Devos of the Week: Ephesians 5:15-16

“Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time…” The sin of “sloth” or laziness is not simply sitting on a couch in inactivity. Sloth implies that I am wasting time. Even though I might be very active, I may be active about things that really have no value. Am I living wisely, making the most of time? Am I investing my time in things of eternal value? God, help me to live wisely, discerning accurately what matters and what does not and the difference between the two. Amen.

Devos of the Week: Mark 8:32

“And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke Jesus.” It is hard to be honest about our desires to correct Jesus and tell God that our way would be better than his.  Peter’s blunt honesty gives Jesus room to transform Peter’s thinking and show exactly why his way is not God’s way, because it is rooted in listening to the wrong voice.  What do I wish I could change Jesus’ mind about in my life?  What voice am I listening to these days?  May I listen only for your voice Lord Jesus.  Amen.

Devos of the Week: John 6:34-35

“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry…” Bread is the basic staple of life. Is Jesus the essential, the basic staple of life for you?  How is Jesus like bread?  What feeds your soul?  Are you filled or hungry?  – O Bread of Life, feed my deepest hunger.

Devos of the Week: 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5

“the Gospel came to you not in word only..but in power, in the Holy Spirit, and with full conviction…” Much Christianity these days tends to focus upon right words, right answers and  catch phrases; Paul speaks here of the Thessalonian believers receiving and welcoming God’s saving work in their lives in a manner that transcends words alone.  The words “power, Holy Spirit, and full conviction” imply full involvement of both God’s initiation and human response. Does my life show the power of the Holy Spirit and my full engagement? – Holy Spirit you are welcome in my life. Amen.

Devos of the Week: 1 Thessalonians 1:3

“your work of faith, your labor of love, and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”  These are the things that Paul is thankful for in the life of Christians; faith, hope, and love (1 Corinthians 13).  Is our gratitude for the people around us based upon them living fully for Christ or am I tempted to see people just for what they do for me or for my visions and goals in life/ministry – Forgive me Lord when I see people only as resources to further my ends, help me to value and appreciate them as your children.

Devos of the Week: John 6:35-40

“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry…” Bread is the basic staple of life. Is Jesus the essential, the basic staple of life for you?  How is Jesus like bread?  What feeds your soul?  Are you filled or hungry?  – O Bread of Life, feed my deepest hunger.

Devos of the Week: Psalm 63

“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” How earnest is my “seek”?  Does my soul thirst? Do I feel it in my body? Have I come to find there is no water except  Jesus, the Living Water?  What do I thirst for more than anything in life?  Quench the deepest thirst of my soul, O God. Lead me to refreshment from the deep wells found only in you.

Devos of the Week: Colossians 4:3 (NIV)

“And pray for us, too, that God may open a door…so we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.”  The Apostle Paul saw every situation, good or bad, as an opportunity for the message of Christ to go forward.  A closed jail door became a door to God’s purposes. Chains became a proof of faith. How do I see the situations of my life?  As closed doors or open doors? As part of my purposes or God’s purposes?  Let me see all situations through your eyes, O God. Amen.

Devos of the Week: Psalm 16 – Simple Prayers

“Keep me safe, my God for in you I take refuge.” I’ve been thinking about this simple prayer. Each day many pray for safety for self, family and friends; but it is vastly different from different lips. For some it is just nice words to say in the midst of a wealthy, well supplied life, for many others it is a deep cry for justice, for bread, for God’s intervention in spite of overwhelming odds. What does safety mean for you? Lord Jesus, as I pray for personal safety, let me actively work toward a safe world for all. Amen.

Devos of the Week: PENTECOST SUNDAY: Acts 2

“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place…All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit…”  God chooses the time. His people come together in one place for His purposes. God’s Spirit empowers.  It is so easy for us to want the power of the Spirit for our purposes like Simon (Acts 8:8ff); without a thought for God’s timing and the unity of the body of Christ.  How is this a temptation for me?  Why is the time and common gathered place essential and prerequisite?  Forgive us, Fill us O Lord.