Bible Devotions

Do You Trust Me?

What if someone dear to your heart asked you to place your most prized possession in a clean trash can? Would you do it? Your response reveals how much you trust this person.

Read Genesis 22:1-13

God ask Abraham to do something similar with his beloved son, Isaac.  Because Abraham willing did what God asked, he was considered righteous.  You see God never intended to have Abraham kill his son. It was a test to see if Abraham trusted God.

Why must trust be tested?

If you were quick to obey, it means you value and trust that person more than the object you placed in the trash can. This is a sign of an authentic relationship. But if you did not place the object in the trash can, it means you don’t trust the person who asked you to do this.

God is asking each of us “do you trust me?” Our response determines how much we trust Him.

At the end of Abraham’s test, Isaac remained.  He was not taken from Abraham at all.  Notice Abraham’s test was to offer Isaac as a burnt offering.  This was all God told Abraham. Now think about this for a minute.  God gave Abraham only one step of His plan.  God did not reveal the whole picture upfront.  If the whole thing was revealed up front there would be no reason for trust. Abraham would have known how it worked out and he would have just gone through the motions without any internal struggle.

God wants us to trust Him.  He will ask us to do something we don’t want to do.  When He does it is like Him asking, “do you trust me?” We won’t know how it works out, but we are asked to believe it will.  God loves us and wants what’s best for us.

Without the internal struggle to decide to trust, we would not be drawn closer to God afterward.  You see, when we obey, we are testing God to see if He is real.  When we obey, the end result proves God’s intentions towards us are pure, right, and true.  But if we never obey, we miss the opportunity to find out how pure, honorable, right, and true God is.

So what has God asked you to do lately? What is your response? Are you willing to trust Him?

Take courage! Though the watery trials may get you wet, He is with you and won’t allow those trials to overflow you.

Lord, thank you for the trials and tests. Thank you for your love and patience.  Help us to trust in you more with each trial.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


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Love is a Result

Love is the finished product.  We cannot wake up one day and decide to love everyone.  It may work temporarily.  As soon as the object of that love does something hurtful, we stop loving.  That’s our nature.

Jesus said, “You can do nothing apart from Me.” He means it.  All our efforts to love, our self-will and determination will fail.

Only God’s love lasts forever, unchanged.  Even when the object of His love turns their back on Him, God still loves them.  For the Bible tells us nothing can ever separate us from the love of God.  Hell can’t, heaven can’t, our fears can’t, and even our mistakes can’t.  God is love, therefore, His love remains forever.

If we crave more love in our life the answer is found in Jesus Christ.  First John 4:15 says, “whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him and he in God.” As long as we abide in God, we can love others.  First John 4:4 says, “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” Jesus said in John 15:10, “If you keep My commandments you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.”  First John 4:16 says, “And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”

As a result of abiding in God, and He in us, we will love one another because it is His Spirit in us doing the loving.  John 3:6 tells us we must be born again to receive this Spirit. When He comes to live in us He is responsible for guiding us in all truth, convicting us of sin, of righteousness and of judgment to come, which helps us stay on track with God’s commandments.

Then the fruit appears.  Galatians 5:22 tells us the first fruit of the Spirit is love.  Everything the Spirit of God does is loving.  Once we accept Jesus Christ into our life, God gives us His Spirit which empowers and equips us to desire and do what is pleasing to Him.  That means we have the ability to love others as our self and love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength.

Just because we have received God’s Spirit doesn’t mean we automatically love all the time.  For God designed us each with free-will.  We can choose to walk by the Spirit of by our old worldly ways.  The Bible calls this walking by the flesh.

God gives us every opportunity to love.  He has equipped us to love, but the choice is still ours.  Next time we are tempted to ________________________, (you fill in the blank), S.T.O.P. Before you react, respond or rehearse how you might react, think of this acrostic.

