Holding Fast to Our Convictions

But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; 33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. 34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. (Hebrews 10:32-39) 
 
It’s easy to hold firm to our beliefs when we’re with like-minded people in church. But if we’re among people who doubt or disagree with Christianity, we need courage to stand up for the truth of God’s Word.
 
In these situations, we might be tempted to compromise our convictions out of fear, such as:

• Fear of Criticism. Believers standing up for God’s truth will likely get criticized by people who don’t share their beliefs.

• Fear of Rejection. If we live by our convictions or verbally share our faith, we may not be accepted by those who follow their own desires.

• Fear of Loss. Sometimes we don’t want to take a godly stand because we could lose our friends. But anyone who keeps us from obeying the Lord is not a true friend. 
 
Sacrificing righteous standards in order to please others will keep us from the fullness of what God has planned for our life. It’s better to live for Christ and follow His commandments so we can glorify Him.
 
As God’s people, we hold on to our convictions, no matter the consequences. Pleasing Christ is our highest priority and well worth our standing firm for Him.
 
When I read this devotion it blessed me. So often we are as today’s devotion says, tempted to compromise our convictions. Today, I pray after reading this devotion you are encouraged to take a stand for what you believe. I am reminded of an old but powerful hymn, If none go with me still I will follow, no turning back, no turning back.
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!


Love Like He Loves You

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:34-35)

Love is not just a feeling. It is an action. Jesus tells us that others will know us by our love..

He also tells us that we ought to love one another.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 reads: “Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

True love in action puts the needs of others before our own.

It doesn’t retaliate when someone hurts us.

It is kind, giving to those who don’t always deserve it or may not have earned it by your definition.

True love is selfless, not self-serving.

How might you show love today to someone in your life today?

Who in your life needs a glimpse of God’s love, regardless of whether you think they deserve it?

When I read this devotion it blessed me. I felt it needed to be shared time and again. We all need this reminder, Love is patient and kind. Lord, help us to love like we have been loved.

Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!



Confidence in God

And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. (John 4:51)

A nobleman approached Jesus, begging him to come to his home and save his dying child.

Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.”

So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way.(John 4:50)

The man did not continue to insist Jesus come to his home; he simply & quietly obeyed Jesus.

It was a great act of faith for the man to turn and walk Almost a day and a half back to his home.

The man chose to rest in the word of Jesus that his child was healed and he could leave.

Confidence is a hard thing when we don’t know how our stories will end.

But, the peace and rest of God cannot be in us unless we get quiet and simply obey God before our outcomes.

Rest is a posture of the heart not the body.

I felt this devotion was worth sharing because  often times we struggle to rest in what God has said. I pray today you are encouraged to have confidence even when you don’t know how the story will end. Today, choose to get quiet and obey God before the outcome has arrived. Hebrews 10:23, Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised).

Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!



Evangelize

But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. (John 4:14) 

 

What became of the Samaritan woman after her encounter with Jesus? 

 

The Samaritan woman encountered Jesus at the well of Jacob. 

 

  • First, Jesus told her of her sin. 
  • Second, she was humble and confessed to him she was a sinner. 
  • Third, she praised him as the prophet of God. 

 

The next part of this story is a model we should all aspire to. 

 

“And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.” (John 4:39) 

 

The woman at the well ran to her people and evangelized. 

 

She told everyone the good news of her forgiveness, and the man who saw her sin and loved her just the same. 

 

Has my salvation rippled out on those around me? 

 

Jesus, give me opportunities to tell other people about you today that they would be blessed, as I am blessed.

 

When I read this devotion I felt it needed to be shared. I pray you stop and ask yourself that very question today, has your salvation rippled out on those around you? Use every opportunity given to tell others about Christ and all He has done for you. Psalm 44:8, In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah. 

 

Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 



God First

For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:30-32) 
 
God understands what we need because He created us. 
 
However, first and foremost He made us to pursue Him.
 
Often we pursue him with scattered free time instead of something consecrated or planned.
 
We give God the scraps of our time and then wonder why we don’t feel close to him or hear him the way other people do.
 
He says put me first and I will put the things that are important to you first!
 
God is right here.  God is right now.
 
I purpose myself today to be focused on God first and the details of my day second. 
 
When I read this devotion it caused me to stop and question my focus each day. So often we can get so distracted by life that we forget to acknowledge The One who gave us life. I pray you are encouraged to do as today’s devotion says, purpose yourself to be focused on God first and the details of your day second. Though we deserve nothing He chose to give us everything and when we prioritize Him first in our lives I can’t help but think He will be as Zechariah 2:5 says, For I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her. I don’t want to experience a single day without making time for The One who is a wall of fire round about me. He is faithful, choose to put Him first. 

Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!


Disappointments & Delays

And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. (Luke 1:41)

John the Baptist recognized Jesus while they were both in the womb.

As an adult,  John the Baptist declared Jesus as Messiah and then baptized him in the Jordan River.  (Matthew 3:14)

Clearly, John knew Jesus in ways no one else has.

And yet, how could John’s faith become so shaken that he later questioned whether Jesus was really the Messiah? (Matthew 11:3)

The three elements that weakened John’s faith were fear, disappointment and isolation.

