Daily Devotion

  • August 27, 2015

     

    Broken Nests

     

    The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.  Proverbs 16:9

     

    A farmer was going to burn a pile of brush. He saw a small bird’s nest in the pile, so he destroyed the nest. A few days later, the farmer came back to discover the little bird rebuilding its nest. Time after time the farmer destroyed the nest, only to have the bird rebuild.  After many attempts to rebuild, the bird finally gave up.

     

    Can you imagine the bird’s frustration? He surely thought the farmer was his enemy, when in reality the farmer was protecting the bird and its family from a place that was going to be burned to the ground.

     

    We are prone to complain to God when He allows roadblocks on our journey. However, God sees infinitely further than we can see. He knows all that is beyond the furthest point we can see. The hindrances and trials we face in life are often acts of God’s grace, protecting us from harm and preparing us for something better.

     

    When your nest is torn apart, remember that God is directing your steps. He’s working in every circumstance of your life to bring about His glory and to work for your good.

      

    Father, thank You for guiding my life with Your all-knowing and loving hand.  Help me trust You when my plans are interrupted. 

     

  • August 26, 2015

     

    Trivial Pursuit

     

    And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  Matthew 4:19

     

    In the eighties, the game Trivial Pursuit was a cultural phenomenon.  Now, almost everywhere you go - at restaurants, on airplanes, on your phone - you can access a trivia game to pass your time.   The gameshow Jeopardy has even pitted man against computer to see who can spout out the most trivia the quickest. 

    We are tempted to pursue the trivial in our daily lives.  But followers of Jesus Christ have a significant pursuit.  Now, instead of chasing temporal things, God invites us to pursue His kingdom and His purpose. Our new pursuit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ with our lives and to fish for the souls of men.   

    We will glorify Jesus as we follow Him daily.  When we follow Him in obedience, He makes us more like Him.  When we are more like Him, we glorify Him.  When we are more like Him, we will love what He loves:  people. 

    Fishing for the souls of precious people by making the most of our relationships and investing our time and our resources to see people “caught” for the kingdom of God is a pursuit with eternal value. 

     

    Father, give me a heart to pursue the souls of precious people for Your kingdom.   Help me love the lost like You do.

     

  • August 25, 2015

     

    God’s Corrective Discipline

     

    It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.       Psalm 119:71

     

    As kids, my friends Michael and Wesley were vacationing at the beach with their parents when they snuck off to the corner store and managed to buy two big cigars. They ducked around the corner, lit the cigars, and started puffing.

     

    Then along came Michael’s dad. He wasn’t angry. Instead, he said, “Smoke ‘em.”  The boys were relieved, thinking they’d gotten away with their foray into the adult world, at least until they became very sick, like first time smokers often do. 

     

    Michael’s dad made sure the boys felt the effects of their cigar adventure. It worked; my friends immediately lost their taste for cigars. 

     

    God very wisely allows us to feel the sometimes agonizing consequences of our sin so we will repent of it and return to God in obedience.  God’s discipline is the result of His deep love for us.  If He didn’t love you, He would allow you to continue unchecked toward the destruction that sin brings.      

     

    Are you feeling the painful results of sin today?  God mercifully invites you to repent of your sin today and return to Him.  Jesus Christ paid for your sin, so you can experience God’s mercy and forgiveness!

     

     

    Father, thank you that Your discipline always comes from Your love for me.  Help me to respond to Your discipline with true repentance for my sin.

     

  • August 24, 2015

     

    Good Things Come in Threes

     

    We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.        1 Thessalonians 1:2-3

     

    Just about everything  in our universe exists in three parts.  The physical universe is exists as time, space, and matter.  History is divided into past, present, and future.  Space is measured in length, breath, and height.  Matter appears as solid, liquid, and gas.  Why?  Our universe bears the fingerprint of its Creator, our triune God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

    The Bible identifies our Savior as the Lord Jesus Christ.  Each one of those three words specifically identifies God’s Son.  Lord identifies Jesus as our Master.  We belong to Him.  We follow and obey Him.  He’s the one in charge.  He is our Lord.

    Jesus identifies Him as our Mediator, the one who reconciles sinful man and holy God. 

    Christ identifies Him as our Messiah, God’s anointed and chosen One who came to deliver us from sin and death, from Satan and hell. 

    The Lord Jesus Christ is our Master, Mediator, and Messiah.   He provides his children three perfect resources for victorious living:  faith, hope and love. 

    Our Redeemer is perfectly complete.  You can trust Him in every situation, because He is all you need.   

    Have a great day and Keep Moving Forward.

     

  • August 21, 2015

     

    Measuring Up

     

     …But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”     1 Peter 1:15-16

     

    In elementary school, we were told regularly: “You need to learn the metric system. Soon, we’ll be switching to it for all our measurements.”

    More than 30 years later, the metric system has not yet caught on in America. We still weigh ourselves in pounds. We still measure distances in feet, yards, and miles. Only a few things have changed. We buy 2 liter soft drinks, but gallons of milk and yards of fabric.

    How do you measure yourself?  It is foolish to measure yourself according to someone else’s standard, or even by your own standard.  The only acceptable standard is God’s standard.  His standard is perfection, and it’s impossible for us to meet on our own.

    That’s why Jesus Christ died on the cross for us. Through His sacrificial death and victorious resurrection, Jesus makes those who receive Him holy and completely acceptable in the eyes of God. 

    Can we ever measure up to God’s standard on our own? Never.  Can we measure up because we have trusted in Jesus? Yes, absolutely.

    We can rejoice today that the righteousness of Christ has been applied to our lives, bringing us the full acceptance of holy God.

    Have a great day, and Keep Moving Forward!

     

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