S eek God’s perspective

T urn to God’s Word

O pen your heart to truth

P ray for God’s leading

Hiding God’s word in your heart and mind is a great way to guard against temptation.  You may be tempted to become easily angered, be rude, be selfish or any number of other ungodly things.  Whatever your temptation God always provides a way out.  Seek Him before, during and after the trying time and you will have peace that surpasses all understanding.

Thank you, God, for helping us to love as you have loved us. Thank you for your Holy Spirit to guide us along the pathway of life and righteousness. Thank you for making us right in your sight by the gift of Jesus Christ. In His name we pray. Amen.

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Do You Believe In The Son of Man?

This seems like a simply question, doesn’t it? My guess many “Christians” might answer that question with a resounding YES!

However, before we rashly answer the question we might consider what the phrase “The Son of Man” means.

Matthew 16:13-17 NIV says:

“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.”


There are 83 references to “The Son of Man” in NIV translation.  Not all are references to Christ, but the ones with “Son” capitalized are.  Here are some for your consideration:

  • Matthew 20:28 “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
  • Matthew 24:27 “For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”
  • Matthew 25:31 “”When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.”
  • Luke 21:36 “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
  • Luke 22:69 “But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.”
  • John 1:51 “He then added, “I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
  • John 5:27 “And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.”
  • Acts 7:57 “”Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.””

We can see clearly from these verses, the Son of Man is title displaying authority and Diety.  As we ponder on these verses, we might be inclined to add other fitting titles such as: Son of God, Messiah, King of kings, Lord of lords, Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor, and Almighty God.

Now think for a moment of all God has done.  He spoke the world into existence. He created all we see from nothing that was seen.  He created all the plants, the animals, the earth, the sky, the stars, the planets, and the sustaining power of the balance of our solar system.  He created people with a free will.  He gave us creativity, communication, and intellect. He holds the waves of the sea in His hand.  He is without time because a day is as a year to Him.  He healed people through touch, sight, and simply speaking it.  He raised people from the dead.  He spoke dry scattered bones back into place and breathed life into them. He caused the sun to stand still.  The earth quakes at His presence.  All of creation cries out in praise to Him.  Nothing is impossible for Him.

God, in the form of Jesus, reigns over everything.  You and I are included in everything, whether we choose to acknowledge Him or not.

If we do choose to believe Jesus is the Son of God, then we are agreeing to be under His authority.  We willingly yield to His agenda for our life and sacrifice our own.  In order to place our self under His authority we must be willing to accept our position when compared to God.

Let’s think about what position that might be.

He is God.  We are His creation.  He is Author of life. We are alive because He made us.  We can nothing apart from Him.  He holds our very breath in His hand.  God is holy, without sin, without deceit, and without hypocrisy.  In Him is every good gift.  We are not holy, we are stained. We are not pure, we are tainted with sin. We are not honorable, we are manipulative, selfish and hypocritical.  He is merciful. We are critical and judgmental. The list could go on. Just remember what Romans 3:23 says “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”  This sin we speak of has to be dealt with.  Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death.”

We must see this about our self to fully appreciate how great God is.  He loved us enough to do something we could not do for our self. He made a way to cleanse us from every wrong. He took our sin upon Himself, and died in our place to pay for our sin.  The last part of Romans 6:23 says “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The sin is dealt with.  It is finished.  We who believe in Jesus’ atoning work on the cross, are forgiven our sin-dept.  We are dressed in His robe of righteousness, as if we had never sinned to begin with.

If we have fully grasped the meaning of God’s authority and our position under His authority, our life should show some signs that we are different beings.  Jesus said you must be born again to enter the kingdom of God.  Through faith we believe and are saved by His grace.  Our obedience to God’s Word is one outward expression of the inward transformation.  But don’t think you can short cut the process by avoiding looking at our sinful self and try to do more good things than bad, for that is evil in God’s sight.  The good works done are done from a heart so radically changed by the grace of God it is done in reverence and love for HIM and nothing from our self.

Now, having looked at the authority of God compared to our sinful state, are you able to answer the question?  Do you believe in the Son of Man?

Lord, Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for coming to earth, dying for my sins, and raising to life again to free me from sin and death. Thank you for loving me that much! Help me to live in a way that’s pleasing to you. In your name I pray. Amen.

