Bible Devotions

All Things Are Possible

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23 NKJV 

I believe most people have heard “all things are possible to him who believes” quoted in various ways.  But have you ever stopped to check out the context in which it was said?  

Mark 9:14:-29 NKJV is the account where the disciples couldn’t heal a certain boy and Jesus rebukes them as a faithless generation.  The boy’s father desperate to help his son, comes to Jesus asking, “But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 

How does Jesus respond?  Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”  I love this about Jesus.  He got right to the point, the reason the boy wasn’t healed was because of unbelief.  Yet, Jesus is gentle to the man because He knows how hard it must have been to watch the son being tormented.  The rest of the passage is about Jesus healing the boy and the disciples asking why they couldn’t heal the boy.   

Getting back to the opening verse, Jesus teaches us “all things are possible” if we believe.  Does it say some things are possible?  No.  Does it say only one thing is possible?  No.  He said “all things are possible to him who believes”.  All in its adjective form is an inclusive word, it literally means any and everything you can think of and even the stuff you haven’t thought of yet.    

If Jesus said all things are possible, then it means ALL things are possible to him who believes, doesn’t it?  Yes did does.  It means you can be freed from the power of sin, you can overcome an addiction, your heart can be made new, your marriage can be restored, your faith can increase and many more things are possible to him who believes.  

What are you choosing not to believe today?   If you find yourself holding on to unbelief, do what the father did in our story today.  Mark 9:24 NKJV says the father cried out, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”  You can be assured that’s a prayer Jesus will answer.   

In Matthew’s (17:19-21) account of the same story, Jesus said to them, “…I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”  As God’s word teaches, I encourage you to believe nothing will be impossible for you who believe Jesus.  

Lord Jesus, thank you for your clear teaching all things are possible to those who believe.  As the father cried out, help our unbelief. In Your name, Jesus, we pray Amen.   

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Prove Yourself

The word of the Lord is proven; he is a shield to all who trust in Him.  Psalm 18:30 NKJV 

How is the God’s Word proven to you?  For me, the Lord has proven not only His Word, but Himself to me on several occasions. 

One way He proves Himself is through answered prayer.  When I was a new believer, the Lord was very generous in answering my prayers.  I kept a journal with all my prayers and all the ways God answered those prayers.  It was exactly what I personally needed to help develop faith in God.

Other ways He proves Himself is through confirmations.  If I receive a thought and believe it to be the direction God wants me to follow, I wait for the confirmations before heading down that path.  It doesn’t take long, before I recognize the same thought/direction in a sermon, radio program, or something I read or even a certain situation.  Usually these confirmations come in three’s and sometimes fours!  As if God really wants to get my attention! 

Can you relate?  No?  Try reading God’s Word, watching for Him to speak to you not only through the very words you read, but through the situations of your life.  Pray God opens your eyes to see Him and hear Him.  That’s a prayer He’s sure to answer! 

Lord God Almighty, thank you for proving Yourself to us, even though You are God and shouldn’t need to, You choose to for our benefit.  Thank You for hearing our prayers and opening our eyes and ears to see and hear You.  In Jesus’ name Amen.  

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Knowledge of God

And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Matthew 9:11-13 NKJV 

Today’s verse is very popular.  I’m sure you’ve probably heard it before, although you probably heard Mark or Luke’s account instead.   

Mark 2:16-18 NKJV “When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”” 

Luke 5:30-32 NKJV “Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”” 

We’re looking at Matthew’s verse because it adds another dimension to this message.   The over arching message of these verses is that God calls sinners to repentance, that much is very clear.  Matthew documents more.  Jesus told the Pharisees, who should have known why God calls sinners to repentance, “go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice’”.   

The Pharisees were content in their ability to follow the rules to prove they were righteous before man.  They lived by regulations that elevated themselves in the eyes of the common people.  Their outward appearance would be such the average person when gazing upon the Pharisee would say “There goes a holy man”.   

Jesus is pointing out something the Pharisees missed in all their study of God’s Word.  The most precious aspect of God – mercy.  There’s a footnote on this verse in my Bible referencing Hosea 6:6 NKJV, “For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.”   The New Living Translations provides more contemporary understanding: “I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.” Can’t you just hear God’s longing for us to know and to love Him?   

