My choice is you, God, first and only. And now I find I’m your choice! You set me up with a house and yard. And then you made me your heir! (Psalm 16:5-6, The Message) We wake up every day and make a conscious decision to choose a God-centered life. God knew us and chose…
Gravity is not influenced by popular opinion. It just exists. Our preference has no effect on its properties. Many other principles in life hold true whether we like them or not. If we plant watermelon seeds we will not harvest corn or tomatoes. How we live our lives today determines to a great extent the quality of life we experience tomorrow. The Bible declares, “whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). Often that statement has ominous connotations, but the opposite is true too. If we sow love, peace, kindness, and gentleness into those around us, we will receive a beautiful crop in return.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help is to be aware of what we are planting each day. Give us the grace and strength we need to consistently sow the right things.
Devotion by Bonnie Peacock
Have you noticed the reaction from a young child who has tasted table food and the mother is trying to make them eat a jar of baby food? I remember trying to do this to our daughter Shana. She would shake her head “No” vehemently indicating she didn’t want the baby food and often she would point to the food on the table. She was telling us that she was growing up and wanted to eat what the big people were eating.
How can we be content to stay a spiritual baby? The Word of God says to grow up!
“For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe” (Hebrews 5:13 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible).
Prayer: Thank You, Lord Jesus, for providing the sincere meat of the Word. Your Word is what satisfies the hunger in my soul.
Devotion by Kaye Singleton
“And as we have borne the image of the earthly, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly” I Corinthians 15:49. Over the course of my life, I’ve heard on numerous occasions that I look like my Father. And as much as that pleases me, I am much more interested in whether or not I resemble my Heavenly Father. As unbelievable as that sounds, the Bible says that as we mature in the Christian life and continue to allow God to conform us to His image, we are becoming more like Him every day!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I dare to believe that one day I will look like You. I surrender now to the changes You bring to my heart each day in order to make me a reflection of You. One day I hope to hear You boast, “My child, You look like me!” Amen.