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Return to Me

Yet you have not returned to Me says the Lord. Amos 4 NKJV

Do God’s people really need reminding to return to Him? Yes. Apparently they do as we see in Amos chapter 4.

The opening verse is used five times in this chapter and every instance He is talking to the children of God, Israel, God’s chosen people.

If we are not careful to watch and pray to stay close to God, we will stray or drift away just as Israel did.

Let’s take a look at the offenses God’s children committed that are recorded for our benefit.

  • They oppressed the poor
  • They crush the needy
  • They got drunk
  • They bring sacrifices every morning and tithes every three years
  • They offer thanksgiving sacrifices with leaven
  • They proclaim and announce their freewill offerings

The Hebrew word for “oppress” is “asaq” meaning to press upon, for example to defraud, violate or overflow. Further definition includes get deceitfully, deceive, defraud, drink up, oppress, use oppression, oppressor, do violence, an do wrong.

The Hebrew word for “crush” is “rasas” meaning to crack in pieces, literally or figuratively, break, bruise, crush, discourage, oppress, and struggle together.

God cares for the poor and needy. In what ways do we find ourselves oppressing or crushing the poor? Remember, to not think about the poor is just as bad.  God wants us to care for the poor and needy. Dueteronomy 15:11 says “For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.’”

How often do we drink our problems away? Proverbs 31:5 tells us drinking makes us forget the law and pervert justice for all the afflicted.

What about sacrifices? How often do we ask forgiveness from God? God would rather we obey Him from the beginning than continue asking forgiveness. 1 Samuel 15:21-23 says “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king.”

What about the good we do?  Are we quick to brag about it? Proverbs 20:6 says most men will proclaim each his own goodness, but who can find a faithful man?  Psalm 5:5 says the boastful shall not stand in Your sight, you hate all workers of iniquity.

As we read God’s Word and study how the people responded, we can learn much about our self.  With God’s Holy Spirit to guide us in all truth, we can know how to take an accurate assessment of our self.  Once we recognize sin in our life, we confess it to God and knowing Jesus’ work on the cross has already forgiven our sin, we can ask for His power to avoid the same sin in the future. God is faithful an just to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. But we have to be willing to turn to Him. Are you?

Father, thank you for your Word, your Spirit, your desire to do what is pleasing to you. Thank you for so many second chances.  In Jesus’ name we pray Amen.

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The Lord will Answer His People

The Lord will be a shelter for His people… Joel 3:16 NKJV

The prophet Joel spoke of the “The Day of the Lord” coming. It is the Day of Judgment, when all the wrongs will be compensated.  It is a terrible and yet wonderful thing to behold.

Only those who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. “Now, therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping and with mourning.”

Then the Lord will be zealous for His land and pity His people. The Lord will answer His people.

The Lord will…

  • Remove you from the northern army
  • Cause the harvest to bloom
  • Cause the rain
  • Restore all the locusts have eaten
  • Satisfy you
  • Defend you
  • Pour out His Spirit upon us
  • Save those who call on the name of the Lord
  • Cause victory for His people
  • Strengthen His people
  • Be a shelter for His people
  • Pay back those who brought evil against His people
  • Acquit Judah and Jerusalem of bloodshed
  • Dwell in Zion

No matter what the circumstances look like, God is able to deliver us out of them. Look not at your foes. Look not at all you lack. Look not at the problems facing you.

Look, instead, to Jesus, the One who is able to rescue you.  God Almighty knows your troubles and has the power to save and deliver you. But it requires your trust. You must turn to Him, trust in His ability. Fear not, be glad and rejoice. For the Lord has done marvelous things!

Father, thank you for helping us through the difficult times in our life.  You provide a way out of every temptation.  You provide the strength we need to face all opposition.  We are ready to trust you. Deliver us Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


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The Nice Game

Did you ever notice how God uses children to point the way?  One day while sitting around the dinner table, my seven year old son, James, says “Let me teach you how to play the nice game.” My teenage son, Scott, was less than enthusiastic; we followed our younger son’s instructions anyway.

