Christian Devotional – August 18, 2016

Read 2 Kings chapter 1

VERSE:

2 Kings chapter 1:13–So the king sent a third captain with his fifty men. This third captain went up and fell on his knees before Elijah. “Man of God,” he begged, “please have respect for my life and the lives of these fifty men, your servants.”

TRUTH:

This is such an interesting story. We have an evil king who has gotten injured, has been told by God that he will die, and now is seeking to capture or kill the prophet who pronounced God’s plan. The king send people to come get the prophet, but each group sent is burned alive by fire from heaven, until this third group. This man recognized the power of God and while it is unclear whether he believed and followed God or not, he certainly respected Elijah and respected God. He learned from the mistakes of those around him. We can learn from the things that people do well, but we can also learn from the areas where people are falling short and are wrong. Will we give God the honor and respect that He is due? If we are following God, will we stand for him even when others come and try to change our mind?

RESPONSE:

Father, I pray that You will help me to follow You even when people stand against me and try to convince me to do otherwise. I know that You are greater than anything else. You are the only One worthy of my focus and my obedience. Help me to learn from the mistakes of others as well as the obedience.

Christian Devotional – August 8, 2016

Read 1 Kings chapter 15

VERSE:

1 Kings 15:11–Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done.

TRUTH:

For each and every king that is listed, there is one sentence that indicates their obedience to the Lord. In this chapter, Asa is the only one who received a passing grade from the Lord. This leads to two questions, we should ask ourselves. First, if God were to sum up our entire life into one sentence, would it show that we did what was right in God’s eyes or not? Second, would we continue to be obedient to God even if we were the only one around us who was? Asa was alone and didn’t have great examples of Godly obedience around him to draw from, yet he continued to push through and be faithful to God and as a result God gave him a long reign. How would we answer these questions?

RESPONSE:

Father, I seek to be obedient to You each and every day to show You how much I love You. I desire to know that You are first in my life and that You are being glorified in all that I do. Even if I am the only one around who will be obedient, I continue to desire to be obedient to You.

Christian Devotional – August 5, 2016

Read 1 Kings chapter 13

VERSE:

1 Kings 13:17–“I have been told by the word of the Lord, ‘You must not eat bread or drink water there or return by the way you came.'”

TRUTH:

The prophet had been given a message to give King Jeroboam and he went and delivered that message. However, the prophet had also been given instruction regarding how to deliver that message and what he could and couldn’t do while he was on his trip to deliver the message. Unfortunately, even though he could articulate what he was supposed to do, he didn’t follow through on it and do it. We can be given great messages from God and deliver amazing and powerful results from God, but if we aren’t careful to do things the way that God wants them done, then our efforts will result in destruction just like it did for this prophet. Are we doing God’s Work, God’s Way?

RESPONSE:

Father, please give me the strength to do the things that You would have me to do in the way that You want them done. I don’t always understand why things have to be the way they are or why You give the instructions that You give, but I know that You have a reason and I will obey.

Christian Devotional – July 30, 2016

Read 1 Kings chapter 8

VERSE:

1 Kings 8:58–May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in obedience to him and keep the commands, decrees and laws he gave our ancestors.

TRUTH:

As Solomon was dedicating the temple, he began his conclusion with this. We must remember this same for ourselves today. If God doesn’t give us the strength to walk in His way, we have no hope of being able to accomplish that. We must continually turn our hearts toward Him because only as we are focused on Him will we be able to obey Him. Our obedience is a sign that we love Him. Are we keeping our hearts turned toward Him and Him alone?

RESPONSE:

Father, I pray that You will turn my heart afresh toward You today. I praise You for all that You do and all that You are doing. Keep me focused on You today as it’s so easy to get distracted by all the things that are going on around me.

Christian Devotional – July 27, 2016

Read 1 Kings chapter 5

VERSE:

1 Kings 5:7–When Hiram heard Solomon’s message, he was greatly pleased and said, “Praise be to the Lord today, for he has given David a wise son to rule over this great nation.”

TRUTH:

When we are following God’s commands, other people will notice. More than that, they will be drawn to praise God as a result of the things that we do. Hiram praised God for the way that Solomon was responding. When we respond to the people around us, do others result in praise God because of us?

RESPONSE:

Father, I know that if I am giving my own responses, people will not be drawn to You. I muse give Your responses to the situations that I face. I will praise You and lift You up as I am showing obedience to You. I pray that You will be able to draw others to Yourself as a result of seeing my obedience to You.

