Daily Devotionals

Pray That God Will Open Their Heart

Acts 16:14 reads, "As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart."   Some of us think that successful people are difficult to win to Christ because they don't have the same needs as others. But they do. Everyone has an emptiness within them that only God can fill,...

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Nothing Can Separate You From God’s Love

Romans 8:35 reads, "Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love?"   Paul asked the great question: "Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love?" When you don't know why God loves you in the first place, it's easy to doubt His love at times. You want to know...

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How to Pray for Others

1 Timothy 1:2 reads, "May God...give you grace, mercy and peace."   Let's face it; much of time time we don't know what problems people are dealing with or what they're going through. So when you decide to pray for them, follow Paul's example, in which he asked God to...

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Do What God Has Told You (Pt. VI)

Hebrews 10:36 reads, "You need to persevere."   Try to imagine what life on the ark must have been like for Noah. He probably didn't get much sleep. He was feeding, cleaning and caring for thousands of animals around the clock. And it must have smelled to high heaven....

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Do What God Told You (Pt. V)

1 Corinthians 1:27 reads, "God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise."   As long as you need man's approval, God is limited in what He can do through you. Faith is the willingness to look foolish. That's why faith and humility go hand in hand. Noah...

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Do What God Has Told You (Pt. IV)

Genesis 6:8 reads, "Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord."   You ask, "What is the favor of God?" It's God doing for you what you cannot do for yourself. It opens doors of opportunity. It turns opposition into support. It can help you land a promotion, make the...

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Do What God Has Told You (Pt. III)

Genesis 6:9 reads, "Noah walked with God."   What went through Noah's mind when God told him to build a boat in the middle of dry land? Nobody had ever done it before. Yet the Bible says, "Noah did everything just as God commanded him" (Genesis 6:22). How did he do...

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Do What God Has Told You (Pt. II)

Hebrews 11:7 reads, "By faith Noah...built an ark."   Noah built the ark because God commanded it. It's what he was called to do in life. Sawing planks and hammering nails for him was an act of obedience. And when everything was said and done, it was the longest act...

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Do What God Has Told You

Genesis 6:22 reads, "Noah did everything just as God commanded him."   Noah's ark measured 300 cubits in length, 50 cubits in width and 30 cubits in height. A cubit is the equivalent of 17.5 inches. That means the ark was the length of one and a half football fields....

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Don’t “Go It Alone”

Zechariah 4:6 reads, "'It is...by my Spirit,' says the Lord."   Zerubbabel was called to rebuild the temple. It was a huge undertaking, so God told him, "'It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit,' says the Lord...'Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will...

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Don’t Be a Hypocrite

Matthew 23:5 reads, "All their works they do to be seen by men."   Here's a working definition of the word "hypocrisy": "to be seen by men." Jesus had a no tolerance policy when it came to hypocrisy. Why? Because He knew it turns people against God. He taught:   1)...

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Labor and Laziness

Proverbs 14:23 reads, "Hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty."   In the book of Proverbs, Solomon uses the word "sluggard" no less than 17 times. A sluggard isn't a person who would work but can't find a job; a sluggard is a person who could...

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Seven Scriptural Steps to Success

2 Chronicles 31:21 reads, "He was...successful...because he obeyed the Lord."   Here are 7 scriptural steps to success in life:   1) Put God first.   He wants you to succeed; what good parent wouldn't? So work on your relationship with Him. "Acquaint now thyself with...

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Lord, What Should I Do? (Pt. IV)

Isaiah 42:16 reads, "Along unfamiliar paths I will guide them."   Another way God will lead you is:   Through confronting your fear and taking a step of faith.   Are you feeling uncertain or afraid as to God's will in the situation? His promise to you is: "I will lead...

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Lord, What Should I Do? (Pt. III)

Proverbs 12:15 reads, "The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice."   Another way God will lead you is:   Through godly advice.   Moses experienced this. Instead of getting help, he tried to do it all himself. At that point his...