James told us the basic rules of the game. One person says something nice about another person at the table who is sitting to their right of them. That person then shares something nice about the person on their right and so on until everyone has had something nice said about them.

The next rule surprised me but was worth doing. Then you switch directions.  If you started on the right side, now you switch directions and go around the table to the left. This allows another person’s nice comments to be said.

The last rule is similar to the previous one. On the next round, you select the persons in front of you to compliment and continue until everyone has said something nice to all persons at your table.

This was so much fun. You see am I the only woman in my family.  I am usually starved for conversation. My youngest shared a simple game to start up the conversation! It was like a dream come true. It was refreshing and energizing.

This idea isn’t new to me, though. It has been used in small groups but with a different angle. Instead of saying something nice, each person thanks God for something or praises Him for one of His character traits. In fact I have used this very game principle in my own small group.  But it’s funny that when it is suggested by a young person how more acceptable it was to play the game.

Children are a gift from God. I pray you have children in your life, even if the children are not your own.  Being around children can positively influence you to grow in your faith and relationships!

Thank you, Lord, for your mysterious ways. Thank you for children who are a blessing in our lives. Thank you for allowing us to see your grace in everyday interactions with children.  In Jesus’ name Amen.


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17 Reasons Children Receive the Kingdom of God

Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.  Mark 10:15

What does a child do that adults may have trouble doing?

  • Children ask lot of questions.
  • Children are not ashamed to seek help.
  • Children are willing to trust others.
  • Children believe what they are told.
  • Children share what they learn.
  • Children are full of wonder, excitement to find out how things work.
  • Children are not afraid to try.
  • Children make friends easily.
  • Children forgive quickly.
  • Children are loving and eager to tell you they love you.
  • Children feel bad when they did something wrong
  • Children can say “I’m sorry” and really mean it.
  • Children follow directions and instructions.
  • Children are dependent on others to care for them.
  • Children are not caught up in the cares of this world.
  • Children are pure, honest, and true.
  • Children trust others more easily.

Our pastor once told us, we all need children in our life.  Even single, unmarried people need children in their life.  Is it any wonder? After reviewing the above list it is easy to see children play an important role in the life of a believer.  They are the reminder of how we should be towards God, our heavenly Father.

Review the above list of children’s characteristics.  Check yourself.  Use a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being rarely and 5 being frequently.  Rate how frequently each statement above appears in your life.  Total up your score.  If you have between 17 and 25 points, you seriously need to hang around some children more often.  If you have 25 – 55 points, you are making good progress.  If you have 56 to 85 points, congratulations you are doing great. Keep up the good work!


Thank you, Lord, for your Word of Truth, your Holy Spirit to guide us in your Truth. Thank you for Jesus’ work on the cross that we might come to You as little children. In Jesus’ name Amen.



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Don’t Be Fooled

Read Amos 5:14

Seek good and not evil, that you may live; so the Lord God of hosts will be with you, as you have spoken.

God’s people in Amos’ day were confident God was with them.  But God thought differently.

Throughout Amos 5 the Lord recounts all the ways His people have gone astray and done evil.

  • You who turn justice to wormwood
  • Lay righteousness to rest in the earth
  • They hate the one who rebukes in the gate
  • They abhor the one who speaks uprightly
  • They tread down the poor and take grain taxes from them
  • They afflict the just
  • They take bribes
  • They divert the poor from justice at the gate
  • They carried idols they made for themselves with them

The people of God no longer followed Him. Their actions spoke clearly. They hated justice, truth, and righteousness. Instead they were greedy for gain, taking bribes, and worshipping man-made idols rather than God, who saved them.

Sad as this sounds, it may apply to us as well. So let’s ask some tough questions of ourselves.

  1. Do we really care about justice for everyone?
  2. Do we cringe when someone speaks the truth?
  3. Are we all about what we can get for ourselves?
  4. Do we make it difficult for those who do follow God?
  5. Is there anything taking God’s place in our hearts?


