Category: Devotion


verse to remember.

Do not put away riches for yourselves on earth… Your heart will be where your riches are. -Matthew 6:19a, 21

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From Worthy Ministries

Ruth Genevieve, take out the trash!

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

As we were leaving for Jerusalem this morning, my wife made one of her frequent requests of me – “Honey! Could you take down the trash?” Well, I don’t know about you– but this is not one of my favorite tasks. Why does it always seem like we guys always get pinned with the dirty work?!(My wife — and probably many of you ladies out there would probably have a good laugh at that question!) But really, though — I was sure I had just emptied that trash can two seconds ago! I mean, I turn around and it’s full again!

It amazes me how much garbage our little family makes. But it got me thinking about spiritual garbage. Let’s face it. We live in a world running rampant with spiritual trash. It’s everywhere — and though we as believers try and avoid it, we step out our front doors and there it is to greet us. As a matter of fact, we don’t even have to step out our doors anymore! The trash has inundated our television, our music, our computers. It’s in our schools and even in our churches! We’re probably so chock full of trash by now, we’re overflowing! I think it’s time we empty our spiritual trash cans.

Ruth Genevieve, we have a responsibility to make sure we empty our spiritual trash – and empty it often. Let’s ask the Lord to help us take out this yucky mess and clean us up from head to toe — that we might be able to do greater things for Him!

From Worthy Ministries

Ruth Genevieve, has someone been watching?

2 Corinthians 13:5-6 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.

We came across this interesting story by Leslie B. Flynn in her book Dare to Care Like Jesus.

A Christian baroness, living in the highlands of Nairobi, Kenya, told of a young national who was employed as her houseboy. After three months he asked the baroness to give him a letter of reference to a friendly sheik some miles away. The baroness, not wishing the houseboy to leave just when he had learned the routine of the household, offered to increase his pay. The lad replied that he was not leaving for higher pay. Rather, he had decided he would become either a Christian or a Moslem. This was why he had come to work for the baroness for three months. He had wished to see how Christians acted. Now he wanted to work for three months for the sheik to observe the ways of the Moslems. Then he would decide which way of life he would follow. The baroness was stunned as she recalled her many blemishes in her dealings with the houseboy. She could only exclaim, “Why didn’t you tell me at the beginning!”

I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news but the minute we label ourselves “Christian”, we must know that people will be watching us everywhere we go. This does not mean that we have to be perfect (although that is what the world often expects to see)! But what it means is that we have to be daily walking in repentance, frequently examining our behaviors and motives, and praying for God’s deliverance from all the ways we fall short. We must be bettering ourselves for the Kingdom every single day! Yes, it must be the main focus in our lives!

Ruth Genevieve, none of us have arrived. We all have work to do. Let’s make it a point to be in daily, or even hourly contact with the Lord, asking Him to restore our hearts and minds for His sake and for the sake of all who are watching!

From God’s Minute

HE WHO HEEDS THE WORD WISELY WILL FIND GOOD, AND WHOEVER TRUSTS IN THE LORD, HAPPY IS HE.
( PROVERBS 16:20 *NKJV )

Do not let the enemy still your joy and leave you downcast! Instead enjoy what God has given you, for HAPPY ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN SUCH A STATE; HAPPY ARE THE PEOPLE WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD! ( PSALM 144:15 )

Now when we have negative thoughts it draws negative results into our lives.  Likewise, when we think positive thoughts we draw positive results in as well!

After all when we are downcast it brings on depression, worry and anxiety.  All of those things are known to cause health problems. So always think positive for: A MERRY HEART DOES GOOD, LIKE MEDICINE, BUT A BROKEN SPIRIT DRIES THE BONES.  ( PROVERBS 17:22  )

Now I know that, MANY ARE THE AFFLICTIONS OF THE RIGHTEOUS, BUT THE LORD DELIVERS HIM OUT OF THEM ALL.  ( Psalm 34:19 )  So again, do not let the enemy steal your joy each day.  For you know that:YOUR ADVERSARY THE DEVIL WALKS ABOUT LIKE A ROARING LION, SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR. ( 1 PETER 5:8 )

So Ruth, enjoy what God has planned for you, and show that pretty smile of yours.  For when you smile it shows God’s joy within you! Amen.

From Worthy Ministries

Ruth Genevieve, has someone been watching?

2 Corinthians 13:5-6 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.

We came across this interesting story by Leslie B. Flynn in her book Dare to Care Like Jesus.

