Category Archives: Devotionals

Helping us grow in relationship with God and passion for Jesus.

There Is More to Worship

There is greater meaning to living a life of worship than singing or meeting once in a while at a gathering. There is so much more to worship. We are called to exalt Jesus not simply through a word spoken or a song sung, but by the giving of our lives.

We are called to be devoted to the Lord as living sacrifices, pure and holy. This is a part of true worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

“I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all…] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable…service and spiritual worship.”
(Romans 12:1 AMPC, emphasis added)

Making a decisive dedication is a lifetime choice of our free will. It is the devotion of all that we are and all that we have to the Lord. Thankfully, He first pours out His love upon us so that we long to do this because of love for Him. Every bridge is burned, every idol cast down. It is never looking back as we surrender our hearts and lives to our Bridegroom King.

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Seeking God Early

There is a preciousness to be discovered in rising early to be with the Lord. I’ve found this to be the best time to spend with Jesus. Before anything else holds me back, I awaken the day to be with this One who never slumbers nor sleeps.

It is probably your quietest time of day. The birds have yet to sing, the sun yet to rise. Our homes are quiet and few cars break the silence in passing by.

The Lord looks forward to the moment we awaken each day, just to be with us. As we set aside time to open our souls to Jesus, we declare His worth into the atmosphere of our lives.

We must be intentional. God’s Word speaks of seeking Him early. When we do not, daily tasks can steal away this time.

“O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.”‭‭ – Psalms‬ ‭63:1‬ ‭(NKJV‬)

Caitlyn, a fellow intercessory missionary, shares about her own mornings with Jesus as she ministers to Him in a prayer room in Texas, awakening the dawn at 5AM. It is so precious to Him!

Anyone can do it. I encourage even those who do not see themselves as early risers to try giving that time to the Lord by waking earlier.

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Roses Have Thorns: Allowing God to Refine Us

Sometimes our journey of friendship with God isn’t all roses. Roses are beautiful and lovely in appearance and fragrance. They are given to show love, that we are held dear to the heart of the Giver.

But roses also have thorns. When we pick up a rose, we are careful to avoid grabbing the stem where a thorn resides, so we are not stabbed by it. At the same time, we know the thorn is there as we acknowledge it by our making room for it.

When we pursue the Lord, we cannot ignore the hard things. We know they are there. God knows they are. He sees our hearts and all we go through, and He wants to touch our lives even in these areas. But if we pretend these things don’t exist, it can hinder Him from fashioning us in those areas.

Impurities must be brought to surface for the revealing of the fine silver that is us.

It is in the refining that the beauty is able to come forth. Ashes before beauty. The coal before the diamond. But if the pressure upon that coal is hindered, the diamond will not fully come forth.

It is painful at times, but He is worth it, and His glory to be revealed in us is worth it.

Let Him bring the fullness of His character forth in your life. He makes all things beautiful in His time. You will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

All Because of Love

The love Jesus has for us carries such weight that He left Heaven’s perfect atmosphere, free of suffering and lack, to deliver us. He left the place where He was never separated from His Father all because of love for us.

Jesus left Heaven’s home and clothed Himself as a child in humility. A baby cannot survive without its parents, and Jesus–fully God–also became fully man, subjecting Himself to this dire vulnerability.

All for love Christ faced need, weakness, hunger and humility. And then He faced pain, betrayal, persecution and suffering unto the death of the Cross.

Not simply by the pain of the Cross, but also by the life-taking blow of sin, Jesus went through the very worst of the worst compared to any other. It wasn’t that He experienced pain greater than all, but it was that He was the only one who would take upon Himself the sins of all that they may be free.

This was a burden no human could survive being placed upon them. It was the weight of sin that took His life. In willingly giving up His life the Father resurrected Him as the firstborn of the dead so that we too could reign in live with Him. Continue reading

Satisfaction in a World of Strength & Vanity

In today’s world, we see much about humanity. We hear about the power of humanity, the strength of man, the wisdom of man, and so forth.

Unless it is the Lord working through us, our strength is nothing. Compared to His might, our strength is lighter than even a feather.

Man’s strength can be a great downfall in its pride. Reliance on human resources can blind us from our constant need for Father God. It can cause us to think we are doing well when we are truly empty and doing nothing of value. It can hinder us from seeing the difference between what is temporal versus what is eternal.

Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting. 2 Corinthians 4:18 (AMPC)

Much of what we see is vanity and unreliable (Ecclesiastes 1). Our greatest satisfaction is found in leaning on the One who made us, admitting our need of Him, and surrendering our will to Him. Continue reading