Category Archives: Daily Devotional

Beholding

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)

When Moses was given the honor of spending time on the mountain with God, his face glowed from the glory of the LORD.  His face was so bright that he had to wear a veil so the people would not be afraid to look at him.  When we spend time with God’s word, we become changed.  We are transformed into His image.  We become more like Him in thought and action.  People will notice that we have changed.  They too will want to have what you found.  This is your opportunity to share Jesus with them so that they too will become changed into the likeness of Christ.

…Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29b KJV)

–Diane

Confidence in Faith

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. (Hebrews 11:1-2 NLT)

Hebrews 11 is called the faith chapter.  It talks about great people of the past who through their faith accomplished much for the LORD.  It does not mean they were perfect, they were far from perfect but they had faith.  Faith is more than just believing there is a God.  Faith is action.  Faith is taking that step to follow the word of God.  Faith is seeing what God has done and assurance of what He will do.  If He took care of the three young men in the fiery furnace He will take care of you during your fiery trials.  He was with Daniel in the Lion’s den.  He will be with you when you are surrounded by “lions.”  Samson made mistakes but God was able to use him to stop the oppression of His people.  We make mistakes but we can be forgiven.  God can still use us sinners to reach others for His kingdom.

–Diane

Armor of God

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:11-12 NIV)

When you join God’s army you will become more aware of the spiritual warfare that is raging on this planet.  You become involved in the war as soon as you get involved in training and ministry.  Satan is on a warpath.  He gets very angry when you go to war against him.  Satan’s efforts against you will increase as you begin to reduce the numbers in his kingdom.

We are no threat to Satan’s kingdom until we join God’s army.  Now that you have enlisted in God’s army you will be under attack because Satan knows he does not have much time left and does not want to lose any ground.  He is going around like a roaring lion.

This earth is a battle field.  It has been going on before Eve took the first bite of the forbidden fruit.  It started in heaven with Satan wanting to be like God.  Satan has been at war for a long time.  He has a huge arsenal of weapons and knows just how to use them when we least expect it.  We need the strength and power to keep on the frontlines of God’s army.

Where do we get the strength and power we need?

The only way you can withstand Satan’s attacks is to put on the armor of God, the whole armor of God.

–Diane

Rejoicing During the Storm

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. (Romans 5:3-4 NLT)

I don’t know about you but I sometimes find it difficult to rejoice when I am going through a difficult time.  I can rejoice afterwards knowing that God was with me during the trial I was facing.  Paul says to rejoice while we are going through the storm.  It is like looking for the silver lining in the storm clouds.  It is knowing that at the end of the storm there will be a rainbow.

Paul says if we rejoice during the storm it will strengthen our faith.  Rejoice because we know that God was with us during the past storm and He will be with us in this storm.  Our faith and confidence in His saving grace will get us through the storm.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV)

–Diane

Out of Reverence for Christ

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5:21 NIV)

What does it mean to submit to each other?  Jesus was our example.  He said He came to serve.  I think Paul is saying the same thing.  To serve each other in humility regardless who the person is.  All are God’s children.  We should treat all people with respect.  We should treat others as Christ would treat them, with love and kindness.  Isn’t that the way we would want to be treated?

–Diane

Time to Rest

A little time in the Word every day changes you. Sometimes, it is wonderful to read God’s promises and just rest knowing that He’s got this. -Elaine (Thought4theday.com)

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have all that I need.

He lets me rest in green meadows;
    he leads me beside peaceful streams.

He renews my strength.

He guides me along right paths,
    bringing honor to his name.

Even when I walk
    through the darkest valley,

I will not be afraid,
    for you are close beside me.

Your rod and your staff
    protect and comfort me.

You prepare a feast for me
    in the presence of my enemies.

You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
    My cup overflows with blessings.

Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
    all the days of my life,

and I will live in the house of the Lord
    forever.