Friday’s Devotional
John 17:4, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”
We live in a world were our days are busy and far too often our nights. It’s so easy to run through life without ever asking the Lord if we are doing what He put us on this earth to do?” We have family, work, and a million other things we have to keep up with. In the mist of it all are we taking the time we need to be the person God created us to be? Are we slowing down enough to hear His voice? How often do we take the time to speak to that one in need of a cheerful or encouraging word; or take the time to lend a helping hand to others? Far too often I find myself letting these things slip by me. We all have responsibilities but I know for myself I want to be able to say as Jesus did in John 17:4, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” When are able to say this we know we have had a fulfilling life, a life in which at the end of our days we have peace and contentment knowing we have fulfilled God’s will for our life.
Heavenly Father, Teach me to slow down and listen for Your voice daily so that I know I am fulfilling Your purpose for my life on this earth. Remind me to set my priorities upon You and Your will for my life not upon all the things happening around me. Help me to have a kind and loving heart that sees the needs of others. Help me to be like Jesus who gave His all and did Your will while He walked this earth. Help me to fulfill my purpose and glorify You each day of my life. In Jesus Name. Amen

Thursday’s Devotional
Matthew 26:75 kjv
And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
I Samuel 16:7 kjv
But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Can you just imagine how Peter must have felt when the rooster crowed for that third time and he remember the Lord had told him he would deny him three times before the night was gone? His heart had to have been filled with great sorrow and anger at himself. I’m sure he felt like the Lord would never want anything to do with him again. Yet, after Jesus rose from the dead and later sat by the sea with His disciples He said to Peter “Feed my sheep!” He knew what Peter had done, knew what he would say even before Peter himself knew. Yet Jesus also saw that Peter loved him and was willing to follow Him no matter how much he had failed in his past.

Satan whispers to us far to often you have done too much, gone too far and made too many mistakes for God to ever use you. This is a lie from Satan! The truth is many times our mistakes and how God turned them for good is the greatest testimony we can have. None of us are perfect but God takes the imperfect and makes us perfect before him through the shed blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Aren’t you glad God doesn’t look on the outward man or at the mistakes we have made but looks to our willing heart seeing only our future and what we can accomplish for Him.

Heavenly Father, I thank you for loving me beyond all my faults and seeing what I can be for you. Forgive me of my past mistakes. Help me to see my future through your eyes as I give all my baggage over to you. Teach me daily how I can become more like you leading others to you as I live my daily life. Instill in me a soft and willing heart that loves others as you do so they can see you living in me. In Jesus Precious Name. Amen

Wednesday’s Devotional
Matthew 14: 24-32
But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.

Can you just imagine looking out over the tossing water and seeing Jesus walking on those waves? They had to have been petrified at those waves, yet Jesus had full control of the storm to the point He was walking on the tossing waves. Our lives today are far too often as those waves the disciples saw. We are tossed to and fro from all the turmoil of this world yet in the mist of all the turmoil Jesus is a solid anchor. He is the one solid thing we can hold on to that will keep us grounded and safe no matter what we are facing in life. Just as he reached out and pulled Peter out of the tossing waves He also reaches out and pulls us to safety, all we have to do is ask just as Peter did. When Jesus steps into our life just like he did into their boat the winds of turmoil cease.

Lord, I know You have full control over all the turmoil of this world and I have faith You are in full control of all that I face or will ever face in my life. Just as Peter cried out to You for help I also cry out to You; steady me and hold me up when I feel I am drowning from all that is happening around me. Step into my life just as You did into the disciple’s boat bringing a cease to all that tosses me in this life. I need you Lord and I thank You for being my anchor in life’s storms. In Jesus Precious Name! Amen

Tuesday Devotional
2 Corinthians 4: 14-18 kjv
Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Life as we know it is only temporary, a fleeting moment in eternity. Where we will spend our eternity should always be first and foremost in our mind and heart. As humans it’s so easy to get caught up in the rat race we call life; striving to have material things that we feel will bring us happiness and contentment. Yet true peace and contentment only comes from knowing and walking with Christ every day. Our outward man is perishing daily and there is nothing we can do to change that but if we are following Christ our inward man grows stronger every day.

Heavenly Father, help us to keep our heart set upon You and not on the things of this world that are only temporary. Help us to grow stronger in You as our outward man grows weaker with time. Teach us to put our faith and hope in You, not the things of this world. As Your children we know we are only passing through this world headed to an eternal home with You. In Jesus Name! Amen

Monday’s Devotional
Jeremiah 22:8-9 kjv
And many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say every man to his neighbour, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto this great city? Then they shall answer, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God, and worshipped other gods, and served them.
2 Chronicles 7:14 kjv
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

God gives us many chances and He warns us just as He did Judah of what would happen if we continue to be disobedient. Our nation and much of our world today continue to disobey God. Just as Judah faced destruction we also will face destruction if we do not turn back to God and His laws. God will hear our cry if we will humble ourselves before Him and seek Him with our whole heart.

Heavenly Father, we come to you with humble hearts, please hear our cryand forgive us of our sins Help us as your people to be lights for You in a world filled with evil and destruction. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit and guide us. Give us strength to stand and worship You even when we are being pressed from all sides. In Jesus Precious Name! Amen

Sunday’s Devotional
Ephesians 4:31-32 kjv
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Forgiveness! It just one little word yet it is one of the hardest things Jesus asked us to do. When we’re hurt it is so hard to forgive, yet when we do it releases us from all the anger and bitterness that destroys us over time. Jesus asks us to forgive because He knows forgiving others is what is best for us. And He always wants the very best for us.

Heavenly Father please clear my mind and heart from all anger, wrath, and bitterness. Teach me to forgive others for their sake but also for mine. In Jesus Name, Amen

John 14:16-17 KJV
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

Jesus even before his death was already looking toward sending comfort to his disciples (followers). He knew they would face very trying times. We today also face trying times but Jesus sends His comforter to us just the same as He did those disciples all those years ago. God’s Spirit is truth, it is faithful. We have this hope because we know Jesus and we live in the assurance that He is always looking out for our wellbeing. YOU ARE NOT ALONE, in your darkest most lonely hour Jesus stands waiting to send His comfort to us.

Thank You Lord Jesus for you ever abiding comfort. When I am faced with trouble remind of your love and Holy Presence that is only a pray away. For I know in You I can rest assured that you are dwelling in me surrounding me with your love, mercy, and grace. In Jesus Name. Amen.

Friday’s Devotional
Psalms 18:31 KJV
For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?

So many things change in our lives from day to day, yet in the mist of all the changes we go through one thing is always certain, our God never changes and his promises are for all time. He alone is a solid rock in all that we face. In Him we can rest and find the peace we so need in today’s world.

Father, help me to remember you are in control and you will never change. I can always depend upon you no matter what I am facing in my life. Thank you for being God, the Lord of my life, my fortress and my solid rock. In Jesus Name, Amen

Thursday’s Devotional
Jeremiah 17:14 kjv
Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.

Only the Lord has the power to heal all our problems whether they be physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. Each day He saves us from situations we weren’t even aware of. When we come to Him He is faithful to save us and to heal us.

Thank you Lord for always being with me. Help me to rest in the assurance that you know all things and that you are always faithful to honor your promise to care for your people. In Jesus Name. Amen