We are not Judges

DAILY VERSE

You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.

John 8:15

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DEVOTION

I think there are many misconceptions when it comes to our faith and how we should exercise it. The Bible has a lot to say about how God expects us to live, but though we are considered priests in God’s sight, we have not been appointed as judges. The way we reach the lost is by loving them no matter their financial status, race, or beliefs. To speak life into the world we have to reflect Jesus. 

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God will calm the waves…

DAILY VERSE

From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Psalm 61:2

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DEVOTION

Trials can overwhelm even the strongest of us. When the waves reach the point where you fear your next breath may be nothing but water, and when the heat of the fire feels as if it is about to singe your skin, turn to the Rock! God will calm the waves and push back the flames, He alone is our Protector and the One who will turn your lows into highs and turn the bad into good!

Walking In-Line

DAILY VERSE

Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life, for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice, that he should live on forever and never see the pit.

Psalms 49:7-9

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DEVOTION

We’ve got to be responsible for our own actions. Our spiritual well-being is in our hands. We must seek out God wholeheartedly, reading His Word daily, and seeking guidance, that we may walk in line with the path He has set before us.

Reflecting Christ

DAILY VERSE

Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field.

Deuteronomy 28:3

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DEVOTION

A faithful servant can expect his or her steps to be guided by God Almighty himself. Others will see you’ve been blessed and it’s that which will draw others in to question from where this comes from. There’s no better conversation-starter than living a life that reflects Jesus and emulates a peace and joy that leaves people scratching their heads.

Empty Words?

DAILY VERSE

You shall be careful to do what has passed your lips, for you have voluntarily vowed to the Lord your God what you have promised with your mouth.

Deuteronomy 23:23

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DEVOTION

It’s possible to wound your character and ding your integrity by becoming someone who is known for saying things you don’t follow through with. It does a great disservice to those who look up to you and certainly does not glorify God. What we say is important. If you want to be known as someone who is trustworthy and upright, your words need to be reliable. 

Divert Your Focus

DAILY VERSE

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Romans 8:6

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DEVOTION

When I focus on my circumstances the results are always the same; anxiety, fear, and doubt. When those things begin to rear their ugly heads it’s in that moment that I must stop and call out to God and focus on Him. God will fill you with the positive things He has done and returns the hope and peace He craves for your life.

Jesus is in the Boat

DAILY VERSE

But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”

Mark 4:38

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DEVOTION

Trials can be illustrated by this voyage Jesus and His disciples took across the sea. Trials are a journey; the boat is launched, the seas get rough, then you land on the other side. The important thing to remember about the voyage is that Jesus is in the boat with you!