Morning Devotional

It Can Make or Break You

“The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation;…”

[EXODUS 15:2]

Ever heard of Roy Riegels? He picked up a fumble during the 1929 Rose Bowl game and ran as fast as he could…toward the other team’s end zone. His mistake set up the winning touchdown for the opposition. A defining moment.

Ralph Branca may not be a household name, but many will never forget the pitch he threw in the last game of the 1951 National League playoffs.

Bobby Thompson eyed the pitch and pelted “the shot heard round the world,” a home run that won his team the pennant and probably the most famous homer in baseball history.

Chris Webber’s defining moment came when the young basketball star called time-out during the 1993 NCAA finals, only to discover his team had no time-outs remaining.

What happened to Roy Riegels? I don’t know. Perhaps he forgot his blunder, or went on to use it somehow to his advantage. But Ralph Branca turned his defining moment into a turning point. Today he is a major force in an organization called BAT, dedicated to assisting old ballplayers “who have suffered tragedies more permanent than dealing the wrong pitch at the wrong moment.” Chris Webber established Time Out Inc., a non-profit agency to “help kids who need a time out to get going again.” Life is ripe with defining moments…moments that can make us or break us, depending on our perspective. For the Christian there is the assurance that God’s plans for us are good, regardless of the difficulty of our present circumstances.

~ Dr. Edwin Young ~

Morning Prayer

“I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in Him. May you overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

[Romans 15:13]

Father God,

Today holds 24 glorious hours that You have given me to live in abundance, full of joy, love, hope and peace. Now if I choose to be sad, discouraged, and hopeless, I cannot blame anyone but myself. Therefore, I am making up my mind to rejoice and be happy.

Amen

Live Loved

He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

[Psalm 111:4]

Our Message

I“I have a duty to all people,” Paul told the Roman church (Romans 1:14 ncv). He had something for them—a message. He’d been entrusted as a Pony Express courier with a divine message, the gospel. Nothing mattered more to Paul than the gospel. “I am not ashamed of the gospel,” he wrote next, “because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” (v. 16 niv)…

What people think of us matters not. What they think of God matters all…

God doesn’t need you and me to do his work. We are expedient messengers, ambassadors by his kindness, not by our cleverness…

And we entrusted with the gospel dare not seek applause but best deflect applause. For our message is about Someone else.

A European village priest in medieval times once gathered his church for a special service. “Come tonight,” he told them, “for a special sermon on Jesus.” And they did. They came. To their surprise, however, no candles illuminated the sanctuary. They groped their way to the pews and took their seats. The priest was nowhere to be seen. But soon he was heard walking through the church toward the front. When he reached the crucifix that hung on the wall, he lit a candle. Saying nothing, he illuminated the pierced feet of Christ, then the side, then one hand, and then the other. Lifting the candle, he shed light on the blood-masked face and the crown of thorns. With a puff, he blew out the candle and dismissed the church.

May we do nothing more.

May we do nothing less.

[It’s Not About Me]

Father God,

You are the message this world needs to receive. Your loving forgiveness is the antidote for the sins of a world that would be lost without you. Without you there is only pain and hopelessness. With you there is forgiveness, hope, and a future. Let us be your faithful messengers. Help us not to care what others think but to care what you think,

Amen.

He saved them for His name’s sake, that He might make His mighty power known.

[Psalm 106:8]

Or let them hear and say, “It is truth.” “You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He.”

[Isaiah 43:10]

~ Max Lucado ~

Evening Prayer

BE MEEK

[Psalm 37:11; Matthew 5:5]

In Jesus' Name, I Pray God's Will for You Today

I pray for you to be blessed with a meek spirit – a spirit that is submissive, still, self-controlled and secure in the Lord. In times of trial or trouble, may your soul be quieted with an assurance that God is in control. May you continue to remain humble and meek for He promises that, in doing so, you will inherit the earth. May you submit to His control over your life, certain that His ways lead to life and peace. I pray that you will be meek, for your confidence is in the Lord.

In Jesus' Name, Amen.