Devotions

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JANUARY 24, 2022

Luke 14:21-24 (focus verse 23 – NIV)  Then the master told his servant,  “Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full…”  Those on the original guest list were preoccupied with conflicting interests and excused themselves from the invitation.  So, the invitation was extended to others.  What does this text teach us?  If we do not respond to the invitations that the Lord extends to us to sit at…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JANUARY 22, 2022

Luke 14:16-20 (NIV) (focus verse 18a) …But they all alike began to make excuses…   “There is a danger in allowing conflicting interests to become an excuse to justify unwillingness and lack of interest”  in prioritizing the Lord’s table, His work, and His calling to an intimate relationship.  How many times have we made excuses, been too busy, had other responsibilities and refrained from the ultimate opportunity of knowing God and walking with Him through this life?  What do you…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JANUARY 21, 2022

Mark 1:16-18 (NIV) As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.  “Come, follow me,”  Jesus said,  “and I will make you fishers of men.”  At once they left their nets and followed him.  There are things we need to overcome in our response to the Lord’s call, such as occupational claims (Luke 5:27-28).  What social claims must you overcome to follow the Lord…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JANUARY 20, 2022

Hebrews 4:12 (NLT) For the word of God is alive and powerful.  It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow.  It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. The Lord  “knocks” (Rev. 3:20) on our heart’s door in diverse ways.  First and foremost, He knocks as we read the Word.  He also knocks by His Spirit (I Corinthians 14:22-25).  He knocks through a sense of need (John 7:37).  He knocks by His…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JANUARY 19, 2022

Revelation 3:21 (NIV) To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on His throne. Response to the Lord results in  “overcoming things instead of being overcome by them”  through Him who has made us kings (Rev. 1:6).  God has a much higher objective, viewpoint, mark of high calling for us than we set for ourselves.  He wants us to become overcomers, undefeated,…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JANUARY 18, 2022

Revelation 3:20-21(KJV)  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock;  if any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. We must pay attention.  He seeks to arrest our attention  “to make known His desire and obtain a response”  from us.  The opportunity is  “if ANY man” (any person).  The opportunity for communion with the Lord is given to all;  but we must hear, not…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JANUARY 17, 2022

Revelation 3:20-22 (NIV) (focus verse 20) Here I am!  I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. The general thought of this verse is the Lord’s call to fellowship between Himself and His people.  Our communion with Him is contingent upon our response to His approach (vs. 20).  Our response may involve a conflict between Him and other interests. (Notice…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JANUARY 15, 2022

Proverbs 8:34 (NIV)  Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.  God’s response to our waiting  “may come through certain gates (KJV) or doors, i.e., through certain means and circumstances.”  Remember, He is sovereign, omnipotent, and omniscient.  He wants to enable us to live on a higher plane above the things of earth (Eph. 2:6).  What He sees and values is so much greater than we can understand with our natural…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JANUARY 14, 2022

II Kings 6:33(NIV) …Why should I wait for the Lord any longer? “There is a danger of becoming impatient with God and His seeming delays and failure to respond.  “But they soon forgot what He had done and did not wait for his counsel” (Psalm 106:13).  There is a danger in failing to wait for the counsel of God (see Joshua 9:3-16).  But those who wait for God will not be put to shame because of God’s failure to respond…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JANUARY 13, 2022

Isaiah 64:4 (NLT) For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for Him! “God sets the wheels of divine providence into motion on behalf of those who wait for Him in loving anticipation.  God works while man waits and continues to work as long as man continues to wait.”  Are you trusting God for something particular and continuing to wait for Him to come…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JANUARY 12, 2022

Proverbs 8:17 (NIV) I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.  (NLT – those who search will surely find me.)  (The Message – those who look for me find me.) We must seek the Lord preferentially.  “Those who desire Him in preference to anything else”  will find Him.  Revival comes to those who love to linger in that holy waiting space.  Revival comes when a group of people prioritize time with the Lord above all…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JANUARY 11, 2022

Lamentations 3:26 (KJVS)  It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord. (The Message: It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God.) HOW we wait before God is important.  We must wait hopefully,  “with quiet and unwavering confidence in the ultimate response of God.”  He will come to us when we are sufficiently prepared to hear what He wants to say and to receive what He…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JANUARY 10, 2022

Psalm 40:1 (NIV)  I waited patiently for the Lord;  He turned to me and heard my cry. We live in an American culture that demands quick fixes and easy answers.  How difficult is it for you to slow down and sit quietly before the Lord?  Does your mind race, are you easily distracted, and do you keep looking at the clock?  Contemplative prayer requires us to bring our whole selves before the Lord and to sit quietly before Him.  Your…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JANUARY 8, 2022