A Christian baroness, living in the highlands of Nairobi, Kenya, told of a young national who was employed as her houseboy. After three months he asked the baroness to give him a letter of reference to a friendly sheik some miles away. The baroness, not wishing the houseboy to leave just when he had learned the routine of the household, offered to increase his pay. The lad replied that he was not leaving for higher pay. Rather, he had decided he would become either a Christian or a Moslem. This was why he had come to work for the baroness for three months. He had wished to see how Christians acted. Now he wanted to work for three months for the sheik to observe the ways of the Moslems. Then he would decide which way of life he would follow. The baroness was stunned as she recalled her many blemishes in her dealings with the houseboy. She could only exclaim, “Why didn’t you tell me at the beginning!”

I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news but the minute we label ourselves “Christian”, we must know that people will be watching us everywhere we go. This does not mean that we have to be perfect (although that is what the world often expects to see)! But what it means is that we have to be daily walking in repentance, frequently examining our behaviors and motives, and praying for God’s deliverance from all the ways we fall short. We must be bettering ourselves for the Kingdom every single day! Yes, it must be the main focus in our lives!

Ruth Genevieve, none of us have arrived. We all have work to do. Let’s make it a point to be in daily, or even hourly contact with the Lord, asking Him to restore our hearts and minds for His sake and for the sake of all who are watching!

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From God’s Minute.

It is written we are to humble ourselves, and not let our pride or ego get in the way when dealing with others.  For, WHOEVER EXALTS HIMSELF WILL BE HUMBLED, AND WHOEVER HUMBLES HIMSELF WILL BE EXALTED. (MATTHEW 23:12)  For, GOD OPPOSES THE PROUD BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.  (JAMES 4:6)

So never let your pride or ego convince you that you are more righteous than another.  Alter all, we are all God’s Children and He loves each of us equally.  THEREFORE LET US STOP PASSING JUDGMENT ON ONE ANOTHER. INSTEAD, MAKE UP YOUR MIND NOT TO PUT ANY STUMBLING BLOCK OR OBSTACLE IN YOUR BROTHER’S WAY.  (ROMANS 14:13)

Also remember the words of our Savior Jesus Christ, for He said of the end time: MANY WHO ARE FIRST WILL BE LAST, AND MANY WHO ARE LAST WILL BE FIRST. Therefore Ruth, HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE THE LORD AND HE WILL LIFT YOU UP.  FOR THE LORD TAKES DELIGHT IN HIS PEOPLE; HE CROWNS THE HUMBLE WITH SALVATION. Amen. (MATTHEW 19:30)  (JAMES 4:10)  (PSALM 149:4)

From God’s Minute.

The name’s used in the Bible often have not only spiritual significance, they also are good descriptions of those people as well.  So today we will look at some of the name’s that were given to people probably by Divine design!

ANGEL  meaning “messanger”
ADAM  meaning “man or mankind”
EVE     meaning “life”
ABRAHAM  meaning “father of the multitude”
ISHMAEL  meaning “God hears”
ISAAC  meaning “laughter”
JOSEPH meaning “adding”
NOAH   meaning  “resting place”
MOSES  meaning  “drawn out of water”
JOSHUA  meaning  “Yahweh delivered”
SAMUEL  meaning  “God is exalted”
DAVID  meaning  “beloved”
SOLOMON  has various meanings including “God is peace”,  “his replacement”
EZRA  meaning  “Yahweh helps”
ISAIAH  meaning  “Yahweh saves”
JEREMIAH  meaning  “may Yahweh lift up”
EZEKIEL  meaning  “God will strengthen”
DANIEL  meaning  “God’s judge”
HOSEA  meaning “salvation”
JOEL  meaning  “Yah is God”
JONAH  meaning  “dove”
MICAH  meaning “Who is like Yahweh”
ZECHARIAH  meaning “Yahweh remembered”
MALACHI  meaning  “my messenger or my angel”
PROPHET meaning “teacher”
JESUS CHRIST meaning  “the Anointed One or Messiah” & “Yahweh is salvation”
satan  meaning  “adversary”
MATTHEW meaning  “the gift of Yahweh”
MARK  no specific meaning
LUKE   no specific meaning
JOHN  meaning  “Yahweh has been gracious”
PETER  meaning  “rock”
JUDAS  no specific meaning
PONTIUS PILATE  meaning  “to fulfill or to accomplish”
PAUL  no specific meaning
TIMOTHY  meaning  “honoring God”
REVELATION  meaning  “unveiling or uncovering”
Last, but not least. AMEN meaning “that’s the truth!”

