Christian Devotional – January 28, 2018

What  Is the foundation for what you are building your life upon? Every building has a foundation of some sort. If the foundation is nothing, the building doesn’t last long. Jesus knew this about life as well. Read what he says in Luke 20:1-18

But Jesus looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written: ‘ the stone which the builders rejected , this became the chief corner stone ‘? Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.”
Luke 20:17‭-‬18 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/luk.20.17-18.NASB

Jesus explained that he is the one who should be the foundation for everything we build our life upon. Some people have rejected him but that doesn’t change the fact that he is still the chief corner stone for all things. We can choose to build our life upon him, or not. However, that does not change the truth that he is the  True foundation for all things. We can choose to accept that and build upon it, or we can be crushed by that understanding later. Where do you fall today?

Christian Devotional – January 27, 2018

Are you praising God? Does your life demonstrate to others the power of who God is in your life? As people were praising Jesus, some were upset about that and told Jesus that He should make them stop. Reading about this in Luke 19:28-48 we see His response in verse 40.

But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”
Luke 19:40 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/luk.19.40.NASB

God is who He is, there is nothing that will ever change that. We are to declare who He is and praise Him, but if we don’t then we need to understand that doesn’t change who He is and others will sing His praise instead. Are we willing to open up our lives to sharing and declaring the praise of Jesus Christ to everyone we come into contact with?

Christian Devotional – January 26, 2018

Are you lost? We all have varying degrees of being lost. Some days I can’t find the house I’m supposed to be at, whereas others days I feel more personally lost and don’t know what I should be doing from a career standpoint or from a writing standpoint. What do we do when we feel lost?  Luke 19:1-27 has these words

For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Luke 19:10 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/luk.19.10.NASB

It doesn’t matter whether we feel lost in the moment or more completely lost in purpose or in life. Jesus Christ is for us. He came to seek and save that which was lost. As I turn to Him, He gives my life meaning and purpose. He takes my frustration and confusion and turns it into joy and meaning. Not sure what you should be doing, turn to Him as the Savior who came specifically to seek and save the lost.

Christian Devotional – January 25, 2018

Do you know what you want? If God gave you an opportunity to ask Him for anything, what would you say?  Often we have a very vague idea of what we are expecting to receive from God. As we look at Luke 18:18-43 we see a very interesting story with someone who knew exactly what he wanted from God and he was persistent in getting it.

“What do you want Me to do for you?” And he said, “Lord, I want to regain my sight!” And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.”
Luke 18:41‭-‬42 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/luk.18.41-42.NASB

You see, Jesus actually asked him, what do you want me to do for you? He had the answer ready and was very specific. When we pray, do we ask God, persistently, for specific things? God desires to glorify Himself through us and God will often use our requests as an opportunity to display His glory. We must ask for things that will glorify Him, but we should also be specific in what we want to see Him do in our lives.

Do you know what you would ask for if God came to you with this question? How would what you ask for help to glorify God? Finally do you have faith that He can and will do what you ask?

Christian Devotional – January 24, 2018

How do you portray yourself to others? Do you try to only let them see the strong, put together, you? Looking at Luke 18:1-17 we see a contrary between two very different men as they pray. A religious man and a sinner both show up at church to pray. One prays very lengthy, aloud, and trying to have others notice him. The other prays of to himself, very humbly, and remorse and repentance. Jesus then says this about the second man.

I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Luke 18:14 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/luk.18.14.NASB

God is the one to determine who is exalted and who is humbled. Will we stay focused on Him and His glory no matter what?  As we go through the day, God desires to see how we stay focused on Him. As we humble ourselves before us, He can decide when, where, and how to exalt us.

