Daily Devotional

Being Jesus’ Brother

Scripture: Matthew 12: [50] For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Observation: That is my purpose to do the will of the Father at all times. I fall short of that goal and my thoughts for my will overrides the will of the Father more times than not, but besides pleasing God which is the ultimate pleasure I can also be Jesus’ brother, how can I not want all of that?

Application: Before making any decision or doing anything I should ask myself why, is this God’s will, will it please him and draw me closer to my true family. My focus when I get up in the morning is to do the will of God and plan out how to do that.

Prayer: Dear Father show me how to do your will, direct me in the things that will please you this day and each day that I’m here. Grow me near to you and show me the purpose you have created me for and then show me how to fulfill that purpose in glory and honor to your name.

Weary and Burdened

Scripture: Matthew 11: 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Observation: That is me wearied and burdened because of the way I Choose to live this life. I worry about so many things even though my God tells me not to. I’m burdened because I choose to fill my life with anxiety instead of trusting my Lord has he directs me. I do everything the opposite of how God directs me and I wonder why I have no peace.

Application: All I need to do is come to him and obey him. Peace rests in God not in me and I need to free myself of the bondage of living this life my way and trust in my God and do as he calls me to do.

Prayer: Dear Lord help me to obey you each day. Direct my path and guide me through this life in a way that it will honor you. I’m here to serve you only show me how to be obedient in that.

May God Speak Through Me

Scripture: Matthew 10: [20] for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

Observation: I worry about what to say at times. I try to come up with this great speech to impress others or worry about praying with others. It is not my job to determine what to say my job is to have faith enough to approach a situation with confidence that God will use me.

Application: To trust in my God who is so trustworthy. To be bold knowing God is with me and has a plan for my life. To make fulfilling that plan my number one purpose in my life and allowing God to work that plan out.

Prayer: Dear Lord increase my faith. Show me how to be bold and trusting so I may fulfill the purpose you have created me for. You are worthy of my best help me give that to you.

I should be a Harvester

Scripture: Mathew 9:38 Ask the Lord of the harvest. Therefore to send out workers into his harvest field.

Observation: God calls all of us to be harvesters, to spread the gospel. So who am I harvesting for my Lord? Who am I telling about my Lord and Savior? Some times my actions and words shows my love and draws people near, but there are other times my actions are of this world and I’m no different than anyone else allowing the crop to spoil.

Application: I need to wake up each morning making my main job to bring in the crops for my Lord. No matter what I’m doing I need to do it in a manner that glorifies the Lord and embraces others to want to have what I have in the Lord.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father you are worthy of all I have. Help me to please you by bringing others near, for I know you do not want anyone to perish. Give me the knowledge, wisdom and desire to fulfill my purpose in you.

Why am I so Afraid

Scripture: Mathew 8:26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

Observation: My faith must be weak because a day doesn’t go by that I DON’T worry about something. I live most of my life in fear, yet I don’t know what I’m afraid of. God has worked miracles in my life and yet even after experiencing these miracles I still doubt.

Application: My fear comes from a lack of faith. I need to trust my Lord with all my heart. God put this on my heart a few years ago. Proverbs 3:5, 6 and yet I still have a hard time trusting. I need to give my whole life to Christ, it’s his anyway. Every time I worry or over plan I need to stop and know Christ is with me.

Prayer: Dear Lord increase my faith for you are trustworthy and true. I dedicate this life to you, guide me this day to glorify you. Take this fear from me and fill me with your love.

My Plank

Scripture: Matthew 7: 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?

Observation: Lately I’ve been doing this more, looking at the faults of others and ignoring mine. It’s most likely if I focus on others I feel better about myself and then I don’t have to change, just everyone else.

Application: Realize the only person I can change is me. I don’t have to focus on my faults, but what God asks of me. If I can become the man God calls me to be I can be an influence to others and help guide them to Christ, my example. If I stop looking at the faults of others it will be easier to love them and I will have more time focusing on living my life right.

Prayer: Dear Lord give me a kinder heart so I may please you. May I look at others with love as you do and look at ways to become more like You in my life.

Don’t Worry

Scripture: Matthew 6: [34] Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Observation: I spend so much time worrying about what might happen, I don’t enjoy the present. Today was Easter service at the beach. I was running around worrying and complaining about things I almost missed the full moon glistening on the ocean, the people surrounding me and most important why I was there. I’m writing this worrying about next week.

Application: Trust in the Lord with all my heat, I need to make plans and preparations, but the rest is up to God. If I walk in His ways He will guide me through each day. Worrying takes me away from living the life that honors God.

Prayer: Dear Lord you are my Rock, my salvation and my friend. Take my eyes off my worries and place them on You.