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Daily Devotions

Friday, October 15 – “They remembered that God was their Rock, that God Most High was their Redeemer.” (Psalm 78:35) Never forget the three “R’s”: Remember that God is your Rock and Redeemer.  God is your Rock and your Redeemer, but that means nothing if you never Remember.  To remember means to put something back together.  Literally to re-member it.  This isn’t merely a Sunday morning in worship thing.  This isn’t merely a Tuesday night in Bible Study thing.  This is an everyday thing.  For everyday life will press in on you and tighten the screws.  You will have daily stress and strains.  So, if you wait for Sunday or Tuesday or any other day to Remember that God is your Rock and Redeemer, you will soon forget altogether.

Monday, October 18 – “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17) The kingdom of God isn’t something you do, it is who you are. The kingdom of God isn’t a place you occupy, it is the state of your very being.  “Righteousness, peace and joy” aren’t places that you can simply visit whenever you want to or need to.  “Righteousness, peace and joy” describe who you are.  Think of the kingdom of God as a way of living, not simply a place to live.  Being a follower of Jesus isn’t something that you are doing.  It is someone you are being.  That is the kingdom of God.

Tuesday, October 19 – “And be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.” (Philippians 3:9) As a follower of Jesus don’t focus on following the rules.  Focus on your relationship with God, through your faith in Jesus.  For when you focus on the rules, you believe that you are righteous, because of your actions.  When you focus on your relationship with God, through your faith in Jesus, you believe that you are righteous because of Jesus’ death on the cross.  Oh, and the bonus is that once you focus on your relationship with God, through your faith in Jesus, your will naturally follow the rules.

Wednesday, October 20 – “God said to Solomon, ‘Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you.  And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.’” (2 Chronicles 1:11-12) These two verses say it all.  If your heart’s desire is to have wisdom and knowledge to be who God has created you to be, everything else will fall in line.  Conversely, if your heart’s desire is to have everything else, wisdom and knowledge of who God has created you to be will never be attained.

Thursday, October 21 – “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4) Don’t misunderstand. This verse isn’t teaching that if you “Take delight in the Lord”, you will have a lot of money, a big house, a fancy car, be a basketball star or the like. This verse is teaching that if you “Take delight in the Lord”, God will meet you right here, right now and you will experience the fullness of what it means to “Take delight in the Lord”.  For to “Take delight in the Lord” will be the desire of your heart and God will give that desire to you every time.  Get this right and watch out.  The sky won’t even be the limit to what you can achieve in this life.

Friday, October 22 – “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” (Matthew 6:31-32) Another verse that has been misunderstood.  Jesus isn’t teaching that all you need to do is believe and then God will provide everything you need to eat, drink and wear.  Jesus is teaching that you need to stop worrying about how you are going to provide, for yourself, all that you will eat, drink and wear.  Focus on your relationship with God, through faith in Jesus, everything else will fall in line.  You still need to work and be a productive member of society.  But with your focus on your relationship with God, you won’t starve, die of thirst or walk around naked.  For God will open up doors that you would have never even seen, on your own.

Monday, October 25 – “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who though faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” (Hebrews 6:12) There is no need to reinvent the wheel.  When it comes to living as a faithful follower of Jesus, you have a great cloud of witnesses to use as examples.  This is hard work, with many distractions and countless opportunities to give up.  Don’t do it.  You’re not alone.  Many have gone before you.  All have felt just like you do right now.  Lean into the possibility that they provide.  You can do this.  All you need to do today is get up and get on with it.

Tuesday, October 26 – “But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” (Hebrews 10:39) If you choose to do nothing, you have still made a choice.  You cannot overcome this world, the trials of your everyday life, by shrinking back and doing nothing.  You will either be more than a conqueror, through your faith in Jesus.  Or you will shrink back into a mundane life of merely getting by.  God desires for you to have an abundant life.   But this abundant life can only be realized if you get up and get on with it.

Wednesday, October 27 – “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14) Did you know that you have a God given goal for your life? Did you also know that your faith in Jesus opens the door for you to achieve your God given goal for your life?  This next one is tricky.  Did you know that your God given goal doesn’t look like anyone else’s God given goal?  Yes, all of us have intersecting lines in our God given goals.  But at the end of the day, God has a goal for you to be you.  The rest of us are simply here to cheer you on as you press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called you heavenward in Christ Jesus.  So, get up and get on with it.

Thursday, October 28 – “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” (1 Timothy 6:11) Okay, so you get it that your life is so much more than everything that you are presently experiencing.  You get it that you need to get up and get on with it.  But what exactly is the it that you need to get on with?  The it is pursuing “righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness”.  That is a full-time job.  Yet, focusing your life in this way will keep you from experiencing so much unnecessary grief.  So, get up and get on with it.

Friday, October 29 – “Everyone will be salted with fire.” (Mark 9:49) Just in case there is any confusion, getting up and getting on with it does not mean that you will bypass trials and tribulations.  Fire destroys, but it also refines and purifies.  You cannot have life without fire.  Through your faith in Jesus the fire of life will refine you and purify you.  Even though, in the moment, it might feel as if the fire is destroying you.  Remember, God wants you to have an abundant life.  This means that there are some impurities in you that must be burnt off.  So, get up and get on with it.  The fires are coming.  Face them as a follower of Jesus.