Category Archives: Daily Devotionals

Look from the Place Where You Are

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It seems that life always has its ways of bringing us to a place where we need to make a fresh start.

In the Bible, Abram found himself in that very place when his nephew Lot chose the best land in the area, leaving Abram with the less desirable land. But God didn’t abandon Abram. Instead He showed up and gave Abram a bold new vision.

I like what the Lord told Abram after he and Lot parted ways. He told him, ‘Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are.’

It’s that phrase, “look from the place where you are,” that stirs me. That’s the point of a fresh start, a new beginning. God Himself will bring us to that point occasionally.

You might be there right now. Maybe you want to break a bad habit or revive a lost dream. Maybe you want to get a handle on your finances, start your own business, write a book, whatever it is, God could be telling you to get started right now. This could be your new beginning!

After God told Abram to look from that place, the next thing He told him was, ‘Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you’ (Genesis 13:17 NKJV).

God could be telling you right now to get up and get on with your dream or vision, your assignment, your life, because He is giving it to you. Your part is to walk it out.

Do what you need to do. It may not be easy. It might take some time. But trust God and go for whatever it is. Look from the place where you are right now – and go!

Prayer Starter: God, regardless of what’s happened in the past, help me to look up from where I am now. I thank You for Your new beginning for me. I will boldly step into it and walk out Your calling for me.

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Experiencing God’s Peace By Living in the Now

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Having an attitude of peace and calm is priceless. It’s an attitude that says, ‘I’m trusting God,’ and it speaks powerfully to people. But it takes time, focus, and the grace of God to be consistently peaceful.

Too often our stress level is tied up in our circumstances. You could be stressed because you’re always busy or you’re struggling financially or because you’re not getting along with someone you love.

To conquer the stress in our lives, we need to learn to practice the peace that’s been provided for us by the overcoming power of Jesus.

One way to develop consistent peace is to learn to live ‘in the now.’ We can spend a lot of time thinking about the past or wondering what the future holds, but we can’t accomplish anything unless our mind is focused on today.

The Bible tells us that God gives us grace for each day that we live. I believe God’s grace is the power that enables and energizes us to do what we need to do – and He gives it generously, as we need it.

Every day we need to say, ‘God has given me today. I will rejoice and be glad in it.’

If you can learn to trust God ‘in the now,’ receiving His grace as you need it, you can become a truly peaceful person – and that’s powerful.

Prayer Starter: God, I know that You have overcome any and every obstacle, so I ask You to help me live in the peace that You’ve provided for me. Show me how to trust You as I live ‘in the now.’

J.M. Daily Devotional

Relying on God

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I believe every time we feel frustration, it means we’ve really stopped relying on God. That might sound like a bold statement to you, but think about it: God’s given you and me His Holy Spirit and His grace to help us walk through anything that comes our way. Frustration hits when we stop depending on Him and try to make something happen our own way.

Understanding this really helped me. Every time I became frustrated, I reminded myself that what I was really doing was trying to take the place of the Holy Spirit. I was trying to be Holy Spirit Junior!

Do you struggle with an independent spirit? When you refuse to depend on God, in essence, you’re saying, “Okay, God, I appreciate that You’re around, but watch me do this.” Depending on God for everything may be difficult, but it’s the key to the victory we need every single day of our lives.

When God saved us, He didn’t help us and then say, “Ok, that’s it. You’re on your own now!” He’s eternally saved us, which means if we depend on Him, He will guide us and help us.

Galations 5:16 urges us to “walk and live habitually in the Holy Spirit…then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh”…. Notice that it doesn’t say “conquer the flesh independently…then you will certainly not gratify the desires of the flesh.” No, it says to live in the Holy Spirit.

Choose to stop living independently, and rely on the Holy Spirit. I promise you won’t regret it!

Prayer Starter: God, You are all I need. Help me not to trust in myself, but to put my trust in You and to rely only on You.

 

-J.M. Daily Devotional

Grace, God’s Power Freely Given

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If you’ve been in the world very long, you’ve learned that there are very few days that go exactly the way we’d like them to go. Thankfully, God is never going to put us in a situation without giving us the ability to be in it with joy.

