Daily Devotional

How to Show to be His Disciple

Scripture: John 13:35 “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Observation: We are to stand out in this world, there should be a difference that others can see that makes us stand out for Jesus. Jesus tells us that we must love one another and by doing so people in this world will take note. Everyone wants to feel loved and part of something and that their life has purpose. If Christians will unite and display the love of God for each other people will be drawn by that.

Application: I need to stop judging others especially in the church and learn to simply love them. To look at others the way Jesus would with love. I need to love others the way I want to be loved and accepted. God has surrounded me with people some are Christians and others need to hear the gospel of Jesus, both are loved by Christ and that is what I need to do.

Prayer: Dear Lord I thank you for loving me, a sinner. Open my eyes to the way you see others. Take away any judgmental ways and open my heart to look at others in amazement of you creation and love them simply because they are yours.

Who do I Try to Please?

Scripture: John 12:43 for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.

Observation: Lately I’ve been doing more serving, I’ve been doing Street Evangelism, Teri and I went to Camp Alandale to help get things ready, I’m doing a small group coming up this Wednesday, things that should honor God. However I tell others these things to impress them and in doing so I believe I miss my blessing. These things should be done for God’s glory, not mine. I do look for the praises of people above God’s. I want to look holy at the expense of not being Holy.

Application: I need to continue to do even more services for God and leave it at that. When people notice to give me praise I need to point to God who gives me the talents and gifts to do these things. All things I do should bring glory to God. May I not miss another blessing God has in store for me because of pride.

Prayer: Dear Lord I’m your servant and you deserve the best I have to offer. Continue to strengthen me to do what is good in you sight and that you will get all the glory and praise which are yours.

Jesus Wept

Scripture: John 11:35 Jesus Wept

Observation: I was reading in another book about the traits of Jesus and the strongest of them is love. Everything He did on earth was because he loved the Father and He loves us. In all He did I can picture that He did everything in love whether healing, teaching or the time he spent with his disciples I believe his love always showed through and here it is proven again that Jesus loves so much he wept over his friend. God in flesh full of love and compassion weeping over us because we were dead in our sins.

Application: Jesus gave us two things that we must do, love God with all or heart, mind and soul and to love each other as ourselves. I plan to spend the rest of my life doing just that. Make it my number one and two goals in this life and that it would be evident to everyone around me. That I would love so much that I would weep for those who don’t know my God.

Prayer: Dear Lord I thank you for your love that you couldn’t bear when you saw me dying in sin that you reached out and saved me, I owe you everything, show me how to love in away that will please you.

He almost Killed Me

Scripture: John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Observation: Most of my life Satan was there to destroy me, mix up my thoughts that I wouldn’t even be able to see God and I let him. My mind was so focused on the bad I felt I didn’t want to be alive then Jesus came into my life. Even when I didn’t know him He was always there for me and now that I belong to Him, He has changed my life and given me purpose

Application: That Jesus is the giver of life and I need to stay close to Him always. I need to make sure I don’t stray and become prey for the devil. I need to be doing the will of the Father and keep myself busy bearing fruit for my God

Prayer: Dear Lord you know how my mind wonders and the devil is just waiting for me to stray. Keep me close to you and protect me from myself. May I glorify your name and may it please you that you created me

I Was Blind

Scripture: John 9:25 He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know I was blind but now I see!”

Observation: Most of my life I was blind. I didn’t see God or all the blessings He was giving me. I didn’t see the beauty of my surroundings or the people He surrounded me with. I was blind to his love. When I received Jesus he opened my eyes to the children, the elderly and homeless around me. The joy of serving and the beauty of his creation. He opened my eyes so I may see the man he created in me, someone I never saw before.

Application: Continue to improve my eyesight by reading and studying His word. To pray that I may see clearly what He desires for me.

Prayer: Dear Lord continue to open my eyes that I may see clearly the desires of your heart. Guide this sinner by the hand and direct me on how to do your will in this life.

I Can’t Throw the Stone

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

Observation: I definitely can’t throw the stone. I’ve sinned so much through my life and even now being saved by God’s grace I still sin. Yet I still throw the stones and judge others. I think my ways of thinking are right yet not my ways but His.

Application: Start seeing others through God’s eyes and realize He alone is the only one that is able to judge, He is the only one without sin. Instead of judging or saying negative things I need to be loving and encouraging to others and help lead them to Jesus.

Prayer: Dear Lord I have no right to throw stones. I’m blessed I’m not dodging them the way I lived my life without you. Fill me with the Holy Spirit and show me the way to live this life in glory and honor to you.

Stop Judging

Scripture: John 7:24 Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.

Observation: How many times do I make a judgment on a person by their appearance? I look at them once and come up what this person is like. I don’t try to get to know them if it’s someone I feel uncomfortable with.

Application: I need to look at everyone as God’s child. If God made them they are perfect in his sight, who am I to judge otherwise. I need to take the time to know someone or if it someone I meet just in passing I need to realize that person is God’s creation and to look at them through God’s eyes.

Prayer: Dear Lord take this very judgmental heart and fill it with your love. May I see others as you see them with love. May my actions draw them closer to you.