Christian Devotional – April 26, 2018

Ever felt trampled on? How about dismissed and rejected? Afraid of others? Yea, most of us have experienced these demoralizing situations in the past, some more recently than others. We’re not alone. Read Psalm 56.

My foes have trampled upon me all day long, For they are many who fight proudly against me. When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?
Psalms 56:2‭-‬4 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.56.2-4.NASB

Yes, David understood how we feel and he went straight to God with his concern. We can trust God to always be there. We may feel dismissed and rejected by the world, but we are not dismissed by God. We may find ourselves at the receiving end of someone’s lashing out, but God knows the true circumstances. Even in the midst of a storm when we feel like we are standing alone, we are never alone if we are standing with God. And when we really think about it, while it may feel like the others can do so much to us, they really can’t touch us, at least, not in a way that makes an eternal difference. Jobs come and go, positions and money change, friendships grow and decline, but God is constant and steadfast and worthy of our trust, no matter what others do to us.

Christian Devotional – April 25, 2018

What burdens are you carrying? Often we all have something that we drag around with us, either consciously or unconsciously. Think about the burden that is weighing you down as you read Psalm 55.

Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
Psalms 55:22 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.55.22.NASB

God says that he will sustain us. He takes our burdens and he carries them. He knows what we can handle and when we reach our limit. He sees our struggles, even the ones that we won’t admit to anyone else or even to ourselves. Will we cast our burdens upon him today?

Christian Devotional – April 24, 2018

Guess what, you can’t please everyone. Even if you were to do everything absolutely right, there would still be people who are unhappy with you. So what do we do about it? Well, David writes about that in Psalm 54.

For strangers have risen against me And violent men have sought my life; They have not set God before them. Selah.
Psalms 54:3 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.54.3.NASB

If we are following God and placing him first in all that we do, we will have people that we have offended. David gives the reason because they have not set God before them. I had a mentor who put it this way:

“Please God, and those who please God will be pleased with you. You can’t do much with the rest.”

Now, I would add that we can pray for them, but really and truly, that is the extent of our influence on those people. We have a responsibility to please God. We love him and he has commanded us, so out of love we seek to obey him. If we are pleasing God, then as God is working and moving in the lives of others, they will also be pleased. But ultimately it is God that it the only one we should be trying to please. We don’t need to worry ourselves about anyone else but him.

Christian Devotional – April 23, 2018

God knows what we think in our heart. So, what are we thinking? Are we honest without ourselves about what we think about our situation, circumstances, or even about God himself? See Psalm 53,

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God,” They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice; There is no one who does good.
Psalms 53:1 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.53.1.NASB

We don’t do good, for as the verse says, there is no one who does good. We’re also in danger of being a fool if we start to think that God is not interested or concerned about what we are going through or dealing with. God labels a person a fool if he thinks that he is not involved or relevant for the situation that we are going through. Are we a fool about any area in our lives today?

Christian Devotional – April 22, 2018

Some people do evil things. We can get caught in their path at times and their actions influence what we are going through. How do we deal with people like that? The answer according to Psalm 52 is that we don’t.

You love evil more than good, Falsehood more than speaking what is right. Selah. But God will break you down forever; He will snatch you up and tear you away from your tent, And uproot you from the land of the living. Selah.
Psalms 52:3‭, ‬5 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.52.3-5.NASB

God deals with people like that. He will address the evil that is in their hearts and shown through their actions. We can rest and allow God to do this. Now, it can be hard to wait on his timing to address these circumstances, but in my experience, God does a much better job addressing it that I do. Are we allowing God to defend us?

Christian Devotional – April 21, 2018

Do you have joy? Do you experience joy on a regular basis in the midst of all your circumstances? Psalm 51 says:

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit.
Psalms 51:12 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.51.12.NASB

This Psalm is about repentance. Sin in our lives destroys our joy. We cannot experience all that God has for us while we are living sinfully. David sinned and he begged for God to forgive him and restore his joy. Do we need our joy restored? Do we have sin that is in the way of the joy? God wants to restore it if we will let Him.

Christian Devotional – April 20, 2018

Sone days are more difficult to get through than others. On some days, we feel on top of the world and other days, the world is sitting on us. God is still the same God even in the midst of this up snd down feeling. Read Psalm 50.

Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.”
Psalms 50:15 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.50.15.NASB

We can call on him. He is there and He knows the difficulties that we are going through. He is able to rescue us from those difficult circumstances. He can walk with us through them. He is God.

He is also worthy of honor for how he brings us through the difficult circumstances. He loves and cares for us. We are not alone as we go through these. We may not feel that we can trust anyone else through these problems, but we can trust God. We can call on him. He will answer.

Christian Devotional – April 19, 2018

Do we try to save others? Now, we are responsible for telling others about the saving grace of God, the actual decision to follow Him is solely the responsibility of that person, not us. Read Psalm 49.

No man can by any means redeem his brother Or give to God a ransom for him-
Psalms 49:7 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.49.7.NASB

We cannot be good enough for another person. We cannot make a decision for another person. We cannot force them into the saving grace of Jesus Christ. But, we can encourage them. We can demonstrate for them what it looks like to follow Christ. We can love them and show them what it means to be loved.

We must understand where our responsibility lies with those we are around. Jesus Christ lives in us if we have invited him in. As a result, we can allow Him to live through us and to love others so that they too understand what that looks like for them. Will we focus on others and loving them as Christ loved us today?

Christian Devotional – April 18, 2018

God’s name is worthy of praise. All that he is and all that he does is holy and, therefore, worthy of praise. Are we praising God for who he is? See Psalm 48.

As is Your name, O God, So is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness.
Psalms 48:10 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.48.10.NASB

We are to praise God for all that he is and all that He does for He alone is worthy of praise. He us the one who is more worthy of praise than anything else in this world. He created everything anyway and the Creator is aleays more than the creation. Are we praising God for his righteousness?

Christian Devotional – April 17, 2018

Why do we sing? Why do we raise our voices and lift up our hands? We sing because God is God and he is worthy of or praise. Read Psalm 47.

For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with a skillful psalm.
Psalms 47:7 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.47.7.NASB

God is king of all the earth. He is lord over absolutely everything and as a result, he is worthy of all the praise and glory that we give him. He’s actually worth more than we can give him, but we can start with what we can give. Will we take time today to praise God for all that he is and all that he had done for each one of us?