Christian Devotional – April 12, 2018

Been in a tug of war battle lately? Many times we actually can spend or time in a tug of war battle with God overt who is going to be in control. Read psalm 46

“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalms 46:10 NASB

God reminds us that we need to stop getting so worked up about things. Stop striving. Stop fighting against him. Stop trying to take control. He is God. Do we allow him to be the one in charge and to do all the things that we typically anticipate that he had control over? Or are we locked in a tug of war battle for the control of our life? He will be exalted over all. Stop fighting against him and know that he is God.

Christian Devotional – April 11, 2018

Do we love righteousness? I mean, do we really? We all know the right answer and feel obligated to give it when we get asked by people, but do we really love righteousness and desire it above everything? Or do we just know that is what we are supposed to want, but secretly desire sin instead? The psalmist reminds us that God loves righteousness in Psalm 45

You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
Psalms 45:7 NASB

God loves righteousness and desires it above all things. He also hates wickedness. If we truly did desire righteousness then we would spend a lot more time seeking it, learning about it, and practicing it. God had anointed us and through him, we are able to really understand what righteousness looks like in our lives. Do we seek it above everything else?

Christian Devotional – April 10, 2018

Who gets the credit? When something goes well or if it goes wrong, who do you give credit or blame to? Typically, if it goes well we take the credit and if it goes badly, we try to identify someone or something else that was the cause. Still, see what psalm 44 says.

For by their own sword they did not possess the land, And their own arm did not save them, But Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your presence, For You favored them.
Psalms 44:3 NASB

God was reminding the people that they had not been the ones who had done all the work. God did. He was the one who provided all the victories and all the winnings that the people had experienced. He was the one who saved them, not themselves. Do we take credit for God’s victories? Or do we recognize his hands in everything that he does for us? He is worthy of all the glory and praise, but her is also worthy of the credit for the way in which he works and moves in every situation.

Christian Devotional – April 9, 2018

What guides us? How do we know what to follow as we go through our day and make choices? Psalm 43 has answers.

O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your dwelling places.
Psalms 43:3 NASB

We are to follow the light and the truth. Jesus Christ is these for us as he says in John 14:6. God’s word is the truth that we need to know how to love our lives daily. Jesus Christ and God’s Word, together with the guidance of the Holy Spirit are what brings us more toward God’s holiness every day. Do we follow Him and allow His word to lead us?

Christian Devotional – April 8, 2018

He is with us. We’ve heard this statement, probably even said this statement, but do we believe this statement and act like it is true? See Psalm 42.

The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life.
Psalms 42:8 NASB

He commands his lovingkindness in the daytime and his song at night. The Lord showers us with all that He is because He knows that we need Him. He is the God of our life and without Him, we don’t have a life. Do we rest in His lovingkindness and rejoice in His song?

Christian Devotional – April 7, 2018

Ever been let down? How about betrayed? Had people turn against you?  We have all experienced this at some time or another in our lives. It hurts. A lot. David knew all about that feeling too and writes about it in Psalm 41.

Even my close friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me. As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, And You set me in Your presence forever.
Psalms 41:9‭, ‬12 NASB

Often we try to get even with those who are against us and have wronged us. We spend our time trying to justify ourselves to each other or to God. Yet, if we are acting in integrity, God is the one who upholds us and who protects us. God is the one who helps us to walk each day through the hurt and the pain. We may be betrayed by those we have called friends, but we have the presence of Christ forever. He will never leave us. We can trust in Him.

Christian Devotional – April 6, 2018

Made new. When we start looking at all the things we have messed up in our lives, the idea that we can be made new is exciting and sometimes unbelievable. Yet that is exactly what psalm 40 talks about.

He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
Psalms 40:2 NASB

God knows us. He knows that we are a mess and that we have problems and sin that surrounds us and has affected us. Yet, God still combed and provides a way of forgiveness and mercy that includes restoration. He brings us up out of the sin and destruction that we find ourselves in and he sets us on the path that we should be on and gives us a firm foundation. Do we need to be restored today? Come to God and allow Him to bring us up out of the mire and set our feet upon the rock.

Christian Devotional – April 5, 2018

News flash, we’re not perfect. I’m not perfect. You’re not perfect.  The sooner we all come to terms with that, the better off we will be. When we do mess up, we need to ask for forgiveness. See Psalm 39.

“Deliver me from all my transgressions; Make me not the reproach of the foolish.
Psalms 39:8 NASB

Why is forgiveness so important? Besides the obvious answer that it restores our relationship and fellowship with God, we all have people who watch us. They know what we say we believe and they want to know if it is real for us in every situation, the good and the bad. Is our relationship with Christ something that we hold to only when it is convenient?

As we mess up and sin, we have an opportunity to help those people see that God is big enough to handle our mistakes and to forgive us when we ask. They will see that we hold tight to Christ even when we have difficulties. They may laugh at us, but only because they don’t understand us. Are we focused on Jesus Christ and our relationship with him today? When we mess up, we must confess to him and receive his mercy and forgiveness, for this is a perfect opportunity to share that message with them.

Christian Devotional – April 4, 2018

We all mess up from time to time. Unfortunately, the world is full of people who are just waiting to see us fall. David knew what that felt like and wrote about it in Psalm chapter 38.

For I said, “May they not rejoice over me, Who, when my foot slips, would magnify themselves against me.” For I am ready to fall, And my sorrow is continually before me. For I confess my iniquity; I am full of anxiety because of my sin.
Psalms 38:16‭-‬18 NASB

His prayer to God asks that others would not rejoice in his sins or praise his wrongdoings. Doing something wrong is bad enough, but that is compounded when it feels like others are just waiting to see you slip. We can bring that concern to God. He knows what it feels like to have people waiting and watching his every step, just hoping he would do something wrong. Do we bring our prayer to God? Do we recognize when we need to repent and then seek out that repentance both from God and from others?

Christian Devotional – April 3, 2018

What do you desire? Do you even know what your goals and dreams are? Or, like many of us, have you forgotten how to dream for things in the future? God knows what are deepest desires are. He talks about it in Psalm 37.

Delight yourself in the Lord ; And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalms 37:4 NASB

Not only does God know what we truly and desperately desire, he wants to give it to us. As we are delighting ourselves in Jesus Christ and all that God has provided for us, he commits to giving us the desires of our heart. Will we seek after Him and find our delight in Him and him alone? Only he can satisfy and truly give us what we desires, not just what we think we desire.