Remorse or Repentance?

DAILY VERSE

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

2 Corinthians 7:10

DEVOTION

Many Christians get the difference between remorse and repentance mixed up. Remorse is getting a ticket for speeding on the freeway; your remorseful because you were caught. Repentance is being sorry enough to stop what you are doing and change your behavior.

Lord, show us what it takes to truly repent and turn away from any behaviors that may cause us to stumble.

Taking Risks

DAILY VERSE

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise…

Ephesians 5:15

DEVOTION

Following Jesus requires that we take measured risks. It’s not about foolish or impulsive risks, but after careful thought, those we believe God is leading us to take toward our goals.

Trusting God is the first step, the first risk. After that, we can realize our goals and go about accomplishing kingdom building, fulfilling God’s plans for us.

Just Like Peter

DAILY VERSE

Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.”

Matthew 26:33

DEVOTION

I love Peter! He gives me so much hope as a follower of Christ. This guy failed so many times, yet was one of Jesus’ closest disciples. There are so many times when I get it wrong. I’ll think I know when and how God is going to accomplish something and fall flat on my face!

Lord forgive me for second guessing you. Forgive me for jumping the gun. Thank you for showing us through Peter, that you are patient and your grace runs deep! Amen

Don’t Let Him Steal Your Joy

DAILY VERSE

A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect —life in its fullness until you overflow!

John 10:10

DEVOTION

When you’re on verge of receiving, you can be sure the Enemy will show up and attempt to steal your joy. It never fails. When you’ve built your defenses up Satan will always try to tear you down.

So be prepared to answer his attacks with unceasing prayers and supplications. Don’t let him steal your joy!

God Will Make a Way

DAILY VERSE

Jesus sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished, he said to Peter, “Now row out to deep water to cast your nets and you will have a great catch.”

Luke 5:4

DEVOTION

Peter had been out fishing prior to Jesus telling him to throw out their nets again. They had fished and caught nothing. Reluctantly, they threw out the nets and pulled them back bursting with fish.

When you think you’ve tried everything and are at the point of giving up, God will make a way!

Setbacks

DAILY VERSE

My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can!

James 1:2

DEVOTION

There are many positive things in life that would never happen without a prior setback. Your ability to grow is an increase in your ability to persevere. I know, it never feels that way in the beginning, but as you realize God uses these times for positive change it softens the blow.

Expect that God will do the miraculous and surprise you, outdoing what your expectations limited you to thinking could ever be possible!

Overflowing

DAILY VERSE

“Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.”

Isaiah 54:2

DEVOTION

This has always been my prayer; that our home would be overflowing with fellowship. Being with other believers. Sharing with those who do not yet know Christ. We should all hope that our focus is on expanding God’s kingdom.

May your home, or wherever you may be, be overflowing with the love of Jesus!

Reach Your Full Potential

DAILY VERSE

God, you are my righteousness, my champion defender. Answer me when I cry for help! Whenever I was in distress, you enlarged me. I’m being squeezed again—I need your kindness right away! Grant me your grace, hear my prayer, and set me free!

Psalm 4:1

DEVOTION

Have you ever felt as if you weren’t meeting your full potential? Many times that’s due to the stresses in life. They cannot be avoided. The key is how we handle them when they do come. This verse shows us a perfect way to deal with stress. David was being pursued and this was his response.

Give your stresses over to God! He will free you so you can reach your full potential.

Hold Them Captive

DAILY VERSE

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive to obey Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:5

DEVOTION

Have you ever had a stray negative thought run through your mind where you said to yourself, “Where did that come from?” Satan can put these thoughts in your mind, but it’s what you do with them that counts. If you allow them to take root they can lead to sin. But God has given us the authority to call on His name and take these thoughts captive.

Grab ahold of these thoughts and expel them in the name of Jesus!

Be Like Little Children

DAILY VERSE

“O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike.

Matthew 11:25

DEVOTION

There are a few verses in the Bible where Jesus says we need to be like little children to truly understand His teaching and accept the gift of our salvation. Why? Because people tend to overthink the message and try to understand it from an earthly perspective. Children are more trusting and willing to accept things as they are told to them.

Approach God’s Word with full abandon, soak it up just as little children soak up the world around them, with awe and wonder.