Devotionals

  • Look to God

    Devotionals | October 18, 2019

    Who do you turn to when present challenges overwhelm you and the future looks bleak? While fear would have us believe that all is lost, God reminds us that He holds our present and future in His hands. God has called us into the story of redemption that finds its center—and its ultimate conclusion—in Jesus, who gives us access to God. When honoring God is our central focus, we are able to step back, consider our circumstances in light of His presence, and trust Him to lead us in this present moment. Where does God want you to remember to look to Him today?

  • In the Best Interests of Others

    Devotionals | October 16, 2019

    Multiple servants were instrumental in Naaman’s healing. A young unnamed female Hebrew slave first suggested that Elisha could help cure Naaman. When the king of Israel took offense, it was the Lord’s servant Elisha who stepped in to calm him. Then Naaman’s servants stepped in to calm and advise their outraged master. Each of these servants acted strategically and in the best interests of those they served. As a result, God was glorified, war was avoided, and suffering was relieved.

  • Outraged or Open

    Devotionals | October 14, 2019

    Do you ever wonder about the way people in the Bible reacted to the Lord’s direction? Consider Naaman. Accustomed to power and prestige, Naaman scoffed at the prophet Elisha’s simple God-given instruction for curing his leprosy. Naaman’s erroneous expectations and prideful rage only delayed his healing and prolonged his suffering. Where do you need to lay aside your preconceptions and pride and act on what God is telling you?

  • Jesus, God Incarnate

    Devotionals | October 11, 2019

    A daily companion, a mentor in every situation, teacher, guide, comforter, encourager, accountability partner—Jesus is all this and more. He is unique in all creation, the Son of God, Creator, and Savior. He loves and forgives. He is God Incarnate, the Chosen and Anointed One, the Servant of the Lord, the Living Word, the Light of the World, and the Risen Lord. In all of this, He is Immanuel, God with us. Which of Jesus’ many names and roles are most significant for you today?

  • Searching for Answers

    Devotionals | October 09, 2019

    Questions and problems frequently come up in the course of life. Time deadlines or the impact on other people often increase the pressure we feel. As the pressure mounts, pride, fear or worry can begin to gain a foothold in our thinking. We may try to solve problems and find answers in our own strength, all the while edging God out of our thoughts. Where do you need God’s wisdom?

    Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.—Psalm 25:4-5 NLT

  • In Every Way

    Devotionals | October 07, 2019

    The psalms portray the Lord as the shepherd of His people, the One they can cry out to at all times. Jesus identifies Himself as the good shepherd, the One who can be trusted to care for His own. Likewise, God’s Holy Spirit helps and guides every disciple. We do not serve a God who remains distant and detached. He cares deeply about your well-being and about the things that concern you. Trust Him to lead and care for you in every way.

  • Touch the World

    Devotionals | October 04, 2019

    It can be overwhelming at times to consider just how much people in our world need to hear and see Jesus. While we aren’t personally responsible for the entire world, Jesus gives us the opportunity to represent Him to those around us. Sometimes that in itself is overwhelming, but the Holy Spirit lives and moves within us, showing us the way and empowering us from within. What opportunities will you take to touch the world in Jesus’ name today?

    Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.—1 John 3:18

  • A Different Trajectory

    Devotionals | October 02, 2019

    There are experiences that change us forever. Think of Moses and the burning bush. Samuel’s anointing of David. Gabriel’s visit to Mary. The day Mary told Joseph about her pregnancy. The night Joseph was visited by an angel in His dreams. The day John the Baptist told his disciples that Jesus was the Lamb of God. The day Jesus interrupted Saul’s murderous mission to Damascus. Their response to God’s intervention and direction reshaped their lives and their influence on the lives of others. Think of your own life-changing experiences with God.

  • An Outward Focus

    Devotionals | September 30, 2019

    As men and women who want to lead like Jesus, we are aware that it isn’t about us. God is working out His plan for the world and His purposes in history. He calls us to live for Him. Toxic fear—that tells us God isn’t sufficient for our needs—and false pride—that exalts our thinking and interests over God—keep us from experiencing the very thing we so desire: to love, live, and lead like Jesus. Let God search your heart and mind. Let Him transform your motivation and perspective as you meditate on who He is.

  • Seeking God’s Favor

    Devotionals | September 27, 2019

    All of us want our efforts to make a difference and to accomplish the goals we have in mind. It doesn’t matter what our work is—large or small, at home, in the marketplace, or at church. We invest our time and energy and we look for a return on our investment. We strategize and work and pray, asking God to bless our efforts. Whose goals are you seeking to accomplish—yours or God’s? Where might you need to lay down your goals to accomplish His?

    “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.”—Isaiah 66:2

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