your daily crossroad

 

God’s Mercy

So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. (John 8:7)

I recently read. As a group of religious leaders herded an adulterous woman toward Jesus, they couldn’t know they were carrying her within a stone’s throw of grace. Their hope was to discredit Him. If He told them to let the woman go, they could claim He was breaking Mosaic law. But if He condemned her to death, the crowds following Him would have dismissed His words of mercy and grace.

But Jesus turned the tables on the accusers. Scripture says that rather than answering them directly, He started writing on the ground. When the leaders continued to question Him, He invited any of them who had never sinned to throw the first stone, and then He started writing on the ground again. The next time He looked up, all the accusers were gone.

Now the only person who could have thrown a stone—the only sinless one—looked at the woman and gave her mercy. “And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more” (John 8:11).

Whether today finds you needing forgiveness for judging others or desiring assurance that no sin is beyond His grace, be encouraged by this: No one is throwing stones today; go and be changed by God’s mercy.

Father, cleanse me of my judging nature and free me from the bonds of sin. Let me taste Your mercy and then help me to live a changed life. Amen.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is John 7:53-8:11



This is the Day!

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)
 
Have you ever said, “I can’t wait for this week to be over?” How about, “This is the worst day ever!” How many days have you just “wanted to get through it?”

Psalms 118 reminds us that each day we have, is a day created by God. It is a day we should rejoice in, a day we should be happy. It is not a day where we should be burdened by the stress of our lives, but a day that we should be praising and thanking God.

Psalm 118 reminds us that everyday we have is a gift. A day that we should treasure, because we do not know if it will be our last. Everyday is a day we are able share God’s love, and his joy.

What I find most interesting, is that many Christians are not filled with joy. Many Christians do not smile at a new day, just because it exists. They do not realize the mystery and frailty of that day. Instead, we take the gifts we have for granted, and grumble about our work.

We complain about having too much paperwork, too much homework, an unhappy boss, our hours… We tell people how bad our day is going…

And yet, the most afflicted Christians spoke of how “joyful,” they were. Christians who were jailed, beaten, and killed because of their beliefs. In Acts 2:28, Luke says: Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

Shouldn’t that be the attitude we all have? Shouldn’t we be grateful for being able to know God? To have a personal relationship with him? To have another day in his presence? Shouldn’t we be grateful that we have another day to spend with our friends and family?

Shouldn’t we wake up everyday, and think to ourselves, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it….”

We need to be joyful for what we have, and remember that everyday God is sharing his love with us. Everyday is a chance to be loved by him, and to return his love.
 
I woke up this morning with Psalm 118:24 on my heart and so as I searched Psalm 118 I came across this devotion and it blessed me so much, I had to share. It caused me to stop and question how I approach each day. Yes, I am guilty of complaining about my day, my week and forgetting to be grateful for being able to know God to have a personal relationship with Him, to have another day in his presence surrounded by friends and family. Help me God to wake up each day filled with joy and gratefulness for another day to be alive and to think or say to myself, This is the day which The Lord hath made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. You are the master of your own emotions, no one or thing can still your joy, you have to allow them, give them or it permission to rob from you. It’s no different than if you gladly opened your door to a robber and said come on in and take what you want, our lives, our joy is a gift from God, why just give it away and allow the enemy to rob from you today or any other day. Think on this today as you maybe approach a not so great day. Spend time today in His presence. He’s waiting.  
 
Have a wonderful day in The Lord!
 
Today’s Reading is Psalm 118


Trust Him

Be still, and know that I am God . . . (Psalm 46:10)
 
When Jesus was denouncing the unrepentant towns where He had done most of His miracles (Matt. 11:20–24), He still had words of comfort for those who would come to Him. He said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (vv. 28–29).
 
This statement is striking! Immediately following His strong words for those who were rejecting Him, Jesus extended an invitation to all to draw near to Him to find the peace we all yearn for. Jesus is the only one who can calm our restless, weary souls.
 
No matter what you go through, no matter what your currently dealing with always remember, the Lord is faithful. He will provide, even in the darkest moments, He is there. I once heard a saying, When God leads you to the edge of the cliff, trust Him fully and let go. Only one of two things will happen: either He’ll catch you when you fall, or He’ll teach you how to fly! God closes doors no man can open and God opens doors no man can close. Trust Him to be the door keeper of your life. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Psalm 119:105). 
 
I come to You now, Lord, in need of rest for my heart. Help me to trust You and be confident in Your love and in Your direction. Guide my every footstep. Amen.
 
Have a wonderful day in The Lord!
 
