The Choice

DAILY VERSE

And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

Luke 23:42

DEVOTION

Throughout the Christian church, three crosses have become a common symbol of the crucifixion. Jesus in the center with a criminal on either side. What it represents is the choice to believe or ridicule the Living God. One mocked Him while the other believed He was God’s Son.

We all know people on either side. As believers, we can live a life that reflects Jesus and share what He has done in our lives. Beyond that, the Holy Spirit moves into action. God’s heart is that all would respond to the Good News.

Yearn for Direction

DAILY VERSE

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Ephesians 4:30

DEVOTION

Some people may think that God is above having feelings, but God created mankind with them, so we must deduce He also possesses them. When we sin the Holy Spirit grieves.

God provided the Helper, now it’s up to us to rely on His help. We must heed the warnings He provides when we are tempted, yearn for His guidance in our decision making, and strive to be close to him.

When You Can’t Pray

DAILY VERSE

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

Romans 8:26

DEVOTION

There are times when we just don’t know what to pray. Whether we’ve experienced an emotional circumstance that leaves us speechless or we just don’t know how to form the proper words to convey what we’re feeling. The Holy Spirit is keenly aware of our hearts and steps in with intercessory prayer on our behalf.

Think of it; we have an advocate that not only guides us and gives us advice, He also prays for us when we cannot muster the words to do so ourselves! 

The Ultimate Sacrifice

DAILY VERSE

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 

John 15:13

DEVOTION

Coming off of the Memorial Day weekend, this verse reminds me that Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice for each and every one of us.

An earthly comparison is the sacrifice so many American military men and women have made by putting their lives on the line to protect the freedoms we have in this country.

Not an “it” but a “who”

DAILY VERSE

Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

John 14:17

DEVOTION

Do you think of the Holy Spirit as more of an entity than a person? You’re not alone if you do. But this verse clearly shows us that, just like Jesus, the Holy Spirit is not an “it” but a “who”.

We need to develop our relationship with the Holy Spirit just as we do with Jesus. He is here as our “helper”, as a guide. As we journey on our pathway to heaven the Holy Spirit is there to help us navigate the circumstances that are thrown at us.

“You are so talented!”

DAILY VERSE

He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver—by any sort of workman or skilled designer.

Exodus 35:35

DEVOTION

Have you ever been told, “You are so talented?” Some people are born with certain talents and some must develop them over a period of time through education or other means. But don’t make the mistake of being boastful, all of our talents are gifts from God!

God sets us apart by appearance and by the gifts He bestows upon us. Don’t forget to be thankful for the talents God has given to you, He’s equipped you to accomplish all of the things He has put in your path.

The Complacency Trap

DAILY VERSE

But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

Deuteronomy 8:18

DEVOTION

As Christians, we need to steer clear of the “Complacency Trap”. During trials, our circumstances drive us to our knees and cause us to look up. We cry out to God for help and guidance. But when we’re experiencing seasons of blessings, we can become less reliant on God.

Whether facing trials or blessings, God should be our focus. Praise and dependence go hand-in-hand. Don’t fall into the trap of self-reliance. We should remain closely tethered to God at all times, in every season!