Today’s devotion is based on Matthew 25:14-18, “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once, put his money to work, and gained five more bags. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master’s money."
We all have unique callings, vocations, and talents given by God. He hasn't just given them; He has entrusted them to us—evidenced by our presence in this world. We are here to serve, as God serves others through us. Whether through abilities, time, or resources, we can use these gifts to impact others positively. From a simple hug to listening with compassion, our actions can reflect the wealth entrusted to us by God.
Please pray with me: Dear Lord, you have blessed each of us, including me, with the privilege and responsibility of being instruments through which you love the world. Thank you for entrusting us with this beautiful task. May we faithfully use our gifts for the benefit of others and for your glory. Amen.
Thanking God for His Blessings
Today’s devotion is based on Luke 17:14-16, “One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
Jesus had miraculously healed ten men. Nine never bothered to say, “Thank you.” But, before we point our fingers too quickly, we would do well to honestly assess our attitudes about all that God has done for us. It is easy to be like the lepers who went on their way—to be so busy enjoying God’s blessings that we fail to say, “Thank you.”
When you take the time to consider the countless blessings the Lord has showered on you, it will move you to take the time to thank him for those blessings. That’s what the Samaritan leper did. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Lord Jesus, thank you for all the blessings you shower on me each day. In Your holy name, I pray. Amen.
Today’s devotion is based on based on Hebrews 9:22, “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.”
Before Christ, the copies of heavenly things “Alter, the Ark of the Covenant, and such had to be purified with sacrifices, but Jesus offered a better, ultimate sacrifice in heaven itself. Christ's sacrifice is unique: He did not enter a man-made sanctuary, nor did He need to offer Himself repeatedly. His sacrifice once and for all eradicated sin, and He will return not to bear sin but to bring salvation to those awaiting Him.
Before Jesus, blood sacrifices were repeatedly made for atonement. However, Jesus' death served as the ultimate and final blood sacrifice, providing more than enough atonement and forgiveness for all time.
Please pray with me: Heavenly Father, creator and sustainer of all things seen and unseen, I recognize that I will face judgment before You in heaven. I acknowledge that I deserve Your wrath. I am thankful for the gift of Your Son, Jesus, who bore the punishment I deserve. All praise be to You. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
Trust in God
Today’s devotion is based on Philippians 4:6, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
When we fixate on life's problems and challenges, it becomes impossible to stop worrying. However, we can shift our attention to the fact that God is in control. He is the almighty, all-knowing God who understands our every need and is more than capable of meeting them.
Grateful for His saving love, we can turn away from worry and turn to God with our concerns and burdens. Through prayer, we can confidently approach Him, knowing He hears us and will answer according to His perfect wisdom, even if His answers may not be evident in the present moment.
Knowing that God has secured our eternity through Jesus, we can trust that His love will extend to caring for us now and forever. Therefore, there is no reason to worry but every reason to pray trusting Him to care for us.
Please pray with me: Heavenly Father, teach me not to worry but to trust in Your great love and power in times of need. Remind me of Your faithfulness and accept my prayers through Jesus, my Savior. Help me according to Your infinite wisdom. Amen.
The time of Judgement is coming near
Today's devotion is based on 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3, “Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.”
If Jesus were to come back today, are you and I ready? As we consider our lives, perhaps we’d say, “It sure doesn’t look that way.” As hard as we try, we cannot lead the perfect life God demands of us. I don’t know about you but I don’t feel ready at all! That’s why Jesus was born humbly, lived perfectly, died innocently, and rose victoriously; all for us.
Please pray with me using the words of Psalm 33, “We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you. Amen.
Today's devotion is based on Isaiah 65:17, "Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind."
This verse gives us a glimpse of the glorious future that awaits us when we enter the new creation. God promises to wipe away all the pain and sorrow of this life. We will not even remember our troubles here because his presence will fully satisfy us. God's promise is not a fairy tale. It is a sure hope. Let this encourage you today. Suffering is temporary, but glory is eternal. You will be made whole in the image of God.
Please join me in today's prayer: Heavenly Father, creator and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen. You have incredible plans for me and all your people. We look forward to the day when we will see and enjoy everything you have prepared for us. Strengthen us as we wait in anticipation while enduring hardship in this life. In Jesus' holy name, we pray. Amen.
Today’s devotion is based on 1 Thessalonians 5:1-5,9,10, “Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly . . . But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. . . For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.”
What if you knew the biggest event of your life was coming, but you didn’t know exactly when it would be? You never received a “Save the Date.” In a way, that is our lives as we wait for the Last Day to come. God has told us that the biggest day of our life is coming, but we don’t know when it will be. This has caused all kinds of people to become frustrated with God.
Don’t be frustrated or worried. Let God’s peace rest on your hearts because you know your sins are forgiven. Even though the Last Day will come like a thief in the night, the surprise will not upset you because you are children of the light!
Please pray with me: Lord, help me to give my “Amen” to your calendar, and patiently wait for your Son’s appearance. Amen.
Today’s devotion is based on Exodus 5:22-6:1. “Then Moses turned to the LORD again and said ‘Lord, why do you mistreat your people? Why did you send me here? Ever since I went to the king to speak for you, he has treated them cruelly. And you have done nothing to help them!’ Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Now you are going to see what I will do to the king. I will force him to let my people go. In fact, I will force him to drive them out of his land.’”
Moses had become disheartened after facing setbacks with Pharaoh, blaming God for making things worse. He had forgotten that following God does not guarantee an easy path, but rather that God had promised success. Like Moses, we too, can forget to rely on God's promises. We know that life's challenges are not simple, yet we often fail to fully trust in God's triumph.
When we allow Satan to deceive us, the battles we face can seem overwhelming. But we have the assurance that even one word from God can bring down our adversary. This is His promise to us.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, the creator and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, I acknowledge that You have already achieved victory. Help me stay steadfast in my faith so that, with Your help, I may withstand the attacks of Satan. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen
As we near the end of the Christian year, approaching Advent, today's devotion for today is based on Isaiah 65:17 "Look, I will make new heavens and a new earth."
This verse, repeated in Revelation 21, is one of my favorites in the Bible, for it gives me hope in a world that many times seems out of control. In God's Word, it and many others point to a time of perfect bliss, joy beyond imagination, and blessings to all people. Something to look forward to in troubled times.
We can look forward to perfect harmony: love, joy, and peace beyond measure. But we can also live with the presence of Jesus in us today. As you go about your daily life today, keep your eyes focused on Jesus and his creation. You will start to notice that you are seeing your neighbors and nature in a completely different way.
Would you please pray with me? We thank you, God, for the wonderful promises you provide for us. But even more, we thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ, coming into our world and making all things new. Please help us to live and celebrate this newness in our lives. Amen.
Today’s devotion is based on Amos 5:14-15. “Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the LORD God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.”
What happens when those in power abuse their power? God speaks of this in and through the prophet Amos. Isreal had turned their back on God. They still went through the motions, but those in control lived in defiance of God’s will. The nation was suffering. God wanted to restore his favor on Isreal, so he urged those in authority and those under them to “Seek good, not evil.”
Nothing has changed over the centuries. Everyone in power says, “God is with us. He is on our side.” While those in power might believe that, it does not mean that God agrees with them. God’s will is justice for all, rich and poor. God’s will for us is to hate evil and love good. Each one of us must look deep in our hearts to see if what we believe and do is in accordance with God’s will.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things seen and unseen, help us to recognize our sinfulness. Give us the courage to change when needed. Give us the wisdom to speak when justice is not done. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.