Devotions (Page 2)

Devotions (Page 2)

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 2019

Acts 10:28b – (NLT) …But God has shown me that I should no longer think of anyone as impure or unclean.  At the Global Leadership Summit 2019,  Danielle Strickland described five stages of transition:  1) Settled  (feels good);  2) Unsettled  (stressful disruption);  3) Chaos  (you’ve left what you know but aren’t to the new place yet—it is scary,  yet exciting);  4) Arrival at the new place  (but doesn’t feel like home);  and 5) the new normal  (finally).  The journey from…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2019

Hebrews 3:15-19 – (MSG) For who were the people who turned a deaf ear?  Weren’t they the very ones Moses led out of Egypt?… Wasn’t it those who turned a deaf ear and ended up corpses in the wilderness?  They never got there because they never listened,  never believed.   “People in recovery circles use some very helpful phrases to describe the kind of behavior that keeps us from experiencing freedom  (or for settling for external freedom while still experiencing…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2019

John 3:30 (KJV) – He must increase,  but I must decrease.   Our great heroes of the faith lived through some kind of desert experience—an emptying place.  The devil is ok with us leaving Egypt as long as we bring all of Egypt’s values and systems with us.  He lets us be a Christian as long as we live like everyone else,  full of ourselves.  Philippians 2 tells us that Jesus emptied Himself in order to embrace His calling to…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY SEPTEMBER 2, 2019

Luke 22:31-32a (NIV) – “Simon,  Simon,  Satan has asked to sift you as wheat.  But I have prayed for you… “ “Quality leadership does not come easily.  It requires time,  experience,  and repeated instances of maturity processing.”  Such was the experience of the disciples as they followed Jesus.  There was much to learn.  They thought that proximity to Jesus was enough.  But  “Mature ministry flows from a mature character,  formed in the graduate school of life…a leader whose ministry skills…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY AUGUST 31, 2019

Nehemiah 8:5-6 – (NIV)  Ezra opened the book… and all;  the people lifted their hands and responded,  “Amen!  Amen!”  Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.  Notice the people’s attitudes toward the Word of God as it was read to them.  They were attentive  (v. 3);  reverent  (v. 5);  worshipful  (v. 6);  contrite  (v. 9);  and joyful  (v. 12).  When we have the same regard for God’s Word,  our lives will be restored…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY AUGUST 30, 2019

Nehemiah 6:14-16 (NIV)  So the wall was completed… When all our enemies heard about this,  all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.  When the wall was finished,  even their enemies recognized the hand of God upon them.  Yet,  Nehemiah had not finished his task.  The second section of the book  (chapters 8-10)  focuses on the people inside those walls and how the…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2019

Nehemiah 4:6 – (NIV)  So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height,  for the people worked with all their heart.  Nehemiah’s remarkable leadership skills included:  discretion  (2:12),  for he did not make a premature disclosure of his plans;  wisdom  (2:13-17)  for he appraised the situation before taking action;  resoluteness and fearlessness  (2:19-20),  due to his faith in God’s oversight;  and leadership skills and organization ability  (3:1-32).  Notice how the people worked wholeheartedly.  It was not…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY AUGUST 28, 2019

Nehemiah 2:10b – …they were very much disturbed that someone had come to promote the welfare of the Israelites.   Resistance came immediately through Sanballat and Tobiah.  But under Nehemiah’s leadership God’s people learned to overcome the mockery  (2:20),  conspiracy  (4:9),  and threats of physical attack  (4:17).  We should not be surprised by hostility when we begin obeying God.  We have an enemy who is determined to resist us.  He will try to bait us into compromise and bring confusion. …

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY AUGUST 26, 2019

Nehemiah 1:4 (NIV) –  When I heard these things,  I sat down and wept.  For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.   Ezra had achieved the rebuilding of the temple and the restoration of Jerusalem’s worship,  but the city remained unprotected against enemy invasions.  Nehemiah’s compassion helped qualify him for his remarkable leadership roll of rebuilding the city walls and gates.  Without heart-felt compassion that drives us to our knees in intercessory prayer, …

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY AUGUST 24, 2019

Exodus 3:3 – So Moses thought,  “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” God would prepare Moses for his leadership role:  first,  by a revelation of Himself  (3:1-10),  and second,  by a revelation of His ways  (3:11-4:17).  God’s ways are usually outside the circle of our everyday thought patterns  (Isaiah 55:9)  and are discerned only as we seek for Holy Spirit insight and understanding  (I Cor. 2:14).  Moses was occupied with mundane…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY AUGUST 23, 2019

Exodus 2:15 – When Pharaoh heard of this,  he tried to kill Moses,  but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian,  where he sat down by a well.  Why did God take Moses into the desert of Midian?  It was a consequence of his rashness—to save Moses from the wrath of Pharaoh.  Also it was to  “drain him of all self-sufficiency so he would learn dependency on the sufficiency of God.  God was preparing Moses in obscurity…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY AUGUST 22, 2019

Acts 7:25 (MSG) – (Moses) thought his brothers would be glad he was on their side, & even see him as an instrument of God to deliver them.  But they didn’t see it that way. Moses failed because  “his attempt to deliver God’s people was carried out in the self-effort of the impetuosity of the flesh and not in reliance upon God.  All the knowledge and wisdom acquired in Egypt’s institutes of learning was not adequate to equip Moses for…