I believe God gives us His special grace for every situation. Here’s how I like to define grace: God’s power to help us do whatever it is we need to do. You can have that power today, but you have to receive it, and the only way to receive it is by faith.
Romans 12:3 says that “God has allotted to each a measure of faith.”

Ask yourself today, “What am I doing with my faith?” Are you putting your faith in yourself, or in others, or in your circumstances? That’s not living in grace, that’s just living by your own strength and works. And it won’t get the job done!

But when you release your faith and trust God to do what you can’t do, you’re putting your faith in Him. Then grace, God’s power, will come through the channel of faith and will enable you to do things that will amaze you and others.

Here’s my longer definition of grace: It’s God’s power coming to us freely, meaning it doesn’t cost us anything other than just putting our faith in God, enabling us to do with ease what we could never do on our own with any amount of struggle or effort.

Put your faith in God. He wants to give you His grace today.

Prayer Starter: God, I know that life won’t always go the way I want it to, but I trust in You. By faith, I receive Your grace, the power You have freely given to help me walk through any situation I face today.

 

-J.M. Daily Devotional

Love In Action

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As Christians, we are called to show others love. Jesus told His disciples, “By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you love one another if you keep on showing love among yourselves” (John 13:35).

So many people see love as ‘just a feeling,’ but it’s so much more than that. True love shows itself through action.

And this action doesn’t have to be impossible and overwhelming. One of the best ways to show the love of Jesus is through simple, everyday action,
– Like giving a small gift to someone or striking up a conversation with a downcast individual who needs a friend.
– Or giving a bag of groceries to the single mom who lives down the street and is struggling to put food on the table.
– Showing love can even be as simple as smiling and saying hello to a person you pass on the street, in the hall, or at the store.

There are many ways to demonstrate the love of Christ. When you show His love to someone else, it can soften that person’s heart, and before you know it, they’ll be finding ways to reach out and show love to others, and so on and so on. So celebrate God’s love and let Him lead you. Is He putting someone on your heart right now?

I want my love for Jesus to be reflected in the way I show love for others, even those who may be difficult to love. If I can soften one hard heart with the love of God, maybe that person will soften another’s heart with love, then that one will reach out to others, and so on and so on… And soon we’ll have a love revolution!

Prayer Starter: God, I want my love for You to be reflected in the way I show love for others. Show me ways to demonstrate love to anyone and everyone that You bring across my path.

 

-Joyce Meyers’ Daily Devotional

Oh Yes You Can!

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We all face temptation, it’s an unavoidable part of life. The question is not, “Will you be tempted?” The question is, “When you’re tempted, will you be ready?”

I really want you to get this: You can beat temptation. Stop saying, ‘Joyce, I just don’t think I can.’ Take ‘I can’t!’ out of your vocabulary.

In your own strength and by your own ability, you’re right. You can’t. But when you put God’s Word in your heart, when you lean on His strength and trust in His promises, there’s no temptation you can’t overcome.

Over the years, I’ve noticed five things that make all the difference in overcoming temptation. First, you’ve got to be wise. Think about the choices you’re making and the consequences before you make them. Wisdom looks ahead.

Next, you have to believe that you can resist temptation. Condemnation, guilt and shame work off of momentum, if you stop them early, they lose their power, but once they get rolling, they’re hard to stop. Third, think of facing temptation as normal life. If you’re expecting a fight, you’ll always be ready.

Fourth, avoid areas of weakness. Don’t put yourself in situations where you can easily fall. If you struggle with managing your money, don’t go to the mall when you can’t afford to buy anything!

And finally, don’t give yourself too much credit. We don’t graduate from being tempted. It’s so easy to think you’ve matured beyond stumbling, and once that happens, you make yourself an easy target.

God wants you to trust Him to bring victory in every area of your life. By His grace, you can!

Prayer Starter: God I realize temptation is a part of life. Help me not to be caught off guard or surprised when it comes. Thank You for the wisdom and grace to overcome any and all temptations and to live in Your victory.