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Daily Devo- The Problem with Pride

There is a fine line between the balance of confidence and being prideful of oneself. Confidence is on the positive side- you need confidence to be successful. However, on the other hand, pride falls on the negative side- often leading to self-destruction.

We want to be confident in what God tells us to do and who He says we are- we should have a healthy and positive self-image. But we have to be careful not to get a ‘big head’ about it and become prideful.

Pride motivates people to do what is best for themselves- even at the expense of others. Pride tells people they deserve to be rewarded, promoted, or acknowledged in some way. Pride stops people from admitting their weakness and reaching out for help. Pride is the greatest factor that stops one from seeking counseling, because they do not think that they need anyone else’s help to fix their problem.

Some people are so prideful they refuse to consult God with anything in their lives- instead they prefer to trust their own abilities and instincts.

Some people will have a healthy balance of confidence that leads them to success and then become prideful. They begin behaving in a way as to say that no one else could ever do what they do- giving themselves an exaggerated sense of importance and becoming prideful.

Pride is the root expression of our sinful nature. Pride is so full of itself that it can not listen to any other voice that is contrary to its’ opinion.

Pride is used in a negative sense in both the Old Testament and New Testament. Pride was the reason Adam and Eve violated God’s command- and choose to eat from the tree of knowledge. (Genesis 3:4-6) It was also the cause that motivated Lucifer to rebel against God- known as the fall of Satan. (Isaiah 14:12-15) Pride is what motivated Lucifer- a powerful angel of God- to set his will against God’s- he is said to be the culprit of sin. (Ezekiel 28:11-19)

In the New Testament Paul warns against several different expressions of pride. Pride can be dangerous to non-Christians and new Christians alike- when seeking salvation. Salvation must be a work of God and can not be earned through our own works. Reliance on our self to accomplish salvation distorts the message all together.

Salvation is a gift from God. It is because of His works alone- through faith in Jesus Christ- that we can be saved. There is no room for self-achievement within it- so that no one can take pride or boast.

Paul said it like this in Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Humility overcomes Pride

Pride tells people that you do not need anyone’s help. Humility tells people that they can not do anything without God. Humility is always looking for someone to help and listen to, not for someone to talk to. Humility is near to those who are hurting, focusing on the need.

Humility reminds people that God is the source of all gifts and abilities- that God can equip those that He calls. Pride is the arrogant refusal to allow God to be God. Pride tells people I am something without God- Humility says I am something because of God and nothing without Him.

How do you trade your pride in for humility?

Most importantly you will need a healthy view of God. Understanding who He is and who we are with and without Him. Spending time in His word- praying- and worshipping Him through all seasons of life.

Stop focusing so much on your own needs and wants and start praying and asking God how you can serve someone else’s needs. Be on guard- keep your eyes and ears open to situations around you through-out the day- purposely SEEK to bless and lift up others.

Give God thanks in ALL things- big or small- He has blessed you with them all!


Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for your many gifts and blessings. Thank you for being a patient Father who is quick to forgive. Forgive us for having prideful attitudes and for relying on our own ways and our own abilities. God I pray You fill us up with Your Holy Spirit- we want to be confident in You and not prideful in our own ways. I pray that You would help each of us to be humble and look to help others. I pray You use us to lead others to Your love. God I pray for each person that does not know you personally- that they would seek You and find You. I pray for our nation as a whole remove the pride in us all and replace it with humility and confidence in You. It is in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo- Just Be Held

With all the uncertainty in the world right now, I felt it would be a great time to talk about loneliness and inadequacy. God reminds His people that in their times of loneliness- they should not fear or worry.

Why? Because God is near to the broken hearted and He is with each of us every step of the way, ‘holding us up in His righteous right hand’.

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you,

Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Isaiah 41:10 NKJV

Loneliness is something that everyone experiences at some time or another. However, extreme cases can lead to being fearful- causing us to take our eyes off of God. When we are going through periods of loneliness we must remember what God tells us in His word, ‘I will NEVER leave you, nor forsake you.’ (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV)

Those that are feeling lonely need to remember that God is our friend- our comforter, and our peace. We are never truly alone- Jesus is always with us. Loneliness, inadequacy, fear, and worry can all be helped through the Holy Spirit. (John 14:26 NKJV)

It is hard to keep our eyes focused on Jesus when we feel like He is not listening, but we must remember that there is a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) and God has our best interest at heart.

So when it seems like your world is falling apart- just allow God to hold you- you are not falling apart- you are falling into place. We need to release the control we are trying to keep over our life and our feelings and hand each over to God.

Allow God to just ‘hold you’ while you are struggling. Let Him do the work while you focus on trusting in Him and holding on to His promises.

Check out this Christian song- it has helped me a lot through times of struggle- when wondering ‘God where are you?!’

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for always being near to us- for never leaving us nor forsaking us. Thank you for Your promises of helping us in our weakest moments. Lord I pray that each person who reads this would feel your love, comfort, and peace. Touch their hearts- open their eyes and ears- to see You. Lord, I pray that anyone who is feeling lonely and fearful that You would be near to them- lift them up Lord. I pray that any feelings of loneliness, fear, worry, or uncertainty be removed- Lord our trust and faith is in You. Protect us, help us, and lift each of us up in the mighty name of Jesus.

