The Heavens Declare His Glory!

DAILY VERSE

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.

Psalms 8:3-5

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DEVOTION

When I was a child, I remember laying on our steep horseshoe-shaped driveway on warm summer nights just looking up at the stars. I remember feeling so small. God may have only created Earth as a place for His creation to thrive, but the heavens declare His glory! 

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Requests vs. Conversation

DAILY VERSE

So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name, I will lift up my hands.

Psalm 63:4

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DEVOTION

We can all be somewhat robotic in how we approach God, asking Him to satisfy our wants and desires. But how often do we truly seek Him simply to draw closer? I shudder to think of how often my prayers turn from a friendly conversation to asking Him to accomplish something. Don’t get me wrong, we should seek God’s help in all things, but when our requests outweigh our relational conversations with Him, it’s time to reevaluate our prayer time. 

Look to the Heart…

DAILY VERSE

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

1 Samuel 16:7

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DEVOTION

Most people are quite judgemental. They have positive preconceptions of those who are skinny, good-looking, and drive a nice car. Whereas, people have a negative preconception of those who are overweight, are not as good looking, and may drive an average car. This results in some people being lonely and rejected, while others have an abundance of friends and are celebrated. It’s the rare person who is humble, non-judgemental, and loves people because they look to their heart rather than their outside appearance. So many people miss out on knowing some of the best people for these reasons.

A Humble Heart

DAILY VERSE

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

James 4:10

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DEVOTION

God can use any of us to do great things, but many times pride gets in our way. Some of the greatest businessmen and businesswomen have been those who were humble, not looking for accolades, but putting the best interests of the company before their own. Some of the most influential pastors mirror these same qualities. Moses was probably the most humble man in the Bible, he stepped back and served God with all of his might. Does pride get in your way? Ask God for a humble heart and watch as He transforms you into a true servant.

The Ultimate Prize

DAILY VERSE

For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.

John 6:38

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DEVOTION

Jesus was all-in, chasing after God’s will as if it were the ultimate prize. Are you chasing after God’s will, or pursuing your own? Ask God daily to reveal His plan for your life, chase after His will, pray that He would reveal it, that you would hear His voice and know Him more.

Dig into God’s Word

DAILY VERSE

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…

2 Timothy 3:16

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DEVOTION

It’s important to realize that the Bible is not merely a collection of tall tales and stories handed down by elders. The Bible is the story of God. It’s His way of exposing who He is to His creation. If you’ve ever read it from front to back more than once, you’ve experienced how it is alive. It changes with every reading, exposing you to new truths and things relevant to everyday life. Dig in and feast on God’s Word!

A Wife Who is All-In

DAILY VERSE

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Proverbs 31:30

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DEVOTION

I’ve noticed one thing about many of the most effective male church leaders I’ve admired over the years, each of them has a wife who is all in for Jesus. I’ve been blessed in the same way. My wife always brings a level head and calm when I’m too quick to judge or resolve a situation. I’m sure every one of those pastors would agree that without the strong encouragement and rock-solid faith of their wives, they’d be less effective.