Today’s Reading is Matthew 11:25-30


Pass It On!

We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. (Psalm 78:4)

I recently read, I enjoy watching relay races. The physical strength, speed, skill, and endurance required of the athletes amaze me. But one crucial point of the race always gets my special attention and makes me anxious. It is the moment the baton is passed to the next athlete. One moment of delay, one slip, and the race could be lost.

In a sense, Christians are in a relay race, carrying the baton of faith and the knowledge of the Lord and of His Word. And the Bible tells us about our need to pass this baton from one generation to another. In Psalm 78, Asaph declares: “I will utter . . . dark sayings of old: which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done” (vv. 2–4).

Moses said something similar to the Israelites: “Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons” (Deut. 4:9).

For generations to come, we are called to lovingly and courageously do whatever we can to pass along “the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9).

Father, help me to be faithful in passing my faith along to someone else. Amen
 
Todays Reading is Psalm 78:1-8


Hope and Encouragement

The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary . . . (Isaiah 50:4)

When we struggle in the circumstances of life, an encouraging word from others can lift our spirits and our eyes to the Lord. The Old Testament prophet Isaiah wrote, “The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary” (50:4). And when we look to the Lord, He offers words of hope and light in the darkness.

Heavenly Father, help me to hear Your word of hope today. And help me to speak words of hope and encouragement to others, pointing them to You. Amen

When I read this devotion I immediately thought it wasn’t super lengthy but it was direct and to the point. Some days that’s just what we need. It’s so elementary but it’s important to be reminded of the simple things. It’s so easy to get so caught up with life that we fail to stop and offer hope and encouragement to someone in our path. What a difference we can make just by being an encouragement to someone today. Let’s take time today to find someone in need and encourage them with words of hope and encouragement, someone needs you today. Will you be the vessel God uses? Are you willing to say, Here am I Lord, use me.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Isaiah 50:4-10



A Prayer To Forgive Yourself!

Dear Lord. Today I choose to forgive myself. I believe the work of the Cross was enough, and through Your blood, I have the power to be forgiven and to forgive. 
 
I let go of guilt, shame, anxiety and torment knowing that You are no longer counting my sins against me, and neither will I. 
 
Lord, You have set me free from my past and made me a new creation. I will no longer walk in condemnation or live a life of misery, because I forgive myself. 
 
I choose to walk in Your truth that says, “He who the Son sets free is free indeed! 
 
Amen.
 
I have been struggling with shame, anxiety and failure and the enemy had been tormenting me so badly that I literally made myself sick because of it but The Lord brought me to this prayer and it changed the way I seen those things that the enemy was using to consume my mind with. I am a good mother, wife and friend and even on days when I’m not in my opinion top notch, God has set me free and I have so much to rejoice over in knowing that I am loved and forgiven by a God who sacrificed His son to set me free, free from shame, anxiety and even failure. I choose today to put God first and to admit, I don’t always have it figured out and that’s okay but I know a God who does and He sees me for who I truly am and He loves me, I choose to forgive myself as Christ has forgiven me. I am surrounded by so many blessings in my life, I am going to open my eyes to those blessings today and rejoice because I am loved by the Creator Himself.  
 
Have a wonderful day in The Lord!
 
Today’s Scripture is Isaiah 43:25-26, 1 John 1:9, John 8:36, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 1:7


Our Tongue

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit. (Proverbs 15:4)

A soothing, nurturing word plants seeds of life where the perverse, obstinate tongue crushes and destroys. We know, or at least can know with a little thought, which result our words will have. There are very few things that can be said that could go either way, especially when context is applied. It is so simple to pause momentarily and ask ourselves if what we are about to say will give life or crush it. And in those rare cases in which we aren’t sure of the answer, we probably ought to err on the side of caution and silence our tongues altogether.

As beings created in the image of God, we have an incredible and ultimate example before us in the Lord. He who spoke life itself into existence, who called the sun and moon into their places, the same One who stilled the stormy seas with a word, is the One whose example we ought to follow when we speak. You and I may not be capable of issuing forth galaxies with our tongues, but we can bring light into the life of another and reflect our Heavenly Father as we speak to His children.

Heavenly Father, may we be mindful of our words and plant seeds of life today. Help us to build up and not tear down. Even in the moments when we feel what we have to say is justified may we stop for just a moment and ask ourselves, will these next words build up or tear down, will I be bringing light into this individuals life today? May we choose to reflect You today by what we choose to say. Amen.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Proverbs 15



Seasons of Trial

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations. (James 1:2)

James wrote, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:2–4).