Amen

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Daily Devo-Compromising Peace

Are you a people pleaser? Do you often put your own wants, beliefs, and needs to the side to keep peace among friends, family, or co-workers? Maybe you feel your worth comes from what others think, say, or feel about you. Who do you live your life striving to please- God or others?

I am a people pleaser. I know this is not what God has called me to be and I am working hard on learning to stand up for myself and God.

For many years I was living my life under the control of my father. Day after day I willfully gave him all the power over my life. Allowing him to control every decision I made- from when I do yard work to how I raised my child.

It was totally unhealthy!

The worst part was it went on for many years and I didn’t even realize it was happening. I was 30 years old when God showed me CLEARLY what He was doing in my life.

I was going through a period of trials and heartache lasting about four years that finally ended when I became FULLY obedient to God. When crying out to Him about the situations going on at the time God asked me, “Are you going to serve Gary your earthly father, or Me, God THE father? You can’t do both!”

I wept. I knew EXACTLY what God was saying to me.

There were countless times that I did the opposite of what God was telling me to do to please my father and avoid any verbal abuse, physical abuse, or confrontation of any kind.

I longed for my father to be loving, positively involved, and simply proud of who I was- not who he wanted me to be.

The mentioning of God would make his skin crawl. Unfortunately, my father had many demons that he carried throughout his life starting in his own childhood. This made it very difficult when trying to serve God- yet please him.

God wants us to be fully obedient to Him- He doesn’t want sacrifice’s or partial obedience- He wants us ALL IN. I would pray and ask for direction and wisdom- God would show me something and tell me to take action- then I would try to compromise with Him to be obedient yet not upset anyone else.

We can NOT only do a small part of what God tells us to do. When we know He is leading us we have to be bold in Him. Stepping out and standing up in love and not compromising our own morals or relationship with God so others won’t be upset.

Living in a compromised peace is not what God wants for us. We are not to me conformed to this world but TRANSFORMED by the renewing of our mind through Jesus.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:2 NKJV

The world is becoming harder and harder to be a Christian in but we need to be sure we are making our own decisions and not allowing others to influence them. The Bible tells us to stand FIRM on His word and put on the whole armor of God. Our only responsibility is do what God wants us to do.

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13 NKJV

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Ephesians 6:11 NKJV

When we spend time studying God’s word and seeking Him- He lights a fire within our heart that can not be put out. You should know however, when you are on fire for God, people in the world will reject you- BUT He has overcome the world and we should not fear.

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

2 Timothy 3:12 NKJV

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 NKJV

We are not created to blend in with the world. In fact, it is quite the opposite- we are created to standout- to be bold and courageous- and to lean NOT on our own understanding.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;

Proverbs 3:5 NKJV

God promises if we stand firm in our faith-seek Him above all else- and love with all our heart, mind, and soul- than we will have a peace that surpasses all understanding.

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7 NKJV

God is with you wherever you go! We do not have to live a life in compromised peace. It is time to stand-up, stand-out, and stand-frim on the truth.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9 NKJV

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 NKJV

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for this beautiful day and for offering us peace that surpasses all understanding. Lord, the world can be such a sinful and misleading representation of You and our destiny, help us to have discernment and knowledge. Let us not lean on our own understanding but trust in You with all our hearts. It is election day Lord, and the stress and tension is very tight. I pray each person would be lead by Your Holy Spirit and remember regardless of the outcome, You are still in control.

Lord I pray that each of us would have the courage to stand strong on Your word and stand up for what is right and true in You. Lord, help us to remember that we are all children of God and You want the world to choose love over hate- peace over strife, and truth over deceit.

Guide our steps and show us the way as we move forward through the election process. I pray Your will be done and the hearts of people all over the world would be open to see You.

Lord I pray for both candidates that each would hold themselves with grace and dignity. That you would protect each of them and their families. Lord I pray people would find love in their hearts and choose to support and uplift regardless of the outcome. I pray for the safety of America, guidance moving forward, and that love would fill the hearts of Your people all across the world. In Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo- 5 things we can learn from Philip about Evangelism

We are all called to share the love of Christ with others- to stir up spiritual interest in non-believers. and lead them to a relationship with Jesus. How do we do this without coming off so overbearing or ‘pushy’? Let’s look at an example from the Bible.

The account of Philip sharing Christ with an Ethiopian eunuch is found in the Bible in Acts 8:26-39.

As you read the scripture- take note of ways that Philip listened and cultivated spiritual interest with the eunuch.

Philip asked the eunuch if he understood what he was reading in Isaiah 53:7-8. In which he responded, “How can I, unless someone guides me?”

Philip began to preach Jesus to him, starting with the scripture in Isaiah. Philip was helping the eunuch to understand the God of the Jews (Jesus).

There are multiple things we can learn from looking at these scriptures and understanding what is going on. The basic principle here is that when we share our faith or testimony it should be relational. We are to have spiritual interest in others without being overbearing.

In other words- Don’t preach AT them instead, talk WITH them and give advise and guidance that points to Jesus and glorifies Him.

