Category: Daily Devotions


Matthew 28:18-20

Sadly, a lot of people will make a statement like, “That may be true for you but not for me.” Genuine truth is not relative. Nor is it a part-time phenomenon. In other words, if something is true, then it’s always true. Therefore, the rock-solid principles that God has communicated to you should, in turn, be shared with others.

We see this admonition repeatedly in scripture. In Matthew 28:18-20, the Lord gives us what is known as the Great Commission. This is a charge for all of us who believe: we are to go out and spread the truth about Jesus Christ, teaching others what we have been taught.

Likewise, in 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul instructs Timothy not only to tell others what he has learned, but also to encourage those men to tell even more people. In 2 Corinthians 5:20, Paul even states that we, as believers, are “ambassadors for Christ.” In other words, we are His emissaries to the world.

We are to take what we know and make it known to those we encounter. For what purpose? The passage makes it clear that our mission is to help others be reconciled to God.

How can we ever doubt the urgency of this message? We have a truth to tell, and we must share it!

This week, take the time to write out your faith story, including all the key details. Review this testimony so you’ll feel comfortable and confident sharing it with little or no warning. Then, pray for opportunities to share your faith. This shouldn’t be scary; just tell your story, and trust the results to God.

Numbers 14:17-24

Oftentimes, we become so focused on something or someone that we are unable to hear the Lord at all. In those times, one of God’s most effective and yet painful ways to get our attention is through disappointments. Oh, how we dislike this method!

This is the way God spoke dramatically to the nation of Israel. In Numbers 14, He directed His people into the Promised Land. However, they were scared of the inhabitants, so they refused to enter. As a result, the Lord told the Israelites they’d “by no means see the land” for 40 years, until after that generation had died (v. 23).

Their disappointment was so great that they decided to change their minds. Sadly, though, it was too late; God had already settled the issue. And the people were distraught with grief because of what they had missed.

At that moment, in the heart of their disappointment, do you think God had their attention? Absolutely. The next time He gave Israel a command, don’t you think they listened a bit more intently?

Tragically, failure is rather common in such situations. Instead of looking to God when disappointments occur, we are quick to blame circumstances, other people, fate, or even the Devil.

We are hesitant to believe that our loving Father could be responsible for our frustrations. Yet God is perfectly willing to use disappointments to realign our thoughts with His. Consider the difficulties in your life—might the Lord have been trying to say something in the midst of them?

An inspiring message to all Christians from a young believer. Well worthy of reading.

Life of A Christian Girl

I was sitting at church today and wanted to start a new blog. A blog about life as a christian girl in Finland, about christianity in general, church and the bible. So here it is.

I was flipping through the pages of one of my notebooks and I found something very interesting that I wrote down once. I was at a christian leadership conference in England and the theme for this meeting was “A redemption” What caught my eye was this, how so many christians now a days just go with the flow. What the world likes, we like. That is not what the bible teaches us to do. We are not of this world. We should live in the world but not of the world. (John 15:19 ; 2 Cor. 10:3)

This is a quote from my notebook and from the preacher himself Andy Elmes. ” We have to…

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its really hard, but through my own life, ive had to let go of things or i would go mad. Quoting the Minstrel’s Wife.  And, I believe we all have had to let go of something in our lives……….. to make room in our hearts for goodness, love and happiness.

A Small Act Of Kindness Can Bring Smile On Million Faces

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A great message about God’s love for us and self esteem.

Flourish

Beautiful sea landscapeIn life we can struggle with insecurity. We can worry that we don’t measure up or that we don’t fit in. The truth is if we feel our worth lies in another person’s opinion then it will always be on shaky ground.

As we come to see ourselves through God’s eyes we will see that we are intrinsically valuable. God created us for the purpose of love. He made us in His own image for relationship, so that we could be His children forever.

As we come into this divine relationship through accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we can rest in Him. We didn’t do anything to earn this right standing with God, and we don’t have to do anything to keep it. We just simply trust and believer in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross.

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Matthew 7:7-11

Today’s passage contains one of God’s most generous assurances to us. Not only are we granted permission to come to Him with our requests, but He also promises to answer our prayers. However, you may be thinking, If this is true, why hasn’t He given me what I asked?

Verses 9–11 hold the key to understanding this passage: “What man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? . . . If you, then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” Think in terms of parenting. A child may want the latest video game, but his parent knows that a different gift would be better for him. In the same way, the God who made us is more keenly aware of our needs than we are (Matthew 10:30).

Because of spiritual immaturity or the limitations of our humanity, we may ask for what we perceive as good and necessary, when it isn’t truly in our best interest. But our loving Father gives what He knows is more beneficial. Many of His gifts are the intangible qualities of a Christlike character, which develops through trials and testing. We may feel He’s given us a snake instead of a fish, but the problem is with our lack of understanding, not with God’s goodness.

When it seems that the Lord isn’t answering your requests, remember that He’s a loving Father, and consider what good gifts He is giving instead. Although it may take years to gain an adequate perspective, in time you’ll say, “Lord, You were right. Thank You for giving me exactly what I needed.”

