Devotions (Page 2)

Devotions (Page 2)

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY AUGUST 3, 2019

Deuteronomy 31:8  The LORD Himself goes before you …Do not be afraid;  do not be discouraged.  Fear of failure is a big stressor.  We have to learn to embrace failure and get good at things we think we might fail at.  Normalize it—it’s called  “learning”!  The greatest achievers have normalized failure.  The  “40% Rule”  says our system starts to back off a new challenge at about 40% of our actual limit.  Stop listening to the fear,  because it kicks in…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY AUGUST 2, 2019

Genesis 15:1 (NIV)  “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”   When we stretch ourselves to get out of our comfort zones,  and reach for a goal,  adrenaline and dopamine release.  When we engage all our hearts in doing something great with God,  we don’t have time for all the toxic stuff of life.  We feel invigorated.  It is  “good stress.”  Don’t fear it.  Get out there and grow!

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY AUGUST 1, 2019

Luke 10:41 (NIV)  “Martha,  Martha,”  the Lord answered,  “You are worried and upset about many things.”  In our highly distracting world,  so much comes at us.  With too much going on all the time,  it overwhelms the circuits.  We must learn to narrow our focus and keep the  “main thing”  the main thing—applying effort toward that focus and letting other things go quantitatively to the bottom of the list.  Too many things distracted Martha.  Mary focused on the one important…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JULY 31, 2019

John 16:30b (NIV)   …In this world, you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.  Two people can have the same amount of pain and difficult circumstances and yet have completely different responses.  We must learn to audit things that stress us out.  The stress system is a reactive one that goes through filters and tells you when something is a danger or not.  And it has a lot to do with how we think about…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JULY 30, 2019

Job 26:10 (MSG)  He draws the horizon out over the ocean,  sets a boundary between light and darkness.  Stress comes when we feel out of control.  Who has control over you?  Of course,  we have the law,  or the board,  or our workplace supervisor.  What DO you have control over that affects the quality of your life?  If your company goes through a financial downturn,  there are things you may not be able to control but there are things that…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JULY 29, 2019

Ecclesiastes 4:12b (NIV)  …A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.  The #1 source for stress is isolation.  What is stress?  Basically,  a demand is being put upon a system.  When you sit on a chair you are putting stress on it.  The manufacturing process included testing  (stressing)  it to make sure it was solid enough to carry your weight.  So there is such a thing as positive stress.  Negative stress is when there is too much stress for…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JULY 27, 2019

Philippians 1:28  Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies  (NLT)… not flinching or dodging in the slightest before the opposition  (MSG)…without being frightened in any way by those who appose you  (NIV).  No matter how well you represent the love of God,  there will be hateful people determined to discredit and destroy you.  Jesus warned us that if they persecuted Him,  they would do the same to us.  It is the Holy Spirit who enables us to stand…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JULY 26, 2019

Philippians 1:27 (NIV)  Whatever happens,  conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.  As the Japanese army forced Darlene Deibler Rose and her fellow missionaries into trucks to be taken away to prisoner of war camps,  Darlene heard the voice of her beloved missionary mentor calling to her.  They were the last words she would hear from him before he died in that camp:  “Remember,  be a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” Through every trial in that…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JULY 25, 2019

Philippians 1:20 (MSG)  I can hardly wait to continue on my course.  I don’t expect to be embarrassed in the least.  On the contrary,  everything happening to me in this jail only serves to make Christ more accurately known,  regardless of whether I live or die.  They didn’t shut me up;  they gave me a pulpit!   “Paul had the unconquerable attitude of a giant in the faith.  Paul is certain of his deliverance—because the Philippians prayed,  and because of…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JULY 24, 2019

Philippians 1:14 (MSG)  Not only that,  but most of the Christians here have become far more sure of themselves in the faith than ever,  speaking out fearlessly about God,  about the Messiah.  Paul did not complain about his imprisonment,  but rather rejoiced,  because his jailing was resulting in many influential people in Rome coming to faith in Jesus Christ.  His hands and feet may have been chained,  but the gospel was not restricted.  And so Paul rejoiced.  Are people inspired…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JULY 23, 2019

Philippians 1:9  (NIV)  And this is my prayer:  that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.  The Apostle Paul cares deeply for the Philippian church and his prayer is for them to grow in love,  which brings knowledge and discernment.  When we judge people and do not see them as people for whom our loving Savior died,  then our testimony falls on deaf ears.  If we want to understand a culture then we have…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JULY 22, 2019

Philippians 1:6 (NLT)  And I  (Apostle Paul)  am certain that God,  who began the good work within you,  will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.  Great joy comes from knowing that,  no matter what difficulties come our way,  the Lord is at work within us grooming our hearts and leading us into spiritual growth and maturity in spite of it all.  Of course,  our rate of growth depends on how we…