A daily devotional to strengthen your relationship with God!
Devotional of the Day – TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2019
Leave the past behind
Brothers, I do not think that I have achieved it myself. Rather, one thing I do: forgetting what is left behind and striving to reach what lies ahead, I continue moving toward the goal to win the prize God offers through his heavenly calling in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 3: 13-14
There are memories and painful moments of the past that often seem to want to return to our memories. Some people prefer to hold on to those memories with nails and teeth as a form of emotional shielding or to hide from current reality. Others have an excessive attachment to the past or are afraid to live something new. Whatever the situation, the Bible teaches us to leave the past behind.
Today we are invited to reflect and behave like the apostle Paul: forget the things that were left behind, move forward to those that are ahead, and continue towards the goal of our lives: Jesus Christ! But in order not to run the risk of remaining stuck without living the full call of God, it is necessary to do something: leave the past, trust in Christ and move forward.
Forgetting the past:
- Give your whole story to God. Trust that he can cure all the pain and trauma you have experienced.
- Pray, ask God to help you forget the sufferings of the past and to withdraw everything that prevents you from moving forward by faith.
- Ask for forgiveness for mistakes made in the past. Forgive those who hurt you and forgive yourself.
- Don’t let what hurt you in the past do it today. Close the door! Move with faith towards the goal: Jesus.
- Talk about what happened to more mature people in the faith and ask them to pray for you.
- Stick to the Word of God and seek to have a closer relationship with the Lord.
Lord my God, thank you for this word. Help me to leave behind everything that happened to me in the past. Teach me to keep the focus of my life on the goal that is Jesus. May I move forward every day by faith in the direction of the new life that you have prepared for me. In the name of Jesus, amen.
Devotional of the Day – MONDAY, JULY 29, 2019
Jesus sets us free
So, if the Son releases you, you will be truly free.
The busy schedule, that busy day-to-day routine, does not let us realize how much prisoners we are. But the real prison is not the one that limits us space, schedules, commitments or daily cares. There are much stronger chains that may be imprisoning the soul, mind and character of people, captivating and trapping them.
Have you ever tried to give up a bad habit or vice (lie, robbery, selfishness, adultery, drugs, etc.) and failed to do it alone? Have you felt conditioned to do things that you would not like to do and that’s why you felt ashamed?
The Bible tells us that every human being is a prisoner of sin. As much as you try to get rid of only those ties you won’t get it. Only Jesus Christ can break the chains that bind us when we turn to him repentant and with faith to follow him.
So, when he frees us this is a fact: we will never again be slaves to sin! When you decide to know Jesus more, you receive a new life and find true freedom in Christ.
What you can do today to be free in Christ:
- If you recognize a habit as sin, repent, confess it and abandon that practice.
- Pray asking the Lord to help you not live by practicing sin.
- Seek to know Jesus more through the holy Bible. He is the one who can set you free from all evil.
- Talk with more mature brothers in the faith, share about your difficulty and ask for prayer.
Lord Jesus, I want to be free from all evil that imprisons me. Help me to overcome the chains of sin so that I can experience a new life in you and receive true freedom. In the name of Jesus, amen.
Devotional of the Day – SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2019
Don’t belittle the small beginnings
When they see the plumb line in Zorobabel’s hands, those who belittled the days of modest beginnings will be glad.
– Zechariah 4:10 a
Before running every marathoner had to learn to take the first step. Small beginnings may seem too simple or even shameful to some. But it is a fact that many people who achieve success in their lives have quite modest and even uncomfortable trajectories at first. In today’s verse we see encouragement from the Lord to the prophet Zechariah to encourage those who returned from captivity in rebuilding the temple. There is another translation that says: “They didn’t take small beginnings seriously.”
Another good example in the Bible is David, the king who at the beginning was a simple shepherd. He gave his best in this first office with gratitude and praise to the Lord. That is why God, who sees the heart, honored him by entrusting him with an even greater flock: the great nation of Israel. And you? Do you have a challenging task like rebuilding the temple? Do you feel small and forgotten in the middle of grass with the smell of sheep? Do not despise the humble beginnings! Have courage! Keep faith and trust in him who can reward you for the effort and make simple things something very special.
Strive in the little things:
- Pray and thank the Lord for your condition today even if it is modest and humble.
- Take the opportunity to be faithful in the little. God promises much more (Matthew 25:23).
- Do your best, work and always do it with dedication even if people don’t see you.
- Do not be ashamed of small tasks. These can be a valuable preparation for something greater that is yet to come.
- God is with you! Seek daily to know him better through his Word.
- Seek to glorify God in the little things.
My beloved Jesus, you are my Lord and my best friend. Help me not to despise the small beginnings of life. Teach me to strive, to be grateful and faithful along this path. I ask for your blessing and your address. May I praise and honor you for everything that happens in my life. In the name of Jesus, amen.
Devotional of the Day –
Trust in the Lord forever, because the Lord is an eternal Rock.
