One Minute Devotional 05/12/2019

THE GREATEST GIFT

Most people, over the span of their lifetime, have received that one very special gift that has left a permanent impression. The nature of that gift can be anything and is highly subjective, varying from person-to-person.

Perhaps what is important is not the gift itself, but rather the impression that it leaves on the receiver himself, or herself. As has been stated, the gift itself may be insignificant until it is coupled with a number of factors: the intent of the gift, the giver, the timing to recognize just a few of the possible factors that come with the gift.

Many consider Christmas to be the time when they’ve received that “greatest gift.” There is no doubt that Christmas is important, especially for the Christian. It is the time when we recognize that God has fulfilled His promise to send a Savior.

There is, however, one day that is far more important to the Christian than Christmas. That day – Easter. This is the day when your sins are forgiven and never to be recalled by God. You stand before Him in the state that He created man before the fall.

Can you think of any gift, no matter what type, that is more valuable than Easter?

Scripture: John 3:16

One Minute Devotional 01.20.2019

Hugged Your Family Today?

Did you hug your children before you left for work today? How about telling your spouse that you love him, or her? If you don’t have children or are not married, did you tell a friend how much you value their friendship?

If you didn’t, you missed a wonderful opportunity to strengthen your relationships with them. Perhaps you were just too busy or something  else had your attention. Yes, this happens to all of us at one time or another. However, can we ever justify being too busy or too distracted to focus for a few moments on a loved one? Just maybe your day would have been better if you had taken the time to tell someone how much you love them.

It’s a good thing that God is never too busy or too preoccupied to tell you how much He loves you. Even when you don’t think that you deserve it you do, for His love is unconditional!

Give it a try this week and see what happens; you might be surprised.

 

Scripture: John 3:16

Your thoughts?

Weekly Devotional 01.14.2017

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 1 John 3:1
We are known by a number of titles over our lifetime. We begin as “cute baby (insert your name here)” and go on from there. Over a lifetime we can hold a number of “titles” often overlapping one another: husband, father, wife, mother, Grandpa, President, and so forth.

Some of these titles describe what we are while others may describe who we are. The one thing that most have in common is that they are bestowed upon us by someone else; rarely can we bestow a title upon ourselves.

There are also those titles that we carried as a child that have stayed with us as adults – sometimes to our dislike. Most of the time we outgrow one title and grow into another one as we progress through life.

There is one title, however, that has been bestowed upon you and that will stay with you from birth to death, and beyond. God has endowed you with the title “a child of God.”

To be honest, it’s not always easy to live up to it as we struggle with the temptations and demands that the world makes on us. But even in our struggle, we never are stripped of the title that God has given us because His love for us never falters.

Heavenly Father, I’m honored and humbled to be known as Your child. Help me to live up to that title in a manner that brings glory and honor to You. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

Weekly Devotional 01.08.2018

I write to you, little children,

  Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.

1 John 2:12

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the activities of living that we lose sight of the guiding principles of life and of our true identity. This passage from the apostle John’s letter to the Church speaks to this.

Most, if not all, of us at times get so caught up with living that we lose sight of who and what we are. We wear so many “hats”, often at the same time, that our true identity gets lost in the shuffle.

Its easy to lose track of the one identity that should never get lost – the children of God. Of all of the roles that define who and what we are, this one is truly the most important. It is this one identity that defines all others in a manner that reflects God’s will for us.

God has bestowed this title upon you because it marks you as one unconditionally loved by Him. When you are steeped in His love you become the father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter and everything else that you are in a manner that gives glory and honor to Him.

So, wear the “hats” that you need to wear but don’t forget that you are first before everything else, a loved child of God. One so loved that He willingly sacrificed His only begotten Son so that you could be with Him for all of eternity.

Heavenly Father, my life is so busy at times that I sometimes lose sight of the one relationship that guides everything else; I lose sight of the fact that I am Your child. I get so busy sorting out who and what I should be now that I forget to base my actions on being Your child. When I lose my way during these times, guide me back to where I should be as Your child. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

Weekly Devotional 12.31.2017

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  1 John 1:8
It should not come as any surprise that each one of us is bombarded with hundreds, if not thousands of messages every day. They range in scope from truth to which we should pay attention, to half-truths to which we should be wary, to lies that we should avoid.

Most of these come from the outside and can be easily controlled in terms of our response. The fact is that most never reach our consciousness as we’ve developed filters to keep them out.

There are another class of messages that are not easily filtered, some even argue that they cannot be. These are the messages that we send to ourselves – our “self -talk” that only we can hear. they are also the messages that have the greatest potential for harm.

They’re potentially harmful because they are often based upon outright lies, an incorrect interpretation of events, or the willful distortion of the truth. They serve to protect us from having to face the consequences of the truth.

If John is correct when he says that it is a lie to tell ourselves that we have no sin then we do harm to ourselves. He goes on to say that when we tell ourselves this lie the truth of salvation is not in us; we have turned our back on God. We’ve harmed ourselves in that we’ve closed the door to the part of salvation that is our inheritance of eternal life with God. What is left to us is an eternal life spent separated from Him with no means of undoing what we’ve done.

Heavenly Father, help me to control my self-talk, especially when it is harmful and leads me away from You. I stray often so when I do, show me the path to return to You. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

Weekly Devotional 11.05.2017

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. (1 John 3:1)

 

We live in a world in which titles are important and they carry weight; perhaps more than they truly deserve. They serve to define us, at least in part. And, they tend to stick with us, even when they may no longer be accurate. They are a “shorthand” of perceived value.

Like-it-or-not, even though most titles are positive there are some that are not. We may be known as a father or mother, sister or brother, or friend; however, we may also carry the title of dummy, or stupid, or ugly. All of these titles, positive or negative, however, are the work of men.

When we look beyond the titles that men can bestow there is one title that soars far above any of them. This title is bestowed by God for He knows us as Children of God. It is simple, direct, and is the measure of how He perceives us.

We know the meaning and intent of the titles of men, but what does it mean to be Children of God? On the surface, it means that we are His beloved creation but is there more to it?

The short answer is yes!

As a Child of God, you are loved when you are at your best but especially, when you are not. He knows that you will have “bad hair” days and as such are often in need of comfort and forgiveness – both of which He is willing and eager to provide because He loves you.

It also means that the world will not be kind to you because as His child it will not know you because it does not know Him. As His child, He will provide the strength to weather the storms that the world will send your way.

Finally, as His child, you will know true peace that comes from knowing that you are loved, cherished, valued, simply because you are His and that you will be with Him for eternity if you so choose.

 

Heavenly Father, I am blessed to be Your child. I am comforted by Your love and I wear the title Child of God with humility because You have bestowed upon me. Guide me as I share this title with others of Your children who may not know that they also wear it. Give me the strength to weather the storms of the world as I share Your blessings with those in it. I pray in the name of my Lord, Your Son, Christ Jesus. AMEN!