Posts from November 2020

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 2020

Luke 1:13  …Do not be afraid,  Zechariah;  your prayer has been heard.  Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son….   We serve a God who hears our prayers.  He may not always answer them in the ways we prefer;  but He has our best interests at heart.  When you can’t trace his hand,  you can trust His heart.  After a lifetime of waiting for their prayer for a child to be answered,  Zechariah and Elizabeth’s expectations dwindled.  Too many…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY NOVEMBER 30, 2020

Luke 1:11 (NIV)  Then an angel of the Lord appeared to (Zechariah)…  Elizabeth and Zechariah lived blamelessly before the Lord, (vs 6) yet remained childless.  Now that they were old,  their hopes were dead.  Zechariah was a priest from the country,  an ordinary sort of guy,  and probably not as well educated as the urban priests who were called scholars of the Law and highly respected.  His call to light the incense inside the sanctuary Holy Place came only because…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 28, 2020

Colossians 3:23 (NIV)  Whatever you do,  work at it with all your heart,  as working for the Lord,  not for men.  Who is your audience?  For whom do you live your life?  Live for the Lord because  “only His approval assuages insignificance and loneliness and feelings of failure.  Only He keeps perfect score.  He is the One who issues the call and convenes the games.  He is the one who will judge the efforts  and award the medals.  His is…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY NOVEMBER 27, 2020

Matthew 19:13 (NIV)  Then little children were brought to Jesus for Him to place his hands on them and pray for them…  “Common wisdom maintains that children are given to parents so parents can instruct them.  The truth is,  God gives children to parents to teach the parents some things…like patience,  discipline,  self-sacrifice,  responsibility,  mercy,  and hope—but also exquisite joy and celebration,  the meaning of legacy,  and a glimpse  of eternity.”  The fundamental need of children is to receive our…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY NOVEMBER 26, 2020

Psalm 119:164 (NLT)  I will praise you seven times a day…   On this Thanksgiving Day,  make a fresh determination to STAY GRATEFUL!  Gratitude provides the basis for contentment.  In our changing world we must choose to live in an ongoing attitude of gratitude.  As we incorporate it into our emotional,  psychological and spiritual lifestyle it serves as a powerful antidote to discouragement.  It cuts off our entry to the Pity Party.  “It helps us focus on what we have, …

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2020

John 13:34 (NIV)  A new command I give you.  Love one another.  As I have loved you,  so you must love one another.  Christian love cannot make the giving of love contingent on the actions and attitudes of others.  Jesus didn’t.  His inner circle fell asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane.  They deserted Him.  Still,  He loved them.  God calls us to reflect His steadfast love toward  “people who do not get it,  who are too proud to admit they…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY NOVEMBER 24, 2020

II Timothy 2:3 (NLT)  Endure suffering along with me,  as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  The Apostle Paul encouraged his mentee,  Timothy,  to stand strong in the Lord and look for God in times of suffering.  “C.S. Lewis gave us that fabulous insight that God whispers to us in our pleasure,  but shouts to us in our pain.  Everyone suffers some form of pain,  physical or psychological.”  When we seek God in the middle of pain,  we can grow…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2020

Genesis 12:1 (MSG)  God told Abram:  “Leave your country,  your family,  and your father’s home for a land that I will show you.”  God is always taking us someplace new.  The Bible narratives are replete with journey stories—people moving from here to there,  launching out,  exploring,  expanding,  and inspired to growth.  Abraham departed Ur in obedience to God’s call.  Jesus left Heaven to come rescue us.  When it is a  “God thing,”  there is always purpose involved with new levels…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2020

Psalm 121:1-2 (TPT)  I look up to the mountains and hills,  longing for God’s help.  But then I realize that our true help and protection come only from the Lord,  our Creator who made the heavens and the earth.  He will guard and guide me,  never letting me stumble or fall.  God is my keeper,  He will never forget nor ignore me.  He will never slumber nor sleep;  He is the Guardian-God for His people…  The psalmist looked up at…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2020

Psalm 104:33-34 (TPT)  I will sing my song to the Lord as long as I live!  Every day I will sing my praises to God.  May you be pleased with every sweet thought I have about you,  for you are the source of my joy and gladness.   Music and meditation originate in the Psalms.  How simple is praise;  yet,  how profound its effect!  As you prepare for a season of thanksgiving,  recognize its importance in the whole scheme of…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2020

I Thessalonians 5:18 (TPT)  And in the midst of everything be always giving thanks,  for this is God’s perfect plan for you in Christ Jesus.   Life comes pre-packaged with trouble;  but prayer gives us access to a never-ending supply of wisdom and encouragement.  We worship in spite of our problems.  We view heartaches as opportunities for greater reliance on the Giver of Life.  We discover new provisions through Jesus Christ,  our Lord.  Give thanks today no matter what your…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2020

Philippians 4:6-9  (TPT)  Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing.  Be saturated in prayer throughout each day,  offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude.  Tell Him every detail of your life,  then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding,  will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ. Paul gives us the answer to overcoming worry.  Pray,  with thanksgiving,  over every concern.  He doesn’t expect us to pretend that we don’t have problems; …

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2020

Matthew 5:23-24 (TPT)  So then,  if you are presenting a gift before the altar in the temple,  and suddenly you remember a quarrel you have with a fellow believer,  leave your gift there in front of the altar,  and go at once to apologize to the one who is offended.  Then,  after you have reconciled,  come to the altar and present your gift.  “The Jewish Law focused on behavior:  Do not murder.  But God’s deeper concern is with human motives…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2020