God’s not interested in us following a set of rules for the sake of saying we kept the commandments.  He’s more concerned with our understanding Him.  With understanding comes love.  With love comes obedience.  With obedience comes freedom from sin.   

Beth Moore mentioned in her Breaking Free video “We are challenged to adjust our life based on the truth we learned.”  We don’t just read God’s Word.  We need to internalize it and allow God to change the way we think (Romans 12:2). 

Where are you today?  Are you challenged by this truth?  Are you like the Pharisees busy keeping a set of rules, making sure you like “appear” more righteous before people?  Are you showing love and being merciful towards others?   

Lord God above, You are worthy of all love.  Thank You for making it possible for us sinners to come directly to Your throne by dying for us.  Thank You for Your Holy Spirit living in us to give us a desire to know You.  Enable us to receive Your Word and live it out in our lives.  In Jesus’ name Amen.   

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Why Do You Think Evil in Your Hearts?

When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”  Matthew 9:2 NKJV 

Reading Matthew 9:1-7 reveals hardness of heart and unbelief in some of the scribes who witnessed a wonderful, merciful healing of a paralyzed man.   Their reaction wasn’t one of joy or amazement, but of accusation.  They said “within” themselves, “This Man blasphemes!” 

Even this shows Jesus’ all knowing abilities.  Jesus knew their thoughts.  He always read people’s inward thoughts.  In verse 4, Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?”   The evil the scribes thought was unbelief and accusation.  The scribe had no mercy or compassion for the one Jesus healed.  They’re thoughts were against Jesus, who was setting the poor man free from bondage.  You have to be pretty hard hearted not to be happy for someone who was paralyzed and now could walk.

Are we harboring evil in our own hearts?  Is there unbelief?  How about your compassion level?  Are you concerned for other’s well being? 

Lord Jesus, You know our thoughts.  Have mercy on us, forgive us for the evil in our hearts.  Heal us and give us right desires and compassion for the lost.  In Jesus’ name Amen. 

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If God’s Peace is Like a River, What’s blocking the Flow?

“Your peace would have been like a river”, Isaish 48:18 NKJV 

God wants us to enjoy His peace.  The Bible is full of instructions on how to obtain that peace.  Being obedient to God’s Word is the key.  When we are willing to be under His all encompassing authority, His peace will be like a river in us.   

Let’s take a further look at this wonderful imagery and see what more we can learn from comparing God’s peace to a river.   

A river is a moving stream of water.  It doesn’t stand still, it flows.  It has a starting source and it continues down a pre-determined path until it reaches its final destination.  Let’s apply this thinking to our spiritual lives.  Once we’re saved (given our life to Christ), we aren’t done.  There’s still work to do.  We have to keep moving forward in our relationship with Christ.  Jesus Christ is the source.  He is the author and finisher or our faith (Hebrews 12:2).  We are also on a pre-determined path, a course set and held by the hand of God with a final destination being heaven.  Until we reach heaven, we are being transformed into Christ’s image and His character is being developed in us.   

Sometimes rivers get blocked up and there are few reasons for that.  Some are for good reasons and some are bad.  Let’s consider them and as we do, think about how it applies to us spiritually.  

Dead stuff like fallen leaves, broken branches, and other loose items find its way into the river.  For a time those items don’t hinder the river.  However, when the river narrows, as all rivers do at some point, all that stuff floating in the river starts to pile up.  This doesn’t usually cause the river to cease flowing, but it can reduce the flow of the river.   

What stuff is making its way into our spiritual river? It could be unconfessed sin, unwillingness to submit to God, or always wanting to know the “why” before you obey.  It also could be lack of belief, lack of trust or a build up of pride, or self-centeredness in our life. 

Other times the river is blocked from a beaver settling in and making a dam.  The beaver is doing only what comes natural to him, as God designed.  The beaver painstakingly takes broken branches, twigs, and other natural lumber and strategically places them in the flow of the river.  The dam acts as a river flow regulator.  Without the dam, downstream the river could overflow and cause more damage.  However, God takes care of it by sending the beavers to build their home in the river.   

