Category: <span>Daily Devotional</span>

Let’s Not Remain Silent of Good News

Scripture 2 Kings 7:9 Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent. If we wait until morning light, some punishment will come upon us. Now therefore, come, let us go and tell the king’s household.”

Observation: The true good news that Jesus has saved us from our sins and all we have to do is receive it with our hearts has been kept silent by us for too long. How many people do we meet in a day but keep quiet about the good news of Jesus? I know I am guilty and I realize it is not proper in some situations, but what does proper compare to someone going to hell because we kept our mouths shut? We are content to keep the good news to ourselves, because we know we are going to be with the Lord, but a time will come when we have to account to our Lord why we didn’t share His love with others.

Application: I can bring up the Lord with the people in church or if someone else asks me. I can even stand before many people in church and proclaim His love to those who know Him, but can I tell those in this world who are starving for His grace where to eat, instead of hording His mercy and grace to myself. I need to be bold with the faith God has placed in my heart and go out on a limb to tell others about the Salvation that only comes from my Lord. That is why I’m still here to proclaim the good news of Jesus.

Prayer: My Lord give me the courage to speak boldly in your name to others. Expand my territory to touch the lives of those you but in my path. Show me how to please you and help fill the kingdom with your children and be the good witness you call me to be.

Open My Eyes Oh Lord

Scripture 2 Kings 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Observation: That is my prayer to my Lord that He would open my eyes so that I can see. I want to see how my Lord wants to use me, what I should do, the love He has for his children and to see others through my Lord’s eyes. I pray that my eyes would be opened to how to do the Heaven study so that it glorifies my God. My eyes are closed most of the day as I treat people with sarcasms and treat them rudely, because I want people to notice me. I need my eyes opened so I can do for them as my Lord wants done.

Application: I always feel sorry for treating someone poorly or doing things because I want to do them without regard to others feelings. I need to see it first so that I don’t do it at all. I need to have my eyes opened to what God is surrounding me with and see what I should be doing to glorify God and bless others.

Prayer: My Lord forgive me for the way I treated several people today that you put in my path. Give me a softer heart and take this pride and arrogance from my spirit and humble me before you. I love you and desire to do what is pleasing in your sight my Lord.

Only to the Lord

Scripture 2 Kings 5:17 So Naaman said, “Then, if not, please let your servant be given two mule-loads of earth; for your servant will no longer offer either burnt offering or sacrifice to other gods, but to the LORD.

Observation: When people’s eyes are open to the majesty of the Lord they can see that only He is God and deserves all of our praise. We have so many gods in our lives, money, work, people, possession and so on, but there is only one that deserves our undivided worship and that is our Lord. Jesus came into my life and proved to me that He is my Lord and I’m not to have any other God or thing above Him. My Lord and my God deserves all that I am all of the time.

Application: Tonight I have an opportunity to share about Heaven with my church family and to show our God is the only thing in our lives worthy of worship. I need to show others about our magnificent Lord and that He needs to be on the throne of our lives. I need to set that example in my life, that others may see my Lord through the way I live my life. God deserves all that I have and I need to give that to Him.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for showing me your love, grace, mercy and power. Thank you for always being there for me and that your love is never ending. Be with me tonight and speak through your servant and show all that attend that you are the only thing in our life worthy of worship.

Man of God

Scripture 2 Kings 4:27 Now when she came to the man of God at the hill, she caught him by the feet, but Gehazi came near to push her away. But the man of God said, “Let her alone; for her soul is in deep distress, and the LORD has hidden it from me, and has not told me.”

Observation: As I read 2 Kings the Term man of God is used to describe Elisha more than using his name. Even as the writer is writing about Him, Elisha is called the man of God. What a great title, if I could only live a life that close to God that others would see me has a man of God. To get that title however others must be able to see God through you and I know that’s not what I project. Even today someone asked me for cereal past the serving time at work and I refused and I gave another teacher a hard time for touching a plate, only because I wanted things my way and that is not what a man of God would do. God comes first, then others and myself last and that is not the order in which I need to live.

Application: I need to put God first in everything I do and say. When I do something that would honor God that He will get the credit for it. The Heaven study I’m doing must be presented to others as God’s gift to them and not mine. I’m a servant and I need to show others that God reigns in my life by the way I treat them. My life needs to represent God and not me. Before I say or do anything I need to consider what God wants me to do in each situation.

Prayer: My Lord I want to be seen as your servant. Humble me before you and give me the strength to live a life that is worthy of you. May others see your love in my life and when they see me may they think of you. Guide me Lord and show me how to be a Man of you.

The Word of the Lord

Scripture 2 Kings 3:12 And Jehoshaphat said, “The word of the LORD is with him.” So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.

Observation: In those days it must have been rare that the word of the Lord was with someone, but we have the word of the Lord accessible to everyone. However it is a choice each one of us has to make, are we going to learn the word of the Lord or not. Once the word is implanted in our hearts we will know what we should do. We make think at times we are not sure what decision to make only because we want our way even though God’s word is clear. What an honor it is to have the word of God and we should share that word with others. Can you imagine a world where everyone knew the word of God and lived to honor that. One day it will be so, that will be the day we enter Heaven.

Application: I need to study each day God’s word and pray how He wants me to use it. I need to share the power of God’s word with others and use that wisdom to do what is right in God’s eyes. I need to put aside my personal desires and be focused on God’s will in my life, God’s perfect will. It won’t be long before I will have to stand in front of my God and give account on how I lived my life and what I did with the talents and knowledge God has bestowed on me. I want that time to be a time of rejoicing and not regret.

Prayer: My Lord take me deeper into your word and put it in my heart so whenever you open an opportunity for me to use it I will. I’m your servant and messenger if you so desire, use me to do your will and to give me a resume that you would be proud of. All of my love, your servant Mark.

The Lord Sends

Scripture 2 Kings 2:2 Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, please, for the LORD has sent me on to Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So they went down to Bethel.

Observation: The Lord has sent me to different places throughout my life. He sent me to Kentucky where I did not want to go and that became one of my greatest blessings. He has sent me to do many different tasks and I know it’s Him because I know it in my heart. Each time I would go I would go to honor the Lord to try to give back a little of all that He has given me, but He always seemed to add to my blessings. All through the Bible God sends His people and each time He watches over them, keeping them save.

Application: I need to be more aware of where God wants me to go. If there is something in my heart to do something and when I examine it and sees that if fits with God’s word and desires, I need to do it without hesitation. I’m here to fulfill a purpose and I need to be where God wants me to be.

Prayer: Dear Lord send me where you will. Make it clear the direction you want me to go and speak to my heart so that I don’t disobey. I’m want to be wherever you call me to be and honored that you would send this lowly servant.

Listen for Angels

Scripture 2 Kings 1:15 And the angel of the LORD said to Elijah, “Go down with him; do not be afraid of him.” So he arose and went down with him to the king.

Observation: God speaks to us in so many ways, through his word, through other people, puts things on our heart and can use angels to bring his messages. Most of us have become hearing impaired with all of the noise of this world we can’t hear anything else. God spoke to Elijah not in the wind, earthquake, but in a still small voice. God wants our attention and He doesn’t want to yell.

Application: To spend more quality time listening to God and His angels instead of talking. I pray and I’m talking, but I never stop to hear what my Lord has to say. I need guidance and God wants to give it to me, but I need to be ready to hear that still small voice speak to me.

Prayer: My Lord take all of these distractions away and give me ears to hear. I want to hear you Lord fill me with the Holy Spirit and speak into my heart. Help me be obedient and to fulfill the purpose you have created me for.