August 18, 2017
God has authorized Jesus Christ to be the Judge of the human race (John 5:22; Acts 27:31). By what standard do you think Christ will evaluate people on Judgment Day? How we treat people, but not based on how we treat “important people.” The Lord’s yardstick is, “…inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me” (Matthew 25:40). Pastor John Gray said, “Nothing reveals character more than how you treat people you don’t think you need.” LORD, teach me how to treat little people like VIPs; may serving “the least of these” be a highlight of my day.
August 16, 2017
Knowing the true God through faith in Jesus Christ is always a life-changing experience. “…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). At age 18 I turned from sin and trusted in Jesus Christ for new life. God gave me peace, joy, love for all people, and the power to live right. Someone asked George Beverly Shea, “How much do you know about God?” Mr. Shea replied, “I don’t know much, but what I do know has changed my life.”
August 12, 2017
“No man is more pathetic than he who is in great need and is not aware of it,” wrote Billy Graham. That was the problem with the lukewarm Laodicean Church that Jesus Christ rebuked: “Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17 NKJV). LORD, I am nothing, I have nothing, and I can do nothing without You; I need You…all the time.
July 27, 2017
As a boy, Clark Cothern played beside his mother’s desk at the college. He noticed nervous students entering the ‘President’s Office’. Clark felt terror whenever he saw the college president in his 3-piece suit and shiny shoes. One day as Clark played with his toy car, the door swung opened, President Robert Sutherland walked out, got on his knees and asked Clark, “May I have a turn?” The pair played cars like two kids. “Call me Dr. Bob,” the president told Clark; that experience changed the boy. Similarly, God humbled Himself to “play” with us, letting us know that He is “not a distant and terrifying being but a loving Father full of grace and truth” (John 1:14; Doctrine 101 devotion). That’s incarnation – God took on a human body AKA Jesus Christ.
July 22-23, 2017
Jesus Christ showed grace so He could share truth for God’s glory. The Bible says, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His GLORY, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of GRACE and TRUTH” (John 1:14). The highway to the glory of God is paved with two lanes: grace & truth. Grace points the way, and truth delivers the message of saving faith in Christ. With grace we build a bridge before we can share God’s truth with those impacted by our gracious words and actions. Believers who lack grace may preach, criticize or yell at sinners, but their grace-less behavior forfeits the right to share God’s truth for God’s glory in any meaningful, acceptable way.
July 21, 2017
The blood of Jesus shed on the cross is far superior in every way to any other blood sacrifice. If “the blood of bulls and goats…sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ…cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:13-14). Let’s apply the power of His superior blood through prayer: I plead the blood of Jesus over my life for cleansing, over my body for health & healing, over my family for protection & provision. I plead the blood of Jesus over my community for spiritual renewal, over my church for God’s glory & deeper worship, over my children for hearts that honor God and love Jesus. I plead the blood of Jesus!
July 15-16, 2017
Apostle John was one of the inner circle of friends who physically saw Jesus Christ up close and personal. Did he see a halo (a circle of light) around Jesus’ head? No! Here’s what grabbed John’s attention every time he looked at Jesus: “…we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Jesus beamed with God’s “glory”, a royal shine and beauty, which made Jesus attractive even to career sinners, who badly needed to hear about God’s “grace and truth”. LORD, let me normally shine with your glory so I can readily share Your grace and truth!