Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 89

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Matthew 14:24-27 NKV

Summary: The disciples are alone in a boat in the midst of a huge storm and Jesus walks out to them on the water and says; “Be of good cheer, it’s me, do not be afraid!”

24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.
26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.
27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

Questions & Challenge:

1. What is a current challenge or storm your facing this week?
2. Memorize Jesus words and repeat them to yourself when you’re fearful or discouraged, “Be of good cheer, it is I, do not be afraid.”
3. Tackle the day with the confidence and joy that He will never leave us or forsake us.

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 88

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Matthew 14-22-23 NKJV

Summary: While Jesus was willing to accommodate and make time for the people we also see him being intentional about creating alone time to pray by sending the disciples and the multitudes away.

22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.
23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.

Questions & Challenge:

1. Are you intentional about making time to read the Scripture and pray?
2. If not what do you need to do to create the space even if it means saying goodbye to someone or something?

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 87

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Nehemiah 4:14 NKJV

Summary: Nehemiah was living a comfortable life serving in the Persian royal court as a cup bearer to King Artaxerxes in Susa when he learns that his Jewish brethren are in great distress. He’s moved with compassion, fasts, prays and decides to do something about it. He risks his life to ask the king for his permission and resources to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls. The king gives his blessing but when he gets there he faces extreme challenges and even risk of death. Those who hate the Israelites first mock them and then when they see that they’re succeeding they hatch a plan to kill the wall builders.

“And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.”

Questions & Challenge:

1. What small or great need or problem have you discovered that concerns you?
2. Pray and perhaps even fast this week and ask God for wisdom on what to do.
3. Don’t delay, act this week on what He shows you to do.

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 86

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Matthew 14:13-21

Summary: Jesus is grieved over the passing of John the Babtist, yet even in the midst of his own pain he’s moved with compassion for the crowd that chases him down. He cares for their physical needs and not only heals the sick, but also feeds the huge crowd!

13 When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities. 14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. 15 When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.”
16 But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”
18 He said, “Bring them here to Me.” 19 Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. 20 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. 21 Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Questions & Challenge:

1. What is the biggest challenge you’re facing at the moment?
2. Pray and ask Jesus to either remove the challenge or give you the strength, grace and faith to overcome and grow through it. Thank him for his past faithfulness and take a moment to feel his great love and compassion for you as his daughter/son who he created in his own image!
3. Who is in front of you that needs your compassion and/or help at this very moment even though, like Jesus, you may be trying to get away to deal with your own pain?

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 85

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Matthew 13:44-46 NKJV

Summary: Finding Jesus and surrendering all our junk to follow him is like finding hidden treasure or a beautiful pearl and selling everything to buy something of far greater value!

44“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls,
46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭13:44-46‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Questions & Challenge:

1. Do you view following Jesus everyday with the same enthusiasim as the man who found the pearl of great price?
2. Is there anything that you’re holding back at this moment that’s hindering you from enjoying the abundant life that God has for you?
3. What do you need to do to remind yourself each day of the great treasure and joy you’ve found in Jesus?

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 84

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Matthew 13:31-32 NKJV

Summary: The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed.

“Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field,
32 which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”

Questions & Challenge:

1. What must you do to allow the mustard seed to take root in your life?

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 83

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Proverbs 27:17 & 22:24-25 NKJV

Summary: You become the company you keep.

17 As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

Proverbs 22:24-25
24 Make no friendship with an angry man,
And with a furious man do not go,
25 Lest you learn his ways
And set a snare for your soul.

Questions & Challenge:

1. Are the people you’re around the most the people you want to be like?
2. What steps do you need to take to surround yourself with the people you most want to be like?
3. Do you have at least 1 friend who like iron on iron sharpens you even if it hurts? If not, what can you do to intentionally pursue a friend like that?

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 82

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Matthew 11:20-24

Summary: To whom much is given much is required.

20 “Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent:
21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
22 But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.
23 And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
24 But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.””

Questions & Challenge:

1. Are you being faithful with what you’ve been given?
2. Is there anything that you feel convicted to repent from?
2. What do you sense that God is putting on your heart to do in order to be faithful with what He has entrusted to you and what action steps can you take immediately to be obedient to God?

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 81

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Matthew 13:3-9 NKJV

Summary: A farmer plants seeds and some is eaten by birds, some springs up and eventually dies either because the roots are shallow or the thorns choke it out; but some seed falls on good ground and yields abundant fruit!

3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow.
4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.
5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth.
6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.
8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Questions & Challenge:

1. We must individually ask ourselves which kind of seed are we? If we’re the last seed than we can be confident that He who began a good work in us will finish it. Philippians 1:6. If we haven’t truly surrendered our life to Jesus than we’re one of the first two seeds which is explained in 1 John 2:19 In that case we may even sprout and grow but we won’t yield real fruit.
2. Assuming you’re the last seed let me ask you how much fruit do you want to yield in your life?
3. I want to challenge each of us to ask ourselves how can we yield more fruit or in other words how can we shine our light brighter (Matthew 5:13-15) and make a greater impact on the world for Jesus. Remember, only what is done for Christ will last in the end!

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 80

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Matthew 12:35-37 NKJV

Summary: By our words we’ll be justified and by our words we’ll be condemned.

35 “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.
36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.
37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.””

Questions & Challenge:

1. Are your words building people? Are they encouraging or discouraging to others? Do you view them as positive, neutral or negative?
2. What do the words coming out of your mouth say about the condition of your heart?
3. Challenge yourself to go 1 week without speaking anything negative and instead look for opportunities to speak positive encouraging words! It will bring life to you and your those in your company.

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