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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…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JULY 20, 2019

Matthew 13:8 (MSG)  Some  (seeds)  fell on good earth,  and produced a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.  The hearer with good soil values God’s Word  (Job 23:12)  and delights in it  (Jer. 15:16).   He does not ignore God’s word  (Ezek 33:30-33)  or rebel against it  (Psalm 107:11).  He is open minded  (Acts 17:11)  and willing to commit himself to the truth (John 7:17).  He does not cling to his own opinions  (Mark 7:13).  He has a teachable heart  (Acts…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JULY 19, 2019

Matthew 13:7 (MSG)  Some  (seeds)  fell in the weeds;  as it came up,  it was strangled by the weeds.  Two crops strive for mastery.  The thorns choke the Word  (vs. 19)  “with anxieties”  (Luke 8:14 -Worrell)  and  “worries and money”  (Luke 8:14 – Moffat).  “Other things creep in and choke the message out”  (Mark 4:19 – Goodspeed).  The cares of life are remedied by re-evaluating the spiritual versus material values  (Luke 12:15).  The riches of life that snare us can…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JULY 18, 2019

Matthew 13:5 (MSG)  Some  (seeds)  fell in the gravel;  it sprouted quickly but didn’t put down roots,  so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly.  Some people receive God’s Word  (the seed)  with  “enthusiasm”  (Moffat)  but it is short lived.  In times of trial or testing  (Luke 8:13)  they fall away.  Unbelief  (Heb.  3:7-12),  disobedience  (Zech 7:8-12),  rationalization  (Mark 8:16-17),  resistance to the truth  (Acts 19:8-9),  pride  (Daniel 5:20),  refusal to yield to the Lord  (II Chron.…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JULY 17, 2019

Matthew 13:19 (NLT)   The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it.  Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts.  The soil had been trampled down and had become a hard surface more useful for traffic than for crops.  This condition affected the seed in that it could not sink into soft soil and be absorbed.  Birds pecked it up …

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JULY 16, 2019

Matthew 13:12  (NLT)  To those who listen to my teaching,  more understanding will be given,  and they will have an abundance of knowledge.  But for those who are not listening,  even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. If a hearer is to benefit from Christ’s teachings,  he or she must possess a condition of heart that is suitable for the reception of truth,  which will then multiply.  If that condition of heart is not present …

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JULY 15, 2019

Matthew 13:2-3 (NLT)  A large crowd soon gathered around  (Jesus),  so He got into a boat.  Then He sat there and taught as the people stood on the shore.  He told many stories in the form of parables,  such as this one.  Jesus was conscious that with so many people gathered to hear Him,  there existed a diversity of reasons why they had come.  Some came out of mere curiosity and not necessarily out of receptiveness to the truth He…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JULY 13, 2019

Proverbs 16:21 –  The wise in heart are called discerning,  and pleasant words promote instruction.  Ever find yourself in a tense situation in which everyone’s nerves are on edge?  It can be difficult to keep a calm spirit,  lowered voice,  and reassuring demeanor in such situations;  but they are fundamental to the process of helping people work together through a problem.  God wants us to be fluent in the language of discernment.  We must learn to be wise in heart…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JULY 12, 2019

II Kings 6:16-17 –  And Elisha prayed,  “O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.”  Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes,  and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.  What do you see when you look at your life?  Sometimes we need an eye-opening  “ah-ha”  moment so that we can discover God’s reality rather than living consumed by our own realities.  Elisha saw what his servant could not see—the…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JULY 11, 2019

Exodus 6:8  –  “I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham,  to Isaac and to Jacob.  I will give it to you as a possession.  I am the Lord.”  Moses reported this to the Israelites,  but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and cruel bondage.  If only the Children of Israel could have known what we know today.  Great miracles of provision were ahead of them.  But they…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JULY 10, 2019

I Samuel 30:6  –  David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters,  and they began to talk of stoning him.  But David found strength in the Lord his God.  David was facing a life-threatening situation.  His men were overwhelmed with a sense of loss.  Read the whole story.  Where did David go for wisdom and encouragement?  He  “encouraged himself in the Lord his God”  (KJSV)  and then called for…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JULY 9, 2019

II Kings 5:3  (NLT)  –  One day the girl said to her mistress,  “I wish my master would go to see the prophet in Samaria.  He would heal him of his leprosy.”   Naaman was a mighty warrior,  commander of the army of the king of Aram but stricken with leprosy.  The warriors,  political giants,  philosophers,  kings,  and healers of his day could not help.  But God used the unassuming words of a little girl to guide him to healing. …