The answers to the above questions can identify sin in our life.  Allow the Holy Spirit to convict your heart of sin, of righteousness, and of coming judgment. Remember, even not doing these things can be sin. For example, turning a blind eye to an obvious injustice, pretending someone else will care for the poor, and avoiding listening to the truth.

As ungodly behaviors and attitudes are revealed, take them to God in prayer. Pray something like this:

Father God thank you for your faithfulness to forgive and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I confess I have _____________________________________. Please forgive me. Turn my heart to you and align my will to yours. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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The Fountain of Life

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death.  Proverbs 14:27 NKJV

Did you know the original language of the major part of the Bible is Hebrew? Did you know using a concordance can help you discover the original meaning of the root Hebrew word?

For example, I looked up the word fear and life and found some interesting definitions.

The Hebrew word for fear is “yira” meaning morally reverence – dreadful, exceedingly, fear, or fearfulness. The word reverence means honor or respect felt or shown: deference or profound adoring awed respect.  The word deference means respect or esteem due a superior or an elder.

The Hebrew word for life is “hay”. It means alive, raw, fresh, strong, life literally or figuratively, age, appetite, living, maintenance, merry, multitude, be old, quick, running, springing, troop. Looking up the word life in the English dictionary, I find the word has twenty different definitions.  No wonder we get confused. We use the same word for so many different meanings!

Armed with these additional definitions, let’s review the verse again.  The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death.

Something struck me as I reached the word life.  It didn’t read just life, but it read a fountain of life. What comes to mind when we think of a fountain?

  1. A fountain flows.  It does not stop. It is constantly flowing and always moving.
  2. Flowing fountain makes a lovely, calming, and peaceful sound. That’s why many of us have fountains in our yards, or even miniature ones on our office desks!
  3. A fountain can quench a thirst, if a passerby accepts a drink from it.
  4. A fountain can be pleasant to look at, depending on the shape, the way the water trickles our and down the sides of it.

The description of the fountain above represents your life.  That is a life that honors God, Our Maker.

  • Is your life constantly moving?
  • Does your life make a lovely, calming, and peaceful sound?
  • Is your life able to quench a thirst of others?
  • Is your life pleasant to look at?

If you answered no to one or more of these questions, step back and look up to God Almighty, our Maker, our Lord, our Savior. Ask Him to help you properly fear Him, so your life may become a fountain of life to turn you away from the snares of death.

Lord, thank you for wanting us to know and proper revere you.  Thank you that when we do it brings glory to you and refreshment to others.  In Jesus’ name we pray Amen.

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Held by the Lord

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord upholds him with His hand.” Psalm 37:23-24 NKJV

Anyone who thinks Christians no longer sin when they believe in Jesus is flat out wrong. Today’s verse is one of many that reveal the truth – Christian still sin.

We are not made perfect the moment we come to Christ.  But we are being perfected. God is working in us to conform us to the image of His Son. This slow process continues our whole life until the day we enter heaven. We now have two natures in us: one from our physical birth – sinful nature and the other from our spiritual birth – new man.

Remember we are both physical and spiritual. When we live towards the physical we reap the consequences of living in the flesh. But when we live by the spirit we reap the benefits of God’s blessings. These two, flesh and spirit are constantly warring with each other. The flesh causes sin and death. The spirit causes righteousness and life.

We each make choices every day. Some days the choices lead to life. Other days the choices lead downward towards death. But when they do, there is still hope.  Today’s verse brings hope for those who thought they may have lost their salvation when they fell into sin again. Though they fall, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord upholds him with His hand.

God loves us. When we sin, he will do something about it.  Just like a good parent would rebuke, chasten, and correct a child so they might learn from it, God does this with us.  Proverbs 3:11-12 says “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction; for whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights.

Rejoice knowing God loves you. God still upholds you with His hand.

Thank you, Father, for your rich blessings. Thank you for guiding us, keeping us, and continuing to love us even through our flows. In Jesus’ name Amen.

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