At times in our lives, there may be situations or circumstances that seem to be a hindrance to us.  In the end, we discover it was all part of God’s glorious plan to help us grow in our faith, our love and in our character.   It’s not something we’d choose for our self, but we have to experience them nonetheless. 

In the Old Testament, cities were walled in, meaning there was a wall going all around the city for protection against invaders.  Usually these cities were made next to a river, so the river would run under the wall and through the city providing a source of fresh water to the people living there.  When an enemy came against the city, there were times when they would cut off the water supply to the city, as a way to get the city to surrender.   How they blocked off the water, isn’t the important part.  I simply wanted you to recognize an enemy can block the flow.  

How is the enemy blocking your flow today?  Our enemy, Satan, doesn’t want us growing in the Lord.  He’ll do all sorts of things to block God’s peace in our life.  Recognize the enemy exists and prepare yourself to stand against him by putting on the armor of God.  Read Ephesians 6:10-20 for details.   

Let’s review our comparison of God’s peace as a river:

1)      Stuff comes into the river and can reduce the flow.  The “stuff” is sin, disobedience, or wanting our way instead of God’s way.

2)      Beavers make dams which regulate the flow of the river.  There are things God brings into our life to help us grow spiritually.

3)      Enemies can block the river’s flow.  Our enemy, Satan, doesn’t want us growing in the Lord.  We must prepare for battle by putting on the armor of God.    


How’s your river of God’s peace flowing today?  Is the flow reduced by debris?  Is God working on growing your through trials?  Is the enemy after you?

Remember what the Psalmist penned in Psalm 27:1, “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”  Jesus encouraged us with, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Next time peace seems lacking in your life, think about this analogy.  Perhaps there’s something you can do about it.  For the rest, take it to God in prayer, trust Him to be with you through it and know the waters will not overwhelm you (Isaiah 43:2-3).

Lord God, thank You for making Your peace like a river available to us through Jesus Christ.  Help us be obedient to Your Word by the leading of Your Holy Spirit in us. Enable us to stand against our enemy by putting on the armor of God.  May we grow in our relationship with You more each day. In Jesus’ name Amen.   

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For God’s Glory

What do you think of when you read the word “glory”?  I think of giving credit to whom credit is due, honoring someone, holding someone in high esteem, praising someone or giving all the accolades to someone who deserves it.  That may work for human form of glory, but God’s glory is something entirely different. 


God’s glory is the way in which He chooses to make Himself recognizable in our life.  That’s right, how He displays Himself in our very life brings glory to Himself.   The Bible tells us everything He made brings Him glory.   Psalm 19:1 NKJV “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.”

We are like mirrors of His glory and we’re being transformed into His image according to 2 Corinthians 3:17-18Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 

What do mirrors do?  Mirrors reflect whatever is held up in front of it.  The Bible is telling us we are like mirrors reflecting God’s glory.  What we put in front of us matters.  If we choose to put garbage (sex outside of marriage, violence, filthy talk) in front of us, then garbage is what we reflect.  On the other hand, if we choose to put God in front of us, we reflect God.   I do not mean to say that it is by our power we reflect God, because God is the one in us reflecting His glory through us.  On the contrary, I am saying we can hinder the reflection of God’s glory by choices we make.   

As I think about how we reflect, like a mirror, God’s glory, it reminds me of what Jesus taught us in Matthew 5:14-16 when He said “You are the light of the world.  A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”   We are called to let our light shine and not do anything that may snuff out the light.   

Another way to put is do not grieve the Holy Spirit in us as Ephesians 4:29-31 teaches: “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.”  

Can others see God’s glory in your life?  Don’t get discouraged by how you’re not reflecting God’s glory very well.  Remember Romans 3:23 teaches us we all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Romans 3:24 goes on to tell us we are “being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”  As Christ has justified us through His grace, let’s do what 1 Corinthians 10:31 says “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”   

Father God, thank you for your Holy Spirit in us, who reflects your glory through us. Enable us to reflect your glory in all we do, say and think this day.  In Jesus’ name Amen.  

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To Know and Believe God

Isaiah 43:10 NKJVYou are My witnesses,” says the LORD, “and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He.”