5 more things we can learn from Philip in this scripture:

  1. Philip was obedient to God’s instruction
  2. Philip met the man where he was at
  3. Philip sensed the eagerness of the Ethiopian Church
  4. Philip pointed Him to scripture
  5. Philip took him as far as he was willing to go

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for Your guidance- for leading the way and being by my side for every step. Lord, I thank you for this message from You about evangelism. Lord, I confess that in the past I have not always given spiritual interest to those you have placed in my path. I sometimes get carried away with my emotions and I fall short on giving advice that glorifies and leads to you. Lord, forgive me. I pray You will give me guidance and discernment when interacting with others. Help me to know what to say and how to say it. I want to be one who can give sound advice or guidance that clearly points to You and glorifies Your kingdom. Thank you for being a forgiving and loving Father in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Devo- Exchange Your Human Strength for Divine Strength

As believers in Christ we are not to be trying to muster up our own strength to do the work of God, just as we aren’t to try to control our life or circumstances.

We are called to rely on God- to call upon Him in our time of need.

But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31 NKJV

Sometimes life gets to us and we just don’t feel like completing another task– like our devotional time. These feelings are normal- we should confess to God and tell Him we do not feel like doing anything else for the day and ask Him to renew your strength and help you to have quality quiet time with Him.

The key is to take it to God. To call upon God in every area of your life. Surrender your life to Him and He will sustain you and help you through.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank You Lord for Your promise of renewed strength. Help me to remember the scripture in Isaiah 40:31 in times of exhaustion throughout life. Lord, I confess and I am sorry that many times I try to do things in my own strength, power, and will. Lord, forgive me. I pray for discernment when making my schedule and ask that You help me to be strong in my spiritual discipline. God, I will do my best to come to You first in all things- I surrender my control to You in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Faith while you wait

Keeping faith while you wait is extremely difficult when referring to waiting on God’s timing. We have to remember in our impatience that His timing is perfect– never early and never late. This means when you are praying and asking God for something; regardless if it is materialistic or spiritual, God is not going to give us something that we are not ready for.

If what we are requesting from Him is going to cause us more harm or heartache, God is not going to give that something to us. God knows the desires of our heart and even though we may think we know what we want or need God always knows better. God’s plan is to help us not to hurt us, to give us hope and a future.

Let’s be honest– No one wants to wait but we all have to do it.

According to a Timex survey, Americans wait:

  • on average of 20 minutes a day for the bus or train
  • 32 minutes whenever they visit a doctor
  • 28 minutes in security lines whenever they travel
  • 21 minutes for a significant other to get ready to go out
  • 13 hours annually waiting on hold for a customer service
  • 38 hours each year waiting in traffic
  • those living in Big cities wait in traffic more than 50 hours annually

= about 37 billion hours each year waiting in line somewhere
Human beings spend approximately 6 months of their lives waiting in line for things, it means like 3 days a year of queueing up. The average person spends about 43 days on hold with automated customer service in one lifetime. Those who take the bus will wait about 27 days of their lives waiting around on the platform or at the bus stop. (view the full article here)

Waiting is going to happen weather we like it or not. The sooner we accept it and learn to embrace the wait while we keep faith, the happier we will be. It could be waiting in traffic, at a restaurant or for an answered prayer from God, regardless prepare to wait.

Let’s look at one of the examples above, waiting at a doctor office. When we have to wait to be seen and feel as if it is taking too long, we don’t try to rush the doctor or convince other patients to leave. Although we may be a bit frustrated, we wait. We have faith that when it is time, a nurse will come to get us.

If we do not try to rush the day to day things – why do we try to rush God’s hand?

As you read per the timex survey waiting is inevitable, so why not learn to have faith while you wait in all things?

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

We have faith that even though we have to wait in traffic we will eventually get home. We have faith when we flip the switch in our home the light comes on. We have faith that we will work and at the end of the pay period we will receive a check. These all come very naturally for us– we don’t often wonder if things will “work out” in the above day to day scenarios, we just have faith and know that they will. This is the kind of faith we need to have in God and His promises.

When God tells us to wait– there is always a reason– even if we never get to know it. If we would have faith in God during our “Biggest Storms”– as we do in the examples given– we would be able to live a much more peaceful, enjoyable life. Not spending our days worrying about things we can not change nor prevent. Instead spend them embracing the journey knowing God is by our side and already has everything worked out for our good– we only need to trust in Him.

Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Turn your worry into worship, your fear and fearless, and have faith while you wait! God’s got you!

We are often tired, worried, and purely exhausted during the most trying times in our life– but when you put your faith into God and allow Him FULL CONTROL over your life we will not grow weary.

Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Having faith while you wait doesn’t mean you are doing nothing. In fact, you are actively praying, trusting, and having faith that God has a good plan and you do not have to worry.


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D.B.V. – July 28, 2019

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭28:23‬ ‭NKJV

“Give ear and hear my voice, Listen and hear my speech.”
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D.B.V.- January 24, 2018

Isaiah 1:18-20-  “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.” 19 If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; 20 But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

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D.B.V.- January 12, 2018

Isaiah 53:5- But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.