Christian Devotional – April 30, 2016

Read Acts chapter 28

VERSE:

Acts 28:31–He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ–with all boldness and without hindrance!

TRUTH:

As the book of Acts concludes, we see Paul in Rome, under house arrest, still preaching and proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. I find it so interesting that Paul, who is under house arrest, indicates that he is proclaiming the gospel without hindrance. It seems to me that most people would have considered the fact that he was under house arrest to be something that hindered him. Yet, Paul knew better. He knew that he was exactly where God had him doing exactly what God wanted him to do. Do we look around ourselves and see God’s divine had in what we are doing or do we see hindrances in everything that we see?

RESPONSE:

Father, help me to see the world as You see it so that I can be bold and do exactly what You want me to do without any hindrance at all. I know that You see me and are moving to have me exactly where you want me. Thank You for Your perfect will!

Christian Devotional – February 16, 2016

Read John chapter 9

VERSE:

John 9:25–He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know, I was blind, but now I see!”

TRUTH:

This man had been healed by Jesus and now all the religious leaders were bothered by it. They wanted to find a way to question and accuse Jesus. As they were questioning this man, they began asking him a lot of theologically based questions and the man didn’t know the answer to them. He only knew what he had experienced himself. At the heart of it, this is witnessing. We are witnessing when we share with others what we have experienced Jesus doing in our own life. Satan will tempt us to be afraid and think that since we don’t have all the answers to the deep theological questions of life, then we must not be qualified to say anything. If we have experienced Jesus in our lives, then we have something to share!

RESPONSE:

Father, You have done some amazing and wonderful things in my life. Help me to share those with people and not get worried about the questions that they may ask. I know what You have done in my life and I know that You can do it in others’ lives as well. Give me the courage and boldness to go and share.

Christian Devotional – July 23, 2015

Read 1 Samuel chapter 17

VERSE:

1 Samuel 17:47–All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves, for the battle is the Lord’s and he will give all of you into our hands.

TRUTH:

David is preparing to fight against the Philistine champion Goliath. He makes this statement so that both the Philistines and the Israelites will know why he is going out to fight. Like David, we make a statement about God by the actions that we take and don’t take. Our actions are a direct reflection of God working and moving in our life. Do we act with courage and boldness or do we hide away in fear. Through God, we can be courageous and bold to do all that He has for us to do.

RESPONSE:

Father, I desire to be bold for You and to act and move in all the ways that You would have for me to move. I will trust in You and give You all the praise for all that You do through me. Please use me to reach others and show them Your power and might.

Christian Devotional – October 13, 2014

Read 2 Samuel chapter 20

VERSE:

2 Samuel 20:16–a wise woman called from the city, “Listen! Listen! Tell Joab to come here so I can speak to him.”

TRUTH:

In the midst of a siege against her city, a wise woman was willing to risk her life to see if she could bring an end to the strife. Do we have the courage to bring wisdom to others even in situations that are dangerous or when people may not want it? This woman was able to save her whole town because she was bold enough to speak the words of wisdom that God gave her.

RESPONSE:

Father, You are the source of all wisdom and as I listen to You, You give me wisdom. I pray You will also give me boldness and courage to share that wisdom with the people You desire.

Christian Devotional – January 29, 2013

VERSE:
John 19:38–Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.

TRUTH:
Joseph was a disciple in secret, but when Jesus was crucified, he stepped out of the shadows and conquered his fear. He took a stand and made his allegiance with Jesus very public by asking for Jesus’ body. Are we a disciple in secret and fear or are we a disciple of Jesus for all to see?

RESPONSE:
Father, I desire the boldness to follow You openly and wholeheartedly today. You are My God and I will let everyone know.