Month: December 2015

I Can’t Throw a Stone

Getting Over Depression Journal

Scripture: John 8: [7] When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Observation: I seem to throw stones all the time whether judging people, in some of my opinions, my pride or the way I act. I have no right to throw stones, my sins seemed to have been endless in my life and even now knowing my Lord and Savior I continue to sin.

Application: Next time I make a judgment of someone I need to picture myself throwing a stone instead of an insult. I need to think twice before making any kind of a negative comment. If I’m to throw anything may it be myself at the feet of my Lord for mercy.

Prayer: My Lord open my eyes and may my thoughts and speech glorify you.

Only Jesus

Getting Over Depression Journal

Scripture: John 7: 46 “No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards declared.

Observation: Jesus has proven over and over again that He is the Christ, the Son of God. There is nothing else for Him to do to prove to me He is worthy of all my praise and obedience. So why don’t I give it to Him?

Application: I need to realize Jesus is the Son of God and give Him the glory He deserves. To live my life with Him as my King and Savior and to do what He has told me to do. To honor Him with the way I live.

Prayer: Dear Lord, show me what to do to glorify you. Fill my heart and open my eyes to do what you’ve created me to do in glory and honor to you.

God’s Work

Getting Over Depression Journal

Scripture: John 6: 29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

Observation: I believe in Jesus yet at times I don’t live that way, because if I did I would do what Jesus calls me to do. I should live my life for in glory and honor to God. However I live as if everything on this earth is what is important. Some of the time I look downcast at what is happening to me here instead of focusing on God’s promises of an eternal life with Him.

Application: WWJD should be the way I live my life. I need to focus my decisions on what would glorify God if I truly believe in Him.

Prayer: My Lord I believe you came down to earth top take my sins away and die and be risen to bring us home. May my life reflect my believe in You.

Obtaining God’s Praise

Scripture: John 5: [44] How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?

Observation: Most of the time I seek to get praise from others. I want to hear good things about me. I try to impress others with my abilities, waiting to be recognized. God calls me to do good in private and he’ll see it and that’s all that matters.

Application: I need to try to earn the praise of God by doing His will in the way He wants it done. He calls me to be humble, loving, honest, caring and a man of integrity. May I live a life that God can look down on me and say, “that’s my boy.”

Prayer: My Lord take this pride from my spirit and open my eyes to the man you want me to be.

My Food His Will

Scripture: John 4: 34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.

Observation: That is what I should be doing for nourishment, doing the will of the Father. The most important thing and the reason of my existence is to fulfill what God has created me to do.

Application: Start feeding myself more of God’s word and focusing on what God desires me to do, instead of what I want to do.

Prayer: Dear Lord I am yours, open my eyes and direct this servant in fulfilling your desires in my life.

I Must Become Less

Scripture: John 3: [30] He must become greater; I must become less.

Observation: I was in church this morning thinking how wonderful it would be to be noticed for the things I’ve done. I imagine the Pastor calling me up and having me tell others of the different ways I serve to motivate them to serve. How egotistical is that? I’m suppose to be praising and lifting up the name of God and I’m daydreaming about exalting myself. That is the way I live my life wanting recognition instead of recognizing my Lord and Savior to others.

Application: I need to become less and God needs to become greater in my life and it needs to be obvious to those around me. If anything good should come from me God needs to get the credit.

Prayer: Dear Lord may I lift up your Holy Name and glorify you. Humble this servant of yours and may I serve you with all my heart.

Zeal For His House

Scripture: John 2: 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

Observation: Do I have zeal for God’s house? We attend church and serve but I’m just as ready to criticize more then to honor my church home. Currently I’m thinking of looking for a new church because of the things that are going on. My concern should be how am I doing at my church as far as making it better.

Application: I need to make a commitment to do something at my church to make it better. I need to serve in a ministry or start a new one. I need to be lifting up my church instead of tearing it down.

Prayer: My Lord use the gifts and abilities you have given me to bless your church. I’m here to serve not whine.