2 Timothy 4:2-5

Deception, half-truths, and “spin” are such an integral part of modern culture, that separating fact from fiction can be difficult. Whether we’re listening to advertising, political discussions, or the TV news, we are wise not to automatically believe everything we hear.

Sometimes inaccuracies are blatant; other times they are hard to detect, especially when the claims are coming from a popular or charismatic personality. Since Christians—like anyone else—could easily be misled, it is critical to develop a strong belief system based on God’s Word. We should let all information we receive pass through the grid of this “truth filter” so that error will not settle well in our soul.

Though dishonesty can be disconcerting, we shouldn’t be surprised to realize how extensive the practice is—or to find ourselves among its targets. 2 Peter 2:1-3 warned, “There will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies . . . In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money” (nlt).

But believers need not fear. Not only can we “program” our grid with the truth of scripture, but we are also indwelt by the Holy Spirit, whom John calls “the Spirit of Truth.” When we yield to His control, He will help us discern reality from falsehood.

What you believe shapes your character and decisions. Don’t allow anything to infiltrate your soul except what is pure and righteous. It is not enough to listen to a pastor or to read books about the Lord; build your foundation of truth by spending time in God’s Word—and in His presence—every day.

2 Timothy 2:4-5

“No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life,” (2 Tim. 2:4). The Greek word for “entangle” is used only here and in 2 Peter 2:20. It means to be so wrapped up in something that movement is hindered. This is the term the Greeks would have used to describe a rabbit ensnared in a thorn patch.

Peter’s letter admonished followers not to return to past sins, but Paul had a different lesson in mind. He warned Timothy against allowing essential daily pursuits to supersede a commitment to Christ. For example, taking up a vocation is a necessary task. Even Paul had a day job as a tent maker, which allowed him to support his ministry. However, an occupation and the money it produces can become all-consuming to the detriment of a person’s spiritual life.

Growing and managing wealth, providing for one’s family, and taking advantage of leisure time are important activities. In fact, God encourages all of them. However, these blessings are not to become distractions that draw believers away from church or regular prayer and Bible study. Nor are we to compartmentalize our life into “Christian ministry” and “regular work/play.” We are Christ’s soldiers, no matter where we are or what we are doing. There is no such thing as a part-time warrior!

It’s important for believers not to draw artificial boundary lines between the “secular” and the “sacred.” Everything God gives—from vocation and wealth to leisure time activities—is to be used for His glory. By keeping priorities straight and activities in balance, you can prevent hobbies and interests from becoming a snare.

1 Peter 3:13-16

Some people claim that it doesn’t make a bit of difference what they believe. In fact, certain individuals go so far as to deny the existence of truth. Yet our belief system actually matters tremendously, because it is the foundation for our character, conduct, and decisions.

For instance, a person who concludes that there is no God and no eternity will live selfishly for the moment. On the other hand, someone who trusts in the Lord and His promise of heaven will have a completely different lifestyle and purpose. Obedience, faith, and responsibility will characterize him as he lives to please his heavenly Father.

Knowing what we believe is critical—first of all, because our salvation depends on it. In John 8: 24, Jesus made a powerful and unequivocal statement about this subject: “Unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” The Bible is very clear that all people have sinned and in their natural state are separated from God (Rom. 3:23). The punishment for sin is death, which is eternal separation from the Lord. But the Father, in His love and mercy, sent His own Son to die in our place. As a result, everyone who believes in Jesus is forgiven and receives His free gift of salvation.

Believers are to share the good news of salvation, but the world’s hostility can make us afraid. Today’s passage encourages us not to fear. Telling others about Jesus doesn’t require lofty words or long quotations of memorized Scripture. Simply be ready with an answer if you’re asked about “the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15).

1 Corinthians 15:9-11

The apostle Paul had a certain mindset that Christians are wise to emulate (1 Cor. 11:1). His attitude included:

1. Humility. Pride cannot hide in the heart of a believer who understands divine mercy. Paul spread the gospel because he believed that the grace which was sufficient to save a sinner like him was adequate for anyone.

2. A sense of obligation. The apostle never lost sight of how far God’s grace had brought him. He frequently reminded followers of his role in persecuting the church (1 Tim. 1:13). Paul’s gratitude for salvation from that former life never waned. The book of Acts records the almost constant turmoil and heartache of his travels, and yet he kept praising the Lord for the privilege of serving.

3. A sense of dependence. To describe the source of his strength, Paul used these words: “By the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Cor. 15:10). He knew what it was like to depend upon one’s own goodness and work to be religious— and he wanted no part of it. Paul desired more of Jesus and none of himself (Phil 3:8).

4. A spirit of absolute confidence. At the end of his life, Paul was as certain as ever that God was real, in charge, and worthy of all honor, glory, and praise (2 Tim. 4:6-8).

Do you see these attitudes in yourself? If not, borrow a page from the apostle Paul’s “playbook.” Praise the Lord for all that He has done for you, and then get busy working for His kingdom. Do not allow His grace to be poured out on your life in vain (1 Cor. 15:10).