It is in the season of trial that God’s purposes are often realized, for there the conditions are right for us to grow into spiritual maturity. This growth not only equips us for living, but it also enables us to more accurately reflect Jesus to a world that desperately needs Him.

In the hands of our Father, our trials can achieve His purposes for our good and for His honor. They can shape us into the likeness of His Son.

Father, teach me to trust You for the strength to endure difficulties and the faith to wait for Your good purposes to be accomplished in me. Amen.

Amen and Amen!!! It is in the seasons of trial that God’s purposes are often realized. Wow!! That right there is so powerful, if we would just grasp the truth in that, He and He alone is our strength. He has a purpose for everything we go through, we may not realize the why at the time but He is faithful and true and He doesn’t just allow us to go through trials to watch us struggle but to build purpose out of it and even if we don’t see the purpose in the moment there will come a time when we will realize the why and we will be able to touch many lives because of that season of trial. God is so faithful! Trust Him, even in the midst of your trial. 

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is James 1:2-12



A Safe Resting Place

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. (Psalm 55:22)

Certain situations in life require us to spend our mental, physical, or emotional energy in a way that we can’t sustain. David described a time when his enemies were threatening him and he felt the emotional weight of their anger. He needed to escape the distress he was experiencing.

As he processed his feelings, he found a way to rest in his troubled thoughts. He said, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee” (Ps. 55:22). He recognized that God supports us if we dare to release our problems to Him. We don’t have to take charge of every situation and try to craft the outcome—that’s exhausting! God is in control of every aspect of our life.

Instead of trying to do everything in our own effort, we can find rest in God. Sometimes it’s as simple as asking Him to handle our problems. Then we can pause, relax, and enjoy the knowledge that He is sustaining us.

God, today I give my problems to You. I know that You are in control of everything and I believe You are willing to help me. Please help me to find peace in You. Amen.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord.

Today’s Reading is Psalm 55:4-23

I needed this today and I wanted to share it. My prayer is that this blesses you and encourages you as much as it did me.



Fragrance of Christ

For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved . . . (2 Corinthians 2:15)

I recently read, When writing to the followers of Christ in the city of Corinth, Paul at one point used an example that would have reminded them of a victorious Roman army in a conquered city burning incense (2 Cor. 2:14). The general would come through first, followed by his troops and then the defeated army. For the Romans, the aroma of the incense meant victory; for the prisoners, it meant death.

Paul said we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ’s victory over sin. God has given us the fragrance of Christ Himself so we can become a sweet-smelling sacrifice of praise. But how can we live so we spread this pleasing fragrance to others? We can show generosity and love, and we can share the gospel with others so they can find the way to salvation. We can allow the Spirit to display through us His gifts of love, joy, and kindness (Gal. 5:22–23).

Do others observe us and say, “This is Jesus’s work”? Are we allowing Him to spread His fragrance through us and then telling others about Him? He is the Ultimate Perfumer—the most exquisite fragrance there will ever be.

Do others recognize the work of God in my life? Am I spreading the fragrance of Christ? How?

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is 2 Corinthians 2:12-17



Truth in Love

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. (Ephesians 4:15-16)
 
When I read this it caused me stop and reflect and think on this very subject, what can I do differently through the strength of Christ and for His glory in truth and love?
 
Contrary to the popular cultural beliefs of our time, scripture does not teach the church to ignore reality and to operate our bodies based solely on our feelings and desires. When an arm wants to be the neck or the elbow wants to be the knee, we cannot say ‘Sure, elbow, you’re really a knee because that’s how you feel.’ We speak the truth, in gracious love, and help one another to properly identify our roles and functions in the body of Christ. Some people are simply not cut out to be the hands. They aren’t strong enough and can’t get a grip. But they are sturdy and protective enough to be a rib surrounding the heart and they are desperately needed to serve in that function.

We also need to speak truth in love to each other when certain parts of the body are failing to thrive. If the arms are too weak to lift or the legs too stiff to walk, we cannot ignore these broken parts, but must point out the weakness and act in love to help support that struggling part of the Body until they can fully function once again.

If the Body of Christ is too busy people-pleasing to point out areas of weakness in itself, it will quickly come to a grinding halt and fail to serve the Head. We often think we are doing each other a service by holding our tongues and not sharing the insight the Lord has given us into areas of weakness in one another. We are afraid to stir the pot or to hurt feelings. But when we speak truth in love, we can constructively criticize. We can rebuild alongside one another, making an even stronger body as it collectively supports itself in the strength of Christ and for His glory.