 

Christian Devotional – January 23, 2018

Are you ready for the end? People have been predicting the return of Jesus Christ for centuries. Every generation there is some new guess as to when Jesus is going to return. Jesus indicates that no man knows the day or the hour, but that doesn’t stop people from guessing. Jesus speaks about the signs of his return in Luke 17:22-37 and then he throws in this verse:

Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
Luke 17:33 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/luk.17.33.NASB

At first glance that verse doesn’t seem to fit. Yet as we look closer, we see that as people are confronted with the possibility of the end of the world as they know it, they start doing things to preserve themselves. Yet that is what this is referring to. Even knowing that Jesus is going to return, we should be getting ready, yet the way we do that is by pouring into others and sharing with them the love of Jesus.

If we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and savior, then we understand that we can not be selfish. We must go and seek to share the good news with others. We give ourselves away to see others have an opportunity to come to Him.  Are we focused on others today the way that we need to be? We are their only hope to know and understand who Jesus is and His desire for their life.

Christian Devotional – January 20, 2018

What does it take to convince us when we are wrong? Many of us can be so hard-headed and stubborn that we will not see truth even when it is presented right in front of us. Jesus shares a story about this in Luke 16:19-31. This verse at the end of the chapter stands out.

But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.'”
Luke 16:31 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/luk.16.31.NASB

This rich man, now that he is in Hades is convinced of his sin, but that was only after he experienced the consequences. Now he wants someone to warn his family. But Abraham tells him that if they aren’t willing to believe with the prophets, then they won’t believe even when something miraculous happens.

Are we that stubborn? Will we continue to refuse to believe even when presented with evidence? What will if take to convince us that we are wrong? Will we take action to change even if we are convinced that we are wrong? These are good questions to ask ourselves and realize that Christ came to make all things new, even our thoughts and opinions.

Christian Devotional – January 19, 2018

We’ve all met people who say one thing to our faces and something different behind our back. There are very few things that frustrate me like that does. One thing that is even more dangerous, though, is the person who lies to himself. In this case the Pharisees had been lying to themselves thinking that they are better than they really are. Read through Luke 16:1-18

And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.
Luke 16:15 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/luk.16.15.NASB

There really is no point lying to ourselves because God sees the truth and we aren’t fooling Him. Having integrity is important, and that includes being honest with ourselves about what we are doing and how we are doing it. The things that the world sees as most important are often toward the various bottom of God’s list. As if lying to ourselves wasn’t bad enough, doing it about an issue that God doesn’t even see as important is even worse.

What are we telling ourselves? Are we being honest with ourselves? Do we focus on the things that God sees as important, or have we switched focus to the things that are temporal? God sees our hearts. It’s He going to be pleased with yours?

Christian Devotional – January 18, 2018

The story of the Prodigal Son is one that many people know and have read many times. Looking at Luke 15:11-32 we see this story in its detail. It is always such an amazing time to read this verse:

So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
Luke 15:20 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/luk.15.20.NASB

The son had treated his father as if he was dead and yet the father was watching and waiting for his son. When he came he treated his son as if he was the most special and important person ever. This is the same way that the Father receives us when we are willing to turn to Him. We have dined against the Father and because of our sin we have been separated from Him. But we can be made right with Him if we will return to Him and will humble ourselves and accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on behalf of our sins. Do we need to be forgiven? He stands ready to forgive if we will just come to Him.

Christian Devotional – January 17, 2018

Are you willing to go searching? As we continue reading through Luke, we see that chapter 15, verses 1-10 give two separate stories about people who have lost something and search to find it, then rejoice once it it’s found. Often we talk about the fact that there is rejoicing in heaven over sinners coming to salvation, but today this verse stuck out to me.

“What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
Luke 15:4 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/luk.15.4.NASB

Jesus assumes that the people will go seek after the lost. Are we welling to go and do that. Are we still so concerned for the lost people around us that we are willing to do whatever we need to do to see them come to know Christ? When we are that invested in people them the rejoicing comes naturally when they have accepted Jesus. The concern is that we have to be that invested in them that we are willing to go in the first place.

Do we care that people around us are I  need of as savior? Do we desire to see them come to know Christ so much that we are willing to leave our own stuff to go search for them?  That is the first question we must ask ourselves before we start talking about rejoicing with them in their salvation.