Christian Devotional – September 26, 2018

God does not forget us. Some days, it can certainly feel like it. Going through difficulties and hard times can sometimes result in feeling that God has forgotten us, but see what it says in Hebrews 6.

For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.
Hebrews 6:10 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/heb.6.10.NASB

It would be unjust if God forgot us and what we have done for Him. God is not unjust and He will continue to reward us for the work that we have done out of love for Him. God sees us and God knows what we are going through. Will we continue to trust Him, knowing that He has not forgotten us?

Christian Devotional – September 24, 2018

How do we learn to be obedient?  As a child, when we are disobedient, we get in trouble and have punishments. Those can range from more chores to timeout to anything in between. See what Hebrews 5 says about Jesus and obedience.

Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.
Hebrews 5:8 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/heb.5.8.NASB

Jesus learned obedience through suffering. He came to understand and obey because of the things that he suffered in His life.  If Jesus learned obedience through suffering, how do we expect to learn except through suffering as well. God knows what he is allowing us to go through in our lives, and it is often so that we will have a better understanding of who he is, which will result in us loving him more and obeying him more freely. Are we seeking to learn him more and obey him more? Are we learning the lessons that God has for us in the situations that he brings us through in our lives?

Christian Devotional – September 23, 2018

God’s Word is powerful. It is the spoken word of God and we must recognize what it can do in us and through us. Read Hebrews chapter 4.

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/heb.4.12.NASB

It is active, living, and it can absolutely pierce through all the “stuff” in our lives that gets in our way or distracts us from God. Do we spend time in God’s Word? Do we measure up our life next to the expectations that His Word sets? Like a surgeon’s knife, God’s Word can carve away the pieces of our lives that are not following Him.

Christian Devotional – September 22, 2018

What is more deserving of praise, the art or the artist? The builder or what is built? This is the question God asks in Hebrews chapter 3.

For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.
Hebrews 3:3‭-‬4 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/heb.3.3-4.NASB

The builder or the artist or the one who does the creating is worthy of much more praise and honor than the creation itself. Do we give God the honor and praise that is due Him, or do we spend our time praising the creation instead?

Christian Devotional – September 20, 2018

We are going to go through temptations. That a fact and it’s simply a matter of time. So how do we deal.with those? We come to Jesus. See Hebrews chapter 2.

For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.
Hebrews 2:18 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/heb.2.18.NASB

Jesus understands temptation. He went through it and experienced it just like we do. He is able to come to our aid and help us through the temptations we face. But, we must come to Him and seek His help. Do we turn to him with our difficulties and frustrations? Do we seek Him first when feeling the push to do something we know is wrong? He is able to come to our aid!

Christian Devotional – September 19, 2018

Who is Jesus Christ? We’ve spent months going through the Psalms, reading about praising God. We’re moving over to the New Testament to the book of Hebrews to better understand who we are to be praising. Read through Hebrews chapter 1.

And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Hebrews 1:3

This verse lists so many amazing attributes of Jesus Christ. As the writer starts through Hebrews, he wants the reader to understand that, first and foremost, Jesus Christ is who he says he is. He is the Son of God. He is radiant in his glory. He upholds everything that he says he will uphold and he does it through the power of his word. He made the path to God for us by paying for the purification of sin. And when he had done this, he sat down at the right hand of God because he was worthy to do so. Looking at and understanding who Jesus Christ is, is the foundation of understanding how we can be made right with God. Do you know who Jesus Christ really is?

Christian Devotional – September 18, 2018

Why should we praise God? Psalm 150 lists several reasons.

Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
Psalms 150:2 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.150.2.NASB

This verse seems to really sum up the reasons to praise God. First, we should praise Him for what he does. His mighty deeds are truly amazing for all that God does is phenomenal. Second, we should praise him for who he is. The character of God is perfect and wonderful. All that he does is a reflection of who he is. We should feel thankful and grateful praising him for who he is. Are we praising God today?

Christian Devotional – September 17, 2018

Do anyone love me? We’ve all thought that before and we have all wondered what God truly thinks of us. Go loves us and seecwhat He says in Psalm 149.

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.
Psalms 149:4 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.149.4.NASB

God takes pleasure in us and He will beautify us as we turn to Him. We have all wanted to be loved and considered beautiful by someone. And, we have all wondered what God thinks. Well, here it is. God desires us and He finds pleasure in us. The question then becomes, do we find pleasure in Him?

Christian Devotional – September 16, 2018

God is worthy of praise. Most of us would agree with that statement. However, the statement that God is worthy of praise alone is often more difficult for us. Read Psalm 148.

Let them praise the name of the Lord , For His name alone is exalted; His glory is above earth and heaven.
Psalms 148:13 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.148.13.NASB

We often acknowledge that God is worthy of praise, but then we like to add ourselves in as well and receive praise, too. But, we are not worthy of praise, only God. The rest of creation recognizes that He is worthy of praise and gives it and then gets out of the way, but we sometimes try to hang around and get praise, too. As we go through today, give God the praise He is due, and then get out of the way because He is worthy of praise alone.

Christian Devotional – September 15, 2018

Do you praise God? Whether it’s singing or praying or just talking to Him, you can praise God. See what the psalmist says in Psalm 147.

Praise the Lord ! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant and praise is becoming.
Psalms 147:1 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.147.1.NASB

God deserves our praise, but praising God is not just for His benefit, but also for ours. Praising God is for our own good as well. Do we know where our praise belongs? Do we spend time praising God?