– Isaiah 26: 4
Lately there is much talk about instability or the risk it can cause. People and systems go through constant problems of instability in trade relations between countries, political and financial decisions, climatic and geological alterations, and even at a family or psychological level. Some of these oscillations can leave a fairly destructive trail in regions ravaged by earthquakes or tsunamis, for example.
Despite all the variations and uncertainties that can stalk our lives, there is at least one aspect in which we can have a firm hope: God is an immovable rock! Everything else can suffer alterations and changes caused many times by the inconsequential and disastrous action of the human being. But God and His Word remain firm forever.
Find your eternal security in Jesus:
- Pray and put your life entirely on the firm foundation that is the Lord.
- Trust that God is your eternal rock, give him all anxieties and believe that he takes care of you.
- Seek guidance in the Word of God for your plans, your dreams and your family.
- Share with others the stability of the eternal rock that is Christ.
Lord God, you are my eternal rock. Thank you for sustaining my life every day. Help me keep my faith firm in you and may my heart be renewed by your Word. May my family, friends and all those who suffer with the uncertainties of this world also know you and affirm themselves in your love. In the name of Jesus, amen.
Devotional of the Day –
If you get angry, don’t sin
If they get angry, don’t sin; In the stillness of the night rest, examine your heart. Selah
– Psalm 4: 4
It seems unlikely, don’t you think? Can someone really be angry and not sin? Yes, that is exactly what the Bible says we should do. Both in this Psalm and in Ephesians 4:26 where those words are quoted, he says: “If they are angry, do not sin.”
The text does not condemn human feelings. On the contrary, God knows what we feel. He understands that there are times when we feel really irritated with something or someone. Then what do we do?
Do not sin the moment you feel anger!
If we act moved by feelings of anger, we will sin. Remember this: revenge, take justice for your hands, fight, offend, lack of control, act without reflection, and other similar reactions are sin. That is why the Bible guides us to consult the heart before sleeping, reflecting, praying and calming down. Before we attack someone to try to unload our anger, we can simply bring it before God in prayer.
When you feel angry:
- Count to 10 … it can be a good strategy. Give time to time and try to calm down.
- Self-control: no impulse reactions or incorrect reasons.
- Don’t spend much time ruminating the feeling of anger or anger.
- Before the day is over, think about the matter, pray and ask God to still your heart.
- Whether the reason for your anger is fair or unfair, do not let this feeling dominate you.
- Trust that God is your Justice. Find it and give it your cause. Remember that he takes care of you.
Lord my God, you know all things. You know why I am so angry and I don’t want to spend all day feeling this way. Please take care of this situation. I put it in your hands. Intervene in my favor. I ask you to help me maintain control so as not to sin against you. Amen.
Devotional of the Day –
The Lord has done great things for us
Yes, the Lord has done great things for us, and that fills us with joy.
– Psalm 126: 3
Sometimes we are sad with the feeling that nothing progresses in our lives. We see the situations and everything seems stagnant. But if we look closely, we can see and recognize all the things that the Lord has already done.
A good way to turn away sadness and rejoice is to recognize all that God has already done in our lives. In addition to helping us to be honest with ourselves, it leads us to recognize what God has done in our lives and brings us closer to the Father’s arms. In the same way that we like to be recognized when we do something, God also expects us to recognize his deeds and what he does for us.
The more we thank the less we claim. And the more we rejoice in the Lord, the stronger we become.
Let’s do this exercise of gratitude and rejoice in what the Lord does.
Rejoice in the Lord and see what he has done:
- Remember everything the Lord has done in your life. Remember all the things or situations that God has delivered you from.
- Before asking for anything, thank God. Our trust in God grows when we recognize what he has already done.
- Cultivate a grateful heart. When we learn to thank God we learn to thank people.
Lord Jesus, today I want to thank you for all the things you have done in my life. How many blessings, how much liberation! Without your favor I would not be where I am. I trust you and I know that when you work nobody can stop it. How many things have you done for me! This is why I’m happy today. Thank you, beloved Father. Amen.
What is the daily Devotional
The daily Devotional is a special moment of the day that you dedicate to have a precious time of communion with God. It is very simple to establish an exciting routine of discovery and spiritual growth. You will achieve this by separating a moment each day to approach the Lord. During the Devotional you will read a Bible verse with a meditation on the text. Then, you will meditate on the teachings and how to apply them in your life. In the end, you can pray.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Here are some tips to make the most of reading the biblical message during the daily Devotional:
- Set aside a moment and choose a specific place: your devotional moment will be more profitable if you put aside the hustle and bustle in a pleasant time alone with God.
- Read the Bible verse or passage carefully: develop a lifestyle committed to the Word of God every day and avoid distractions.
- Read daily meditation: reflect and try to understand God’s purpose for your life through comments.
- Practical application: write down your discoveries and don’t forget to put into practice everything you’ve learned through the Bible.
- Share what you learned: try to share with other people through your daily conversations and interactions what God teaches you in your daily devotional moments.
Do not forget the importance of living a life totally committed to the Word of God!