Christian Devotional – July 14, 2016

Read 1 Peter chapter 3

VERSE:

1 Peter 3:11–They must turn from evil and do good, they must seek peace and pursue it.

TRUTH:

As Peter is sharing here, he gives us 3 things we are to do. We are to turn from evil, do good, and seek peace. When we look at all the activities in our lives that we do on a daily basis, do they fit into one of these three categories. Are we turning from evil? Are we doing good? Are we seeking peace? Then, he tops it off with the idea that we are to pursue these. We can’t just sort of look for peace, we must actively, diligently, relentlessly, chase after it. We must pursue it. Again, when we are looking at how we spend our time each and every day, does that describe us? If not, why not?

RESPONSE:

Father, I know that this describes some of my day, but not all of my day. Help me to be relentless in my focus on turning from evil, doing good, and seeking peace. Give me laser-like focus on it so that I am pursuing it. I desire what You desire and this is what You have for me.

Christian Devotional – June 5, 2016

Why can’t we all just get along?

The Christian devotional for the day today. This online devotional and bible study tool for women and men discusses how to live a Blessed life by living out the Beatitudes.

Blessed are the peacemakers is an important truth, but we must first understand what peace is and what peace isn’t God is peace and only as we align our relationship with Him will we be able to be at peace with others.

Do we know Him and know His peace? Are we sharing that peace with others?

Christian Devotional – May 12, 2016

Read Daniel chapter 10

VERSE:

Daniel 10:19–“Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now, be strong.” When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength.”

TRUTH:

Daniel had an encounter with a man who was not of this world, and when that happened, he was understandable frightened. However, the messenger explained to Daniel that he was a messenger from God who had come to deliver a message, but was delayed. Then, this messenger, before he delivered the main message, started off by reminding Daniel to not be afraid, be at peace, and be strong. So many times the messengers of the Lord share these words with us. We are to not be afraid, be at peace, and be strong. Do these three things depict our life? We must realize that as we are going through our day to day, we are going to encounter things that are going to try to make us afraid, steal our peace, and weaken us. Will we give in to those pressures today or continue to follow God with the promises that He’s given us to continue in His strength.

RESPONSE:

Father, I know that You are the One who gives me strength. You are peace and only through You is it possible to not be afraid. Keep my eyes focused on You and You alone as I seek to follow You.

Christian Devotional – January 10, 2016

Read Genesis chapter 26

VERSE:

Genesis 26:22–He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in he land.”

TRUTH:

Isaac had been trying to find his place. God had shared with him to stay in this general area, but everywhere he tried to stop and set camp, he ran into people who argued with him. Isaac knew that there is peace in following God, so as that happened, he knew he must move on until he came to the place where there was peace. Do we seek for peace in our life, or are we constantly surrounded by strife and arguments? God will help us to follow Him as we look for His peace in the things that we do. re we seeking out peace today?

RESPONSE:

Father, I will praise You and thank You for the peace You have given me in my life. I pray that You will help me see how I need to continue in Your peace no matter the outside circumstances. Thank You for being a God of peace.

Christian Devotional – November 12, 2015

Read James chapter 3

VERSE:

James 3:18–Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

TRUTH:

There is a difference between a peacemaker and a peacekeeper. Peacekeepers are typically willing to do anything or say anything just to avoid a conflict or a confrontation. They will compromise their beliefs in order to maintain the status quo in a situation. On the other hand, a peacemaker is someone who is actively looking for ways to bring peace to situations of chaos. They find ways to bring in the Prince of Peace to situations knowing that without Him there can’t be true peace. Peacemakers are the ones who will reap the reward and will see great returns on their actions as God blesses their faithfulness. Are we truly peacemakers?

RESPONSE:

Father, I want to be a person of action who is doing things to bring about Your peace in every situation. Help me not to just settle for keeping the peace, but to be willing to do what it takes to make true and lasting peace in every situation.

Christian Devotional – July 7, 2015

Read 1 Samuel chapter 1

VERSE

1 Samuel 1:17–Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”

TRUTH:

Hannah was in distress and she was crying out to God. She poured out her soul to God with all her hurt and pain and agony. Eli, once he understood what she was doing prayed that she would have peace. He asked that she would be able to move forward from this time in her life and from this place with a sense of peace. Only after that did he pray that God would grant her request. Do we pray and ask God to give us peace? No matter what we are going through and no matter how God chooses to resolve it, we can always pray for God’s peace in our lives.

RESPONSE:

Father, I pray and lift You up. I know that You are in charge of every situation. I pray that You will grant me Your peace in my life and my situation. Regardless of how You choose to work in and through the specific trials I am facing, I want to know Your peace first and foremost.

Christian Devotional – May 20, 2015

Read Psalm chapter 120

VERSE:

Psalm 120:6-7–Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. I am for peace; but when they speak, they are for war.

TRUTH:

It seems everyone today is talking about wanting peace, but when it comes down to it, they just argue and fight about everything anyway. There are some people who just don’t seem content unless they are arguing about something. Are we like those people? Or, do we seek peace? True peace is only found with God and then through God, we can have peace with others.

RESPONSE:

Father, through You there is peace, but only through You. I will seek after You in everything today and will work to make sure that I am surrendered and obedient to You so that Your peace shows through my life.

Christian Devotional – April 15, 2015

Read Philippians chapter 4

VERSE:

Philippians 4:7–And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

TRUTH:

What is standing guard over our hearts and minds? What do we allow to determine what we think about or dwell on? The gatekeeper of our hearts and minds should be the peace of God. Nothing should come into our hearts or minds without first passing through the peace of God. Worries or troubles are all easily dealt with when they have been filtered through the peace of God.

RESPONSE:

Father, I praise You and thank You for using Your peace to guard my heart and my mind. Forgive me for not looking at things in my life through Your peace. I desire Your peace to guard my heart and mind today.

Christian Devotional – January 29, 2015

Read Psalm chapter 29

VERSE:

Psalm 29:11–The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.

TRUTH:

We don’t develop our own strength. This isn’t something that we just work up. Strength comes from the Lord. The Lord also gives us peace. According to this verse, the strength is a gift and the peace is a blessing. We need His strength to make it though every aspect of our day. His strength is also part of His peace. As we are leaning on Him and rusting in Him to have the strength we need for each day, God also blesses us with peace to be calm in the midst of anything that comes through the day. Are we leaning on His strength and resting in His peace?

RESPONSE:

Father, You are my source of peace and my source of strength. I will trust in You today and allow Your strength to lead and sustain me today. I will not get rattled or shaken by anything that comes up today because I am resting in Your peace.

Christian Devotional – January 4, 2015

Read Psalm chapter 4

VERSE:

Psalm 4:8–In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone make me dwell in safety.

TRUTH:

No matter what we are going through, we can rest in peace. God makes us dwell in safety. A favorite trick of the enemy is to keep us from sleeping thanks to worry and doubt. We will lie awake in our beds worrying and analyzing instead of waiting and asking. God gives us peace and we can rest in Him knowing that He brings peace and safety.

RESPONSE:

Father, Your peace is all I want. You give me the ability to trust You for all things and in all things. I will praise You for all that You do for me and I will not lie awake and worry. I will sleep in Your peace.