral of the Andromeda galaxy, the stirring beauty of Psalm 23, or the profound simplicity of John 3:16 – the longer we look at what God has done and said, the more deeply we praise His name!


    Today, take a moment to meditate on some aspect of God’s creation and upon a portion of His Word. As you do, don’t neglect to gaze for a few moments upon the greatest work of God – the sacrificial death of His Son for your sins upon the cross of Calvary.


    The greatness of God deserves more than our applause. He merits our unending awe, worship, faith, and obedience.



    Father, You are an amazing God.  Your creation is truly awesome and speaks of how wonderful You are!


  • October 8, 2015


    Steeping Process




    This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.    Joshua 1:8



    Some people just love a good hot cup of tea.  Around the world, tea drinkers have their favorite type of tea leaf, and their favorite addition:  sugar, lemon, milk, cream, cinnamon.  One thing is true of every cup of tea.  It is only made when tea leaves are steeped, infusing their flavor into the water. 


    The strength of the tea’s flavor is determined by the length of time the leaves are left immersed in the water.  A common tea-bag steeped for 30 seconds will produce a very weak, bland cup of tea.  But if you steep the tea for 3-5 minutes, your tea will taste like tea is supposed to taste.


    The length of time we spend in God's Word determines how deeply we are changed by it. The more time we spend reading, study, and praying over God’s Word, the more our lives are flavored by it. 


    I challenge you to spend at least 15 minutes every day reading and applying God’s Word to your life.  Memorize portions of the Bible.  Meditate on it throughout the day.  The more you are in the Word, the more the Word will be in you, and the more spiritually successful your life will be. 



    Lord, help me to not waste time and to make reading Your Word a priority.  Help me to see practical ways to apply and obey Your Word. 

  • October 7, 2015


    Get Out of There!


    No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.    1 Corinthians 10:13



    There’s an old saying that death and taxes are the only two guarantees in life.  But there’s a third, and it can prove to be more devastating than either death or taxes.  What is it?  Temptation.


    “Temptation” has almost lost its negative connotation in today’s culture.  We casually talk about being tempted by fairly insignificant things like chocolate, or potato chips, or a really good sale at the mall.  But temptation to sin is no light matter. 


    Temptation makes us keenly aware of what we think will satisfy us and make us happy.   And just like custom-tailored suit, temptation is custom designed to fit your individual weaknesses, making it even more difficult to overcome! 


    Perhaps you’re thinking right now about a temptation that you face regularly.  You may already be feeling defeated.  God wants you to be encouraged today!  You are certainly not the only person to ever face this temptation, and Satan will try to make you believe it’s impossible to escape it. 


    God has promised to provide a way of escape.  No temptation that comes to you is greater than the grace God gives to escape it.  So look for the way of escape, and then take it! 



    Lord, help me to be aware of the many ways I am tempted every day.  Thank you for making a way for me to escape temptation.



  • October 6, 2015


    Like a Turtle on a Fence Post


    “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”  John 15:5


    Alex Haley, the late author of Roots, was said to have kept a picture in his office that showed a turtle sitting on top of a fence. It reminded him of a lesson he had learned: “Any time you see a turtle on a fencepost, you know he had some help.”


    Alex Haley said: “Any time I start thinking, Wow, isn’t this marvelous what I’ve done! I look at that picture and remember how this turtle – me – got up on that post.”


    We’re all turtles on fence posts, if you think about it.  While others have helped us along the way, we need to especially remember that only by the hand of God have we achieved anything in life.


    God made you, gave you the gifts and talents that you possess, sustains your life and health each day, and provides you opportunities to learn, grow, and achieve.


    More than that, He has given every follower of Jesus Christ His gift of eternal life, the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and a wonderful future with Him that brings our lives hope, joy, and meaning.


    Don’t forget to be thankful today for the Lord’s working in your life!


    I am helpless to do anything good or lasting on my own, Jesus.  Help me to abide in You moment by moment so You can do your work through me. 

  • October 5, 2015


    How Will They Hear?


    How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard?  And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”  Romans 10:14-15


    Tilly Smith, a ten year old girl from Great Britain, was vacationing with her family on a beach in Thailand*.    As she played in the sand near the waves, the water bubbled and receded far from the shore.  Tilly was petrified.  She had learned in school about tsunamis, and realized what was happening.  Tilly shouted, “Mommy, we’ve got to leave right now.  I think there’s going to be a tsunami.”  


    No one understood until Tilly said “tidal wave.”  They hurriedly evacuated the area before the ocean water surged over the beach, demolishing everything in its path.  No one at that beach was killed or seriously injured.  More than 100 people were saved because they believed the little girls message.


    That's how the gospel works.  You know and share the message of Jesus, and lost people hear and believe that message.  It's a message worth sharing.  It's a message worth believing. 


    The Bible says judgment is coming.  Hell awaits those without Jesus.  The Bible says that Jesus died to save sinners, and that He offers eternal life to everyone who trusts in Him.  Have you believed that message?  Who will you share it with today?   


    Father, help me to share the gospel with urgency so people can be saved before it’s too late!



    ****James Owen.  “Tsunami Family Saved by Schoolgirl's Geography Lesson,” January 18, 2005,  http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/01/0118_050118_tsunami_geography_lesson.html,  National Geographic Society, (accessed July 21, 2015)


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