Daily Devotional

Do I Puff or Build

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 8:1 Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.

Observation: I know when I have knowledge about something that I can get prideful, especially if that knowledge give me leadership over others. So I can use that knowledge to show off or I can use it to help others and build them up.

Application: I have an opportunity each day at work to use my knowledge and assert authority or I can use the opportunity to take the time and show someone. I need to listen more to the people around me and expand my knowledge to draw nearer to others.

Prayer: Dear Lord I thank you for the gifts and talents that You have given me. Show me how to use these in glory and honor to you to build up others and guide them to You.

Where Was I?

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7:[20] Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him.

Observation: God called me at the height of my depression, when I had nowhere else to go. He led me to write a book and to speak to others about depression and then He called me to serve. Serve others and take the focus off myself.

Application: Continue to use the testimony God has given me to reach others suffering. Tell them about God’s love and the hope that is only in Christ. Do not get lazy but persevere in fulfilling God’s purpose in my life.

Prayer: Dear Lord open doors for your servant and open my eyes in what it is You want me to do. Show me how to fulfill the purpose You have called me to.

I’ve Been Bought

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:[20] you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

Observation: I keep thinking about me. What would be best for me, as if I was my own man. In reality I’m not the master but a servant of my master and owner, God. Jesus paid the price for my eternal soul and I should be honoring Him each day with the life He has given me.

Application: Remember who and what I am and who owns me. Live each day knowing I’m living it for God and not myself. Look at people through my Master’s eyes and not mine, with love and compassion.

Prayer: Dear Lord give me the heart of a servant. May I bring a smile to your face, that you will be will pleased with me. May I hear the words when I get to go home, “Well done good and faithful servant.”

God will Judge

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 5:12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?

Observation: I judge inside and outside the church. I compare people to my ideal and not God’s. My job is to love my neighbor, not to judge them. Within the church I am to help my brothers and sisters stay on God’s path and not my path for them.

Application: May I help as much as I judge, may I spread the gospel more then I gossip. That I will give more then I take and treat others the way I want to be treated.

Prayer: Dear Lord help me be the man, servant, Christian you desire me to be. That I will fulfill my purpose in this world before going home to You.

Who Makes Me Different

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4:[7] For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

Observation: Yesterday we did the homeless dinner at the Army and Navy Academy. People came up to me through the day thanking me for putting the event together, but I couldn’t take the credit for something I didn’t do. From the beginning God put it on my heart and even at times I tried and hoped it wouldn’t happen because of the work involved. God made the difference putting on my heart to make sure it happened and made the way for the servants to join in and the food and the financials were there.

Application: Realize I am different with different gifts that God has given me. Rejoice in these differences and use them in glory and honor to God.

Prayer: Dear Lord thank you for making me, me. Use this servant to glorify and honor you. Take away the laziness and strengthen me to do your will.

Fellow Workers

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:[9] For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.

Observation: This Thursday is the Thanksgiving Dinner at the Army and Navy Academy and I will be one of the fellow workers, spreading God’s love. I hope we serve in such a way that the people who come will see the love God has put in us. That day the building will be God’s and the dining room His field.

Application: Not just that day, but every day I should live my life in a way that I will be a fellow worker of Christ. That my life become s a field to show others God’s love and that I will draw others closer to Him.

Prayer: Dear Lord bless this coming day that it will glorify you. That everything goes well and people are blessed, not just to have good food, but to be in your company.

God’s Spirit

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:[12] We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.

Observation: When I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior I did receive a new spirit. I couldn’t swear anymore and I wanted to serve, something I never wanted to do before. I started to realize God in my surroundings and had a thankful heart. I started to realize the things God has given me and gives me each day.

Application: Try to stay out of the world at least the world’s thinking. Draw nearer to God and continue to ask His guidance. Use the gifts He has given me in glory and honor to Him. Try my best to fulfill the purpose God has created me for.

Prayer: Dear Lord I thank you for all you have given me. I thank you for Your love and mercy and I ask you to guide me each day to become more and more the man you want me to be.