How do you get to know and believe God?  For me it’s an on-going process.  First, I had to give my life to Christ and ask Him to live in me.  Next, I started to read His Word and through the Holy Spirit in me, I began to understand more about God’s character.  Then, I started to rely on Him, by praying and giving Him the final outcome of situations in my life.  Over time, I trusted Him more and more. 


The first step in the process is recognizing I am not god.  I am not in control, but rather out of control being bound by sin.  I had to go to great depths of despair before I would turn to God.  My life was falling apart due to self-inflicted sin consequences.  It’s different for every person.  My heart’s longing is for you to come to know and believe God without going to the pit of hell on earth before you turn to Him. 

The second step is to get into God’s Word, which is a storehouse of proof.  It describes God’s character, His morals and His values and His promises to us.  Look at what 1 John 5:13 NKJV says, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”  The more you read, the more you’ll understand God’s character.   

The third step is all about trust.  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen according to Hebrews 11:1 NKJV.  It is by faith that we understand the things of God.  Faith is about trusting God.  Faith is built one step at a time.  My faith was strengthened through answered prayer.  When I was a new believer, God was especially kind and tender with me.  He gracious answered all of my prayers.  I have notebook after notebook filled with my prayers and how He answered them.  My small group, at the time, could hardly believe the instant response I seemed to get when I prayed.  But that’s what it took for me.   

What about you?  Having you started the journey of knowing and believing God?  If not, what’s holding you back?   

Our God is a very personal God, who wants to meet you right where you are.  He knows what you need before you even ask.  He’s anxious to come into your life and show you a different way to live.  He longs to bless you and give you an eternal life through Christ.   He’s just a prayer away:   

Lord Jesus, thank you for dying for my sins.  I know I’m a sinner and need you to save me.  Please come into my life and lead me into the abundant fulfilling life you promise in your Word.  In Jesus’ name Amen.  

Maybe you’ve already given your life to Christ.  That’s wonderful, but don’t stop there.  Dig into God’s Word, deepen your relationship.  Continue to pray and see the hand of God working in your life.  Don’t forget to share what you know about God with others.  There are people dying to know Him. 

Father God above, You alone are King.  Thank you for putting me on the path of life.  Guide us by Your Spirit, teach us Your ways that we may know and believe You more.  In Jesus’ name Amen.  

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He Became Sin for Us


Jesus Christ was perfectly obedient to His Father’s plan.  So willing to carry out God’s glorious purpose, He was willing to die for us.  But more than just dying for us, He was willing to bare all the sin of the world – past, present and future sins He bared on that cross.  In doing so He made all those who would believe in Him righteous before God.   

Let’s take some time to revisit why the statement “He Became Sin for Us” is so important. 

First, God is Holy and He expects us to be holy. Leviticus 19:2 NKJV, ““Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.”” However, there’s a problem with us being holy.  We can’t do it.  Romans 3:23 NKJV, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.   

God being just and righteous has to deal with the sin problem.  We see in Romans 6:23 NKJV, “For the wages of sin is death”.  In the Old Testament the children of Israel were given instructions on how to offer sacrifices for the atonement of sin.  The blood of animals, however, could not erase the sin of the people.  Only perfect spotless animals were offered.  But an animal’s life was not a perfect substitute for a human life.  That’s where Jesus comes into to play.  He was God – holy, perfect, undefiled and willing to give His life as the ransom needed to set us free.   

Isaiah 53:4-6 NKJV says Jesus was carried our sin upon himself, “He was bruised for our iniquities;…And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”  1 Peter 2:24 NKJV says “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”  2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 

Don’t miss that last verse where is says “to be sin for us”.  Jesus Christ, the perfect lamb of God, who was God incarnate, who knew no sin became sin for us.  All the sins of the world, past, present and future were laid upon Jesus.  Because He carried all that sin for us, His Father God Almighty, the Holy One had to look away and at that moment, for the first time in His life, Christ was no longer connected to His Father.  He was separated from God as the penalty of sin was carried out on Him.  

Why is this so important to understand?  Without the death of Christ, we are unable to cleanse ourselves to stand before God.  Only a pure, blameless, spotless, sin-free offering could be traded for our purification.  There is only one who is pure, blameless, spotless, and sin-free that is God Himself.  Don’t you see, my friend, God took our sin upon Himself, who knew no sin.  He bared the consequences of our sin, so we could live and be accepted by God.   