When John became stranded in prison: 

  • he was disappointed 
  • he was afraid
  • he was isolated

He became vulnerable to the enemy and began to doubt who God really is.

When we become disappointed or afraid in our situations, don’t we also find ourselves doubting God’s nature as our loving Heavenly Father?

Do we begin to doubt His ability and desire to heal our brokenness, mend our relationships, give us peace in the midst of troubling circumstances?

But, our feelings are not the facts. The facts are:

  • God loves you
  • God desires the best for you
  • God will never leave you nor forsake you

I will be vigilant today against isolation. God has not given me a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7)

I choose to place my disappointments & delays at the foot of the cross, and put my trust in Him as Savior and King of my Life.

As I read this devotion I felt it was worth sharing. As today’s devotion says, choose to place your disappointments and delays at the foot of the cross and remember, delays are not defeats.
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
 


Forgive

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. (Luke 6:37) 
 
We find scriptures on the topic of forgiveness throughout the bible.

God’s commands around forgiveness are pretty clear and straightforward, and yet why do so many of us struggle with it?

Often, we are urged to forgive without allowing the healthy processing of feelings.

We may fear that forgiving someone means we accept their behavior as okay or that we are somehow saying their wrongdoing doesn’t matter anymore.

The reality is forgiveness liberates me from bitterness and hard-heartedness, even if the other person never changes.

“We win by tenderness. We conquer by forgiveness.” Frederick W. Robertson

I may have to say to the Lord I am willing to be willing, but I choose to make the step of faith toward forgiveness.

This small step of faith is all you are asking from me, and I give it freely.

Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. (Luke 6:36)

If you struggle with forgiveness today I pray after reading this devotion you are encouraged to do the right thing and forgive.

Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!



Judge Not

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. (Luke 6:37) 
 
When we sit in judgment of another person it is typically our religious pride saying, “I’m not like you!” or “I’m better than you!” 
 
When we condemn another person,  we often feel that they deserve some sort of negative consequence or punishment or even that they don’t deserve something they have already received.
Withholding love & support are subtle ways we act as judge. 
 
Rallying others to feel negatively about those we are in conflict with is also a subtle way we judge. 

However, God clearly outlines in scripture we are not to judge. 
 
We are not to condemn. 

We cannot be judge over anyone’s life, but our own. 
 
When we take our eyes off someone else,  focus on changing ourselves, and give God control, we allow the supernatural to work. 

God it is hard to lay down judgement, hurt and anger when I feel someone has been out of order. Let me remember you are my vindicator and help me to trust you with the outcomes. Amen. 
 
I felt this was a fitting devotion to be shared for New Years Eve. I pray we remember this going into a new year and we choose to stop focusing on others and more on changing ourselves and giving God control. Remember to put God first today. 

Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
 
 
 

 



Praise Him

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. (Psalm 100:4) 
 
The courts of every palace were set apart for the privileged inner circle, only. 
 
The courts were called the holy of holies when they were in the wilderness. 
 
The courts of God are a place of intimacy; a place where we don’t worship what he has done for us but, we worship WHO HE IS! 

In giving Thanksgiving, I remember to praise God for answered prayers about my children, my job, my home, relationships, health, or business worries.
 
But… in praising God, I simply praise him for being God.
 
I praise Him for being my everlasting Father, my faithful King, my merciful Shepherd.
 
I praise him for His faithfulness, His loyalty, His Love, and His stability.
 
Praising God is a very different thing than expressing Thanksgiving, 
 
Both are important. 

Thanksgiving is the ramp into the heavenly places, but praise lands us into His presence.
 
TODAY: I will purpose myself to give praise simply for who He is. 
 
In the intimacy of my praise I experience His presence. 

His presence will be my place of rest and peace regardless of my circumstances.
 
This devotion blessed me. I pray it blesses you and encourages you to praise Him today and to rest in Him with such peace regardless of what your going through.
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!


His Love

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39) 

How do we become persuaded or convinced that nothing can separate us from the love of God?  
 
First, we must know Him over a lifetime of pursuit, study and prayer. 

We won’t mature in our faith, or know anyone deeply and intimately unless we spend time with them.
 
If our focus is church fellowship, but we neglect to get alone with God, we will not be persuaded. 
 
If our focus is serving others, but we neglect to get alone with God, we will not be persuaded.
 
If we do not spend time alone with God we will never have more than superficial knowledge of who He is.
 
The second way to truly be persuaded and convinced of His love is to stop measuring the love of God through our circumstances.
 
God‘s presence is for all the seasons and cannot be taken from us.
 
We live in a fallen world. We will experience heartache and brokenness.
 
But, God’s love is there to redeem us, to give us victory over our circumstances, and bring hope to the desolate places in our life. 
 
TODAY: Let me not be tossed around by the highs and lows of my relationships or circumstances. 
 
Let me seek Him through alone time with my Heavenly Father that I may truly experience the depth of His love.
 
That we henceforth be no more like children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, or by the sleight of [crafty] men.   (Ephesians 4:14) 
 
I pray you are just as blessed by this devotion as I was. I hope you take away two very import truths from today’s devotion, stop measuring the love of God through your circumstances and let us not be tossed around by the highs and lows of our relationships or circumstances. God’s love cant be explained, only experienced.
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!