The Body of Christ must simultaneously serve its own parts in order to properly serve the head of our church- Christ. The horizontal relationships within the church must be constructive for the vertical relationship with the Lord to be flourishing. We cannot serve our heavenly Father if we are tearing down His children. The head is not served by the body when it’s too busy kicking itself. We are to nurture our brothers and sisters in Christ. When we do so, the whole body grows and matures in health and we all benefit from a healthy body capable of loving and serving our head, King Jesus.
 
Have a wonderful day in The Lord!
 
Today’s Reading is Ephesians 4


Surrender

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)

I recently read, Surrendering our first instinct, which is what we want or what will best suit us in this life is probably one of the hardest things to master. How often have we been defeated by a bad habit, a lousy attitude, or a wrong mindset? We make promises to improve. We ask someone to hold us accountable. But deep inside, we know that we don’t have the will or the ability to change. We can talk, we can plan, we can read self-help books, but we still find it difficult to overcome and control many of the things that are inside us!

Thankfully, God knows our weakness, and He also knows the remedy! The Bible says, “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Gal. 5:22–23). The only way to gain self-control is by allowing the Holy Spirit to have free rain in our lives.

In other words, our key focus is not effort but surrender—to live moment by moment submissively trusting in the Lord rather than in self. Paul says this is what it means to “walk in the Spirit” (v. 16).

Are you ready for a change? You can change, for God is in you. As you surrender control to Him, He will help you bear the fruit of His likeness.

I am in need, Lord, of Your power so that I might change and grow. I surrender myself to You. Please help me to understand how to be submissive to You that I might be filled with Your Spirit. Amen.
 
Have a wonderful day in The Lord!
 
Today’s Reading is Galatians 5:16-25


A Prayer To Forgive Others

I recently read a prayer and it blessed me so much, I felt I needed to share it today. I pray it blesses someone as much as it did me. The prayer is called A Prayer To Forgive Others. 
 
Dear God, Today I choose to forgive. Your Word teaches me to forgive others. Like You have forgiven me. 
 
Teach me to make peace with my pain, and give me the strength to let it go. Today I choose to lay down bitterness, rage, anger, slander and malice. I ask You to give me peace, compassion, kindness and understanding in its place. 
 
Give me the grace to forgive everyone who has hurt me, knowingly or unaware. Give me the strength to let go of every situation and memory weighing me down. 
 
Guard my heart against offenses: past, present and future. And teach me to walk in grace and mercy every day. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
 
Have a wonderful day in The Lord!
 
Todays Readings are Ephesians 4:31-32, Colossians 3:13, Matthew 6:14-15, Matthew 18:21-22
 
 


God Hears our Prayers

Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress. (Psalm 71:3)
 
When encountering terrible threats, David asked God for help. He wanted to be assured of God’s nearness as he faced enemies in battle. In a heartfelt petition David said, “Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort . . . . O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help” (Ps. 71:3, 12).
 
We aren’t promised deliverance from every difficult situation we face. But we can be confident that God hears our prayers and will walk alongside us through everything.
 
God knows exactly what we have need of before we even ask so don’t be afraid to take everything to God in prayer. He isn’t surprised by what takes place in our lives, nothing is hidden from God. He waits patiently for you to take all your cares to him in prayer. He is present, patiently waiting for you and I to come to Him in prayer. He is our refuge and strength, our strong tour and He longs to have a daily relationship with you and I, that relationship can only be cultivated through prayer. Let’s do our part today and go to Him in prayer and remember, it’s in those moments that He seems so quiet that He is speaking the loudest, we just have to stop and take the time to pray then wait patiently and listen. He is longing to take our hands and lead us, it’s up to us to take His hand in prayer and trust Him to make a way. 
 
Remember this when you pray. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
 
Whatever comes my way, please come near to me, Lord, to help. I cannot make it through anything without You. Thank You, Amen.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Psalm 71:1-12



God’s Love

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. (1 John 4:9)

I recently read about how God’s love is certainly at the heart of the mission and message of Jesus. In his earlier gospel account, John recorded the words, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

The apostle Paul tells us that God’s love is at the core of how we live, and he reminds us that “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” (Rom. 8:38–39).

God’s love is so strong, available, and stabilizing that we can confidently step into each day knowing that the good things are gifts from His hand and the challenges can be faced in His strength. For all of life, His love is what matters most.

Thank You, O Lord, that Your love is rich and pure, measureless and strong! I ask that you hold my hand on this journey called life. May I rest assured in knowing all my challenges can be faced in Your strength and Yours alone. Your love stands when all else has fallen. Amen.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is 1 John 4:7-19