Proverbs 8:17 (KJV)  I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. As we wait before the Lord in prayer, we do so with proper postures of heart.  Do we love God?  Then we will come to Him early—early in the morning, and early in any escalating situation.  We won’t turn to Him as a last resort.  We will listen for His guidance first and foremost.  We will come to Him daily and systematically,…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JANUARY 7, 2022

Psalm 37:5 (NIV) Commit your way to the Lord;  trust in Him and He will do this… We will find rest from the burdensome need to fix everybody and everything if we will just commit our ways to God and turn our problems over to His care.  What changes are you facing this year?  What challenges loom before you or those you love?  “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (I Peter 5:7).  As you wait…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JANUARY 6, 2022

Psalm 37:1 (NIV) Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong.  Fretting is not resting.  “We must not permit ourselves to become fretful and envious.”  Instead, we are to “trust in the Lord” (Psalm 37:3) and have confidence in His integrity and character (Isaiah 50;10).  We will be able to rest from fretting as we seek and find in God our greatest joy and deepest satisfaction (Psalm 37:4 – Delight yourself in the…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JANUARY 5, 2022

Psalm 37:7 (NIV) Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.  Here are the renderings of this verse in other translations. (Revised Version)  “Be still before (‘silent to,’  margin) Jehovah and wait patiently for Him…” (Young)  “Be silent for Johovah and stay thyself for Him…” (Hebrew)  “Resign thyself unto the Lord, and wait patiently for Him…” (Rotherham)  “Be resigned to Yahweh, yea…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JANUARY 4, 2022

Isaiah 30:18 (NIV)  Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion.  For the Lord is a God of justice.  Blessed are all who wait for Him! Sometimes we must wait on God over a period of time concerning a particular problem or need.  Some solutions don’t come with quick fixes and easy answers.  God lets us wait for a while because it creates within us a posture of heart that enables Him to…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JANUARY 3, 2022

Lamentations 3:25-26 (NIV)  The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him;  it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.  January is a good time of the year for us to fast and pray and sit before the Lord in quiet meditation as we seek for His guidance and direction for a new year.  And seeking God involves a waiting for God.  He waits for us to wait…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JANUARY 1, 2022

Philippians 3:12-16 (TPV)  I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fulness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into His abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover.  I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however, I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead.  I run straight for…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY DECEMBER 31, 2021

II Corinthians 5:17 (TPV) Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new person.  All that is related to the old order has vanished.  Behold, everything is fresh and new.  I love the Passion Translation’s commentary on this verse:  “This would include our old identity, our life of sin, the power of Satan, the religious works of trying to please God, our old relationship with the world, and our old mind-sets.  We are not reformed or…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY DECEMBER 30, 2021

Luke 2:39-40 (NIV) When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.  And the child grew and became strong; He was filled with wisdom and the grace of God was upon Him.  Finally it was time to settle down and enjoy being a family.  With dangers and transitions behind them for now, Mary and Joseph began a normal family life.  Jesus thrived in his parents’ …

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 29, 2021

Matthew 2:19-20 (NIV) After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said,  “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”  Once again, the angel of the Lord provided direction through a dream and sent Joseph and his family to Nazareth, a safer place where Herod Antipas reigned.  There they began the next…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY DECEMBER 28, 2021

Matthew 2:16 (NIV)  When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious… Can we even begin to comprehend the suffering imposed on the families in Bethlehem because of one man’s hysterical fears?  This was typical behavior for Herod, who had murdered even his own family members.  This spirit of murder lives on in the hearts of evil rulers around the world today.  God sees injustice and cares about broken lives.  He is the God of…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY DECEMBER 27, 2021

Matthew 2:8 (NIV)  (Herod) sent (the Magi) to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child.  As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”  King Herod had no intention of worshipping the Christ child.  He destroyed anyone who might interfere with his ambitions; he had murdered his wife, her mother, his oldest son, and two other sons!  No threat survived his murderous reign.  Though the Magi…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY DECEMBER 25, 2021

Luke 2:17 (NIV)  When they (the shepherds) had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about the child.  “I will seek to believe rather than to reason.  I will seek, rather than explain.  I will seek to give thanks, rather than to penetrate the doctrine.  Who can understand?  Here is the Ancient of Days becoming a babe in Bethlehem.  Here is He who thunders in the heavens, crying in the cradle.  Here is the One…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY DECEMBER 24, 2021

I Timothy 3:16 (NIV) Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.  This was Paul’s apologetic mandate.  No wonder he spent years in the Arabian Desert after seeing the resurrected Christ on the Damascus road!  His whole mindset needed realignment.  He studied the Old Testament scriptures to find Jesus…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY DECEMBER 23, 2021

