Daily Devotions

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Do you find “secret” groups, and exclusiveness attractive?

Do you find “secret” groups, and exclusiveness attractive?

Father, teach us the truth and help us not to be drawn into schemes or ideas that are contrary to Your word and Your revealed will. Help us turn to You for counsel being aware that the Holy Spirit utters prayers on our behalf of which we are unaware.

Goodness over evil, love over hate, joy over depression…

Goodness over evil, love over hate, joy over depression…

Father, You have told us that you have reserved a place for us in heaven. We do not know a lot about heaven, but this we know. It will be a place of perfection, in You, reserved for us because of Your grace and mercy and the enabling atonement of Jesus.

Run the race of life, but not alone. It is too hard…

Run the race of life, but not alone. It is too hard…

Your friendship and cousel is a fact even when we don't feel well. Help us notice all that is lovely and good in Your creation as evidence of the fact of Your love.

Does “commending” yourself ever work?

Does “commending” yourself ever work?

We are so tempted to remind others of how we have served You, that it embarrasses us when we reflect on our error. Please turn our tendency to be prideful into joyful humility in serving You. Joyful humility sounds like a non-sequitur but we know that You expect both of us. It is just a little tough to do both at the same time!

What is the worst mistake a person can make?

What is the worst mistake a person can make?

Father, You have taught us that fidelity counts, both in our relationships with others and in our relationship with You. Help us understand how serious a matter this is. Let us make no vow to You or to others that we are not able to keep.

Every person is equipped to serve God…me too?

Every person is equipped to serve God…me too?

Father, we see that there are different ways to serve You and that You want to equip us to be as Jesus among men. Teach each of us what Your expectations are this day and every day and then enlighten us and lead us as we seek to serve You.

Does God search my heart and test my mind?

Does God search my heart and test my mind?

If we only honor the good and gentle we have not distinguished ourselves from others in the world. We are to be known by our love for You and for our neighbor and if our neighbor has been granted authority by You (You, Father are sovereign), so be it. The test is theirs.

Trials; tests; inevitable and beneficial…

Trials; tests; inevitable and beneficial…

Father, it seems that the only way we could possibly feel joyful about experiencing trials, is to know that You permit the trial and that the trial will force our faith to be stronger.

Is there any meaning to life aside from God’s will for you?

Is there any meaning to life aside from God’s will for you?

Father, if King David, a man after Your own heart, said, “teach me, lead me, revive me”, we surely want to look to his example and do the same. Our lives are so full of decision-making opportunities from very minor things to life-changing things, that we confess we need Your direction, Your counsel.

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