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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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 79

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV

Summary: Jesus invites all who are weary and burdened to yoke up with Him and receive rest for our souls.

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Questions & Challenge:
1. Are you yoked with Jesus or carrying someone else’s yoke?
2. What yokes have you accepted that need to be laid aside?

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 78

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Matthew 10:29-31 NKJV

Summary: Do not fear you are of more value than many sparrows.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

Questions & Challenge:

1. Recount a time in your life where God saw you threw a fearful or challenging situation?
2. In what area do you need to quit fearing? Jesus said, “Do not fear”.

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 77

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Matthew 9:18-26 NKJV

Summary: Jesus raises ruler’s daughter to life while being ridiculed one moment & praised the next.

18 While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.”
19 So Jesus arose and followed him, and so did His disciples.
23 When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing,
24 He said to them, “Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him.
25 But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.
26 And the report of this went out into all that land.

Questions & Challenge:

1. Would you and I be the one to ridicule him or the ruler who had the faith to ask Jesus for help?
2. What areas do you need to hand over to Jesus and trust him today. If the issue is enough to concern you than it matters to Jesus.

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 76

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from Acts 20:23-24 TLB

Summary: What is our life worth unless we tell others about God’s kindness & love?

23 except that the Holy Spirit has told me in city after city that jail and suffering lie ahead.
24 But life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about God’s mighty kindness and love.

Other verses: These verses remind me of Psalm 34:8 NIV
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Questions & Challenge:

1. Is there anything of more significance we can do with our life than live in in a way that draws people to Jesus.
2. When the people around learn that you’re a follower of Jesus and he lives in side of you will they be surprised?
3. What can you do this week to not only tell someone but show them the mighty kindness & love of Jesus this week?

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 75

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from 2 Chronicles 20:33,35-37 NKJV

Summary: Even after God shows up big we can so quickly forget!

33 Nevertheless the high places were not taken away, for as yet the people had not directed their hearts to the God of their fathers.
35 After this Jehoshaphat king of Judah allied himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who acted very wickedly.
36 And he allied himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish, and they made the ships in Ezion Geber.
37 But Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, “Because you have allied yourself with Ahaziah, the Lord has destroyed your works.” Then the ships were wrecked, so that they were not able to go to Tarshish.

Questions & Challenge:

1. Do we want God to just fix our problems or do the bigger miracle of changing our heart?
2. Do we truly want to further God’s agenda or do we simply want God to align with our own? The people wanted their problem solved but afterwards chose to go right back to their old ways.
3. Are we aligning ourselves with people who encouraging us in our walk with God or drawing our hearts away?

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 74

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from 2 Chronicles 20:21-24 NKJV

Summary:

21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:

“Praise the Lord,
For His mercy endures forever.”
22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. 23 For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they [a]had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.

24 So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped.

Questions & Challenge:

1. Are we going forth to battle each day praising the Lord for his mercy that endures forever?
2. Is it possible that some of the challenges we’re facing might have different outcomes if we attacked them with an improved attitude?
3. Is it possible that regardless of the outcome we might enjoy life, and others might enjoy our presence more, if we changed our attitude and chose to Praise the Lord?

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Quick Daily Devotion, Episode 73

Our Quick Daily Devotion this morning comes from 2 Chronicles 20:18-20 NKJV

Summary: Believe & obey while praising Him with a loud voice!

18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord, worshiping the Lord.
19 Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with voices loud and high.
20 So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.”

Questions & Challenge:
1. Do you believe in God and will you trust his Word?
2. Are we willing to trust and obey? Trust and obey for there is no other way. Notice they took action and rose early in the morning and confronted their major obstacle with praise and singing.
3. In what areas do you simply need to believe God and take action?

I think this song Trust & Obey by John H. Sammis really sums it all up.

Trust & Obey lyrics

1 When we walk with the Lord 
in the light of his word, 
what a glory he sheds on our way! 
While we do his good will, 
he abides with us still, 
and with all who will trust and obey. 

Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way 
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey. 

2 Not a burden we bear, 
not a sorrow we share, 
but our toil he doth richly repay; 
not a grief or a loss, 
not a frown or a cross, 
but is blest if we trust and obey. [Refrain]

3 But we never can prove 
the delights of his love 
until all on the altar we lay; 
for the favor he shows, 
for the joy he bestows, 
are for them who will trust and obey. [Refrain]

4 Then in fellowship sweet 
we will sit at his feet, 
or we’ll walk by his side in the way; 
what he says we will do, 
where he sends we will go; 
never fear, only trust and obey. [Refrain]

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