Colossians 1:15, 19, 20b (NIV) The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation…For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to Himself all things…by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.  Long before there ever was an Abraham, Jesus was present.  Long before there ever was a Bethlehem, Jesus was present.  Jesus’  life did not begin in Bethlehem.  There was never a time…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 22, 2021

Isaiah 7:14  (NIV) Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign:  The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.  This is the Old Testament prophecy to which Matthew pointed.  He clearly says this child is the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy—this is that.  Isn’t it wonderful to know that Immanuel means  “God with us”?  He came down to us because we had no possible way of going up to Him. …

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY DECEMBER 21, 2021

Matthew 1:22 (NIV)  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet…  If we believe that God can create a man out of the dust of the earth, and if we believe that God can create a woman out of the side of a man, and if we believe that God can enable a man and woman who are past the age of childbearing to conceive and give birth to a healthy child, then why…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY DECEMBER 20, 2021

Matthew 1:23  (NIV)  The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”  The bible is a book filled with remarkable narratives.  A snake talks to a woman (Eve).  A man builds a boat and saves the animals of the world from a flood (Noah).  The New Testament begins with another remarkable story—the Christmas story.  A virgin conceives a child.  It would all seem quite impossible to…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY DECEMBER 18, 2021

Luke 1:56  Before going home, Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months.  This means that Mary was probably present when John the Baptist was born.  Those first three months of Mary’s pregnancy were critical to the health and development of the unborn Jesus in her womb.  And they were critical to Mary emotionally because Elizabeth provided her the kind of friendship and support that would believe her story about an angelic visitation.  Both women were pregnant with men of…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY DECEMBER 17, 2021

Luke 1:45 (TPT)  “Great favor is upon you, for you have believed every word spoken to you from the Lord.” As we track through our days, do we maintain a frequency in our souls that picks up on the divine whisper.  “Blessed are the ears that hear the divine whisper” (Thomas a Kempis).  God is speaking.  God is guiding.  The Holy Spirit is attempting to tutor us.  But when we feel anxious, a lack of compassion, impatient, or easily angered,…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY DECEMBER 16, 2021

Luke 1:37 (TPT)  Not one promise from God is empty of power, for nothing is impossible with God.  Every promise of God is like a seed filled with potential.  When God’s Word finds proper soil within your believing heart, and when we prioritize what He says and do what He says, then we automatically grow into our divine destiny.  Each one of us has a seed of destiny within us—a God-call, spiritual gifts as well as natural talents and abilities…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 15, 2021

Luke 1:35 (KJV)  The angel answered (Mary), “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the most High will overshadow you…”  This overshadowing is the same  “hovering”  that we read about in the Creation narrative when the Spirit of God hovered over the waters.  Have you experienced a sense of God’s hovering Presence over your life?  Are you aware when He is near?  Are you sensitive to His leadership in your day-to-day, faith-meets-the-reality-of-my-life experience? …”in the shadow…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY DECEMBER 14, 2021

Luke 1:30 (TPT)  But the angel reassured (Mary), saying, “Do not yield to your fear…”  Fear can be a destiny derailer.  So many of the biblical narratives describe the experiences of ordinary people as they chose courage over fear (see Joshua 1).  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear (I John 4:18).  When we know we’re loved, fear melts.  The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY DECEMBER 13, 2021

Luke 1:28  (TPT)   Gabriel appeared to (Mary) and said, “Grace to you, young woman, for the Lord is with you and so you are anointed with great favor.”  My grandchildren know they have my favor—it shines through everything I do from greeting them with hugs and personal statements of affirmation when they come through my door, to making space in my busy life for those sacred moments when they ask questions about God.  When you know you are favored,…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY DECEMBER 11, 2021

Joshua 11:1-5 (focus verse 6 – NIV)   The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them, because by this time tomorrow I will hand all of them over to Israel…”  The enormous northern coalition was equipped with war chariots  “the tanks of the biblical world.”*  God encouraged Joshua.  Have you lived through battles in life that felt overwhelming and impossible?  There are spiritual enemies that assault us; but God gives us the victory, not in a moment,…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY DECEMBER 10, 2021

Joshua 10:1-15 (focus verse 15)    There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a man.  Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!  What a story!  What miracles of nature as God intervened and fought for Israel (vs. 42)!  If we did not believe in a resurrected Christ, we might not be able to believe in these remarkable miracles.  But we serve a God with whom  “all things are possible”…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY DECEMBER 9, 2021

Joshua 9:1-27 (focus verse 14 – NIV)   So the Israelites examined their food, but they did not consult the Lord (NLT).  The men of Israel looked them over and accepted the evidence.  But they didn’t ask God about it (The Message).  The Gibeonites deceived Joshua to procure safety and prevent the extermination of their people.  “Gibeon was the major city of the Hivites, a minority people in Canaan.  The other Canaanites united to resist Israel (vs. 1-2) but the…