Morning Devotional

but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.' [Nehemiah 1:9]

Even if you have done wrong, God will always forgive you, take you back and welcome you with open arms. Is there something shameful in your past you've been carrying around? God can turn your circumstances around and use them to bring honor and glory to His name. Take a step towards returning to God, spend a moment in your Bible reading about God.

Morning Prayer

BREAKING PRIDE

Jeremiah 9:23; Ezekiel 28:5; 1 Corinthians 4:7

I pray that you will always be humble so that God's grace may be abundant in your life. I thank God that, in your humility, you always allow the Holy Spirit to search your heart and show you areas that are not pleasing to Him. May you ask the Lord to remove any hint of pride. Knowing that God will call you to give an account, I pray that you will guard your heart and not allow your skills or wealth to make you proud. May you not boast of your own wisdom or strength. I pray that you will continue to humble yourself before God.

In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Starting Point

Behold, God is great, and we do not know Him; nor can the number of His years be discovered.

[Job 36:26]

Recommended Reading

Numbers 13:25-33

Our minds jump into overdrive when we encounter obstacles, tension or conflict: We frantically search for a solution by getting as much information as we can. We consider our resources and weigh our options as we scurry toward a solution.

When the twelve spies entered the Promised Land their mission was simple: discover what they could about the land God had promised to give them. But somewhere during their excursion, they forgot. They stopped looking through the lens of God’s power and focusing on their own. When the ten spies declared that they could not take the land, they were partially right. In their own strength they did not stand a chance. Only Joshua and Caleb began with God’s power in mind. They remembered God’s faithfulness and made decisions from this starting point. God had parted deep waters before them, provided food from the sky, and guided them by a pillar of light at night and a supernatural cloud at day.

While we may not be conquering a land, we have the same choice when faced with problems and obstacles. Will we start with God’s faithfulness and power in mind?

I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.

[Martin Luther]

~ Dr. David Jeremiah ~

Evening Prayer

Father, You know the hearts of people, so I won’t be deceived by outward appearances. Bad friendships corrupt good morals. Thank You for quality friends who help me build a stronger character and draw me closer to You. Help me be a friend to others and to love my friends at all times. I will laugh with those who laugh, I will rejoice with those who rejoice, and I will weep with those who weep. Teach me what I need to know to be a quality friend.

Develop in me a fun personality and a good sense of humor. Help me to relax around people and to be myself — the person You created me to be. Instruct my heart and mold my character, that I may be faithful and trustworthy over the friendships You are sending into my life.

Father, Your Son, Jesus, is my best Friend. He is a Friend Who sticks closer than a brother. He defined the standard when He said in John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, than a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Thank You, Lord, that I can entrust myself and my need for friends into Your keeping. I submit to the leadership of the Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus.

Amen.

Jesus Calling [Evening]

ALTHOUGH I AM NEVER THE AUTHOR OF EVIL, I am fully able to use bad things for good. This does not remove your suffering, but it does redeem it—infusing it with meaning. So if you are in a storm of difficulties, I say to you, “Take courage. It is I.”

Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

[MATTHEW 14:27]

“You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”

[JEREMIAH 29:13]

Before You Turn Out the Light:

Are you hearing My voice? Listen for Me above the storm.

~ Sarah Young ~

We Can Afford to Die

For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. [Hebrews 13:14]

Brethren, it is a fact indeed, that we will never fully realize in our earthly life what it means to be coheirs with Christ!

The apostles have made it quite plain that all of the eternal implications of our heavenly inheritance will not be known to us until we see Christ face-to-face in a future time.

I have said that only a Christian has the right and can afford to die! But if we believers were as spiritual as we ought to be, we might be looking to our “home going” with a great deal more pleasure and anticipation than we do.

I say also that if we are true believers in the second advent of our Savior, we will be anticipating His return with yearning. Common sense, the perspective of history, the testimony of the saints, reason and the Bible—all agree with one voice that He may come before we die.

The Christian believer whose faith and hope are in Jesus Christ alone knows that he may die before the Lord comes. If he dies, he is better off, for Paul said, “It is far better that I go to be with the Lord”

(see Philippians 1:23).

You’ve placed eternity in our hearts, Lord. Therefore, You’ve created us with a built-in desire to live with You in heaven. I pray that all my family members will come to know You before it’s too late.

~ Aiden Wilson Tozer ~

Evening Devotional

The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it.

[Psalm 89:11]

Whether you're modest or proud about your accomplishments, remember to give praise to the one who gave you your talents. If you're modest, voice your praises by giving credit to the Lord. If you're prideful, change your name to the Lord’s when shouting out your accomplishments. After all, the Lord gave you your talents, opportunities, and even your breath.