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JULY 8, 2019

Romans 3:21-22 –  But now God has shown us a way to be made right with Him (apart from)  keeping the requirements of the Law…we are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ.  Every religion other than Christianity rests on a foundational belief in man’s power to change himself.  They believe that if you work hard enough,  try your best,  do good deeds,  and love everyone,  you will earn righteousness in God’s eyes.  But no matter…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JULY 6, 2019

Eternal life brings commission. John 17:1 – Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. Eternal life for us is not luxurious idleness but purposeful work in which we realize our best life. Before you were physically born God had plans for you: For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb… All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JULY 5, 2019

Eternal life brings holiness. John 17:17 (The Message) – Make them holy—consecrated—with the truth; your word is consecrating truth. In a world permeated by relativism, how does a person live in truth? The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to humanity and it is truth—eternal, unchanging, life-transforming, heart convicting, blessed truth upon which we can build our lives (Matt. 7:24-27). The moment we hear the awful truth that humanity has been infected by sin and we feel the conviction of…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JULY 4, 2019

Eternal life brings joy. John 17:13 (The Message) – Now I am returning to you. I’m saying these things in the world’s hearing so my people can experience my joy completed in them. Jesus was still in the room with His disciples before leaving to go to the Garden of Gethsemane. He had instituted communion, washed the disciples’ feet, given them a profound teaching (His last discourse), and now He prayed words that He wanted them all to hear. In…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JULY 3, 2019

Eternal life brings preservation. John 17:11-12 – I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name…While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name…and I guarded them. We live in a world where evil manifests itself daily. Jesus knew the forces that would attack His followers in the vacuum of His death,…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JULY 2, 2019

Eternal life brings enlightenment.  John 17:8  – I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.  Eternal life through Jesus Christ brings true enlightenment. There are lots of things to know and discover in our lifetimes, but without the Holy Spirit’s spiritual enlightenment we won’t have the perspective, wisdom, or understanding to process it all (especially the harsh realities of life)…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JULY 1, 2019

John 17:3 Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John’s central idea in chapter 17 (the last prayers of Jesus) is keyed around the idea of eternal life. For three years the disciples had traveled with Jesus, and at every stop He demonstrated the Kingdom of Heaven. He illustrated how Abba God had power over every earthly dilemma (turning water into wine, calming the storm, multiplying…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JUNE 29, 2019

Joshua 1:14b-15a (NLT)  …help them conquer their territory.  Stay with them until the Lord gives them rest,  as He has given you rest…  God has called us to interdependency.  We must stay connected and help one another lay hold of God’s best—the good inheritance that God intends for us to enjoy together.  How are you helping people around you to find their way in this faith journey?

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JUNE 28, 2019

Joshua 1:6 (NIV)  “…you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.”   More than a million people depended on Joshua’s leadership as they sat on the threshold of the Promised Land.  God’s promise to Abraham generations before was about to be fulfilled through Joshua’s leadership.  You and I are leaders and influencers as well.  Our scope may not be as wide or historic,  but God has given us a mission to…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JUNE 27, 2019

Joshua 1:2-3 (NIV)  “Moses my servant is dead.  Now then,  you…get ready…”   God told Joshua that the past was over and it was time to move forward without looking back.  In each of our lives there comes a time of transition when we have to stop looking in the rear-view mirror of life and must begin concentrating on the road ahead.  While we appreciate the past,  we lean into the future knowing that God is already there and we…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JUNE 26, 2019

Acts 1:8a (NLT)  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.  And you will be my witnesses…  “The Holy Spirit is not:  some benevolent force field,  a renewable energy force,  a handy talisman,  or a finishing touch on our presentation.  The Holy Spirit IS:  the One who forms the mind of Christ in us,  the One who fills our lives and relationships with power,  the One who guides us into effective ministry,  the One who fills…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JUNE 25, 2019

II Timothy 1:7  (NIV)  For God did not give us a spirit of timidity,  but a spirit of power,  of love and of self-discipline.   Fear is a normal human emotion that we’ve all experienced.  In every new,  intimidating circumstance we learn to set aside draining emotions,  focus on solutions,  and step boldly forward with self-discipline.  Many fears dissolve once truth is explained.  Still,  the feelings of fear are very real.  As we learn to identify what we fear,  then…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JUNE 24, 2019

