Christian Devotional – September 12, 2016

Read 2 Kings chapter 22

VERSE:

2 Kings 22:19–Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people–that they would become a curse and be laid waste–and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I also have heard you, declares the Lord.

TRUTH:

How do we respond to God? The way we respond to God will determine, in some ways, the manner in which God responds to us. In this case, Josiah was humbled and he desired to seek after and to follow God. When he heard all the evil things that they had done and  how God was angry and against them, he immediately reacted and sought to repent and to beg forgiveness. God saw his heart and he responded by delaying his judgment on the people of Israel. When we are confronted by our sins, do we acknowledge them, humble ourselves, and respond to God? Or, do we seek to justify ourselves instead?

RESPONSE:

Father, I pray that You will continue to show me where I mess up and help me to repent and humble myself before You. I desire that You will be the One who is glorified in and through me. Thank You for all that You have done and continue to do in me.

Christian Devotional – August 28, 2015

Read Luke chapter 22

VERSE:

Luke 22:32–“But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

TRUTH:

No one likes hearing that they are going to mess up, and I’m sure that Peter was no exception. However, Jesus made three important statements here. The first, Jesus had prayed for Peter. We can know that no matter what is going on or what we are facing in our lives, Jesus has prayed for us and we are not alone. Second, there is an opportunity for repentance. Jesus mentioned that when Peter turns back. Peter will have an opportunity to confess and repent and turn back to God. We have that same opportunity, no matter what we have done. Finally, Peter is to strengthen his brothers. Because Peter will have gone through a difficult experience, he will be in a unique position to be a source of strength and encouragement to those he was around. As we fall, repent, and are restored, we need to share our story with others so that they can know Jesus forgives and Jesus restores. Are we sharing our story today?

RESPONSE:

Father, thank You for praying for me so that I may be strengthened and focused on You. Thank You for allowing repentance through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ so that I may be restored from the sin I have done. Thank You for giving me a story and for allowing me to share that story with others. I continue to pray that people will be encouraged and more focused on You as they see what You have done in and through me, knowing that You can do the same in them, too.

Christian Devotional – August 21, 2015

Read Luke chapter 15

VERSE

Luke 15:10–“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

TRUTH

We know what delights heave: seeing people come to repentance. Do we delight in the same thing? Often, as we get so focused on the day-to-day of life, we lose that same excitement and focus on the importance of seeing others come to repentance. Today, we need to be focused and delight in that which delights heaven.

RESPONSE:

Father, I will praise You and exalt You. I will keep my focus on the things that delight You. Help me to see today how I can impact others and bring them to You.

Christian Devotional – October 24, 2014

Read Hosea chapter 3

VERSE:

Hosea 3:5–Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days.

TRUTH:

God, in His wisdom and mercy, knew that the people would return from their rebellion and would seek the Lord. He also indicates that He will restore them and will bless them. When we turn away from God and sin, do we seek restoration and a return to God and His blessings? He is waiting to receive us.

RESPONSE:

Father, no matter what I do, I know that You are God. Even when I fall away from You, You are ready and waiting to receive me back and lead me in Your ways.

Christian Devotional – April 20, 2014

HAPPY RESURRECTION SUNDAY!!! – May God bless you as we celebrate His victory over sin and death today!


Read Romans chapter 2

VERSE:

Romans 2:4–Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

TRUTH:

God allows circumstances in our lives to lead us to the place where we recognize our need for a Savior. Jesus Christ came, lived a perfect life, was crucified for our sins, and was raised from the dead; which we celebrate today on Easter. He did this because of His grace and mercy toward us. Do we show contempt for the kindness of God or have we received the kindness of His Son so that we experience His repentance?

RESPONSE:

Father, Your grace and kindness are amazing. You sacrificed Your perfect Son as a part of Your kindness to lead to repentance for all who would believe. I love You and I am so grateful for the riches of Your kindness and Your gift of repentance through Jesus Christ!

Christian Devotional – February 9, 2014

Read Revelation chapter 9

VERSE:

Revelation 9:20–The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands, they did not stop worshipping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood–idols that cannot see or hear or walk.

TRUTH:

So much destruction and devastation comes on the earth, yet even in the midst of this, the people are not willing to repent and turn back to God. When we are doing something against God, what does it take to get our attention and push us toward repentance?

RESPONSE:

Father, You desire for all to come to repentance, yet some simply won’t. Even after amazing displays of Your power and might, others will still not turn to You. Help me to see past that and be humble enough to seek You no matter the situation or circumstance.

Christian Devotional – September 4, 2013

VERSE:

Joel 2:13–Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.

TRUTH:

The people of Israel had a tradition that when they were in mourning or showing deep repentance, they would tear their robes. Unfortunately, it had come to be just a tradition and not something that actually reached their hearts. God is reminding the people that it is not about the outward signs of repentance, but the inner signs. Do we allow our hearts to be broken by our sin? Are we being genuine in our repentance or just putting on a show for others to see? The Lord indicates His qualities and characteristics that are available to those of us who genuinely repent and seek Him.

RESPONSE:

Father, You are gracious and compassionate and as I turn to You, You display Your abundant love. I will repent of my wrongs to You and will do that from the heart as I allow You to show me my wrongs. I love You and will seek You.

Christian Devotional – August 4, 2013

VERSE:

Jeremiah 36:24–The king and all his attendants who heard all these words showed no fear, nor did they tear their clothes.

TRUTH:

When confronted with God’s word, the king had no interest, no repentance, no remorse. He didn’t feel guilty and proceeded to throw the written word of God into the fire. God’s word is truth and when we are confronted with the truth of our ways, how do we respond? Do we turn with repentance and a desire to be made right with God or do we resist God’s instructions and refuse His corrections?

RESPONSE:

Father, I do not like correction, but I know that I can’t fully surrender myself to You unless I allow You to confront my sin. Show me where I have struggled so that I can repent and return to You.

Christian Devotional – May 17, 2013

VERSE:

Ezekiel 33:11–Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil way! Why will you die, people of Israel?’

TRUTH:

Contrary to some people’s perception of God, He is not sitting up in heaven waiting to zap people for doing wrong. God is just and must punish sin, but He is desperately waiting and hoping that people will turn to Him and repent from their evil ways. Do we need to turn back to Him? He is waiting for us! Or, do we rejoice when an evil person repents or do we rejoice when they are judged?

RESPONSE:

Father, You have such great compassion! You seek the repentance of all people, not wishing for any to perish. I will turn to You. I will pray that others will turn to You and that we would give You our hearts and seek You instead of our evil ways!

Christian Devotional – April 23, 2013

VERSE:

Ezekiel 9:10–So I will not look on them with pity or spare them, but I will bring down on their own heads what they have done.

TRUTH:

When dealing with sin and evil, God cannot be something other than what He is. God is righteous and just. He is holy and pure. He cannot tolerate sin and He makes it clear here that He is going to allow people to experience the full consequences of the sin they have done. Are we repentant to God or are we prepared to receive the full consequences of the wrongs that we have done?

RESPONSE:

Father, You are holy. Without our repentance from the sins we’ve done, You are left with no alternative but judgment. I pray You will hold off on You judgment a little longer so that more people will recognize the need for forgiveness and will repent and come to You.