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From God’s Minute – Daily Devotion

When in need please use the following EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS:
When in sorrow, …………………. call John 14.
When men fail you, ………………. call Psalm 27.
If you want to be fruitful, ………. call John 15.
When you have sinned, ……………. call Psalm 51.
When you worry, …………………. call Matthew 6:19-34.
When you are in danger, …………. call Psalm 91.
When God seems far away, ………… call Psalm 139.
When your faith needs stirring, ….. call Hebrews 11.
When you are lonely and fearful, …. call Psalm 23.
When you grow bitter and critical, . call I Corinthians 13.
For Paul’s secret to happiness, … call Colossians 3:12-17.
For understanding of Christianity, 2 Corinthians 5:15-19.
When you feel down and out, ……. call Romans 8:31.
When you want peace and rest, .. call Matthew 11:25-30.
When the world seems bigger than God, ….. call Psalm 90.
When you want Christian assurance, call Romans 8:1-30.
When you leave home for labor or travel, .. call Psalm 121.
When your prayers grow narrow or selfish, . call Psalm 67.
For a great invention/opportunity, … call Isaiah 55.
When you want courage for a task, ….. call Joshua 1.
For how to get along with fellow men, . call Romans 12.
When you think of investments and returns,. call Mark 10.
If you are depressed, ………………… call Psalm 27.
If your pocketbook is empty, ………….. call Psalm 37.
If you are losing confidence in people, . call 1 Corinthians 13.
If people seem unkind, ……………. call John 15.
If discouraged about your work, ……. call Psalm 126.

Alternate Numbers:
For dealing with fear, ……….. call Psalm 34:7.
For security, ………………. call Psalm 121:3.
For assurance, ………………. call Mark 8:35.
For reassurance, …………….. call Psalm 145:18.

All lines to Heaven are open 24 hours a day!  Therefore feed your faith, and doubt will starve to death!

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From Worthy Ministries – Daily Devotion

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

We’ve all heard the word “nesting” but have we ever taken a close look at true nesting in action? This is neat.

When a mother eagle starts building her nest, she begins using items we wouldn’t at all expect for such a job — sharp thorns, broken branches, rocks. Later, she places on top of it a layer of wool, feathers, and fur from animals she has killed, making it soft and comfortable for her eggs. Her eggs eventually hatch and her little ones grow to flying age. As with any creature, growing up is never an easy thing. That’s precisely when mom begins “stirring up the nest.” With her strong talons, she begins pulling up the thick carpet of fur and feathers, bringing the sharp rocks and branches to the surface. As more of the bedding gets plucked up, the nest becomes more uncomfortable for the young eagles. Eventually, this and other urgings prompt the little eagles to leave their once-comfortable abode and move on to bigger and better things like learning to fly and eventually making homes and families for themselves.

I think some of us may have gotten a little too comfortable in our nests. We’ve had all the warmth, comfort and free meals we could want but all good things come to better things, with the Lord! It’s time we learned to fly!

Let’s not be bitter at the Lord for plucking up our comfortable nests. He wants us to be all that we can be! He wants us to accomplish all the things He has for us — to reach our fullest potential — to experience the amazing sensation of flying, even soaring, high above our problems and issues and whatever other distractions hold us back from growing up in Him. Let’s take the leap of faith today.

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From Worthy Ministries – Daily Devotion

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

One of the greatest stories of the Bible is David and Goliath. It’s such a good story, in fact, that the world has come to make common use of it! A prime example of this is when the underdog faces an invincible champion in just about any sport on national television, commentators always seem to make mention of David and Goliath.

Imagine the scene at the time of David. The children of Israel were small compared to the Philistines (incidently, they are still small today — there are very few tall people in Israel!). And here they are faced with this enormously frightening giant, Goliath, champion of the Philistines.

All the Israelites shook in their sandals, saying Goliath’s too big for us to hit! All but one — young little David. Instead of fearing Goliath’s enormity, David saw his size to be an advantage! He said, on the contrary — Goliath is too big to miss! That day, David became a hero for the Israelites and his name would be remembered well –even to this day.

It all depends on our point of view — the way we see our circumstances. We can either walk in doubt, asking “Can God do this thing?” or walk in faith, proclaiming “God surely will!”

We all have some scary Goliaths to face in our lives. You may be facing one right now. Have faith, my friend! In our greatest distresses God wants to show Himself powerful! Let’s walk in faith for His victory!