I Samuel 9:6-13 (NIV)  “Don’t be afraid,”  David said to (Mephibosheth),  “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan.  I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul,  and you will always eat at my table.”  This story is a remarkable testament to the honors of sonship.  Due to no fault of his own,  young Mephibosheth fell as a child and became crippled (II Sam. 4:4).  After years of…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JUNE 22, 2019

Philippians 3:12 (NKJV) …I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  “A battle is raging over your destiny.”  Do you discern it?  Don’t get distracted.  Live with intentionality,  determined to fulfill your God-given destiny.  Press on to take hold of,  possess,  apprehend,  take ownership of that which Jesus has seized for you. This is strong terminology.  There is a purpose for which Christ has seized you;  and it is more than merely…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JUNE 21, 2019

John 10:10b (NIV) …I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.  What does it mean to live life to the brim,  where the water bubbles up over the top of the glass and cannot take one more drop lest it spill?  That is the fullness of life to which Jesus calls us!  It is exciting,  fun,  challenging,  and with worldwide impact. “The reason we have folks with failed marriages,  failed lives,  is that somebody…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JUNE 20, 2019

John 10:10a (NIV)  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…   “The devil hates your story and wants to kill it.”  Consider the conversation between Satan and Jesus in the wilderness.  See how Satan appealed to the human desire for power,  fame,  and possessions.  These were human temptations that people have dealt with since the beginning of time.  Daily Satan tries to pull us off road and cage us into a spiritual cul-de-sac so that we live…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JUNE 19, 2019

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)  For we are God’s masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,  so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.  Like an artist intricately crafts his or her work,  God has created you with purpose that is big and eternally significant.  Nobody can replace you and the kind of impact you can make in this world.  Your sphere of influence,  your unique personality and gift mix,  your heritage and experience mix, …

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JUNE 18, 2019

Psalm 139:13-17  (NIV) …I am fearfully and wonderfully made… All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be…   God sees you as  “marvelous” (v. 14b).  There is only one you in this world,  and He calls you  “wonderfully made.”  No matter if you have some kind of malfunction in your physical body—physical inabilities don’t make us without value in this life. God ordained for you to be alive and to…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JUNE 17, 2019

Genesis 1:26-27 (NLT)  Then God said,  “Let us make human beings in our image… so God created human beings in His own image…”   What does it mean to be created in the image of God?  The verse unpacks the incredible responsibilities mankind was given to reflect the image of God in the physical world,  to have dominion over the whole earth,  to exercise authority over everything created,  and more.  Of course,  we know what happened in the Garden and how…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JUNE 15, 2019

Psalm 119:105 (NIV)  Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.  Scripture is not merely a document to be read,  studied,  or even cherished,  but it is the words of God spoken into humanity—God’s breath on a page.  What happens when God speaks?  We experience direction,  comfort,  judgment,  conviction,  realignment,  encouragement,  exhortation,  and more.  Read your Bible with your heart open! 

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JUNE 14, 2019

I Corinthians 12:3b (NLT) …no one can say Jesus is Lord,  except by the Holy Spirit. “Many people in Western cultures today,  if they do believe God exists,  see Him as all loving and kind,  so there is no need to ask forgiveness.  As a result,  many see themselves,  and all of humanity,  as being close to God whether or not they profess Christianity.”  The Bible clearly teaches that we are estranged from God due to the curse of sin; …

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JUNE 13, 2019

Matthew 11:28 (MSG)  (Jesus said):  Are you tired?  Worn out?  Burned out on religion?  Come to me… Feeling helpless and lost is not necessarily a bad thing if it leads us to Jesus.  But often our default response is to turn to self-help systems.  The best motivational techniques will go only so far in helping us.  But God’s Word will  “expose our innermost thoughts and desires”  (Heb 4:12),  the root of our issues,  and the Holy Spirit will direct us…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JUNE 12, 2019

Mark 12:30 (NLT)   “My Lord and My God!”  Thomas exclaimed.  The term  “Lord”  carried a weightier meaning in first-century Christianity than today.  Caesar demanded that people refer to him as their Lord—one with final power and authority and influence,  ruler over everything.  So when Thomas made this declaration to Jesus,  his statement of belief indicated total surrender to Jesus as the one with final power and authority and influence,  ruler over everything in his life.  Do we claim Jesus…