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Lord, What Should I Do? (Pt. II)

Philippians 2:13 reads, "God is working in you."   Another way in which God will lead you is:   Through the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit.   As a parent, you wouldn't allow your children to get into trouble if you could stop them - and neither would God. "For...

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Lord, What Should I Do?

Psalm 119:105 reads, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."   When you pray, "Lord, what should I do?" He can respond to you in several ways. Let's look at some over the nest few days.   He will answer you through His written Word.   Instead of...

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Pass It On

Matthew 7:12 reads, "Ask yourself what you want people to do for you...and do it for them."   The Bible says, "As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed...self-promoting...dog-eat-dog...the kind...who smooth talk...and take advantage" (2 Timothy...

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Be a Peacemaker

Matthew 5:9 reads, "Blessed are the peacemakers."   Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar told of a little guy who was confronted by three big bullied, any one of whom could have flattened him. And clearly, that's what they had in mind. But the little guy was very bright....

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The Answer’s on the Way

2 Kings 4:8 reads, "Shunem, where [there] was a great woman."   The Bible refers to this woman as "a great woman." That's because she had a "great" strategy for her life! She prepared a bedroom in her house for Elisha the prophet to use when he passed through town. As...

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Learn to Live Within Your Means

Proverbs 22:7 reads, "The borrower is servant to the lender."   Here's an idea for getting out of debt, and staying out. Instead of referring to it as your "credit card," start seeing it as your "debt card." Next time you have an "itch" to purchase something you don't...

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Spiritual Growth (Pt. III)

1 Thessalonians 2:13 reads, "The word of God...effectively works in you."   Spiritually speaking, you may not be as far along as you'd like to be, but thank God you're still on the road. At one time you were a stranger to God's grace, but now you belong to "the...

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Spiritual Growth (Pt. II)

1 Corinthians 13:11 reads, "When we grew up, we quit our childish ways."   People with strong faith can make you feel "less than," when you compare yourself to them. One Bible teacher writes: "I admired those faith heroes whose flowery testimonies hung around the...

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Spiritual Growth

Galatians 6:9 reads, "In due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."   A high-rise construction worker slipped and fell from a scaffold forty floors up. As he was plummeting past the twentieth-floor window, a woman in an office shouted out, "How are you doing?"...

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God Loves Them, You Must Too

Acts 10:28 reads, "God...doesn't think anyone is unclean or unfit."   From a Jewish point of view Cornelius, a Gentile, was a bad guy. He ate the wrong food, hung out with the wrong crowd, and swore allegiance to the wrong leader: Caesar. He didn't quote the Torah or...

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Practice Humility

1 Peter 5:5 reads, "Clothe yourselves with humility."   The Bible says: "Clothe yourselves with humility...for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble...humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,...

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Small Things Matter

Zechariah 4:10 reads, "Who has despised the day of small things?"   When God gave Gideon victory over the Midianites, He used an army of just three hundred to defeat an enemy that was hundreds of thousands strong (Judges 7). That wasn't because there weren't more...

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Use Your Common Sense

Proverbs 3:13 reads, "God blesses everyone who has...common sense."   The key to success lies in doing the right thing at the right time. Theologian Tryon Edwards said, "Have a time and place for everything, and do everything in its time and place...you'll not only...

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Confessions of a Secret Sinner (Pt. V)

1 Samuel 16:7 reads, "The Lord looks at the heart."   Pastor and author John MacArthur says: 'Jesus' exposition of the law is a devastating blow against the lie that image is everything. Secret sin is especially abhorrent because:   1) God sees the heart.   In fact,...

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Confessions of a Secret Sinner (Pt. IV)

Psalm 32:5 reads, "You forgave me! All my guilt is gone."   David said, "I confessed all my sins to you...And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone." Julie Ann Bamhill writes: "If you're tired of pretending you have it all together, it's time to act. For too long...

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