Posts from May 2019

Posts from May 2019

DEVOTIONS – SAT. MAY 18, 2019

Colossians 3:2 (NIV) Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  How easily can you discern the source of your thoughts? How quickly do you act on your impulses? Have you learned the importance of delayed gratification? In our quick fix and easy-access culture we tend to overlook the importance of this discipline. The Holy Spirit makes use of delays to groom our hearts and He wants to teach us important truths in that can only be learned…

DEVOTIONS – FRI. MAY 17, 2019

Mark 10:28 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”  James and John wanted to sit at seats of honor on the right and left of Jesus when He came into His glory. They were captivated by the grandeur of ministry; but Jesus pointed out a timeless truth. They did not understand the sacrifices, the dying to self, and the personal cross…

DEVOTIONS – THURS. MAY 16, 2019

I Thessalonians 5:14 And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.  This describes the work of the ministry so well. Some folks need to be urged to move on in their faith and not be distracted or settled into life comforts that lead to relinquishment of service. Others need to be exhorted to identify their gifts and to step forward boldly without shrinking back to accomplish God’s purposes…

DEVOTIONS – WED. MAY 15, 2019

Isaiah 42:3 (NIV) He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. (The Message: He won’t brush aside the bruised and the hurt and He won’t disregard the small and insignificant, but He’ll steadily and firmly set things right. We serve a God who cares about people and wants to mend their broken hearts. When people become so bruised by difficult life experiences, it is often difficult for them to trust anymore. They won’t risk the…

DEVOTIONS – TUES. MAY 14, 2019

Numbers 21:4b (KJV) …and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. The long trek toward the Promised Land took the Children out of Egypt and through difficult terrain that made them weary. Some made it worse by exaggerating the difficulties and problems. When a person is battling disease or the loss of a love one or relational heartaches of any kind, what they don’t need is someone at their side who exaggerates the problems and…

DEVOTIONS – MON. MAY 13, 2019

Isaiah 50:4 The Sovereign Lord has given me His words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning He wakens me and opens my understanding to His will. (RSV – that I might know how to sustain with a word him that is weary). Gary Chapman’s book, “The Five Love Languages” unpacks what it means to supply words of affirmation to people as one way of expressing love. The Bible refines the concept even…

DEVOTIONS – SAT. MAY 11, 2019

I Samuel 20:16 So Jonathan made a solemn pact with David saying, “May the Lord destroy all your enemies!” And Jonathan made David reaffirm his vow of friendship again, for Jonathan loved David as he loved himself.  David and Jonathan were the best of friends; and their covenant commitment to care for one another’s families (whoever survived) signaled the deepest kind of friendship. Jonathan saw David as a hero worthy of respect, and David saw Jonathan as trustworthy and dedicated.…

DEVOTIONS – FRI. MAY 10, 2019

I Samuel 18:14 In everything (David) did he had great success because the Lord was with him. When Saul saw how successful he was, he was afraid of him. As David gained influence, Saul’s influence decreased. Saul became jealous, then fearful of David. Those emotions hardened to implacable enmity. Ultimately, David was forced to flee for his life. David faced a jolting change in status (chapters 21-30) from a respected military hero to a lone fugitive. Yet today the whole…

DEVOTIONS – THURS. MAY 9, 2019

I Samuel 17:45-46 David replied (to Goliath)…”You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s armies—Today the Lord will conquer you…and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. The story of David and Goliath has resounded loudly down through the centuries wherever the Gospel has gone. It teaches us that great faith enables us to meet any challenge with courage, even in…

DEVOTIONS – WED. MAY 8, 2019

I Samuel 12:23 As for me, I will certainly not sin against the Lord by ending my prayers for you. And I will continue to teach you what is good and right. The prophet Samuel’s commitment to never stop praying for the people must be our commitment as well. Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons for those who follow Jesus Christ. It can turn enemies into friends. It not only changes things, it changes us. When we can…

DEVOTIONS – TUES. MAY 7, 2019

I Samuel 10:6   (Samuel to Saul)  At that time the Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them. You will be changed into a different person. Saul had a good beginning. He was humble (9:21). God changed his heart (10:6, 9) and was with him (v. 7). The Spirit of God came upon him (v. 10) to enable him. He was modest (v. 21-23), silent in opposition (v. 26-27), and little in…

DEVOTIONS – MON. MAY 6, 2019

I Samuel 8:19-20 But the people refused to listen to Samuel’s warning. “Even so, we still want a king,” they said. “We want to be like the nations around us…” When the nation of Israel requested a king, it was tantamount to the rejection of God’s throne rights. In trying to be like the nations around them they were saying “yes” to the world and its expectations and “no” to holiness and divine calling. Samuel was clear about where this…
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