Christian Devotional – November 20, 2015

Read James chapter 4

VERSE:

James 4:8–Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

TRUTH:

As we come into a relationship and fellowship with God, He will come near to us. How do we draw near to Him? That is answered in the remaining part of the verse. First, we need to examine our actions (wash our hands) and ask for forgiveness for those actions that do not line up with God. Second, we must purify our attitudes (our hearts). The motivations for why we do what we do is just as important to God as the actions themselves. As we are repenting of both of these things and purifying ourselves, that is how we draw close to God. He, in turn, will draw close to us.

RESPONSE:

Father, I know that I have areas that need to be cleansed. Lead me to those as I desire to be close to You. I love You and want to come to you clean and single-minded, focused only on You.

Christian Devotional – May 3, 2014

Read Romans chapter 15

VERSE:

Romans 15:5–May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward others that Christ Jesus had.

TRUTH:

Endurance and encouragement are two necessary things as we face trials and difficulties. We see and know that God is with us and that by receiving the endurance and the encouragement, we also receive the attitude of Christ. He is the one who is able to endure through any and every situation. I will praise Him no matter what the situation and will trust Him to give me everything I need to make it through with His attitude.

RESPONSE:

Father, I praise You for giving Your endurance and encouragement to me. You are the One I need and desire to have Your attitude in every situation.

Christian Devotional – November 4, 2013

VERSE:

Nehemiah 2:1b–I had not been sad in his presence before.

TRUTH:

Nehemiah had a job; he was cupbearer to the king. He had probably been doing that job for many years and yet he makes this amazing statement as he carries the king’s wine to him. When we are in the presence of others, is our mood swayed by each and every little passing thing, or are we generally in a positive mood unless we are burdened by God about something, like Nehemiah was? Our attitude is such a powerful testimony as to our faith and trust in God. Do others see that in us?

RESPONSE:

Lord, protect my attitude. Do not allow me to be up and down based on the trivial or inconsequential things of this world. I want to be burdened for the things You are burdened for, but to display my faith in You throughout.

Christian Devotional – February 8, 2013

VERSE:
1 Chronicles 8:40–The sons of Ulam were brave warriors who could handle the bow. They had many sons and grandsons–150 in all.

TRUTH:
These men were described as both brave warriors and skilled archers. Not only did they have the right attitude to face their circumstance, they also had the right skill to carry out their objective. God desires to use both our attitude and our skill to obey Him and bring Him glory. Do we have both?

RESPONSE:
Father, I pray that I will always be found with the right attitude as well as the right skills. I don’t want to be found lacking in either area so that I may glorify You as You deserve.