Category: Daily Devotional

Bear Fruit or Else

Scripture: Luke 13:8 Sir, the man replied, “leave it alone for one more year and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.”

Observation: I’m sure that is where I was with God. He gave me so many chances that he must have been to the point of letting me go. Jesus took me after I received him and started to prune my sinful ways, fertilized me with his word, watered me with his grace, where now there is some fruit, some reason for me to be here. He hasn’t stopped working in me and I pray before I go home that a harvest of fruit would be produced from this life he saved.

Application: To continue to allow God to work in me. To fight the laziness that stops me from honoring God and serving others. To make it a priority in my life to bear fruit for my Lord.

Prayer: Dear Lord empower me with the Holy Spirit that I will be able to do the things you desire me to do. That I will produce a harvest of fruit that you will be pleased you didn’t give up on me.

The Holy Spirit Will Teach

Scripture: Luke 12:12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”

Observation: I plan to go out this Saturday with the street evangelism ministry. First I don’t want to go because it is in the evening and I feel my time is too precious to use to help save others. I’m so lazy and self-centered. When I go I’m going to be worried in what to do and say. I already have things planned out, and those plans didn’t include letting God use me. All I need to do is make myself available to God and let him use me as he sees fit.

Application: Dedicate my time and possession to God. It is all his. Make myself available to God and let him use me as he sees fit.

Prayer: Dear Lord I love you and want to serve you and others in your name. Fill me with the Holy Spirit and use this servant to please you.

Obeying the Word of God

Scripture: Luke 11:28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

Observation: The key is to obey and I know what He wants of me because his word is clear. He wants me to be like his Son, loving, giving, caring and teaching others of his Father. I have a commission and purpose to my life and to accomplish them I must be obedient to God’s word.

Application: I need to start each day speaking to my Father, asking for direction and guidance from the Holy Spirit. I need to set my mind on God’s directives and get the discipline from God to carry them out. I can’t do this in the flesh, it will take the Holy Spirit to carry them out in God’s power.

Prayer: dear God guide this servant and open my eyes to your desires. Show me how to be obedient to your word each day and to please you in thought, word and action.

Love with All Your Heart

Scripture: Luke 10:27 He answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and lover your neighbor as yourself.”

Observation: Why is it so hard for me to love God the way I should? God has given me everything and is always with me, guiding me. He deserves all of my love, praise and obedience. Yet I give him so little. My interest and desires overshadow my love for God and others. I still want to do what I want and when. I have coma a long way since I’ve been saved, but still have not followed the most important commandment.

Application: God must come first. His desires should rule my life. My love should be so intense that my focus every moment should be in honoring God. Each decision, word and action should be considered to see if it honors God.

Prayer: Dear Lord, open my soul and mind to love you completely. Give me the strength to do the things that honor you. May my love for you and others please and bring joy to you.

Who Do I Say He Is?

Scripture: Luke 8:20 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”

Observation: Who do I say Jesus is? At times my speech and actions proclaim him as Lord, as it should be. Then at other times I feel like Peter denying I know him. The way I live this life, my actions, thoughts and words tell others who Jesus is in my life. If I believe in my heart that Jesus is Lord and proclaim him with my lips I will be saved.

Application: Now I need to proclaim Jesus as Lord and savior each day. My actions, thoughts and words need to be put into action to tell others of his unfailing love for us. Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. My purpose is to tell others and to have them draw nearer to God.

Prayer: Dear Lord you are the son of God, the Christ and my Savior. Fill me with the Holy Spirit and give me the strength to proclaim this to the world.

Tell How Much God Has Done

Scripture: Luke 8:39 Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.

Observation: Jesus has done no less for me, healing me of the demon of depression that I couldn’t free myself of. So how many people have I told what God did for me? This man probably couldn’t be still until he told everyone he saw about Jesus. Yet I bring it up when it’s safe and tell my story to other Christians and occasionally share with others, but I don’t have that gratitude that would cause me to shout my story to the world.

Application: It’s time to tell everyone what God has done for me. That I would proudly and boldly proclaim what Jesus as done for me and to proclaim he can do it for them.

Prayer: Dear Lord put on my heart the things of you. Show me how to proclaim boldly all that you have done and your love for us.

His Heart Went Out to Me

Scripture: Luke 7:13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”

Observation: Whenever I read about Christ’s compassion I think of how he had compassion for me. I deserved death, was suffering and wanted to die, but he had compassion on me. He guided me to him and showed me the way, staying by my side. He comforted me and said don’t cry. Today he is with me always leading me through this life, showing me how to comfort others and showing me to have his heart.

Application: To have a heart for the hurting. To follow the path God has shown me and to use the testimony of his love in my life, to comfort others. To use the gifts God has given me of counseling, loving and giving to fulfill the purpose he has for my life.

Prayer: Dear Lord I thank you for not giving up on me. That your heart went out to me. Use me now and the rest of this life you have given me to reach those you place in my path.