Lord Jesus, thank you for choosing to die in my place.  Thank you for being perfect and sinless offering to satisfy God’s wrath towards sin.  Thank you for setting me free from a life of sin and giving me to opportunity to stand righteous before God.  In your precious name, Jesus I pray these things. Amen.  

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10 Ways to Avoid Growing Your Faith

  1. Do nothing your church suggestions. Why go at all?
  2. Do not join a small group bible study.
  3. Do not read daily bible devotions.
  4. Do not listen to Christian music.
  5. Do not read your bible.
  6. Do not help a neighbor in need.
  7. Do not donate to the poor.
  8. Do not pray.
  9. Do no tithe.
  10. Make all your own decisions without consulting God or other Christian friend.

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What are you willing to sacrifice?

In a Christian life, sacrifice should be common place.  I’m not talking about the Old Testament kind of sacrifices, where a spotless animal was brought to the priests to be offered to God.  We now live under grace because Jesus Christ provided it when He died and rose again to pay for our sins and give us a new life.  I’m talking about the kind of sacrifice Jesus called us to when he said in Luke 9: 23  NKJV, ““If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”” 

Are we willing to deny our own will?  Lay aside our own desires for God’s greater purposes?  Let’s face it we all have agenda’s of our own.  We want certain things in this life.  We want life to go a certain way.  But God calls us to follow Him and to keep our eyes on Him at all times.   Sometimes God asks us to do or not do something and it contradicts our will.  At that moment, are we willing to offer up our will to God, sacrificing what we want, so God’s will is done instead?  

Since coming to Christ, I’ve been blessed with the many opportunities to lay aside my will for God’s greater purpose, even when I did not understand why.   I’ve given my desires to God, who in turn has blessed me far more abundantly than I ever imagined.   I’ve offered my perfectionist tendencies to God and He in turn improved my marriage relationship.  I’ve offered my desires to control things to God and He has giving me the desire to obey His commands.  

In studying the Old Testament you’ll find shocking and appalling stories where parents sacrificed their own children by burning them in fire (Ezekiel 23:37; 2 Kings 16:3; 2 Kings 17:31; 2 Chronicles 28:3).  What would possess a man to sacrifice their own flesh and blood to a false god?  Thankfully, God doesn’t require such sacrifice.  However, we can learn from these people.  If these people of Old Testament were willing to kill their own children for a fake god, who never performed any miracles to demonstrate they [gods] existed, why do we have a hard time offering our will to the true, living, faithful God who did everything to prove He was not only real but loving, just and merciful?  

God desires obedience (rather than physical sacrifice) from His chosen people.  He calls us to a higher plane of living, by asking us to obey His commands.  Look at what 1 Samuel 15:22 NKJV says, “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice”.  Think about this for a moment, any one can give something physical (car, house, boat, money), but it is much harder to give of your internal self (desire, will, love, forgiveness, mercy).   

When we choose to offer our internal self to the Lord, we need to remember it will cost us something.  Look at David’s perspective on giving to the Lord in 1 Chronicles 21:24 NKJV, “Then King David said to Ornan, “No, but I will surely buy it for the full price, for I will not take what is yours for the LORD, nor offer burnt offerings with that which costs me nothing.””  Our willing sacrifice of internal self to the Lord, will cost us something.  If it doesn’t cost anything, is it worth giving to God?   

In closing let’s return to the verse in the first paragraph, “let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”  Denying self is a sacrifice that is pleasing to God.  For in so doing, we are demonstrating that God comes before us.  Willingly offering to lay aside our desires, our will, and our plans demonstrates Jesus’ will comes first.  Remember the part in the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:10 NKJV, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  That’s our goal in this life, enabling God’s will to be done in and through our life.  What are you willing to sacrifice so the Lord’s will is done in your life?

Lord, thank you for not asking us to sacrifice our children as a burnt offering!  Thank you for giving us the choice to follow you.  Thank you for also giving us a desire to do what is right in your sight.  You will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  In Jesus’ name Amen.

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