Devotional

  • Our Eternal Rewards

    Revelation 4:9-11 Throughout Scripture, we find references to crowns. Let’s take a look at how they reveal the eternal rewards of loving Jesus Christ and following Him obediently. The Crown of Victory. To finish life well, believers need Olympic endurance. Athletes in those ancient games were crowned with a perishable circlet of laurel leaves. But…

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  • A Barometer for Spiritual Growth

    1 Corinthians 13:11-13 Since our Father wants us to mature in the faith, we should stop periodically and examine our life to see if we’re making progress in this area. Physical growth is fairly easy to evaluate—all you need is a tape measure. But how can you tell if you’re growing spiritually? Let’s begin by…

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  • Turning the Other Cheek

    Matthew 5:38-42 The Bible passage that says to turn the other cheek may confuse us. Are we to stand still while someone beats us up physically or emotionally? That’s not the message Jesus was delivering. When He gave the Sermon on the Mount, He was expanding outward obedience to the Law to include attitudes and…

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  • Accepting Criticism

    Proverbs 10:17 Nobody likes criticism. It can hurt, especially when unsolicited, and is sometimes delivered with unkind words and a harsh spirit. However, we must be careful not to reject the reproof without first considering whether it’s valid. God can use an honest, direct person to convey something we need to hear. Criticism forces us…

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  • How to Cry Out to God

    Matthew 14:29-30 The phone rings, and you answer. A sullen voice informs you of a tragedy. Your heart is so heavy that you feel paralyzed by anguish. What do you do? Bad news, danger, and pain all cause us to seek assistance. As believers, we lean on the almighty God, who is more than able…

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  • Jesus: A Servant

    Matthew 20:20-28 Believers like to talk about Jesus as Lord, Master, and especially Savior, but rarely is He mentioned as Servant. Yet describing His own mission, Christ said, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28). He entered the…

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  • He Knows Us

    Did God know about me as I drove at night on a 100-mile journey to my village? Given the condition I was in, the answer was not simple. My temperature ran high and my head ached. I prayed, “Lord, I know you are with me, but I’m in pain!” Tired and weak, I parked by…

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  • Compassion for the Lost

    Matthew 9:36-38 Throughout the Gospels, a phrase commonly used of the Lord is “He felt compassion” (Matt. 9:36). These words describe what Jesus often experienced when He encountered people in a helpless condition: He was moved to alleviate their suffering. Man’s greatest suffering is due to alienation from the Lord because of sin. Even though…

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  • The Key to Enduring Hardship

    Genesis 50:15-21 God has given us many amazing promises in His Word. Yet, though we are assured of His steadfast love (Rom. 8:38-39), provision (2 Corinthians 9:8), and guidance (Prov. 16:9), He has not promised us an easy, trouble-free life. What we can count on, however, is that the Lord will work everything—including adversity—for our…

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  • Ignoring the Conscience

    1 Timothy 1:18-19; 1 Timothy 4:1-2 Are you making certain choices today that your conscience would not have allowed in the past? If so, you may have become desensitized. That is a dangerous place to be. As we discussed yesterday, God gave us an internal sense of right and wrong to use along with the…

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