Matthew 5:21-22 (NIV)  (Jesus teaching) You have heard… ”Do not murder”…  But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.”   Jesus provides tremendous insight into human behavior in this one verse.  If our thoughts lead to feelings,  and our feelings lead to actions,  then how important is it for us to learn to think on  “whatsoever is true,  noble,  right,  pure,  lovely,  admirable,  excellent,  and praiseworthy”  so that  “the God of…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 14, 2020

Colossians 3:15  (TPT)  …As members of one body you are called to live in peace…  “Human relationships were designed to be fueled and filled by righteousness.  To the degree we give in to the urging of our flesh nature,  we will fail to experience righteous or fulfilling relationships.  To the degree we practice those things God commands,  our relationships will become a sampling of heaven on earth.  Choose peace to govern all your relationships.”

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY NOVEMBER 13, 2020

Colossians 2:8-9  (TPT)  Beware that no one distracts you or intimidates you in their attempt to lead you away from Christ’s fullness by pretending to be full of wisdom when they’re filled with endless arguments of human logic. For they operate with humanistic and clouded judgments based on the mindset of this world system, and not the anointed truths of the Anointed One. For He is the complete fullness of deity living in human form.  “In this age of religious…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2020

Colossians 1:27  (TPT) Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory!  This mystery of Christ,  embedded within us,  becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope filled with the riches of glory for His people… God wants us to know that  “Christ in you (is) the hope of glory” (KJVS).  As long as we nurture our connection with Jesus Christ,  good things will continually emerge—like fruit on a tree.  We will not be stuck in…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2020

Colossians 1:20  (TPT) By the blood of His cross, everything in heaven and earth is brought back to Himself—back to its original intent,  restored to innocence again.  Only through Jesus Christ is there sufficiency and power to bring the world into order,  to reorient all things that exist ajar from God’s original purposes.  Jesus is Lord.  Jesus is adequate.  His authority encompasses the whole material and spiritual universe (1:16).  He is Creator and Sustainer and preeminent over all things.  As…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2020

Colossians 1:13  (TPT)  He (God) has rescued us completely from the tyrannical rule of darkness and has translated us into the kingdom realm of his beloved Son.  For in the Son all our sins are canceled and we have the release of redemption through His very blood.   Sin holds a grip on people’s souls,  yet they live unaware.  We have become so accustomed to living in a world filled with wars,  disease,  violence,  fractured relationships,  human trafficking,  child pornography, …

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY NOVEMBER 9, 2020

Colossians 1:10  (TPT)  We pray that you would walk in the ways of true righteousness,  pleasing God in every good thing you do.  Then you’ll become fruit-bearing branches,  yielding to His life,  and maturing in the rich experience of knowing God in His fullness!  Remarkable blessings await those who choose to live in covenant relationship with God (see Deut. 28).  What gets in the way of that?  Jonah ran away from his God-given assignment (Jonah 1:1-3);  Sampson caved in to…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7, 2020

John 14:27 (NKJV)  Peace I leave with you.  My peace I give to you;  not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  Do you need to repent over the ways you have searched for peace from sources other than God?  Lay at the Lord’s feet the parts of your heart that are filled with worry.  He wants to rule and reign in those places.  Jesus wants to…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY NOVEMBER 6, 2020

Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV)  …fix your thoughts on what is true,  honorable,  right,  pure,  lovely,  and admirable…excellent and worthy of praise.   Do you want to live in the perpetual peace of God?  Then take control of your thoughts.  Fix your thoughts on what is true…and the God of peace will be with you (vs 9).  Reorient your thoughts toward praise and gratitude rather than complaint.  Don’t dwell on the little whispers of the enemy that incite fear and anxiety.  Recognize…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY NOVEMBER 5, 2020

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)  Do not be anxious about anything,  but in everything,  by prayer and petition,  with thanksgiving,  present your requests to God.  And the peace of God,  which transcends all understanding,  will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  If we are going to live in the perpetual PEACE of God,  then we must be people of prayer:  praying about everything and praying all the time.  Don’t have  “moments of prayer”  but a  “lifestyle of prayer.”  Ongoing…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2020

Mark 4:38a (NLT)  Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. (Be sure to read the whole narrative.)  Do you want to live from a core sense of PEACE? Become more aware of the presence of the Lord. The miracle began the moment the disciples remembered Jesus was WITH THEM in the boat. They were overcome by anxiety and fear until they accessed His presence. If you are a follower of Jesus, you are not doing life alone. He is…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY NOVEMBER 3, 2020

Colossians 1:19-20 (NLT)  For God in all His fullness was pleased to live in Christ,  and through Him God reconciled everything to Himself.  He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.   On the cross Jesus made PEACE part of our spiritual inheritance.  The endless reign of Jesus Christ (“Prince of Peace” Isaiah 9:6-7) brings peace into our hearts and minds as we give Him endless reign (Lordship over every…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2020

John 20:19 (TPT)  That evening the disciples gathered together.  And because they were afraid of reprisals from the Jewish leaders,  they had locked the doors to the place where they met.  But suddenly Jesus appeared among them and said,  “Peace to you!”  What was the first word Jesus said to His disciples after the resurrection?  Peace.  In the New Testament,  the word peace has a very different meaning from the way we typically use it.  When we use the word, …