Daily Devotional

Humbling Self

Scripture: Mathew 23:12 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbles himself will be exalted

Observation: I feel I’m humble but when I think of the things that happen throughout the day I try to get my own way or think that I’m right.  To be humble is to think of others above yourself and act in a way that honors them and in turn honors God.

Application: I need to let my feeling go and focus on others feelings and needs.  I need to think of myself less and others more.  Need to lay my pride on the alter as a sacrifice to my God.

Prayer: My Lord calm my mind and may my focus be on you.  May my thoughts be on the needs of others and may anyone who meets me leave feeling better of themselves.

Loving God Totally

Scripture: Mathew 22:37 Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all you soul and with all your mind.”

Observation: When I read this I realized how short I am from truly loving God the way I should. All my heart should be above anything or anyone. Even loving my wife should reflect God honoring love to glorify God. All my soul is to be able to worship God for all eternity and to honor God not myself. My mind I should not worry if I truly love God because to do so shows that I don’t trust Him.

Application: I need to live my life with a deep love for God. No matter what is happening in my life He comes first, my only true love.

Prayer: Dear Lord may my love be evident to you at all times that you may never doubt my love for you.

Bearing Fruit

Scripture: Mathew 21:43 Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit

Observation: Even though God is talking to the Pharisees this would also go out to anyone.  If we don’t bear fruit the Kingdom will be taken away.  If we truly confess we are God’s our next reaction, out of love and gratitude should be to bear fruit for God.

Application: To pray and come up with a plan to honor God with the gifts he has given me.  To make a difference “bear fruit” in his name.

Prayer: My Lord show me how to bear fruit in glory and honor to your name.  May the abundance honor you and feed those around me.

To be a Slave

Scripture: Mathew 20:27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave

Observation: We are called to serve but to be first (to please God the most) we need to take the characteristics of a slave.  Putting the desires of others above our own, giving completely of ourselves.

Application: I need to stop putting so much importance on my time serving myself.  To put off what I want to do when I can be doing something for someone else.  The most precious thing I have on this earth is time and I need to be giving more to others in Jesus’ name.

Prayer: Lord may my focus be on you and your desires for me to serve.  I freely give you my life as a living sacrifice, may it be pleasing to you.

All Things Are possible

Scripture: Mathew 20:26 Jesus looked at them and said,” With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Observation: When Jesus said with man this is impossible I realize how much that does happen is only with God’s mercy and grace.  I think of things I’ve accomplished without realizing I could have only done those things because God has given me the ability and opportunity.

Application: I need to stop taking things for granted and assuming I can accomplish things on my own.  When I do something I need to stop and thank God for allowing me to do it.

Prayer: Lord thank you for making me, me with the gifts and abilities you have given me, may I bless you with the way I use these gifts.

Little Children

Scripture: Mathew 18:3 And he said, “I tell you the truth unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Observation: We become so cenacle as we get older not trusting anyone because of past experiences.  We focus on the things we need to do and the things of the world and then we miss out on what God wants.  A child is in amazement of the smallest thing and believes so easily.

Application: I need to be focused on my Father and listen to him with an open mind and heart.  Looking each day for what He has in store for me without looking at the past and worrying about tomorrow.

Prayer: My Lord give me the heart of a child, making it easier for me to love and accept what you have in store for me.

Who Do You Say I am?

Scripture: Mathew 16:15 “But what about you?” He asked.  “Who do you say I am?”

Observation: It’s as if Jesus is asking everyone, not just the 12 apostles.  And if we say Jesus is Lord there is a responsibility for us to follow him with no excuses.

Application: I say Jesus is Lord and in doing so I have a commitment to live for my Lord.  He has told me what is required of me and now it’s time to do it.

Prayer: Dear Jesus my Lord and Savior you rule in my life, please take charge and give me the knowledge and wisdom to know what to do and the strength, discipline and courage to do it.