Daily Devotional 1 | 10.26.2018

In a recent blog post, author/entrepreneur Seth Godin observed that we spend a great deal of time wrestling with promises, yet rarely invest time in creating better promises.

…6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. 

Hebrews 11:6 (ESV)

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In Hebrews 11, the writer paints a portrait of ordinary people experiencing remarkable things by living out their faith. Characters like Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Rahab, Gideon, and David reveal an uncommon trust in an extraordinary God. They believed God would follow through on His promises. Their actions demonstrated their faith. Some, like Noah, were called to persevere and endure for their faith for one major event. Others, like Abraham, were repeatedly called to respond in faith throughout their lives. Today, these spiritual heroes serve as an example inspiring us to do the same.

In my faith journey, I have learned that we don’t have to wrestle with God’s promises but can take them to the bank. He is trustworthy and His word is good.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we seek to honor and glorify You. You are trustworthy and keep your promises. As children of Your promise, help us be more like You in all we say and do. Grant us the wisdom and discernment needed to make promises we can keep so that those we encounter will know us as people of integrity whose word is good.

Questions to Consider:

  1. Do you keep your promises?
  2. Who are the spiritual heroes in your life?
  3. How are you investing in others?

Blessings,

The Devotional Guy™

 

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Evening Prayer | Evening 5

Beginning and ending the day in prayer is a good thing. Or at least it should be. The intent in my offering these morning and evening prayers is not to constrict you or burden you. To the contrary, I hope that it will free you and help you grow spiritually, especially in your own prayer life. Selfishly, I am doing this as much to help myself. That’s what this blog is about—spiritual growth. Since it’s inception, The Devotional Guy™ is meant to be a writing ministry shining a light of hope in what can oftentimes be a dark world.

As we’ve looked at different prayers this past week, what are some morning and evening prayers that come to your mind? Do you write your own? I’d be thrilled to hear about them. Maybe I could even post some of your favorites here on this blog? That would be cool. Drop me a line here.

Sunday Evening Prayer

As we can see from Peter’s example in Matthew 14:30, prayers don’t need to be lengthy. A lot can be said in a few words. They can be uttered in the moment.

I have found, in my own spiritual life, that the more rules I lay down for myself, the more sins I commit. The habit of regular morning and evening prayer is one which is indispensable to a believer’s life, but the prescribing of the length of prayer, and the constrained remembrance of so many persons and subjects, may gender unto bondage, and strangle prayer rather than assist it.

Charles Spurgeon, in Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching & Preachers, W. Wiersbe, p. 235

Peace be with you.

The Devotional Guy™

What We Believe About God Matters

An accurate understanding of God is necessary if we are going to have a closer personal relationship with Him. Oftentimes we try to make God conform to our image of Him, rather than worshiping God in the fullness of His glory with the fullness of our joy. Many popular or practical concepts of God distort the true essence of all that God is. When we fall into the trap of these miniature concepts of God, we try to force a great big God into a small, limited box.

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“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”  A.W. Tozer

These false perceptions have to be corrected if we are going to experience spiritual lives of any real depth and significance. Failing to have a correct view of God creates a ministry that leaves stumbling blocks in the path of others. Distorted thinking about God twist the roles of God and man and our philosophy of life. Wrong doctrine leads to wrong thinking. In order to think clearly and enunciate carefully a right understanding of God, we must begin with right doctrine. Right doctrine leads to right thinking about God.

After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has. Job 42:7 (NIV)

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