Christian Devotional – July 23, 2016

Read 1 Kings chapter 2

VERSE:

1 Kings 2:3–and observe what the Lord your God requires. Walk in obedience to him and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go.

TRUTH:

David is giving his final words of wisdom to his son Solomon. David knew that he didn’t have much time left on earth before he died and he wanted to be sure that he gave his son everything that he needed to be an effective king. This was his statement of wisdom: obey the Lord. If we were given only one thing that we could pass on to the next generation, what would be our words of wisdom? Would we recognize the importance of sharing with them that above all else, we must serve, honor, and obey God? Our life should point people to that, but we must never underestimate the importance of saying it.

RESPONSE:

Father, I know that I desire this for my children, but I don’t always come right out and say it. Help me to give the same words of wisdom to my children that David gave to his own. I will praise You and thank You for all that You are doing in their lives. Help me to share more and more with them each day.

Christian Devotional – July 5, 2016

Read Haggai chapter 1

VERSE:

Haggai 1:6–You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.

TRUTH:

The people had a problem. They had not been obedient to the Lord, so as a result, everything they did was affected. It didn’t matter how good they were at doing what they were doing, it didn’t measure up and always seemed to fall short. We don’t realize that God is the One who gives success, not our own personal efforts. If we are not following and obeying Him, He will see about getting our attention and one way to do that is through the results of our work. For these people, they saw that no matter what they did, it never was enough. That is how our entire life is when we aren’t being obedient to God. Will we follow Him and commit ourselves to Him today, or will we continue to harvest little?

RESPONSE:

Father, I know that You are always the One in charge of the increase. I praise You and thank You for all that You have done in and through me. Please keep me obedient to You because that is my great desire. I praise You for all that You have done and all that You are doing. Thank You for giving me my fill and not having me solely rely on myself and my abilities, because they will always fall short.

Christian Devotional – June 11, 2016

Read Jonah chapter 1

VERSE:

Jonah 1:2–“Go to the great city of Ninevah and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.

TRUTH:

Have you ever felt like God was telling you to do something that terrified you. What about times when He told you to do something that made you mad? For Jonah, this command did both at the same time. He was so terrified and angry that he ran from God and tried desperately to get away from God and God’s plan. Of course, that didn’t work out very well and he ended up getting an all-inclusive 3 night stay in the belly of a large fish. When we get terrified or angry about what God is leading us toward, do we run away? Do we argue with God? Or do we pray and ask Him to turn our hearts to obedience and love of God? He will never lead us astray and we must realize that He has purpose for everything that He directs. Will we accept and obey?

RESPONSE:

Father, I know that there are times when I’m slower to accept and obey than others. Thank You for Your patience with me as I continue to learn to obey. I pray that You will give me Your wisdom and Your perspective so that I can see what You are looking at and do Your will to glorify You.

Christian Devotional – June 7, 2016

Read Hebrews chapter 10

VERSE:

Hebrews 10:24–and let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

TRUTH:

We need each other. As the body of Christ, we are to come together for purpose. We are to worship and praise God together and we are to encourage one another. Part of worshipping an encouraging each other is to continue to push each other toward love and good deeds. Just like a cowboy uses spurs to urge their horses forward at a faster pace, so we are to urge one another on faster and faster toward all the love and good deed that God has for each one of us. We must continue to keep ourselves focused, but never neglect the fact that we are not to be alone. We are to be bringing others along with us, spurring them along in their relationship with Christ.

RESPONSE:

Father, I know that I need to get better at spurring on others. Help me to not lose focus on reaching and encouraging others. I pray that I will not only push myself to surrender to You more and more each day, but that I will be used by God to persuade others to allow Him to move in their lives more fully each day.

Christian Devotional – March 22, 2016

Read Joshua chapter 18

VERSE:

Joshua 18:3–So Joshua said to the Israelites: “How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of you ancestors, has give to you?”

TRUTH:

It kind of sounds strange. God gives you a gift, yet you wait and wait to and take it. Finally, Joshua had to ask the question, “How long until you get up and go get the gift that God has given you?” When God has promised to be with us and to give us victory over the things that we are going to encounter as we are obedient to Him, why do we hesitate? We can trust in God and have faith that He will keep His promises, if we will only get up and go do what He has called us to do.

RESPONSE:

Father, I know that You are the One who gives me everything and that You are capableĀ of fulfilling Your promises to me. Don’t let me hesitate to take and do what You have for me to do! I want to me obedient to You and I want to be obedient right in the moment and not wait and debate and ponder Your commands to me.